THE HANGING SHAD’S ‘APROPOS OF NOTHING’

The Shad’s “Apropos of Nothing’ is designed to be a fun to read (and certainly to write for me). As always, I invite all readers to submit ideas. Here we go:

1. Earlier this week The Shad referenced living “The Life of Riley” when describing what many in the general public (wrongly) think of state employees. I’ve since had a number of readers ask where that saying came from. It’s turns out, it was first used by our own Hartford Courant. It’s a cool story and dates back to 1911!
2. After spending my first week in Boston (and back to Connecticut this Easter weekend), I’ve concluded that the old adage is true: Massachusetts drivers are the worst on the planet. The would-be “Joey Chitwoods” have no need for turn signals or lane markers. I’m increasing my insurance. And The Shad was born and raised in Massachusetts albeit in the Berkshires where they nearly still horse and buggy.


3. When Republican legislative leaders this week used the phrase “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians,” in presenting their token state budget, it rightly elicited complaints from Native Americans in the state but also howls of laughter over how they could have made such a mistake. With the exception of Senate Minority Leader John McKinney (R-Fairfield), sensitivity isn’t a strong point of their leadership.
4. In another claim to fame for the UConn men’s basketball program, star Kemba Walker told Sports Illustrated that he only just recently completed reading a book cover to cover. Not this week or this semester, in his entire life! There is plenty of wiggle room on that statement in college—text books are not meant to be read so thoroughly. However, one would think any English or literature course would require it. So for heaven’s sake, let’s continue the canonization of Coach Calhoun and the flagship educational (and taxpayer-funded) institution of the state. Pathetic.