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  • mistermuse 1:13 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply
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    It is said that “Time flies when you’re having fun.” As for me, time flies when you can’t believe a certain young woman and I will celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary this fall, and next year on June 23, the oldest of our two daughters (Big One and Little One) will celebrate(?) her 50th birthday. How is it possible that one day the young woman and I got married, and the next thing we know, our girls are older than my oldest clothes (though not by much). Time and fun fly when ‘hangers-on’ in the closet look the same as decades ago….but the reflection in the mirror looks like Methuselah’s grandfather. 😦

    The moral of the story?

    Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
    Old Time is still a-flying;
    And this same flower that smiles today
    Tomorrow will be dying.

    Then be not coy, but use your time
    And while ye may, go marry;
    For having lost but once your prime,
    You may forever tarry.

    –Robert Herrick (from his poem TO THE VIRGINS, TO MAKE MUCH OF TIME, 1648)

    In other words, take the advice of legendary songwriter Irving Berlin (1888-1989) and….

    Oh….I almost forgot: Happy 49th Birthday, Big One!



    • arekhill1 2:05 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      I’m the eldest of seven, Sr. Muse, and a honeymoon baby like Big One. My mother is continually startled by how old I am.

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      • mistermuse 4:03 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        I lost my mother years ago, Ricardo, but I’m sure she would react the same as yours if she were still alive.


    • calmkate 3:34 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      lol wow 50 years is most impressive! Well done both of you, love the song …

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      • mistermuse 4:07 pm on June 23, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you, Kate. The song is one of Irving Berlin’s lesser-known ones but, I think, one of his best, despite (or maybe because of) its simplicity.

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    • scifihammy 8:17 am on June 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Time does fly!
      Happy Golden Anniversary for later this year. 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 9:51 am on June 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Anniversary Mister and Mrs Muse. Guess it is safe to say…

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      • mistermuse 11:02 am on June 24, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don. I guess, having made it through the first 50 years, Mister and Mrs. Muse can make it through the next 50….and then we’ll be in better position to see if we can handle Everlasting.


    • pjlazos 6:46 am on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      So many milestones! Have fun!! Oh, and time is all happening at once so re-live it at your leisure. 😘

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    • D. Wallace Peach 2:53 pm on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Time does fly, doesn’t it? I went to my grandson’s 5th birthday party yesterday. He’s starting school in the fall. How did that happen? He was just born last week. 🙂
      An early Happy Anniversary, and Happy Birthday to the Big One.

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      • mistermuse 6:39 pm on June 25, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        How lucky can you be, to have a grandchild of that age (or any age), Diana. Enjoy his childhood “while ye may,” because TIME FLIES! And thank you for the Anniversary and Birthday wishes.

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    • RMW 12:50 am on June 29, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Fifty years of wedded bliss…. congrats…. that’s a lot of cat lifetimes. I actually had to use the calculator to figure out what year that was… 1968. For me, life is a lot better now.

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    • barkinginthedark 1:20 am on July 6, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you MM for all the reading…I love this music and thanks for the follow. Barking in the Dark will always endeavor to inform, agitate and, above all, amuse. continue…

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    • Kally 7:15 am on July 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Love this song. Advance congratulations to your anniversary and a loving wish for your elder one’s birthday.

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      • mistermuse 8:30 am on July 7, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Kally. You remind me of the Dr. Pepper commercial on TV–you’re “the sweet one.” 🙂

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        • Kally 10:16 am on July 7, 2018 Permalink

          Awwww! I haven’t seen that commercial. We don’t have Dr. Pepper over here but I Guess I’ll YouTube to find out which one! 🙂

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    • Silver Screenings 1:26 pm on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Every day is a good day for Art Landry & Co., in my opinion.

      Hey, Congrats on your upcoming 50th Anniversay! Woohoo! That is a remarkable achievement.

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      • mistermuse 3:31 pm on July 8, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, S.S.

        Art Landry’s was one of many popular big bands back in the Roaring Twenties. I should probably devote a post or two to remembering some of them: Paul Whiteman, Fred Waring, Ben Selvin, Leo Reisman, George Olsen, etc.

