Off the Wall, June 30

Recently I changed my phone number. Some people do this because they receive harassing phone calls. Others may do so to get away from bill collectors. I chose to do so because my wife retired from her place of employment and I thought it would be nice if she could have her own phone.

Of course, there was an additional reason. If I wanted to call the Pennsylvania Game to confirm story content for my ‘Inside the Outdoors’ Latrobe Bulletin column, then I could do so freely without waiting until she got off the phone talking with her sisters, friends, and QVC.

It’s worked out fairly well until I received a telephone call on my wife’s phone from a friend. I stated, “I would be happy if you don’t call the old number and use my new number, instead.” George Globinski of Norvelt doesn’t seem to feel it matters which number he uses.

One night, my wife called to me and stated, “Can you get that for me? I’m tied up with something in the kitchen and can’t get the phone.” In as much as I always at her beckon’s call, I scurried to the telephone and answered politely, “Hello…” The person on the other end was George.

I became disturbed over the whole matter. “I told you, George, not to use this number. This is my wife’s number, now.” He had the audacity to state, “Well, I gotcha, didn’t I?” “Yes you did, and you were blessed, because from now on I just won’t answer this phone anymore.”

But, I did, only because my wife was expecting someone else and it turned out to be George. I was very polite and told him that he won’t get me in the future. Rarely will I answer this phone.

But George isn’t the only one that has this attitude. The idea that one can do anything he wants for the sake of getting what he wants is very common these days. The interesting thing is, it’s not always the people’s fault. One of these culprits is the credit card companies.

Martha Gorstaski of Clymer, recently picked up her multi-planned Mastercard with one option of not having to pay interest for one year regardless of how much money she spends.


That’s how I see it, in my opinion.

What’s Martha going to do? Probably the same thing any human being would do, go to the nearest shopping mall and buy, buy, buy. These companies have devised a system that play on the weaknesses of human nature.

The old question resonates. What’s it matter? That’s an easy on. Will she be able to actually pay for all the goods she allegedly bought? I don’t think so.

Here’s my take on that. If one has in one’s house a number of possessions that are not paid for and keeps them with no intention of returning them, then until they are paid for, they are stolen goods. If Martha has used that credit card and filled up her car in one outing, the goods may have added up to $2,834.53. What’s going to happen subsequently? Will she go to the various department stories month after month chalking up her account?

When the second year rolls around, Martha’s going to get clobbered. Her interest fee may be 19 per cent. If she accumulated over $20,412.34 and year two begins with the stated interest fee, will she be able to come up with the money? I don’t think so?
One has to be so careful when using credit cards. If he or she doesn’t have the money in one’s savings, it’s best to forego the purchase.

My third example involves Kelly Canipshon. He loves to go to church on Sundays. He will get all decked out, shine his shoes, get haircuts regularly just so he will look his very best.

Upon entering his place of worship, he would sit up toward the front to show off his duds. One time he even wore a red coat with white slacks. He knew he would stick out in a crowd, and so that’s what he did. When the collection basket was passed around, he was always right there to deposit his envelope like ‘Johnny Be Quick.’.

Here’s the part that became questionable to onlookers. “Why isn’t he singing, or participating? The answer is what mattered to him was his presence, not his faith.

Everything matters. Think first. If one states there’s a reason, there just may be one.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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