Iíve never been one to say something I donít mean. Anyone will tell you, Iím probably the worst liar youíve ever seen, so I stick to telling things the way I see them. Iíll admit, that every now and then, when I start telling a story, Iím prone to exaggerate, just a little, but generally in a way that is obvious to the listener.
My co-workers have often teased me about that tendency. ďReally, there were a million coyotes around your house? Thatís a lot,Ē they say with mock shock.
When it comes to stories like that, I think all of us exaggerate just a tad, but in general, Iíve always been a firm believer in saying exactly what you mean. Itís a quality I like to think I have, and one that I always admire in others. Itís not always easy to be frank and straight forward with people, but in the end, saying what you mean is the easiest and best way to go.
Until I started working here at The Evening Sun, I had no idea that often times people will ignore the things you say, and instead concentrate on the meaning underneath, as interpreted by them.
In just over a year that Iíve been writing for the paper, Iíve been accused of hating the medical profession, hating children and hating animals. Iíve been accused of hating America, hating Tom Cruise and his Scientology followers and of being a hippie for buying into all of this global warming crap, along with several other accusations, which all stemmed from the underlying meaning in the things that I write about and the things that I donít.
I guess I have no one to blame but myself. After all, Iím the one who has put all of these hidden meanings in the things I write, of course I had no idea what they were until someone pointed them out to me.
In all seriousness, I do take the blame. Coming from a small town, I often expect people to think the way I do and know the type of person that I am; often that isnít the case. So for those who donít already know, Iíve always been a relatively straight forward person. Saying one thing, and meaning something entirely different has just never been anything I considered doing. So for the record, if youíre wondering what the meaning of this column is, Iíll tell you. Itís exactly what it says. Nothing more. Nothing less.