Archives for the day of: August 23, 2012

 I am pondering my own mortality which is odd for this time of night since I’m usually watching “Law and Order” reruns,  David Letterman (such a fine gentleman) or Craig Ferguson (not such a fine gentleman but more to my liking) at this time of night.  I usually ponder this upon waking in the funk of a hangover at about 9 in the morning or when I wake around 4 am with my heart pounding in my ears.  Sometimes it even creeps up on me when I think the brakes are failing because I wasn’t paying attention on the freeway.

 I think I am thinking of this now because I’m taking my 93 year old “Uncle” in tomorrow for his second bladder cancer surgery in four months and I’m petrified about what will happen tomorrow.  This panic is pure selfishness as I’m more worried about how I will be able to deal with a crisis myself instead of worrying about a potential crisis to him, although I do worry about him.  So I’m trying to take my mind off my own shittyness and put it somewhere else.

Therefore I decided to ponder my own mortality and since I’ve done this before at various times, I’ve decided to post a little ditty that I wrote for my will.  Honestly it is in my properly executed last will…etc.  So here is my Requiem (apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson)

 REQUIEM

 No service in a chapel; no graveside mourning for me.

No announcements, no pronouncements; no fake or heartfelt sympathy.

Don’t put me in a casket, I would not even ask it.

Just burn me in a box; no shoes, no shirt, no sox.

Then put the bit that’s left of me inside my pots under my trees.

And in the dark past midnight; when the hours are wee and small,

Just think of me with fondness or if not; then not at all.

In Memoriam to PseudoCyAnts from sister dru

THE PEOPLE THAT INSPIRED ME TO CREATE THIS BLOG ARE THE MEMBERS OF THE “ONCE UPON A PARADIGM” GANG. WHEN I FIRST ENCOUNTERED THEM SEVERAL YEARS AGO AT THE OLD “CAFE” I WAS ENTHRALLED BY THEIR WIT, THEIR CONVICTIONS, THEIR WIMSEY, THEIR POETRY AND THEIR JUST PLAIN FUN, SO I DECIDED TO CREATE A BLOG THERE.

I PAINSTAKINGLY RESEARCHED A LONG LIST OF QUOTES THAT I WISHED TO PUBLISH ON MY DASHBOARD BUT I NEVER COULD SEEM TO DO IT. AT FIRST I THOUGHT IT WAS BECAUSE I WAS JUST TOO DUMB FOR THIS BRAVE NEW WORLD. THEN I DECIDED THAT I WAS BEING SHUT OUT BY THE SITE ITSELF AND BECAME PARANOID. FINALLY I DISCOVERED THAT THE MEAN OLD “CAFE” WAS GOING TO SHUT DOWN ALL OF THEM AND THEY JUST WERE NOT LETTING ME EVEN START.

SO I NEVER PUBLISHED MY QUOTES AND DID NOT THINK OF THEM AGAIN FOR YEARS BUT WITH MY ACTIONS OF TODAY, WELL YESTERDAY NOW, THEY CAME TO MIND AND SO AGAIN I PAINSTAKINGLY HUNTED FOR THEM…THANK HEAVENS I NEVER CLEAN OUT MY RECYCLING BIN…AND I’M GOING TO POST THEM NOW. SO HERE GOES

Never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth. Henrik Ibsen
Don’t use that foreign word “ideals.” We have that excellent native word “lies.” Henrik Ibsen

My country wrong or right, is like saying my mother, drunk or sober.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
Gilbert K. Chesterton

“Patriotism is your conviction that this country is superior to all others because you were born in it.” William Shakespeare

“Patriotism is a religion, the egg from which wars are hatched.” Guy de Maupassant

“You’ll never have a quiet world until you knock the patriotism out of the human race.” George Bernard Shaw

“Patriotism is a survival from barbarous times which must not only be evoked and educated but which must be eradicated by all means – by preaching, persuasion, contempt and ridicule.” Leo Tolstoy

“This disgrace to civilization should be done away with at once. Heroism on command, senseless violence and all the loathsome nonsense that goes by the name of patriotism.” Albert Einstein

My method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say, and then to say it with the utmost levity. George Bernard Shaw
If you want to tell people the truth, make them laugh, otherwise they’ll kill you. Oscar Wilde

Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. Oscar Wilde

I mostly now don’t rake the muck, although I once did aspire to.
I mostly now just drink my gin and wish I still had the fire to. dru