Sorry for the Delay!

September 26, 2017

Today’s word speaks volumes to the lack of timeliness on the part of so many people these days.  Having been raised to always arrive at appointments a little bit early, I guess one of my pet peeves would be having to wait on those who were not similarly raised.

As an avid movie-goer myself, I can sometimes become a bit peeved at the cunctation of other movie-goers because it can disrupt the film.


\ kuhngk-tey-shuh n \, noun;

1.   delay; tardiness.

Source: The Highly Selective Dictionary for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich and


First Female Supreme Court Justice!

September 25, 2017

Today marks the day (in 1981) that Sandra Day O’Connor took her seat on the Supreme Court of the United States after taking the oath of office (which was administered by Chief Justice Warren E. Burger).  She was originally nominated on July 7th by then President Ronald Reagan and was eventually approved by the Senate, in a 99-0 vote, on September 21st.

In addition, September 25th was the day for several other “firsts,” such as the first . . .

  • newspaper published in the British colonies (Publick Occurrences, Both Foreign and Domestic, Boston, MA, 1690)
  • newspaper publisher (Benjamin Harris, “the father of American newspapers,” 1690)
  • constitutional amendments to fail the ratification process (first two articles of the eventual Bill of Rights, 1789)
  • play presented by a Jewish professional acting troupe (Die Hexe, Hebrew Opera and Dramatic Company, New York, NY, 1880)
  • micropaleontology course at a college (Columbia University (Prof. Jesse James Galloway), New York, NY, 1924)
  • transatlantic telephone call carried by the transoceanic cable  (Cleo Frank Craig [Chairman, AT&T] in New York, NY, to British Postmaster General in London, UK, 1956)

Source: Famous First Facts by Joseph Nathan Kane, Steven Anzovin, and Janet Podell.

College Football 2017, Week Four!

September 24, 2017

Michigan State managed to play very poorly in their loss to Notre Dame this week . . . but there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#4], Michigan [#8], Wisconsin [#9], and Ohio State [#10]).  Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Hawkeyes of Iowa.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
Oklahoma State (#6) losing to TCU (#16).
Florida State (#12) losing to unranked NC State by six (6) points.
Oregon (#24) losing to unranked Arizona State by two (2) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
Penn State (#4) defeating unranked Iowa by only two (2) points.
Florida (#20) defeating unranked Kentucky by only one (1) point.
San Diego State (#22) defeating unranked Air force by four (4) points.
Utah (#23) defeating unranked Arizona by six (6) points.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Georgia (#11) defeating Mississippi State (#17).

The Job Interview!

September 23, 2017

Happy Saturday!  As we begin the weekend, how about a little police humor, just for grins?

The local sheriff was looking for a deputy, so Gomer, who was not exactly the sharpest nail in the bucket, went in to try out for the job.

“Okay,” the sheriff drawled, “Gomer, what is 1 and 1?”

“11” he replied.

The sheriff thought to himself, “That’s not what I meant, but he’s right.”
“What two days of the week start with the letter ‘T’?”
“Today and tomorrow.”

He was again surprised that Gomer supplied a correct answer that he had never thought of himself.  “Now Gomer, listen carefully: Who killed Abraham Lincoln?”

Gomer looked a little surprised himself, then thought really hard for a minute and finally admitted, “I don’t know.”

“Well, why don’t you go home and work on that one for a while?”

So, Gomer wandered over to the pool hall where his pals were waiting to hear the results of the interview. Gomer was exultant. “It went great! First day on the job and I’m already working on a murder case!”


Fun Fact Friday, Number Forty-Two!

September 22, 2017

Today’s real facts (courtesy of are all about jellyfish.  Did you know that . . .

  • a jellyfish is approximately 95% water? (Real Fact #18)
  • a group of jellyfish is called a smack? (Real Fact #779)
  • jellyfish don’t have brains?  (Real Fact #1248)
  • jellysfish can clone themselves? (Real Fact #1249)

Did you also know that the autumnal equinox will occur at 3:02 PM today (CDT)?


The Narrows!

September 21, 2017

Zion_NarrowsFor the last several days I have enjoyed being in and around Zion National Park (Utah) where we had the opportunity to hike “the Narrows” as well as several other short hikes along some other trails in the park.  What an awesome experience!   We opted for the top-down hike from Chamberlain Ranch (16-mile trek); our planning began several months ago since we needed to arrange for permits to hike in this direction.  We also were hoping that by going in the fall, despite the possibility of slightly “higher” and colder water, that the weather would be a bit more stable — i.e., less rain and a lower chance of flash flooding hazards. From here we will be heading up to the north rim of the Grand Canyon to hike for a couple of days before returning home. Ah, the joy of being disconnected . . . a little therapy, courtesy of nature!

