"Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man
needs to believe in the most. That people are basically good; that
honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money
and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want
you to remember this, that love... true love never dies. You remember
that, boy. You remember that. Doesn't matter if it's true or not. You
see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things
worth believing in."
...Hub, in "Second Hand Lions"
Next to "Casablanca" and "The World's Fastest Indian", one of my all time
favorites. The electorate, as ignorant as it is, tries to embrace that every
sentiment time it's called upon to cast its vote ... too damn bad our
political heroes always put lie to it.
Good for her! Not many modern women appreciate the making of a man.
Here's another good quote:
Remember us, he said to me. That was his hope.
"Go tell a Spartan, passer-by,
That here, by Spartan law we lie"
And so my king died, and my brothers died, barely a year ago. Long I
pondered my king's cryptic talk of victory. Time has proven him wise, for
from free Greek to free Greek, the word was spread that bold Leonidas and
his three hundred, so far from home, laid down their lives. Not just for
Sparta, but for all Greece and the promise this country holds.
Now, here on this ragged patch of earth called Plataea, Xerxes's hordes face
Just there the barbarians huddle, sheer terror gripping tight their hearts
with icy fingers... knowing full well what merciless horrors they suffered
at the swords and spears of three hundred. Yet they stare now across the
plain at TEN THOUSAND Spartans commanding thirty thousand free Greeks!
The enemy outnumber us a paltry three to one, good odds for any Greek. This
day we rescue a world from mysticism and tyranny and usher in a future
brighter than anything we can imagine.
Give thanks, men, to Leonidas and the brave 300! TO VICTORY!
Reading the words is pretty powerful. Seeing and
hearing Robert Duval saying them - to a wide eyed,
wet behind the ears kid - that's goose bumps territory.
An idea worth passing down from generation to generation.
And the idea of Dyin' With Your Boots On - in a bi-plane - that your
crazy brother was trying to fly - through a barn - upside down - at age
79 or 80 - now THAT would make for a great obituary!
I wish there was some way to deal with tele-marketers the way those two
olf coots dealt with traveling salesmen. The idea of luring them out to
me - then shotgunning their computer sure sounds appealing as hell to
me. And maybe a hunting trip for the folks who do the robo-calls would
be a hell of a lot of fun too.
Not sure what would be appropriate for those that ring your doorbell at
7 am - on a Saturday morning asking if you've thought about eternity and
have found what they believe is GOD! When I tell them that GOD is
actually a little black lady - in Brooklyn - and that SHE is not very
please with them wakin' folks up from well deserved sleep - it takes
some of the wind out of their sails - for a moment or two.
Simplest thing in the world.
1) Install an answering machine and NEVER pick up the phone until you
hear a voice on the other end you recognize.
2) Play mind games.
If you want to answer the phone, wait for the initial spiel then
respond, "That is very interesting, mind if I ask you a question?"
Wait for response.
When they answer "Yes", respond, "Why did you make that statement?"
SHUT UP AND WAIT.
When they answer repeat, "That is very interesting, mind if I ask you
Probably will probably take 30-60 seconds for the SOB to hang up, but
they will give up.
I sometimes do it just to waste the caller's time, if I'm bored.
I seldom get any calls like that. Unlisted phone number must help. I
also made sure I was on all the NoCall lists.
The only ones who have unlimited access are Sir Paul McCartney,
Swingman and, of course, Morris.
Now, that my dear Angela and Snowflake are in Chicago shopping for
March Break, I will also allow calls from Ms Anniston, Meg, and in a
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