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06/03/2023 An Unexamined Life #12   Leave a comment

To date, I’ve posted 165 questions in 11 installments. Those questions were relatively simple questions to deal with but the deeper into this list we go the more difficult they become. So, let’s get started with installment number 12 and see how you fare.


  • If you wanted to look very sexy, how would you dress?
  • For $2000 would you be willing to stand up in a crowded restaurant and, for at least a minute, loudly berate a waitress for some trivial imperfection in the service? If not, consider how grateful the waitress would be if you did so and later split the money with her.
  • If there were a public execution on television, would you watch it?
  • If someone offered you a large amount of money for some information about one of your company’s products, would you except it? Assume you know you wouldn’t be discovered.
  • Do you consider yourself well organized? How often do you have to look for your keys?


  • If you could increase your IQ by 40 points by having an ugly scar stretching from your mouth to your eye, would you do so?
  • Would you be willing to do something very unsatisfying i.e. cleaning toilets, for five years if you were certain that the experience would afterwards bring you a deep sense of personal fulfillment for the rest of your life?
  • What things are too personal to discuss with others?
  • Walking along an empty street, you notice a wallet. It contains $5000 in cash but no name or address. What would you do? Would it alter your decision if inside you found the name, address, and picture of either a wealthy looking young man or a frail looking old woman?
  • Would you prefer to be blind or deaf?


  • Would you be content with the marriage of the highest quality in all respects but one – it completely lacked sex?
  • When was the last time you stole something? Why haven’t you stolen anything since then?
  • How many of your friendships lasted more than 10 years? Which of your current friends do you feel will still be important to you 10 years from now?
  • If you could mold to your liking your memories of any past experience, would you do so?
  • Before making a telephone call, do you ever rehearse what you’re going to say?



05/30/2023 โ›ณ”GOLF IS FUN”โ›ณ   Leave a comment

I realize that many people who have never played golf, dislike the game immensely. I harken back to the days when George Carlin complained constantly about all the acreage wasted on the game of golf across the country. I started golfing at the age of 12 with my father and played consistently for 30 years until he was unable to play any longer. We had quite a competition during those years, and I remember a day of grand celebration when I was in my early 20s and I won my first dime from him. I still have that dime framed and hanging in my man cave to this day and every time I look at it makes me smile. I sure do miss him. Some of the funniest sports stories I’ve ever heard involved golfers and I’m going to share a few of them with you today. Let’s get started.

One day Bob Hope was playing golf with Sam Goldwyn, the movie producer. On one hole Goldwyn missed an easy 2-foot putt. He became so angry that he threw his putter away in disgust and walked away. When nobody was looking, Hope picked up the club and stuck it in his own golf bag.

On the next hole, Hope, who was a fine golfer, used the putter Goldwyn had thrown away, and sank a 20-footer. “That’s very good,” Goldwyn said. “Let me see that putter for a minute.”

Goldwyn closely examined the club, took a few practice putts with it and said, “I like this club very much. Will you sell it to me?” “Sure,” Hope replied. “It’ll cost you $50.” Many years later Sam Goldwyn found out that he had paid $50 for a club he had just thrown away.

Bobby Jones was one of the greatest golfers ever, winning dozens of tournaments before he retired in 1930. One day in 1920, playing in the Southern Amateur Tournament at New Orleans, Jones found himself with an unexpected problem.

One of his drives landed inside an old shoe that lay on top of the workman’s wheelbarrow. After deciding not to take a penalty for dropping the ball out of the chute, he found a novel solution. He played the shoe.

The immortal Bobby walloped the shoe, which assumed off the wheelbarrow. The ball flew out of the shoe and kept rolling, finally stopping only a few feet from the green. Jones chipped up to the green and holed out for a par.

