** Our world is at the mercy of some kind of battery.
** You should forgive and forget, but keep a list of names just in case.
** Fridays from this day forward will be considered the beginning of the three-day lunch.
** No matter how old you are or that you are a foot taller and 100 pounds bigger, there is a sense of fear when your mother gives you the "look.'' It happens every holiday when you and your siblings are feeling brave and a little lippy.
** You miss 100 percent of the shots you don't take.
** If some people didn't tell you, you'd never know they'd been away on vacation.
** Those line things (spaces) in parking lots are there for a reason.
** Wives and husbands should have to run for election for each other every four years.
** A 20-something parks in a handicap spot at the River Drive (Davenport) Shell station to get cigarettes and an energy drink. Really?
** There is no such thing as a mid-life crisis, a pre-sale, or re-schedule. And you don't get re-elected. ** You never think of the clever stuff until the argument is over.
** It's OK — really it is — to read your 35-item grocery receipt after you get out of the checkout line. The rest of us want to get through.
** It's called "fast'' food, so open a second register and quit herding those of us paying the freight around like cattle.
** For some reason personal space violations are at an all-time high.
** White boards never erase.
** Everybody needs a pal named "Booger,'' "Boomer,'' "'Bunky'' or "Skip.''
** It is now OK to put up your Christmas lights, play Christmas music -- occasionally on the radio -- and cut down/put up one's Christmas tree.
** Denver quarterback Peyton Manning rocks.
** It's "Christmas,'' not "Holiday'' Season.
** It is bad to join a funeral procession to get you through the red light no matter what the comedian on TV says. Bad, bad, bad.
** A morning coffee group tells me no matter what you have or do not have, we all want whatever it is we don't have."
** There should be a constitutional amendment that keeps the Twinkie alive forever.
** The NHL situation is what's wrong with our world. Billionaires sticking it to millionaires.
** If retailers wanted to open, employees wanted to work and Americans wanted to SPEND money, then shopping yesterday (Thanksgiving) was OK. Black Friday was not Black Friday before it became a made-up market-driven day with a cool name.
** If you are already in a hole, there is no use to continue digging.
** The I-74 bridge painters need to pick up the pace.
Columnist John Marx can be reached at (309) 757-8388 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Today is Tuesday, July 29, the 210th day of 2014. There are 155 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Col. H.F. Sickless informs us that there will be new organization of troops in this state under the call for more men. 1889 -- 125 years ago: James Normoyle arrived home after graduating from West Point with honors in the class of 1889. He was to report to Fort Brady, Mich., as second lieutenant in the 23rd Infantry. 1914 -- 100 years ago: Austria Hungary declared war on Serbia. Germany and Austria refused an invitation of Sir Edward Grey to join Great Britain at a mediation conference. 1939 -- 75 years ago: Dr. William Mayo, the last of the three famous Mayo brother surgeons, died at the age of 78. 1964 -- 50 years ago: One of the biggest horse shows of the season was held yesterday at Hillandale Arena on Knoxville Road under the sponsorship of the Illowa Horsemen's Club. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Davenport is like a gigantic carnival this weekend with the Bix Arts Fest taking over 12 square blocks of the downtown area. A festive atmosphere prevailed Friday as thousands of people turned out to sample what the Arts Fest has to offer.