l. Avoid fried meats which angry up the blood.

2. If your stomach disputes you, lie down and pacify it with cool thoughts.

3. Keep your juices flowing by jangling around gently as you move.

4. Go very gently on the vices, such as carrying on in society – the social ramble ain’t restful.

5. Avoid running at all times.

6. Don’t look back. Something might be gaining on you.



 The principle of Occam’s razor suggests that 
the simplest hypothesis is usually the correct one - - 
or as the character Gil Grissom in “CSI: Crime 
Scene Investigation” succinctly puts it, if you 
hear hoofbeats  “think horses, not zebras.”

    Michiko Kakutani.  New York Times (February 16,
Don’t  let your mouth write a check that  
your ass can’t cash.

Don’t fatten frogs for snakes.

When you discover you are riding a dead horse, 
the best strategy is to dismount.
      Traditional wisdom of the Dakota Indians
Here is a rule I recommend. Never practice 
two vices at once.
Tallulah Bankhead
What matters most is how well you walk 
through the fire.

Charles Bukowski
If Your Plan Is for 1 Year, Plant Rice. If Your Plan 
is for 10 Years, Plant Trees. If Your Plan Is for 
100 Years, Educate Children
It’s great there are so many demanding travelers 
who raise their voices. It makes it easier for the 
rest of us. Start out friendly and playful. The idea
 is to convey “I like you and want you to enjoy 
Chris Voss, a former F.B. I. negotiator, on how 
to negotiate travel perks, in The New York Times 
(February 2, 2020) Travel Section
Never give credence to ideas that occur to you
 indoors, said Nietzsche, which I think I’ll take 
as my New Year’s resolution.
                    Jeremy Clarke
The Spectator  (l4 January 2006)
A Japanese friend of mind gave me a piece of advice, 
which I should like to pass on to the general reader: 
Never, he said, go for the most beautiful girl in the 
brothel, avoid the best rooms – the ones on the first 
and second floors; the beautiful girls are irritable 
and greedy – they will certainly swindle you: always 
go to the third floor, where the plain girls will be
 much more pleased to see you, and consequently 
give you a better time.
    James Fenton.  You Were Marvelous (Jonathan Cape, 1983)
 …don’t accept a ride in a car with another hitchhiker.
                   Jules Feiffer. Backing Into Forward. (2010)
When authorities warn you of the sinfulness of sex, 
there is an important lesson to be learned: Do not 
have sex with the authorities.
   Matt Groening

     Satchel Paige

THE ANSWER IS:  345,465, 212

THE QUESTION IS:  Where does Louis Phillips 
rank on  Forbes’ list of the richest Americans?

The doctor has told me that I have a disease 
known as“The Accountant’s Bookkeeping Disease.” 
That means my body has one set of cells that it 
shows to the doctor and a second set that is 
shown to the insurance companies.
I am a very obedient human being. The other day
I passed a shop that said “WATCH REPAIR.” So
I did.

Although some nuns
Know about the nones,
To me the nones
Are one of the unknowns.
No one I know
Knows the nones.

nones -- In the ancient Roman calendar the 7th 
day of March, May, July or October and on the 5th
 day of the other months.
The American Heritage Dictionary (Fourth edition)


2 thoughts on “BITS & PIECES OF A MISPLACED LIFE-#12

  1. An adaptation of what I can only hope is a fairly accurate translation
    of an insight attributed to a 13th century Iranian philosopher,
    Naser od-Din Tusi, anticipating Donald Rumsfeld, of loving memory,
    and the orange tweet now in the Oval Office, by eight hundred years

    He who knows and knows that he knows
    Can easily leap over life’s greatest obstacles

    He who does not know but knows that he does not know
    Can still achieve greatness even if at a slower pace

    But he who does not know and does not know that he does not know
    Is fucked

    Liked by 1 person

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