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    • franklparker 11:49 am on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

      Loved this. You may have beaten to 80 by a year three but I claim victory in the marriage duration stakes and having a child over 50. (55 and 53 respectively this September). Must follow you and read more of your poetry and politics.

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      • mistermuse 11:59 am on August 16, 2018 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Frank. I, too, must read more of your posts as time permits — as if it ever does….so I’ll just have to take time and like it (which shouldn’t be too difficult, based on what I’ve read so far).


  • rielyn 12:56 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply
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    Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Mistermuse: A Birthday Tribute 

    On this day, *ahem* years ago, mistermuse (aka my dad) was born. And so to mark this auspicious occasion, I have compiled a list of little known facts about his life. There are many things we already know about mistermuse – he’s a reader, writer, thinker, jazz aficionado and classic movie buff, and today, in honor of his birthday, here are ten things you didn’t know about the man who aMUSEs us all!

    1. His grandfather came from County Clare, Ireland and could “talk the blarney”. Perhaps this is where mistermuse got his way with words.
    2. As a boy he traded his set of original Superman comics for a BB gun. At least he didn’t shoot his eye out!
    3. He worked for the same company his entire career, starting out in the mailroom and working his way up. How many can say that today?
    4. He met my mom through a “computer dating service” – a newfangled thing in the 60’s. His first matches weren’t so hot and he was going to give up the experiment after his sixth and last match. Thank goodness my mom was the sixth and not the seventh!
    5. When I was five years old he brought home a pet for the family in a cardboard box – no, it wasn’t a puppy, it was a duckling! For the next ten years we had a duck waddling around in our suburban backyard.
    6. In his travels, mistermuse has visited eight countries (Canada, Mexico, Ireland, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Germany and Switzerland), all fifty US states, and has taken pictures of covered bridges in every state that had one.
    7. He retired at age 50 with a nice early retirement package and then worked for a couple of years as a building security guard. His favorite part of that job was getting to watch TV while working.
    8. Mistermuse has a sneeze with a decibel level high enough to set off our doorbell sensor. Thankfully, he has not yet blown down the house.
    9. He was always a devoted son and cared for his mother for the last 11 years of her life while she lived with our family.
    10. He is the best dad I could ever ask for. 🙂

    So now you know ten more things about mistermuse than you did before and I hope you all enjoyed reading it too.

    And finally,

    Happy Birthday, Dad!

    As poet I can’t compare – your wit’s sharpened on a strop,
    but if Daddy I’m the bottom, you’re the top!

    • scifihammy 1:25 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday Mistermuse! What a lovely tribute 🙂

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    • Bun Karyudo 2:05 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      This was a good post for me to read. This was my first visit to the Mistermuse site, so this post gave me a lot of factual data to be going on with. Incidentally, as a very young person, I do have a question about point number three: What’s mail? 😀

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    • linnetmoss 6:09 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Charming! I knew there was an Irish connection in there somewhere 🙂

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    • Carmen 6:18 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Well, well! About the Irish descendants – I figured as much! 🙂 I am wondering if he’s got a picture of the famous covered bridge in Hartland, New Brunswick (Canada). It’s supposed to be the longest in the world.

      What a track record! Since he’s always telling us things about everyone else, it was time we learned some things about him – thanks for that, eh? 😉

      Found this Irish blessing-
      “May the winds of fortune sail you
      May you sail a gentle sea.
      May it always be the other guy
      who says, “This drink’s on me!”

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY Mister (A)muse!!!


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      • mistermuse 7:01 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, well, I was simply overWELLmed to find this post on my blog when I turned on my computer this morning. Need I add that this was a complete surprise, and appreciated more than I can say. And now Ill tell you a thing or two you don’t know about daughter ‘rielyn’: she and her big sister are the best daughters a dad could wish for, and her ‘real’ name is LITTLE ONE (and oddly enough, we call her older sister ‘Big One’). Love you, Little One!

