I’ve heard about males who want to be females, and females who want to be males, and people of both genders who aren’t sure what they are or what they want to be.
We even have, in rare cases, hermaphrodites.
Human biology can hurl some serious curves.
But when you’re happy to be a man and you form a Girl Scout troop? Well, that’s a new one.
The dozens of Northeast Ohio men who have created Girl Scout Troop 71906, based in Macedonia, don’t seem the least bit bashful about it. In fact, they sent out a group photo and a news release.
Member Tony Dunlap proclaimed, “I’m proud to be a Girl Scout member.”
He says Girl Scouting equips young lasses with cultural values, a social conscience and self-esteem, and guys like him can help guide them in the right direction.
Plenty of girls could use positive male role models in their lives, so I suppose this makes some sense. But it will take me awhile to wrap my head around it.
Ron Hujik of Green said he enjoyed Sunday’s column about the end of the world, but added, “What if archaeologists have been reading the Mayan calendar upside down and the world will really end in 5105?
“Maybe the Browns or Indians will actually have another chance to win a championship before then — or am I being too optimistic?”
Pretty sure that’s a rhetorical question.
Methinks Rick Jackson of Cleveland public radio station WCPN (90.3-FM) needs to spend a bit more time south of the Cuyahoga County line.
When giving a traffic report last week, he made a reference to the “Canton-Akron Airport.”
Glad he’s not flying my plane.
It’s the Akron-Canton Airport, of course, as it has been since 1948.
Yes, the airport code is CAK, as it has been since 1946.
Which doesn’t make sense unless you know the airport’s history.
We’ll keep it short, but essentially the Akron power structure was steamed when a new airport was created 15 miles south of the city and only nine miles north of Canton, mainly because the new place would steal the commercial air traffic from Akron’s existing municipal airport.
And Akron, a much bigger city, was really fired up when the new site was christened “Canton-Akron Memorial Airport.”
Feelings became so heated that Shorty Fulton, manager of Akron Municipal Airport, literally threatened to kill the driving force behind the new one, Canton industrialist Henry Timken, while they were standing face to face in the new Timken hangar at CAK.
Eventually, the powers that be threw Akron a bone by reversing the city names.
But after 64 years, Jackson should be able to adjust.
Police were busy in Jackson Township recently.
“An Avalon Street woman, 51, was charged with domestic violence after she allegedly slapped her husband in the face with a piece of cake and threatened to kill him while holding a fork.”
No truth to the speculation that using stale cake would have elevated the crime to a felony.
Back to form
In a recent column, I noted that the addition of brainy midday host John “Couchburner” Denning to the WNIR (100.1-FM) lineup has created a bit of culture shock, citing a caller who was sophisticated enough to use the word “extrapolate.”
The same day the column was published, the station’s morning show did its part to pull the curve back down. A female caller said the word “extrapolate” reminded her of the word “strap-on.”
Now there’s the WNIR we know and love.
Bob Dyer can be reached at 330-996-3580 or firstname.lastname@example.org.