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May
23

Another one found in e-Mail:

Fw: Shut-In- Thoughts

– I’m having a quarantine party this weekend! None of you are invited.

– We are just two to three weeks away from learning everyone’s real hair color.

– All these people are worrying about a baby boom in the next nine months. Two days of homeschooling should nip that right in the bud!

– All I can think about now when I’m watching any TV show or movie is how everyone is standing WAY too close together.

– I used to spin that toilet paper like I was on Wheel of Fortune. Now I turn it like I’m cracking a safe!

– The Department of Health is looking to hire couples married seven years or more to educate people on social distancing.

– Quarantine Day 16. I’ve started taking calls from telemarketers. Some of them are actually quite nice. Jamar from Superior Life Insurance has a new baby.

– Grocery shopping has become a real life version of Pac-Man. Avoid everyone, get the fruit, and take any route possible to avoid contact.

– So we don’t go to restaurants, kids aren’t signed up for anything, and we just stayed home for Spring Break? Sounds like my childhood.

– This is like being 16 again. Gas is cheap and I’m grounded. 

– My wife and I play this fun game during quarantine. It’s called, “Why Are You Doing It That Way?” There are no winners.

– When we come out of this and I ask you where you want to eat, I do NOT want to hear, “I don’t know.” …YOU HAD 45 DAYS!

– Can’t wait until this is over so I can go back to social distancing on my own terms.

– Just bought six pounds of cheese. Won’t need toilet paper now.

– My car probably thinks I died.

– It’s been a blessing being home with the wife for three weeks now. We’ve caught up on everything I’ve done wrong for 15 years.

– If your parents are over 60 and want to go out … FORBID THEM! If they complain and say, “But everyone else is doing it”, tell them, “You’re not everyone.” IT’S PAYBACK TIME!

– Hormel Foods made their first batch of SPAM in 1937. With everyone out shopping and hoarding food, they have announced they will be making their second batch later this week.

– If you believe that the Yankees will be playing in two weeks, raise your right hand. Now slap yourself with it.

– Due to my isolation, I finished three books yesterday. And believe me, that’s a lot of coloring!

– Anyone else getting a tan from the light in your refrigerator?

May
19

I got this from my not-very-old Aunt Gerry. I wonder where she got these from?

Lost Words From Our Childhood
Mergatroyd!       Do you remember that word?  Would you believe the spell-checker did not recognize the word Mergatroyd?  Heavens to Mergatroyd! 

The other day a not so elderly (I say 75) lady said something to her son about driving a Jalopy;and he looked at her quizzically and said, “What the heck is a Jalopy?”  He had never heard of the word jalopy!  She knew she was old … But not that old.

Well, I hope you areHunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.  These phrases included: Don’t touch that dial, Carbon copy, You sound like a broken record, and Hung out to dry.

Back in the olden days we had a lot of moxie.  We’d put on our best bib and tucker, to straighten up and fly right. Heavens to Betsy!  Gee whillikers!  Jumping Jehoshaphat! Holy Moley!

We were in like Flynn and living the life of Riley; and even a regular guy couldn’t accuse us of being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill. Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when’s the last time anything was swell? Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.; of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes, and pedal pushers.Oh, my aching back!  Kilroy was here, but he isn’t anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say, “Well, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle!”  Or, “This is a fine kettle of fish!”  We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we’ve left behind.  We blink, and they’re gone.  Where have all those great phrases gone? Long gone: Pshaw, The milkman did it.  Hey!  It’s your nickel.  Don’t forget to pull the chain.  Knee high to a grasshopper.  Well, Fiddlesticks! Going like sixty.  I’ll see you in the funny papers.  Don’t take any wooden nickels.  Wake up and smell the roses.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.  This can be disturbing stuff! (Carter’s Little Liver Pills are gone too!) Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth…See ya later, alligator!  Okidoki. You’ll notice they left out “Monkey Business”!!!

May
13

I found this in email under the title:

FOLLOW THE MONEY

WELL, WELL, WELL!!
Isn’t it just an interesting coincidence that Remdesivir is made by Gilead and is the “CURE” for COVID-19….? And here’s where it gets interesting… 

China holds the patent on the drug through an agreement with Gilead’s drug patent sharing subsidiary branch called UNITAID who has an office near Wuhan.


You’ll never guess who are the main financial investors in UNITAID….none other than George Soros, Bill & Melinda Gates, and the WHO (World Health Organization).


