Custer County Chronicle

Home   »  Opinion

Bookmark and Share

Email This Article  

Ideas that never made it past Charley

Norma Najacht
Published: Thursday, May 30th, 2013

I heard several years ago that there are three kinds of people in any business: those who come up with ideas, those who do all the organizing to implement those  ideas, and those who actually carry out those ideas — the ‘grunt’ work, if you will.
I definitely fall in the the first category. I can come up with more ideas than Charley’s got ways of saying, “That’s a stupid idea.” 
Charley’s a conservative kind of guy (and that doesn’t just apply to politics.)
When he runs out of reasons why we can’t do whatever I have suggested, his favorite line is, “If that’s such a good idea, how come nobody else has ever done it?”
To which I reply that every good idea was originally the first one to ever be tried. Someone had to be the first one to try it. And then everyone else is left wondering why they never came up with that idea. Or, like me, wondering why they didn’t just go ahead and do it when they did think of it.
Somehow, I usually fail to convince Charley that my ideas are viable. The only hope I have to get him to try something new is for someone else to suggest to him that it might be a good idea. 
And I admit, my children also have had a few good laughs at my expense when I come up with new and exciting ideas for us to do. I guess I have no credibility with my family. 
That could be for a good reason. 
Some ideas that I have suggested, but failed to convince Charley, include — but are not limited to — the following:

I heard several years ago that there are three kinds of people in any business: those who come up with ideas, those who do all the organizing to implement those  ideas, and those who actually carry out those ideas — the ‘grunt’ work, if you will.

I definitely fall in the the first category. I can come up with more ideas than Charley’s got ways of saying, “That’s a stupid idea.” 

Charley’s a conservative kind of guy (and that doesn’t just apply to politics.)

When he runs out of reasons why we can’t do whatever I have suggested, his favorite line is, “If that’s such a good idea, how come nobody else has ever done it?”

To which I reply that every good idea was originally the first one to ever be tried. Someone had to be the first one to try it. And then everyone else is left wondering why they never came up with that idea. Or, like me, wondering why they didn’t just go ahead and do it when they did think of it.

Somehow, I usually fail to convince Charley that my ideas are viable. The only hope I have to get him to try something new is for someone else to suggest to him that it might be a good idea. 

And I admit, my children also have had a few good laughs at my expense when I come up with new and exciting ideas for us to do. I guess I have no credibility with my family. 

That could be for a good reason. 

Some ideas that I have suggested, but failed to convince Charley, include — but are not limited to — the following:

Available only in the print version of the Custer County Chronicle. To subscribe, call 605-673-2217.



Click Here To See More Stories Like This

Current Comments

0 comments so far (post your own)

Leave your comment:

Name:

Email:

Website:

Comments:


Enter the text as it is shown below:



Please enter text
This extra step helps prevent automated abuse of this feature. Please enter the characters exactly as you see them.
 

Note: Emails will not be visible or used in any way. Please keep comments relevant. Any content deemed inappropriate or offensive may be deleted.

Advanced Search

Keywords:


Filter Search:
Classified Ads
News Articles
Event Calendar
Archive

Date Range:
From:
To: