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Observations of Irony

Life is full of irony. For instance…

If you have a phobia of long words you have to tell people who you have Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia?


Great example!

Didn’t it seem ironic that Occupy Wall Street, who was protesting  big banks got so much in contributions they had to put it in the bank?

An Australian convicted in Thailand for heroin smuggling and sentenced to death, received a Royal pardon on medical grounds after contracting HIV as a result of sharing needles during his heroin use while in prison. The old I got some good news and I got some bad news.

A man who made millions in the roofing business died when he fell through a roof under construction at his home.

And what about those pro-lifers who support the death penalty.

Did you know the National Airport is named after the president who fired all the Air Traffic Controllers?

Often there are ironic deaths like the Millionaire CEO of the Segway company died in a Segway accident. Segway Death

Or the convict on death row awaiting a date in the Electric Chair has his sentence overturned and released from prison is electrocuted six months later while working on his TV.

The Gift of the Magi by O. Henry is a great example. It is a holiday story of young lovers who are very poor. The irony in the tale involves their gifts to one another. He sells his watch to buy her hair combs for Christmas. She sells her hair to buy him a watch fob.

And last but not least….

Say Cheese

Say Cheese!




The Broad Path

I’m convinced life’s journey is exactly what you make of it. Sure you are influenced by the circumstances around you; the job, the bank account, the lover, the geography, and everything else in your sphere of life. For example, it’s hard to go to the beach in Oklahoma and I sure would like to go to the beach.

I remember a time in my life where I was bound by my perceptions. At one time I had pretty low self esteem but looking at me from the outside you would have never known it. I was the proverbial duck in the pond, calm as a summer afternoon but paddling like hell underneath.

When I was bound by my excesses I would sit at home, watch TV and drink. I had quit being a bar drinker some time before that and chose to wash my demons away in front of Monday Night Football, Moonlighting, and MacGyver.

I didn’t like where I saw that train heading and before the big crash came, I got off. It was the summer of ’87. I was lost as last years Easter egg. I didn’t exactly know what the answer was but I knew the solution was not going to be found in the bottom of a glass.

The path was pretty narrow in those days. As I’ve matured over the years and began taking in what life has to offer, that path began to widen. As I’ve gotten in tune with who I am and where I fit I discovered that I had it all wrong all along.

I’ve heard it described as a disease of perception and I couldn’t see it until I could see it. Amid the chaos and challenges that life can bring it wasn’t the stuff that always seemed to happen to me. Stuff just happened—period. Usually it had nothing to do with me although I did not see that at the time.

Armed with that handy little bit of information the path widened in front of me. I could start enjoying life on a different level—inside. These days I absolutely insist on enjoying life in spite of life’s little bumps. I’m responsible for what goes on inside.

Life is good today and nothing spectacular happened.


Ipad not supporting Flash is like water not supporting boats.

Eighty year-old Alabama crack-dealing woman busted.  Really?

Where have all the flowers gone?

What was the best thing before sliced bread?

There is always death and taxes; however, death doesn’t get worse every year.

Why do fat chance and slim chance have the same meaning?

Bad politicians are elected by good people who don’t vote.

We need another John Wayne… maybe 2.

If you’ve never been to the desert can you truly appreciate rain?

Electricity is organized lightning.

The national debt is 14 trillion, 755 billion.

My share of that is: $47,250  (I think I am screwed.)

Life is better than death. Only the living get strawberries.

Amazing Grace (Yes it is)

Amazing Race (Not really)

There’s no need to fear… Underdog is here. (Down boy!)

May the holes in your net be no larger than the fish in it.

God grant me the serenity to deal with editors.

Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend.
Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.  – Groucho Marx

The world would be a worse place without Muppets and Banjos.





It sure seems like birthdays come faster than once a year these days.

Will Charlie Sheen ever go away?

Did Cher?

I’m out of my mind. (Be back shortly)

Forget world peace. Visualize using your turn signal.

If at first you don’t succeed, skydiving is not for you.

If you believe in telekinesis… raise my hand.

The windows are open and boy it sure is nice outside.

I smell autumn.

Unless you are the lead dog the scenery never changes.

I used to be very indecisive. Now I’m not really sure.

I’m writing a book. I’ve got the page numbers done. (Unless I add more pages.)


Lucille Ball is an American treasure. I love Lucy.

“A heart is not judged by how much you love but how
much you are loved by others.” – The Wizard of Oz

You can’t solve a debt problem by increased borrowing.

A Trillion would fund 20 million $50K jobs.

The NFL is back to playing football. Who cares?

I hate burying friends that didn’t have to die.

It’s almost Elvis week.

On this day in 1995 The Long Strange Trip ended. RIP Jerry Garcia.

There has been eight seasons of Desperate Housewives…. Why?

Fifteen minutes of fame is being decreased to six.

Congress needs a new theme song. I vote for Canned Heat’s “Let’s Work Together.”



Hate, in any form, is still hate.

I’m beginning to enjoy the thought of life without football.

No time for drama.

Freedom is just another word for nothing left to lose.

Innocent until proven guilty is not about convenience.

Acceptance does not mean approval.

I miss the beach.

Carmageddon is a myth.

Raising the debt ceiling is like digging the grave deeper.

