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So How’s Your Day Going?

Americans are used to people asking, "How's it going?" or "How you doin'?" without waiting for or even wanting an answer ... especially in some parts of the country. I've developed a habit of replying in a way that arrests the other person's attention. I often say something like "Ecstatic!" or "Fair to partly cloudy," or something equally inane.

Recently a former student sent me an e-mail with a series of pictures in which people would not want someone to ask how their day is going. Most of these pictures need no explanation, while others cause me to want to hear an explanation!

I'll start off with a cartoon I used to have posted on my old website. It shows an excited prison escapee who will soon start to have a bad day.

picture of a bad day

Now on to the pictures from the e-mail....

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

I removed a picture here because, when posting it, I did not realize it was copyrighted. You can see it in this article online. It's a picture of flood waters pouring out the windows of a local mill. Yikes!

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

Animals can have a bad day too. Here's another picture from my old website, followed by the last two from the e-mail.

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

picture of a bad day

Now that I think about it, I'm having a pretty good day after all! Hope you are too.


"Life is about learning to submit to your limitations. — Randy Pike

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As we slide down the banister of life, may the splinters never point the wrong way.

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12 Comments on “So How’s Your Day Going?”

  1. #1 jan
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 7:41 am

    Good morning – I do hope you are having a good day, Rob!
    When we ask our Pastor how he is, he always replies: Better than I deserve! Isn’t that the truth, even on a “bad day” that we might be having, it is still better than we deserve, if we know Christ as Savior! Always enjoy your funnies.

  2. #2 Jenni (Ertl) McClure
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 7:45 am

    These photos made me smile! Those do look like some bad days! The building with the water pouring out the windows looked familiar to me. Sure enough! I had seen that photo before in my hometown newspaper. It was taken about 25 miles from where my parents live in Iowa! A bit of trivia – this is the 2nd photo on your blog that I’ve recognized from home! The other was on April 14, 2008 (Row of police cars in front of the Donutland)

  3. #3 David
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 8:52 am

    Kipling was right! That’s really how the elephant got his trunk.

  4. #4 Vikki
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 9:28 am

    Speechless! Each one is better than the last. Some I feel sorry for but I had to smile at the train car that ended up on two separate tracks. A little too quick with the switch I’m afraid.

  5. #5 Skip Hughes
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 10:11 am

    My standard response to “How are you….” greeting: “I was better, but got over it.”

  6. #6 Ray
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    Years ago while a member of a local rail museum, we were moving two railroad cars from the depot over the road (up and down hills and dodging powerlines and traffic lights) to the museum. That day was busy enough already when for some reason a larger trolley car split the switch in the passing siding on the mainline and all eight wheels were “on the ground”. We had derailments before, but not like that one. Also, it was a nice hot day. Some of us stayed behind to put the car back on the track. There are more sad stories, but that will suffice for now.

    Also, I liked the sinkhole. I wonder where it is. My wife found a small one while raking on our property line one day. I recall her excitement.

  7. #7 Michael
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    Dave Ramsey always says “Better than I deserve” when answering the question. That’s doctrinally true, but he says it so much it really sounds trite.

    Rob adds: @Michael – It’s sad to admit, but I avoid on purpose asking some people how they are doing, even though I would actually like to know. I do that because they have a trite answer they always give, and I really don’t care to hear it. It just comes across wrong to me, for some reason. There. I’ve said it.

  8. #8 Carrie
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    Oh yikes! I also thought of the Elephant’s Child.

  9. #9 Vikki
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 2:06 pm

    Some people ask how you are as a greeting and just continue talking without even waiting for an answer. Others will ignore what ever you say with a “that’s good” even if you said you weren’t feeling well. If you aren’t really interested, than don’t ask! I’ve made it a point of not saying it unless I’m truly interested in how the person is doing.

    On that same note, I have a friend who always greets me with, “How are you?” and if I answer simply with “fine” she will stop me and ask how I’m really doing. It makes me feel good because I know she is asking because she really cares.

  10. #10 Sharlene
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 6:32 pm

    My answer to “How are you?” is “pretty good.” Most people must catch the “good” and don’t say more. The few that wonder why is just “pretty good” will ask like Vikki’s friend.

    I think the worst day was the duck’s. How sad to lose her babies.

    Rob adds: I agree, Sharlene. Birds seem to lose quite a few of their babies. This summer we had two different nests of bluebirds out back. Of those two, only one baby made it, that is, if she survived after leaving the bird house. The first male died during the feeding stage, and so starting with 4 birds, there ended up being 4 birds. It was sad to witness.

  11. #11 Miriam
    on Aug 3rd, 2011 at 10:56 pm

    “How are you?” Ugh. This line is somewhat of a pet peeve because it is not really a question. In our culture, it is simply another form of “hi” or “hello” or “hey,” but since grammatically it IS in question form, it must have an answer. So there is the form answer: “good.” And that is meaningless. Or worse: false. And at any rate, not grammatically sound (it should be “well”). Then there are the trite answers. Those are nice the first time you hear them (maybe), and after that, they get progressively annoying. So then, one is stuck with trying to be honest. (e.g. Well, since you asked, I am _____ and ____….) O yes: honest and super concise. Because, after all, the person who asked “How are you?” was not actually asking a question; they were just greeting you in passing on the sidewalk. Why didn’t they just say “hi”?

  12. #12 James
    on Aug 4th, 2011 at 1:28 am

    Poor little elephant. I loved the very first picture. Hilarious!