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February 10, 2013

VASICEK: Both inspiring, irritating news with Ed and Elmer

Our leaders are imitating their whining followers.

With Valentine’s Day coming up, I headed out to buy my wife a card. Whom did I meet in the checkout line? Elmer.

“Hey, Ed, I see you are getting a Valentine’s Day card for the Mrs. At least you’re not wasting money on a gift,” Elmer opined.

“No, I already have that,” I explained.

“You know, Ed, those greeting cards are such a ripoff. All them holidays — except for Christmas and birthdays — are a ripoff. When I was married, I didn’t mess with Valentine’s Day, and I didn’t think much about anniversaries, either,” Elmer continued. “And as for Mother’s Day, she wasn’t my mother.”

I wondered if it would ever dawn on him that his way of thinking contributed to his divorce. If something wasn’t important to Elmer, he didn’t believe it was important to anybody. I decided to change the subject.

“Some mighty strange news out there, Elmer,” I offered. “Take this article I have from NBC News. It’s about a good kind of peer pressure.”

“‘Three students from Montgomery County, Pa., accomplished something extremely rare — they all scored a perfect score of 2400 on their SAT. And what’s even more rare is that all three students are classmates at the same school. The Upper Dublin High School juniors dedicated years, studying for this one test.’”

“Wow,” commented Elmer. “Never head tell of something like that. Why, when I were in school, we tried to get by with as little as we could. But I think I can one-up you, Ed, when it comes to different kind of news. This one’s from the Good News Network:

“‘A quadruple-amputee GI from Staten Island proudly showed off his two newly transplanted arms yesterday by using them to push his wheelchair into a press conference — then vowed to drive a car again.

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