Travellinbaen’s Wanderin Agaen

Quote of the Day     I was trying to daydream but my mind kept wandering.”     –Stephen Wright

TB Recommends:

I was introduced to Stephen Wright’s humor in Coffee and Cigarettes a few years ago. TB recommends this movie highly. You should rent it or catch it on cable when you get a chance. I also saw The Darjeeling Limited on TV a few nights ago, my second time to see it. It’s great, and I love the soundtrack. One of RockStarRambler’s favorite movies is Intolerable Cruelty. I also dig it, and I think its one of the new quotable classics. Two of my favorites:

Gus Petch: You want tact, call a tactician. You want an ass nailed, you come see Gus Petch. 

(note- I took the quote off IMBD which calls Cedric the Entertainer’s character Petch. I’m pretty sure it’s “Pinch” in the movie. Sounds like pinch, and considering the catchphrase he uses throughout, there’s no doubt in my mind the name is Gus Pinch, not Petch)


Miles Massey: Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Henry the Eighth. What do they have in common? 
Wrigley: [thinks] Middle name?     

Intolerable Cruelty also features one of the best character names of all time–Heinz, the Baron Kraus von Espy.

A Moral Delimma:  

If you get too much change or if you’re not charged for something at checkout, then you leave the store and begin driving, but you’ve not yet left the parking lot, should you go back in and make good the mistake? Or does it just even things out from all those times you get gypped?

Something to re-think:

Why do people always say you shouldn’t give money to a bum because he’ll just spend it on liquor? I have always used that cliche, I must admit. But it occurred to me today, if I were a bum I’d want to be drunk as much as possible. It sure would make sleeping under a bridge easier. So from now on, if I don’t give money to a bum and someone is with me, I’m just gonna say, “I don’t like bums.” Or if I’m feeling charitable, I’ll give him a buck and hope he uses it to buy some MD 20-20 like any sensible person in such a terrible state.

A new TB toy:

I’m gonna include a poll question as often as I can think of something good to ask. Of course, for the poll to have scientific accuracy, its gonna need a pool of at least twenty votes. So be a good citizen of the blog and vote.  Today’s question–

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About travellinbaen

I'm a 40 year old lawyer living in Ridgeland, Mississippi. I'm several years and a couple hundred miles removed from most of my old running buddies so I started the blog to provide an outlet for many of the observations and ideas that used to be the subjects of our late night/happy hour/halftime conversations and arguments.
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7 Responses to Travellinbaen’s Wanderin Agaen

  1. Adam says:

    Killed my subscription to the paper as part of a general expense cutback in response to the current economic situation.

    This “crisis”, in the short term, has saved me a ton of money. It got my wife on board for saving. I figured it out the other day and I have cut 12-15K a year in spending. The bulk was selling my airplane. I quit playing much golf also. However, a significant savings is also coming from the little things. Eating out (drastically reduced), the paper, cut back on my cable package, killed the paper, and lot of other things.

    Clearly I am part of the consumer spending problem. I kind of like the thought of the government begging me to spend money. Should keep them from raising my taxes lest I go on a bread and water diet to further reduce expenses.

  2. Jessie Lou says:

    The MS Press is now published out of Mobile and is really the Mobile Press Register. They call it the MS Edition. It can be a confusing paper and it is mostly Mobile stuff. Someone looking for a job could come to Pgoula and print a hometown paper and the folks here would eat that up. I am undecided as to whether I will renew once my 6 month subscription runs out. The Sun Herald is mostly the other end of the coast. I really have no where to cut back on expenses, unless it would be the landline or the paper and I’m not willing to give those up just yet.

  3. Madd Dawg says:

    Stephen Wright in the 80’s: I have a map of the world…….actual size.

  4. workinbaen says:

    For some more quality humor, check out supercynic’s blog today on “pickup lines that don’t work”.

    Stone, nobody can go frugal like you, except possibly Ed or JLM.

    JLM, you think Goula is ready for the TB news for home delivery? I got a bunch of empty mason jars that need fillin.

    MD, Wright is the ultimate “blank stare” comedian. I can’t believe I wasn’t hip to his act for so long.

  5. Jessie Lou says:

    Absolutely! Could I please do a gossip column on Page 6 – I could be the next Page 6 for the Deep South.

  6. Jessie Lou says:

    I meant to say Liz Smith instead of Page 6. She is the famed gossip columnist of New York. And as my boss says, Telephone, Telegragh, Telelaura.

  7. coachteajay says:

    I voted for niether, I have a landline but its for the alarm, you need such things living on “Da Point” However, I have no idea what the number even is, it rings every now and then and when I feel like giving a telemarkerter a hard time, I answer. I did use it once to find my cell, so other than the alarm I guess they have some use. I feel both are outdated, much like stamps.

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