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Southern Eyes

I'm really not a funny person, but I use humor to deal with stress.

This is bad because I say my "funnies" at the wrong time sometimes. I don't mean to be insensitive. I just unintentionally seem to find a way to laugh so I don't get overwhelmed.

One of these times happened last week when I wondered aloud a spur-of-the-moment thought on the phone

Thankfully, I was talking to my mother, who is accustomed to my nonsense. Even though she took my comment at face value instead of the wrong way, I still felt guilty about it. So, I expressed gratitude for her understanding my weird sense of humor.

As usual, Mama didn't miss a beat while she artfully changed the subject -- "I just hope your mayor understands your sense of humor," she said.

Although she doesn't live in Thomson, Mama subscribes to The Mirror and obviously has been reading my columns.

I hoped the same thing.

As if the "door of opportunity" had overheard her, it opened later that night; and, I got to find out how understanding Thomson's mayor really is. My cohort, Billy, had a conflict in his schedule of two things to cover on the same night. To help out, I volunteered to cover the Thomson City Council meeting for him.

It's been a couple of years since I've been to the Thomson meeting. When I arrived, all the council members already were seated around the table, along with City Administrator Don Powers, City Attorney Jimmy Plunkett and Mayor Kenneth Usry.

As I walked in the door, Mayor Usry said, "Lynn, what are you doing here? Crosswalks aren't on the agenda tonight." I guess dear Mayor Usry has a sense of humor, too. It was funny.

And my mother would be proud, because I behaved. I wanted to say something to the effect of "No, but selecting a committee to hire a new police chief is (on the agenda), and maybe a stipulation could be made that the new guy enforces stopping at crosswalks." But, I didn't. And because "funnies" seemed to have vacated the property, I don't think I said anything at all.

I didn't want all the council members and city officials calling The Mirror Publisher Todd Rainwater the next morning and requesting Billy W. Hobbs be put immediately back on the city council beat.

Because he's so dedicated, it's not often I get to step in Billy's territory.

So, I cautiously crept through, just like the motorists should be doing on Main Street.

Web posted on Thursday, February 18, 2010

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