Life Lessons

Duffy has a post on what he’s learned in 35 years. (Should we wish you a happy birthday?)

Here’s a few I’d like to comment on:

7. Never pull a nail with a pair of plyers

This is true if you hope to the use the nail again. Otherwise, have at it.

12. If you’d rather go to work than the dentist, your job isn’t that bad.

I’ve actually never minded the dentist, but my last visit was somewhat painful. The dentist (who I’d never seen before despite going to this dentist’s office since I was a kid) was rough and absolutely no chair-side manner at all.

15. Only enemies tell the raw, unvarnished truth. Friends, family and lovers are tangled in obligations that make such truth too difficult.

I’ve been blessed to have the sort of friends who were willing to tell me the truth, even if they knew it would hurt me. Maybe due to my tendencies toward brusqueness, they feel they can be honest with me no matter the situation. I’ve become a much better person for having friends like this.

It also depends on what you’re trying to find out. With someone’s enemies, you have to take what they say about a person with a grain of salt. However, if someone’s friend tells you a fault you know it’s true since they clearly like the person in spite of that fault. In addition, they may tell you things they don’t see as a big deal, but actually are, that they misjudge due to their friendship. Friends are often a private investigator’s best source for dirt on a person.

21. Most atheists don’t disbelieve in God so much as they personally dislike him. (Orwell)

This is very true. I have two friends who I used to work with. Both claim to be atheists. One will take any chance he gets to deny God and attack religion. The other has helped me look for meatless dishes on a restaurant menu on Fridays. I’ve always felt the first one believes in God but doesn’t like to burdens that belief would require of him so he lashes out against Him, rather than face up to the implications of that belief.

23. Women make decisions based on emotion and rarely on logic

So. Very. True. I’m reminded of a song from “My Fair Lady”, “Why Can’t a Woman Be More Like a Man?”:

Why is thinking something women never do?
And why is logic never even tried?

32. There’s a huge difference between your wife and your girlfriend

Every married man I’ve ever spoken to has told me this.

33. Everyone is a hypocrite in some form or fashion

This is actually a post I’ve been working on in my head for a while: why hypocrisy is not wrong when done with the acknowledgement that is is also wrong for you not to live up to the standards you are espousing.

34. Girls don’t like videogames and never will

Actually, I’m the one in my relationship who doesn’t like video games. I’ve never played them much, but she really enjoys them.

Great Marine Quotes

A ROK (Republic of Korea) commander, whose unit was fighting along with the Marines, called legendary Marine (at the time, Colonel) Lewis “Chesty” Puller to report a major Chinese attack in his sector. “How many Chinese are attacking you?” asked Puller. “Many, many Chinese!” replied the excited Korean officer. Puller asked for another count and got the same answer, “Many, many Chinese!”

“Damn it!” swore Puller, “Put my Marine Liaison Officer on the radio.” In a minute, an American voice came over the air: “Yes sir?” “Lieutenant,” growled Chesty, “exactly how many Chinese you got up there?” “Colonel, we got a whole shitload of Chinese up here!”

“Thank God,” exclaimed Puller, “At least there’s someone up there who knows how to count.”

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Thoughts on a Wide Stance

The Larry Craig situation just leads to so many jokes.

With a “wide stance” leasing to an arrest and possible end to a political career, all sorts of bad things can happen in other situations. Jeff the Baptist, if you ever take me shooting again, and I use a wide stance, don’t take it the wrong way. That could get dangerous with guns around. (Hat Tip on idea: IMAO)

I was at the Orioles game last night, and in the men’s room after the game, I heard on guy say to another “Watch out for any Congressmen.”

The funniest remark about this situation, though, accidentally (I hope) came from Craig himself. He started his press conference saying “Thank you all very much for coming out today.” Don’t speak off the cuff in situations like this. Or if that’s not off the cuff, his PR person should be fired. (By coincidence, a friend of used to work in Craig’s Senate office in Press Relations. He thought the world of Craig, who’s apparently a great guy to work for and be friends with, despite whatever extracurricular activities he might engage in.)