Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Quote of the Day

A sensible man knows you can't please everybody. A wise man knows you can't please anybody.
- Richard J. Needham

Monday, September 26, 2016

October trip to Scotland

I'm going back to Scotland again, over two years after my last trip to that enchanted land. I'll be flying in to Aberdeen on Friday 9/30 and home again from the same place. In between I've planned a fairly ambitious schedule:

9/30: Landing at Aberdeen Airport in Dyce.
10/1: Driving up to Elgin by way of Fraserburgh and Duff. I'll stop by Kinnaird Head and Duff House.
10/2: Drive from Elgin to Staffin on Skye by way of Loch Ness. Stopping in at Duffus Castle and Urquhart Castle.
10/3: Drive around Skye, see what I can see. Got some scenic stuff lined up, but nothing too firm.
10/4: Drive from Staffin to Crianlarich, by A-82 over Glencoe, with a detour to see Glennfinnan Viaduct of Harry Potter fame just north of Ft. William and a further detour down to the edge of Loch Etive.
10/5: Drive from Crianlarich to Callander. Possibly the most ambitious day, as I have planned to see Rob Roy's Grave, Bracklinn Falls and Inchmahome Priory.
10/6: Drive the short way from Callander down to Stirling. Stop by my beloved Doune Castle and Stirling Castle. Sweet Jeebus, how I love those two.
10/7: Drive from Stirling down to Falkirk. Go on the Falkirk Wheel, which I've always wanted to, but haven't even SEEN yet on my many trips to Scotland.
10/8: Drive up to Aberdeen by way of Castle Campbell & Huntingtower Castle.
10/9: Flying home from Dyce.

I foresee windswept moors, misty mountains, cozy pubs, horisontal rain and persnaps the lovely sound of bagpipes in my near future. Oh, and the obligatory initial panic over left-lane driving.

Quote of the Day

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.
- Alexander the Great

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Quote of the Day

In nature there are neither rewards nor punishments; there are consequences.
- Robert G. Ingersoll

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Quote of the Day

It is with narrow-souled people as with narrow necked bottles: the less they have in them, the more noise they make in pouring it out.
- Alexander Pope

Friday, September 23, 2016

Quote of the Day

If you’re going through hell, keep going.
- Winston Churchill

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Quote of the Day

You know you’re getting old when the candles cost more than the cake.
- Bob Hope

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Quote of the Day

All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.
- Edmund Burke

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Quote of the Day

The happiest women, like the happiest nations, have no history.
- George Eliot

Monday, September 19, 2016

Quote of the Day

Hos sucessus alit: possunt, quia posse videntur.
[Success nourished them; they seemed to be able, and so they were able.]
- Virgil

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Quote of the Day

"To you, Baldrick, the Renaissance is just something that happened to other people, isn't it?"
- Rowan Atkinson in "Black Adder"

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Quote of the Day

Baldrick: Don’t worry, Lieutenant; I’ll come visit you.
Lieutenant George: Will you really? Oh bravo! Yes, jump into the old jalopy and come down and stay in the country, and we can relive the old times.
Edmund Blackadder: What, dig a hole in the garden, fill it with water, and get your gamekeeper to shoot at us all day?
- Rowan Atkinson in "Black Adder"

Friday, September 16, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Leave me alone, Baldrick! If I wanted to talk to a vegetable, I would have bought one at the market."
- Rowan Atkinson in "Black Adder"

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Quote of the Day

Lieutenant George: The war started because of the vile Hun and his villainous empire-building.
Edmund Blackadder: George, the British Empire at present covers a quarter of the globe, while the German Empire consists of a small sausage factory in Tanganyika. I hardly think that we can be entirely absolved of blame on the imperialistic front.
- Rowan Atkinson in "Black Adder"

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Quote of the Day

General Melchett: Are you looking forward to the big push?
Private Baldrick: No sir, I’m absolutely terrified.
General Melchett: The healthy humour of the honest, Tommy. Don’t worry my boy, if you should falter, remember that Captain Darling and I are behind you.
Edmund Blackadder: About thirty-five miles behind you.
- Rowan Atkinson in "Black Adder"

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Quote of the Day

Lord Percy Percy: The fashion today is towards the tiny.
Edmund Blackadder: In that case you have the most fashionable brain in London.
- Rowan Atkinson in "Black Adder"

Monday, September 12, 2016

Quote of the Day

"Baldrick, you wouldn't see a subtle plan if it painted itself purple and danced naked on top of a harpsichord, singing 'Subtle plans are here again!'"
- Rowan Atkinson in "Black Adder"

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Quote of the Day

A lie repeated often enough becomes the truth.
- G. Goebbles

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Quote of the Day

How is it possible to expect mankind to take advice when they will not so much as take warning?
- Jonathan Swift

Friday, September 9, 2016

Quote of the Day

If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.
- Harry S. Truman

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Quote of the Day

Nothing in life is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.
- Winston Churchill

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Quote of the Day

If men are good, you don’t need government; if men are evil or ambivalent, you don’t dare have one.
-Robert LeFevre

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Quote of the Day

Responsibility for learning belongs to the student, regardless of age.
- Robert Martin

Monday, September 5, 2016

Quote of the Day

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I intended to be.
-Douglas Adams

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Quote of the Day

Men fear thought as they fear nothing else on earth, more than ruin, more even than death. Thought is subversive and revolutionary, destructive and terrible, thought is merciless to privilege, established institutions, and comfortable habit. Thought looks into the pit of hell and is not afraid. Thought is great and swift and free, the light of the world, and the chief glory of man.
- Bertrand Russell

Saturday, September 3, 2016

Quote of the Day

He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.
- Winston Churchill

Friday, September 2, 2016

Quote of the Day

Ah, yes, divorce...from the Latin word meaning to rip a man’s heart out through his wallet.
- Robin Williams

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Quote of the Day

The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government.
-Tacitus

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Quote of the Day

Farming looks easy when your plow is a pencil and you’re a thousand miles from a cornfield.
- Dwight D. Eisenhower

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Quote of the Day

One of the fondest expressions around is that we can't be the world's policeman. But guess who gets called when suddenly someone needs a cop.
- Colin Powell

Monday, August 29, 2016

Quote of the Day

All free governments are managed by the combined wisdom and folly of the people.
- James Garfield

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Quote of the Day

La vérité est en marche; rien ne peut plus l'arrêter.
[Truth is on the march, nothing can stop it now.]
-Émile Zola