Friday, May 22, 2015

Right or wrong

I suspect the politically correctness that seems so prevalent today is strongly in the "there is no right way or wrong way" corner. I beg to differ.

I will concede there may indeed be no right or wrong path to a destination but there are indeed universal destinations that are not open to discussion. Some things really are black or white. Those things may well vary by cultural norms but I'd love to hear an explanation for slavery being right.  For murder being right. For rape being right. Explain to me how protecting the weaker members of a society is wrong. How can respecting others be wrong?

There are of course many more but I think my point is made.

We as individuals and societies may well subjectively choose the means to a specific end but when that end is a fair and just society then there are absolutes involved. And certainly no society has gotten that absolutely right as of yet. No matter what you may hear to the contrary by the chest thumpers.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Left and Right

This weeks topic comes from gaelika.

Any baseball fan understands the value of a switch hitter. He's the guy that takes away the advantage of the opposing pitcher by always allowing the batter to hit left-handed against a right-handed pitcher and hit right-handed against a left-handed pitcher. On rare occasions though there is an ambidextrous pitcher - one that pitches with either arm. That may lead to this.....

Now that's interesting and frankly something I used to ponder in my baseball playing days.

Now left-handers are at something of a disadvantage as we live in a decidedly right-handed world. Have you ever looked at the contortions a leftie goes through when writing? Ever see a left-handed school desk? I am surprised that in this ever more politically-correct day we do not see more left-handed desks.

Then there's the political left and right - you know them. They each thonk the other is the son of satan and so the embidiment of pure evil in the world. Nuff said - this is NOT a political discussion.

Our brains.Each side of our brain conrols certain thongs.

Are you a left-brain person or a right-brain person?

Alas it's all secondary to the most important left/right question.

Left Twix vs Right Twix Pick A Side - Twix Commercial

You decide.- I'd rather have a Snickers.

Friday, May 8, 2015

You Can't Do That

Occasionally someone - usually Ramana - requests suggestions for our weekly posts. I toss out a song title when I am in a lazy mood. That's whee this week's topic was born. I was in a Beatle mood so out popped this title/topic.

It just so happens that besides being a decent pop song from the sixties it lends itself to a myriad other rules so lets try a few. Rules that say you can't do that - whatever that may be. Universal truths/rules.

  1. Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow. I'm recently retired and have just discovered this one.
  2. Your dog is always your puppy.
  3. Anything worth doing has several "unwritten" rules that any reasonable individual should just know
  4. Anything that can go wrong will do so at the most inopportune moment (aka Murphy's Law)
  5. Always be specific when you lie (aka Gibbs' rule #7)
  6. It's better to seek forgiveness than ask permission. Anyone who has ever been a kid knows this instinctively
  7. The world was a better place when Carl Wilson and Mike Smith were alive and singing
  8. Sometimes you're wrong. Too bad many folks seem to forget this most basic, universal truth.
There're lots more. These  are just a few that popped into my head whilst writing this little ditty. Now it's time to see what the other LBC bloggers came up with. 

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Whilst I do not fancy myself a genius, it's not often I come across a subject about which I am totally ignorant. Ignorant  with a capital I.  Stuck on dumb, as it were but alas that is where my old HS classmate Lin has left me with her topic for this week's LBC  post.

Unless you consider a knee-jerk reaction to something  an involuntary response to some other sense's stimulation i guess I'm not a synesthete. Synesthesia seems to be another example of the things our minds are capable of and in fact another example of how little we do not know about those minds.

I am quite interested in what Lin has to say on this subject - and why she chose it. She's quite an interesting lady and this fits into that perception. The notion of color/number associations, sound/coor and more. In fact one of my all-time favorite singer/somgwriter/entertainers - Billy Joel - is a synesthete.

So thanks Lin - for coming up with a topic that will keep me busy exploring it!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Predictive Texting

This weeks LBC topic comes from Padmum.

Personally I love the notion but hate the execution of predictive texting.

It is a pervasive irritant at best.Google loves it. So does Firefox. I am currently without a smartphone but it dominates those devices. Ditto for tablets. My main issue is with my big hands and the small virtual keyboards on mobile devices.

I always loved the irony that my last 6 years at work I made my living as a copywriter and yet I am a lousy typist. You'd think predictive texting would be just the ticket for a cement-handed typist like me.  Alas not so. Sigh. So I guess I'll just keep pounding away.

Time to see what the other LBC posters think.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Legends Of My Hometown

I am from a modest sized town in southern Colorado called Pueblo. It was a steel town - the largest employer being Colorado Fuel and Iron (CF&I) but of course when the US made steel industry collapsed so did that company. here is still a steel presence there though,

Pueblo is the home of four Congressional Medal of Honor winners - William J Crawford,   Carl L sitter,  Raymond G Murphy and Drew D Dix. Must be something in the water as that seems pretty remarkable for a city with 100K or less population.

David Packard of Hewlett Packard (HP) fame is from Pueblo.
Benjamin Guggenheim lived in Pueblo and he had the misfortune to take a ride on the Titanic.
NFL Hall of Famer Dutch Clark is from Pueblo.
Former NFLer Gary Knafelc is from there. Family rumor has it he dated my mother for a bit.

On a lighter note at one time there was a Brooklyn Dodger Class C farm teamin Pueblo. Notable players who passed through induded Walter Alston, Dick Bartell, Sparky Anderson, Roger Craig, Roy Face, Jim Gentile, Larry Sherry and Mauiry Wills. For several years our basement apartment was home to Dodger players, most notably Jim Gentile. I was around  then but too young to remember much.

Here's what my house looks like today - when I lived there it looked pretty much the same = but the yard was all grass. It was built by my grandfather.

A head of the Denver mafia family was born in Pueblo and there was a mafia presence that I recall from my years there (1949-1959) along with a corrupt police department. A notable member of said corrupt PD was my spemr donor father  - a guy named Paul Wesley Brooke - a fellow so bad that his family refuses to speak to me.
Pueblo these days is famous for its Chiles - here's a good bit of info on them for anyone interested - Pueblo Chile

That's it for my hometown but now I'm curious to see what the others have to say about where they're from.

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rough and smooth

Here I am - late again. But this weeks topic is somewhat similar to last weeks -

The rough

the smooth



Of course there is rough water that prevents smooth sailing although to some smooth sailing is an oxymoron.