Now it’s my turn to add one of my personal stories. My father was quite a good golfer, but he had quite a bad temper as well. We were five holes into our round of golf one afternoon and he was having serious problems with his tee shots. He had a favorite driver that he loved, and that love affair ended that day. As he teed off on the fifth hole he sliced directly into the woods to the right of the fairway. I won’t repeat the string of obscenities I heard as he threw that damn club high up into the trees. It was tangled and mangled forty feet off the ground and remained there for 20 years. As we frequently played that course, we never failed to mention his bad temper and that terrible slice each time we passed that hole. Always lots of laughter and additional curse words of course. He was forced by his physical problems to stop golfing as his retirement neared. My closest friend and I went to the golf course one dark night, climbed that stupid tree and retrieved his mangled club. I had it cleaned and mounted on a lovely walnut plaque which was presented to him at his retirement party. A great night for all concerned and that damn club still hangs in my sister’s house to this day.


05/27/2023 Who Doesn’t Luv the Media?   Leave a comment

I for one dislike the media as much as anyone. Not that they’ve ever had anything bad to say about me personally but I hate how they consistently mislead the public by slanting their stories either to the left or to the right. I think the leftwing as it currently exists is pitiful and vicious. What gets ratings pleases their corporate owners and their promotion of inhouse biases. The right wing is just as bad, and they never hesitate to pull the same lame stunts that the left wing uses. The victims in all of this are “We the People”. I thought I’d do a little research and look back through the records to see how other people thought and felt about the media in years past. Some of these posted opinions remain anonymous and with good reason. Many of the others are opinions about the media by some of their other victims, primarily celebrities and people of wealth. Let’s see what you think.

“The mission of the modern newspaper is to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable.” Anonymous

“I always said that when we don’t have to go through you bastards, we can really get our story over to the American people.” John Fitzgerald Kennedy – 1962

“The press is like the peculiar uncle you keep in the attic – just one of those unfortunate things.” G. Gordon Liddy

“Tabloids are fast reading for the slow thinking.” Anonymous

“The most important service rendered by the press and the magazines is that of educating people to approach printed matter with distrust.” Samuel Butler

“An editor should have a pimp for a brother, so he’d have someone to look up to.” Gene Fowler

“The freedom of the press works in such a way that there is not much freedom from it.” Princess Grace of Monaco

“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements.” Thomas Jefferson

“The most guileful among the reporters are those who appear friendly and smile and seem to be supportive. They are the ones who seek to gut you on every occasion.” Mayor Ed Koch – 1984

“Mother (Bess Truman) considered a press conference on a par with a visit to a cage of cobras.” Margaret Truman

And here’s one of my all-time favorite quotes about the media. This is from the man who received the ultimate media related colonoscopy and deserved every minute and inch of it.

“People in the media say they must look at the president with

a microscope. Now I don’t mind a microscope, but boy, when

they use a proctoscope, that’s going too far.”

Richard M Nixon – 1984


05/25/2023 Do You Want to be Famous?   Leave a comment

It’s been said too many times that everyone is constantly looking for their fifteen minutes of fame. It probably explains the popularity of much of social media and especially Tik Tok. I’m not saying that it’s a good thing or a bad thing because who really cares what I think. True fame is achieved in other ways after you’ve proven yourself over a number of years or decades and the then almost certainly after your death. Here are a number of examples of delayed fame, for what it’s worth.

  • Jonas Bronck, a Swedish settler, lends his name to a section of New York City called the Bronx.
  • The dance called the Lindy Hop was named after famous American aviator Charles Lindbergh.
  • One of Florida’s most populous cities, Jacksonville, was named for its former territorial governor, Andrew Jackson.
  • Block Island in the state of Rhode Island was named for Dutch explorer Adrien Block.
  • The Metrodome in Minneapolis is named for Hubert Humphrey, a famous Minnesota senator and presidential candidate.

  • The city of Chicago has a natural history museum and a department store chain named for Marshall Field. It is the Field Museum of Natural History and the retail chain, Marshalls.
  • Kentucky’s favorite son, Davy Crockett, has a national forest appropriately named for the legendary frontiersman.
  • The city of Santa Anna, California, named their airport to honor the “Duke”, John Wayne.
  • Cleveland Ohio’s best-known city park was named for one of the city’s best-known and richest residents, John D. Rockefeller.
  • The Harvard School of Government in Boston was named for John Fitzgerald Kennedy, a Massachusetts-born president.

