You opera fans will know that the Barber of Seville is actually titled "Il barbiere di Siviglia ossia L'inutile precauzione" (The Barber of Seville, or the Useless Precaution). (Extra credit if you know what the useless precaution is.)Not every precauzione is inutile. Every now and then a simple precaution is rewarded. Something as simple as buckling your seat belt, or looking behind you before you start to back up. Something like that. Those can be life-savers.
And now to the point. We get one, just one, pro football game today (at least of the early games) here in Geezerville. Instead of getting one of the more interesting games, we get the Jets against Miami, which would have been an interesting game 10 or 20 years ago, or which would have been interesting if Sanchez were playing simply for mocking purposes. Naturally, for a game like this (and yes, for any game) I have the sound off.
My simple precaution was rewarded a hundred fold, yea, a thousand fold. I happened to glance up at the TV when it showed the announcers, and CBS is giving us Greg Gumble and Dan Dierdorf, aka the Dorkster. (That moniker was coined by the late Jim Healy, a great Bruin.) As I type this, I am missing the Dorkster. I listened to the Dorkster many years ago, before I adopted my simple yet life-saving rule regarding the volume control. I am confident that before I adopted that rule, I lost at least a decade of my life thanks to the brain-draining, life-sapping inanities uttered by the Dorkster and all his brothers and sisters. I believe this precauzione utile may well have given me back that lost decade. Just knowing that the Dorkster is merrily bleating his spiel but I can't hear it has added a spring to my step that has been missing for quite a while. No, I will not turn it on just to see how bad it is. I do not need to hit my thumb with a hammer to know that it will be painful.