Archive for October, 2010

Yogi Berra Quotations

Don’t you already have a page dedicated to quotes? Yes, yes I do. I went to the dentist with April and there was a poster on the wall with baseball quotes on it. A few of the quotes were from Yogi Berra. To be honest, it was embarrassing that I couldn’t hold in my laughter. The more I read the more I knew I should stop. I was making a spectacle of myself in front of all those nervous and impatient patients.

Being a blogger I decided to share with you guys. Yogi has so many quotes I had to post all that I could find. Sorry if they aren’t as funny as I make them out to be but I’m still laughing…

Yogi Berra Quotes

A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.

All pitchers are liars or crybabies.

Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.

You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.

I never blame myself when I’m not hitting. I just blame the bat and if it keeps up, I change bats. After all, if I know it isn’t my fault that I’m not hitting, how can I get mad at myself?

The towels were so thick there I could hardly close my suitcase.

Baseball is ninety percent mental and the other half is physical.

Even Napoleon had his Watergate.

You’ve got to be very careful if you don’t know where you are going, because you might not get there.

When you arrive at a fork in the road, take it.

In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

It ain’t over till it’s over.

It ain’t the heat, it’s the humility.

Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.

It gets late early out there.

It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.

It’s like deja-vu, all over again.

It’s pretty far, but it doesn’t seem like it.

Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets.

Slump? I ain’t in no slump… I just ain’t hitting.

So I’m ugly. So what? I never saw anyone hit with his face.

We have deep depth.

The future ain’t what it used to be.

The other teams could make trouble for us if they win.

There are some people who, if they don’t already know, you can’t tell ’em.

We made too many wrong mistakes.

You can observe a lot by just watching.

Congratulations. I knew the record would stand until it was broken.

You should always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise, they won’t come to yours.

If people don’t want to come out to the ball park, nobody’s gonna stop ’em.

You wouldn’t have won if we’d beaten you.

I’m a lucky guy and I’m happy to be with the Yankees. And I want to thank everyone for making this night necessary.

He hits from both sides of the plate. He’s amphibious.

How can you think and hit at the same time?

I always thought that record would stand until it was broken.

If the world was perfect, it wouldn’t be.

I just want to thank everyone who made this day necessary.

Half the lies they tell about me aren’t true.

I never said most of the things I said.

I think Little League is wonderful. It keeps the kids out of the house.

I wish I had an answer to that because I’m tired of answering that question.

I’m not going to buy my kids an encyclopedia. Let them walk to school like I did.

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List: Top Ten Favorite Television Characters

“Imitation is the sincerest of flattery.”

That quote by Charles Caleb Colton is misquoted as, ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’. Regardless how you say it and now that you know, I’d really prefer you say it correctly…, is why I am creating a top ten list. David Letterman does one every night. There are websites and blogs designed with nothing more than lists. For me I drew my inspiration from reading one of Cherlyn’s top ten lists.

She did her top ten favorite (got to be Canadian about it), favourite TV shows of all time. I don’t want to copy what she did or any one else for that matter so I tweaked my list to take my top ten favorite characters from my top ten favorite shows. This post has required much more thought and time than I initially set aside so I am not going to go into much detail as to why I chose the characters I did, however, if you have comments, criticisms or a why him or why her question — don’t hesitate to ask.

It wasn’t easy creating this list. It was twice as difficult to come up with a list that wasn’t completely science fiction, but I did it.  Now is the part where you tell me who I left off and why did I include that person… Looking forward to it. Bring it on! Some of these shows I was alive to see and a few of them I wasn’t born yet. Although I did not see them as they appeared, watching them on DVD with no commercial interruptions is a much better atmosphere and more conducive for ultimate television enjoyment.


1. 24

Jack Bauer found himself in the most unbelievable situations season after season and yet he was the most believable anti-terrorist agent I have seen portrayed on television. He was fed up with how his hands were tied trying to do his job. He was fed up with having to resort to the tactics he used which made him less human each time. He was Jack Bauer! 24 was thoroughly entertaining and I miss it. I hope they live up to their word and make a 24 movie.

2. Star Trek (all incarnations)

Unfortunately I could not come up with a definitive winner for these shows. There was something special about all the Star Trek shows and that is why I bunched them together as one. Also, I would have used up three of the ten choices on Star Trek shows.

Three characters jumped to my thoughts immediately. One from the original series, one from Voyager and lastly, one from The Next Generation. It’s safe to say that without strong captains, Star Trek would be hardly worth watching. For that reason alone I didn’t care too much for Star Trek Enterprise. I think there was a huge chunk of personality missing from Scott Bakula’s character portrayal.