I’ve already established my fame hundreds and thousands of times all across this country and the world. Every time you say the words, “I’m going to the john”, you’ll be carrying on my legacy and fame forever.


05/23/2023 ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€”Graveyards”๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿ’€   2 comments

I’ve lived in New England for almost 35 years with the first 15 years in Massachusetts. You can’t find many places in the United States with as much history as Massachusetts and the Boston areas. I spent a great deal of time in those early years visiting graveyards throughout the state. I checked out graveyards from the pilgrims in the 1600’s in the Plymouth area and numerous Wampanoag Indian gravesites near Cape Cod. I love graveyards primarily because of the peace, quietness, and serenity. I’ve used graveyards as subjects of many of my paintings and sketches and will do so again if I get the opportunity. With all that being said, I thought I’d pass along to you some graveyard trivia. Many people across the country claim that certain graveyards are haunted. I’m not a big believer in ghosts but a lot of people are and here’s a list of some of the most haunted graveyards in the United States.

  • The Camp Chase Confederate Cemetery in Columbus Ohio. This cemetery has a wandering ghost called the Lady in Gray.
  • Forest Park Cemetery in Brunswick New York. Many phantoms are said to roam through the headstones there including ones that cause statues to bleed.
  • The Stull Cemetery in Kansas City, Kansas. The devil himself is said to roam amongst the tombs. The devil’s child is also said to dwell here, along with a boy who can change himself into a werewolf.
  • The St. Louis Cemetery in New Orleans, Louisiana. It is said to be the home to multiple ghosts, including the famous voodoo queen, Marie Laveau.
  • Mcconnio Cemetery located in Evergreen, Alabama. This cemetery is haunted by soldiers from the Civil War.

  • The Western Burial Ground of the churchyard of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland. This cemetery is the resting place of Edgar Allan Poe and Francis Scott Key, among other famous people. Sightings of Poe’s ghost have been reported as well as other ghostly figures that include a crazed lunatic and a drunken ghoul.
  • The Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Valley City, Ohio. This cemetery is known for a witch whose grave is marked by a heavy glowing sphere.
  • The Adelaida Cemetery in Paso Robles, California. The presence of a poltergeist has been reported by visitors and investigators alike. The ghost of a woman in a long white nightgown has also been spotted by more than one person between 10 PM and Midnight on Fridays.
  • The Masonic Cemetery in Central City, Colorado. Reports that the ghost of a woman has been seen laying flowers on the grave of John Edward Cameron. She has often been seen on April 5 and November 1 as witnessed by entire groups of people.
  • The White Cemetery in Barrington, Illinois. Witnesses report seeing globes of light floating in the cemetery and phantom images of a house and a car had been seen nearby.


(To all of you believers out there.)

05/20/2023 “A Pirate History Lesson”   2 comments


Being born and raised in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania requires from an early age that you be a Steeler fan and a Pirates fan. I guess I’m kind of a fair-weather fan and have staunchly followed the Steelers passionately for decades. The Pirates not so much. They’ve had a few good years here and there from the 1960 World Championship to the years with Willie Stargel and his teammates. They’ve attempted over the years to obtain players with high expectations i.e. Dave Parker, with little or no success. Today I’ll tell you a short story about one of their outstanding choices, Dock Ellis.

In June of 1970 the Pirates finished a two-game series in San Francisco and were enroute to San Diego, and it was not Ellise’s turn to pitch. He spent the day prior in Los Angeles with friends, relaxing, and dropping acid. It wasn’t until the morning of the 12th that his friend’s girlfriend told him the Pirates had a doubleheader in San Diego that afternoon and because of the extra game, Ellis was expected to take the mound. He hopped onto a shuttle and made it to the ballpark just in time to start his game. Through the nine innings he pitched, he struck out six batters, walked eight, but gave up no hits and won the game, 2-0. He later stated “I can only remember bits and pieces of the game. I was psyched. I was zeroed in on the catcher’s glove, but I didn’t hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters, and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn’t.”

