Thursday, May 27, 2010

What's going on?

I heard a radio news item that a person was arrested for throwing a rock at a Goose and killing it after someone called the police.  There was another item that a gang banger on his death bed refused to name his killer.

Both of these stories occurred on the South Side of Chicago.  The south side is notorious for gangs and murders.  Another thing they're renowned for is not talking to the police.  There are numerous killings there but no one will "rat" on the killers!  And yet a goose gets a call to the police!

Chicago's Mayor Daley (a dem of course) wants to outlaw guns for the normal people who only want to be able to defend themselves.  He is doing nothing to get the guns away from the gangs or crooks.

I love animals (but not mosquitoes) but feel that human life is more important.  What's going on here?

Chicago has 2.7 times the national average for murders; 2.18 times the national average for violent crimes.

murder (n)  the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another
ORIGIN Old English morthor, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch moord and German Mord, from an Indo-European root shared by Sanskrit marĂ¡ ‘death’ and Latin mors; reinforced in Middle English by Old French murdre.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010


Those of you that know me know that I hate hot weather!   I especially hate hot & muggy!  I think my response to hot & muggy causes my wife discomfort.  Since we do not have air conditioning (I know somewhere out of the middle ages (I guess I won't mention our lack of cable or sat TV)), I try to keep the house cool by keeping the drapes closed which makes the house dark and dreary and it still gets hot!

The last few days it has been near 90 F and muggy.  On Sunday, I bicycled from and back to the church.  I was drenched in sweat.  I almost didn't go back (my wife's Swedish Glee Club spring concert was at our church in the afternoon).

It seems that older people like hot weather, I guess that just goes to show that my lovely wife and me aren't old!

“What dreadful hot weather we have! It keeps me in a continual state of inelegance” Jane Austen

How can the weather be hot as hell one day and cold as hell another?

Don't knock the weather. If it didn't change once in a while, nine out of ten people couldn't start a conversation.   Kin Hubbard

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” John Ruskin

Isn't it interesting that the same people who laugh at science fiction listen to weather forecasts and economists?  Kelvin Throop III

Weather forecast for tonight: dark. Continued dark overnight, with widely scattered light by morning.  George Carlin

In Scotland, there is no such thing as bad weather - only the wrong clothes.  Billy Connelly

You know what they say about Chicago. If you don't like the weather, wait fifteen minutes.  Ralph Kiner

WEATHER, n.  The climate of the hour. A permanent topic of conversation among persons whom it does not interest, but who have inherited the tendency to chatter about it from naked arboreal ancestors whom it keenly concerned. The setting up official weather bureaus and their maintenance in mendacity prove that even governments are accessible to suasion by the rude forefathers of the jungle. (DD)

Saturday, May 22, 2010


It is very hard for me to buy gifts for my lovely wife.  I have no fashion sense and don't understand winter / spring / fall / summer colors, so I buy things in colors that appeal to me.  My sister-in-law is able to buy clothes for my wife, I look at them when they arrive and they look bad, but my lovely wife puts them on and they are perfect on her.  I have tried to buy some jewelry for her but they don't work.  I bought her a Stand Mixer and that seems to be OK.

My kids ask me if I have any ideas at Christmas for gifts for her, but if I had any ideas I would use them myself.  I have tried asking what she wants, but that doesn't work (I guess after 41+ years of marriage I should know what she wants)!

Her birthday was a few days ago.  I think I finally got a gift she likes!  A friend of ours (she is in the Swedish Singing group with my lovely wife) is a piano teacher; so I asked if she would be willing to take on another student for 5 lessons (that number to see if my LW would enjoy it and if not could stop) and she said she would be glad to.  So my gift was the lessons!

If you want to say it with flowers, a single rose says: "I'm cheap!" Delta Burke

The worst gift is a fruitcake. There is only one fruitcake in the entire world, and people keep sending it to each other.   Johnny Carson

“Everyone is gifted - but some people never open their package”

Nothing’s as mean as giving a little child something useful for Christmas.

“Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.”  Bil Keane

"Christmas is the season when you buy this year's gifts with next year's money."

gift (n) 1 a thing given willingly to someone without payment; • an act of giving something as a present : his mother's gift of a pen.
2 a natural ability or talent 
ORIGIN Middle English : from Old Norse gipt; related to give

Friday, May 21, 2010

It is my fault...

It is my fault when my favorite sports teams lose!

Whenever I watch my favorite teams (Lions, Tigers, Pistons, Spartans, Redwings) on TV they lose.  When MSU was in the finals of NCAA Basketball Championship a couple of years ago, I made the mistake of watching it on the TV ; they lost!  When the Redwings were in the Stanley Cup finals last year I watched it and they lost!

Some people might incorrectly say that it is merely coincidence or superstition but as every democrat knows anecdotal evidence is the most reliable (even though the evidence shows otherwise (sorry couldn't resist a dig)).  Of course, some people might point out that some of these teams lose the majority of their games anyhow (Lions, Pistons) but others tend to win the majority of their games.

Conversely, when I watch my hated teams (like Yankees, or arrogant teams like White Sox or Bears) on TV they win!  Perhaps, I watch too much TV!

The man who smiles when things go wrong has thought of someone to blame it on. - Robert Bloch

“Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.”   Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Having nothing, nothing can he lose.”  William Shakespeare

“We lost because we told ourselves we lost”  Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy

No one ever says, "It's only a game" when their team is winning.  George Carlin

Anybody can win -- unless there happens to be a second entry.  Ade's Law

Don't believe that winning is really everything. It's more important to stand for something. If you don't stand for something, what do you win?  Lane Kirkland

Whoever said, 'It's not whether you win or lose that counts.' probably lost.  Mary Ashton Livermore

lose (v):  1 be deprived of or cease to have or retain (something) • cause (someone) to fail to gain or retain (something) • waste or fail to take advantage of (time or an opportunity)
fail to win (a game or contest)  • cause (someone) to fail to win (a game or contest) 
ORIGIN Old English losian [perish, destroy,] also [become unable to find,] from los [loss.]