Archive for May, 2012

With kids like this, there is alwys hope!

May 30, 2012

How to really insult someone!

May 29, 2012
Oh this weeks worth of words should be delicious.
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From: Wordsmith
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Subject: (FWD) A.Word.A.Day–flagitious
May 28, 2012

This week’s theme

This week’s words

An insult, real or perceived, once resulted in a duel. To defend one’s honor meant to kill someone or to get killed. Thankfully, those times are behind us. Duels are now part of history, but bar-fights and other altercations show that we haven’t outgrown our revenge mentality.

Here’s another option. Imagine a world where a slight called for a verbal duel. The two parties get together and hurl the choicest adjectives at each other. Spectators cheer them on. And in the end the two shake hands and, having vented, go home.

Imagine that to prepare for this fight the parties involved don’t drive to a gun shop. Instead they head to the biggest, baddest dictionary they could lay their hands on and pick out words. The more obscure, the more colorful, the better. If your opponent can’t even understand the word you hurl at him what hope has he?

Consider this week’s words as ammunition — don’t let them fall into the hands of little children.


adjective: Extremely wicked or criminal.
From Latin flagitiosus, from flagitium (shameful act), from flagitare (to plead or demand persistently). Earliest documented use: before 1384.
“Ten thousand curses on the head of that infamous villain and flagitious scoundrel.”
Wilbur Smith; Assegai; Macmillan; 2010.

Explore “flagitious” in the Visual Thesaurus.

The greatest obstacle to discovering the shape of the earth, the continents, and the oceans was not ignorance but the illusion of knowledge. -Daniel J. Boorstin, historian, professor, attorney, and writer (1914-2004)

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May 27, 2012

Decided to reread the Pern Novels.

Todd: Get cracking on “After The Fall Is Over!”

This is the way to propose marriage!

May 27, 2012

How great is it to have friends like that?
Oh, wait…. I do have friends like that!


Subject: fun video

You have to admire this creativity

Something for the a budding biologist to consider.

May 24, 2012

My thoughts on the Boy & Girl Scouts

May 20, 2012

Back a while I had read in TIME a multi-page advertisement/story on the Girl Scouts.  Hmm, I thought, maybe the older scouts would be interested in my workshop on “How to Make College Work for You.”

I emailed the national headquarters, and they got back to me very quickly.  They said I should get in touch with my local organization, and gave me contact info.  I both emailed and called the local branch of the Girl Scouts.  I mentioned I was a retired counselor and did a workshop on college that the girls might be interested in.  The girls might have been interested, but neither they nor I will ever know.  I never received a  response.

Since I was writing the Girl Scouts, I figured, maybe the Boy Scouts would be interested.  Wrong!  Again, my phone call and email went unanswered.

I don’t mind being told that they weren’t interested in my workshop.  I do  mind being ignored.  When an organization repeatedly asks for community involvement, then proceeds to completely ignore someone who wants to get involved, it does make one wonder why they bother to ask.  To hell with both of them.

Summer time and the living is easy!

May 20, 2012
It was a marvelous spring/summer day today. 
So I took the top off my car, and Lin & I headed off for the open road. 
It was grand!

Robert Wright Disposal Drivers need training!

May 17, 2012

Yesterday, the 16th when I went out, I was nearly a traffic statistic.  A truck belonging to Robert Wright Disposal turned onto Washington Avenue Ext.  It put on its left turn indicator and proceeded to cut off a truck in the right lane.  I then realized the RWD truck was continuing to edge over into the left hand lane.  The only problem being that I was in that lane.  I did edge over as I sped up, but had no real room as there was a curbed median strip.

When I stopped at the next light, the RWD truck came up to within about an inch of my bumper.  I was thinking, hit me and I’ll own you and the company.

My friend Lin was also not a happy camper over this and wrote a terse letter to the company over the driving abilities of the company’s drivers.  Of course, they did not respond.

The back story on two Chevy commercials shot on Rt. 66 in TX!

May 14, 2012
This is so cool!

He has stroked a ton with more to come!

May 14, 2012

Nice article on Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar in this week’s issue of TIME.  And yes, Cricket is a religion in India!