by Debbie Walker
I swear the strangest conversations take place in this house! I wrote what I thought was going to be a column but …I wanted to make sure what I was writing was correct information. Well, I have some friends I refer to as my experts and I sent this one off to my “expert.” I know this will only peak your curiosity and I apologize for that but I’ll tell you he handed me my butt! I do hope that you have someone in your life that cares enough to do this for you.
At my kitchen table the topics lately have included colon cancer. Ken’s son had a colonoscopy, not because of illness but because it is the responsible thing to do. Cancer was found, however it is quite contained and will be removed. The best part is the PET scan didn’t show any more red flags. Yehaw, it is going to be handled. Please take this colonoscopy business seriously.
Okay then we move over to the attack of the little boy by the gator in Disney. I have a friend who has grown up on Florida waters and I have been out on the river with him on numerous occasions. Each trip we made was always an educational experience. I know several things that I would like to share with you:
I lived in Florida for 30 years and loved it. I have been swimming in the Gulf of Mexico, Homosassa River, Crystal River, Chassahowitzka River, Rainbow River and Atlantic Ocean (I love the water). I never actually went swimming in the Withlacoochee River because I like clear water for my Florida swimming. My buddy says the only thing that does for me is I’d be able to see the gator coming to me!
Time of day is also an issue. Those folks from Nebraska were walking along the water at about 9 p.m. My buddy has a saying, “the later it gets the lower you go on the food chain.” I am not taking this lightly, believe me, just truthful.
If you are in another area of the country and aren’t familiar with the critters and environment around you, get to the business of learning. For this one conversation I will leave you with the comment made to me: “sharks and gators and I believe Horseshoe Crabs have been around since prehistoric times, they have gotten really good at what they do.”
On to the next subject at the table today: Guns. Another friend (God, I love my friends!) brought up the misconception about guns. All types of guns seem to get grouped together as the same item. There is a big difference between the guy carrying his rifle while hunting in the woods and the guy carrying a AK47 into a bar or school. I know there are so many opinions on the subject of guns. I can’t hit them all today.
When I got my Maine Concealed Weapons permit a friend of mine told me a little story. She is not a card carrier but she is a rifle carrier! I heard the story about her taking off out of the house in the middle of the night headed for the chicken coop, butt naked, rifle in hand determined to stop that fox who wanted chicken dinner! Concealed weapon permit wouldn’t have done her any good; she had no way to conceal anything!
I have run out of space so I have to “table” the table topics for the day. Thanks for reading. Please feel free to comment anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org subject line: Table.
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