"Pins and needles, needles and pins; it's a happy man that
grins." These classic words were made famous by Jackie
Gleason in his role as Ralph Kramden in the 1950s TV
sitcom, The Honeymooners. So why in the world was
America's favorite bus driver so intent on repeating this
phrase whenever he was on the verge of losing his
temper? Quite simply, by changing his self-talk or inner
conversation with himself, Kramden was using a popular
anger management strategy that continues to be widely
Anyone who remembers that great Honeymooners episode will remember the anger management theme of that show, which I think we may all need to occasionally remind ourselves of here on this forum. I realize that I am probably the last person here who should be lecturing anyone on being civil to your coal brother, but here it is:
I think many of us occassionaly forget a few important things about this forum:
1. I don't think any forum member (including Richard or the Mods) is here because they are getting wealthy by being here.
2. Coal burners,..by their very nature...tend to be control freaks & type "A" personalities that enjoy challenges & do not like losing at anything. (whether losing to winter' cold or at games or debates)
3. Many of us, myself included, have a tendency to get overly involved, emotional & lose perspective when embroiled in the many heated "Off Topic" discussions we have.
Therefore, I think we would all benefit by admitting to ourselves a simple truth:
1. I can't think of a single member who spends his/her time here for malevolent reasons. We are all here because we like to help our coal brothers & sisters & many of us also enjoy the social interaction we get here.
Every once in a while, when involved in a debate that is turning ugly......maybe just stop & repeat Ralph Kramden's anger management line of: "Pins and needles, needles and pins; it's a happy man that