I know what you’re thinking! It’s just all a coincidence isn’t it?


Oh, don’t let me forget the other coincidence, that Gilead and UNITAID were financial supporters of Hillary Clinton.


Oh, silly me I forgot one more coincidence, Anthony Fauci was the one who authorized millions to be sent to The Wuhan Institute of Virology, specifically for the “study” of Corona viruses…..


I sure am thankful it’s all just coincidences! Nothing to see here, just keep moving along….


WOW! No wonder Fauci slapped down hydroxy-chloroquine which has a 92% success rate…  he was told to!!


The Best Coincidences are always found when you follow the money.

May
05

Please Read, and forward.   This will only take 1 minute to read!

  28th Amendment, 35 States and Counting.

  It will take you less than a minute to read this. If you agree, please pass it on. It’s an idea whose time has come to deal with this self-serving situation:

  OUR PRESENT SITUATION!

  Children of Congress members do not have to pay back their college student loans.

  Staffers of Congress family members are also exempt from having to pay back student loans.

  Members of Congress can retire at full pay after only one term.

  Members of Congress have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed, under which ordinary citizens must live.

  For example, they are exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment

  And as the latest example, they have exempted themselves from Healthcare Reform, in all of its aspects.

  We must not tolerate an elite class of such people, elected as public servants and then putting themselves above the law.

  I truly don’t care if they are Democrat, Republican, Independent, or whatever. The self-serving must stop.

  Governors of 35 states have filed suit against the Federal Government for imposing unlawful burdens upon their states. It only takes 38 (of the 50) States to convene a Constitutional Convention.

  IF???

  Each person that receives this will forward it on to 20 people, in three days most people in The United States of America will have the message.

  Proposed 28th Amendment to the United States Constitution:

  “Congress shall make no law that applies to the citizens of the United States that does not apply equally to the Senators and/or Representatives; and, Congress shall make no law that applies to the Senators and/or Representatives that does not apply equally to the Citizens of the United States …”

  You are one of my 20.

  I am asking everyone to forward or share this information with a minimum of 20 people, and to ask each of those to do likewise.

  In three days, most people in the United States will have the message. This is an idea that should be passed around, regardless of political party.

  Congressional Reform Act of 2017

  1. No Tenure / No Pension. A Congressman/woman collects a salary while in office and receives no pay when they are out of office. And no more perks go with them.

  2. Congress (past, present, & future) participates in Social Security. All funds in the Congressional retirement fund move to the Social Security system immediately. All future funds flow into the Social Security system, and Congress participates with the American people. It may not be used for any other purpose.

  3. Congress must purchase their own retirement plan, just as ALL Americans do.

  4. Congress will no longer vote themselves a pay raise. Congressional pay will rise by the lower of CPI or 3%.

  5. Congress loses their current health care system and participates in the same health care system as the American people.

  6. Congress must equally abide by all laws they impose on the American people.

  7. All contracts with past and present Congressmen/women are void. The American people did not make this contract with Congressmen/women. Congress made all these contracts by and for themselves.

 Serving in Congress is an honor and privilege NOT a career. The Founding Fathers envisioned citizen legislators should serve their term(s), then go home and go back to work … not get all kinds of freebies.

May
05

This is a conversation between a man and his wife. Please note that she asks seven questions, which he answers quite simply. But then she is speechless in trying to respond to the only one from him.

Wife: Do You Drink Beer?

Husband: Yes.

Wife: How many beers a day?

Husband: Usually about three.

Wife: How much do you pay per beer?

Husband: $5.00 which incudes a tip (This is where it gets scary!)

Wife: And how long have you been drinking?

Husband: About 20 years.

Wife:So a beer costs $5 and you have three beers a day which puts your spending each month at $450. In one year, it would be approximately $5,400 correct?

Husband: Correct!

Wife: If in 1 year you spend $5,400, not accounting for inflation, the past 20 years puts your spending at $108,000, correct?

Husband: Correct!

Wife: Do you know that if you didn’t drink so much beer, that money could have been put in a step-up interest savings account and after accounting for compound interest for the past 20 years, you could have now bought an airplane?

Husband: Do You Drink Beer?

Wife: No.

Husband: So, Where’s Your Airplane?

Apr
25

Got this from an eMail!

THE BIKER & THE BRIDGE

 
 A man on his Harley was riding along a California beach when suddenly the sky clouded above his head and, in a booming voice, God said, ‘because you have tried to be faithful to me in all ways, I will grant you one wish.’

