- Ada, Oklahoma


July 3, 2013

Bubba takes page out of Snowden's playbook


Ada —

“I can neither affirm or deny...” he began, but I cut him off.

“Bubba,” I said. “Have I ever written anything you said that you wouldn’t tell to the whole world anyway?”

Again, a little pause.

“No,” he said finally. “But what about that guy, what’s-his-name, Snowden? You know how he said everything we did was being monitored by the NSA.”

“Bubba, this is something that maybe you can help me on,” I thought I would try to calm him down a bit. “When we were little, our mommas taught us that we should be careful what we did because Jesus was watching us all the time.

He knew everything we did, good and bad, so we’ve better just be good all the time. She also said Jesus heard everything we said, so just say what you’d want Jesus to hear. Why can’t you just take that advice now?”

This time, he didn’t pause so long before he responded.

“Because I don’t believe that Obama is Jesus.”

Then there was a bit of silence when that little hamster he has between his ears began to turn the wheel.

“Er, not that he would say that he was. Or that there would be anything wrong with that. And by the way, why do you keep calling me Bubba?” he said, sounding a bit nervous.

“I don’t know any Bubba, and quite frankly, I don’t even know who you are. I just found this phone and dialed a number from it. Yes, that’s it. If you see this Bubba, tell him I found his phone and left it on the road where he lost it.”

I sighed.

“Sure, whatever,” I said. “Talk to you later, Bubba.”

“Talk to you Bye.”

Bobby Winters, a native of Harden City, is associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Professor of Mathematics at Pittsburg State University. He blogs at and You may contact him at We invite you to “like” the National Association of Lawn Mowers on Facebook.

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