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Negative nabobs

Much like those hit and miss engines you see at the various festivals throughout the county, that seems to be the way life goes.

Pop and sputter, one day everything goes well, the next, oh well, try and try again.

I’ve been hearing a lot from various negative nabobs recently, you know the ones who look at a glass that’s constantly half empty rather than half full.

Negative nabobs come in two forms, the first similar to a cartoon character I remember from my childhood.

Remember the Hanna-Barbera cartoon, Lippy the Lion and Hardy Har Har, a hyena with a pork pie hat?

The cartoon revolved around Lippy’s get-rich-quick schemes, with Hardy Har Har seemingly getting the short end of the stick.

“Oh, me, oh my, oh dear,” Hardy would say almost before the scheme reached its ultimate point of failure.

Hardy Har Har was the ultimate pessimist, much like a similar iconic figure in a well-known folk tale, Henny Penny, who always was known to utter, “The sky is falling.”

The other type of negative nabob is the bully.

Nothing ever goes right for them, nobody ever listens to them, but they know it all, just ask them.

Strangely enough, these bullies sometimes develop a cult following of fellow negative nabobs, so I guess misery loves company.

“You go, you the man,” a fist-pumping zealot may say after reading or listening to the bully’s latest rant.

Listen to them, and the world is going you know where in a wicker basket, and in a hurry.

Nobody is perfect, and not all ideas work out, but the effort has to be there in the first place.

I know the pot of gold has shrunken for various projects around the state and area, and the economy continues to operate just like the hit and miss engine I described earlier. 

I said before, and I’ll say it again, those who can do, those who can’t seem just to stand by and second-guess everyone else.