Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Musing of one thinking about the Chinese Zillionaire that went to NY on vacation and was so taken with the Brooklyn Bridge that he advertised for an achitect that could build one in China.

We have a plethora of candidates and potential candidates for the office of the President of the U.S.  In my opinion, they all promise too much. and so one of the criteria to us in voting in the primary is to vote for the candidate who poses the most realistic policy.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Musing of one thinking about the newly wed who went into a coffee shop, saw his wife sitting in a booth with another man, went over and told her not to bother coming home, only to have her introduce him to her brother.

I've been struck by the fact the very few young people know any thing about WWI and WWII. From inquires I've made it seems that history professors only want to teach things that have great social significance so most young people know about the civil rights movement. My reaction to this is to remind people that both of those wars had Huge social significance.  In each one of them some 50 million people died and the maps of Europe and Asia were redrawn. How much more social significance can anybody want?

Friday, January 9, 2015

Musing of one wondering what cave men did to cut their hair before they discovered flint knives.

Some time ago when Obama Care was being forced on a compliant public, I wrote a plan of my own which accomplished the same thing.  The difference was my plan was entirely voluntary and did not involve any policing by taxing authorities. But it contained enough incentives positive and negative that everyone would have been motivated to join. I submitted the plan to governmental authorities and nothing happened. So what else is new?

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Musing of one thinking about the inveterate woman chaser who spotted a pretty girl in a market and was half way through his opening spiel before he realized she was a nun.

Politically people are generally classified as Democrat, Republican or Libertarian. Philosophically they can generally be classified as liberal, conservative or libertarian. Liberals usually think that the economy should be run by the government and the private sector should comply with its dictates. Conservatives generally feel the economy should be run by the private sector and the government should help wherever it can. Libertarians feel that each person should do his own thing and everyone should stay out of the way. So there you are. I would simply add one observation; the government is no big separate being with its own brain. It is run by people who are no smarter than the rest of us.

Monday, August 11, 2014

Musing of one thinking about a nonagenerian who coined the phrase, "I may be old but I'm feeble" and then bragged about it.

Many years ago when we lived on the Mohave and son Mike was a little tyke, he had an interesting adventure.

The desert around the place was full of flora and fauna and a railroad ran right next to it.  One day I went out to look for Mike and found him sitting on an old remnant of a packing case which consisted of planks nailed onto 2x4’s.  He was sitting on top, and directly underneath him was a sidewinder rattlesnake, asleep.  Somehow I got the snake away from the area so Mike could be rescued.   It just goes to show some people live charmed lives.

 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Musing of one thinking about the absent minded driver who pulled up to a four way STOP and sat there waiting for the STOP sign to turn green.

Long before the Heimlich manuever was invented, my mother came up with a similar manuever to rescue children. When I was a kid about half past three (as Johnny Mercer would put it) I was sitting in the swing on our front porch swinging as high as I could and sucking on a jawbreaker. For those who may not be familiar with it, a jawbreaker is a spherical piece of hard candy perhaps 3/4 of an inch or so in diameter. Inevitably I swallowed the wrong way and the jawbreaker blocked my airway. Mother who was maybe 5'5" tall was inside the house. She heard me choking, ran out, grabbed me by the heels, flipped me upside down and shook me so hard the jawbreaker popped out. It is amazing what mothers can do when there is a threat to their progeny.

Thursday, May 1, 2014

Musing of one thinking about the man who got in an argument, lost his cool, and tried to regain it by stripping down to his shorts.

I live in Albuquerque, NM which has acquired a reputation as a place where the police go around shooting people.  Once a reputation is acquired it is difficult to live it down and it will take Albuquerque some years to live this down. 

And now for a known sequitur.  After getting an application for an absentee ballot, I began to think about how candidates acquire votes.  There is a variety of reasons among which are reputation, party line voting, and votes acquired by super salesmanship.  In the last case the candidate is usually so persuasive that people decide to vote for him/her regardless.  So elections turn out to be a kind of lottery.

Not directly related, my mother's method of betting was somewhat similar.  When Mary Kay and I lived in San Diego, she came for a visit and we took her to Tijuana to the Jai Alai games. While waiting for the game to begin she was looking at the players standing around and she said, "Number such and such is cute. I think I will bet on him."  And so that is what she did throughout the games. Oddly enough she did very well.  So I guess we will call it Nana's Principle, so much for scientific analysis.