Friday, 30 November 2012

The Universe is Spherical

It always seems impossible until its done. ~ Nelson Mandela #quote

It is the mission of the twentieth century to elucidate the irrational. ~ Maurice Merleau-Ponty #quote

Somehow our devils are never quite what we expect when we meet them face to face. ~ Nelson DeMille #quote

Genius is eternal patience. ~ Michelangelo #quote

Only mediocrity can be trusted to be always at its best. ~ Max Beerbohm #quote

The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear. ~ Nelson Mandela #quote

Lord, grant that I may always desire more than I accomplish. ~ Michelangelo #quote

Good painting is like good cooking; it can be tasted, but not explained. ~ Maurice de Vlaminck #quote 

A lot of the things that until now seemed unthinkable are starting to be thinkable. ~ Nick Johnson #quote

This planet Earth, the act of putting a roof over our heads, our flesh and blood existence, it's all very temporary. ~ Melissa Auf der Maur #quote

There is no justice among men. ~ Nicholas II #quote

Follow me if I advance! Kill me if I retreat! Revenge me if I die! ~ Ngo Dinh Diem #quote

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start. ~ Nido Qubein #quote

Lose your dreams and you might lose your mind. ~ Mick Jagger #quote

First of all, we must note that the universe is spherical. ~ Nicolaus Copernicus #quote

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

I'd rather be dead than singing "Satisfaction" when I'm forty-five. ~ Mick Jagger #quote

The best cure for the body is a quiet mind. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

Don't let anyone tell you that you have to be a certain way. Be unique. Be what you feel. ~ Melissa Etheridge #quote

Those things which I am saying now may be obscure, yet they will be made clearer in their proper place. ~ Nicolaus Copernicus #quote

I never fit in. I am a true alternative. And I love being the outcast. That's my role in life, to be an outcast. ~ Meat Loaf #quote

Never ascribe to malice that which is adequately explained by incompetence. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

If I knew I was going to live this long, I'd have taken better care of myself. ~ Mickey Mantle #quote

We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. ~ Mencius #quote

I think about that "empty" space a lot. That emptiness is what allows for something to actually evolve in a natural way. ~ Meredith Monk #quote

A fallen lighthouse is more dangerous than a reef. ~ Navjot Singh Sidhu #quote

A team is where a boy can prove his courage on his own. A gang is where a coward goes to hide. ~ Mickey Mantle #quote

History is a set of lies agreed upon. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte #quote

Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed. ~ Neil Armstrong #quote

You're always a little disappointing in person because you can't be the edited essence of yourself. ~ Mel Brooks #quote

Talent was not rare; the ability to survive having it was. ~ Neal Stephenson #quote

A revolutionary idea is usually one with its sleeves rolled up. ~ Navjot Singh Sidhu #quote


Because my musical training has been limited, I've never been restricted by what technical musicians might call a song. ~ Neil Diamond #quote

Geologists have a saying - rocks remember. ~ Neil Armstrong #quote

Success isn't permanent and failure isn't fatal. ~ Mike Ditka #quote

Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of other's opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. ~ Steve Jobs #quote

Your heart is full of fertile seeds, waiting to sprout. ~ Morihei Ueshiba #quote

I know God won't give me anything I can't handle. I just wish he didn't trust me so much. ~ Mother Teresa #quote

In Canada, nobody is ever overthrown because nobody gives a damn. ~ Mordecai Richler #quote

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Pun Intended

About 6 or 8 years ago, Fred hurt his back picking up a box of copy paper. He was off work for 6 weeks and then took a daily medication until he & Sigred left Canada. When they arrived in Cuenca, he figures because they were so high up in the Andes and there's less of a gravity effect, Fred's back stopped bothering him and he stopped taking the medication for 3 years.

Several months ago, Sigred wanted to get their rugs cleaned. They had to move the couch etc. off the rugs and the cleaning people came and picked them up and then delivered them back 8 days later all wrapped in plastic and smelling fresh & looking perfectly clean. For 1 large rug, 1 medium rug and 2 smaller rugs, it cost $30. Can't beat that. Sigred quipped it took 8 days because they took them down to the river to wash them and then it took that long for them to dry. In fact, what they did is unknown. In any case, after Fred helped Sigred push the couch off the front room rug, the next day his back started hurting him again.

