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August 7, 2006, Herald Journal

That time. . . yet again

By SAM SCHOMMER
After some careful thought and consideration, I have decided that it is not August.

Nope, I’m just going to be oblivious to the fact that my time is dwindling before I have to go back to that place where they make you learn.

Yeah, that’s a good plan . . .

It seems that every year, we go through the same processes, and have the same conversations and complaints.

For example, the beginning of the school year. Adults always ask the kids if they’re ready to go back to school, and we sigh and say, “no.”

And every year, in the month of August, we find ourselves asking each other if we’ve done our school shopping yet.

It never fails that every year, the kids are going to waste a whole month complaining about that dreaded first day of school.

It’s not the first day that bugs me, it’s the 800 billion after that which bug me.

And every single year, we hear, “Is it that time of the year again? You better come down to (insert store name here) for all of your back- to-school needs!”

Yes, the inevitable dreadfulness of “back to school” is here.

Yet, people don’t see it as inevitable . . . it just creeps up on them from behind.

Hello people, the calendar hasn’t changed!

Anyway, hearing the same conversations etc. is not only common for “back to school,” it’s common for all seasons.

Like Christmas, the common questions arise like “Have you gotten your Christmas shopping done yet?”

Well, honestly, what is the purpose of asking that question?

I think people only ask it for the sole purpose of bragging about how they have their shopping done and now they’re “worry free.”

Another time when people have the same conversations is at the beginning of summer when road construction starts.

Not only do they complain about the inconveniences, they bring up the old saying that Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction.

Ha-ha. Funny. I’ve never heard that one before.

And it’s pretty much every holiday, with the same conversations and responses like, “I can’t believe it’s that time again!”

I could come up with examples until the cows come home, but frankly, I think we’ve both gotten the point by now.

Seriously, I’m just sick of hearing the same conversations all the time.

Come up with some new stuff! Ask me how long it’s been since I’ve had success (inside joke, sorry). Or ask me if I’m agitating your dots!

Really, random conversations are not hard, trust me.

We are a repetitive society, I’m afraid, and unless something exciting happens, we’re going to be talking about the same things over and over and over again, until the end of time.

So, yes, it is August and school will be starting soon, and we’ll be stuck listening to those oh-so-exciting teachers while you get to go to work, pay bills, do laundry, and make your own food.

Don’t rub it in our faces.


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