Ravings of a Mad Man: vol. 2.38

Ravings of a Mad Man: vol. 2.38

It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid then open it and remove all doubt

-Mark Twain


          Much like the Big Bang Theory this 4 th of July was spectacular.  Fireworks were going off as far as the eye could see.  Which that night was a lot less than a normal night due to the smoke in the air.   Ah, the sweet morning after smoke in the valley is the true meaning of the 4th of July.   Other notables from the 4th of the July is the game of Horseshoes.   It is such a simple game one would be silly not to play it.  A game that no one should play on the 4th but I did, is golf.  What a weird game.  It is such a frustrating game that I don't understand how people play it.  So in the year 1776 our fore fathers lit off "fireworks" and in this year 2007 we lit fireworks.   All in all I feel more and more connected with my forefathers every year as I attempt to learn more about what they did.                                            Also this week is another notable date it is Friday the 13th for all of you crazed goblin cashers.  This Friday some people will be so paralyzed with fear they simply won't get out of bed. Others will steadfastly refuse to fly on an airplane, buy a house, or act on a hot stock tip. It's Friday the 13th, and they're freaked out.    It was reported in the National Geographic about the Friday and 13 combo.   "It's been estimated that [U.S] $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do," said Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.   Dossey, also a folklore historian and author of Holiday Folklore, Phobias and Fun, said fear of Friday the 13th is rooted in ancient, separate bad-luck associations with the number 13 and the day Friday. The two unlucky entities ultimately combined to make one super unlucky day.   Dossey traces the fear of 13 to a Norse myth about 12 gods having a dinner party at Valhalla, their heaven. In walked the uninvited 13th guest, the mischievous Loki. Once there, Loki arranged for Hoder, the blind god of darkness, to shoot Balder the Beautiful, the god of joy and gladness, with a mistletoe-tipped arrow.   "Balder died and the whole Earth got dark. The whole Earth mourned. It was a bad, unlucky day," said Dossey. From that moment on, the number 13 has been considered ominous and foreboding.

            Trivia Time:   Zach Josie knew and so did Ann that Old Faithful is a very faithful geyser.  This week's question is  How many more crimes, accidents, and or bad things happen on Friday the 13 th?  The prize is a copy of the remade version of Freaky Friday with that delightful Lindsay Longhand.  Oh she is gem!  

            Recommendations:  This week's movie is, for the theater viewer it is Live Free or Die Hard.   If you want to stay home and get motivated you should watch Pride.  Music:  On the radio is a little bit of the Boss.   So listen and learn.

            Well alright I send you off into the world one newsletter smarter but you still are just as ugly as you were when you started to read this.

Have a good week I know I will.


Eric Jones


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