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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Quotations by Junie Moon

Today's automatic quote of the day is "Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it."  Lou Holtz said that. Sports enthusiast that I am not, I had to look up Lou Holtz. I went to the brainyquote.com website full of Lou Holtz' quotes, and to my ear he sounds a little bit preachy. The man has a lot to say, most of it seemingly designed to make hearers feel like failures if they don't kill themselves in pursuit of goals. 
Any kind of goals, apparently. 
Preferably ones that make you feel as if you might be drawing your last breath any minute. Physical pain equals virtue in Lou's world.
I do, however, like this one:  "The problem with having a sense of humor is often that people you use it on aren't in a very good mood."  
That's right up my alley. If I planned on having a headstone, I think I might want that on there.

Lou's famous, so everybody wants to know what pearls have dropped from his lips. I'm not famous. I used to be notorious, but that was then. Now I'm an overweight late middle-age woman who can make a double entendre out of almost anything, laughs too loud, reads and knits. In conversation I swear a lot, and that surprises people because I don't look like a person who would know all those words, never mind be able to use them with such expertise. I think all that makes me as interesting as Lou Holtz, so I'm going to share some recurring thoughts of my own. Once they're written down, I can call them Quotations by Junie Moon. 
Maybe they will resonate with you. Let me know.

When all a person has before him is a bunch of bad choices, he can't be blamed for making a bad choice.

Faking gaiety/happiness/interest is tiresome for me. To tell you the truth, I'm not all that interested in lots of stuff that other people talk about. I listen to people talk about nothing . . . the former pastor of the church, the current pastor, whose volunteer fireman cousin had a wheel fall off his car while he was on the way to firehouse for a call ("Oh, no. He wasn't hurt. He hadda call Roosevelts to tow him outta the ditch but there's no damage done.") . . . all day long. It's taken me a long time to realize that I can sit quietly and not participate, much less cheer-lead. It's much less stressful for me.

If I'm tired, I've decided that it's not only okay, but even advisable, to sleep. 

My cell phone is for my convenience, not the convenience of others. I keep it turned off most of the time.

Nothing comes to mind that needs to be all or nothing. I can clean the bathroom sink and not the tub, I can knit two rows instead of fifty at a sitting.

People who live in warm climates should not opine in a ridiculing manner about wind chill information in weather reports. 
When your daily temperature, averaged over the entire year, is 73.3F, and the "feels like" average runs warmer than that, you don't know from wind chill. When you live on top of a hill in between the Catskill mountains and the Adirondack mountains, and the hundred foot walk from house to barn on a windless day is long enough that your eyelids freeze open and with wind, you grow icicles in the scarf over your mouth . . . then you can tell me about wind chill. 

Wind-Chill Chart


Rian said...

I am not familiar with Lou Holtz, but do believe the quote you mentioned is true... to a point. IMO it isn't what happens to you, but how you handle it that is important.

As far as *blame* goes, even if it's blatantly obvious, IMO no good ever comes from it. Holding people accountable is one thing, blame is another (thin line).

And it's true that many people "talk about nothing". This worried me when I was younger and didn't say much. But as I aged, I've come to realize that there's a comradery that some people need that fills their loneliness. And sometimes it does seem to be nothing important to me... but is important to them. Does that make sense?

But I do agree it's OK (and sometimes beneficial to be silent). And heaven knows, I do believe in naps!

Hilary said...

I like your take on not needing to do all or nothing. I think I'll go clean a tub but not the toilet.

Our wind chills have been between -25C (-13F) and -37C (-35F) lately. I think I'm entitled to whine about it. ;)

June said...

Rian, you'll like this one from Mr. Holtz, too, I think. "In the nineties, everybody wants to talk about their rights and privileges. Twenty-five years ago, people talked about their obligations and responsibilities."

Hilary, absolutely you have a right to whine. Cold that can kill a person is in the whine-able column.

the veg artist said...

I'm with you on the choices thing. When a decision is based on the information available at the time, then, no matter how it turns out, we should not blame ourselves. Hindsight should never be used to beat ourselves up with.

Tom Sightings said...

In my opinion, you belong in Brainy Quotes. I esp like the ones about bad choices, and cell phones.

DJan said...

