Even I don't always agree with my opinion



Posted October 6, 2011 by jim young in Lifestyle

– jim young

“Away” isn’t really much good except for anchors and people.

You can tell people to go “away”, right “away” and hope they will stay “away” preferably far “away”.

And an anchor doesn’t serve any purpose at all until after you’ve anchors “away-ed” it.

But other things really don’t need an “away”.

From the very beginning as a young child we are told to, “Put our toys ‘away’” and from then on we are all conditioned to think that everything must have an “away.”

Why do toys have to be put “away”? Even if the child is not playing with them, he really isn’t done playing with them. At least not forever. And he will have to get his toys out again the next time he wants to play with them only to be told to “put them ‘away’”, again.

Toys have to be put “away” only because neurotic parents who have been likewise brainwashed by their parents have come to believe there is an “away” that toys have to go to.

It’s a vicious circle.

And how do we decide where the best “away” is for things, anyway?

The other night, just before going to bed I noticed the ketchup was on the kitchen counter. So I put it “away”.

The next night – there it was again, back on the kitchen counter so I put it “away” again.

Now, I’m a quick learner so I thought to myself, “Why can’t ketchup’s ‘away’ be on the kitchen counter? It would be right where it seems to end up most of the time anyway and I wouldn’t have to put it ‘away’ every night because it would already be ‘away’.”

But my wife isn’t ready to accept such a revolutionary concept quite yet. In fact when I tried to show her the logic in my new theory, she just asked me to “go ‘away’”.

So I’m sitting here in the kitchen trying to think of what I can have some ketchup on. And even though it doesn’t make sense to me anymore, when I’m finished with it, I guess I’ll put the ketchup “away” so I don’t have to stay “away” from my wife.

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    Just so everyone knows when referring to anchors the term is “aweigh” meaning “… raised just clear of the bottom….” (Webster). The first known use of the term was in 1670 I suppose that you cannot be “away” though until, as you say, the anchor is “aweigh”.


    Glad to see you here Kathy, and thanks for that clarifaction.

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