Lamppost logic

A man encircles a lamppost over and over as a police woman approaches.

“Sir, can I be of any assistance?”

He explains that he lost his wallet, and they both search for some time.

Finally, she asks, “Where did you last see it?”

“In that dark alley.”

“Why are you looking over here?”

“The light’s much better.”

***

People are like that—looking in the wrong place for something. Insisting they can find the wallet they lost in an alley by looking near the lamppost.

I’m like that sometimes — looking for validation and comfort from the wrong people.

I wonder if you do this, too?

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Thinking like a push broom—or a leaf blower

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Thinking like a push broom—or a leaf blower Jane and I are not engaged in conversation at the moment. We spoke some twenty minutes ago, before I came into the backyard, went to the garden shed, and got the black-moustached push broom that I now push. We are mellow,...

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