Hank Howls For Lists, Lists, Lists

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Okay, I admit it.  I have OCD.  I’m a checker.  It’s usually not that noticeable, except when we go out of town.   Most people get a little anxious when they go on a trip.  Did we pack everything we need?  Where are the tickets ?  Are the windows locked?  Whose picking up our mail?  You know what I’m talking about.

In an effort to keep my worries to a low frenzy, I make lists and check tasks off as they get done.   There is a long list for me and a shorter one for my wife, Bonnie.  When our two daughters were living with us, they each had a brief list.  Becki and Abby, even from the youngest ages, faithfully carried out every check on their lists, while my wife claimed to have to have carried out all her duties. However, when pressed, she would say things like, ” I didn’t look to see if the back door was locked because I locked it two days ago, and I don’t think anyone has used it since.” Eventually, we would leave the house and be on our way.  A couple miles down the road I would look over at Bonnie and say, “I wasn’t too bad, this time, was I?”  She would roll her eyes, and our journey would be officially begun.

Another kind of list I do are book lists.  I’ve got lists for best thrillers, best mysteries, best science fiction/fantasy and much more.  If you stop at the Main second floor desk, I will be happy to give you some lists.

Or you can go to the best book list website I know of – listsofbests.com.  They have award lists e.g. Pulitzer Prize winners, Nobel Prize winners, Newbery Award winners and 275 more.  There are definitive lists such as Time Magazine’s 100 best English-language novels, Books That Changed the World (Easton Press), Banned Books and 2475 others.  Also, there are personal lists like drwhooo”s “Recommended Reading List for the Well Educated Adult” or Amy’s “Chick Lit Books to Read” and 10,394 more.  (For some  reason they don’t have Hank’s All time Favorites, but not to worry as it is available at the second floor of the Main Library.)

Any time you are in a quandary about what to read next, look at some lists.  Anybody know what a quandary is?

 

Famous last words in the movies from http://ancienthomeofdragon.homestead.com/Funny_Central.html

-He’s probably just hibernating.

-So, you’re a cannibal.

-What duck?

-I wonder where the mother bear is.

-These are the good kind of mushrooms.

-Which wire was I supposed to cut?

 

From somewhere on the internet:

* Isaac’s Strange Rules of Staleness: Any food that starts out hard will soften when stale.  Any food that starts out soft will harden when stale.

* Theory of relativity: the more relatives are visiting you, the slower the time passes.

* When a car skidded on wet pavement and struck a telephone pole, several bystanders ran over to help the driver.  A woman was the first to reach the victim, but a man rushed in and pushed her aside. “Step aside, lady,” he barked. “I’ve taken a course in first-aid!”  The woman watched for a few minutes, then tapped him on the shoulder. “Pardon me,” she said. “But when you get to the part about calling a doctor, I’m right here.”

* Soon after her marriage, a woman was accosted by a friend who laughingly remarked, “I suppose, like all men who have been married before, your husband sometimes talks about his first wife?” “Oh, not any more, he doesn’t,” the other replied. “What stopped him?” “I started talking about my next husband.”

* Mum (reading School Report): What’s this all about? Your teacher says he finds it impossible to teach you anything!  Child: I told you he was no good!

*The mother of three notoriously unruly youngsters was asked whether or not she’d have children, if she had it to do over again. “Sure,” she replied, “but not the same ones.”

Author: hank

I am married with two daughters and one grandchild. After teaching in the inner city of South Bend, IN for many years, I now work at the St. Joseph County Public Library. I started keeping track of the books I read when I was sixteen years old, and now have read over 1700 books with a page count of more than 500,000.

One Comment

  1. Awesome list(s)!

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