Quote Me This

As you probably
have gleaned
from the
Muscleheaded
Blog already, I’m a
big fan of quotes.

I like to think
I have a quote
on hand for just
about
any occasion —

— although
sometimes,
I must admit to
having some
trepidations about
throwing them
around willy-nilly.

After all,
quotes are
very much like
holy-book tenets —

— you can pretty
much find some
verse to justify
almost any kind
of position
you want to take
on a particular
subject —

and sometimes
completely
contradicting itself
in the same paragraph.

Not to take the
Bible out of hand,
but I’ll show you
what I mean-

Galatians 6:5 says:
“For every man shall
bear his own burden.”
The same chapter,
in 6:2, says:
“Bear ye one
another’s burdens. “

You can see
how these two
ideas differ-

— as would the types of
situations in which each
one would be used
to support an argument
or idea.

So much for continuity.

No need to explain
to me about context,
either-

I’ve heard both
of these verses
used in the popular media,
quasi-religious figures,
and by political pundits
with no more reference
to context than to the
man in the moon.

But since I like to
avoid subjects
like religion
whenever possible,
I’ll give you a more
generic example –

Advice
on writing.

Hemingway said that:
“The first draft of
anything is shit.”

Clifford Geertz said:
“I don’t write drafts.
I write from the
beginning 
to the end,
and when

it’s finished, it’s done.”

And if I could add my
own spin on it, well…

it’d be that:
“Sometimes the
first draft

is all you need, and
sometimes,
60 ain’t enough. “

So, there you have
three quotes,
(one that means
very little, I’ll grant you),
that all say contradictory
things about the
subject at hand.

And you can pretty much
do that with any subject
you’d like.

Take the value of a happy childhood-

Tom Robbins says:
“It’s never too late to
have a happy childhood.”

while
Robert Heinlein said:

“Don’t handicap your children
by making their lives easy.”

Hmmm…
I guess my Dad
definitely was a fan
of that philosophy
over the first.

How I got started
on this subject
was when I was
listening to Paloma Faith’s
Only Love Can Hurt Like This

while contemplating the
words of Sophocles:

” One word frees us of
all the 
weight and
pain of life:
That word is love.” 

And as complicated,
convoluted, and
counter-intuitive
as it might seem,
I think F. Scott Fitzgerald
might have had
something there
when he wrote about
the wonderful :
“… ability to hold
two opposing

ideas in mind
at the same time

and still retain the
ability
to function.” 

Man, you
need that
in this life,
for sure.

!!!!HOY !!!!!

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Bark If You Want A Present

I like the
holidays –

though,
they don’t
seem really
as much fun
or festive
as they used
to be….

I’ll admit.

That is….

Until
my dogs
get involved.

Then,
well, any
Grinchey
inclinations
on my part
are washed
away in a sea of
flying, shredded
gift wrap
concealing
things like plastic
chew toys and
smelly pig ears.

Sorry, but my dogs
are more into
gift-getting than
anybody else in
the house –
so,
of course,
they get
spoiled rotten.

Oh yes,
you might
have noticed
the plural
on the
term ‘dogs’ –

(notwithstanding
our resident
she-that-is-never
-seen-except-at
-mealtimes-and
-poopy-field-trips)

– it was decided
a couple months
ago, at board-room
level, that our
dear Daisie-Doggie
needed a canine
co-conspirator,

—so, there’s
a new puppy
in the house
for the holidays
this year.

Her name is
Byng-Bong,
and the pinball
reference is not
only intentional
but also
completely
relevant.

I’ve never seen
anything that
wasn’t being
moved around
by flippers and
bumpers jump
around as much as
this little dog does.

Daisie-D
just looks
at her like she’s
out of her mind.

It’s like
she’s saying:
“Calm down, man!”.

Ten minutes
of crazy is
then followed
by 45 minutes
of blissfully calm
and quiet napping,
while mother nature
renews her supply
of quarters,
I guess.

Then you get
a replay
of the whole
thing again.

I know one thing…..

I wish I could sleep
that soundly or fall
asleep that quick.

Yow.

Anyhoo….
today we bring
you some real,
albeit pretty
over-the-top,
gift ideas
for your doggie.

Although the canine
high-chair might work
in my house with a
certain self declared
Queen of Pomerania.

!!! HOY !!!

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