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Musings

  • I’ve been listening to a lot of old-time radio podcasts lately, and I think I’ve learned some things.
    • Women Men People are treacherous and will cut you when you’re not looking.
    • Villages on the moors of Scotland and England seem to have murder rates that rival Chicago or Detroit.
    • Signing a life insurance policy is the same as signing your own death warrant.
    • Folks seemed to hitchhike a lot more back then, and folks seemed to be more amenable to picking up hitchhikers on isolated roads on moonless, foggy nights.
    • Lucky Strike Means Fine Tobacco, but Chesterfield sponsors better programs.
      • One of the game shows from the 1940’s promised to send 39,000 cigarettes to a VA hospital when somebody won their contest.  The smokes were donated in the name of the winner, and were made available in order to help the morale of wounded veterans.  Suddenly, the furor over tobacco advertising comes more sharply into focus
    • In the first 3/4 of the 20th Century, OEM car parts appear to have been made of compressed rust and dryer lint, considering how many companies bragged about the quality of their batteries (Now with a waterproof, rubber casing!), spark plugs, light bulbs, and various filters.
    • It sounds like most folks ran their automobiles on a mixture of moonshine and old bacon fat.  That is, of course, until the “supreme” brands started straining out the rodent parts and using actual petroleum, then telling us about their innovations on the radio.
  • Someone made the argument to me today that the marijuana sold today is a lot stronger than the stuff my parent’s generation got their hands on, and they may be right.  Of course, the same argument could be made that beer should be illegal because a good craft beer has a higher alcohol content and more hops than Schlitz.
  • It is never a good idea when your manager’s manager looks you in the eye and holds your gaze as he announces to a meeting that there are a few things that have needed doing and must be done soon.
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  1. Actually, the weed is now hydroponically grown, so it IS much stronger… And cars and trucks in the oilfield were run on ‘drip’ or casing head gas…

  2. Phssthpok

     /  September 19, 2017

    In the beginning, there was the Plan.
    And then came the Assumptions.
    And the Assumptions were without form,
    And the Plan was without substance.

    And darkness was upon the face of the Workers and they spoke among themselves saying, “It’s a crock of shit, and it stinks.”

    And the Workers went unto their Supervisors and said, “It is a pail of dung, and we can’t live with the smell.”

    And the Supervisors went unto their Managers saying, “It is a container of excrement, and it is very strong, such that none may abide by it.”

    And the Managers went unto their Directors saying, “It is a vessel of fertilizer, and none may abide it’s strength.”

    And the Directors spoke among themselves, saying to one another, “It contains that which aids plant growth, and it is very strong.”

    And the Directors went to the Vice Presidents saying unto them, “It promotes growth, and it is very powerful.”

    And the Vice Presidents went to the President saying unto him, “This new plan will actively promote growth, and vigor of the company with very powerful effects.”

    And the President looked upon the Plan, and said that it was good,

    And the Plan became Policy.
    And this is how sh*t happens.

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