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The Dengler Domain: Superstitions

December 2, 2016
Sean Dengler - Columnist , Traer Star-Clipper

Superstitions have been around a long time, and they are a funky phenomenon. Most people do not let superstitions control their lifestyle, but if a ladder stands in our way, we will take the extra two seconds to walk around it. Sports are similar like baseball has prominent superstitions. A couple are having the same routine in the batter's box or never touching the chalked foul lines, but while they did not affect the outcome of the game, these superstitions still mattered. Those baseball superstitions are mine, and they are silly, but after some research, I found a few downright too hard to follow superstitions.

The first superstition is going out the same door one enters. Obviously, this is not hard when involving my bedroom, but a big convention center would be hard. My brain would hurt from all the doors. Walking across an entire room to go out the same door I entered in would not be fun. This superstition would be even harder to pull off if I had to urgently use the restroom in this convention center. The mental strain from thinking about this superstition daily is strenuous, and I might be overcome with exhaustion.

Another thought exhausting superstition would be not opening up an umbrella inside. This superstition boils down to I hate getting wet. If I want to beat the rain, I will open up my umbrella no questions asked. Fortunately, I do not own an umbrella. By golly, I beat this superstition by default, and for anyone who follows this superstition, you go trooper! Getting wet from the not in advance umbrella cover would be nasty, but I would never have to worry about getting my umbrella stuck in a door.

This next superstition involves partner participation, and this makes it extra hard. This superstition is when both people walk on the same side of a pole. These other two superstitions are easy enough to complete by myself, but convincing someone to always walk on the same side of a pole because of my superstition is momentously hard. If this person is also very against superstition, this task is impossible. This superstition would be hard to remember because I have never thought about this one when walking down a street. This superstition is the most stressful of the three superstitions.

I am mentally taxed from thinking about how hard it would be to commit to these superstitions. For people possessing many superstitions, you are the real winners. The amount of work going into superstitions is too much. I will stick to my simplistic, mostly superstition free life. But if I see a black cat breaking a mirror under a ladder, I am running the other way.

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