I like your quotes, June. And I am just happy that I have the wisdom of your experience, and that you write it all down. It is fun to read your own! :-)

Olga Hebert said...

I especially agree with the mobile being for your (or my) convenience. I get a lot of flack for that though.
I will refrain from mentioning the temperature her in sunny Florida. (I am not above sneaking in a freference to the sunshine, though.)

Vicki Lane said...

You are obviously My Sort of Person. Humor is one of my favorite things in a person.

Friko said...

Junie Moon, you ex-notorious, middle-aged, overweight woman, I love you. Why can’t you be living near here somewhere? Or would two of us be a bit too much for the local population?

Lou Holtz? Never heard of him. Won’t ever again now.

He’s probably too far up his own backside for his jokes to be funny.

Oh, and did you hear, that a dog barked at a passing car just down the road? Now that’s news!

June said...

Olga, feel free to slip in a freference of any kind whenever you like. You, a Vermonter, know whereof I speak, so you get a pass.

Vicki, I am flattered. Ah, humor. So many people think that humor is lightness of intellect, when it's really depth of same. (I think.)

Friko, my dear . . . I can see the two of us standing five or six feet apart in any gathering, listening to nonsense, and sliding flat-lidded eye-rolls at each other. It would be nice to sit in your garden and mutter together. Or sit in silence together. That would be nice too.

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

The growing realisation that one doesn't have to do e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g came after retirement .Once I didn't have to do it all at the weekend , it dawned on me that it could just as easily be done tomorrow ...
It's been going steadily downhill ever since .

Pauline said...

I say give us more Junie Moonisms :)

Barb said...

I KNOW windchill, but I'll try not to whine. (Except we're in a warming trend right now - highly suspect for January at high altitude.) I often just listen and make no comment - why encourage more of the same? I'd love to hear you laugh, Junie. Are you still walking down the lane and back?

rachel said...

In full agreement, June, except that if you didn't talk about next to nothing where I live, you'd never talk with anybody! Small talk is the village etiquette, interspersed on occasion with eye-opening gossip.

Your windchill chart is really interesting - we have weather forecasters here who make even a light frost sound like impending doom, and say idiotic things like "Make sure you wrap up warm now". But in this temperate, if changeable/unpredictable British climate, I doubt if we'd ever make it onto your chart!

Joe Todd said...

Hi June.. I've got a new post with a "better" joke LOL

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Okey doke, I concur you definitely know more about wind chill than me - but aha! I know more swear words than you do - betcha!

esbboston said...

I don't want a headstone. I just plan to one day to slowly start turning into a rock in my beloved western South Dakota.

Mrs Shoes said...

Windchill & those who nothing about it - I hear you on that for sure!

Someone recently said about me:
"she claimed it was -28 degrees"

Like I would BS about that?!? Good Gawd...

Terra said...

My family in Minnesota and Wisconsin keep me informed about wind chill. It can be brutal, like minus 10 with wind chill. Yikes.

Blipfillypicklepoo said...

I miss your blog posts. I have fallen too far behind to ever catch up on my blog. I have though, over the years, enjoyed checking in on yours. I hope all is well with you and your life. Take care.

patricia somogyi said...

Talk about nothing ... I'm moved to suppose/hope and even pray there's a planet in some enlightened bit of the cosmos where the inmates' communication is totally telepathic.

T.S. Elliot reckons, "Conversation is an endless strategy to cover nakedness." Soo, not sure about you and your covered bits and pieces, but I'm a whole lot more wholesome with my clothes on.

My conclusion? Do I need one? Well I guess it is that small talk, like clothing has to be a given in this uncompleted world

Rose ~ from Oz said...

Hi June, I've been missing from blogsphere for 5 months, and I see you for 9 months! I'm just swinging by to offer a hug and a hello. HOpe you're doing OK girl. HUG HELLO Rose x

Anonymous said...

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A stranger here from Denver,
Bumped into your blog, found myself compelled to read back a couple years of your postings. Lovely touching writing, and lovely pets.
Just wanted to say, hope you and yours are ok, seeing that it's been a while since your last post.
And to say hi, as it feels a bit Indecent to peak into your life without an introduction.
My beautiful adopted-from-my-back-alley gray cat snuggling in my arms sends his best wishes to you too.


esbboston said...

Hope you are doing well, miss you here.

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