Why rolll up your sleeves when you can wear velvet?

Craig Hall, Publisher
Craig Hall, Publisher

If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve had quite the ride over my time here at the Business Times,  starting with the circumstances surrounding my arrival in Grand Junction. Over that span, I seem to have discovered at least one unique talent: I kinda tick off just about everyone at one time or another. Is that good for an editorial page? Yes sir. It can also be very negative in life.

Perhaps an ongoing symptom of my ticking off is I have difficulty knowing what to write about every edition of the paper. Some of that is due to procrastination, plain and simple. Some I blame on the busi-ness of my life. Many times, the topics are too short or I go off track because the topics are too broad. And sometimes, I just don’t want to write. All of these make for some hectic Tuesday mornings and what I’m sure is some adventurous reading for all of you.

So when this week snuck up on me after our traditional three weeks between papers over the holidays, my thought was to make some notes on a current story and be ready to write first thing Tuesday morning. Of course, that fiasco of a college football championship got in the way. And there’s the fact I’m raising two daughters — always a challenge, if not complete insanity, for a single dad. So naturally, I put things off once again. And when I do, it creates a lot of negatives in my life. And that’s beyond the Alabama-biased officiating giving the national championship to the Tide once again, which is really a negative nail in the coffin of my life.

That’s not to say I didn’t find a story to write about. I did. A couple of stories, as a matter of fact. But I’m not going to write about them any more than I have to so I make my point for this column. Mainly because of the negative impact this stuff continues to have on my life. Life’s hard enough with the difficulties it throws at you every day. Myriad things get in the way of all of the happiness life blesses us with. Family troubles, finances, business concerns, job worries, social insanity and I could go on and on about the things that rain negativity on our lives.

So that’s why I’m not going to write a whole bunch about Jared Polis’ new office here in Grand Junction, where he’s “rolling up his sleeves” to make sure the economy works for everyone. Now I don’t know about you, but a politician with his sleeves rolled up screams photo op for me AFTER a disaster has occurred — in many cases a politically made disaster. You should note Jared has been rolling up his sleeves and getting to work for “us” for many years now (it’s his go-to) and I can’t think of one thing he’s done for me, let alone anything he’s thought of in the same way as me.

Fact is, any politician who spouts this talking point should be avoided, as they are the worst kind of bully — the kind of bully who’d make you do as they think under the threat of government punishment.

My second topic was more controversial: Oprah’s “speech” at the Golden Globes. There’s simply no way to address this without having every name in the liberal attack book hurled at me. But I will say this: Nowhere outside of a prison, or among abusers like the folks in Hollywood, politics and a few places in real life will you find people who think sexual assault is a good thing. For almost every being on this planet, the time has always been up. It didn’t happen all of the sudden because Hollywood said so. It’s happened in spite of Hollywood abetting it for a century or so.

But enough on the negative, because this new year is about the positive. You know, the opposite of how I take many things. All it takes is a change of thinking, which brings me to negativity’s greatest philosopher: George Costanza. As Jerry Seinfeld said, “If every instinct you have is wrong, then the opposite would have to be right.” My normal instinct would be to rip into Jared or Oprah ad nauseum.

Truth is, outside of how you think as it relates to their thinking or your vote, most of the people like Jared or Oprah just don’t care. And you know what else? We shouldn’t care about them. We should care about “our truth” (I can’t believe I used that) in one sense. We should do what we want and need to do while respecting the rights of others to do the same, with no government — or worse, Hollywood — dictating anything.

So when it comes to getting negative in 2018, I’m going full Costanza. Think about it. If you’d have reacted 180 degrees different in response to a tough situation, how much more positive would the experience have been? Hugely different for me.

So go ahead. Do the opposite. Order chicken salad. Ask the girl or guy out. Yes, I’m bald, but at least I’m employed. Say what you’re thinking. Make it socially acceptable to wear velvet.

Then find someone who believes in that and vote for them. Maybe we’ll even get a job with our favorite team.