A little bit of this and a little bit of that . . . it’s leftover mania!

| December 3, 2020

So, someone told me that today, Monday, Nov. 30, is CyberMonday. Gee, I thought that just about every day anymore was a “cyber” day.” Do we really need a special day dedicated to more online shopping? I don’t think so but just so you don’t think I am some fuddy duddy I get it. And yes, I have even been known to place an order or two on that Amazona site. Isn’t that a state?

Now they even proclaim to offer a special pick-up at a “locker” – the last time that I had anything to do with a locker was during high school? I hope these lockers smell better than the gym lockers that I remember. That could put a real damper on that cashmere sweater that you ordered for your special someone.

Here’s hoping that you were able to enjoy a Happy Thanksgiving despite the fact that you may have kept the crowd a bit smaller than normal. Nothing screams a national conspiracy at Thanksgiving to keep the dinner crowd at a lower number than simply wanting more LEFTOVERS! Yep, extra turkey, stuffing, mashed taters, sweet taters, pumpkin pie, baked corn (or you may call it corn pudding), cranberry sauce, pecan pie, green bean casserole (after all, what would the holidays be without green bean casserole!) and more!

Okay I confess. That was written with a bit of jest. This pandemic is serious stuff and I am not taking COVID-19 lightly. I have always written this column with a little bit of a tongue in cheek twist and I am not changing that despite the serious mode that everything is in right now – and has been for the better part of 10 months. What I do think is that we need some laughter in the world right now. Hopefully I can provide you with a chuckle or two from time to time.

High school winter sports are taking off with boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling and swimming teams and coaches adhering to the COVID-19 requirements as they try to make it through a full season of winter sports. Athletes that participate in spring sports probably can’t wait as their seasons were cancelled in total earlier this year.

As the rules stand right now, the Buckeyes must play their next two games to be eligible to compete in the Big 10 conference championship game on Saturday, Dec. 19. With even Coach Day under COVID-19 protocols after testing positive, the Buckeyes could be lucky to play in both of those games – the one on Dec. 12 against TTUN of course. This does not affect their eligibility to play in the college football playoff – but not playing games does impact their visibility. And let’s face the elephant in the room – giving up 500 yards of offense to Indiana does not exactly help your style points. There is no doubt that this is a talented Buckeye team.

Here’s hoping that you are preparing for the holiday season and are shopping local!

Category: Mark's Musings, Opinion

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I live with my beautiful wife Nancy on a small farm just outside Coshocton. We have been married for thirty two years and have two grown children, Jessica and Jacob. Jessica is married to Aaron Mencer and they are employed with Coshocton City Schools. Jacob is a sophomore at Kent State University. I graduated from River View High School, have a Bachelor’s Degree from North Carolina Wesleyan University and am actively involved with the Roscoe United Methodist Church, serve on several local committees and am a member of the Coshocton Kiwanis Club, having served as Past-President. I love reading, especially military thrillers, the Civil War and history in general. My goal is to write a novel. My wife and I are also AdvoCare distributors and encourage anyone wanting to lose weight, gain energy and better health to explore AdvoCare at our website; www.fortunes4advocare.com. I love the media field, innovative technology and have worked in newspapers for over 30 years – in fact, my first job was delivering newspapers. The Beacon is a dream made possible by the support of this community and a great team. I hope to continue serving Coshocton County for many years.

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