(courtesy of Mental Floss)
3. Not only did Bradbury never get a driver’s license, he didn’t believe in cars for anyone. His own personal aversion came from seeing a fatal car accident when he was just 16. In 1996, he told Playboy, “I saw six people die horribly in an accident. I walked home holding on to walls and trees. It took me months to begin to function again. So I don’t drive. But whether I drive or not is irrelevant. The automobile is the most dangerous weapon in our society—cars kill more than wars do.”
I remember Ray Bradbury fondly for Twilight Zone’s I Sing The Body Electric, and Alfred Hitchcock Hour’s The Jar. Of course, I AM a child of television. He and Isaac Asimov and Robert Heinlein are my Sci-Fi triumvirate.
Bradbury didn’t fly, either – he took trains.
Turk Turon reminds of a hero of a forgotten age. A heroine? The gender difference is hardly necessary or appropriate:
Go to the link above, and read about this fantastic woman, her exploits and heroic character.
She passed away in 1995. She deserves to be remembered.
♫…and like a
good neighbor OWS is there!♫
Taken yesterday (Wednesday, May 1) in Manhattan’s Union Square, note the signs praising North Korean dictator Kim Il Sung.
Oh! It was MAY DAY. Celebrate the millions killed by communism! I forgot…
Vladimir was correct – “useful idiots”…
h/t/ Weasel Zippers, NRO
I am SO GLAD to reside in the Free State of Arizona! – Guffaw
(for my Jewish friends) is the celebration of PURIM!
Gluten-allergic folks can celebrate not only Uncle Mordechai’s heroic rescuing of the Jews, but also this rice and coconut flour variant on the classic shortbread Hamantaschen dough.
Great. Just like Brigid’s food posts, I’m craving some. Hoist on my own petar’. Sigh.
You don’t have to be Jewish to enjoy! L’Chaim!
Today, my daughter is 30. The same age I was when she was born.
By age 30, I was married, beginning my own PI business, and scared to death about the prospect of fatherhood. Then she arrived and made it easy
Here it is 30 years hence, and by all-that-is-holy she should have been married, and had children. She aspired to be a veterinarian. I never had the privilege of walking her down the aisle or holding a grandbaby. Or proudly watching her get her degree. Or even her diploma.
She was taken from us in 1985. In a stupid car accident.
So she’ll always be age 12 in my heart. Or just born.
Happy Birthday, Molly! I Love You.
January 26, 2013…
January 26 has always been a weird day.
Turned out to be diffuse large cell lymphoma. I spent the next six months enduring chemotherapy, weird pain, weakness and hair loss. And weekly doctor visits. It looked for a while that I wasn’t gonna be around to write this blog nonsense.
But, here I am :-P. I’ve been more than fortunate.
People sometimes gasp when I recount certain chapters in my life. My leg disability at age 12, loss of my daughter, and being a cancer survivor. While I’ve had my moments, it’s nothing compared to Brigid’s brother and his battle against lymphoma. Or CoolChange (c)(c) watching over his beloved wife, now in hospice. They need all your good thoughts, and prayers, if that’s what you do.
And if you donate blood, please continue to do so. Or start. And mark that organ donor spot on your driver’s license. It’s the least we can do.
Sad PS – Rick (CoolChange) announced in his blog today that his beloved wife passed @ 5:55 yesterday.
One of the most prolific and innovative inventors in history, JOHN MOSES BROWNING was born on this date in 1855.
The next time you rack your semiautomatic pistol, remember the slide mechanism was invented by Mr. Browning. Otherwise, we’d be stuck with Georg Luger’s toggle top! Seen many of those designs, lately?
Every time I first touch off my one remaining prized 1911, I try to intone, “God Bless John Moses Browning!”
For a succinct biography of the man, please go to 1911.org
Today has been designated the first national Gun Appreciation Day!
On 01.19.13 got to your local gun store, gun range or gun show with your Constitution, American Flags and ‘Hands Off My Guns’ sign to send a loud and clear message to Congress and President Obama.
Most of the media coverage I’ve seen on the Internet of this event has been negative, e.g. why the coincidental day with MLK Day, after all, he was shot?
Maybe MADD should have a similar day recognizing when Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge with Mary Jo Kopechne? Isn’t that the same logic? Perhaps we should ban booze? Oh wait, that was done, and ended poorly.
Regardless, go to the website and sign the petition, in an effort to reach 50 million Americans. Please. Then go celebrate your rights.
And be careful out there!