our opinion: CURMUDGEON MUSINGS The Last Word It’s Too Complicated AUGUST 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY I know I keep repeating this, but it’s just a fact: Our World Is Too Complicated! Here’s proof. I had to go to Dallas a couple of weeks ago, which is a problem within itself. I subscribe to Amon G. Carter’s policy where Dallas is concerned; he took a sack lunch anytime he traveled to Dallas so he wouldn’t have to spend any money there. So on my trip there, I left a couple of hours early because of traffic, and, of course, the traffic was fine so I arrived at my destination way early. Across from the office building I was headed to was a Panera Bread (I forgot my sack lunch) so I headed there to get a coffee. Well, I headed inside and was met with about six separate lines, each with signs: Fast Kiosk - Medium Kiosk - Slow Kiosk - Special Kiosk - Custom Kiosk - on and on. Well, to me it was insanely complicated so I just went across the street to the 7-Eleven. I’m probably a cult of one, but I don’t need buying coffee to be as complicated as the rest of my life. Tip of the day — Be careful what you Insta/Face/Google/Tweet/Book. It can come back to haunt you. Again, we live in a different world. It’s one that gives you really a million reasons to want to fly under the radar screen if possible. I heard a comedian the other day say, “If you want to know what life is like on other planets, be 112 sure to get right over to the Apple Store.” I’m going to change that slightly. I say that if you want to know what life is like on other planets, get right over to Wal-Mart! Great quote — “Strong and Bitter words indicate a weak cause.” Second great quote — “The future has a way of arriving no matter if you want it to or not.” Third great quote — “Things left unsaid stay that way forever.” Recently we received a $600 water bill from a utilities co-op in the Granbury area. I spent several long phone calls with the powers in charge. Finally, the water co-op sent out a service guy to check it out. Service guy could find nothing wrong, no leaks, valve was working, no standing water, no toilets running, no water running anywhere, sprinkler system comes out of the lake. We do not live there full-time. House is checked on weekly basis; our neighbors also watch the house. So, there is no way $600 worth of water was run through our system. So the company’s words to me were, in effect, “Tough luck. Too bad. We don’t care if it’s impossible or not. Just pay it.” Well, it’s not over yet! Trust me. I won’t go quietly paying $$$ into the night. Stay tuned. There’s more to come.