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No superstitions for me

Posted Tuesday, October 23, 2007, at 12:42 PM

Got any superstitions? Or is it sacreligious to have superstitions?

In this spooky time of the year, with a ghost around every corner (disclaimer: I don’t believe in ghosts), I’d imagine a few of those who are superstitious are practically groveling in them.

I’ll admit I’ve wondered if something would happen if a black cat crossed my path. Nothing happened. And one of the friendliest cats I had as a child was solid black.

Sometimes I think if ghosts actually did exist, the closest I ever came to one was the day the Times-Gazette’s print edition redesign went into effect two years ago.

Former publisher Franklin Yates, a good man who died in 1998 and for whom I was privileged to work for many years, wasn’t exactly a fan of modern newspaper design. As we put the finishing touches on the first issue of the new look -- much of which was my doing -- a light fixture fell from the ceiling just a few feet away from me.

Could it have been Mr. Yates (as we always called him...we jokingly figured his wife called him that) trying to knock some sense into me?

And about those superstitions...actually, I have none.

Of course, if I walk under a ladder it'll probably collapse onto me. I'll just call it a coincidence.

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I also am not superstitious. It's fun to hold your breath over bridges or x the window and spit when a black cat crosses your path but I hold no fear when it happens.

The other day our total at the local convenience store was $6.66.When the salesgirl mentioned the superstition I simply said "my God is bigger than that 6.66 & besides I have read the end of the book and know who won that battle" and she was like wow great way to look at that :)

-- Posted by DannysGal on Tue, Oct 23, 2007, at 2:13 PM

I have always believed that it was sacreligious to have superstitions. If you were to ask me, I would tell you that, no, I do not have any superstitions.

Try as she might it seemed that my grandmother was trying to make me superstitious of everything but they did not stick to me.

However, I can not help but wonder why we always have hog jowl and black-eyed peas every New Year's Day without fail. Also I wonder why I will not tell a dream until after breakfast.

-- Posted by leeiii on Tue, Oct 23, 2007, at 12:55 PM

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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.