NEW CASTLE —
I have never liked pop quizzes.
There might have been times in my marriage when my wife has asked me a question — and I may not have responded with the most tactful answer.
That has changed.
Just today she said, "I cleaned this side of the kitchen. Doesn't it look nice?"
It quickly hit me that I have got to come up with an honest answer that wouldn't get me killed.
Truthfully, I couldn't see any difference.
With the cupboard doors closed, how would I know she cleaned all the shelves.
If I would have answered "Yes," it would have been a lie, and I would be on my way to hell.
Should the answer I gave been "I can't tell," it might have been very quiet in the household for awhile.
After 39 years, I'm learning how to give responses that are in the gray area.
My brilliant response was, "You sure have been working hard!"
That seemed to satisfy her.
I still need a little help when she asks me if I like the new top she bought.
Our tastes are not even close to being alike.
It would be very hard for me to say, "It's beautiful!"
I'm thinking about answering, "Wow, that sure has a lot of thread count!"
Another answer I've been contemplating is, "Those buttons are perfectly round."
I suppose next thing I do is to write a book on correct responses to give your wife.
This could save a lot of men from having to cook their own supper.
By the way men, should you not care for what she cooked, a simple, "The temperature of the food was right on tonight, dear. Thanks, honey," will work for you.
NEW CASTLE —
I have never liked pop quizzes.
- News Bloggers
Gary Church: As you may have noticed, I'm not Lisa
Surprise, surprise, surprise! The big cheese called me, and asked if I would mind if my blogs appeared on Monday, instead of on Tuesday. I had no problem with that.
Josh Drespling: Time flies when you're growing up
Where does the time go? Just a moment ago, it was Monday, and now here we sit at the opposite end of another week. Seems like a matter of seconds and this month has slipped off into oblivion. I swear I only blinked and spring had been stripped from our hands. I don't dare close my eyes for another moment’s rest or my whole life may disappear.
Gary Church: Grab your sisters and your mothers, it's an ice cream 'convent'-ion
To keep my nice figure, I like to go to Forbush's at least once a week. This is also my entertainment for the night. We sit there for an hour or so, watching people. Last week, a group arrived that I had never seen before.
Tim Kolodziej: What is your definition of The Dream?
Johnnyswim. I know, I know. Me neither. I had no idea what that word meant until a couple of months ago, when a friend of mine on Twitter was absolutely gushing about a great concert he had just seen.
The Couch Potato: Does "House of Cards" crumble or stand?
The old Couch Potato has been methodically working my way through the hit Netflix series, “House of Cards,” over the past few weeks and let me just say, it’s pretty good.
Gary Church: It was an uphill climb, but this driver was a real trooper
It's always a tragedy when I have to cover a drowning for The News. I hope I never have to go to Kennedy Mills again for this purpose. It is located at the bottom of a twisty, turning hill on Frew Mill Road.
Lisa Madras: I struggle with goodbyes, so I’ll just say ‘thank you’
After 12 amazing years at the New Castle News, it is finally time for me to say goodbye. I walked through the doors of this building believing that I had found the place I would live out the rest of my days, content in the chaos of deadlines and bylines, inky fingers and editorials.
Josh Drespling: When the family’s away, this bachelor will ... work?
It was inevitable. I knew it was coming and the situation was unavoidable. Over the course of the last few weeks I have been preparing myself for this moment and it has finally come.
Gary Church: Geez, whatever happened to privacy in the men’s room?
I never know when a blog moment may happen. This recent blog moment occurred during the Rockin’ the River concert at the Cascade Riverplex.
Tim Kolodziej: LeBron’s return, and his essay, can teach us plenty
So there’s this guy LeBron. You may have heard of him. He plays basketball for a living. He also writes essays. Writes them very, very well, as a matter of fact. Last week, he put pen to paper to explain why he’s returning home to play again for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
- More News Bloggers Headlines
- Gary Church: As you may have noticed, I'm not Lisa