Friday, November 30, 2012

WORDS WORTH READING

An optimist is a person who starts a new diet on Thanksgiving Day.

—Irv Kupcinet


Or any day between T day and New year's Eve.  Call me a cock-eyed optimist then. My 3022nd diet began on Black Friday. I thought that when everything is at a discount perhaps i could get my waist to be reduced too.

Bye for Now,

bill

Thursday, November 29, 2012

ANOTHER WALK IN THE PARK

Monday is an interesting day to walk in the park after a busy weekend. The detritus left there tells the tale. Empty water bottles strewn all of the basketball courts along with shirts, towels, a new looking pair of sneakers and socks, and assorted snack wrappers. Almost looks as bad as the men's locker room at the gym.

In the park itself we find one child's shoe, a soccer ball floating in the canal, a shopping cart from Walmart, two picnic blankets, beer cans and a used condom. All in all in seems like it was a fun weekend in the park.

Perhaps you can download the video from Utube!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

YA JUST GOTTA KEEP THE FAITH

Since Saturday I could share too many instances of people acting like jerks. Some are just silly, some are malicious and some come from deep feelings of inadequacy, like the traffic monitor at the Tampa airport, that yelled at us for stopping for one minute to load our bags. Give someone a badge and they feel like Dick Tracy. Sad that they often act like they forgot the last name!

I choose to believe that most people are good and kind hearted and act and react appropriately. There are less than 10% who are malformed and aren't able to do the right thing at the right time. Rather than feel angry, let's strive to feel compassionate for they will continue to mess up over and over and ultimately make a mess of their lives over and over.

What goes around comes around. Do good and good will track you like a puppy. Do bad and bad will bite you like a pit bull.


Bye For Now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

WORDS WORTH READING

This is the lesson. Never give in...never, never, never,never, ...in nothing great or small, large or petty—never give in except to convictions of honor or good taste.

—Winston Churchill

I would have thought that generals, fbi agents and the like would have read those lines and memorized them! Must have missed that line at the Point, even though that is really the point!


Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, November 26, 2012

BACK IN THE DAY:Part IV

Caught a show in St. Pete on Friday nite called "This is the 60's"  Was a multimedia retrospective review with a great cover band that could sound like Peter, Paul and Mary, John Lennon or Led Zep or anyone else for that matter.

If you have an opportunity I would encourage your seeing it, especially  if you are from back in the day.


Bye For Now,

Bill

Monday, November 19, 2012

NEW KID ON OUR BLOCK

Sorry I didn't post on Friday. I was busy enjoying my new beautiful granddaughter Samantha Rose aka Sami born last Thursday. Mom and baby doing very well.
I will resume posting the Monday after Thanksgiving.

We have much to be thankful for and I hope you do to.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, November 16, 2012

WORDS WORTH READING

I endeavor to be wise when I cannot be merry, easy when I cannot be bad, content with what cannot be mended and patient when there is no redress.

—Elizabeth Montaqu


Think about it!


Bye for Now,

bill

Thursday, November 15, 2012

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE

between anxiety, panic, and excitement. The latter is fun while the former are agitating and unnerving.

Be excited every day and try to not be anxious or panicked. The unknown can be scary or it can be wonderful. Try to see the mystery and magic of life as the latter. It is, after all, a wonderful world—most of the time. If you don;t believe me just ask Satchmo.


Bye for Now,

bill

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

MY MIND AND HEART STILL GO OUT

to the victims of Sandy. The pics still look ugly and sad. The people have been through the mill. Home after home, car after car lost. Still 100,000 with no electric 2 weeks later.  My friends still don't know if their condo on the Jersey Shore survived. My daughter just got TV, phone and email back last nite, but that seems a small price to pay relative to others. My friends are still in a hotel in NJ with a rental car as theirs drowned and their elevator is not working to get them to their 10th floor apartment. In fact, their building may be condemned due to damage to beams in the garage that help hold the building up.

Ansd to add insult to injury 70% of Venice, Italy is under water for the second time in a month.

Our prayers and our support need to go to those who are still struggling and suffering.

Let us hope that Mother Nature calms herself down for the rest of the winter—OHMMM!

Bye for Now,

bill

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

WORDS WORTH READING

For several days after my first book was published I carried it about in my pocket, and took surreptitious peeps at it to make sure the ink had not faded.

