Archive for November, 2011

WoD – What oration!

I read this quote the other day, and was blown away by it.  It is so articulate, so sharp, so well-written, and so moving.  In a word, it is inspiring.  We need more oration like this in our world today.

It happens to be the preamble to a quote that every one of us knows.  I never knew this first part though.  Just for fun, I’ll leave off the famous part and paste it way below, to see if any of you know where this comes from, and who said it.  (Don’t peek).

Inspiring.

“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world…”

 

Wednesday:

NISHT MIT ALEMNENS (nihsht miht AHlaymihns)

Not entirely there

She’s nisht mit alemens, if you know what I mean.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility—I welcome it. I do not believe that any of us would exchange places with any other people or any other generation. The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it—and the glow from that fire can truly light the world.

And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you—ask what you can do for your country.

My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.”

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WoD – Five guys

At today’s bus stop there was Rich, Chris, David, Jim, and me.

My, how times have changed.

 

Wednesday:

BERYE* (BEARyeh)

A competent, efficient woman (literally: creative)

My wife is a real berye.  I don’t know how I could ever live without her!

WoD – Chiclets

So today I am thinking about Chiclets.  Yes – the old, little shelled pieces of gum.  When was the last time you had one of those, right?

Well, I had one today in fact.  I had a little two-pack of green chiclets, stuck in my jacket pocket from god-only-knows when.  The two-pack said Bain Capital on the back of it – must have been from some event I can’t recall, literally years and years ago.  And that was my thought.  What is the shelf life of a chiclet?!  I mean, this thing must have been in my jacket pocket for at least 5, maybe 10 years.  

We all know shelf lives are kind of made-up things when it comes to non-perishable foods and stuff like medicine and I suppose gum.  But how long is even too long for a chiclet?  What bad could happen by chewing it?  My feeling is the answers to these two questions are a bit frightening: decades and nothing.  So in effect, we hard-coat gum and the thing can last for tens of years, maybe longer.  That in and of itself is kind of scary to me.  

But not so scary that I didn’t break open the two-pack and chew the darned thing.  And it tasted and chewed just fine…

Monday:

SHVITZ* (SHVIHTS)

To sweat, sweating

After a big Thanksgiving meal, the next day it is nice to relax, take a steam bath and have a good shvitz.  

*  We’ve had this word before.  But in honor of a rather funny recent misuse of shvitz by one of you out there, I thought I’d revisit the word today, as a refresher…  😉 



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