Ellis was known as an “odd duck” when he showed up at pregame warmups wearing hair curlers. It took an order from the Commissioner of Baseball to stop the madness. He had incredible pitching skills with a superhuman and high velocity fastball. In 1974, while pitching against the Cincinnati Reds, he hoped to motivate his team by taking aim at the other teams’ players – literally. In the first inning alone, he beaned three players (including Pete Rose) before throwing the ball behind Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench’s head, after which he was promptly removed from the game.

Since the Pirates are having a moderately successful season this year, I can only assume they’ve stopped using the same set of requirements that brought them Dock Ellis. I’m yet to be convinced like so many die-hard fans seem to be. I’ll wait and see like I’ve done for decades with my fingers crossed and my head firmly buried in the sand.



“Show me what you’ve got.”

05/18/2023 ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅNew Years Resolution Update๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ   Leave a comment

It’s that time again for a New Years Resolution update. With June approaching soon, let’s call this my mid-year review. In past years I’ve stumbled repeatedly with only moderate successes. I hope 2023 has better results but let’s just see.


Read 8.33 books a month (That’s 100 books for all of you math majors out there). Kindle has advised me that I’ve finished 48 books so far this year. I’m on track to make this a really successful reading year.

Keep the number of F-Bombs to less than a hundred a week. (I’m dreaming on this one.) I’ve done better with this resolution than expected. I’ve been confined to my home for the last three months with minimal contact with friends and family. We all know and understand that it’s the other people in our lives that helps to create F-Bombs, so I’m looking good for 2023 (so far).

Spend less than $50.00 a week on Dunkin. (That’s mostly for my better-half. They’re too expensive for me.) Again, my three-month confinement is saving me a boat load of Dunkin expenditures. The only person suffering is my better-half.

Drink less alcohol than last year but more than next year. (I’m dreaming!) What was I thinking? This one never had a chance.

Visit only the classiest porn sites. (No more than 10 per week unless provoked) This is another failure. Everyone knows that ten porn sites can easily be perused in under ten minutes. I truly set myself up to fail and trust me, I’ve failed miserably (you can’t see this huge smile on my face). It’s the smile of a happy and excited loser.


No naked dancing near the picture window in the living room. (We have nervous neighbors!) I’m sure my neighbors are missing my fantastic dance routines and to them I apologize. It’s tough for me to “kick up my heels” while using a wheelchair, a walker, or a cane. Never fear, I should be healed by Labor Day and the show must go on.

Try not to argue with my better-half too much. (The operative word here is to try) This was doomed to immediate failure.

Teach the grandsons no more than five new swear words. (Or maybe learn one or two new ones from them.) I received a real surprise on this one. It seems that both of them have been picking up the lingo from other sources (internet, school, and friends). The ten-year-old actually asked me if I knew what the “F” word was. I immediately denied any knowledge of that bad word because I knew if I admitted anything, he’d rush home and rat me out to his mother. I still have a chance to have some success here. Five swear words in 6 months . . . easy-peasy.

Try to be more polite to all of the doctors that have been manhandling me for years. This one is difficult. Telling doctors anything is like “pissing into the wind” and that tends to make me really impolite at times.

Stay vertical. So far so good.



Score for 2023 (so far) – 6 Maybe’s, 4-No’s

05/16/2023 “SPORTS ODDITIES”   Leave a comment

It seems that sports are on everyone’s mind currently between basketball finals, the NFL draft, and the newly published NFL season schedules for 2024. I thought I’d participate a little myself. I like some sports but not all, but I like humorous and odd stories regardless of the sport even more. Today I’m going to touch on golf and baseball for some interesting trivia and a few smiles and laughs.