—William Faulkner

Man oh man can I relate to that!

Bye For Now,

Bill

Friday, November 9, 2012

BACK IN THE DAY: Part IV

I am a guy who used to go to the Surrey movie theater on Mt. Eden Ave  or the Luxor on 170th Street, both in the Bronx NY.  A quarter—25 cents—would get me in on a Saturday afternoon and that included a newsreel and several cartoons including the main feature. And I could sit in the smoking section on the right and smoke, feeling like a BMOC at age 14. Silly but true. I won't even tell you what the hotdogs, fries, and a coke before the movie cost.

Last Saturday, we took our grandson to see a 3-D cartoon about a video game character who comes to life. The movie was okay, but the tab was not! It cost $35.50 for three of us after an AARP discount—without a drink or popcorn. That, my friends, is silly too. There was no newsreel or cartoon, but there was too many previews stretching out to 2014.

It is no wonder, in these challenging times, that movies are not doing too well. There needs to be a relationship between value added and value charged. Or, people like me, will not keep overpaying.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Thursday, November 8, 2012

BEST BRIEFEST SUM UP I HAVE SEEN


Cartoon in Wednesday's Sun Sentinel by Lowe titled "THE DAY AFTER."

Couple sitting on couch watching TV.

He says, "I never thought I'd actually be glad to see erectile dysfunction ads again."

She says, "At least they're uplifting."

Bye for Now,

Bill

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

I HAVE OFTEN WONDERED

what it is like to be Mitt or Barack at this very moment—4:45 pm on Tuesday 11/6.

Having logged tens of thousands of hours, spend literally a billion plus dollars each, travelled the country shouting out their messages, distorted as they might be, what does it feel like to wait for the results and silently wonder who has won and who has lost? Who will live in the White House and who will be in the outhouse?

I hear Ryan S. in my mind saying, "America has voted..." But this is no singing contest. This is a contest that will determine America's future and fate for the next four years. It will also determine the future and fate of the candidates, as well as my children's and grand children's. In an election there is no second place—there is only winner take all and four years from now for the loser to regroup—if even they can.

The beauty of the event lies in the democratic process itself. I came in touch with that as we waited 2+ hours to cast our vote in what seemed like an antiquated system. At least there will be no "hanging chads" in Florida this time!

May the man win who is better positioned to lead us forward. Despite all of the rhetoric, angry ads, debates, phone calls and the like, I still have no clue as to who that may be, but time will tell. Once upon a time there was passion in my vote. Now there is only compassion for them both. I wonder what they are thinking and feeling right this minute. Push aside the veil of confidence and there has to be total angst and agitation. Someone will be feeling awfully frustrated and foolish by morning. It can't be otherwise as no one likes to lose, especially when the stakes are so high and the investment "all in."

I trust the system. At the end of the day, that is all one can do.

God bless America and God bless us all.

Bye For Now,

Bill

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

RAISE YOUR HAND

If you are relieved to not receive any more political ads, phone calls, mail flyers, door hangers, etc.

I for one definitely am!


Bye for Now,

Bill

Monday, November 5, 2012

SAW THIS ON FACEBOOK

which is not always known for wisdom. Most of what I read/see there is silly as in "Je ne care pas!"

"The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday."

So very true and so very difficult to do but definitely doable.


Bye for Now,

Bill

Friday, November 2, 2012

The Art of Racing In The Rain

by Garth Stein is an amazingly good read written in the voice of a dog, Enzo. He is a very wise dog indeed.

Racing and Rain are metaphors for life and its slippery conditions. It packs a punch of wisdom on just about every page.

Bye For Now,

bill

Thursday, November 1, 2012

DEVASTATION

i just saw the pics of the ravaging damage of Sandy all over New York and New Jersey. It is truly heartbreaking to see people's homes and possessions, not to mention lives, destroyed by overwhelming water surges. It is hard to imagine their angst and pain, and the long sandy road ahead.

The one disquieting footnote to an already disquieting scene is that the political ads and phone calls keep coming like a water surge. Pull the freaking ads already or change them to "My heart and help goes out to the victims of Sandy."

The sad truth is that neither man deserves this most important and prestigious job and that is the dilemma we face come Tuesday next. Whomever wins, is in my opinion, already a loser.

God bless America and God bless the people of the storm, which was far from perfect!


Bye for Now,


bill