what a lovely way to spend an early autumn afternoon
watching a play unfold in the barn
‘if a farmer fills his barn with grain, he gets mice.
if he leaves it empty, he gets actors.’
image credit: *barn – farmingtonplayers.org
*“The Barn” has become an icon in the Farmington Hills community. What started in a real dairy barn is now an equally intimate theater experience in a modern, state-of-the-art, handicap-accessible “Barn.” We look forward to seeing you at The Barn.
when hurrying through a drive-through
to grab a quick cup of coffee
at taco bell
(which should have given me pause in the first place)
they handed me my coffee
a bag, a spork, and a little cup of thick crema.
maybe they’re too hipster for me
and I just don’t get it.
more fun than getting the surprise in a happy meal at mcdonalds
and more confusing.
“comedy comes from confusion.”
and the rest should stay back?
sign found by the parent drop-off circle
at my school in the morning.
from a class the night before
but it works in the morning too.
“you cannot have the drama without comedy.”
epa (environmental protection agency) administrator scott pruit, is spending nearly $25,000 to construct a secure, soundproof communications booth for his office, according to government contracting records. he signed a $24,570 contract earlier this summer with acoustical solutions, a eichmond-based company, for a “privacy booth for the administrator.” he sought a customized version — one that eventually would cost several times more than a typical model — that he can use to communicate privately.
when i read this i could not help but be reminded of
* ‘the cone of silence’ from the 1960’s spy comedy, ‘get smart,’
one of my all-time favorite shows.
except that this time it’s real.
*The Cone of Silence is one of many recurring joke devices from Get Smart, an American comedy television series of the 1960s about an inept spy. The essence of the joke is that the apparatus, designed for secret conversations, makes it impossible for those inside the device – and easy for those outside the device – to hear the conversation. The end result being neither secret nor communication.
In popular culture, “cone of silence” is a slang phrase meaning that the speaker wishes to keep the indicated information secret and that the conversation should not be repeated to anyone not currently present. For example: “We aren’t inviting Cindy and her boyfriend to the movies because they embarrass us, but keep that in the cone of silence.”
“to silence criticism is to silence freedom.”
credits: nbc television, cbs television, wikipedia, @alt national park service
imagination was given to man to compensate him
for what he is not;
a sense of humor to console him for what he is.
– francis bacon
my favorite question
‘are you in a rodeo?’
to laugh out loud
i’m not a fan
i feel for the animals
and have no desire
thrown from anything
to rope anything
to be around clowns
in any capacity
there are worse things in life than death.
have you ever spent an evening with an insurance salesman?
– woody allen
image credit: mycomic.com
and yet again, a movie i’ve never heard of, begged me to take it off the shelves of my local library, and into my living room.
‘the happy poet’ is an indie-comedy, a classic tale of the underdog, fighting the system, and trying to make the world a better place. (and hot-dog free, in this case.) written and directed by paul gordon, who also stars as the lead, ‘the happy poet’ was shot in austin, texas, on a small budget, and released on the film festival circuit. slow-moving, quiet, wryly funny, simply shot, with single piano notes as its only soundtrack, i was quickly drawn into this very human story.
when we meet the poet, he is struggling – in life, in trying to find his happiness, and with no idea about where to go for the answers. he is as dry, deadpan, and honest a character as you will ever meet, and one who has an understated passion for the things he believes in. it’s his sincerity and heart, that draws an eccentric bunch of people to him, each with their own heart of gold, who stay close, keep him motivated, look out for him, and prove their loyalty in interesting ways. I’m happy this poet quietly called out to me from the shelves.
When what we are is what we want to be, that’s happiness. – Malcolm Forbes
image credit: Cinema Libre
as we waited at the gate for our plane, i was amazed by the new ‘system’ in place. i couldn’t quite get a handle on it at first, didn’t know exactly where to sit, where to line up, when, etc.
this is how the gate agent explained it to me. ‘we’ll call you by your letter and you stand in a single file line by the pole that has your number on it that goes with your letter that we’ll call and then we’ll call you by letter and number together and and we’ll know you by that. there are approximately 100 small strips of spaces with seats with numbers.’ being the black sheep that i am, i waited until the last possible second to get into line in my assigned number/letter place, and was met with gate agent glares. i think some of the other sheep may have been upset with me too.
People, like sheep, tend to follow a leader – occasionally in the right direction.
In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.