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Half-Glasses of Anything Are Driving Me Mad

Updated on August 28, 2018
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Kenneth is a rural citizen of Hamilton, Ala., and has begun to observe life and certain things and people helping him to write about them.

In a slight-but-firm rural tone of voice, I’ve had it! All of it! I am at my wit’s end and unless I get this vent published, I cannot be responsible for what I may do. And even now, you are wondering what on earth can this Ken Avery be yakking about? Could it be related to politics? Sports scandals? None of the two. But when I tell you, you may feel shock waves run throughout your body, but this has to be said . . .”Half-Glasses of Anything Are Driving Me Mad.”

In 2018, I'm afraid that we are all setting for the Halves of things.
In 2018, I'm afraid that we are all setting for the Halves of things. | Source

And Anyone in These United States

who owns one or three televisions has seen what has made me so vexed. At first, I would point out what some character in some sitcom or drama would do while visiting their favorite bar and while they were talking to their friends, the friendly bartender asked what he could do for them. A beer, Joe, if you please, and so far, so good.

Joe hands our main character their beer and the friends continue to talk and catch-up on what is happening in their lives. We see the main character take several sips of his beer and continue to talk, but just when I think that our main character, the star, is going to drink his entire beer that he just paid for when a female waitress excuses herself and gives him a telephone and the main character sits his Half-Drank Beer in plain sight and excuses himself for some reason thanks to someone who called him on the phone.

But while his friends who are left at their table, they too find it necessary to go shopping or just find a great restaurant to dine in that evening. (I shall address the almost-same problem with these friends as they find a restaurant of their choice).

Are You as Confused

as I am right now? So what if people in real life or the entertainment industry leave their glasses half-full? What harm does it cause? Oh, such naive thinking on behalf of people who have been lulled to sleep and just accepted EVERY half-full, half-drank beer, whiskey on the rocks, wine, even half-drank coffee cups and all in plain sight in front of God and everyone---while these half-drank drinks just sit there until some lowly-paid bus boy pours out the liquid in the cups or glasses just like everything is normal and all is well.

Or is it?

You may know it, but all of this NOT drinking an entire beer or any liquid we see on the sitcoms, drama’s and even the Soap Opera’s has to be (I think) the work of some diabolical Third World country who would stop at nothing to take over California and most of the Western United States. Come on! You cannot sit there and tell me that you haven’t seen a cowboy or private eye ask for a drink, then get one, but leave with half the drink in the bottle. This is a shame if you ask me. Maybe if “these” people in the entertainment industry had came up like I did—living from day to day without anything to speak of, well, we drank ALL of the milk, tea, water and coffee when it was offered. Yes, sir.

I may be waxing philosophical here, but like I said, in my day, we were a lot more thankful for anything—even full bottles (and glasses) of soda, (when we could afford it), but just as soon as our great country began to taste the fruit of prosperity, we began to slack-off of being more thankful and just living way too fast to drink an entire container of water or whatever liquid that was offered to you.

Is This What

we can expect with people with glasses (and bottles) that leave over a half of what liquid that they ordered and then they just up and leave? And I mean without even making a small effort to drink the rest of what they had in their glasses. Shameful, my friends. Purely shameful.

And if “this” is how our society plans on living, Half FULL, then we can only expect a whole lot of things in daily life that will be judged as half full: gas tanks on vehicles, propellers on planes, clothing with half a pant leg and the same for shirts only being made with half a shirt. You think that I’m kidding?

I wouldn’t doubt us seeing our traditional 12-year school systems now becoming Six-Year School Systems; football fields only measuring to the 50-yard line; brides and grooms when saying their vows only saying, “I” or just “Do,” and other examples of foolish behavior.

Oh, you think that I am “playing with a half of a deck?” . . .SEE? It’s already started.

August 28, 2018_______________________________________

Half a society: what a shameful state of affairs.
Half a society: what a shameful state of affairs. | Source

© 2018 Kenneth Avery


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    • Mr. Happy profile image

      Mr. Happy 

      19 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Here's a five and a half minute report from one of our Canadian news stations today, about food waste and what some of us (Canadians) are doing about it: "Canadians get creative in solving food waste problem" -

      All the best and let's stop wasting drinks and food! : )

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      Gregory DeVictor 

      19 months ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      Kenneth, I agree with Carolyn’s comment that “We are over-served in the USA.”

