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August 30, 2011

Going through my blog files I found some miscellaneous quotes and questions that never made it into any of my posts. Here they are, a mish-mash of miscellany.

One of the tragedies of life is the murder of a beautiful theory by a brutal gang of facts.  La Rochefoucauld

Politics is the art of finding trouble, whether it exists or not, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedy. Ernest Benn, British writer, publisher  (And I would add, “…and then blaming someone else.”)

After urging creation of a committee to develop a permanent over-all promotional plan for New York, Grover A. Whalen, the city’s famed official greeter, was promptly informed that there already was such a committee and he had been a member for over a year. American Magazine, May, 1949.

RACIAL PREJUDICES (Fortune Magazine, Nov 1942): Survey of representative cross-section of American youth.

 Whites should not marry Negroes                  93.1%

Christians should not marry Jews                  56.1%

This date in sports history: 3/5/1973: New York Yankee pitchers Fritz Peterson and Mike Kecich announce that they’ve swapped wives and children.

Dodgeball without the balls is just a room of bizarre, flailing mimes.

Came across this somewhere on the internet:

“My boyfriend slapped a retard today! LOL!”

 “All domestic violence should be reported and you shouldn’t let him hit you again.”

On Creativity by Alan Ashley-Pitt

 The man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd. The man who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been before. Creativity in living is not without its attendant difficulties, for peculiarity breeds contempt. And the unfortunate thing about being ahead of your time is that when people finally realize you were right, they say it was obvious all along. You have two choices in life: you can dissolve in the mainstream, or you can be distinct. To be distinct, you must be different. To be different, you must strive to be what no one else but you can be . .”  (Can anyone tell me who Alan Ashley-Pitt is? I can find no definitive references to him anywhere.)

Here are some personal ponderings:

• When I dream, I experience all five senses: I can see, hear, taste, smell, touch/feel. Does everybody?

• Do people who lose their hearing after language is fully developed continue to hear in their dreams?

• People who are born deaf: Are their dreams visual only?

• If they have learned to sign, are their dreams signed?

• People who are born blind—what are their dreams like? Sounds only? Colors?

• Science tells us that the universe is expanding. Will it expand infinitely? Where does it expand to? Is there a “leading edge” galaxy beyond which lies…what? Nothingness? And is the “nothingness” infinite?

• If the amount of matter, anti-matter and dark matter in the universe is finite and if everything in the universe is moving away from everything else, then someday, in the incomprehensibly distant future, every particle of matter, anti-matter and dark matter will be incalculably distant from every other particle of matter. Does this matter? (No pun intended.) Does this mean life will be impossible?

• If the universe is expanding in all directions, is there a center?

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And now for two more installments of “IF ONLY I COULD DRAW!!”

Cartoon #63: Two frogs, a Mr. and Mrs., are walking into a tavern. The name of the tavern, “Froggie’s” is emblazoned on the front window. Just below it: “Hoppy Hour 4-6”.

Cartoon #72: Scene: A parking lot with two attendants, both dressed in tutus and ballet slippers. One is pirouetting into a car ready to be parked, driver standing nearby. The parking lot sign reads “Ballet Parking”.

Until next time…



2 Comments leave one →
  1. NRJ permalink
    September 2, 2011 11:32 pm

    Thank you for pointing me to letters of note – a very interesting site. As to the universal question, yes there is a center to this ever more rapidly expanding mass. It can be proven by some very elaborate quantum calculations, which I will not attempt. Or, you can be in it if you travel to Fremont, a highly gravitational area of Seattle. Thanks also for reminding all his fans of Hoppy, our favorite western singing frog.

    • September 3, 2011 3:16 pm

      Damn! I forgot that Fremont is the Center of the Universe! Have astronomers been informed? And, if the universe is ever-expanding, why haven’t Wallingford, Phinney Ridge and Ballard moved away from Fremont? One puzzling question answered, another takes it place.

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