Update: still no word from the Clips and Quips crew. However, it is extremely difficult to finance an expedition of this length and breadth. Why, we were even considering loan refinancing (which makes more and more sense the more we find out about it). Everything adds up: the pith helmets, the wireless network router, the cases of cola nuts and bags of pencil shavings…and that’s before you add in airfare and spa treatments! And let’s not forget the unexpected disaster, be it revealed by an airline flight delay or a frightening loss down the drain of some valuable piece of sterling silver jewelry – I knew that would get your attention! One member of the crew had just such an issue, but fortunately, there was a plumber available and he saved the day with a quick turn of a wrench. The item lost was a sterling silver ring with an emerald setting – holy moly! A quick search online revealed a great online shop where there were many offerings of sterling silver rings, but none with that precious a stone. And the likelihood of finding that ring anywhere online is probably close to nil. Anyway, kudo to the plumbing professionals. So for now we’re all good to go!
However (and this is a big however), things cannot be said to be going on forever the way that they are. Nor can we deny at any point the very essence of that which is and which may not be, if we don’t keep one eye on it at all times!
Having said that I must take a quick break. I hear my youngest daughter insisting that I come out to the back yard for a very important performance. When I arrive I find she and three of her friends flitting about in princess dress up clothes. If you don’t have kids who are into this “princess” thing which apparently a big deal for a certain female age group, this episode may not mean anything. But I “get it.” Each little girl is wearing a different color and style princess dress. There are e-commerce stores that sell them in case you are interested. They are waving their magic wands and showing off glittery tiaras. Music starts playing and all four little princesses start to dance for me. Once the performance ends, we indulge in cookies and lemonade. I slipped out shortly there after giving high praise to all the princesses. Now where was I….
Thank you for stopping, bye!
But seriously, folks…Clips and Quips is somewhat more and somewhat less that your average blog. On one hand, it was originally meant to keep alive the memory of a minor blip on the media radar — a little amateur underground show that apparently did unusual celebrity interviews. The creators deserve that much, though possibly no more.
“You can’t come back with a comeback after eight seconds. You got three seconds. Five, tops. It’s called a quip, not a slowp.” – from “Shallow Hal”
“The dangerous American fascist is the man who wants to do in the United States in an American way what Hitler did in Germany in a Prussian way. The American fascist would prefer not to use violence. His method is to poison the channels of public information. With a fascist the problem is never how best to present the truth to the public but how best to use the news to deceive the public into giving the fascist and his group more money or more power.” — 33rd United States Vice President Henry A. Wallace
“Naturally the common people don’t want war: Neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship. Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same in any country.” — Hermann Goering
Traveling to any of these countries? Why not head south and go some place warmer for your medical travel treatment. Healing is easier when you’re relaxing in the sun.