Harpo Marx

George Burns

Hillcrest Country Club in California has long been a favorite of Hollywood entertainers. One August day comedians George Burns and Harpo Marx came to the club to play a round of golf. The thermometer registered over 100ยฐ and the two decided to play without their shirts. But then the course officials heard about the shirtless golfers and rushed out to find them. “Rules are rules, you can’t play without a shirt and there are no exceptions.” they exclaimed. The comedians put their shirts back on and started to play. The officials made their way back to the clubhouse. A few minutes later, someone came rushing in with the news, “Burns and Marx are playing without their pants!” Again, the committee raced out to the course and sure enough Burns and Marx had their shirts on, but they had removed her pants were playing in their undershorts. Harpo Marx reminded the committee of the rulebook. It says we can’t play without shirts. But show me the rule that says we can’t play without pants. The officials were licked, and they knew it. There and then a new rule was made: All-male players could take off their shirts, but they had to wear pants at all times. I love it when a plan comes together.

Henry Heitman

If there is a record for the shortest major league career by a pitcher, it belongs to a right-handed pitcher named Henry Heitman. On July 27, 1918, Heitmann started a game for the Brooklyn Dodgers against the St. Louis Cardinals. The first four batters all hit safely and Heitmann was sent to the showers immediately. A few days later he enlisted in the United States Navy and never played major-league baseball again. That’s what I call a short career.

Bobby Jones

Bobby Jones was one of the greatest golfers ever, winning dozens of tournaments before he retired in 1930. One day in 1920, playing in the Southern Amateur Tournament at New Orleans, Jones found himself with an unexpected problem. One of his drives landed inside an old shoe that was resting on top of a workman’s wheelbarrow. After deciding not to take a penalty for dropping the ball out of the shoe, he found a novel solution to his problem. He played the shoe. The immortal Bobby smacked the shoe which flew off the wheelbarrow and the ball flew out of the shoe and kept rolling, finally stopping only a few feet from the green. Jones chipped onto the green and holed out for a par. Professionals always find a way.


05/14/2023 ๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅLimerick Alert๐Ÿ’ฅ๐Ÿ’ฅ   Leave a comment

It’s been quite a while since I posted a Limerick Alert due in part to my semi-invalid status these last few months. Now that I’ve been cleared by the doctors once again I can freely move around my residence without the need of a wheelchair, walker, or a cane. I feel like a new man even though I will have to learn how to walk properly all over again. These limericks are always humorous as they were written by children for children and they’re all extremely well done. These are rated G and are safe for children.

By Marion Swinger

An unfortunate schoolboy named Pete

Had extremely malodorous feet.

If he waggled one sock,

The olfactory shock

Could empty the average street!


By Rebecca Telford

There was a brown dog named Spot

Who tied up his tail with a knot,

To remember his bone

Which he’d left back at home

When he sometimes went out for a trot.


By John Hegley

There once was an organic leek

That had managed to learn how to speak.

At the sight of a knife,

It would fear for its life,

And go: Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek!!


By Catherine Osborne

There was an old fellow from Pinner

Whose wife became thinner and thinner.

He told her, “My dear,

You’ll soon disappear,

Stop slimming, start eating your dinner!”



05/11/2023 “MISH MOSH”   Leave a comment


  • The Empire State Building is struck by lightning approximately 23 times every year.
  • The oldest recipe still in existence is of course, a recipe for beer found in Iraq from 3900 years ago.
  • If you counted 24 hours a day. It would take 31,688 years to reach 1 trillion.
  • The medical name for a butt crack is “intergluteal cleft”.
  • Before the term “Bloopers” was coined, outtakes in television, movies, and radio were called “Boners”.

  • Viagra, when dissolved in water, can make cut flowers stay erect for up to a week longer than they usually would.
  • More Monopoly money is printed in a year, then real money is printed throughout the world. Parker Brothers reports it prints around $30 billion in Monopoly money a year.
  • 7 UP, invented in 1920, originally contained lithium, the drug commonly prescribed currently for sufferers of bipolar disorder.
  • 2003 was the year that “bootylicious” and “bitch-slap” were added to the dictionary.
  • It’s estimated that 70 to 80% of all the dust in people’s homes is actually made up of dead skin cells.


Being a former cop this fact makes me smile every time I read it.

A California man obtained a personalized license plate that said in plain English:


He received more than 2500 parking tickets.


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