A guy is driving down a two-lane road in his minivan when he sees a truck off to the side. The truck driver is waving and all around him are a dozen penguins waddling about.

The guy pulls over and before he could say anything, the breathless, frantic truck driver says, “You gotta help me. My truck broke down and triple-A won’t be here for two more hours. You gotta take these penguins to the zoo.”

The guy agrees and they load the penguins into the minivan.

A couple of hours later, the truck driver gets to the zoo but there is no sign of the penguins.

So, he starts driving around town. Ten minutes later, he sees the guy walking out of the theater with the penguins right behind him.

“What are you doing?!” yells the truck driver. “I told you to take them to the zoo!”

“I did,” says the guy, “but I had a little money left over so I took ’em to the movies, too.”

Time’s up!

That joke is a diversion – just something non-political to lighten the moood.

It’s all over except for the shouting. If nothing else, voters in Newport-Mesa have gained tremendous insight into the people who will be running our district for the time being.

Of the nine candidates, only the two incumbents dared to violate the spirit, if not the letter, of the rules that prohibit employee and/or district resource involvement.

One candidate, an incumbent, decided to hang her hat not on the specifics of her 12 years as a trustee but on the past financial troubles of her opponent.

When I first heard of this, I was tempted to write about the list of very famous and successful people who went through trying personal and financial times and came out just fine. Abraham Lincoln was on the list – first, actually. Lincoln was the 19th century equivalent of bankrupt – so broke that he had to sell his horse to pay his debts.

I never wrote the post because it would not have mattered to the people for whom it was intended: Those who read this blog and support the incumbent.

It is a law

I believe that over the course of one’s life, everything comes back around. Or as my old boss used to say, “The chickens always come home to roost.”

In the end, the scale is always perfectly balanced and we leave as we entered – with nothing. It’s a law.

But there is one exception.

As adults, we leave behind our reputation. It is ours to make and all we ever completely and truly own. No one ever truly gets away with anything. They may have fooled some of the people some of the time, or even all of the people all of the time, but they cannot evade that law.

Life is about harmony and being at peace with those who are not at peace with themselves. It is those people who most deserve our attention, our sympathy, and our support.

That’s not a law, but it should be.

Steve Smith