Quote of the Day:
“The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. But no price is too high to pay for the privilege of owning yourself.” –Friedrich Nietzsche
TB’s gettin’ a little overwhelmed what with the holidays, the end of the work year and whatnot. Mostly its the “whatnot.” But the denizens of the TBU shouldn’t be made to suffer on that account. You SHOULDN’T be made to suffer, that is, not that you WON’T be. So without further ado, here are some things that have amused me lately and I hope you will get a mild chuckle too.
These blank stare moments were all witnessed by TB in the last month:
- A man walks in to a 7-11 and trips over a “slippery when wet” sign.
- Two ladies are talking at the courthouse in Woodville, MS, population 1,192. First lady says “Girl, I heard you moved back out in the county.” Second lady says, “I tried movin to town, but they’s just too much hustle and bustle here.”
- At the grocery store produce section recently: First old lady–“Oh, these vegetables is organic. I don’t need none of that fancy stuff. I just want some plain ol’ vegetables.” Second old lady, in agreement?– “I don’t know why they can’t just grow plain ol’ vegetables like we always have in our back yard.”
- While waiting to fill a prescription at Walgreen’s a man comes in and says “Hi, I’m Richard Bender….” Though maintaining my blank stare to outward appearances, the silent laughter was deafening inside my sophomoric brain and I didn’t catch the rest.
As part of the ongoing blank stare project please add (in addition to any regular comments you may have) your own blank stare experiences as we go through the Christmas season. This is one of the best months of all for collecting them.
And finally, this little bon mot occurred to me while writing an essay for the blog last week:
Trying to think of a good simile is, like, hard.