Saturday, November 19, 2011

Battle of the bands......................

Creedence ...........................Heard It Through the Grapevine





Marvin Gaye..........................Heard It Through the Grapevine





And the winner is............................

OK, Coach................................

















"I cannot get rid of the hurt from losing, but after the last
out of every loss, I must accept that there will be a tomorrow.
In fact, it's more than there'll be a tomorrow, it's that I want
there to be a tomorrow. That's the big difference, I want
tomorrow to come."


-Sparky Anderson

About books.....................

Conrad's manuscript for Heart of Darkness
























Of all the inanimate objects, of all of man's creations, books
are the nearest to us, for they contain our very thought, our
ambitions, our indignations, our illusions, our fidelity to truth,
our persistent leaning towards error.  But most of all they
resemble us in their precarious hold on life.

-Joseph Conrad

image courtesy of

Verifiably true.........................















thanks Jessica  

Everything you need to know about music.........

There are two kinds of music - good music and bad music.
Good music is music that I want to hear.  Bad music is
music that I don't want to hear.
-Fran Lebowitz

Won't be replaying this one..................

The Chordettes.............................................Lollipop

Friday, November 18, 2011

Battle of the bands...........................

Pet Shop Boys.......................................Always on my mind





Willie Nelson......................................Always on my mind




Brenda Lee........................................Always on my mind





and the winner is..................

Opening paragraphs............























In that pleasant district of merry England which is watered by the River Don, there extended in ancient times a large forest, covering the greater part of the beautiful hills and valleys which lie between Sheffield and the pleasant town of Doncaster.  The remains of this extensive wood are still to be seen at the noble seats of Wentworth, of Wharncliffe Park, and around Rotherham.  Here haunted of yore the fabulous Dragon of Wantley; here were fought many of the most desperate battles during the Civil Wars of the Roses; and here also flourished in ancient times those bands of gallant outlaws whose deeds have been rendered so popular in English song.

-Walter Scott, Ivanhoe

image courtesy of

OK, Coach............................



















"Being with a woman all night never hurt no
professional baseball player. It's staying up all
night looking for a woman that does him in."

-Casey Stengel

Solving the deficit.....................

There is a quote attributed to Warren Buffett winging its way
through the Intertunnel (spent a few minutes trying to find the
original source where Buffett actually said it, but to no avail).  He
is reputed to have said that the solution to the deficit problem is
easy:

"You just pass a law that says that anytime there is a deficit
of more than 3% of GDP all sitting members of congress
are ineligible for reelection."

No word on whether or not he thinks passing such a law
would be easy.

Some interesting numbers.......................

Mathew Ferrara, in his always read-worthy blog, points to some
interesting numbers concerning us Realtors.  Here is a sampling:










Let's see, those working 60 hours a weeks are making significantly
more income than those of us slackers working 40 hours or less.
Hmmmm.  That hardly seems fair.

Teaching my young son to tie his tie.......




















seems easy enough to me.

Thanks Will

Please come......................

The Fleetwoods...........................................Come Softly To Me

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Battle of the bands..............................

Bruce Springsteen.......................Blinded by the light





Manfred Mann............................Blinded by the light




and the winner is.....................................................



































thanks jonco

OK, Coach............................
















“Some people dream of success, while others wake
up and work hard at it.”

"You have to learn to win with what you got or you
don't win at all."

"Success is not the result of spontaneous combustion. You
must first set yourself on fire."

-Fred Shero

Not so sure they didn't do the same sort of thing in 1862...........excepting the cable part

A good question.............



















If absolute power corrupts absolutely, does absolute
powerlessness make you pure?
-Harry Shearer

On reading and schooling...................

     But education does not stop with schooling, nor does the
responsibility for the ultimate educational fate of each of us
rest entirely on the school system.  Everyone can and must
decide for himself whether he is satisfied with the education
he got, or is now getting if he is still in school.  If he is not
satisfied, it is up to him to do something about it.  With
schools as they are, more schooling is hardly the remedy.
One way out - perhaps the only one available to most people -
is to learn to read better, and then, by reading better, to learn
more of what can be learned through reading.

-Mortimer J. Adler
How To Read A Book: The Art of Getting a Liberal Education
1940

I don't claim to be an "A" student..................

