What did I forget?

 

I know what I remember

It says so on this card

That really is quite easy

The other stuff is hard!

 

There is a moon round Jupiter

Or maybe that’s the sun

You see I can’t remember

I wonder what I’ve done!

 

Years ago I knew the truth

The reasons they put forth

Now the problem surely is

My thinking has gone north!

 

Silly me that phrase is wrong

It really should be south

I hear the stuff that’s spoken

All by word of mouth!

 

Now I wonder what I meant

What I had to say

It all is going sideways

It seems to every day!

 

The things that I remember

Are written on a card

It makes my life so easy

When others find it hard!

 

17 Seconds

That’s it, 17 seconds.  Count them, go ahead: 1-1000, 2-1000, 3-1000, 4-1000, 5-1000 ………Done? All of them? Well now guess what, phfst, snap, whoosh.  Those 17 seconds no longer exist except perhaps in your memory and even that will fade.

Now a length of time measured in seconds doesn’t seem all that noteworthy, at least not to those who have a potential life span well into 90 years.   Mayflies only live for 24 hours so 17 seconds would be important.  And it should be to you and me as well.  Minds can be changed in 17 seconds, wars can be initiated in 17 seconds, a lingering kiss can . . . Well you get the picture.  A lot can happen in 17 seconds.

It takes much less time for a life to pass on, for love to bloom (ok maybe in some cases it’s only lust but it is ‘a blooming!).  We spend so much time organizing, planning and cajoling and yet sometimes it is the unexpected hiccups that are the most memorable.

I once had several guns pointed directly at me.  It seemed to last for a lifetime as visions of my oh so young life flashed brightly across my mind’s eye.  It probably only lasted for a few seconds but OH MY WORD!!!

It was a dark and stormy night . . . Ok, ok, yes, it was dark and cold.  I was on my way to a night class in Anthropology.  Mid-eighties, winter. I was minding my own business, head down, when out of the corner of my eye I see dozens of huge men with drawn guns racing towards me, directly towards me.  Someone screamed “FREEZE” and I froze, solid.  I don’t think I dared to breathe.

Now I am told that memory is a fragile thing, often tempered by television, movies, news articles, even suggestions from other people. Well, that may be true but I am here to tell you my truth.  I wasn’t afraid.  Honestly.  I don’t think I had the time to consciously form a thought.  I was frozen, remember.  The officers (only 3 or 4) raced past me and into the building I was adjacent to.  Fortunately, one of them came back to release me from my frozen state.  I continued on to my class and only later discovered what had happened.

It seemed some unsavoury characters were hiding in plain sight on my University Campus. Pretty smart when you think about it.  The police were smarter.

Many years later I joined a Police Department.  Did that encounter unconsciously point me in that direction?  17 seconds can change your life.

And one thing can be counted on to be absolutely true:  Those 17 seconds will never come again.  So use them wisely.

Not my fault!

Once again, THIS IS NOT MY FAULT!  I was minding my own business, reading the blogs I follow and I ran full tilt into THIS!  As you can see I was mercilessly coerced into . . . well . . . I was having too much fun.

Over at https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com they do this Fibbing Friday and I could not resist. To say that I am twisted would be . . . well you be the judge!

1 – 10 are from the mind of jimadamsauthordotcom.wordpress.com

11 – 20 are from https://pensitivity101.wordpress.com/

  1. Can a woodchuck chuck more wood than a woodpecker can peck?                                                                     Is this a sexual thing?
    2. If you put something where the Sun does not shine, where did it go?                                                               In the dishwasher.
    3. What did Columbus say when he landed in the New World?                                                                                 Dov’è il bagno!  (where is the bathroom!)
    4. Why was Nero playing his fiddle when Rome burned?                                                                                              Because somebody stole his harp.
    5. If you are retired, can you still observe Labor Day?                                                                                                   Only with sunglasses.
    6. Where did the Amazons come from?                                                                                                                         Upriver.
    7. Who started the Trojan War?                                                                                                                                      The Condom Companies.
    8. Since corn oil is made from corn and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, where does baby oil come from?                                                                                                                                                         Baby urine.
    9. Why is the man who invests all of your money called a broker?                                                                              Because he breaks people.  Is that a sexual thing?
    10. The #2 pencil seems to be the most popular, so why doesn’t someone invent a #1 pencil?                                                                                                                                                                                 They did but the woodchuck ate it.

 

    1. If there was an Eighth Dwarf along with Bashful, Doc, Dopey, Grumpy, Happy, Sneezy and Sleepy, what would his name be?                                                                                                              Confucius.  Oh wait, wrong story.
      12. Why are zebras striped?                                                                                                                                So they don’t get run over by the elephants.
      13. If the Love Bug hadn’t been a volkswagon beetle, what would it have been?                             A Dung Beetle.
      14.Why aren’t we on Cloud 10 when we’re happy?                                                                                         Cause that’s where you go with your hangover.
      15. Why do we draw curtains?                                                                                                                               Because painting them is so last year.
      16. What is the difference between cottage pie and shepherd’s pie?                                                          Inside/outside.
      17. Are wine gums alcoholic?                                                                                                                                 Do they go to AA meetings?
      18. What’s the best way to diet?                                                                                                                           At a distance
      19. What is a homonym?                                                                                                                                     A dwarf’s house
      20. Why do witches always seem to wear stripey socks?                                                                              So the elephants don’t run over them

They Still Answer The Call

 

Engine 19 one fateful night

Raced to the site of a fire

The men moved as one

They knew what to do

They knew that lives

Were at stake

 

Fire has life, it hungers to grow

But heroes stand in its way

They fight with the knowledge

That they must not lose

A child could still

Be in danger

 

Company 12 lost one of their own

But he still answers the call

The engines are dark

All polished and still

And yet he wanders

The yard

 

The heart of these fighters

Is second to none

Their fear is simply a tool

They race into danger

And battle their foe

Our safety their only prize

 

Remember the fighters

Men, women and steeds

Over the years that were lost

Some still remain

And wander the earth

They still answer the call.