Wednesday, October 12, 2016

You Never Know What You'll Find

I was searching for my 1961 phone book, which led me to search Robert Benchley for a quote I apparently can't remember about something coming to hand (after a two-hour search). I found the phone book, and also this from Robert Benchley. Even though this was written about 80 years ago, it's still surprisingly timely.
"When we worry," says the doc, "every gland in the body pours energizing juices into the brain. It is the body's way of preparing the mind to meet an emergency. The biological purpose of worry is to enable you to get up steam."

* * * * *
Following are a set of worrying exercises for sluggish natures. Get those energizing juices to flowing!
Position No. 1.—On arising stand facing an open window. (Not too wide open, as, if you get to worrying too well, you may fly out.) Place the hands lightly on the hips and think: "On the fifteenth that big insurance premium comes due. On the fifteenth the income tax is due. On the fifteenth I shall be just eight hundred dollars short of meeting them." Repeat this ten times and then exhale.
Position No. 2.—Lie flat on your back, with your legs in the air, and run over in your mind the age at which you find yourself, the amount of money you have saved, the probable number of years left, and what chances you will have of getting a ten-year guest-card at the Home for Aged Men. As soon as the energizing juices have reached your feet lower them and adopt a sitting posture on the floor. Sit that way all day, with your chin in your hand.
Position No. 3.—Stand in front of a mirror and look at your stomach.
Position No. 4.—Wake yourself up in the middle of the night, lie flat on your back in bed and look at the ceiling. Then figure out just how you would get out of the house in case of fire, what you would do first if that pain in your side should turn out to be acute appendicitis, or how you would face an actual werewolf.
Position No. 5.—Just stop to think about anything.

Sunday, October 09, 2016

This is Happening Right Now

College Village, here I come.

Friday, October 07, 2016

I had a great time doing a lit drop for #MargaretStock , the independent candidate for the US Senate, on my old route today. Lit drop is what we campaign insiders call hanging LITerature on people's door knobs. 
In case you're interested in voting for her, but you'll be out of town, absentee ballots are available now, by mail. In person early voting will begin October 24th. Either way, let's 

College Village

Blog exclusive:
I'll be in College Village for the next few days handing out flyers, or is it fliers, (according to my online dictionary, it's neither) for Margaret Stock.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Okay, the Blog Gets An Extra Joke Because It Waited Patiently

I've been avoiding blogging my political facebook posts. Which means there's been nothing to put here except this from a few days ago. As of last night, the gardens are finally covered. My neighbor gave me a pile of leaves that covered the bed like a fitted sheet.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Love To Be There George...

From my Twitter: No one will join me to meet candidate on Sunday. Thank God crossing the Delaware wasn’t on opposite a #Bengals game.

Last Call

For caffeine.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Loners and Social Networks Just Don't Mix

I never thought of myself as a loner until I tried to think of a friend to take for coffee.  
Well, I'll always have Mr. Rogers. Yes, I'll be your neighbor!

Pointless Twitter Rant

But more than 140 characters now.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Our Journalists Have Become Entertainers

Our entertainers have become journalists, and so it goes

"Blow, Winds, And Crack Your Cheeks! Rage! Blow! You Cataracts And Hurricanoes, Spout"

And could you maybe do a little yard work as long as you're here?

Monday, September 19, 2016

"Ha, Ha," He Growled


Fun With Files

I thought I'd never need my 56 year old social security card again.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Airport Heights Elementary School Class Of 1966

Karen and I went to an open house today. The title of each slide tells a little about it.

The Road Was A Ribbon Of Something

That's right, I read a poem once. 

Thursday, September 15, 2016

More Of That Political Stuff You Look Forward To

I know you want to read another article about Trump. You can't help yourself. He's like watching a trainwreck. A trainwreck that can't stop lying about itself. 

Buy One, Get One

See you there, here.

Release Your Returns

He should really release his tax returns. unless there's something in there even worse than not releasing them.

Bonus Blog Content

This part  isn't on Facebook, but I'm reading a book, The Road to Little Dribbling. It's by Bill Bryson and it's something of a reprise of a book he wrote many years ago about living in England. A point he makes in this book is that England is much richer now than it was then, but the things that made England one of the most pleasant places to live is the part that they are most assiduously getting rid of. This might be an example.

Have You Ever Driven In Boston?

Were you scared?

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

I Just Passed George Jetson

I updated to iOS 10 and it's like living in the future. I feel sorry for you iOS 9 folks with your buggies, bonnets and barn socials.