Category Archives: ODDITIES

Capturing The Spirit of MEDIOCRITY!


Oh, at last! I’ve found another soul that understands, and appreciates MEDIOCRITY!
One “Old Coot” seems to understand the true value of mediocrity, and has put it into words so well. Here’s a bit of the short post that’s well worth reading. ~ sekanblogger

Up With Mediocrity

Brace Yourself for the Mediocre

“Some men are born mediocre, some men achieve mediocrity, and some men have mediocrity thrust upon them.” Joseph Heller

Coots want to honor mediocrity today. It is easy to take mediocrity for granted. It looks so easy but it is not. People fail to appreciate the difficulty in maintaining an even keel in life; charting that difficult course between accomplishment and blithering idiocy. Most people just  can’t manage this. Try as they might, they fail. They either excel at something without even noticing  or expose their stupidity because they don’t know how to maintain proper discipline.  Humans are complex and operate on many levels which makes the seemingly simple task of being mediocre almost impossible. Most people have some dimension of their being which stands out. There seems always to be some talent or skill which is unique or memorable and most people just don’t have the skills to cover it up. This is why for most people being mediocre is impossible. No matter how hard they try to tone down those areas, they just can’t do it. Something stands out.

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The Sparrow


I thought this card was appropriate for this year’s election season.

It’s also not party specific, so apply the little poem to whomever you despise the most! The card is actually the size of a business card, and I believe it to be around 100 years old. There are no markings to identify the printer, author or date, but I assume it’s that old because it was with a box of postcards that are 100 years old. The paper has the look, feel and color of the old postcards.

I did a quick internet search of the poem and came up with zero results. If anyone has heard or seen this before, please leave a comment to satisfy my curiosity.

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The Arrow of Time


As of now, humans have detected only a small percentage of the matter in the universe, and we hypothesize that there is no ending point to the ‘arrow of time’. Considering these two widely accepted truths, I believe that all things truly are possible.

If time is endless- as it appears to be, every imaginable scenario will eventually happen.

“In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move.” 
― Douglas Adams

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Stairway To Heaven (for Hicks and Hillbillies)


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Antique Postcard ~ Hallowe’en 1912


From the looks of this card, Hallowe’en not only had an apostrophe,

100 years ago it does not look near as SCARY either!

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How Far Away Is Tomorrow?


This piece is just filler. Tried to find something meaningful and nonpolitical to fill space between political rants. I mean, honestly, even I get tired of the cynical sarcastic political stuff I’ve been posting. Way too much campaign season coming up.

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JackieBaggers and The Freedom Hole


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Tracy – get to know him!


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Bluegrass For Old Hippies


When I saw Ozzie with Black Sabbath in 1975, both he and I were too impaired to remember lyrics.

Crazy, but that’s how it goes
Millions of people living as foes
Maybe, it’s not too late
To learn how to love
And forget how to hate

Mental wounds not healing
Life’s a bitter shame
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I’ve listened to preachers
I’ve listened to fools
I’ve watched all the dropouts
Who make their own rules
One person conditioned to rule and control
The media sells it and you live the role

Mental wounds still screaming
Driving me insane
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

I know that things are going wrong for me
You gotta listen to my words

Heirs of the Cold War, that’s what we’ve become
Inheireted troubles, I’m mentally numb!
Crazy, I just cannot bear
I’m living with something that just isn’t fair!

Mental wounds not healing
Who and what’s to blame
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train
I’m going off the rails on a crazy train

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OLD THINGS part 2


 This “old thing” is a poster that I’ve had since I was a kid. I’m not sure where it came from. For those readers who are not old enough to remember the draft, be very glad. I was 15 years old when the Vietnam War finally came to an end. The thing I will always remember is something you don’t see today. Real, honest reporting directly from the war-front. Great journalism by people like Walter Cronkite, and of course….the nightly “body count”.

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Printed at the bottom: All statistics from Department of Defense – March 1, 1969

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