        Also thanks to scifihammy, Bun Karyudo, linnetmoss, and Carmen for their comments (and yes, Carmen, I have photographed the Hartland Covered Bridge from both sides of the river, although it took me two days to cross over the bridge from one end to the other). 🙂

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        • rielyn 5:39 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink

          You’re very welcome, Dad! I’m glad your readers like it too. 🙂

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    • Carmen 7:15 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      The birthday boy makes an appearance, as cheeky as can be,
      Another year older and better at hyperbole. . . 🙂

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    • GP Cox 7:47 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What an outstanding tribute. Funny, one thing that caught my eye was the covered bridges. My own father was drawn to them as well, maybe that’s why I like them so much? My present one year at Easter was 2 duck chicks and yes, he loved his mother dearly.
      (Hey – are we related? haha)

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      • mistermuse 8:41 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks (on behalf of my daughter), GP. Yes, I believe we are related, in the best possible way — our common humanity. 🙂

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    • arekhill1 9:16 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy, Happy, Sr. Muse. And I trust your birthdays will continue to be happy, as long as you stay away from those Dayton girls.

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      • mistermuse 2:57 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Well, I anticipated your advice by deleting the “Dayton girls” reference before I saw your comment, Ricardo, because I’d already forgotten all about them (besides, who outside of Ohio ever heard of Dayton?). “Let sleeping dogs lie” is my motto.

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 6:34 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink

          Come ON, MM! Everybody in the Air Force knows Dayton – the “big city” close to Wright Patterson AFB in Fairborn, of course.

          I don’t know if my Mom was one of those Dayton girls of whom you speak, but – from a story related to me when I was about five years old – she did attend Bath HS (where the football team chant was — “Saturday nite is Bath nite”).

          (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMore dot com)
          – ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder –
          “It takes a village to educate a world!”


        • mistermuse 9:55 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink

          Well, I don’t know if I have any readers in the Air Force, but if so, I humbly apologize (which is more than I would probably do if those “Dayton girls” had been from Dayton, Tennessee (of Scopes Monkey Trial fame)!

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        • Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC 10:52 pm on November 23, 2016 Permalink

          lol – I doubt they would expect ap0logies – they’d most likely chuckle.

          I’m with you on Dayton, Tn. btw- apologies would, no doubt, be lost on them. Most folks with any sense are long-since gone, I imagine, and the rest – well, genetics will out?


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    • Carmen 9:26 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      “stay away from those Dayton girls.” says the ‘sex magnet’. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 3:04 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I see that I didn’t delete the “Dayton girls” reference quick enough, Carmen. I hope this doesn’t change things between us. 🙂

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        • Carmen 3:21 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink

          Ha, ha. No chance, Mister!

          It might change things between myself and everyone else, though, because they might not have seen what I saw – arkehill’s hovercard. . . 🙂

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    • Cynthia Jobin 11:30 am on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Two literary giants in one family….who knew? Happy Birthday to you!

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      • mistermuse 2:46 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        One of those “literary giants” is a Little One, and the other is shrinking from old age — none the ‘less,’ all accolades are gratefully accepted. 🙂 🙂

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    • BroadBlogs 8:20 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy birthday to your dad!

      I had no idea that there was computer dating in the 60s. Your parents were ahead of their time.

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    • mistermuse 9:17 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      And now we old-geezer parents are behind the times….and I have an idea the computer is behind that too.

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      • Cynthia Jobin 9:44 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I was in college in 1965 and I remember Operation Match. This sent me to Google which tells me:

        Operation Match was the first computer dating service in the United States, begun in 1965. Users filled out a paper questionnaire which they mailed in with a $3 fee. The questionnaire was geared to young college students seeking a date, not a marriage partner. Questions included “Do you believe in a God who answers prayer?” and “Is extensive sexual activity in preparation for marriage part of ‘growing up?’”[1] The questionnaires were transferred to punched cards[2] and processed on an IBM 7090 computer at the Avco service bureau in Wilmington, Massachusetts.[3] A week or two later, the user received an IBM 1401 print out in the mail listing the names and telephone numbers of their matches.[4]

        Operation Match was started by Harvard University undergraduate students Jeffrey C. Tarr, David L. Crump and Vaughan Morrill, with help from Douglas H. Ginsburg, then a student at Cornell[3] who later became Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. [5] Tarr, Crump and Ginsburg formed a company called Compatibility Research, Inc. and rolled out the service in several cities.

