• Davis Young

All I want for Christmas is.....


I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my Christmas list for this year. I know you’re receiving this December 22 and that may be kind of late. You’ll probably have to pay a lot of additional dollars to get something to me in just three more days. But, remember it is more blessed to give than to receive and a few extra bucks to make sure I have a Merry Christmas on your money is a good thing to do.


Actually, my list for this year is pretty reasonable.

  • I want everyone to receive new masks from Santa.

  • I want everyone to wear those nice new masks.

  • I want everyone to remain socially distanced.

  • I want everyone to have high-powered soap to wash their hands.

  • I want everyone to get vaccinated when it’s their turn.

  • And, I want no more talk about stolen elections.

If you want to make me happy this year, that’s my list. The only other thing I might possibly want is cash. I am always open to that.


What really gets me excited is Christmas 2021. I want to be the first to share my list for a year from now. I have a better chance of getting these gifts if I’m not late in asking like I am this year. So, here is the 2021 list.

  • A family holiday dinner without social distancing.

  • Not a single TV story about a rising number of COVID cases. Not one.

  • No need to go into a bank with a mask on to demand money.

  • No fear of hugging my kids and grandkids.

  • A full year when I never have to wash my hands. Never.

  • Permission to go to large gatherings and not feel guilty.

  • A court order preventing use of the term super spreader.

  • Ditto for the term social distancing.

  • Double ditto for the word hoax.

  • No empty shelves for paper products in grocery stores.

  • Permission to sneeze without thinking I just killed someone.

  • And, of course the old standby -- cash. Preferably unmarked bills.

If you prefer to make a pledge of cash due in 2022, that will be o.k.


I hope the only thing any of us catch in 2021 is the spirit of Christmas and that we share that far and wide all year long.

That’s my list for a year from now. In the meantime, put a smile on your face for Holidays 2020. Remind yourself, it could be a whole lot worse. If you’re reading this, you’re still on the right side of the grass.

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


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At least we still wipe down the wine bottles....


I’ve been under house arrest for about nine months now. In the beginning, it was stricter, but it’s still no fun. I’m only allowed to go to a very few essential places of business such as a wine store, gas station, pharmacy or golf course.


Fortunately, I don’t have to wear an ankle bracelet. I did at the beginning, but I took it off almost immediately because I believe as an American it is my choice whether or not to wear one of those cumbersome devices. It’s sort of a lot like the face mask issue. I choose to wear a face mask, but not an ankle bracelet.


Today, most of my dwindling net worth is invested in Hand Sanitizer futures with 80% alcohol. You simply can’t have enough of that. My hands have never been so clean.

I tried some of that other stuff we’ve been hearing about. It’s said to kill 99.9% of germs. That, of course opens up the issue of what type of germs are in the 0.1% that it does not kill? People tend to minimize that type of statistic. Not me. That’s easy to do till you become a victim of the remaining 0.1%. Right now for extra protection against that 0.1% I’m also injecting Murphy’s Oil Soap directly into a vein in my right arm three times daily. I’ve always been attracted to the pleasant odor of that product. A possible side benefit is this could help to lower my cholesterol.


Often, I send my wife into dangerous places like a grocery store. She’s 20 days younger than I am, therefore not as vulnerable from an elderly standpoint. She also spends less money at stores than I do. At the beginning of our house arrest, we would use some of our Wipes to go over the food, car keys, door knobs, light switches, steering wheel, garage opener, refrigerator door handle and countertops where all the stuff was set aside if only for a few minutes. Lately, we’ve relaxed that a bit and now just make sure to wipe off the wine bottles.


Something else we often clean off whenever we have been to a store is change such as dollar bills or quarters. This has led me to have an unusually large amount of guilt. I confess to readers and all others who spend their time more productively that I am engaged in money laundering. Richard Nixon became famous for looking into a TV camera and announcing for all the world to hear, “I am not a crook.” I wish I could say that, but money laundering is against the law. I feel terrible that I have allowed myself to head down such a slippery slope. At least I can spend the rest of my home detention knowing my conscience is now as clean as my hands.


I have to go now. It’s time to wash my hands again. You never know. One of those 0.1% germs may have found its way onto my keyboard. Also, it’s time for my morning injection of Murphy’s Oil Soap. It’s like a flu shot. Sometimes you don’t feel so good after you’ve done it. But, you know in the long run, you’ve done something good to both help yourself and others.

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


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My father, Lt. Col. Walter Young, West Point, Class of 1926.


Today is the 79th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. President Franklin Roosevelt said December 7, 1941 was “a date which will live in infamy.” I was two years old then and six when World War II ended.


I didn’t see much of my father in those years. We were primarily in New Jersey. He was away serving his country, mainly training recruits in Florida and California. He was scheduled to deploy to Guam but became ill in advance of that. The plane he was to have gone on crashed on the way. No survivors.


Growing up, my father had no higher goal than to go to West Point. He flunked the physical because he didn’t meet the minimum height standard. So he went off to Virginia Military Institute for two years and took the physical again. Better luck the second time. He had a late growth spurt and had reached the towering height of 5’4”. He started all over at West Point for another four years, graduating 147th in a class of 152. But, he graduated.

In roughly 2005, I visited West Point to check on his headstone. My mother is buried there next to that marker. I happened upon the athletic field house which contains a treasure trove of sports memorabilia. The sun had set and I approached an elderly gentleman at the reception desk. Excuse me I said, but my father was captain of your 1926 wrestling team and I’m sure there must be a picture somewhere. He responded, Go down this long hall and you will come to some stairs on your right. Walk up to the third floor. It will be pretty dark, but there is a light switch on your left at the top of those stairs. Turn the light on and look to the left. Your dad’s picture should be right there.


And, indeed it was. Amazing.

Lt. Colonel Walter Young went on to serve in the United States Army, the Army Air Corps and in 1947 when the Air Force was created and he was a reservist, he switched over to this new branch of the military.


Generally speaking, my father was a very gentle person. Once in a while, something would get under his skin, but not often. I have speculated to many people over the years that I am not certain he could have fired a gun in actual combat. He would much rather ask the enemy to sit down for a nice chat. I never remember hearing him speak poorly of another person.


One of my favorite anecdotes about him occurred on Rt. U.S. 206 just north of Trenton, New Jersey one day when he stopped traffic in both directions to escort a snapping turtle from one side of the road to the other. This was not a brief moment. Turtles do not move quickly, but he got this one across to the other side safely. Traffic resumed after a lengthy delay.


Given a chance, some people would have run that turtle over without a second thought. After all, time is valuable. Not my dad. To him, the life of a snapping turtle was far more important than getting to work on time. I’m not sure what he learned at West Point, but that is who he was and I think that’s a good thing.


On Pearl Harbor Day, I’m proud to reflect on my father and his military service. If you ever get to West Point, go to the cemetery. West Point is where Lt. Colonel Walter Young is remembered with a modest headstone amidst some of our nation’s greatest military heroes. I cannot tell you how proud he was to have graduated from West Point. It truly was a life-changing experience.

DY: In Just a Few Words is a blog that comes out when something needs to be said or every Tuesday - whichever comes first. Davis Young is a communications professional who adds 50+ years of experience and perspective to issues of the day. His emphasis in DY: In Just a Few Words will be humor (a touch of sarcasm here, a pinch of facetiousness there...). Once in a while, he will touch on something a bit more serious - but hopefully not too deep or depressing.


This blog is a product of DY Author & Speaker LLC. Feel free to quote content with attribution. Respond. Agree. Disagree. Share the content with your friends. Heck - even invite him as a speaker for your group! Enjoy!

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