[Ohio-talk] Regrets and Missed Opportunities

Cheryl Fischer c16a19f at sbcglobal.net
Fri Aug 15 18:36:21 UTC 2014


I tend to remember the times when I wish I had done something differently or
said something in a better way, but as I get older, I find it pleasurable to
speak more freely. The World and its people are imperfect, and there is no
certain way to handle any given situation. 

Cheryl 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Ohio-talk [mailto:ohio-talk-bounces at nfbnet.org] On Behalf Of Cheryl
Fields via Ohio-talk
Sent: Friday, August 15, 2014 1:52 PM
To: Smith, JW; NFB of Ohio Announcement and Discussion List
Subject: Re: [Ohio-talk] Regrets and Missed Opportunities

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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