Thursday, December 29, 2011

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

Golden Oldie

Please, won't somebody tell me what diddie-wa-diddie means?


My research to date indicates that diddie-wa-diddie

"ain't no town - ain't no city". tftd

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

Golden Oldie

As far as I'm concerned, 'whom' is a word that was
invented to make everyone sound like a butler.

-Calvin Trillin, writer (1935- )
A Word a Day
AWADmail Issue 182
October 15, 2005

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

Happiness, n.:
An agreeable sensation arising from
contemplating the misery of another.

-Ambrose Bierce,
"The Devil's Dictionary"

Friday, December 23, 2011

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Golden Oldie

In explaining any puzzling Washington phenomenon,
always choose stupidity over conspiracy,
incompetence over cunning.
Anything else gives them too much credit.

-Charles Krauthammer

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Golden Oldie I think

... no one ever considers himself expert
if he really knows his job. A man who
knows a job sees so much more to be done
than he has done, that he is always pressing
forward and never gives up an instant of
thought to how good and how efficient he is.
Thinking always ahead, thinking always of
trying to do more, brings a state of mind
in which nothing is impossible. The moment
one gets into the "expert" state of mind a
great number of things become impossible.

-Henry Ford Sr.
From the Bill Wagner Collection

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

You work your whole life for a safe and secure
spot at the end of the rainbow and when you
get there, you find someone has looted the pot
of gold.

-Crankshaft Comic Strip
by Batiuk and Ayers
Submitted by Herr Kemper

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

If you want to go fast, go alone ...
but if you want to go far, go together.

-African Proverb)
Submitted by Norm West

Monday, December 19, 2011

Monday, December 19th, 2011

Money may be the husk of many things,
but not the kernel.
It brings you food but not appetite;
medicine, but not health;
acquaintances, but not friends;
servant, but not loyalty;
days of joy, but not peace or happiness.

-Henrik Ibsen
Bits & Pieces Sept 2010

Friday, December 16, 2011

Friday, December 16th, 2011


If all the world's economists were laid end to end,
we wouldn't reach a conclusion.

-William Baumol

(Or like President Truman said, "Give me a one-handed economist!
All my economists say, On the one hand on the other.)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Thursday, December 15th, 2011

Golden Oldie

I used to hear voices a lot
but read up on them and
found they don't exist.
Now I don't listen to a word they say.

-Wall decoration in shop
on WEST 6th Street Austin, TX

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Golden Oldie

On Patience

Patience serves as a protection against wrongs
as clothes do against cold. For if you put on
more clothes as the cold increases, it will
have no power to hurt you. So in like manner
you must grow in patience when you meet with
great wrongs, and they will then be powerless
to vex your mind.

-Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Artist, architect and engineer
Cited in BITS & PIECES
BITS & PIECES: Home Delivery 2001/08/16


Or as Herr Kemper is wont to say, 'Patience is a virtue.'

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Golden Oldie

Twin Spin-

The nagging of lesser quality lingers long
after the thrill of a low price has passed.

-Unknown, Reported by Herr Kemper


There is hardly anything in the world that some man cannot
make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and
the people who consider price only are this man's lawful prey.

-John Ruskin

Monday, December 12, 2011

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Associate with well-mannered persons
and your manners will improve. Run
with decent folk and your own decent
instincts will be strengthened. Keep
the company of bums and you will become
a bum. Hang around with rich people
and you will end by picking up the
check and dying broke.

-Stanley Walker

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday, December 9th, 2011

Golden Oldie

In democracy it's your vote that counts;
In feudalism it's your count that votes.

-Mogens Jallberg
Michael Moncur's
(Cynical) Quotations

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Thursday, December 8th, 2011

Golden Oldie

Treat people as if they were what they
ought to be and you will help them become
what they are capable of becoming.

-Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
From the Masters:
15 Aug 2008

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

Golden Oldie

'A picture is worth a thousand words.'
So draw a picture of the Gettyburg Address.

-Leo Rosten

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Golden Oldie

Honest criticism is hard to take -
especially when it comes from a
relative, a friend, an acquaintance,
or a stranger.

-Franklin P. Jones

Motivational Quotes of the Day

Monday, December 5, 2011

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Stop worrying about the potholes in the road
and celebrate the journey.

-Fitzhugh Mullan
Submitted by Herr Kemper
(I need to double his pay.)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

Advice is what we ask for when we already
know the answer but wish we didn't.

-Submitted by Herr Kemper

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

Don't worry about avoiding temptation --
as you grow older, it starts avoiding you.

-The Old Farmer's Almanac