Monday, December 10, 2012


            Yes, I’ve fallen in love!  Not with my husband—that’s old news—but with a lady I’ve never met.  Janie Junebug introduced us via the net.  Her name is Jane Wagner.  She was a comedy writer for Lily Tomlin.  She has some quotes that I would love to steal & use as my own can totally identify with.  This lady comes close to qualifying as a fishducky.  Some examples:

         “All my life I wanted to be somebody, but I see now I should have been more specific.”

            “The trouble with the rat race is that even if you win, you’re still a rat.”

         “I personally think we developed language because of our deep inner need to complain.”

            “Delusions of grandeur make me feel a lot better about myself.”

            We used to stay at a resort on Kauai called “Hananlei Bay”.  I think it’s now a “Sandals” or a “Club Med”.  The area is lovely—it’s where the movie “South Pacific” was filmed.  I saw the most beautiful sunset of my life there, & I am connoisseur of sunsets.  (We used to have a vacant lot behind our house, so we had a clear view.  Before dinner, I would lift my kids, one at a time, so that they could see the sunset through our over-their-heads, west facing kitchen window.)  This particular sunset had every gorgeous color I could hope to see—purples, oranges, greens, etc.  I was discussing it with the maître d’ & he agreed it had been striking, but not the best he had ever seen.  He said that had been in San Francisco—a 45 minute flight from my house.  I flew 5 ½ hours to get to Hawaii!  (It was still worth it!)

            My car’s license plate was 1 DUCK (only fitting for the head duck in the state of California) before I got a handicapped plate.  One VERY stormy day I found myself behind a car with the plate MALLARD, which was moving erratically down the crowded, slippery boulevard.  I drove extra carefully.  I didn’t want to be on the news that night with the lead-in, “DUCK slams into MALLARD on wet streets!”

            It is NEVER a good idea to lie to the IRS.  That’s why, for years, Bud has listed his occupation on their tax forms as “attorney” & mine as “domestic goddess”.  TRUE.  That’s the only line I’ve ever stolen—or probably ever will steal—from Roseanne Barr.  It fits me so well!

            When my kids were teenagers, I took them & a half dozen or so of their cousins (also teenagers) out to lunch.  My husband suggested that I might want to ask my dad to go with us.  I told Bud no, & said that they were mostly from his (Bud’s) side of the family, & besides, they were another generation.  He said, “Honey, you’re another generation, too!”  I honestly hadn’t realized that.  They treated me like one of them, except, of course, when it came time to pay the check.

            There were good & bad instructors in Bud’s law school, as there probably are in every school on earth.  One of the not so good ones was telling his students he liked to be subtle when he was teaching.  He said that some instructors “bounce the ball” right in front of their students, while some “hid the ball” behind their backs.  One student piped up, “Hell, you don’t even bring the ball to class!”  A “good teacher” story: One instructor gave a 10 or 15 minute description of a case & ended with, “Mr. Smith, why is that?”  The student, obviously stalling for time, asked him if he would repeat the question.  The instructor said, “Certainly. The question is, why is that?”

            Only some of us (the old geezers & geezerettes) remember the days of live TV.  This would never be shown today—except on YouTube.  I was watching a commercial where the announcer was going to show how indestructible a watch was.  He laid it on a table & hit it (hard!) with a mallet.  Bad move.  It broke into a hundred pieces!  The cameraman & director must have been in shock—the camera stayed on the (now scattered all over the table) watch for several seconds.  You can’t get that kind of entertainment anymore!

            One of my friends keeps those little post-it notes all over his office to remind him to do things.  Of course, one of the notes tells him to look at the other notes.

This is one of the most beautifully filmed ads I've ever seen!
Be sure to watch it full screen if you can!!

I love the "Love is..." cartoons:

           Is your brain tired from jumping from subject to subject today?  How do you think I feel?  That’s the way my brain works ALL THE TIME!  Think of it as exercise----fishducky


  1. From MELYNDA:

    It took me a minute to figure out I wasn't part of the kids anymore too. I realized it right about the time all my teenagers friends started calling me mom.
    On a different topic...how do you get a handicap plate. I don't even know who to ask or where to go. Annoying. Hope you are having a great day

    1. You have to get a form from the DMV & take it to your doctor to fill out & then take it back to the DMV.

  2. Dear Fishducky, I like hop, skipping, and jumping from one topic to another. It keeps my brain agile! So thanks for branching my dendrites.

    And thanks for the Alberta video. I kept trying to figure out what state we were seeing: Wyoming, Montana, Arizona, Colorado but some of the pictures didn't seem to fit and then we came to "Alberta" and it all came together. It truly was lovely and it did what it wanted to do--make me want to go there! Peace.

    1. Wasn't it gorgeous?!! It looked almost like 3-D!

  3. I love skipping from subject to subject, I've never seen it done so well before. I love the cartoons too. They are so sweet. And sunsets, I saw those red ocean sunsets that you painted in La Jolla and now I get to see the high desert sunsets up here. I just love to watch them.

  4. I didn't notice. My brain flits about like a dragonfly in a field of prairie grass. ;)

    1. You mean there's somebody else with a brain that works like mine??

  5. I introduced you to someone named Jane Wagner? My mentalpaws is kicking in big time. Jane Wagner? I have no idea who that is, and I don't remember introducing anybody to anything, except the time I taught that guy about getting high (on life, of course).


    1. Yes--you sent me an email--maybe last year. I had it in my notes. Have you found all those Easter eggs you hid yet??

  6. I love your stories and I love those "Love is" cartoons! I think the most obvious thing about those should be, "Love is being naked together all the time!" ;)


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