Friday, May 27, 2016

Flashback Friday with Michael D'Agostino

Sometimes, you just want to go back. So, do it!

Michael D'Agostino is the ringleader for a new initiative. It's called Flashback Friday - a time of the month where you can republish and old post of yours that maybe didn't get enough attention, or that you're really proud of, or you think is still relevant etc.  Personally, I think that is a brilliant idea.

Here's an oldie but...well, it's an oldie...

Bubble Busters #1: "Everything will work out fine in the end..."

I love people, but some days I just hate group efforts. As I strive to be a team player and support a leader but I find that I silently question the validity of decisions - and I don't speak up. Why? Because I don't want to be the one who isn't a team player, of course!   Where some of my cohorts are optimistic or pessimistic, some are just clueless about their lack of experience or inability to coordinate a group.

They don't realize how much you learn just by putting in the years - something that all flipsters know. 
It's one of the few flipster benefits that keeps on giving, till Alzheimers arrives.

Recently, when confronted with a situation that appeared to have all the markings of your classic huge mistake in judgement, a friend took it upon herself to remind us all that in spite of her very bad idea, rife with miscalculations and shoddy logic, every should proceed full speed ahead. Yay, team!

Why?  "Because everything will work out fine in the end," we were reminded by my clueless optimistic chick-jester; only she wasn't jesting. And her big plans crashed at her feet and she was devastated., not shocking at all!  Life decisions are about stacking things in your FAVOR, not taking a lackadaisical attitude toward outcomes. You don't always get three swings at the ball, player.

You don't have to be a history buff to test this hypothesis. The fact that occasionally things do work out, against all odds, merely fuels this delusion. In the words of my father, Fred:  "Even a broken clock is correct twice a day." But that doesn't make everyone run out and buy a broken clock.

Ladies and gentlemen, I submit to you that everything might NOT be fine in the end.  Eternal optimists everywhere, I don't want to squash your view of the world.  Persistent pessimists, you may be correct every now and then.  "Everything will be fine in the end" is a comforting comment that does not always hold up, either in practice or historically.

And so, I dub this the Bubble Buster #1, because we just want it to be true, don't we?  I'll close with these historical reminders of the ever present hammer of truth.  I have to wonder if these individuals had the same thought:

"I know there's tension between us, but I think everything will be fine after today's meeting.  They're reasonable men and I'm a god on earth.  Besides, Brutus will be there."   [Julius Caesar, on the way to the Senate before his March 15, 44 BC assassination]

"Rectina needs a ride home...I'm taking a ship to go save her.  I hear that volcano is an awesome spectacle!"
[Pliny the Elder, who died on the shore near Herculaneum during the 69 AD eruption of Vesuvius]

"Attack the English Navy, we rule the sea."
[Departing Spanish Armada, 1588, just prior to their defeat by the English Navy]

"Burr is an awful shot. This is a cakewalk." 
[Alexander Hamilton, 1804...snarking pre-duel. Burr disagreed.]

"Next stop: RUSSIA!" 
[Napoleon Bonaparte, 1812, shortly before he lost nearly all
 his troops to the Russian army...and the Russian winter.]

"Come on...they're just Indians. We're the US Calvary." 
[General Custer, June, 1876, on the way to Little Big Horn]

"Let's take the shortcut through the mountains."  
[Donner Party, 1846, reduced to cannibalism when they became snowbound in the Sierra Nevadas]

"I'm not really in the mood for a play." 
[Abe Lincoln, departing for the Ford's Theater]

"Hey, let's be on the maiden voyage of that ship! All the movers and shakers will be there !" 
[Everyone on the Titanic, April 1912]

"Hey, let's travel by blimp!" 
[Everyone on the Hindenburg, May 6, 1937]

"Napoleon had the right idea!  Next stop: SOVIET UNION!" 
[Adolf Hitler, promoting Operation Barbarossa, prior to invading the Soviet Union
 and suffering such a devastating loss that many say this was the reason 
Germany lost in WWII.  Bad ideas are not necessarily bad for everyone.]

"Hawaii is passe...let's vacation in Indonesia. " 
[Tourists, 2004, staying in Sumatra at the time 
of the biggest tsunami of recorded history.]


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Saturday, May 21, 2016

BOTB Results: The Battle of the Unknowns becomes KNOWN!

Well, Paul McCrane pulled it off and beat newcomer and close-singer, RVQ. Before the bragging starts, it was oooohhhh sooooo close: 

Paul McCrane: 13
RVQ: 11

Sunday, May 15, 2016

BOTB: The Battle of the Unknowns

This music blogging event was first introduced by our friends and I'd like to give them a heartfelt "thank you":

Our battles take place twice a month: on the 1st and 15th.  The results come six days later: on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, total all of the votes, including mine (if necessary), and announce the winner. 