Sam Cooke..................................Wonderful World

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Battle of the bands.....................

Crossroads.................................................Robert Johnson




Crossroads.................................................Cream




And the winner is..........................

Opening paragraphs

















Mr. Utterson, the lawyer, was a man of a rugged countenance, that was never lighted by a smile; cold, scanty, and embarrassed in discourse; backward in sentiment; lean, long, dusty, dreary, and yet somehow lovable.  At friendly meetings, and when the wine was to his taste, something eminently human beaconed from his eye; something indeed which never found its way into his talk, but which spoke not only in these silent symbols of the after-dinner face, but more often and loudly in the acts of his life.  He was austere with himself; drank gin when he was alone, to mortify a taste for vintages; and though he enjoyed the theater, had not crossed the doors of one for twenty years.  But he had an approved tolerance for others; sometimes wondering, almost with envy, at the high pressure of spirits involved in their misdeeds; and in any extremity inclined to help rather than reprove.  "I incline to Cain's heresy," he used to say, quaintly; "I let my brother go to the devil in his own way."  In this character it was frequently his fortune to be the last reputable acquaintance and the last good influence in the lives of down-going men.  And to such as these, so long as they came about his chambers, he never marked a shade of change in his demeanor.

-Robert Louis Stevenson
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

OK, Coach..............................


















"Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need
pruning by study."

-Red Auerbach

A contrary wind...................

15.  Nobody is surprised when a fig-tree brings forth figs.
Similarly, we ought to be ashamed of our surprise when the
world produces its normal crop of happenings.  A physician
or a shipmaster would blush to be surprised if a patient
proves feverish, or a wind contrary.

-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
Book Eight

As the fox guards the henhouse........

Foxes and henhouses, Part 2................or, When I become king............

When I become king, the first order of business will be that all
legislatures shall henceforth be subject to all of the laws they pass
and all of the rules abstracted from those laws.  No exceptions,
no special treatment.  Good enough for us, good enough for them. 

Mark Perry reports:

 "Martha Stewart went to jail for it. Hedge fund honcho Raj Rajaratnam was fined $92 million and will go to jail for years for it. But members of Congress can do the same thing -use non-public information to make stock trades -- and there's no law against it. Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" reports on how America's lawmakers can legally make tidy profits on information only they know, simply because they won't pass a law against themselves."

















Yow...........or, maybe they are just better investors than we are.

Abbey Road revisited.............................

Apparently there is a whole cottage industry dedicated to
knocking off the cover of The Beatles Abbey Road album. 
Like here for instance. 

The original:











The sort of original:







the not-so-original









Sounds lonely to me..........................

Dion........................................................The Wanderer

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Battle of the bands................................

Ike and Tina Turner..........................................Proud Mary






Creedence Clearwater Revival.............Proud Mary

OK, Coach.............................
























"Success is not forever and failure isn't fatal."

-Don Shula

I'm watching you.....Always watching.....

If "do overs" were allowed.....................

...  wouldn't it be fun to go back to 2003 and re-set the policies,
the procedures, and the psychology that led us into the housing
bubble?  If, in 1999, one were to have extended the trend line of
the 1995-1999 residental real estate values forward for a dozen
years, it would have predicted that housing values in 2011 would
be just about where they are today.  Surprise.


Father and Son......................

"Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's
quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure."
-Thomas J. Watson, Founder of IBM, the father


“Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker.
Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak
your mind and fear less the label of 'crackpot' than the
stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important
to you, stand up and be counted at any cost."

“If you stand up and be counted, from time to time you
may get yourself knocked down. But remember this: A
man flattened by an opponent can get up again. A man
flattened by conformity stays down for good.”

-Thomas J. Watson, Jr., President of IBM 1952-1971, the son


(Editor's note:  These quotes have both been variously attributed
to the other.  They are worthy quotes regardless, so I'm not
doing the extra research to prove who said what.  You are on
your own.  Did discover, however that Thomas Watson Sr.
probably never said the thing he is most quoted as saying, "I
think there is a world market for maybe five computers.")

                                                                        
Thanks Sean

How come they never ask my opinion......?

Just say you will...............................

Jackie Wilson...............................................Lonely Teardrops

Monday, November 14, 2011

Battle of the Bands.............................