Some days you win – some days you lose… and some days you get rained out.

We need another John Wayne instead of all these Gilligans.

Life looks different from a Harley.

Love is just a word until someone comes along and gives it meaning.

Books are like lamp posts — they can be used for support or illumination.

I wonder about people that want to murder a murderer in the name of justice. Two wrongs still mean two wrongs.

People are more violently opposed to fur than leather because it’s safer to harass rich women than motorcycle gangs.

People that live in glass houses should wear clothes.

“I’ll show you politics in America. Here it is, right here. ‘I think the puppet on the right shares my beliefs.’ ‘I think the puppet on the left is more to my liking.’ ‘Hey, wait a minute, there’s one guy holding out both puppets!’” – Comedian Bill Hicks

The headline read: “Mississippi woman shooting at dog kills husband.” Hmmm… I always heard Mississippi woman were really good shots.

Congress went on vacation and nobody noticed.

If you’re still shouting about what’s wrong with America you should try living in Iran, Somalia or Haiti for a while.

I like to think about what’s right with America. It’s mostly about freedom to ___________________ (fill in the blank)

Important safety tip: “Let the Wookie win.”

London World Naked Bike Ride

June in London brings out the full moon. Several of them actually.

The World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) has become a cultural phenomenon in the British, normally stiff upper-lip, society. We hope the upper-lip is the only thing that is stiff.

The WNBR is an international clothing-optional bike ride where participants ride together en masse on some form of human-powered transport. Usually a bicycle but you do get the occasional skateboard or inline skating aficionado to join in the festivities. The purpose is to “deliver a vision of a cleaner, safer, body-positive world.” I don’t know. but it sounds to me it’s just an excuse to show off your assets.

Now in it’s eighth year, the event has seen participation grow from 58 in 2004 to 1,200 in 2009. Taking a route that passes many of London’s most famous landmarks, the ride allows those participating to decorate their body with messages of protest against oil dependancy and motor vehicle usage. And along the way you get to show off your attributes.

Other cities around the world celebrate WNBR according to local laws and bohemian leanings.

In a bit of twisted coincidence, International Thigh Chaffing Day is celebrated at the same time.

Now the question is… What category do I file this post under – entertainment, environment, sports or social networking?

Groom Says Love is Ageless

Well, what do you expect him to say when he’s 51 and she’s 16 — “I like the way she she looks in pigtails and plaid skirt.”

Actor Doug Hutchison, 51, best known for the character Percy Wetmore in Stephen King’s “The Green Mile,” married 16 year-old  aspiring country star, Courtney Alexis Stodden, on May 20th at a ceremony in Las Vegas. (Of course it was Vegas — it might be illegal in Atlanta)

Her mom signed the waiver allowing the minor child to marry.

I don’t exactly know who’s the most creepiest here — the knocking on social security, washed up actor, or the star struck mom who thinks allowing your high school sophomore daughter to marry a man three times her age is a good idea?

It all sounds very third world arranged marriageish. Even by Hollywood standards it’s pretty creepy.

I’m not convinced the senior and the sophomore have done the math. When he’s 65 she’ll be 30. (which, by the way, does sound a whole lot better than 51/16.) When I was 30 I dated some 30 year-olds. I think Percy will be way out of his league.

A few questions immediately comes to mind:

Does she have a driver’s license?

Will her new husband drive her to school or will she have to ride the bus?

Now that she is married can she still get the child rate at Disneyland?

Since the bride is considered a minor was her mother required to sign the prenup?

Was she attracted to his huge…… bank account?

How long have they been dating? Two or three years?
(Wrap your head around that one)

Now that she’s legally married does she still need her mom’s consent to get implants, or can hubby sign off on that one?

I wonder who will do laundry… mom?

Being a 16 year old, Courtney Alex was born in 1995.  That means:

Her future husband was filming “A Time to Kill” when she was born.

Forest Gump won best picture.

Bill Clinton was in the White House.

Chelsea Clinton was 15.

Madman Timothy McVey destroyed the federal building in OKC with a homemade bomb.

In a bit of irony, the Congress passed the Child Protection and Obscenity Enforcement Act, requiring that producers of pornography keep records of all models who are filmed or photographed, and that all models be at least 18 years of age.

 O. J. Simpson is found not guilty of double murder for the deaths of former wife Nicole Brown Simpson and Ronald Goldman. Was it only a short 16 years ago? My, how time flies.

Actor Doug Hutchison was 35 years old.

Who does he think he is — Hugh Hefner?


I didn’t think Newt had it in him.

It seems strange that 21 year-olds have never known a world without the internet.

Johnny Depp is filming 21 Jump Street. Let’s do the time warp again.

Middle Earth looks very much like New Zealand.

I miss the soda fountain at the Woolworths Five and Dime.

Isn’t it time for another Lara Croft movie?

I think I know what to do with that old airplane engine…

Ben Franklin flew a kite today in 1752.

P.T. Barnum said, “There’s a sucker born every minute.” To that I would add… “And two to take them.”

Does it seem odd that boys between the ages of 18 and 21 can be sent to a foreign country to kill but can’t buy beer in their own country?

This might be the all-American love story.


…Coming to a theater near you.