The three way tie for number two in my favorite Star Trek characters are William Shatner as Captain Kirk, Brent Spiner as Lt. Commander Data and Jeri Ryan as Seven of Nine.

3. X-Files

Dana Scully wasn’t originally my favorite character from the X-Files. Without her play against Mulder and his tunnel visioned obsessiveness the show would not have been as interesting to me. Dana was just as obsessed with not believing in the existence of x-files as Mulder was in believing. No matter how much evidence was presented to her, he pig-headed attitude kept her form even considering the existence of the ‘unknown’. People like her irk me and amuse me at the same time.

4. Stargate SG-1

Colonel Jack O’Neill of Stargate Command is my favorite character from this show. It wasn’t an easy picking a favorite. Teal’C, Commander Carter and Dr. Jackson all make the SG-1 what it is, however Richard Dean Anderson’s character has something the others do not. Very dry humor. The kind that keeps me laughing even after the show is over. The kind that flies over the head of some people.

5. NCIS

Leroy Jethro Gibbs was a difficult pick because the cast is so well acclamated to one another. They are truly a family, the way you hear actors talking at times. Being the leader of his the NCIS team is why I chose Gibbs over the other cast members. He is the father figure. Not perfect but always trying to be. He’s the glue that keeps the team together even when he’s not in the picture. He’s also flawed. We get to see the humanity in the federal officer. He used his skill as a sniper to kill the Mexican drug lord responsible for killing his wife and child. Wrong, yes. Human, absolutely.

6. The Carol Burnett Show

Tim Conway played many different roles on The Carol Burnett Show but my favorite, if I could pick one was all of them. What made Tim Conway so special is his ability to ad lib and keep the cast laughing during a serious sketch. My favorite times are when Tim and Harvey Korman were in the same scenes together. This show made me laugh to the point of tears. Tim Conway is now the voice of Barnacle Boy on SpongeBob.

7. Heroes

The first two seasons of Heroes were the only ones I enjoyed. Every now and hen I would tune in just to see what Hiro Nakamura was up to. Hiro’s power was time travel. He was like a kid in a candy store when he first found his powers. His father, Sulu from Star Trek, also made the show interesting. In fact there was a huge Star Trek crossover built into Heroes. Just to mention one, was Kaito’s license plate on his limousine read NCC 1701. Sylar was Spock in the Star Trek movie, but I digress. Hiro was innocent and naive. He was the soul of the show even though most of the attention went to Claire.

8. Doctor Who

Over the years there have been many memorable companions for The Doctor, however Freema Ageyam as Martha Jones, was my all time favorite. Fresh out of medical school and only on with The Doctor for one season, she was the best. Just when I was really getting to know her character the powers that be yanked her off the show. She did make several appearances on the poor excuse for a sci-fi show, Torchwood, but I still couldn’t watch. Freema Ageyam can now be seen on Law & Order UK.

9. The Six Million Dollar Man

Steve Austin, played by Lee Majors was married to Farrah Fawcett and on screen was on love with the Bionic Woman, Lindsay Wagner. How could you not like him and his character. This show had some of the most memorable sound effects and I think every child made the sound when he jumped. An American hero, Steve gets rebuilt into a cyborg with super strength, got me into liking spies shows. Even though it was off the air before I was born, I still find it a special show and one my sister watched with my mother of all people.

10. Columbo

Lt. Columbo played by Peter Falk is by far one of the most intuitive and intelligent police detectives on any crime drama I have seen. Lacking the 21st century knowledge, training and resources found on shows like Bones, NCIS, Lie To Me, and the many CSI incarnations, he was still able to solve the crime and at the onset of the investigation always had the instinct to know who the murderer was right away. Despite his persona as an incapable bumbling and poorly dressed idiot, Columbo had the goods — on everyone.

Bonus
11. Emeril Live

I have always love to cook. I believe Chef Emeril Lagasse single handedly turned America on to once again enjoying cooking for family and friends. The Food Network is ultimately responsible for putting Emeril on television, but I believe him to be the catalyst for American’s eating at home again. He may not always cook healthy on Emeril Live but he includes garlic in almost all of his dishes and garlic is very very good for you. Now Emeril is on Planet Green Network with Emeril Green. He stops shoppers in Whole Foods and teaches them how to prepare several healthy dishes. He has also lost a lot of weight. Thanks Mr. Lagasse for being the inspiration for getting April interested in getting me to teach her how to cook. BAM!

