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  • mistermuse 12:00 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , good old boy, , , , lottery, , , , Presidents' Day, , , Walter Donaldson   

    PRE-RESIDENTS’ DAY 

    My fellow Americans: as most of you know, today is PRE-RESIDENTS’ DAY. But whether you’re a typical well-educated American, or just a good-old-boy American, you probably can’t name many PRE-RESIDENTS. Some of you may not even know where the PRE-RESIDENT resides. Know problem. Think of him or her this-a-way: if you’re addicted to playing the lottery, you no doubt think of yourself as a pre-multimillionaire. In the same way, being the optimist that you are, it logically follows that a PRE-RESIDENT must be a homeless person — but only a temporarily homeless person (or, in this case, a temporarily White Houseless person). So, as soon as a temporarily homeless/White Houseless person wins the big prize, (s)he’s home free, so to speak.

    But, sad to say, neither want nor optimism guarantees a winner, as you may perchance recall:

    https://theobservationpost.wordpress.com/2015/12/20/winterdream/

    Feb. 15 being a holiday and all, I trust you’ll pardon my using the re-reposted WINTERDREAM poem one more time (I could’ve taken today off, you know). But, as long as I’m here, Feb. 15 also happens to be the birthday of prolific pre-WW II songwriter Walter Donaldson, one of whose noteworthy songs is on the money for resident Ohioan mistermuse (that’s Hoagy Carmichael on the vocal about two minutes in):

    Yes, there really is no place like home. May you never end up a PRE-RESIDENT.

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    P.S. As I put the finishing touches to this post on Sunday, it saddens me to add this postscript: late Saturday night, a fire across the river in Kentucky destroyed the 185 year old Rabbit Hash General Store, which was not only “the center of the universe” (to quote a board member of the local Historical Society), but the campaign headquarters and second home of Lucy Lou, the doggone best of all the pre-presidents running for President, by fur:

    Rabbit Hash General Store destroyed in fire

     
    • Cynthia Jobin 12:14 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      And here I thought the 15th was “Recuperate from Valentine’s Day” day… These holidays now seem to be coming upon us as fast as mondays! Having been a pre-resident and a post-resident of several places several times in my life, I am too weary to say anything tonight except “Yay Hoagy!”

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    • mistermuse 12:29 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hoagy lives forever in Stardust memories.

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    • linnetmoss 7:43 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So sad about the Rabbit Hash. Great song though, I enjoyed it!

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    • mistermuse 9:57 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Rabbit Hashers are fundraising to build a replacement general store modeled on the original (in hopes of retaining its status on the National Register of Historic Places). I’d been in the old store several times, and whether the aromas, squeaky floor boards, homey atmosphere and overall ambiance can be duplicated is questionable….but I wish them all the success in the universe.

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    • arekhill1 11:12 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Does Joe Biden count, even though the government already gives him a house?

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    • mistermuse 11:46 am on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      If you ask me, Joe should’ve gotten in the race for the White House. Electability-wise, he’d be looking pretty good right now, compared with all the other choices.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 12:45 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I agree with you, mistermuse, in wishing Joe Biden had been a candidate for the pre-resident. Now I can hardly watch those idiots. It makes a person want to stay home and not vote, even by absentee ballot. I was saddened to hear about the fire that ended the historical building.

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    • mistermuse 1:22 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks, Michaeline. Here’s the latest on the Rabbit Hash building:

      http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/02/15/rabbit-hash-general-store-could-back-week/80398386/

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 2:25 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        Thank you for the sad news about the fire of the Rabbit Hash building, I could see how much this historic house meant to the local people. I am glad no one was hurt but saddened by the loss of not only the house but the antiques inside.

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    • Don Frankel 4:19 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Love that poem Muse. A lot of money only gets you in trouble.

      Now as to the fire at the Rabbit Hash General Store if this does not scream conspiracy what does? If you ask me the first culprit that comes to mind is the guy who claimed that there was no need to vote for one of his opponents as he was dead. No names here as I don’t want my humble abode to burn down next. But the Secret Service had better start to surround Lucy Lou If not well I’ll have to come out of retirement. Then it gets ugly.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 7:44 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        If the going gets tough the Michele gets going. If you need backup just call me and I will help protect you and your home. I think prayer counts, don’t you, Don Frankel?

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    • mistermuse 10:11 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I think you may be right, Don – the culprit probably has a bone to pick with Lucy Lou, but if he thinks she’s going to turn tail and not run for President, he’s barking up the wrong tree. Right now, Lucy Lou is apparently lying low, as the media hasn’t seen hide nor hair of her since the fire. I suspect that the Secret Service has advised her to remain indognito for a while.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 10:41 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        indognito…? Did you mean incognito and made a slight typing error or is this a pun I don’t understand, mistermuse? Sorry to nitpick but in the past you have pointed out ways I could improve my writing. Once it was about the placing of a comma and you were right.

        In May I will be moving to a first floor apartment instead of stair climbing up to the second floor. Does this make me a pre-resident?

