Wednesday, July 21, 2010

No Freshness

To some, the world seemed brand new as they woke every day.

It wasn't so for Jonn. He suffered from insomnia. He would wake up in the middle of the night and stay away for at least two hours, if not more, before he went back to sleep.

He never got a solid block of sleep that lasted, at the least, for six hours.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

O Brown Owl

O brown owl,
You wise fowl,
It annoys me when you say
Short answer: No.
Long answer: Hell no!
And 10 to 20 more,
Maybe 30 --
Jeez, I don't know how many.
I didn't count them.
I didn't know it was important to you.
But there were a lot of them.
Turn on ... tune in ... take over!
Is the revolution on your side?
There's a sequel coming out for the movie 2001. It's going to be titled 4002 -- because the producers promised it would be twice as good.
O my!
No pie?
No corned beef or ham and cheese
On rye?
Tell me differently, and I know
you lie!
When you lie, you sin,
and when you die
you'll go to Hell, where
you'll fry!
I feel a major fetish coming on ...
He hated his life, and his yearning for death was as strong as love.
What's up?
What's down?
What's going around?
"You're one sick, sad fuck, Frank. And you're fat, too."
Is that a requirement ... or just ... a suggestion?
Go big or go home.
Haikus are easy.
But sometimes they don't make sense.

Monday, July 12, 2010

What Other People Said

Here is the second installment of the section of my blog that I've entitled What Other People Said. If you want an explanation of the name and why I gave it that, please click here.

I apologize for not getting the names of the people who said these quotes, except for the two at the end of this post.
America is not at war. The Marine Corps is at war. America is at the wall.
The most expensive meal you'll ever eat is pussy.
Your karma is leaking.
Never take no for an answer. Never take yes for granted.
Merde! Because shit always sounds better in French.
You can't have both feet on the ground and kick ass at the same time.
Up all night; got demons to fight.
An oligarchy is easily overcome. The many lack a purpose or reason to fight for the few, and the few fear a purpose or reason with which to arm the many.
Absence is to love as wind is to fire. It extinguishes the little flame and fans the big flame.
-- Umberto Eco
When I see something on the net and think it's funny, I type LQTM. That stands for Laughed Quietly To Myself. It's a lot more honest than LOL.
--Demetri Martin.

This Is The Way ...

Recently, this old nursery rhyme came to mind:

This is the way we wash our clothes,
wash our clothes, wash our clothes.
This is the way we wash our clothes
So early in the morning.

Suddenly these riffs, based on the catch X-the-Y pattern, came to mind:

Brush the bat
Hang the fools
Shoot the moon
Shoot the fool
Fuck the girl
Burn the bridge
Beat the meat
Lick the whip

After those, no more came to mind.

The Life & Health Of Rockers

During my recently surfing of the internet, I found this cover of the February 1970 issue of Circus magazine, which was devoted to rock and roll/popular music in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

If you want to see a bigger picture of the cover, please click on it.

It wondered who of the above would survive the 1970s.

The performers are by row:

  • First -- Johnny Cash, Pete Townsend, Jim Morrison, Paul McCartney, Grace Slick;
  • Second -- Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, Johnny Winter;
  • Third -- Alvin Lee, Ray Davies, John Mayall, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley;
  • Four -- George Harrison, Ringo Star, Charlie Watts, Jimmy Page, David Crosby.

The first one to die was Hendrix, who went in September 1970 by choking to death on his own vomit.

The second was Joplin, who died a month later of a heroin overdose.

Then came Morrison, who died in July 1971. Some thought the cause was a heart attack. Some thought it was a heroin overdose. Since no autopsy was made, no cause is known for certain.

Three in a row, and quickly, too.

But six years passed before the next death: Elvis Presley in August 1977 of a heart attack aggravated by drug abuse.

Next was John Lennon: Shot to death in December 1980.

But then 20 years passed until the next deaths: George Harrison in November 2001 of lung cancer; then Johnny Cash in September 2003 of complications from diabetes.

That's seven out of 20, or 35 percent.

Everyone else is still alive and playing, although their current careers aren't as big as they were back then.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Flip A Coin

Ace: Hommala hommala hommala BING!!!

Deuce: What the hell was that?

Ace: Hey. I was expressing myself!

Deuce: Use English, you tool. People might understand you for a change.

Ace: Hey, while you're here, I got something to ask you.

Deuce: What is it?

Ace: I have this thing to do and I have two choices to follow. But I don't know which one to do.

Deuce: Simple. Flip a coin.

Ace: Does that work?

Deuce: It does. It works not because it answers the questions before you, or settles the situation. When the coin's in the air, you know what you want to do.

Ace: Thanks.

Deuce: By the way, what was your big choice?

Ace: I was going to ask O.J. Simpson what was harder for him to do or what mean more to him: Rushing for 2,000 yards that one football season or killing two people that one night.

Deuce: I'm sure you'll get the answer you want.

Ace: Hey, do you think O.J. will flip a coin before he answers me?

Churchill And Pigs

And now, a few words and pictures about Winston Churchill and pigs.

The first picture is him as a child.

The second picture is a quote by him about pigs.

And please click here for a story I saw on web on why pigs are great animals.

ADDENUM: I've decided to go back to Georgia as the font that I'll use for my posts. I've tried Times and didn't like it.

Friday, July 2, 2010

For The Fourth

I know it's early, but I might as well post this now as the holiday starts.

I hope all of you have a happy -- and safe -- Fourth of July,
O! say can you see by the dawn's early light,
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight,
O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?

And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.

O! say does that star-spangled banner yet wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?