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Blessed John Paul II April 30, 2011

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He will be Beatified tomorrow, May 1st, in the Vatican.

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Willy and Katie Tie the Not April 29, 2011

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(It used to be “knot”, but “not” more accurately describes the, er…, more contentious parts of modern marriage.)

Random thoughts…

So nice that England’s time zone is so much earlier than ours. They’re already married, and it’s only about 8:00 am here, so they have the whole day to talk about tea and crumpets, cricket, the Irish problem and so forth. Tra la…

The world can now focus on two relatively attractive people, and wonder what their kids will look like. Instead of fearing that Camilla and Gnarly Charlie (that’s Berke Breathed’s line from Bloom County) would produce a kid looking like them.

Too bad all of that money was spent on Westminster, horses, carriages, uniforms and dresses, and the (hopefully) French food and not (dreadful) English fish ‘n chips – too bad they didn’t spend some of that loot on a free teeth cleaning and one tooth filling for England’s population. Or draft ‘em all, send them to ‘Ganistan and have the Americans on the birdfarms (aircraft carriers) start up the dentist drills.

I’d be more star struck if I didn’t loathe the English so much for they way they treated the Irish, even to this day. Yeah, yeah, I know – we didn’t do so well with the American indians, either. But what do you expect? We’re mostly the product of English colonialism; we learned inhumanity from them. The thing doesn’t fall far from under the tail of the horse thing. And probably the worst language in our solar system. Especially that jerk Cromwell. I guess I’d be mad too if my parents gave me the first name of “Cromwell”. What did his mates call him – Croms? Cromie? Big C? It was good that after he died, they dug him back up and hanged him.

Nice that Willy married a commoner. In my view, brings him up a couple of social pegs from “royaltee”. And it was nice that the Beatles loaned him the uniform from the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. His Mum would have liked that.

From My Fair Lady, the question still is, “Why can’t the English learn to speak?” Why can’t the English come up with one word that we can call them? They don’t like “English” (that’s why I use it); British is passe’ after Harry Potter; Great Britainers is just dumb; “Britons” is too namby-pamby.

I’ve got it: How about “United Kingdomers”. “Uk’s”. Pronounced “yucks”.

By Jove, I think we’ve got it!

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A.T.B. April 29, 2011

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This was on CBS News on the web. A paraplegic bunny was found by a couple of young boys, and one of them invented a way to make life easier for Joe.

I think it’s great that they did that… instead of starting a neurosurgery hobby.

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AFI Best Movie Quotes April 25, 2011

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I was looking for a quotation from Casablanca, and I ran across this article in Wikipedia. I enjoyed it so much, I decided to post it here for you to enjoy, too. It is the American Film Institute’s 100 Years – 100 Movie Quotes.

Quotation number
Quotation
Character
Actor/Actress
Film
Year

1 “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
Rhett Butler
Clark Gable
Gone with the Wind
1939

2 “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Don Vito Corleone
Marlon Brando
The Godfather
1972

3 “You don’t understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.”
Terry Malloy
Marlon Brando
On the Waterfront
1954

4 “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Dorothy Gale
Judy Garland
The Wizard of Oz
1939
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Progress Comes In Chunks April 20, 2011

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I got up early today.

I have applied to several companies in my engineering consultant mode, but answers are not forthcoming. This is Change We Can Believe In? We can send in more and more resumes; Yes We Can!
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“And Flights of Angels Sing Thee to Thy Rest” April 17, 2011

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My good friend Sandy recently lost a childhood friend to cancer at a young age. She wrote a good-bye article on her blog, and asked her daughter to paint something for her friend’s parents. Very talented, the young lady made a painting that moved me to remember Hamlet, and Horatio’s prayer over the corpse of his good friend.

The article, and the young lady’s art, are worth a moment, here.

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Lent: It’s Not Just for Catholics Anymore April 17, 2011

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Today is Palm Sunday, so there’s only one more week before Easter. That means there is only one week left in Lent for 2011. Catholics and certain other religions call this Holy Week.

WARNING: Proceed with caution! I unexpectedly learned some things by writing this article, so there is a fair chance you may be exposed to learning something if you proceed beyond this point!
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She’s Gone Postal! Revisited April 15, 2011

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I first published this article a year ago – April 17, 2010. My good friend Mark recently cited it as one of the articles he enjoys, so here it is again. -Greg

It was an interesting Saturday morning here in Small Town, Illinois.

I had a number of chores to do today: Two weeks worth of laundry, an important check to mail return-receipt certified, a funds transfer to a family member to repay a loan, pick up some mail at UPS, and fill two 9-gallon propane tanks for trailer heat. So first I went to the local post office, about five miles away.
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Find an Expert On the Subject April 15, 2011

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There is now a fifth air traffic controller who was found napping in the control tower when pilots needed him.

We need to appoint a high-level commission to get to the bottom of this.

Now let’s see; who could we get to chair it?

No, I mean really…

Well then, ok, ask him when he wakes up.

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I Meet the Most Interesting People April 13, 2011

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One of the really fun aspects of travelling around the country in my 5th wheel trailer (Big Easy) and my big Ford truck (Big Ride) is the variety of nice people Lacy the dog and I meet.

Unlike John Steinbeck whose descriptions of people in his book Travels with Charley have been challenged by his peers as invented, the memories of folks we have actually met are painted bright and crisp. Will and Francine (not their real names) are part-year neighbors in the RV campground I call home in Florida. They work and live in western Iowa in the spring and the summer as farmers, and they drive a fifth wheel trailer to Florida in Autumn. In Florida, they get together with friends from Iowa, eat dinner out every night, and play a lot of shuffleboard.
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