The biker pulled over and said,
‘Build a bridge to  Hawaii  so I can ride over anytime I want.’ 

God replied, ‘Your request is materialistic; think of the enormous challenges for that kind of undertaking;
 the supports required reaching the bottom of the Pacific and the concrete and steel it would take!   I can do it, but it is hard for me to justify your desire for worldly things.  Take a little more time and think of something that could possibly help man kind.’

The biker thought about it for a long time.
 Finally, he said, ‘God, I wish that I , and all men,  could understand women; I want to know how she feels inside, what she’s thinking when she gives me the silent treatment,  why she cries, what she means when she says nothing’s wrong,  why she snaps and complains when I try to help, and how I can make a woman truly happy.’

               God replied: “You want two lanes or four on that bridge?”
Apr
16

Got in email:

Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said that when he and a million other guys first heard her sing “God Bless America” on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as they wiped away a tear or two.

Here are the facts: The link at the bottom will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of “God Bless America “. But before you watch it you should know the story behind the first public showing of the song.

The time was 1940. America was still in a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid we’d have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.

This was the era just before TV when radio shows were HUGE and American families sat around their radios in the evenings, listening to their favorite entertainers and no entertainer of that era was bigger than Kate Smith.

Kate was also large; plus size as we now say and the popular phrase still used today is in deference to her; “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.”

Kate Smith might not have made it big in the age of TV but with her voice coming over the radio, she was the biggest star of her time.

Kate was also patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American songwriter Irving Berlin (who also wrote White Christmas) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country. When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files and found a song that he had written but never published, 22 years before – in 1917.

He gave it to her and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless America.  Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America . Over the years, the Boy Scouts have received millions of dollars in royalties from this song.

This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time and starts singing. After the first couple verses, with her voice in the  back ground, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie, You’re In The  Army Now. At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an office, reading a paper; it’s Ronald Reagan.

To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in our country.  Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow Americans, I doubt whether she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during those years of hardship and worry and for many generations of Americans to follow.

Now that you know the story of the song, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

Many people don’t know there’s a lead in to the song since it usually starts with God Bless America … So here’s the entire song as originally sung.

Enjoy it!.

Click below:   Kate Smith introduces God Bless America – YouTube
Mar
25

Proximacy is the new Intimacy.

Our COVID-19 shutdown response is creating a desire to get closer to people simply because we can’t.

A neighbor and good friend of ours called and asked if they could come over to stand outside and socialize from six feet away. Of course, we said yes and put our coats and gloves on ’cause it was cold outside. We brought coffee.

Other people around the world are singing to each other or performing music from their balconies or some public area near their homes and apartments. There was even one video I saw where two neighbors were playing with rackets and a ball several stories up! Hopefully, they had a good supply of tennis balls.

There are people holding lots of on line meetings so they can stay in touch through their smart phones and computers.

What else can we do to socialize while maintaining our distance?

Mar
13

“Regrets, I’ve had a few
but then, again,
too few to mention”

How many times and from how many people have you heard these regrets:

  • I wish I hadn’t worked so much
  • I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings
  • I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends
  • I wish I had let myself be happier
  • I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself
    rather than one expected of me

The way I look at regrets now, I truly regret those things that I had not tried to do when I had the chance.

  • Read and Write more Poetry, Books, Ideas
  • Invest in new technology as it was introduced
  • Learn more about Love and its Ways
  • Spent more time being an engaged
    Husband, Lover, Friend, Uncle, Dad

What do you OR will you regret when the time for admitting it comes?

Mar
05

Twenty three things to think about at Impact.

Stand in balance ready to swing on an even plane with power focused on the point of impact.  Keep a strong but controlled grip on your club and start the back swing with a smooth pull away.  Stop at the top of the back swing for just a brief pause and then begin the forward swing with a steadily increasing speed and power through the point of impact.  Follow through on the swing plane decelerating until the club head has completed your intended arc on the consistent plane of your swing.

Maintain a balance in your life like the golf swing.  Get a reliable and persistent grip on your responsibilities and tools so that you can apply them at your “points of impact” with everything that is important in your life.  Apply appropriate amounts of strength, power, influence, and tact so that the path of lives following your actions are safe, secure, strong, and significant. Remember that the trajectory of your actions in life should be consistent and persistent with your beliefs, values, and goals.

Life and Golf have similarities.

For more along these lines, go check out one of my other blogs:

https://23thingatimpact.wordpress.com/