I wish I was better at explaining things…
I just saw this on one of my Facebook friend’s posts and thought it funny. I hope you do too:
And I thought it was Al Gore who invented the Internet.
The second inaugural address by George Washington should have been an example to all other elected presidents who have followed.
Besides being the shortest, it is maybe the most honest and to the point. Perhaps someone will follow suit someday…
This is from about.com:
Monday, March 4, 1793
I AM again called upon by the voice of my country to execute the functions of its Chief Magistrate. When the occasion proper for it shall arrive, I shall endeavor to express the high sense I entertain of this distinguished honor, and of the confidence which has been reposed in me by the people of united America.
|Previous to the execution of any official act of the President the Constitution requires an oath of office. This oath I am now about to take, and in your presence: That if it shall be found during my administration of the Government I have in any instance violated willingly or knowingly the injunctions thereof, I may (besides incurring constitutional punishment) be subject to the upbraidings of all who are now witnesses of the present solemn ceremony.|
As we enter 2011, please keep in mind one thing – “A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out another” – anonymous.
I found the greetings below at guy-sports.com:
Note: In some languages the accents are important, for example in Spanish you really do need the tilde over the ‘n’ in Año. Ano without a tilde, has the most unfortunate meaning happy new anus.
Happy New Year
|Afrikaans||Gelukkige nuwe jaar|
|Bengali||Shuvo Nabo Barsho|
|Cambodian||Soursdey Chhnam Tmei|
|Catalan||Feliç Any Nou|
|Chinese (Mandarin)||Xin Nian Kuai Le 謹 賀 新 年|
|Croatian||Sretna Nova godina|
|Esperanto||Felican Novan Jaron|
|Finnish||Onnellista Uutta Vuotta|
|Gaelic||Bliadhna mhath ur|
|Hawaiian||Hauoli Makahiki Hou|
|Hindi||Naye Varsha Ki Shubhkamanyen|
|Hong Kong||Sun Leen Fai Lok|
|Hungarian||Boldog Ooy Ayvet|
|Indonesian||Selamat Tahun Baru|
|Iranian||Saleh now mobarak|
|Irish||Bliain nua fe mhaise dhuit|
|Italian||Felice anno nuovo|
|Icelandic||Farsælt komandi ár|
|Japanese||Akimashite Omedetto Gozaimasu|
|Korean||Saehae Bock Mani ba deu sei yo|
|Latvian||Laimīgo Jauno Gadu!|
|Lithuanian||Laimingu Naujuju Metu|
|Maltese||Is Senat Tajba|
|Nepal||Nawa Barsha ko Shuvakamana|
|Papua New Guinea||Nupela yia i go long yu|
|Persian||Saleh now ra tabrik migouyam|
|Philippines||Manigong Bagong Taon|
|Polish||Szczesliwego Nowego Roku|
|Portuguese||Feliz Ano Novo|
|Punjabi||Nave sal di mubarak|
|Romanian||An Nou Fericit|
|Russian||С Новым Годом (S Novim Godom)|
|Samoa||Manuia le Tausaga Fou|
|Serbo-Croatian||Sretna nova godina|
|Slovak||A stastlivy Novy Rok|
|Slovenian||Sreèno novo leto|
|Somali||Iyo Sanad Cusub Oo Fiican|
|Spanish||Féliz Año Nuevo|
|Swahili||Heri Za Mwaka Mpyaº|
|Swedish||Gott nytt år!|
|Tamil||Eniya Puthandu Nalvazhthukkal|
|Thai||Sawadee Pee Mai|
|Turkish||Yeni Yiliniz Kutlu Olsun|
|Ukrainian||С Новым Годом Z novym rokom|
|Urdu||Naya Saal Mubbarak Ho|
|Vietnamese||Chuc Mung Tan Nien|
|Welsh||Blwyddyn Newydd Dda|
I’m glad I’m not the only one who doesn’t finish what I star…
I suppose that an awareness of what people around us are thinking does drive at least a few of our decisions – for example, I get dressed each day – mostly so I will offend as few people as possible. I also make an attempt to stay within the speed limit when I see a policeman, because I do care about what s/he might be thinking when or if they see me speeding.
For the most part, however, my decisions are driven by what I think is right, not necessarily by others. This bumper sticker seems to drive that point home (unfortunately, I’m people – so I fall into this category too):
I experienced deja vu with a slight twist last night.
My 12 year old son and I went to Magic Mountain (here in SoCal) for a private party (my university rents the park one night each year for current students, alumni, friends, and etc. to mix). One of the good things about going each year is that it is cheap (our tickets were $25) and the lines are short – really short – as in non-existant (attendance is about a quarter of a normal operating day). We not only did not wait in line, but following several rides we were asked if we wanted to ride again.
About two hours into the evening, while driving the bumper cars, I was overwhelmed with this sense of deja vu – with a twist.
(As background) On my 13th birthday, my dad took me to Magic Mountain (about a month after it opened). There were few rides and (it seemed) fewer people, so on several rides we were asked if we wanted to ride again. The bumper cars were our favorite ride of the day.
(Back to last night) It hit me while I was chasing my son around in the bumper cars (same location since opening day) as I saw him glance back at me with an absolute look of joy on his face… and I saw me – more than 35 years before as my dad chased me around in the same bumper cars, laughing like mad.
How great is that?
Since there has been such an underwhelming response to an earlier post (One Sentence Romance Novels for Those Who Don’t Like to Read Romance Novels), I thought you might not want to read entries in the annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest - named for Edward George Earl Bulwer-Lytton, who penned the words (that Snoopy stole) “It was a dark and stormy night” to open his novel, Paul Clifford (1830). The contest is for the best of the bad opening sentences to imaginary novels.
Here is this year’s winner:
Theirs was a New York love, a checkered taxi ride burning rubber, and like the city their passion was open 24/7, steam rising from their bodies like slick streets exhaling warm, moist, white breath through manhole covers stamped “Forged by DeLaney Bros., Piscataway, N.J.”
You can read more here (or not).