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    Quote Originally Posted by Gmaniac View Post
    Out of curiosity, Art, what was the last name of your Thesis adviser?

    I may know him.
    Dale Billingsley. Good guy. He might have retired by now, though.
    "I just threw away a lifetime of guilt-free sex and floor seats for every sporting event in Madison Square Garden, so please, a little respect, for I am Costanza, lord of the idiots!"

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    Life is Fine

    by Langston Hughes

    I went down to the river,
    I set down on the bank.
    I tried to think but couldn't,
    So I jumped in and sank.

    I came up once and hollered!
    I came up twice and cried!
    If that water hadn't a-been so cold
    I might've sunk and died.

    But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

    I took the elevator
    Sixteen floors above the ground.
    I thought about my baby
    And thought I would jump down.

    I stood there and I hollered!
    I stood there and I cried!
    If it hadn't a-been so high
    I might've jumped and died.

    But it was High up there! It was high!

    So since I'm still here livin',
    I guess I will live on.
    I could've died for love—
    But for livin' I was born

    Though you may hear me holler,
    And you may see me cry—
    I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
    If you gonna see me die.

    Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!
    “I just adore children. Especially grown ones.”-- George Gould Strong, by way of Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie, Grey Gardens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim in NYC View Post
    Life is Fine

    by Langston Hughes

    I went down to the river,
    I set down on the bank.
    I tried to think but couldn't,
    So I jumped in and sank.

    I came up once and hollered!
    I came up twice and cried!
    If that water hadn't a-been so cold
    I might've sunk and died.

    But it was Cold in that water! It was cold!

    I took the elevator
    Sixteen floors above the ground.
    I thought about my baby
    And thought I would jump down.

    I stood there and I hollered!
    I stood there and I cried!
    If it hadn't a-been so high
    I might've jumped and died.

    But it was High up there! It was high!

    So since I'm still here livin',
    I guess I will live on.
    I could've died for love—
    But for livin' I was born

    Though you may hear me holler,
    And you may see me cry—
    I'll be dogged, sweet baby,
    If you gonna see me die.

    Life is fine! Fine as wine! Life is fine!
    Dorothy Parker put it more simply

    Razors pain you;
    Rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you;
    And drugs cause cramp.
    Guns aren’t lawful;
    Nooses give;
    Gas smells awful;
    You might as well live.
    APF doesn't come in screaming at others about how stupid they are. APF doesn't spam NST with the same tired topic 30 times a month. APF doesn't link to some kook in his mom's basement telling you how to, "Be afraid. Be very afraid" of the world falling down around you. And, when APF is proven wrong, he acknowledges he made a mistake and moves on, rather than harping about "sheeple."

    -- Cory Bonini

    Welchie summarized

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndromedaPatFan View Post
    Dorothy Parker put it more simply

    Razors pain you;
    Rivers are damp;
    Acids stain you;
    And drugs cause cramp.
    Guns aren’t lawful;
    Nooses give;
    Gas smells awful;
    You might as well live.
    And Ellen Goodman said something similar on a different topic:

    "Diets get broken,
    Cycling gets old.
    Fen-phen's verböten.
    Jogging? Too cold!
    Spas are too pricey,
    Fasting's no treat,
    Lipo is dicey--
    You might as well eat."
    “I just adore children. Especially grown ones.”-- George Gould Strong, by way of Doug Wright, Scott Frankel, and Michael Korie, Grey Gardens

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    Quote Originally Posted by Davekn View Post
    I'm thinking about starting a thread about quilts.
    Poetry is where it is at. Poets epitomize what is cool. And they breathe truth. Everything Thoreau touched was gold. Same goes for Emerson. Ergo for William Blake. Speaking of which, I would think you would be wise to ponder the words of William Blake: A fool sees not the same tree that a wise man sees.

    With regard to quilts, afghan blankets are severely under-appreciated in more way than one. But people are idiots. William Blake can attest to that.

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