Hey- Do Something

death As anybody who’s ever
read the Muscleheaded Blog
knows, I’m no philosopher.

It’s not my
place/role/mission/avocation
to break our existence down
into it’s component parts,

and explain each one
of them in a way
that they can bedaffy
clearly understood
and appreciated.

Nope.

And it’s not to
give sage advice
on important matters
of life and love.

Nope.down

Hell,
I wouldn’t take any
of my own advice….

so,
I see no reason
why anybody
else should.tophat

For all I know
this thing of ours
we call life
is nothing but
a colossal circle-jerk
or some kind of
supernal misunderstanding.

What was that question
about the meaning of life?

Ahhh —
well, I dunno,
you might try
the IRS toll free
information line.

And if you call three times
and ask the same question,a2
I bet you’ll get at least
three different answers
from them, too.

That’s not much
of a ideology
upon which to base
constructive suggestions,
I would think.

Nope.

My job is simply
to laugh at it all.

And I spend a good deal
of time and energy iam
trying to fulfill my role
in that respect.

I’m not saying
it’s a tough job or anything —
there’s so much
that is genuinely funny,
either on the baser, gut level,
or on a more existential one.dwig

Life isn’t easy —
— and if you can’t laugh at it,

well–
how much harder
does that make it, then?

I say, laugh…
’cause you can bet
that our cosmic
audience is, already.

I mean, sure —
it’s nice to be able to say
that I’m gonna change this,
or I’m gonna do that different —wakeup

And on a personal level,
that’s perfectly practical,
and commendable.

But outside of that,
we’re all just
being washed slowly
down the universal river
without a paddle —

— no chance to eddy out on this ride.

People, places, and things
are just part of the
scenery sliding past.

So, if you get a chance to laugh
at the occasional squirrel
trying to fuck an oak tree,
my advice is to have at it, man.

Laugh,
I mean —rest

— but if you really
want a crack at that
old oak tree, yourself,
well…

… just watch out for
those damned splinters.

HOY !!!!

munson

Lá Fhéile Pádraig – Happy St Patricks Day

My friends —

It’s Saint Patrick’s Day !

I hope you enjoy this
post which features
a collection of cards
dedicated to the holiday –

a national holiday in Eire –
the Republic of Ireland.

It always amazes me
just how much of a
time capsule these
old cards can be —1

Yes,

They can help us
understand the people
and times from whence they came.

And they’re also quite beautiful,
so many of them….

…. wonderfully conceived
and illustrated.

The tradition of sending holiday
themed cards peaked in the
early 1900’s,

….. when brand new mass-printing
technologies and techniques
were being applied to the medium.2

Before that time, many cards
had been laborously produced by hand.

But now, the card producers had
all the advantages of the
machine age at their disposal.

Color process, lithography,3
photographic replications,
and tinting systems
improved immensely.

Die-cutting, embossing,
shaping, modeling, folding,
engraving, texturizing —

the card manufacturers of that era
used every trick in the book
to make their cards stand out,
and of course, sell.

Various materials other than paper
were also used, including
wood, silk, and even metals.

The work of artists like:
Leonetto Cappiello, Raphael Kirchner,
Aubrey Vincent Beardsley,
Gino Boccosile, Umberto Brunelleschi,
Ellen Clapsaddle, Edmond Vernier,
Charles Dana Gibson, et al,
graced literally tens of thousands
of post card and
folding card designs.4

So, in a way,
every time someone
sent someone else a card,
they were sending them
a little piece of art.

And this awareness of the
artistic value of these vintage
cards inspires many folks,
including myself, to collect them.

Holiday card collecting
is a popular genre ,
but some collectors narrow
the field even more,
by collecting cards from
one specific holiday,
like Christmas ( common )
to St. Patricks Day (unusual).

St. Patricks Day cards from the
era of around 1880 to around 1920
often share common symbols
and design themes…..

Children were very popular
subjects in St. Patty’s Day cards.5

Since St. Patrick’s Day
was a Catholic holiday,
the sweet innocence of children
was meant to pluck at the receiver’s
heartstrings, and conscience —

Many a believer trundled off to
confession after getting one of these.6

Of course, children also represented
joy and simplicity, both of which
are highly valued in Irish culture.

