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Wednesday, November 23, 2022

Ed’s Many Hats – Messing with smarts

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Photo_2-_Brand_Bobosky_received_Rotary's_Rita_Harvard_Lifetime_Achievement_AwardAs a general rule the women in our family tend to be a tad more intelligent than our men. Notice I didn’t say “smarter.”

The women always excel in getting “A’s” at school with the men hoping for D+’s or maybe a magical ‘C’ in gym. I think it’s because the girls are paying attention to the teacher while the boys are thinking about girls—or fishing.

Our girls can rattle off intelligent academic thoughts that our men never remembered learning. They can name every movie star in every TV series and most movies while the men only remember John Wayne, James Dean and the Rat Pack characters.

On the other hand, I think our men have street smarts, or more common sense than our ladies.

For instance, the other day my wife came out to the garage where I was repairing the starter on my John Deere tractor and commenced to tell me about how she was making sour kraut out of the cabbage she had grown in the garden around the flag pole.

I pretended to have a little interest until she, sitting on the green tractor, asked me “What is that green thing you’re fumbling with?”

“It’s a starter” I told her.

“Starter?” she asked. “What do you start with it?”

“It’s green, honey. I’ll give you five guesses and the first four won’t count,” I mumbled.

See what I mean by common, street smarts? Any guy worth a D+ grade average could have recognized the John Deere starter was a starter 50 yards away.

My granddaughters, Haley, Miami University; Piper, USC; and Gracie, Benet Academy all get “A’s” in all their subjects. But street smarts; it’s a wasteland. All three can make their way to any mall in the Chicago area without thinking. But, to get home they must use the GPS app on their cell phone.

To tell time all the men wear Timex wristwatches, which is common sense.

All the women rely on their cell phones when, and if the question about time ever comes up. The question usually is, “Is it 9AM or PM?”

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Ed Channell
Ed Channell
Ed Channell has served on many boards, foundations and fundraising campaigns during more than 50 years in Naperville—and he loves feedback. Give it to him at echannell1@gmail.com.

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