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      19 months ago from Beautiful South

      Way to go, dear friend, Kenneth. I agree that servings are too large. I ask for a "to go" box and take the leftovers home to eat at another meal, too. Remember when that was shameful and we asked for a doggy box? Plates are too large now, too. I'm thinking of buying my next set of dishes "a la carte" and purchasing only salad plates instead of the huge dinner plates.

      Remember when we were kids Grapettes were just 6 oz., and so were cokes. RCs were considered big then. It irritates me, too, to see all that food and drink go to waste.

      Whoever said "don't cry over spilt milk" must have owned a herd of cows.

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      Liz Westwood 

      19 months ago from UK

      It always amazes me when I notice half drunk drinks in bars. The best was a half drunk bottle of champagne on an airport security table! I imagined the panic ensuing when the owner realized that he wasn't going to get the bottle through in his hand luggage and in desperation drank what he could before dumping it.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      19 months ago from Washington DC

      Kenneth, Arina Football is played on a 50 yard field already, you are already behind time. LOL If you've noticed my pants they are less than half, look at my photo, all year long in as cold as 3 degreed "F" and 110 degrees "F". The rest of the world needs to catch up with me. LOL

      A fun read! I just had to put my one bit in.

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      Carolyn Fields 

      19 months ago from South Dakota, USA

      I like Liz's comment - just make the glass smaller. Serve smaller portions. And so forth. I'm in the habit of eating half a meal in a restaurant, and taking the rest home. Then I eat it the next day (yes, I actually eat it - I don't just take it home to throw away later). We are over-served in the USA. And Canada too, apparently.

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      Mr. Happy 

      19 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I may be waxing philosophical here, but like I said, in my day, we were a lot more thankful for anything" - We have advertisings here on the streets telling people that: "Canadians waste 60% of their food. We can do better." Indeed we can and as one who worked as a bartender and waiter for almost a decade in my past, I can certainly attest to this: we waste a lot of food and drinks.

      "Can I not take some of this food and give it to homeless people?" I asked my manager once. He replied with a firm "no" because, as he said "we might get sued".

      I asked the same thing of my supervisor when I worked at a Home Depot: "We're throwing thousand and thousands of dollars of good things in the garbage every week, can't we donate these things?" The answer was that some things get donated to Habitat for Humanity but otherwise they're not allowed to donate anything. I quit that place because of shitty attitudes like that. I got to learn a lot though so, still thankful.

      "I wouldn’t doubt us seeing our traditional 12-year school systems now becoming Six-Year School Systems" - You were pretty close here: "Best available research indicates that approximately 560 districts in 25 states have one or more schools on a four-day schedule." - This is from the website of the "National Conference of State Legislatures". They are doing this because states can't afford the money. Meanwhile let's increase the military budget ... makes sense, right? Why invest in children when You can keep them uneducated. Didn't Mr. Trump say: "I love the poorly educated"? (He did.) Uneducated people are more easily manipulated so, yes let's dumb-down the system as much as possible.

      I'll confess though: I left two thirds of a pint full three years ago. I stopped drinking alcohol and when a friend who I had not seen for almost ten years came to visit, I said that I'd go for a pint of beer, as a social thing. I drank a third and I couldn't finish it. I told the waiter that I don't drink alcohol and that was an honest attempt of having a beer but it didn't work out lol

      Well, thank You very much for this conscious piece of writing. We do need some good guidance, in between all the nonsense that is constantly bombarding us on social media websites and the TV.

      You like Hip-hop, or rap as You called it (lol) so take this Wu-tang line to go: "Television says lies to your vision".

      Cheers and all the best! : )

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      Liz Elias 

      19 months ago from Oakley, CA


      Now, I've heard it said thusly:

      The pessimist says the glass is half empty.

      The optimist says it's half full.

      The existentialist says it just is.

      The engineer says the glass is twice as large as it needs to be.

      So, with the engineer's point, there's the crux of the problem, and the glorious solution. Simply provide smaller glasses, and the few sips would render the liquid fully drunk up! ;-) HA!


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