Fellow readers and writers. I have re-blogged this because it is an example of a profession of belief. We all do not need to believe in the same thing, but we all need to believe in something. Thanks to ladybluerose for this inspirational message. May Christmas be a wonderful healing time in your life….Be well, Howard.


Poetry–Under-appreciated Works #2

Thoughtful Readers…

This is the second in a series of works that I deem somewhat “under-appreciated.”

As I noted in the first poetry post, I ocasionally stumble upon (and read..) a work about which I know nothing. I try to uncover its roots but fail. It is essentially a “lost work.” Usually (and in fact always in this blog…), these works are unknown. That is to say the author is unknown. Usually the date of the work is unknown as well. These works have existed for some time and because someone, somewhere wrote them down, they still exist.

One other thing to note. Please understand, that these works are not mine. I did not control the author’s writing, or their use of words and terminology. That is a nice way to say that I am not responsible for the political correctness (or lack thereof…) of the words or thoughts as expressed in these works. It is not my intent to cause any consternation among the readers here, or to imply any form of prejudice or bias based on nationality, politics, creed, race, religion or anything else you would care to assign to it. This is the way the authors wrote them….and hence the way they appear here.

If you read these works and recognize them, good for you. You are ahead of me. I did not. My only purpose here is to keep some of these obscure works from fading into the great abyss.

This work is short. The message it conveys is clear!!  Once again, author unknown.


One night in late October,
When I was far from sober,
Returning with my load with manly pride,
My feet began to stutter,
So I lay down in the gutter,
And a pig came near and lay down by my side;
A lady passing by was heard to say:
“You can tell a man who boozes,
By the company he chooses,”
And the pig got up and slowly walked away.


As always, comments welcome.

Be well,

Airline Status Sheet…

Thoughtful Readers…

We interrupt this program to bring you the following important announcement.

After some internal discussion **** Airlines has decided to issue a public statement after an internal memo was leaked and widely disseminated across the industry and throughout the public domain. The question at hand relates to aircraft maintenance and the way in which **** Airlines chooses to handle known or suspected maintenance issues with individual aircraft in their fleet. While the following transcript from aircraft maintenance logs seems to indicate a degree of flippancy on the part of maintenance personnel, it should be noted that **** Airlines is the only major airline never to have been involved in a catastrophic accident.

After every flight **** Airlines pilots fill out a form, a maintenance log, otherwise known as a “gripe  sheet,”  which tells mechanics about any problems associated with the aircraft during the most recent flight. The mechanics investigate and correct the problems, then document their repairs in the maintenance log.  The next flight crew assigned to that aircraft reviews the log before flight and determines the status of the aircraft with respect to its airworthiness. Never let it be said that ground crews lack a sense of humor.!!

Here are some actual maintenance complaints submitted by **** Airlines pilots (marked with a “P”) and the solutions by maintenance mechanics (marked with an “M”).

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
M: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
M: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
M: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
M: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
M: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
M: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
M: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
M: That’s what they’re for.

P: IFF inoperative.
M: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
M: Suspect you’re right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
M: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
M: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
M: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
M: Cat installed.

P: Cabin pressurization will not reach 1018 mb.
M: Huh??

P: Aircraft shudders while in low altitude left turn below 110 knots.
M: Aircraft was scared, passengers were too.

P: Strange vibration coming from crew restroom.
M: Crew restroom not designed for dual occupancy.

P: During rainstorm water runs down cabin wall to floor.
M: Plumber required for water to run up wall.

P. Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
M: Took hammer away from midget.

Yes, I know it’s fake!! But it sounds like someone had a terrific time thinking about issues that might befall a flight crew getting ready to launch an aircraft into the wild blue. I appreciate the humor and the absurdity!! Hope you do as well.

Be well…

A Stethoscope…???

Thoughtful Readers….

Some of you may have seen this…It has been around the web a little for the last few weeks. An interesting example of getting a message across many boundaries. You don’t have to agree with the sentiment to understand and appreciate the media and the production.

Anyway, it’s anĀ interesting production. Watch it until the end! See if you can guess what is being “advertised” before you get to the end. You probably will be surprised—I was.!!

via A ad about a Stethoscope.

Returned From Break…

Thoughtful Readers….

In all of our lives there comes a time when “things” seem to get in the way of what we perceive as normal routines. The past weeks have been one of those times. It is not necessary or even important to relate the events, but it seems somewhat important to acknowledge the fact that it occured. So that is what I am doing.

While writing this blog, and reading many others, I have been struck by the number of authors who have run into similar constraints on their time and been forced to slow down or stop writing for a period of time. Invariably, they post an “apology” of some sort when they return, relating an event or incident or series of them that required their attention somewhere other than on the pages of their blog. Some of the stories are quite interesting and sometimes I find myself relating situationally to them. In my case however, nothing in particular strikes me as noteworthy, so I will just say that my family and personal issues contributed to a “slow-down” in writing. Most of those issues have been resolved and things have returned to normal (well….almost..).

In any event, I expect that my blog will return to a more normal routineĀ over the next couple of weeks. And, I hope that you continue to find something worthwhile in these pages.

Be well…