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    • mistermuse 11:56 pm on February 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Indognito was an incognito pun, Michaeline. If you didn’t recognize it, apparently it worked, which pleases me, because I worked like a dog to think of it. 🙂

      Sorry, I won’t address your last question, because my policy is one question per customer.

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      • Michaeline Montezinos 7:35 am on February 17, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I recognize your pun now and it is a good one, mistermuse, Now may I ask if moving to another apartment makes me a pre-resident. Thanks for your answer if you choose to give me on, doggone it.

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        • mistermuse 9:52 am on February 17, 2016 Permalink

          Michaeline, I must say you’re very dogged in your pursuit of an answer, so I will pre-sent you with an answer: yes and no. Yes, you’re a pre-resident of the apartment you’re moving to, and no, you’re not a pre-resident in terms of being homeless before you move to your pre-destination. If you don’t believe in pre-destination, I pre-sume you’re just pre-tending to move and will stay put.

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    • Don Frankel 9:55 am on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Indognito is up there with the best of them. Politics is a dog eat dog world.

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    • mistermuse 10:36 am on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don, anyone who thinks a dog shouldn’t run for President hasn’t been paying attention to the GOP debates.

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    • BroadBlogs 2:07 pm on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Is Ted Cruz a pre-resident?

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    • mistermuse 3:45 pm on February 16, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I hope not (or, as Ted Cruz might pray re his opponents: I pray not).

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  • mistermuse 12:17 am on May 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: greed, , , , income inequality, living wage, lottery, , , price, ,   

    DOLLARS TO DOUGH-NUTS 

    Like a full moon, the mere thought of lots of money seems to make some people crazy. No doubt you’ve noticed with lotteries, for example, that the higher the jackpot, the more people play the lottery. I mean (leaving aside the astronomical odds against winning), what could you do with $500+ million that you couldn’t do with $250+ million — except maybe buy a sports team, put your money where your political ideology is (think Koch Brothers),  or build a Trump Tower-like monument to your ego?

    So I found it refreshing to read recently about a guy who not only didn’t let dough go to his head, but stood income inequality on its head: Dan Price, a successful Seattle business owner who decided to help the people who helped him grow his business, by lowering his almost $1 million annual salary to $70,000 and increasing the salary of his 120 employees to that same level. According to Bloomberg Business data, America’s CEO-to-worker pay has increased 1,000% (to a ratio of 300+ to 1) since 1950. Price believed he could make the ratio 1-to-1 without raising prices or decreasing services to customers, and Price was right. Employee morale grew even stronger and business thrived. As a result of this heresy, he was named 2014 Entrepreneur of the year by Entrepreneur Magazine. I suspect it’s not a magazine run by conservatives.

    As entrepreneur of this blog, I will now attempt to improve your morale by turning the remainder of this post over to the musings of others on the matter of money and affiliated subjects:

    Where I was brought up, we never talked about money because there was never enough to furnish a topic of conversation. –Mark Twain

    Whoever said money can’t buy happiness simply didn’t know where to shop. –Bo Derek

    The chief ingredient that makes expensive merchandise so expensive is profit. –Evan Esar

    I’ve got all the money I’ll ever need, if I die by four o’clock. –Henny Youngman

    The only thing wealth does for some people is to make them worry about losing it. —Antoine Rivarol

    Men make counterfeit money; in many more cases, money makes counterfeit men. –Sydney J. Harris

    The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated. —H.L.  Mencken

    The definition of a living wage depends upon whether you are getting it or giving it. –Evan Esar

    I spent a lot of money on booze, broads and fast cars. The rest I just squandered. –George Best

    The leaders of the French Revolution excited the poor against the rich; this made the rich poor, but it never made the poor rich. –Fisher Ames

    There are two classes of people: the have-nots and the have-yachts. –Evan Esar

    Greed is not a money issue. It’s a heart issue. –Andy Stanley

     

     

     
    • Don Frankel 6:52 am on May 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Call me a cynic but maybe this guy did this after 20 years of banking a million a year. Maybe?

      I don’t play lotteries or dream of a lot of money because I’m old enough to know that a lot of money only gets me in trouble. You can quote me on that Muse.

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    • mistermuse 9:57 am on May 30, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Actually, the guy began his business in his college dorm in 2004 at age 19, so he probably didn’t start banking a million until 2005 (just joking – it may have been 2006 or 2007, ha ha).

      Glad to hear you don’t dream of a lot of money, Don. After all, there are a lot of other ways to get into trouble!

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    • literaryeyes 3:14 pm on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      This Evan Esar sounds interesting. Thanks.

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    • mistermuse 5:14 pm on June 1, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Evan Esar is the author of a 1968 book titled 20,000 QUIPS & QUOTES (both his and those of others). I think you can still buy it online, if interested.

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    • arekhill1 9:51 am on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Money is the root of all evil,. they say. Personally, I can’t afford all the evil I want, so it may be true.

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    • mistermuse 3:30 pm on June 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m not buying that, Ricardo – I hear you wouldn’t kill a fly (unless it was hovering around your glass of brew).

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