Thursday, July 14, 2016

I'M REACHING OUT

Posted by Robert Klitzkie




I’m going to reach out to someone I don’t, never will and can’t ever know.  Even though I don’t know who he is I’m going to reach out to Anonymous.  Wait--he or she, I don’t know, but I will still reach out to Anonymous.


Here’s Anonymous’ comment on the PALE’ MIKE WITH PATTI ARROYO ON K57 POST:

Someone needs to define "reach out." Did anyone offer the services of the church to them? Did anyone offer to put them in touch with professional help? And it appears from the interview that not even Fr. Mike even thought of asking Archbishop Hon to apologize to the victims for Apuron's attack on them. Apparently our priests think that showing up to stuff is reaching out.”

Here I’m going to reach out to Anonymous but in order to do so I’ll need to ask the reader’s leave for me to engage in three P’s—parse, pedantic and precision.  OK? then reaching out I am.

I’ll start reaching out with a quote I plucked from the ‘net at a site called Quora: 


“Why do people use the term "reach out" when they mean "contact"?

reach out used to have the sense of attempting to contact someone who is extremely reluctant to be contacted .  Lately, people use it to simply mean contact someone you either don't know or haven't talked to in a while.  The old meaning of reach out is best demonstrated in the Four Tops song Reach Out (I'll be There).
When you feel lost and about to give up (to give up)
Cause your life just ain't good enough (just ain't good enough)
And you feel the world has grown cold (has grown cold)
And your drifting out all on your own (drifting out on your own)
And you need a hand to hold, darling
reach out come on girl reach out for me
reach out reach out for me

The new meaning can be heard in just about any HR department: “We reached out to Tyrone Slothrop about working at Yoyodyne.”
Our friend Anonymous shows that some of our priests go Quora one better stating Apparently our priests think that showing up to stuff is reaching out.” The implication here is that for some priests  it isn’t even necessary to try to contact someone in order to use the phrase “reach out” to describe what he did or didn’t do. Pale’ Mike claimed to have “reached out” and listed a few other priests as also having “reached out.” Even under the new definition of “reach out,” i.e. attempting to contact someone, did anyone reach out to Roy, Doris, Walter or Roland? No. Did any priest call any of the four and impart the sentiments expressed by the Four Tops (albeit in a different context), offer any kind of assistance or commiserate with them? No.  Or did the “reaching out” mean a shake-and-howdy at a public gathering, lip service rendered at a chance meeting or anonymously  including them in a verbal recognition of diverse abuse victims of worldwide dimension.

Hey Anonymous, (using your explanation) I know people who did reach out to Roy, Doris, Walter and Roland and none of them were priests. I know people who did reach out to Roy, Doris, Walter and Roland when they were being viciously attacked by Apuron and his henchmen and none of them were priests. I even know people who reached out to priests when they were being viciously attacked by Apuron and his henchmen and, once again, none were priests.

So we’re left with four definitions for the phrase, “reach out” i.e.: Four Tops, New definition, Pale’ Jeff and Fr. Barry.

Four Tops=the sentiments expressed in the song.
New definition=try to contact
Pale’ Mike= showing up to stuff
Fr. Barry=see spoiler alert

Later I’m going to take another crack at “reaching out.” Spoiler alert: If you don’t like Marlon Brando don’t read that post,

“…A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my brother, Charley, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit. You shoulda taken care of me just a little bit so I wouldn't have to take them dives for the short-end money.
Charlie: Oh I had some bets down for you. You saw some money.
Terry: You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Charley.”

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