"TRUTH WILL ULTIMATELY PREVAIL WHERE THERE IS PAINS TO BRING IT TO LIGHT." ~ (George Washington) ~
Submitted for your contemplation is a compendium of commentary, news, opinions, contrasts, and similarities regarding the many facets of the human condition be they found in Indiana, or Pennsylvania, or wherever else the 4 winds blow ~ It's COMMON SENSE for the common man (or woman) ~
Your mileage may vary.
11 July 2012
Welcome to the middle of the week...a much "easier on the body" week, weather wise.
Temps are expected to reach into the lower 90s in the afternoon, and again...no rain in the immediate forecast (maybe this weekend?).
In any event, let's press on, because standing in place only works for military parade units at rest.
*** And we're overdue for our military quote of the week,...aka WHO SAID THAT?
"Self-control is the chief element in self-respect, and self-respect is the chief element in courage."
So...WHO said that?
The answer at the top of tomorrow's post.
Meanwhile, back at the barracks...
*** It's "official" now.
We got a mailing from the SORRY ASS SALOON(formerly known as the Senate) yesterday, and I just HAD to share it, if for no other reason, than the NAME of the place.
While it doesn't appear ghetto, it sure as hell appears red-necky, and I don't know how well that kinda stuff goes over down here, with all the "diversity" dripping (and leaving puddles) around us. "We need you"...? They NEED me? FOR WHAT? And WHY?
It would appear that at some point they recently had their liquor license reinstated. I know the place hasn't been "shut down" at all...some cars are always in the parking lot...chronic imbibers, no doubt...at 9-frigging AM(that explains a lot, traffic-wise).
Thank God the place isn't a hangout for outlaw BIKERS (yet), because the local gang called the OUTLAWS just had their crib busted by the FEDS.
Coulda saw that one coming...like a jail-on-wheels. Based on other arrests, it would seem like a "state-wide"OP.
I've got some baseball cards...not that many, and certainly not any worth a lot (well, maybe except my Roberto Clemente/Pittsburgh Pirates card the year he died..and some classic Mike Schnidt cards when he was with the Phillies).
The big find for Karl Kissner was a set of E98 cards...a pretty rare set, dating back to the early 1900s.
And, according to authenticators, THIS set is the most pristine one they have come across to date.
These were cards that were smaller than the ones we see today, didn't come with bubblegum, and had NO stats on them.
(shades of Honus Wagner)
Goes to show that maybe it's a good thing to be nice to your relatives, especially when they move to Florida and leave YOU the house.
"Hey, Grandma...lemme fluff that pillow for 'ya and get 'ya some more tea...and do you need your basement or attic cleaned?"
*** Lastly today...windfalls (or successes) can come in various sizes and for various reasons.
Some folks get to drive a car a distance equal to more than a few round trips to the moon, while others may find that pot of gold in some small cardboard box covered with dust...fate can be funny that way.
Now, I said earlier this week that life was complex and not meant to be easy...and yet, here we see examples of how life can reward those both immediately and over a long stretch of time.
And, I'd wager these folks were not contemplating a reward...they just went about their lives.
I'm not saying to drop what you're doing immediately, and start tearing your house apart...or to get in the family car and start a cross-country trek (or ten).
(that's for you to decide)
What I am saying is that life will change up and toss you a curve ball once in a while...or a slider (usually low and inside...lol).
How we face such things as they happen, as well as in the aftermath will say much about us, our upbringing, what we've managed to learn, and our life in general.
It's like the recent storms we had here...some folks set about getting their lives BACK TOGETHER right away, while others might just toss up their hands in quiet resignation. Many will have to start over, or at least have a lot that needs fixing along the way.
And that's what our lives REALLY are...works-in-progress.
We never really STOP building upon that which we have laid the foundation upon...or at least we shouldn't.
(that's what the "big dirt-nap" is for, anyway)
How we view life is every bit as important as how we live life, and even if we never have such windfalls as the people above have enjoyed, we will still find our own victories along the way, no matter how small they might seem.
To me, I'd much rather have a plethora of small victories than one big one...all those smaller ones, staggered out over the years tend to have a more lasting effect anyway, instead of that one big one that's over almost as soon as it began.
But, to each his or her own...and that's something that makes life even more remarkable...if we take notice.