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Words to live by...

"How beautiful it is to do nothing, and to rest afterward."

[Spanish Proverb]

Ius luxuriae publice datum est

(The right to looseness has been officially given)

"Everyone carries a part of society on his shoulders," wrote Ludwig von Mises, "no one is relieved of his share of responsibility by others. And no one can find a safe way for himself if society is sweeping towards destruction. Therefore everyone, in his own interest, must thrust himself vigorously into the intellectual battle."

Apparently, the crossword puzzle that disappeared from the blog, came back.


Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pearl, I will get you for this!

Pearl, whom I adored up until I read her blog post of 9/2/09, has inflicted a meme on me. I have no idea what I did to her to tick her off and that photo of me blogging in my underwear under a palm tree in my backyard is obviously photoshopped since I do not have a palm tree in my backyard. I don't actually have a backyard in my backyard and I have the variance approval to prove it. I will admit only to occasionally blogging in my underwear.... but never outdoors. It's too bloody hot.

Now, where was I? Oh yes, a meme. As you know, I do not approve of these things being mandatory. So I will not, as the meme instructs, inflict this on anyone else. Besides, they would then seek revenge and this would soon escalate, or deteriorate, into meme-tossing and random tagging and then none of us would get anything done. Especially me. I can get nothing done all on my own without all that pressure, thankyouverymuch.

I got lost again. Oh yeah... the meme says I should reveal 7 quirky things about myself that are evidenced in my blog. That is a tough assignment. First, because I do not have any quirkiness and, if I do, they are evidenced only because hackers have snuck in and changed my words.

1. I am pedantic. Obsessively so. Not enough to be an English teacher* (if I had the education), mind you, but still... You won't notice unless you read a post immediately after it is posted and then re-read it several times afterward spaced by an hour, 2 hours, and possibly a day. You will then notice the re-phrasing, the corrected typos and glaringly misspelled words that were emended. If you are also pedantic. Otherwise, you won't.

2. I read old books and watch old movies. I decided some years ago that I was born in the wrong decade. So I spend as much time as I can in the decades I should have been born in. You should see my zoot suit. And my buckskins and trapper gear.

3. I do, actually, always blog in my underwear. Sometimes I have clothes on over them, of course. I will still deny those pictures, however, Pearl.

4. My writing basically sucks but I know you are all too polite to actually tell me that so I have no incentive to improve. (That was not a license for certain people to immediately start criticizing me.. We both know who you are)

5. I am nostalgic. Even about things and times I have never experienced, or possibly want to.

6. I am Irish. That's not my fault. I blame my grandfather who wouldn't stay in Ireland after he met my (not yet then) grandmother. I have no idea if that is a quirk but I am running out of ideas.

7. I have only a few teeth left. You can laugh if you want but your turn will likely come. This matters only because I eat in front of the computer. Unlike a dog or cat, the computer does not look at me with soulful eyes and drool so I can do it without guilt. I am hopeful that isn't evidenced in this (or any other) blog.

Now, instead of assigning this to 7 other bloggers I will assign it to whoever wants to do it, has a computer, or reads this blog. That should cover just about all of my enemies and the one or two friends who hadn't abandoned me up till now.

I will not tell you how many times I have proofread this or how many changes/additions/corrections I have made so far...

(* My apologies, Cheri... I liked most of my English teachers)

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6 comments:

Cheri (the English teacher) said...

Thank you, Dear Douglas, for not sending me a list of seven things to write about, etc. I must admit, I delete all of these types of requests.

And do not be so hard on yourself. I am still enamored with your oak tree in an orange grove...that one was original and wonderful!

I usually write outside on my deck in my pj's with a cup of coffee, flanked by a drooling Labrador and an irritable cat.

MilesPerHour said...

Thank you for sharing. Thank you for not inflicting this meme on me. Thank you for not posting any pictures of you in your underwear.

Butler and Bagman said...

Not terribly quirky. Since I recently got stuck with a meme myself, I'm going to avoid this one for now.

Douglas said...

Cheri, that's great. I have two usable phrases in 324 posts.

MPH, Especially those pictures. I get it.

B&B, my real quirks might get me arrested.

Douglas said...

Cheri, that's great. I have two usable phrases in 324 posts.

MPH, Especially those pictures. I get it.

B&B, my real quirks might get me arrested.

MilesPerHour said...

Thank you for sharing. Thank you for not inflicting this meme on me. Thank you for not posting any pictures of you in your underwear.