He complained about it for 2 months before Sigred convinced him to go to the Doctor. The Doctor gave him medication that didn't really help and as an added extra bonus, caused him to have diarrhea. He couldn't leave the apartment for 10 days. When Sigred again convinced him to go back to the Doctor, he was given a different medication which turned out to be the same one he'd been taking in Canada. It seemed to help and as an extra added bonus, did not give him diarrhea. Ten days later, he went back to the Doctor and got a prescription for 30 days. The Doctor also advised him to go to the Baños hot springs (about 30 minutes away from where they live) and sit in front of the hot jets for a couple hours once a week. There are mineral waters at Baños and between the heat, the jets, the minerals and the water weightlessness, the Doctor figured it would help.

When they first moved to Ecuador, which as we all know, is just about smack dab on the equator, Sigred & Fred both sort of figured they'd have a dark tan all the time. That didn't happen. When they go to the Coast on a holiday, where it's much lower and much hotter, they get sunburned. In Cuenca, high in the Andes, Sigred's feet get a light tan (as she doesn't wear socks) and that's just about all the tan either of them gets. People have actually asked what Sigred does to stay so light skinned. Sigred replies with a shrug but figures it's that Norwegian gene from some not so distance ancestors. Both Fred & Sigred wore hats for the first 4 months months they were in Cuenca, but stopped after that. Only "tourists" wear hats.

So, off they went to the hot springs, found out it's hotter if you go on Thursday, as they clean the pool on Tuesday and it doesn't totally warm up until Thursday. Nevertheless, they found it nice to float around and Fred did feel it was helping his sciatica somewhat.

They came home and dealt with workmen tramping into and out of the apartment because their TV cable wasn't working and there was a leak in the apartment below them that required some patching on their balcony. It was a bit discombobulating but eventually the workmen were gone, Fred's back felt a tad better and after dinner Sigred went off for her bath to get the chlorine out of her hair. She was more than ready to feel clean and then cozy down on the couch and watch TV for awhile.

Sigred advised Fred "It's been a day!"
Fred agreed.

Sigred went to the bedroom, took off her clothes, went to the bathroom and momentarily looked in the bathroom mirror.

"Holy Cow!" she shouted.

Fred came running. (See -- his back was feeling better.)

The whole top half of Sigred's chest was pinkly shining with a "not quite" sunburn, but something that would definitely turn into a darkish tan.

(Aside: A day or two later Sigred also noticed
that the pinkly shining skin portion on her chest
was much deeper, went further down her body,
than it had when she was a lass.

i.e. Her boobs folks, were much much lower.)

"Go figure" Sigred mused.
The top half of Fred's body turned out to be pretty pink too.

Before they went to the hot springs, Fred and Sigred were talking about her bathing suit, as Sigred had tried it on just to make sure it still looked reasonably decent. Fred assured her (he loves Sigred) that she looked ravishing. It then occurred to Sigred that her bathing suit was something over 25 years old. She had bought it just after the birth of her second daughter, when she had come to the realization that the time for her and a teeny weeny bikini had passed.

Between the trying on of her bathing suit & the actual going to the hot springs, Fred & Sigred had gone to a social gathering. Sigred was sitting on a couch, in a large room, with maybe 40 or 80 people milling about and was recounting the story of her 25+ year old bathing suit to the woman sitting next to her. The woman, a very nice and kind lady, commented thus: "It's a compliment to you really, that it'd still fit."

Sigred smiled (you know that very small smile) and told the very nice lady: "They stretch you know."

The lady laughed. Sigred laughed with her.

Go figure again!

And therein lies the pun.


Sunday, 25 November 2012

Let Me Try to Evade You

Before I put another notch in my lipstick case, you better make sure you put me in my place. ~ Pat Benatar #quote

Fiction gives us a second chance that life denies us. ~ Paul Theroux #quote

Gain a modest reputation for being unreliable and you will never be asked to do a thing. ~ Paul Theroux #quote

Treason doth never prosper: what's the reason? Why if it prosper, none dare call it treason. ~ Ovid #quote

Being sober on a bus is, like, totally different than being drunk on a bus. ~ Ozzy Osbourne #quote

A crown, if it hurts us, is not worth wearing. ~ Pearl Bailey #quote

Who in the world am I? Ah, that's the great puzzle. ~ Lewis Carroll #quote

A horse never runs so fast as when he has other horses to catch up and outpace. ~ Ovid #quote

She generally gave herself very good advice, (though she very seldom followed it). ~ Lewis Carroll #quote

Politicians are the same all over. They promise to build bridges even when there are no rivers. ~ Nikita Khrushchev #quote

Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. ~ Lewis Carroll #quote

True dignity is never gained by place, and never lost when honors are withdrawn. ~ Philip Massinger #quote

