Flock of Comments - Part 8



Graphic accompaniment: The Persistence of Memory by Dali (his melting clocks)

Welcome to Daylight Saving Time

Time keeps on ticking, without any sign of stopping. Although, this morning while turning my wall clock ahead, it fell off the wall with a rather audible "crash," and now the damn thing is actually running backwards. Swear to God. I think I'll just leave it that way, after all the future isn't looking too bright.

Over the past three years, whenever I'm struggling with the writing of a blog entry that just won't seem to come together, I post a collection of my recent comments to kill time. The last time I did this (Flock of Comments - Part 7) was back in March 2009, so it seems appropriate to do it again now, it being one year later.

So, here goes with Flock of Comments - Part 8:

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In response to my blog entry Foolish Times

4/1/09 - 11:09 pm

I actually wrote four other potential blog entries on different subjects around the same time I was writing this one (which I don't normally do), and as it turns out this entry was the most cheerful. Just kidding, sort of. I'll probably be posting those other entries over the course of the month -- so I'll take a second look at them and see about lightening up the mood a bit. Maybe I'll add a knock-knock joke here and there. Something like this:

Knock, knock.

Who's there?

The bank

The bank who?

No, really, it's the bank - you defaulted on your mortgage and we're here to begin foreclosure proceedings.

After all, what good are bad times if you can't have a laugh? In fact, I heard the Great Depression was a gas! Back in the 1930's people just laughed and laughed! Then again, they had the Three Stooges and the Marx Brothers.

Honestly, though, I am disgusted with the current state of the country, but I haven't given up hope yet. I believe our best days are ahead of us. I am hedging my bets, though, and am storing up water and toilet paper in my basement just in case.

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In response to Knuckleheads of Genesis

8/26/09 - 7:24 am

Actually, during the Vaudeville days of the early 1930's, prior to the Three Stooges movie shorts, Shemp Howard was the original third stooge, along with brother Moe and Larry Fine. By the time they got to the point of making shorts, in 1934, Shemp had left to try a solo career in Hollywood and was replaced with Curly Howard. And then when Curly had a stroke in 1946, Shemp stepped back in to become the third stooge, until his death in 1955. Throughout 1956, old Shemp footage and another actor filmed only from the back (the famous "Fake Shemp" as listed in the credits) represented the third stooge. The role of the third stooge was eventually filled with the first Joe - Joe Besser, in 1957, who was later replaced with "Curly Joe" - Joe DeRita - in 1959. As one can see, in the Stooge universe it was important to have a seamless transition of power.

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In response to Lazarus' Preexisting Condition

11/26/09 - 3:54 pm

Being Thanksgiving, it is perhaps fitting to mention that in the very next chapter of the Gospel of St. John, (after Lazarus was raised from the dead) a sort of thanksgiving meal is served in Jesus' honor. According to John 12:1-2:

"Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him."

Apparently, then Jesus and Mary made a bet and broke the wishbone, with Jesus getting the larger piece ... and with Mary losing the bet, and thus Mary paid up as documented in John 12:3 as follows:

"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair."

Perhaps she should have just wagered a shekel or two instead. On that note, Happy Thanksgiving.

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In response to Lazarus' Preexisting Condition

11/29/09 - 4:34 pm

I'm currently in the process of rewriting the Bible. I've gotten as far as the Old Testament's Book of Numbers, but I keep losing count.

And, by the way, if anyone ever tells me I can't start a sentence with the word "And," I'm going to refer them to Numbers 33:5-50 ... 46 sentences in a row beginning with "And" documenting the travels of the Israelites!

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In response to Tempus Frigid

1/17/10 -5:01 pm

When you think about it, all words had to come from some source. Someone had to be the first to refer to a tree as a "tree," and a rock as a "rock," and hypotenuse as "hypotenuse." For instance, the word "mead," in reference to the fermented malt, comes from the Old English word "medu" and the Middle English "mede." It might also have come from the Greek "methy" or the High German "metu" or the ... the ... pardon me, but all this business about mead is making me rather parched ... if you'll excuse me, I think there's a bottle in the credenza ... which, by the way, comes from the Medieval Latin "credentia."

Jack Sheedy

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