I am going to change gears, mid-year, and just include anything that makes me happy. It could range from a familiar quotation, to a book I have read, something I ate or drank, or just a casual observation. Here goes:
Remember that old TV philosopher, Andy Rooney. His little vignettes always started with, “Did you ever wonder……” It seems like this line should preface many of the distasteful things going on today, like war in Ukraine, repeal of Roe vs Wade, gun violence, homelessness, covid, the list goes on and on.
Here are a few of is pearls:
–“If you wonder what anyone thinks of you, consider what you think of them.”
–“Not everyone has a right to his own opinion. If he doesn’t know the facts, his opinion doesn’t count.”
–“The best thing that’s bad for you is butter.”
–“The store clerk who asks, ‘May I help you with something?’ can hardly ever help.”
–“In spite of the old sayings to the contrary, the best presents come in large packages.”
Then there is the wise old sage, Yogi Berra.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.”
“Nobody comes here anymore, it’s too crowded”
“Cut my pie into four pieces, I don’t think I could eat eight.”
“It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.”
“Is the future now? I walk into the men’s room, and I see a dispenser for panty liners and tampons!!!” – My observation on the Fresno State campus
“I’m not offended by blonde jokes because I know I’m not dumb…and I also know that I’m not blonde.” —Dolly Parton
“Remember gentleman, it’s not just France we are fighting for; it’s Champagne!”—Winston Churchill (1908–1965),
Prime Minister of England
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“Wine and cheese are ageless companions, like aspirin and aches, or June and moon, or good people and noble ventures.”
—M. F. K. Fisher
American writer (1908 ~ 1992) whose many books on food and wine are considered seminalSo, the third quarter of the year ends. Hopefully, the pandemic is somewhat under control. Perhaps we can return to some normalcy, despite a challenging economy, climate change, war, and political BS.
See you next quarter, the year has gone by so quickly.