[Ohio-talk] Regrets and Missed Opportunities

Cheryl Fields cherylelaine1957 at gmail.com
Fri Aug 15 17:52:16 UTC 2014

J w, Great advice and I will give it a try, smiles. But, this is what
I really want to know! what happened to the tip for the server,lol!
Have a great weekend, Cheryl Fields

On 8/15/14, Smith, JW via Ohio-talk <ohio-talk at nfbnet.org> wrote:
> Friends and Colleagues,
> One of the joys of getting older is remembering your regrets and counting
> your missed opportunities. By regrets I mean those times when you regret
> some action or inaction. I will only bore you with one relevant example of
> each. When I was working on my PhD at Wayne State University in Detroit in
> the 1980s (yes, the dinosaur age), I had an encounter with one of the
> faculty members that shall we say was quite full of himself and very pompous
> on top of it all. It could also be argued that he had a history of making
> racist comments. He was an avid hockey fan and during one of our
> conversations in the hallway one day we were talking about the ability of
> certain players to effectively communicate during press conferences and pre
> and post-game media interviews. This professor made the statement "the
> hockey players tend to be and sound more intelligent than most of the
> others, especially the basketball players...". As a graduate student at the
> time I sheepishly laughed it off but later I regretting not calling him on
> his clearly racially twinged comment. I wish I could do it over again. Now
> to my missed opportunity and really the reason why I am sending this
> message- yesterday, which was Thursday, August 14th, I had lunch with some
> colleagues and my bill came to $13.38. I gave the server a $20 bill and when
> she brought me my change she brought me the coins and two bills, one of
> which was a one and the other was a five. Habitually, I asked one of my
> colleagues which of these was the five. It was only about an hour after the
> lunch that I remembered that I had my new Bill Identifier in my pocket and
> that I had missed a great opportunity to use it because old habits die hard!
> Well, I learned my lesson and I have spent the last 24 hours using my
> identifier with any bill I can find just so that I can get in the habit of
> using it. So, the moral of the story is, that old habits do die hard and it
> may be true that it's very hard to teach old dogs new tricks but even those
> of us who have been around a little while can and should make the effort to
> get with the times and create some new habits.
> Enjoy the weather and have a great weekend.
> Jw
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