Friday, July 31, 2015

Some people never change

When I was a baby, I used to entertain myself by putting my itty-bitty foot into my mouth - and I've never stopped.

(from The Adventures of Maisie radio show)

Seventeen Republican presidential candidates

Seventeen! Seventeen! Don't those guys have anything better to do? Maybe not. Maybe that is why they are running.

Skeat's Dictionary

If you love the English language and learning more about words, you would enjoy Walter William Skeat's Etymological English Dictionary. It is as handy as sliced bread if you want to get an understanding of the full breadth behind words in English. It traces words back into their derivatives from other, older languages. Interesting and handy.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Oogie Pringle - glamor man?

Well, not exactly. Just the opposite normally. He was the wishful suitor on the radio show, A Date With Judy. On one episode, however, he did manage to get a date with Dorothy Lamour, which caused Judy to second-guess having just ditched him.

"Would you stop being so fearless with my life?!"

A retort by Archie Goodwin to his boss, Nero Wolfe, when he was scolded for not pursuing a criminal under dangerous circumstances.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Decimating a generation

This from the website

Approximately 13 million Germans served in the military during the Great War; 2 million were killed, that is, roughly 15 percent. As Keegan notes, this percentage is equally shocking when the numbers of war dead are calculated as a percentage of the relevant male cohort; that is, men born between 1880 and 1899 (prime candidates for service in the war). Of German men from these year groups, approximately 13 percent were killed between 1914 and 1918. Among young French men, the percentage was even higher – 17 percent.

With only 21 years separating the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II, one wonders how the European nations were able to re-stock their military-age population in time to bear the even greater losses of World War II.

Larry Dobkin - sometimes the ONLY voice

As you listen to old radio shows, you realize that there were some roles for which Larry Dobkin's voice was the only voice that would have worked.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015


I understand that old age involves weariness of body. But I am finding out, as I progress (or regress?) that it also involves a weariness of soul. I just get tired of this life of constant sin and toil and sorrow.

Monday, July 27, 2015

How government works - or does not

"He had premonitions of endless delays while provincial authorities wondered, doubted, criticized, procrastinated, investigated, reported - and repeated."

(from Alias the Lone Wolf, by Louis Joseph Vance)

Thursday October Christian

This was the name of one of the sons of Fletcher Christian, the most famous of the mutineers from the ship Bounty, immortalized in the movie. Descendants of Christian are living today, with their genealogy documented. If you are interested, below is a link with some interesting reading.


Sunday, July 26, 2015

Be careful when you repent

"He was to learn there is nothing more unpalatable than the repentance of the headstrong." (from Alias the Lone Wolf, by Louis Joseph Vance)

We have the old saying, "Marry in haste; repent at leisure." The line above would be more on the opposite side of the equation: "Repent in haste; repent of repentance at leisure."

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Beverage of the hour

It is interesting how certain drinks have become associated with certain times of the day. Coffee in the morning. Tea in the afternoon, at least in England. Cocktails at whatever time of day people drink cocktails. You might be able to enlarge that list.