What’s on your mind?

‘On The Beat’ readers chime in

By Jim Bucher

You know I love my Dayton City Paper readers. Always cool hearing from you—feedback is good.

And when I thought about asking a question of everyone at the same time, my loyal followers came through again.

Off to Facebook with a simple request: What’s on your mind? A sort of unofficial sampling at that particular time from a vast pool of peeps.

Plus, a hundred years from now, people from the future will read archived copies of DCP via a miniature plasma screen embedded in their eye. (You read it here first!) And people of the future can see firsthand what was on our minds today.

George says, “Why do I waste time on Facebook?”

Hey, George, you answered my question with a question. Disqualified!

Carl’s thinking, “Indian Lake and all the fish I’m not catching.”

Jason’s mind is focused: “Harry Potter Camp.”

Linda is drifting: “I’m thinking how sleepy I am.”

Robin’s mind is reflective: “Being grateful for decent health. When you work around critical patients, and if you want to make changes in life, do it now and have no regrets about it.’

Cliff writes, “My son is leaving tomorrow to study abroad for a year. My wife and I are very sad for us, but happy for him.” Cliff, hopefully he’s just a Skype away.

Bob says, “The coming Klingon Invasion.” Hmm, Bob must know something I don’t.

Tracy is thinking, “A year ago tomorrow I will have been employed with Hospice for a year!! This year has been a true blessing!” Congrats to you, Tracy.

Rodney’s thought? “How lucky I am to have a job.”

Janet, what’s on your mind? “I’m thinking about a chalet in the Smoky Mountains, but reality sets in and all that comes to mind is anybody but Trump.”

William says, “Coffee…just coffee.”

John’s thought? “How many people in the world yawn at the same time I do?”

Sarah responds, “Just reading this comment made me yawn. I can’t see someone yawn, or think about yawning, without reacting.”

Carol thinks, “I’d kinda like a snack.”

Edy’s thought: “It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad, mad world.” Can’t disagree there.

Wayne has a few things on his mind, like politics, and he adds, “What I’m going to do with the rest of my life and relationships?”

Theresa’s thinking, “How to get people to wake up, see the game is rigged, and at least acknowledge it instead of blindly watching the TV show, sports championship, award show, or tabloid headline about shit that really just don’t matter.”


Kathy’s “wondering why there are only two checkout clerks at the local grocery store and we are lined up to the frozen food aisle six aisles away.”

That’s on my mind all the time.

Lauren says, “Finding a better paying job with great benefits so I don’t have to work two jobs anymore.”

Amy writes, “Wondering if health insurance will ever really pay for anything again … going thru a tough time.”

Malissa is thinking, “Progress … reflecting on personal changes I wanted [to] accomplish in the new year. How far I have come and what do I still need to work on before the end of the year.”

Wow, no one thinks of that.

Kay’s one thought? “Peace on Earth!” I’m thinking the same thing, Kay.

Dianthe says, “Celebrate.” But what? “Our upcoming 20th wedding anniversary. And a big birthday in August. Life is good!” Congrats on both!

Molly says, “Praying and thinking that GOD brings someone out of the woodwork that I can actually vote for, waiting to see how HE is going to work this out.”

HE does have our back, but Anne ends my column with a summation: “All of the above…until the medication kicks in!”

People of the future, hope you had as much fun reading this as we did thinking it up.



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For over 25 years, Jim Bucher has been a regionally known and loved local television icon. “Buch’s” followers describe him as trustworthy, fun, the guy next door, a friend and role model. You can promote your business with Buch and grab your customer’s attention! Reach DCP freelance writer Jim Bucher at JimBucher@DaytonCityPaper.com.

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