The Kinks..........................................You Really Got Me





Van Halen...........................................You Really Got Me





And the winner is.............................

Opening paragraphs

















It was a feature particular to the colonial wars of North
America, that the toils and dangers of the wilderness were to
be encountered before the adverse hosts could meet.  A wide
and apparently an impervious boundary of forests severed the
possessions of the hostile provinces of France and England. 
The hardy colonists, and the trained European who fought at
his side, frequently expended months in struggling against the
rapids of the streams, or in effecting the rugged passes of the
mountains, in quest of an opportunity to exhibit their courage
in a more martial conflict.  But, emulating the patience and
self-denial of the practiced native warriors, they learned to
overcome every difficulty; and it would seem that, in time,
there was no recess of the woods so dark, nor any secret place
so lovely, that it might claim exemption from the inroads of
those who had pledged their blood to satiate their vengeance,
or to uphold the cold and selfish policy of the distant
monarchs of Europe.

-James Fenimore Cooper,  The Last of the Mohicans

painting courtesy of

OK, Coach................................

















"I try not to make the same mistakes today that I
made yesterday."

-Darrell Royal

Claude Monet was born this day in 1840

“People discuss my art and pretend to understand
as if it were necessary to understand, when it’s
simply necessary to love.”   - Claude Monet








Diligence.....................

"That some should be rich, shows that others may become
rich, and hence is just encouragement to industry and
enterprise. Let not him who is houseless pull down the house
of another; but let him labor diligently and build one for
himself, thus by example assuring that his own shall be safe
from violence when built."

-Abraham Lincoln

The food groups revisited...................

A poem for Monday (or any day)......

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky; and for everything
which is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun's birthday; this is the birth
day of life and of love and wings: and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any--lifted from the no
of all nothing--human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

-e. e. cummings

Speaking of the Isley Brothers....................

Isley Brothers.............................................Shout



Thought about doing a battle of the bands with Otis Day and
the Knights..........................nah.  This one stands on its own.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

WRM takes the "Boomers" to the woodshed....

"What the Boomers as a generation missed (there were, of
course and thankfully, many honorable individual exceptions)
was the core set of values that every generation must
discover to make a successful transition to real adulthood:
maturity.  Collectively the Boomers continued to follow
ideals they associated with youth and individualism:
fulfillment and “creativity” rather than endurance and
commitment."

Walter Russell Mead suggests the younger generations may be
thinking unkind thoughts about us boomers.  Full essay here.

Battle of the Bands....................

The Isley Brothers.....................................Twist and Shout





The Beatles................................................Twist and Shout





And the winner is..............................................................

Reverence................

 
 40.  All is well with a tool, instrument, or utensil when it serves the use for which it was made, though in this case its maker is not present.  But with things formed by Nature, the power that fashioned them is still within them, and remains in them.  All the more, then, should you have it in reverence, and be assured that if only you live and act according to its will, you have all things to your liking.  That is the way in which the universe, too, has all things to its liking.

Marcus Aurelius,  Meditations
Book Six

A Verse for Sunday..........

1  Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and
with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's
eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the
mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own
eye?

5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own
eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote
out of thy brother's eye.


The Holy Bible, King James Version
Mathew 7:1-5

OK, Coach.......................























"I  just got one last thing, I urge all of you, all of you, to
enjoy your life, the precious moments you have. To spend
each day with some laughter and some thought, to get
you're emotions going."

-Jimmy Valvano

Time is very precious to me............

Jimmy Valvano's Espy Speech.   Worth watching again.

Confidence..................

7.  Tzu-kung asked about government.  The Master said,
Sufficient food, sufficient weapons, and the confidence of the
common people.  Tzu-kung said, Suppose you had no choice
but to dispense with one of these three, which would you
forgo?  The Master said, Weapons.  Tzu-kung said, Suppose
you were forced to dispense with one of the two that were
left, which would you forgo?  The Master said, Food.  For
from of old death has been the lot of all men; but a people
that no longer trusts its rulers is lost indeed.

Book XII, Verse 7
The Analects of Confucius

Separation................















Thanks Jessica

It's worth it just to hear you say...............

The Beatles..............................................A Hard Day's Night