One common symbol used on many
of the cards was the Shamrock.

The Shamrock is inexorably
tied to Saint Patrick…

Upon his return to Ireland
as a Bishop, one of the tools
he used to explain the mysteries
of the Trinity was supposedly
the Shamrock, as representative
of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost.

The Shamrock is a different symbol
from the four leafed clover….

The Four Leaf Clover is an
emblem of the “Luck of the Irish”,
……… and is said to represent
the virtues of faith, hope, love, and luck.

You’ll see both varieties on St. Patrick’s Day cards.

7It’s also very common to see
pictured the musical instruments
of the Gaelic culture,

…… called the ” Tiompán Ghaelach
— the Gaelic Drum,

More commonly, you’ll find a
stringed instrument called,
in Gaelic,
the “Cláirseach Ghaelach “.

This is what most people
refer to as an “Irish Harp”.

These traditional harps,
dating from at least the 8th century,
would have been originally strung
with metal wire-
like iron, silver, brass, or even gold.

It is so common on the cards
of the early 20th century…

At least half the cards I have seen
from the period feature it
on a banner, or as
a symbol or device.

8

Some cards feature traditional
short stemmed clay pipes-
called ” dúidín “.

Also featured are images of a
benevolent looking St. Patrick,
and the Celtic Cross.

The Celtic Cross is said to have
introduced to Ireland by Saint Patrick,
as a way of equating the Irish Celt’s
reverence for the sun with the love of God.

Many of the larger Celtic Crosses
seen across Ireland date from
around the 8th Century.

These Celtic Crosses are often
decorated with intricate carvings
and runes, and represent an
important part of Irish artistic heritage.9

Also you might find the Irish Coat of Arms,
which is a golden Cláirseach on a blue field.

And of course, you’ll very often
find the legend ” Erin Go Bragh ” —

or it’s Gaelic original form —
” Éirinn go Brách . ”

This phrase sums up the spirit
of the Saint Patrick’s Day Holiday nicely,

It warms the heart of
every person of Irish descent,
………….. where-ever he may be,
where-ever he may travel.

Éirinn go Brách —
” Ireland Forever ” .

Happy Saint Patricks Day,
to all my dear friends and readers.

And remember,
everybody’s Irish on St. Patty’s Day !

Éirinn go Brách !

Mail Bag Mania

jen

Dia dhuit !

You just never
know what’s going
to show up in the Ole
Muscleheaded Mailbag,
and I’ve gotta say–

–today’s seee-lection
is a cross-section of
just about everything
and anything.

If indeed
variety is the spice
of life,

— well,a1
this is one
‘MOY CALIENTE’ post.

Wait–
now that I think of it,
I’m pretty sure that
means a different
kinda hot

which of course,
I would admit readily,holymilkmen
but I probably meant
to say ‘MOY PICANTE’ !

Languages..
— meh.

Damn that leanin’
Tower of Babel, anyway.

All I can say is never
offer to pet a big
drag queen’s cat (chatte)z3
in Paris unless you’re very,
very fluent in the language,
man….

— those cobblestones in
Montmartre can be real
hard on the head !

Oh well, it was only a
French Mistake‘ in a
manner of speaking.

Ahem.

I sure am lucky that
nobody ever reads
these things, right?

Whew.bottomless65

So,
as I was saying
before I went
and did some
deep sea diving
in the bottomless pit
of offbeat, obscure
references….

It’s time for our verytj
popular feature
the Muscleheaded Mailbag
in which we reveal the
innermost contents of the
secret hard-drive ZX-01A

– used to store only the most
neat-o of submissions sent
to us by our lovely readers.1938

We used to have
a floppy disk,
but people kept sending
us dirty stuff,
so now it’s a
hard drive all the way,
… N-How.

Flash drive?zhere

Naaah–

I don’t even like the
sound of that, man.

Just one wrong move
and you’re back
to floppy.

Double entendre?

Yes, please —

make it a triple.

!!!!! HOY !!!!!!

.

mexicali

Thanks for the submissions to :
Jen
Katie
Syn
and Karen !

ztj