The View from the Pines: Treating the innocent and stupid exactly the same


By JIM COLEMAN, Special to The Paper

Well, it seems like things are finally getting back to normal.  Based on the fact that it took me 45 minutes to drive 12 miles to Peachtree City last Saturday, I’d say things are getting back to the way they used to be, or at least it seems so.  It’s either that, or people are so tired of being cooped up for a year that they just get in their car and ride around with nothing to do.

Now there is talk of the Delta variant lurking in the wings.  Who knows what that will bring?  In the meantime, 1,400 people have died in automobile accidents in Georgia so far this year but I still have to go to Kennesaw on Wednesday.

I had my annual physical, which is always traumatic.  It’s not physically traumatic, it’s more of an emotional thing.  It’s the day each year when I’m poked and probed, x-rayed, and have EKG leads glued to my chest hair only to be removed by a nurse who believes that jerking 3 or 4 of them off simultaneously somehow mitigates the agony.

My doctor is also my very good friend who has seen me and my family through good times and bad, which is why I drive an hour and half each way just to keep her in my life.  She always takes extra time to catch up on my comings and goings and those of my family.  After she completed the required examinations she reminded me that I have had a flu shot, both COVID vaccinations, two pneumonia shots, two shingles shots, anti-anxiety medication, acid reflux medication and two allergy medications.

In addition to that, I’ve been diagnosed with arthritis in my hip, wax in my ear, the bottom number of my blood pressure is kinda high and then she added that she wants to see me 40 pounds lighter when I come for my annual appointment next year.

The bright spot in my day was when she commented as I was leaving, “You look great!” Really?  It reminded me of my childhood when at age 13, I would drive my South Georgia grandma to the funeral home and as we were leaving she would always say, “She looked good, didn’t she?”  Even at that young age I thought “NO, she looks dead.”

I’m sure the HIPAA people are having a stroke by now because of all the information I’ve just released to the public.  If some wacko out there hacked my Facebook account and got my American Express number from my Amazon account, he could actually become me.  On second thought, I think I’m safe.  Nobody would want to be me, knowing all this.

Now on a more serious note.  I respect anybody’s right to manage his own healthcare and be a participant in his own wellbeing, but there’s a bunch of people out there that need to wake up.  After what we have been through in the last 18 months I cannot, under any scenario, fathom why so many people are not vaccinated against COVID.  If you’re one who isn’t, I’d suggest you turn off the television, stop reading Facebook posts from people who are imminently unqualified to be talking about the subject and just ask a DOCTOR.

Science is a funny thing.  It doesn’t care who you voted for, which talk radio station you listen to, which church you go to or what kind of revelation you think you have had.  If you think the government is implanting microchips into you with the COVID vaccine, then you are just some kind of a nut.

If you have eaten a Big Mac, Whopper, Bubba Burger, McRib, fries or onion rings in your life then don’t use the excuse that you care about what goes in your body.  COVID is still out there and there is a funny thing about it, also.  It treats the innocent and stupid exactly the same.


Jim Coleman is twice retired as a financial advisor and flight attendant. A theatre geek, musician, arts administrator and preservationist, he lived a relatively obscure life until he crossed paths with Corby Winters. Jim chose Newnan as his new forever home five years ago and is dedicated to making our community the best it can be.


  1. Gene Logue 8 August, 2021 at 21:21 Reply
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    Jim, always enjoy your writings but this is the best I have seen so far. So much honesty, willing to share the good with the bad and expose yourself to some who will be unkind critics. Keep on doing such a good job and sharing your experiences. I have always thought you were a very special person since your childhood in the old neighborhood. Stay safe and I too agree with everything you said…..we have already had several young and by young I mean in their early 50s having severe issues with this new strait and one went to ER and was told it would be a 30 hour wait…went to an urgent care and people were literally laying around on the floor waiting….after 3 weeks he has turned the corner but still not well. A doctor friend told me that all he knew about who were having issues with this strait, none had the vaccine…makes me feel there is a safety barrier in place…still no guarantees!

  2. Gene Logue 8 August, 2021 at 21:35 Reply

    This is the best you have posted thus far…..all interesting but this was so full of honesty, barring your personal medical issues, etc. I, too, can’t imagine how people pour so much unhealthy things into their bodies but question this vaccine…but their choice which is now affecting all of us with the spreading. We have had several friends early 50s and younger in serious condition due to this new strain. A doctor friend said of all those being admitted presently in our area, they are mainly 60 and younger and none have had vaccine…a 60 year old lady and her Mom died on the same day here with Covid. It is comforting to know that those being admitted are not the ones who had had the 2 vaccines unless in rare cases their underlying medical issues have taken over. Makes me happy we got it in January and ready to take booster if needed. Great article! Gene

  3. Susan Joanis 9 August, 2021 at 21:51 Reply


    This is a wonderful article and I appreciate your willingness to share your personal medical information. Your article is right on point. My daughter-in-law is an RN at the Medical Center and works in the ICU. The hospital had to open up more space due to having so many COVID cases. When she is at work, I wish you could see how she has to dress with all the PPP equipment, scrub coverings, double masks, face shields, etc. She has to wear all of that safety equipment 12 hours at the time. Most of the inpatient folks with COVID have not been vaccinated. I admire her and all medical staff who put their own health at risk to serve others. Get vaccinated folks. God Bless You Jim and God Bless those in the medical field trying to fight the good fight.

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