I start with the joke line and write backward. ~ Nipsey Russell #quote

Bread for myself is a material question. Bread for my neighbor is a spiritual one. ~ Nikolai Berdyaev #quote

Properly read, the Bible is the most potent force for atheism ever conceived. ~ Isaac Asimov #quote

Colorless green ideas sleep furiously. ~ Noam Chomsky #quote

It is not wise to be wiser than is necessary. ~ Philippe Quinault #quote

There is only one cure for gray hair. It was invented by a Frenchman. It is called the guillotine. ~ P.G. Wodehouse #quote

The only true currency in this bankrupt world is what you share with someone else when you're uncool. ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman #quote

Gossip is what you say about the objects of flattery when they aren't present. ~ P.J. O'Rourke #quote

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something. ~ Plato #quote

He was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say "when!" ~ P.G. Wodehouse #quote

Man - a being in search of meaning. ~ Plato #quote
Being a princess isn't all it's cracked up to be. ~ Princess Diana #quote

The longer one lives, the more one realizes that nothing is a dish for every day. ~ Norman Douglas #quote

Do you seriously expect me to be the first Prince of Wales in history not to have a mistress? ~ Prince Charles #quote

An imbalance between rich and poor is the oldest and most fatal ailment of all republics. ~ Plutarch #quote

Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves. ~ Queen Victoria #quote

Earnestness is stupidity sent to college. ~ P.J. O'Rourke #quote

We're all pilgrims on the same journey - but some pilgrims have better road maps. ~ Nelson DeMille #quote

Whenever I feel blue, I start breathing again. ~ L. Frank Baum #quote

When men destroy their old gods they will find new ones to take their place. ~ Pearl S. Buck #quote

All that I am, I am because of my mind. ~ Paavo Nurmi #quote

I didn't think blue collar necessarily meant ugly. ~ Pete Kendall #quote

Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it. ~ Pericles #quote

Every crowd has a silver lining. ~ P.T. Barnum #quote

A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley #quote

A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner. ~ Norman Douglas #quote

Nothing wilts faster than laurels that have been rested upon. ~ Percy Bysshe Shelley #quote

Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly. ~ P.J. O'Rourke #quote

That's a good question. Let me try to evade you. ~ Paul Tsongas #quote

The camera can be the most deadly weapon since the assassin's bullet. Or it can be the lotion of the heart. ~ Norman Parkinson #quote

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Who Am I to Blow Against the Wind

What mankind wants is not talent; it is purpose. ~ Robert Bulwer-Lytton #quote

Like sex in Victorian England, the reality of Big Business today is our big dirty secret. ~ Ralph Nader #quote

We come. We go. And in between we try to understand. ~ Rod Steiger #quote

I was born with a plastic spoon in my mouth. ~ Pete Townshend #quote

A society that has more justice is a society that needs less charity. ~ Ralph Nader #quote

Colleges are places where pebbles are polished and diamonds are dimmed. ~ Robert Green Ingersoll #quote

Lose an hour in the morning, and you will spend all day looking for it. ~ Richard Whately #quote

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune. ~ Richard Whately #quote
The universe is like a safe to which there is a combination. But the combination is locked up in the safe. ~ Peter De Vries #quote

We are not primarily put on this earth to see through one another, but to see one another through. ~ Peter De Vries #quote

You'll come to learn a great deal if you study the Insignificant in depth. ~ Odysseus Elytis #quote

Interdependence is a fact, it's not an opinion. ~ Peter Coyote #quote

There is no free market in oil. ~ Peter DeFazio #quote

The genius of Einstein leads to Hiroshima. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us. ~ Peter De Vries #quote

There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late. ~ Og Mandino #quote
I believe that if you treat China as an enemy, then it is likely to become one. ~ Peter Mandelson #quote

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

Go for a business that any idiot can run - because sooner or later, any idiot probably is going to run it. ~ Peter Lynch #quote

Do you think my mind is maturing late, or simply rotted early? ~ Ogden Nash #quote

Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror. ~ Pappy Boyington #quote

If you don't have enemies, you don't have character. ~ Paul Newman #quote

There used to be a me behind the mask, but I had it surgically removed. ~ Peter Sellers #quote

Great heroes need great sorrows and burdens, or half their greatness goes unnoticed. ~ Peter S. Beagle #quote

Inspiration exists, but it has to find us working. ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

I never know what I'm going to put on the canvas. The canvas paints itself. I'm just the middleman. ~ Peter Max #quote

I had a romance novel inside me, but I paid three sailors to beat it out if me with steel pipes. ~ Patton Oswalt #quote