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        • mistermuse 12:16 am on October 19, 2016 Permalink

          I appreciate your taking the time to find and pass along that very interesting info, Cynthia. I don’t remember the name of the computer dating service which brought my wife and I together, nor do I remember the specific questions….which I suppose is typical of a man, but I make up for it by being the sexiest husband my wife ever had (not to mention the only one she ever had, but who’s counting?).

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    • Michaelinw Montezinos 11:33 pm on October 18, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Happy birthday to a wonderful gentleman. Rielyn wrote a greeting that lets us know more about mistermuse. I hope you keep on writing and may the good luck of Ireland be with you always.

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    • Enigma 8:12 am on October 19, 2016 Permalink | Reply


    • Don Frankel 10:02 am on October 22, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      And now we know the rest of the story. Well done Rielyn and you picked the perfect song.


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    • eths 7:52 pm on October 25, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      What a lovely tribute!

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  • mistermuse 4:20 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: April 20, birthday, , , phonemics, phonetic spelling,   


    I know how to spell your name, it’s true….
    But I’m not sure how you pronounce you.
    ‘Tis a rhyming challenge with needs phonemic
    To offer birthday wishes free of seeds polemic.
    So I thought I would try a phonetic 3-way
    And hope you’ll cede me a soupcon of leeway:

    Happy birthday to my blog friend, Michaeline,
    Whose age sets the stage, with old vintage wine,
    For a toast to that well-traveled Ms Michelin,
    Who retired ere tires were invented, way back when.
    And last, but not deceased, I salud! Micheleen,
    Whose birth day was a feast day on this day in 1915.

    Be thee 100 years (less or more),
    May there be another 100 in store.

    • Michaeline Montezinos 8:36 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      mistermuse, what a lovely poem that uses my name in so many ways! I am thrilled that you wrote this for me. I did not expect anything like this and I am so grateful. You are so very special to me as a friend,collegue and mentor. I certainly will carry this wonderful message with me throughout my day. Thanks you very much for your efforts and your thoughtfulness. 🙂

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      • mistermuse 9:45 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        You’re more than welcome, Michaeline. Glad you enjoyed it.

        Oh….and by the way,
        Have a great b-day.
        (Or, as the French say:
        Have a great bidet.)


        • Mélanie 12:17 am on April 23, 2015 Permalink

          I’ve never heard any French guys saying:”Have a great bidet.”, but: bon et heureux anniversaire: 😉 🙂

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    • arekhill1 9:02 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      To even attempt to rhyme “Michaeline” requires more than a soupcon of hubris, Sr. Muse. Congratulations for carrying it off. And Happy Birthday. Ms. M!


    • mistermuse 9:53 am on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Gracias, Ricardo. You’re right about requiring more than a soupcon of hubris – it also required several trips to my trusty thesaurus….but, all for a very good cause.


    • Don Frankel 1:33 pm on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Is this our Michaeline from that other site whose name I won’t mention here? Happy Birthday Michaeline!

      And, well done Muse.


    • mistermuse 4:15 pm on April 20, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Her name does sound vaguely familiar, doesn’t it, Don? In fact, I think I hear romantic music playing and someone singing something to her, trying to remember:


    • Michaeline Montezinos 5:45 pm on May 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I just checked this post again and saw the birthday wishes from Ricardo and Don. Thank you! I liked that song mistermuse. I noticed the band leader’s last name sounded like a Polish one so that is even more appropriate since my family emigrated from Poland many years ago. That was very sweet of you, mistermuse; you made my day!
      (Posted May 22, 2015)


    • mistermuse 11:28 pm on May 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This was a British band on a British record label, but Herman Darewski may well have been of Polish ancestry. In any case, I’m glad you liked the song (which was written by Americans!).


