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  • mistermuse 12:01 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Better late than never, Geoffrey Chaucer, , , Michael Bloomberg, playing God, , rocks, , , squirrels, The Canterbury Tales, trivia   


    What with one thing or another, almost the entire month of January has gone by, and I haven’t written a single post honoring any of the many august January holidays, such as:

    Jan. 4  –  Trivia Day
    Jan. 7  –  Old Rock Day
    Jan. 9  –  Play God Day
    Jan. 10 – Peculiar People Day
    Jan. 16 – National Nothing Day
    Jan. 21 – Squirrel Appreciation Day

    So, in the spirit of BETTER LATE THAN NEVER, I will now try to make up for my oversight – at least in part – by assuring each holiday that being a part of one post beats being the whole of no posts. I’ll start with a trivia question in honor of Trivia Day:

    Who originated the phrase, BETTER LATE THAN NEVER? (Hint: it wasn’t a, c, or d)

    a. Barack Obama, in defending his late response to the spread of ISIL/ISIS
    b. Geoffrey Chaucer, in The Canterbury Tales
    c. Rip Van Winkle, in The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
    d. Michael Bloomberg, in planning a possible run for President as an independent

    Old Rock Day – I’m no geologist, but isn’t all rock old? For example, it’s possible there’s big rock in Little Rock, but new rock? Though everything may be relative, no matter how you roll it, any rock worth its salt has to be eons older than Einstein….at least, that’s my theory. In any case, a rolling stone gathers no muse, but a Rolling Rock definitely does:


    Play God Day, in my judgment, is redundant, because many ideologues and religious Grand Poobahs play God every day. So let us move on to the next day, which includes ideologues and Grand Poobahs, but is more broad.

    Peculiar People Day – Spotlight broad, Sarah Palin. All others pale-in comparison.

    National Nothing Day

    Squirrel Appreciation Day – Here’s a squirrel I can not only appreciate, but appreciate even more the place where it makes its ending exit:

    That does it for January make-up days, but the month isn’t over yet. We still have tomorrow to look forward to (or do we?):

    Jan. 31 – YAD DRAWKCAB



    • Joseph Nebus 1:27 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      My Squirrel Appreciation Day started with seeing a squirrel plummet from its tree and faceplant in the snow. The squirrel seemed to recover but it surely helped that it didn’t know anybody was laughing at it.

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      • mistermuse 6:38 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I’ve never seen a squirrel fall from a tree, but if the branches were icy, snow wonder!


    • scifihammy 5:38 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      All these days passed me by – and I never knew! 🙂

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    • hooklineandinkwell 10:52 am on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I had a squirrel watch me work for five days straight and each time i sat next to the camp fire, it would sit atop a branch a few feet away and i swear i could see him roasting his nuts. This is brilliant!, your post I mean, not the squirrel roasting nuts, although that was impressive, too 🙂

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    • mistermuse 12:00 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Brilliant? Well, they say it takes one to know one (sounds like a mutual admiration society to me – between you and the squirrel, too.) 🙂


    • arekhill1 2:50 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Isn’t Old Rock Day the day you get drunk and listen to Bob Seger albums? In either case, Rolling Rock would work.


      • mistermuse 4:55 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        I guess that depends upon your taste (in music, not beer). I’d prefer to listen to Django Reinhardt albums, myself.


    • RMW 4:13 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      So happy you posted about Squirrel Appreciation Day as squirrels in general are SO underappreciated… I went looking for a Squirrel Appreciation Day card at the Hallmark card store in the mall and there was nary a one… and not one squirrel has ever been nominated for any kind of award… this situation must be remedied.

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      • mistermuse 5:19 pm on January 30, 2016 Permalink | Reply

        You’re right – squirrels get little attention (unless you count Sarah Palin). Even in the cartoon world, there’s Rocky (of Rocky & Bullwinkle), but he doesn’t come close to the fame of Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Porky Pig, etc. That’s just plain nuts (and not a very good pun, either).

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    • Don Frankel 11:22 am on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Don’t know where these squirrel people come from but there’s got to be a whole lot of nothing to do around there. How do you think of something like this?

      But I do like the idea of august days in January. We could use a few.


    • mistermuse 2:00 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I don’t know how the squirrel people came up with it, but at least it’s harmless — unlike the nutty ideas some of our political candidates (like The Donald) come up with. But the squirrel and The Donald do have one thing in common — neither should be taken seriously (although, unfortunately, The Donald IS taken seriously by too many).


    • Don Frankel 3:00 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      There were two Donalds playing ball in Vleigh Place Park. I was the one who could hit and run and field and throw.

      While no one has voted yet, the reason he’s being taken seriously is, look at everyone else who is running. It’s a motley crew.

      I’m waiting for Lucy Lou, as she wouldn’t be the only Mutt in the race, just the real thing.


    • mistermuse 7:30 pm on January 31, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Unlike the old rock group Motley Crew, which called it quits after 34 years, motley crews of politicians never go away — only the faces change over time. They still pander to the crowd and promise their version of the moon (usually on the cheap), and we still fall for it every time.