A Few More Worth Mentioning

Fox Mulder, X-Files

President David Palmer, 24

Jill Munroe, Charlie’s Angels

Remington Steele, Remington Steele

Maxwell Smart, Get Smart

Ziva David, NCIS

Monk, Monk

Speed, Speed Racer

Horatio Caine, CSI: Miami

Captain Jean-Luc Picard, Star Trek, The Next Generation

Helena Kyle, Birds of Prey


David Addison, Moonlighting

Fred G. Sanford, that’s S-A-N-F-O-R-D, Sanford & Son

Gomez Addams, The Addams Family

Samantha Bloom, Undercovers

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Community Networking Meme

Creating a post every day, every other day or even once a week can be a daunting task. We are being pulled in many directions by friends and family, work, stress, fatigue, school, children, writer’s block, fear and the list goes on. Everyone who blogs has their own network of people who have visited and sometimes commented. That is your network, your personal blogging community.

Most times a blogger’s personal community of visitors and commentary stick to their own network. That means they do not interact with the personal community of other bloggers. In other words the people who visit your blog will not visit my blog just because you do. People coming to your blog will not necessarily visit the sites on your blogroll. So, everyone has their separate little network.

I’m not trying to change that, it’s just a fact of life that there are cliques even in the blogging community. What I was thinking though, is a community blog post. Before you click out of this post thinking I’m crazy, here me out… I just learned that there is a name to what I am proposing. It’s called a meme, (pronounced ‘meem’). A meme is contagious content that spreads quickly throughout the Internet and gets the attention of many web users especially on social networks like Facebook. As a matter of fact, a meme spread through Facebook last year. Females were posting the color of the bra and panties and none of us males had any idea what the colors meant. Some of us guys are still without an idea!

I want with your help, to create “meme-like” content passed on from one blogger to another blogger. The difference is I want this planned ahead of time so that as many bloggers who want to participate, can do so; all of us on the same day and time. The numbers could be in the thousands if everyone on your blogroll takes part, and everyone on their blogroll, and so on and so on.

Suppose I asked five bloggers to participate in a community post where we all came together to answer a questionnaire. You have ten bloggers that regularly visit your blog and you ask them to participate as well. They in turn ask their friends and visitors and so on and so on.

What we would need is a group of questions, a set day to post the comment and a cumulative list of all the blogs that are willing to participate. Everyone schedules the post for that day and time and there is a potential for hundreds if not thousands of new visitors for every blog on the list. New visitors, new readers and potentially new friends. I have chosen December 12th as the date because it is far enough away for all who want to participate, to do so and it gives you the ability to get your answers finished.

If you think this is worthwhile or just a fun idea, just repost this onto your blog as soon as possible in it’s entirety. Email everyone you know who has a blog and might also be interested in this. Ask each person who is a firm commitment to add their name and blog’s name to the master list. Everyone will need to include the list in it’s entirety to their post so everyone will have the same list on their site and everyone has an equal chance at exposure.

Rules of Participation

You must agree to the Community Network MeMe date which is December 12, 2010 at 12:01.
You must agree that on December 12th you will visit at least five blog links that you have never visited before and leave a comment on their responses (my site, Morning Erection, not included). Replace my site with your site.
You must answer each of the ten questions and with more than a simple yes or no response.
You must post the entire Master Meme Blog List of blogs participating regardless of how long the list may grow to be below your answered questions. (Please continuously update the list).
You must title your post the same as everyone else, “Community Network Meme”.
You must promote the Community Network Meme at least once on Facebook or some other form of social media, even if it is just your own blog to get even more bloggers to participate. Provide the link back to your original post so they can post this in its entirety, just like we did.
If you would like to participate and write the post in your language and not English, feel free to translate it or you could post both translations.
Make sure to either vote for or like the post appropriately.

Questions

1. If you could interview anyone on your blog (alive or dead) who would you chose and why?

2. What do you feel is your strength as a blogger?

3. Can you share a little bit about yourself that you have not already mentioned on your blog?

4. If you were forced to change the name of your blog, what would you change it to? Why?

5. What do you think is the most fulfilling part of being a blogger?

6. What would you do with your last day if you found you had only one more day to live?

7. You’ve been doing medical research for decades and have finally found a cure. What was it that you found a cure for and why did you choose this particular ailment?

8. What is your most guilty pleasure?

9. Answer only one. What is your favorite book, movie or TV show?

10. What do you think is the very best smell in the world? The one smell that can take you back to a time and place of a very vivid memory in your past?

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