Wednesday, May 7, 2014

The Best Job I Ever Had

Tucson Weather Today


Never permit a dichotomy to rule your life, a dichotomy in which you hate what you do so you can have pleasure in your spare time. Look for a situation in which your work will give you as much happiness as your spare time.
--Pablo Picasso

I have worked a good many different jobs in my long life before reaching the age of retirement, and the one position I really felt I was meant to do was cruelly taken from me by circumstances completely beyond my control.

But that's a story for another day.

Many stories for many days.

The wind picked up yesterday afternoon and once again the mountains to the north were obscured by dust in the air. The wind blew with gustlike regularity through the night. And yes, the surface of the swimming pool again was (not covered) littered with leaves and other foliage.

And the wind is now moderate.

Writing about myself. Good God Almighty! Why do I keep this up?


Did You Know . . .?
You would have to consume 1,500 pounds of marijuana in 15 minutes to overdose.
Note: You don't believe it... give it a try.



On this day in 1915 at 2:12 p.m., in the waters of the Celtic Sea, the 32,000-ton ship Lusitania was hit by an exploding torpedo on its starboard side. The torpedo blast was followed by a larger explosion, probably of the ship's boilers. The Lusitania sank within 20 minutes. Germany justified the attack by stating, correctly, that the Lusitania was an enemy ship, and that it was carrying munitions.

Though the United States was officially neutral at this point in the war, Britain was one of the nation's closest trading partners. The United States formally entered World War I on April 6, 1917.



1.  division into two parts, kinds, etc.; subdivision into halves or pairs.
2.  division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups: a dichotomy between thought and action. 
3.  Botany: a mode of branching by constant forking, as in some stems, in veins of leaves, etc.
4.  Astronomy: the phase of the moon or of an inferior planet when half of its disk is visible.

Wikipedia says: A dichotomy is any splitting of a whole into exactly two non-overlapping parts, meaning it is a procedure in which a whole is divided into two parts. It is a partition of a whole (or a set) into two parts...



Darren McGavin
(May 7, 1922 - Feb 25, 2006)
Darren McGavin was an American actor best known for his portrayal of the grumpy father in the film A Christmas Story, as well as for the title role in the television horror series Kolchak: The Night Stalker. He appeared as the tough-talking, funny detective in the 1950s television series Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer. From 1959-1961, McGavin starred in the NBC western series Riverboat, first with Burt Reynolds and then with Noah Beery, Jr., and in later years, he had a recurring role in the sitcom Murphy Brown, as the title character's father.

Anne Baxter
(May 7, 1923 - Dec 12, 1985)
Anne Baxter was an American actress known for her performances in films such as The Magnificent Ambersons (1942), The Razor's Edge (1946), All About Eve (1950) and The Ten Commandments (1956).

Ivan Sergei
(born May 7, 1971)
Ivan Sergei is an American actor known for his work in television. He first became well known when he starred in John Woo's 1996 film Once a Thief. His next series was starring with Amanda Peet in Jack & Jill. From 2003 to 2004, he starred on Crossing Jordan, and then in 2004 was part of the cast of the NBC series Hawaii.

Sergei has also had roles in If Someone Had Known, Dangerous Minds, Mother, May I Sleep with Danger?, The Opposite of Sex, and 10.5. He has guest starred on Touched by an Angel, Cybill and Party of Five. In 2005 and 2006, he starred in Charmed. He also had a minor role in The Break-Up. He co-starred with Jenny McCarthy in Santa Baby and guest-starred in the October 2008 CSI: Miami episode "Raging Cannibal".

Traci Elizabeth Lords
(born May 7, 1968)
Tracy Lords is an American film actress. She first achieved notoriety for her underage appearances in pornographic videos (she was 16 years old in her first movie in 1984) and Penthouse magazine, later becoming a television and B-movie actress. Lords starred in Not of This Earth. In 1990, she appeared in John Waters' Cry-Baby. Other movies on her resume include Shock 'Em Dead, Blade, Tommyknockers, Black Mask 2: City of Masks and Chump Change.

In addition to movies, Lords has also made many appearances in television series, including Wiseguy, Married... with Children, MacGyver, Highlander: The Series, Tales from the Crypt, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Gilmore Girls, and Will & Grace among others, along with recurring roles in Profiler, Melrose Place and Roseanne.


The distinction between literary and genre fiction is stupid and pernicious. It dates back to a feud between Robert Louis Stevenson and Henry James. James won, and it split literature into two streams. But it's a totally false dichotomy.
--George R. R. Martin



  1. Darn it, Gene. You set up your readers with the Picasso quotation. Then you heightened suspense with your first paragraph. And then -- poof! -- you let us down by telling us, "But that's a story for another day."

    Not fair. Once you hook a reader, please tell the tale.

    1. You're right of course, and the tale was already written in my mind, but as I started to transfer it to the blog a feeling of "Oh the hell with it" overwhelmed me and all I wanted to do was... nothing.

      The story may appear on another day, or it might not. I am just so tired of trying to write something significant.

      Actually, I an just so tired period