September was a strange month in our country. Hurricane Dorian was in full force and weather all over (as near as I could tell) ranged from windy, rainy and flooding to terrible droughts. It seemed like summer was having a temper tantrum. While I watched my flowers and grass turn a very horrible shade of brown, I realized that we had both a full moon and a Friday the 13th right in the middle of the month!
Perhaps that helps account for the news that crossed my path during the month. It seemed to me as though everybody in the world was feeling the pull of those tides and acting crazy. For example, I read that LeBron James — Ohio’s basketball son — wanted to trademark the phrase “Taco Tuesday.” I checked this out, and it’s true! He applied for a trademark and explained that it was more than just a food thing — that it really represented his family’s lifestyle. I admit that puzzled me. Can a food represent your family’s lifestyle? If so, they I guess we are “munchin’ chips Monday” around my house. But it gets stranger — apparently LeBron can’t trademark the phrase because it’s already owned. That’s right, some eatery named Taco John’s owns this phrase and has owned it since 1989, in 49 of the 50 states. Now, if Ohio has a Taco John’s, I’m unaware of it, but frankly the entire idea has put me off tacos completely.
The bizarre didn’t stop there. Earlier this month, Pope Francis was trapped in an elevator for 25 minutes. The Vatican Fire Brigade rescued the unfazed 82-year-old pontiff. It’s not the first time a pope has been trapped in an elevator; my research indicates that three other popes have been trapped, but Pope Francis holds the record for length of time. Pope Pius XI, Pope Pius XII, and Pope Paul VI spent some time in elevators waiting for divine intervention. Or for the electricity to return.
Then I read that 73-year-old woman in India gave birth to twins via the IVF method. She and her husband, who is 80, have been married since 1962 and always wanted children, but could not have them. By my reckoning, she’ll be 90 when the kids graduate high school and hubby will be 97. The doctor said he didn’t think she’d have “any major health issues after delivery.” Clearly, this doctor never raised children. It’s not for the weak of mind or body, that’s for sure. While I love medical science and advancements, this seems far more than wacky to me.
Finally, there was a Kiddie roller coaster stolen from the county fair in Marysville. They had pictures of it – with huge alligator seats, being pulled by a white pick-up truck — on line. It was recovered in Cardington, Ohio. Try as I might, I have not been able to discern if this was a prank or someone just really wanted an alligator ride in their backyard.
At this point, I’m ready for October. Hopefully there will be no hurricanes and no strange news!
Sue is a retired public servant who volunteers at the Hospice store (For All Seasons) in Troy and teaches part-time at Urbana University. She keeps busy taking care of husband, house, and pets. She and her husband have an adult son who lives in Troy. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.