We never see ourselves as others see us. ~ Oliver Hardy #quote

It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously. ~ Peter Ustinov #quote

Do not trust the cheering, for those persons would shout as much if you or I were going to be hanged. ~ Oliver Cromwell #quote

I finally figured out what my crime was. I lived. Big mistake. ~ Patty Hearst #quote

The whole point of getting things done is knowing what to leave undone. ~ Oswald Chambers #quote

A man sees what he wants to see / And disregards the rest. ~ Paul Simon #lyrics

Dreams must be heeded and accepted. For a great many of them come true. ~ Paracelsus #quote

If we all worked on the assumption that what is accepted as true is really true, there would be little hope of advance. ~ Orville Wright #quote

Faith is an island in the setting sun / But proof is the bottom line for everyone. ~ Paul Simon #lyrics

The dose makes the poison. ~ Paracelsus #quote

Who am I to blow against the wind? ~ Paul Simon #lyrics

The game isn't over till the clock says zero. ~ Paul Pierce #quote

A universe that came from nothing in the big bang will disappear into nothing at the big crunch.  ~ Paul Davies #quote

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Toto, I have a Feeling we're not in Kansas Anymore

China? There lies a sleeping giant. Let him sleep. For when he wakes he will move the world. ~ Napoleon #quote

Romance is dead. It was acquired in a hostile takeover by Hallmark and Disney, homogenized, and sold off piece by piece. ~ Simpsons #quote

Never judge a book by its movie. ~ J. W. Eagan #quote

The true poem rests between the words. ~ Vanna Bonta #quote

What do you get the man who has everything? Might I suggest a gravestone inscribed with the words: so what? ~ Simon Munnery #quote

Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud. ~ Hermann Hesse #quote

The foundation of all mental illness is the avoidance of legitimate suffering. ~ Carl Jung #quote

I love those who yearn for the impossible. ~ J W von Goethe #quote

There is no odor so bad as that which arises from goodness tainted. ~ Henry David Thoreau #quote

The world breaks us all. Afterward, some are stronger at the broken places. ~ Ernest Hemingway, Farewell To Arms #quote

Boredom: the desire for desires. ~ Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina #quote

One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries. ~ A. A. Milne #quote

'Begin at the beginning,' the King said, very gravely, 'and go on till you come to the end: then stop.' ~ Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

The distance between insanity and genius is measured only by success. ~ Tomorrow Never Dies #linesfrommovies

A dead thing can go with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it. ~ G.K. Chesterton #quote

A poet can survive everything but a misprint. ~ Oscar Wilde #quote

Perhaps the world's second worst crime is boredom. The first is being a bore. ~ Sir Cecil Beaton #quote

Gentlemen, when the enemy is committed to a mistake we must not interrupt him too soon. ~ Horatio Nelson #quote

This above all, to refuse to be a victim. ~ Margaret Atwood #quote

No bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country. ~ George S. Patton #quote

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. ~ Dr. Seuss #quote

If you want to cut your own throat, don't come to me for a bandage. ~ Margaret Thatcher #quote

It was the Law of the Sea, they said. Civilization ends at the waterline. Beyond that, we all enter the food chain, and not always right at the top.~ Hunter S. Thompson #quote

Distracted by what is far away, he does not see his nose. #Proverb from Madagascar

The universe never did make sense; I suspect it was built on government contract. ~ Robert A. Heinlein #quote

There is no god like one's stomach; we must sacrifice to it every day. ~ #Proverb from Benin

Caution is not cowardice; even the ants march armed. ~ #Proverb from Uganda

The roaring lion kills no game. ~ #Proverb from Tanzania

Pray to God, but keep rowing to the shore. ~ #Proverb from Russia

Any fool can say "Ah" ~ you need intelligence to say "Yes." ~ Tibetan #Proverb

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone ~ Pablo Picasso #quote

Your battles inspired me ~ not the obvious material battles but those that were fought & won behind your forehead ~ James Joyce #quote

I've decided that the stuff falling through the cracks is confetti & I'm having a party ~ Betsy Cañas Garmon #quote

When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be. ~ Laozi #quote

Wonder is the beginning of wisdom. ~ Socrates #quote

A library is infinity under a roof. ~ Gail Carson Levine #quote

Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. ~ L. Frank Baum #quote

Shoot, coward, you are only going to kill a man. ~ Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Shortly before being shot #quote

Everybody has been young before, but not everybody has been old before. ~ African #Proverb

We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down. ~ Kurt Vonnegut #quote

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