Thursday, April 2, 2009

Observations on the Road to Gundagai

These will be short and sweet. Just like my grandchildren.

- While commercials are a necessary evil, any that involves a ringing telephone or doorbell will be particularly bad.

- I do not know any person who has admitted having voted on American Idol or Dancing With the Stars, etc.

- The Love of My Life says I have a strange sense of humor; maybe that is why I do not "get" Adam Sandler, Jim Carrey, Will Farrell, or Steve Carrel.

- I do "get" Bill Cosby, Jack Benny, Laurel & Hardy, and Monty Python.

- Doonesbury was funny 30 years ago, even though I disagreed with the writer's politics; it is long past time for that strip to be out down.

- Calvin and Hobbes needs to be resurrected.

- Long live Peanuts!

- I have no interest in "reality" shows.

- While anything that happens by definition is "news", 99.9% of what is reported is not newsWORTHY.

- A survey or poll result is NOT a newsworthy item, especially if it is a "something-something-something of all-time" list.

- After the end of this world, the human definition of "time" will still be in effect. There is no "end" of time, as we have defined it.

- I was born and raised a Democrat. Later, I was termed a "Reagan Democrat", then became a registered Republican. Now, I am a Conservative American. Perhaps it is what I have always been, but, politically, I am now "home".

- Most politicians do not understand The Law of Unintended Consequences, and we suffer because of it.

- As much as I like to see teams in the Big 10 do well, I cannot find it within myself to root for michigan to win any game.

- Children are a great source of entertainment.

- I am constantly amazed watching children learn and grow.

- I still get chills when I hear The Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, My Country 'Tis of Thee, and The Battle Hymn of the Republic done well.

- Thirty-six years on(!) I still know the words to my high school alma mater.

- English people eat things called Blood Pudding, Treacle, and Spotted Dick. I did NOT make that up.


  1. WE never sang it while I was at Hartley, so I've never heard it!

  2. And you DON'T want to hear ME sing it!

    Related story: One night I asked our niece, Theresa, who was a student there at the time, if she knew the words. She said no, so I sang the song (she gracefully did not flinch or cover her ears), and was so impressed that I knew it so many years later that she talked to the principal,and he shortly thereafter called an all-school assembly and had them all learn it. He then made it the finish to every school assembly. Theresa said the kids eventually got to singing it loudly because that meant the assembly was over!

    I do not know if that tradition continues (she's 28 now), but I had a hand in bringing it out of the mothballs for at least a little while.

    I also know the words to Pickerington's alma mater, and, of course, OSU's. They share the same tune.

    Pickerington's two high schools use the same song, except where the school colors are mentioned. It is considered the district's alma mater.

  3. And the Stache thought liver was nasty!

  4. So do I!

    I think I decided, early on in our relationship, to marry her when The Love of My Life told Sainted Mother that her Mom only cooked liver to serve it to their dog. That feeling was cemented when she later mentioned she could not stand the smell of sauerkraut.

    Our household has been liver-and-sauerkraut-free for over 32 years!

  5. I agree with the liver thing, but sorely miss sauerkraut! There's a low sodium version, but I don't think I could convince anyone here to eat it. I might try next New Year's just for old times sake!