I know I speak for everyone when I say, “I’m ready for things to get back to normal.” I also bet County Judge C.H. “Burt” Mills, Rockport Mayor Pat Rios, and Fulton Mayor Jimmy Kendrick are ready for a little normalcy, as well.
In my role here at the newspaper my most important job, when it comes right down to it, is to give you unbiased coverage about our governmental entities, and chime in from time to time regarding the job they’re doing.
For the record, I do not envy the position they are in.
I don’t necessarily like every action they have taken during the shutdown, but so understand the reasoning behind such actions.
Just like after Hurricane Harvey, the judge and two mayors are having to make decisions that aren’t popular.
I, too, sometimes question their decisions, but at the same time, I realize, just like after Harvey, they have access to a lot more information we do not have, and are constantly on the phone with individuals further up the food chain.
All that information is considered when making a decision.
During times like this, I often think about candidates who run for office for all the wrong reasons, the primary one being “I can do it better and I must get in there and straighten everything out.” Almost 100 percent of the time, in the 36 plus years I’ve had the privilege to serve you, those individuals, if elected, come back at some point admitting to someone the reality of serving in the position was different than what he or she thought going in.
In Texas, and in this county, we have been blessed with competent leadership. That is not to be confused with “perfect” leadership.
Sometimes it’s hard to remember, especially during trying times, that as an armchair quarterback it’s each to have a perfect record.
(Note to all armchair quarterbacks … If you don’t have a perfect record sitting on your butt, please don’t offer your talents for public service.)
Some Coronavirus humor
During times like these, it’s always good to have a little laugh.
My older brother is always sending me things saying, “I bet you won’t publish this in The Pilot.”
Generally, he is right, but recently he did share something I can share with you:
• They say you can’t fix stupid. Turns out you can’t quarantine it, either!
• Turns out my top three hobbies are eating at restaurants, going to nonessential businesses, and touching my face.
• Going to ask my Mom if that offer to slap me into next year is still on the table.
• Of all the things I learned in grade school, how to avoid cooties was the last one I expected to use.
• People keep asking, “Is coronavirus really that serious?” Listen up! Casinos and churches are closed. When heaven and hell agree on the same thing, it’s probably pretty serious!
• Now that teachers finally have a chance to use the restroom, there’s no toilet paper.
• It’s like being 16 again. Gas is cheap and I’m grounded.
• Well Groovy Guys and Groovy Gals of the 70s … our grandkids just knocked our Blizzard of ‘78 stories out of the ballpark!
• Shout out to all the parents who never taught their kids respect and now they’re stuck at home with the little ones.
• The longer this goes on the harder it will be to return to a society where pants and bras are required.
• Cops these days will be like … come out with your hands washed.
• Day 31 of quarantine … ate all the snacks and food … clothes no longer fit … but I’m still wearing gloves and mask for my protection.
• I’m as bored as an Amish electrician.
• Homeschooling Update: My child just said, “I hope I don’t have the same teacher next year.”
• Never in my whole life would I imagine my hands would consume more alcohol than my mouth!
• And just like that … having a mask, rubber gloves, duct tape, plastic sheeting and rope in your trunk is OK.
• Ask not what staying home on the couch can do for you, but what staying home on the couch can do for your country.
• 50 million children being homeschooled by gun owning parents and not one single school mass shooting. Arming teachers works.
• Police confront nudist sunbathers over not wearing facemasks amid coronavirus outbreak.
• Ladies … time to start dating the older dudes. They can get you into the grocery store early.
• I don’t like the fact my chances of survival seem to be linked to the common sense of others.
• I can’t believe I can walk into a store to buy weed, but I have to meet my hairdresser in a dark alley with unmarked bills to get a haircut.
• Have to say that the Class of 2020 outdid themselves with Senior Skip Day this year.
• With so many sporting events cancelled, they’re having to televise the World Origami Championship. It’s on Paperview.
• Not to brag, but I haven’t been late for anything for the past 21 days.
• Sitting at the bar in the kitchen at night. Tried to pick up my wife. She gave me a fake phone number.
• It’s been a blessing being home with the wife for three weeks now. We’ve caught up on everything I’ve done wrong for 15 years.
• Have you noticed since beauty salons are closed, selfies are down 68%?
• Breaking News: Wearing a mask inside your home is now highly recommended. Not so much to prevent coronavirus, but to stop eating.
Please, no griping about the length of my hair. I’ve see what everybody else looks like, as well. I call it the Corona look. I’ve worn my hair pretty close to the scalp for many years. The way it is now, parted on the side, hasn’t been my look for at least 25 years. In my life I’ve gone from the cool 70s look in high school, to the military buzz cut in college, to part on the side, to comb straight back and keep in place with some type of hair grease, back to buzz cut, and now to part on the side. I’m not used to having to comb it again, so if you see me, I won’t be offended if you say, “Dude, comb your hair.”
Last week I missed my youngest granddaughter’s first birthday. The Zoom party was better than nothing, and the FaceTime that followed was even better, but nothing replaces human contact.
However, while FaceTiming, I did catch one of her first steps.
“One small step for Paige, one big step for (fill in the blank)!”
Until next week, have a good week, and be nice.
Mike Probst can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.