Monday, July 31, 2006

Been awhile...

...but hopefully life will slow down a bit soon. In the meantime, here's a picture of one of the top 10 dogs of all time:

Monday, July 10, 2006

Greatest. Obituary. Ever.

I can only hope that when I die my obit is half as great, creative, and honest as this one for Mr. Fred Clark. I'm not being sarcastic (somewhat of a rarity for me), I really admire a family and a man who can be honest with their public announcement of a loved one's death, rather than allow the funeral home (or themselves) to write what are so often empty, contrived shadows that hardly befit the story of someone's, anyone's, life. Here's an excerpt:
His heart beat faster when his wife of 37 years Alice Rennie Clark entered the room and saddened a little when she left. His legacy was the good works performed by his sons, Frederic Arthur Clark III and Andrew Douglas Clark MD, PhD., along with Andy's wife, Sara Morgan Clark. Fred's back straightened and chest puffed out when he heard the Star Spangled Banner and his eyes teared when he heard Amazing Grace.
He had a life long love affair with bacon, butter, cigars and bourbon. You always knew what Fred was thinking much to the dismay of his friend and family. His sons said of Fred, "he was often wrong, but never in doubt".
After reading such a colorful account, one feels as if one actually knew Fred, and that, my friends, is the effect I want my obituary to read. . . hopefully many, many years from now.

Godspeed, Fred Clark, wherever you are and wherever you may be going.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

The headlines, they write themselves

Peace activist hit rocker in spat over girl, say UK police
A New Zealand peace activist is facing serious assault charges after he allegedly punched a rock singer in London, leaving the man in a coma.
Love his respect-garnering hair. Makes me want to subscribe to his newsletter. . . you know he has one.

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Food for Thought

An interesting question:
Would the founders -- whom our government celebrates today -- have tolerated the government we have now? As Cowen notes, we rose up and revolted against a government that was far less intrusive, invasive, and -- at risk of hyperbole -- tyrannical than the one we have now. My guess is that alcohol prohibition alone would've been enough have Payne or Jefferson calling for arms. Never mind the New Deal, the Great Society, or today's encroaching police state.