      • Michaeline Montezinos 3:28 am on June 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Herman Darewski is most a Polish name! Most European names ending in “ski” not sky are derived from the ski tree. In fact my first married name had a ski on the end.

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  • mistermuse 5:14 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Anita O'Day, birthday, Bobby Troup, Fanny Hurst, , , Lee Harvey Oswald, October birthdays, Paul Chuckle, Wynton Marsalis   


    Today is mistermuse’s birthday. Did I hear you say, “What of it?” Fine. It happens that I’ve been drawing a _____ lately trying to think of something to write about, so my birthday has come around at a most propitious time — the day of my birth — and now the world need not bear to go another day without the sound of musing. Thanks, mom….you too, dad.

    I thought it might be interesting (to me, at any rate) to check this date in history to see what other noteworthy misters and misfits were born on October 18. Or….I could tell some birthday jokes. Or….if the lesser of two evils isn’t your idea of an optimum choice, I could do both. Actually, let’s do that. First, the October 18th birthdays:

    1889 – Fanny Hurst, novelist. Notwithstanding early fame, her novels and autobiography (titled Anatomy of Me) didn’t sit well with most critics.
    1918 – Bobby Troup, songwriter. You may not know his name, but his song lives on:
    1919 – Anita O’Day, vocalist. One of the top jazz stylists of her time.
    1939 – Lee Harvey Oswald, JFK assassin. A name that lives in infamy.
    1947 – Paul Chuckle, British comedian. As apt stage names go, no doubt a better choice than Paul Chortle, Paul Guffaw, or Paul Bearer.
    1961 – Wynton Marsalis, jazz trumpeter. 1983 Grammy Award winner.

    Last but least, the birthday jokes:

    What do Santa’s reindeer sing to him on his birthday? Freeze a jolly good fellow!
    Why couldn’t Stone Age man send birthday cards? The stamps wouldn’t stick to the rocks.
    What do George Washington, Abraham Lincoln and mistermuse all have in common? They were all (but for one oversight) born on holidays.
    A man’s only as old as the woman he feels. –Groucho Marx
    When I asked my wife what she wanted for her birthday, she said “Nothing would make me happier than diamond earrings.” So I gave her nothing.
    In life one has to go to the funerals of people we like and the birthdays of people we don’t. Thanks for coming anyway.




    • scifihammy 6:31 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday! 🙂


    • mistermuse 7:10 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks….and same to you (whenever).


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    • mistermuse 9:48 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Muchas gracias!


    • Michaeline Montezinos 11:03 pm on October 18, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday, mistermuse! And many more musings!


    • mistermuse 6:27 am on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Michaeline. Speaking of musing, it seems like only yesterday that I became a year older. That’s a musing, but only slightly amusing.


    • arekhill1 12:20 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Hey! What’s the deal with someone already offering you “feliz cumpleanos?” I thought I was your only barely bilingual friend, Sr. Muse.


    • mistermuse 4:07 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      The first commenter is from Cape Town, so I assume his greeting is in African. Although it looks like English, he is so bilingual, you can’t tell the difference. But no matter how many bilingual followers respond to my musings, you will always be numero uno in my corazon, Ricardo.


    • Joseph Nebus 11:17 pm on October 19, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Oh, I think infamy’s overstated. There are many people who view JFK with a certain warmth and fondness these days.


      • mistermuse 7:12 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        The expression of that warmth and fondness is certain to be manifested soon (Nov. 22), the 51st anniversary of JFK’s assination. I think many of us old timers still remember where we were and what we were doing when we heard the news.


    • Don Frankel 4:28 am on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Happy Birthday Mistermuse. I’m a little late but..

      “May you’re glass forever be full. May the roof over your head ever be strong and may we both be in heaven for a half an hour before the Devil knows we’re dead.”


    • literaryeyes 8:23 pm on October 20, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      What would we do on a Mistermuse holiday?


    • mistermuse 12:01 am on October 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      On a holiday for Mistermuse,
      You could do quite anything you choose.
      Nothing would be too contrary for Mary to refuse….
      After all, what has Mistermuse to lose?


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