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!



Some men would rather be right than be President, while others are not so particular.  — Evan Esar

The PEANUTS comic strip in this morning’s paper had Peppermint Patty asking Roy what you do when something you “really believed was going to happen didn’t happen?” Roy answers, “Well, you could admit you were wrong.” Peppermint Patty replies, “Besides that, I mean.”

Now that’s humor that hits the nail on the head, which may be a cliche (like DENIAL IS NOT A RIVER IN EGYPT), but it’s a cliche because it’s right on target. Guilt-evasion, admission-advoidance and denial practicioners excel in many professions — one of my favorites is end-of-the-world prophets who always manage to come up with excuses why their predicted Armageddon dates come and go, yet we’re still here — but life is too short to delve into many professions. Politicians alone comprise a category of equivocation beyond belief, so it’s enough to let their cup runeth over onto this page….in their own words:

It depends on what the meaning of “is” is.  — Bill Clinton

I hope you believe you understand what you think I said, but I’m not sure you realize that what you’ve heard is not what I meant.  — Richard Nixon

First, it was not a strip bar, it was an exotic club. And second, I’m a night owl.”  — Washington D.C. mayor Marion Barry (when accused of inappropriate behavior at a strip joint)

I was walking around dictating responses and simply wanted to make sure the pieces of paper were not weighing me down.  — British Cabinet Secretary Oliver Letwin, after having been caught dumping sensitive Government papers in park bins.

I haven’t committed a crime. What I did was fail to comply with the law.  — former NYC mayor David Dinkins

Oh, did I say Norwegian army? What I really meant was that he’s with Britain’s special forces on a totally secret foreign mission, so I can’t tell you where he is or anything.  — Norwegian parliament member Saera Khan, who claimed, after Norwegian parliament refused to pay her $7750 cellphone bill, the charges were satellite phone calls to her boyfriend, a Norwegian special services soldier (she finally admitted the calls were to psychic hotlines after the British ISAF repudiated her claim)

Why do Sunnis kill Shiites? How do they tell the difference? They all look the same to me.  — Mississippie Senator Trent Lott

I simply misremembered it wrong.  — Illinois Senator Mark Kirk, regarding claims he’d made about his military record, including having been Naval Intelligence Officer of the Year, having commanded the Pentagon War Room and served in Desert Storm.

Well, it doesn’t sound [appropriate] now, [if] you bring it up that way.  — Texas state representative Joe Driver, in response to revelations that he’d been routinely double-billing the government for travel expenses despite his opposition to the “big spending habits of liberals in government.”

I never know what I’m going to say until I say it, so I am kind of interested in hearing what I think.  — South Carolina state representative John G. Altman