Sayings We Should Have Learned...like..."NEVER SQUAT WHILE WEARING YOUR SPURS!"
I’ve been thinking about Will Rogers lately. He was the cowboy humorist whose quote is the title of today’s posting...that and, “Never miss a good chance to shut up.” Well, THAT one landed on deaf ears most certainly. He’s gotten me to thinking about metaphors for wonderful sayings that are meant to both help you and make sense at the same time. Perhaps a recap of common sense is warranted today.
“Never fall in love with a traveling, loner musician in his sixties who’s so stuck in his ways as to be the veritable tar baby.” This saying might be too long and too detailed to serve as a common sense metaphor...okay, it’s not a metaphor at all, big deal...it’s TRUE! Beyond, there be dragons.
Will also said, “Always drink upstream from the herd.” Taken literally, we’d all save ourselves a lot of wasted work days and pain and suffering if we did this...like wearing those surgical masks that the Japanese people wear. They’re not stupid. Look at how many of them there are, probably because they never get sick. I’m just saying.
Here’s another one of mine, “Never ever send an email to anyone unless you are absolutely CERTAIN that the recipient is the person to whom, and with whom you mean to communicate.” I suspicion that there is cyber head shaking, some ‘M-Hmm’s and some, ‘You got that right, sister’ going on over this common sense example. I’m speaking from experience, of course.
And, pertaining to growing older, Will had a few thoughts on that, so I will close with one that rang particularly true for me:
”When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra.”
This is a very complex and intellectual list. Frankly, I don’t understand some of them:
“Never slap a man who's chewing tobacco.”
Now, why on earth would you want to slap a man, whether he is chewing tobacco or not? Unless you just found out he cheated on you with that ugly-ass blonde from the grocery store lottery counter.
“Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.”
Now, why on earth would you ever want to kick a cow chip on a hot day? First of all, what are you doing outside in a cow field on a hot day in the first place? Get inside, turn on the air conditioning, and hire that kid at the neighboring pig farm to go rake up the cow shit.
“There are two theories to arguing with a woman. Neither works.”
Am I missing something here? What are the two theories? Be specific.
“If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.”
What the hell?
“The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.”
I fold my dollar bills twice, so I guess I quadruple my money. But then I don’t put it back in my pocket. I give it to the valet parker at the Four Seasons so he won’t know right off that I’m only giving him one dollar.
“There are three kinds of men: The ones that learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.”
I think there are four kinds of men. What about the ones who learn by listening to women. Oh, sorry….no such man. How right you are.
“Lettin' the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier'n puttin' it back.”
I don’t get this at all. Just don’t let the damn cat out of the bag in the first place.
ABOUT GROWING OLDER...
“Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.”
Okay, this is bullshit and would never happen to any woman over forty.
“The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.”
That’s not true. And, the line for wrinkle creams and cellulite remover are getting longer and longer the more baby boomers turn 50.
“You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.”
This includes the man you are dating.
“One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it's such a nice change from being young.”
This is just bullshit.
“One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.”
Or how crummy – thank God, by then it’s over.
“Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.”
Not if you’re out in a cow field on a hot day.
“Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft. Today it's called golf.”
“If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you're old.”
Yes you will. You can laugh at your cats, your best friend’s new hairdo, or any movie with Keanu Reeves.
I’m thinkin’ that sal got up on the wrong side of the bed this morning!!! You okay, SalGal??