Happy Birthday Dale!

September 20, 2017

ChihulyChihuly, that is.  I have been privileged enough to attend and view this wonderful exhibit at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art on two separate occasions so far during the exhibit’s run (June 3rd through November 13th — you still have time to make the trip and visit yourself).  I never tire of visiting galleries and appreciating art of all types . . . there are so many talented/gifted artists in the world that you don’t have to go to the major cities to enjoy quality art (but by all means, this shouldn’t stop you from doing so if you are so inclined).  But, there is quality art everywhere; in every town or hamlet in the country.  The secret (and joy) is in finding or discovering these wonderful treasures.


September 19, 2017

“In addition to its brilliance, vermilion is a pigment of great intensity and durability.” (


\ bril-yuh ns \, noun;

1.  great brightness; luster
2.  excellence or distinction; conspicuous talent, mental ability, etc.
3.  splendor, elegance, or magnificence

4.  Optics. that luminance of a body consisting of its saturation and brightness.
But according to my copy of The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate, here are some other options to help extend your vocabulary (depending on your specific need or usage):

Source: The Highly Selective Thesaurus for the Extraordinarily Literate by Eugene Ehrlich.  Definitions courtesy of

The Rebuke!

September 18, 2017

Here’s the next installment of poetry generally attributed to Thomas, the sixth Earl of Harrington (circa 1730).  Enjoy!


The Rebuke

I always thought it want of sense,
And the worst kind of impudence,
In men who are for love unfit,
Yet ever are attempting it;
Since women, when they find the cheat,
Can never pardon the deceit;
And whatever face they put upon’t,
Will soon or late revenge the affront.

Not long ago a well-known rake,
Who still was lewd for lewdness’ sake:
One evening, when ’twas wearing dark,
Went out a-strolling to the park:
Where he did meet a harlot gay,
Who soared  about in hopes of prey:
The rake, well versed in such affairs,
Soon guessed her meaning by her airs,
And, going briskly up, began,
“Nor farther look, for I’m your man.”

“My man,” said she, “I know you not;
“What do you mean, you drunken sot?”
“Not know me,” said the foremost spark,
“Faith, Madam, though the night grows dark,
“Yet you may know me by this mark:”
Then in her hand he something laid,
At which the strumpet seemed afraid.

“What’s that,” said she, ‘you wicked beast?”
The fellow , tickled with the jest,
Applied his lips close to her ear,
and said “it is my p—–k, my dear.”

“Thy p——k,” she cried, in great surprise,
“A p——k, and of so small a size!
“It either is your little finger,
“Or you’re a vile Italian singer.”

Note: printed on the page following the title page was the following: “from a collection of poems that have been generally ascribed to Thomas, sixth Earl of Harrington. He was the son of Charles, the fifth Earl, and Margaret Lesslie, Countess of Rothes; and fought on the Royal side at the battle of Shirreffmuir, along with his brother John Lesslie, Earl of Rothes, and his own son, Lord Binning. These poems, according to Pinkerton, were printed about 1730, and have been reprinted in 1753, 1765, 1767, and 1777. He was also the author of Mia treatise on forest trees, which has gone through several editions. He died in 1735.” However, if these dates are correct (and I am by no means an expert historian in such matters), these poems could only have been written by either the first or second Earl of Harrington (William Stanhope and W.S. Jr.).


College Football 2017, Week Three!

September 17, 2017

For the second year in a row, the Spartans have managed to have their bye week way too early in the season, alas!  . . . .  there continue to be four Big Ten teams in the top-25 (Penn State [#5], Michigan [#7], Ohio State [#8], and Wisconsin [#10]).  The Big Ten continues to fare well and finished this week with a 9-2 win/loss record.  Next up for the Spartans: at home against the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame.  Go Green!

The upsets this week included:
LSU (#12) losing to Mississippi State.
Kansas (#18) losing to unranked Vanderbilt by seven (7) points.
Stanford (#20) losing to unranked San Diego State by three (3) points.
Tennessee (#23) losing to Florida (#24) by six (6) points.
UCLA (#25) losing to unranked Memphis by three (3) points.

The close calls this week (games that were won by a touchdown or less) included:
USC (#4) defeated unranked Texas by three (3) points in double overtime.

Top-25 match-ups won by the higher-ranked team included:
Clemson (#3) defeating Louisville (#14).