Thursday, November 17, 2011
The insignia above was awarded me by Lady Austan. It charges me with the task of revealing 10 things about myself that never enter my blog and seldom intrude socially upon anything else. I have read her excellent treatment of the project and admire the general candor of the thing. I have to admit things, 10 things, which is hard but worth trying. Let's see:
1. Everybody has a favorite Marx quotation. I have two:
"I am not a Marxist." -- Karl Marx
"Outside of a dog a book is man's best friend. Inside of a dog it's too dark to read." --Groucho Marx
2. Perhaps while watching a parade in childhood, I got the idea that if life got serious enough people would stand at attention ALL the time.
3. While governor of this state --and while president of all of them-- Reagan had a legal advisor named Meese. I always wondered if he was sensitive about it in grammar school. "Now Eddie, can you tell us the plural of 'moose'?"
4. I have always secretly and guiltily enjoyed watching a new boss come into a workplace and develop sick relationships with toadies.
5. No matter how accustomed I think I am to growing older, when someone asks my age my answer always feels like a slight exaggeration.
6. Best business advice I ever heard was: "My sole professional secret is to make profit agree with principle." I don't know who wrote it but it was delivered by the character of Paladin on "Have Gun Will Travel".
7. I have always thought jet planes sound like somebody is dragging them across the sky. When they were still pretty new, I remember being frightened of them. As a little boy I would run inside the house whenever one flew over. My older brother told me I was overreacting, that I should just stay outdoors and hide behind a tree like he did.
8. In a recent conversation with my wife the fact emerged that in our 30 years residency in this house neither of us has replaced the light bulb in our bedroom closet. It still works fine. This amazed us and we decided to talk oftener.
9. When our kids memorized their multiplication tables through 10s we gave them money.
10. My favorite cartoon strip is Mark Trail by Jack Elrod.
The second insignia means I should call upon 7 other people to write 10 things about themselves. I will simplify this task by inviting anyone who reads this post to do so. There might even be as many as 7. One never knows.