One hit wonders are not uncommon and everyone has a few favorites. I'm no different. Couple that with my age, the fads I've lived through (Disco? Hello?), and my love of acoustic guitar and bam -- Paul McCrane's hit "Is It Okay If I Call You Mine?" was destined to appear on the Battle of the Bands. You may remember this tune from the movie, Fame. Or you may not. 

Sunday, May 8, 2016

BOTB Results: When You Were Mine

It was close, but not even the "dearly departed" Prince vote could overtake Cyndi Lauper for HER hit song, "When You Were Mine." All credit to Prince for his phenomenal song writing abilities but when Cyndi gave it a whirl, she owned it. 

Check out the other battles below while Cyndi sings us out....


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Hump Day Haikus: The Allergy Collection

The Allergy Collection, Spring 2016

Nasal Congestion
Cupboards look like pharmacy
Can't tell eye

My nose is running
While my feet do the smelling
I am built backwards

(Yes, it's an old joke
It's "Cherdo on the Flipside"
And I am Cherdo)

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

It's a Tuesday Newsday!

What in the world is going on out there? Well, here's a few things that aren't political...refreshing, eh?

Easy to Bear News
ABC reported that a bear was found rummaging around a lady's apartment in Colorado. Wow, I always assumed that was the kind of mammal nonsense that would demand a house PURCHASE in order to participate. Good news for renters.

A half-dozen good hearted public servants reported to the scene and stomped and yelled till Yogi ran out an open door and down the hall. Okay, I made up the name part. Apparently, the firefighters also followed up with a Facebook post and the gosh-dern great advice: close your windows.

Question: When the lady reported a bear, did the dispatcher reply, "We'll send a firetruck." Was that because they thought it might be Smoky the Bear, because only Smoky can stop forrest fires and face it, if he was playing around in her apartment, who was watching the forrests, people?

That whole "animal control department" function is much more mysterious in Colorado. Oh, well.

Eagle River Firefighters, I salute you. You do a hard job daily and hopefully, this change of pace made for a well-deserved fun day. But...kinda weird.

This Tastes Like Cardboard
NBC news gave a riveting report on a new pizza box made of pizza. A. Pizza. Box. Made. Of. Pizza. And this is hard hitting, investigative news.

Mow No, Not So
Reuters reported that British lawnmower racing season has begun. Whaaa? On a makeshift track, they race their suped up riding mowers -- blades removed, of course.

This "sport" (and I use the term as loosely as possible without abandoning it for the alternative phrase "alcohol induced sport mockery") was created in 1973 in a countryside pub. Of course, it was a pub. 

Faced with being a spectator of said sport, I think I'd rather watch the grass grow. 

This is Cherdo, your Flipside Re-Reporter, signing off. 

Monday, May 2, 2016

Question of the Month with Michael D'Agostino

Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined (that sweet thunder from down under) started this blog hop with these words:

"Your readers would like to know a little more about you. Show them who you are by taking part in the Question of the Month bloghop. On the first Monday of each month, we answer the question that gets posted here. Sign up on the list (on Michael's site) to join the fun ;) With every question, remember that the important part is explaining your answer. And please, if you have any suggestions for new questions, share them in the comments section. I bet you've got some great ideas for us."

This month's question is: 
“If a friend came to you looking for advice on starting a blog,
what three pieces of advice would you give them?”


The first thing I'd say is decide what your blog is going to be about, whether that is a narrow designation or a broad topic. It doesn't hurt to evolve or change but at the beginnig, I think it's a good idea to stick with one thing. Really work on that "thing."


This is a strange thing for me to say, as I've been robbin' Peter to pay Paul since last Fall, but get in a groove of writing, reading, and commenting...that creates your own community of blog buddies and it feels more friendly that way. Blogging alone is bleh.


Dont' put up with other people's junk. Delete rude posts; it's a free country and it's your blog-home. In truth, I've deleted one post and about three comments in total. Each time, I sent a message to the person that was friendly and explained my reason for doing so as nicely as I could; I'm not in the business of making enemies. I don't want to delete anything but I also want a certain level of civility, you know? I despise a blog where people are nitpicking and showing their hiney and in my experience, that is a slippery slide. There were two or three blogs I followed that I eventually abaondoned due to the unkind commentary. What fun is that for anyone? So, I do my part to keep it friendly and encourage others to do so. That's all I can do is try.

Great question, Michael! Check out some of the other posts on this topic: