Sunday, January 29, 2023

Overheard at Table 3: The TV Wall

Think we finally hit the wall.

Tried to watch "You People" on Netflix.  What pandering.  

Tried to watch Jack Ryan new season.  No plot.

Kleo - BORING!

Hunters Season 2?  BORING!

So we finally shut off the tv and decided to read books instead.


Thursday, January 26, 2023

Overheard at Table 1: Cuckoldumb

"Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness. It is, Sir, the great grandfather of cuckoldom."
— Henry Fielding

Short Bio
Henry Fielding (Sharpham, 22 April 1707 – near Lisbon, 8 October 1754) was an English novelist and dramatist known for his rich earthy humour and satirical prowess, and as the author of the novel Tom Jones.

Aside from his literary achievements, he has a significant place in the history of law-enforcement, having founded (with his half-brother John) what some have called London's first police force, the Bow Street Runners, using his authority as a magistrate.

Found on

Lo que es interesante de este quotación es el gran cantidad de comentarios que piensen que Sr Fielding hablaba en serio.  No sé si es así or no, pero busqué el fuente del quotación y descibrí que es de su primer drama, Love in Several Masques (1728)

  • Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness. It is, Sir, the great grandfather of cuckoldom.
    • Act III, sc. vii

Pero hay muchas sitios que presentan este quote sin contexto, como así son los pensamientos del Sr Fielding su propio mismo.

Como el siquiente:

Henry Fielding, Arthur Murphy (1783). “The Works of Henry Fielding, Esq: With the Life of the Author. In Twelve Volumes. A New Edition. To which is Now First Added, The Fathers; Or, The Good-natured Man”, p.126 


In short, we tend to have a problem with pithy quotes.  For authors, what their characters say are often not what the author actually believes, but rather an observation that the author has of what others believe, usually in a contemporary social context.  Deprived of this context, when we simply look at the words, we tend to ascribe our own interpretations upon the author, which may or may not be wrong.

So, in short, was Fielding a prude who through dancing leads to sex with someone you shouldn't be having sex with?  I don't know.  Don't really care what his thoughts on the subject were.  What interests me most is the fact that others think he thought that way, which shows a severe lack of critical thinking, even among those who work mental puzzles, for those are the ones who are generally more astute and intelligent than the majority of people.



Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Overheard at Booth 3: Stepping Stones

Husband: Hey, babe, the Pastor's wife told me that they don't need the marble anymore.

Wife: OK, what happened?

H: That last freeze, some pipes broke, ruined their kitchen.  Insurance is going to cover the complete renovation.

W: Sounds good. Now we just have to take the pieces to the dump.

H: Well, I was wanting to ask you something.

W: Yeah?

H: You know how the back yard gets soggy all the time?  And how I get my shoes sopping wet while taking out the trash?

W: I think I know where you're going with this.

H: Why don't I just get sledgehammer and ...

W: Oh no.

H: I can make stepping stones.  Sure, they might be smooth but ...

W: Do you want me to tell you how many things are wrong with that suggestion?

H: What?  I mean ... it's stone.

W: God you're so cute sometimes.  I'm gonna tell all my construction guys tomorrow what you just suggested and we'll have ourselves a big ol' laugh.

H: Why?  Will it not work?  Why wouldn't it work?

W: Babe, let's just say that you're good for a lot of things, but when it comes to home repairs and landscaping and construction, leave that to the experts.  Like me!

Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Overheard at Table 2: Unosa Otros

NOTES from the sermon the previous Sunday:

We serve God by serving the community.
Filipeses 2: 5 ->
Juan 13:35

Rob Bell
Mars Hill
Heresy of "Everyone Gets to Go to Heaven"

Monday, January 23, 2023

Overheard at the Counter: A Brief Intro to Haiku

Brief introduction:

Haiku: seventeen syllab

les - five, seven, five


Developed in Japan in the 17th Century, to be short, compact, as a reaction to long-winded poems.

Traditionally, the third (last) line is a counterpoint (or even a non-sequitur) to the first two lines, usually eliciting an image of nature.

The first master of Haiku (the man who perfected the art) is Basho.  Below is a link to his more famous haiku.

From what little I understand of Japanese, it's a lot easier to pack a boatload of meaning into seventeen syllables, whereas in English (and other Eurocentric languages) there are many "filler words" (articles, conjunctions, etc) which are essential to convey the subtleties of the poetry.  Thus, many who write Haiku in English tend to ignore the strict syllable rule, but generally keep to the three lines.

For myself, I have committed myself to adhering to the 5/7/5 in my Haiku, but I'm not going to bash others who don't.  It's my attempt to focus myself.  I have tried to keep the naturalist imagery on the last line; but that's really hard to do and I only succeed in about maybe a tenth of all my Haiku.

 One of which I am particularly proud is "Flee" from a horrorprompt, which I also put to "music"




Sunday, January 22, 2023

Overheard at Booth 3: To Warn or Not To Warn

To warn or not to warn, that is the question
Whether 'tis nobler for the mind to suffer
the words and phrases of a tome that may enrage us.
or to slap the labels to warn of troubles, 
and by notifying, end them.  To WARN, I say,
no more: let the literature stand upright, regardless
of heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
that art may give us: 'tis a consummation
devoutly to be read: to READ, to gain
understanding, perchance to dream - ay there's the rub:
Do we look at ourselves with the words that Lit provides us
When we have engaged with those glorious words
that do give us pause - or do we respect
the trauma of our readers' pasts - this Life.
Each reader bears scars from an experience
And oppressive wrong, a prideful person's attacks,
the pain of an abusive relationship, injustice,
suicide, or an attack on the body so fierce that 
it leaves deep gaping wounds upon the soul.
Like the blade of a knife that will be forever embedded?
Wouldn't it be unkind not to warn a reader
that these words may contain scenes that will
return them to that moment, that moment of their lives?
How could they bear that?
Why should we not warn them this such might happen
were they to read these words?   With a Trigger Warning
would they possibly then leave this Literature as 
an undiscovered country?  Would they then
deny themselves something that might ultimately
heal?  Catharsis, perhaps, they may themselves deny
if the TW dissuades them from reading words, which by
their very presence are meant to bring consolation.
Conscience truly does make cowards of us all,
and such a trigger warning resolution
I can't come to a decision from my pale cast of thought,
Ultimately, just talking about this
seems to dampen the whole enterprise
of Writing.




Saturday, January 21, 2023

Overheard at Booth 3: A Dad Helps His Daughter with Her Taxes

Dad helping daughter do taxes...


What's this 1099INT for $225?

That's from my bank.

But you don't have enough savings to make that kind of interest.

They gave me that to open the account.  

Oh.  OK, cool.

Does that mean I have to pay it back?

No.  It just means you have to pay taxes on it.

WHAAAAA?!  What a rip off!

Well, that's the IRS for you.

They better cancel my student debt then!

Uh ... the IRS doesn't cancel debt.

Well then SOMEBODY should!