The Penultimate Zero Eight Park Place Log

unfortunately for my brother, it seems to be a law that oatmeal cookies contain raisins.  as an aside (and only tangentially related), do people really not realize that "dried plums" are prunes?

there's the difference between us, carmen.  you spend so much time with your precious little plans, trying to make tidy entrances and exits that you forget why we're *really* thieves in the first place: to take... what others... have!  period.  end of career description.
    wrong!  i do it for the mental gymnastics.  the challenge of-
oh spare me the twisted philosophies, carmen.  you've got a serious problem, you know that?  and the sooner you realize you're no better than anyone else who steals - for fun or profit - the better off we'll *all* be.
    — where on earth is carmen sandiego? (maelstrom's revenge)

just a little monday humor
8 Dec 97

maybe it was the heady feeling of having successfully tied a tie, maybe it was having heard the line 'something men have to worry about in blues' as a clue of sorts for the word 'stiff', or maybe it was a combination of these and a myriad of other things which had happened to me that evening, but i thought that this was oh so amusing when i came up with it saturday night...

i looked up to God, and asked, "God" - i can do that since we're on a first-name basis and all - "why am i so much cooler than everyone around me?", and He looked down at me, smiling benignly - because that's what he does, more often than not, you know: smile benignly - and said, "son, if i've told you once, i've told you a thousand times: the word you're looking for is 'pretentious'".

too long to be part of a GL
27 April 98

until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectiveness.  concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too.  all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred.  a whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamed would have come his way.
    — w.h. murray  (you know, the scottish himalayan expedition one.)

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