Reflections: Again I ask, why?
Again I ask, why?
By William L. Bulla
Not long ago I wrote a column entitled, "Why? Why? Why?" It asked the question of why everyday we see things, or hear statements that require us to ask others or ourselves "why?"
Since then I have had some of my readers tell me I had missed numerous items they believed should have been mentioned.
An incident occurred recently, which called me to reflect upon several others. I was eating lunch in a very busy restaurant when a woman entered asking to speak to the manager who was serving several tables, but broke away to speak to the woman. The woman presented the manager with a solicitation letter asking for a donation to some organization. Why would an individual looking for donations select one of the busiest times of a restaurant to make her pitch? Talking with the manager at another time, she said she often wondered why salesmen would come in and food deliveries are often made during the busiest hours at the restaurant.
On previous occasions, I have observed unemployed waiters and waitresses come into restaurants looking for employment during peak lunch and dinner hours. Why wouldn't those persons with restaurant serving experience know this is not the time of day to be seeking applications for a job?
In speaking about filling out job applications, I have always wondered why persons seeking jobs never seem to have any type of writing instrument. Why wouldn't they think it was necessary to carry a pen or pencil when seeking a job? I have known several business people who have refused to accept or read applications from such persons.
The streets in front of our schools have reduced speed zones during school hours. Some of the schools have flashing lights indicating a 20-mph speed. Why do so many persons fail to observe it? These lights are a warning that children may be in the area at certain times, yet people will drive 10 to 20 miles faster than the zoned speed. Again, I ask why?
My readers have suggested there are many other "whys" such as the following:
Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting weak? Why is it that no matter what color bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white? "Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
Why do banks charge a fee on "insufficient funds" when they know there is not enough? Why doesn't glue stick to the bottle? If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes? Why do we always hear mother-in law jokes, but never hear father-in-law jokes?
Why do we call people "people"? Why do horses need horseshoes? Why do people get hungry after eating Chinese food? Why are the mice blind in the song "Three Blind Mice"? I don't know the answers to these "whys", do you?
I am sure I will hear that I have missed some very important "whys" If so I will share them with you at a later date.
William L. Bulla is a freelance writer residing in Washington County.