For me the Post-Gazette is a "must-read" every morning. But, of late, the constant news of the economic downturn, wars in some corners and sad human conditions in most all others makes the "read" weigh heavy on my shoulders. Therefore I look for uplifting fare like "Random Acts of Kindness" and other columnists' humorous take on slices of our lives to counter the gloom. On Feb. 18, I hit paydirt! Reg Henry's "Portfolio" column was a veritable masterpiece of wordsmithing ("The Sully Look Is Hot. [Right?]").
He deftly heralds his uncanny physical resemblance (tongue in cheek) to Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger, the US Airways captain who piloted his aircraft to a watery but safe landing in New York's Hudson River. The column had my husband and me in welcome fits of laughter.
Like Mr. Henry, we are people of a certain age, a little post this and a little post that. "Sully" is the new American hero and it's nice to at last have a hero who is neither buff nor ripped, but rather distinguished, unflappable and, well, of a certain age.
Thanks, Mr. Henry, for brightening our day. I'm told that laughing burns more calories than moping. Thanks for that too!