      Because the current crew of politicians is even more motley than usual, it is good that Lucy Lou is running, because if the country is going to go to the dogs, she is obviously the most – indeed, the only – qualified candidate:


    • Don Frankel 6:51 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Muse, I’m looking into Lucy Lou’s eyes, especially in this clip and damn, if there’s not something Lincolnesque there.


    • mistermuse 9:40 pm on February 1, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      I believe you’re right, Don. Also, like Honest Abe, Lucy Lou doesn’t tell lies and was born in Kentucky. Sounds pretty Presidential to me.


    • The Hopeful Wanderer 10:13 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Peculiar People Day was pretty awesome hahah … Thanks for the laughs 😊

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    • mistermuse 10:38 am on February 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Thank you. Your “theme song” is pretty awesome too:


  • mistermuse 2:11 pm on January 9, 2015 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Bruce Almighty, , , , It's Alive!, Monty Python, Oh God!, playing God, , The Bible   


    We should not play God before we have learned to be men, and as we learn to be men we will not want to play God. –Paul Ramsey, Christian ethicist

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    According to holidayinsights.com., January 9 is PLAY GOD DAY. While not an official holiday (i.e., it’s not sanctioned by God, the President or Congress), it nonetheless should be one, as man has been playing God since emerging from the cave, if not before.

    If you’re an atheist, you may well ask how man can play what doesn’t exist. Friends, if you think about it, it’s done all the time. In olden days B.F. (Before Film), a man could only play the Almighty in his own time, but since then, God-playing has not been confined to tyrants, despots, politicians and overlords. The invention of motion pictures has been a godsend to a man playing God even after the man is gone. God is not dead — like Frankenstein’s monster, it’s his own creation….and IT’S ALIVE! To wit:

    Here is a list of films (including the actor/God)  in which man has played God. I do not proclaim it a complete list, nor have I seen but a few of the of the films on the list. What do you want for nothing? Remember, this is PLAY GOD DAY, so take it or leave it. I doubt God Itself ever made a better offer.

    THE GREEN PASTURES (1936), Rex Ingram
    THE BIBLE (1966), John Huston
    SKIDOO (1968), Groucho Marx
    MONTY PYTHON AND THE HOLY GRAIL (1975), Graham Chapman
    OH, GOD! (1977), George Burns (plus two sequels: Oh, God! Book II, and Oh, God! You Devil)
    TIME BANDITS (1981), Ralph Richardson
    TWO OF A KIND (1983), Gene Hackman
    NIGHT TRAIN TO TERROR (1985), Ferdy Mayne
    RELIGION, INC. (1989), George Plimpton
    ALMOST AN ANGEL (1990), Charlton Heston
    THE PRINCE OF EGYPT (1997), Val Kilmer
    THE ACID HOUSE (1998), Maurice Roeves
    DOGMA (1999), Alanis Morrissette (the first actress to play God?)
    BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003), Morgan Freeman
    SUPER (2010), Rob Zombie

    • ladysighs 7:26 am on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Save me a place at the table. 🙂

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    • Don Frankel 7:54 am on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      So as not to be sexist Muse.

      I guess we could say love is more wonderful the second time around.

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    • mistermuse 7:59 am on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Ladysighs, we all have a place at the “end table,” so I don’t need to save you one. Beyond that, you’re on your own (apologies for the dark humor so early in the day)!


    • mistermuse 8:14 am on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      Love it, Don! Movie critics like Leonhard Maltin say “Bride” is one of the few sequels in movie history which is even better than the original, and the original was pretty damn good. This was great “camp” before the word “camp” became part of movie lexicon.


    • arekhill1 11:31 am on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I think a “Play Satan” list would be an interesting project for you, Sr. Muse. My personal favorite, for obvious reasons, is Elizabeth Hurley.


    • mistermuse 4:39 pm on January 10, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’d “barely” heard of Elizabeth Hurley until you mentioned (and I Googled) her, Ricardo. It seems I’ve been missing a lot by not keeping abreast of things, celebrity-wise, in recent years….but I’m not Bedazzled enough to undertake another such project. I have too many books to read, too many football games to watch, too many naps to take, etc., etc., etc.


    • Don Frankel 7:42 am on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      You know even with all the stitches, the smock she’s wearing and the bad hairdo, she’s kind of hot.


    • mistermuse 10:38 am on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I agree, Don. Bride was played by Elsa Lanchester, who was married in real life to actor Charles Laughton. Those who remember her only from much later films such as MARY POPPINS and MURDER BY DEATH would probably be amazed to learn it’s the same woman.


    • blindzanygirl 2:07 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      I’ll have to watch those movies! Interesting!

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    • mistermuse 8:43 am on July 31, 2020 Permalink | Reply

      There are several good films on that list, but you’ll probably go to heaven before getting around to watching them all, Lorraine (and some of them probably aren’t worth the trouble). 😉


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