Friday, February 27, 2009

Grandpa quotes

Dear Bratty Friends,

Following are some classic grandpa quotes - he died one year ago today at the age of 92.

"Oil is the cheapest thing you can put in your car."

"I'm not angry, don't misunderstand me..."

"The coddling moth flies by night!"

"I'm taking your time. I go. I go."

"My dad shot every duck in town."

He is remembered for stories of Alaska amongst other things. He and his wife Orpha lived in Palmer for many years. He worked for the school district as a janitorial supervisor. She spent six months out the year in a warmer clime - I think with relatives in Montana. Grandpa would tell stories about bush pilots and hunters. He did a little bit of hunting and fishing himself.

He is also remembered for his stories of growing up in the Great Depression (he was born in 1916) and about how his parents own the Dew Drop Inn cafe and general store. Somewhere I have a piece of paper with that logo on it. I'll have to find it and print it. When he was younger he worked on a tractor in the wheat fields all day, and saved his hard earned money in the bank. He later lost the money the bank closed because a disreputable banker had run off with all the dough!

He never went to college.
He sold cars for a living before working in Alaska.
He loved to go to baseball games and always watched the world series.
His other favorite TV shows were 60 minutes and the Grand 'Ol Opry.
He was married twice - widowed once and divorced once.
He was awfully fond of oatmeal and raisin bread.

"I never drank, smoked or raised hell!"

Yeah, right.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kurt Vonnegut quotes

Quotes from "A man without a country," ISBN 081297736x (2005).

"How beautiful it is to get up and go out and do something. We are here on Earth to fart around. Don't let anybody tell you any different," pg. 62.

"Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites representing absolutely nothing. All they do is show you've been to college," pg. 23.

"I think that novels that leave out technology misrepresent life as badly as Victorians misrepresented life by leaving out sex," pg. 17.

"But there's a reason we recognize Hamlet as a masterpiece: it's that Shakespeare told us the truth, and people so rarely tell us the truth... The truth is, we know so little about life..." pg. 37.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Ann Aquirre - Exile's Lament

Dear Bratty Friends,

I found the link to the free story lurking on the Lurv A La Mode site. This quote reminds me of Picard/Shakespeare

"It almost seemed a flicker; humanity flares so bright that it cannot sustain the flame."

Does it not? I can almost see Q reciting it to Picard standing in his ready room.

Here's the link to the story:

Go ahead and read it.

Oh, why not?

Monday, February 2, 2009

New Star Trek movie out May 9!

New Star Trek movie!
New Star Trek movie!
New Star Trek movie!