Did you know who John Mortimer was, prior to today?  I didn’t, but these quotes were amusing.

Check-ups are, in my experience, a grave mistake; all they do is allow the quack of your choice to tell you that you have some sort of complaint that you were far happier not knowing about.

If I don’t like the way the times are moving, I shall refuse to accompany them.

I found criminal clients easy and matrimonial clients hard. Matrimonial clients hate each other so much and use their children to hurt each other in beastly ways. Murderers have usually killed the one person in the world that was bugging them and they’re usually quite peaceful and agreeable.

I refuse to spend my life worrying about what I eat. There is no pleasure worth forgoing just for an extra three years in the geriatric ward.

I suppose that writers should, in a way, feel flattered by the censorship laws. They show a primitive fear and dread at the fearful magic of print.

No brilliance is needed in the law. Nothing but common sense, and relatively clean finger nails.

We don’t know much about the human conscience, except that it is soluble in alcohol.
All from John Mortimer, 1923 – 2009

—John Clifford Mortimer was born at Hampstead, London on this day in 1923, the son of a barrister. After Harrow he entered Brasenose College, Oxford, then worked for the Crown Film Unit when he was barred from military service due to his poor eyesight, writing his first dramatic scripts. He was called to the bar in 1948, handling wills and divorces, then “took silk” in 1966, moving into criminal law but also gaining prominence as a defender of publishers and book sellers in obscenity cases. He wrote in the mornings before court, most notably of the combative curmudgeonly Horace Rumpole, which allowed him to retire from the law in 1984.


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Some days I just skim, some I open and and feel a kinship to the author. “Heh.  I could’ve written that one.  My sentiments exactly.”  This was one of the latter types of days. 🙂  Hope your day is lovely.  It’s SUDDENLY SUMMER here.   Low 60s until yesterday.  Today should be 93.  Whew.

Hi Ho, Hi Ho

It’s off to the Brickyard I go.

Indianapolis, I am almost in you.

Work gig, several days worth, and while I am not a fan of the Indy 500, it will still be a little bit fun to walk the track once.  I would be way more excited if they’d let me drive.  Like a fucking maniac.  I mean, really, that would be something worth writing about. Amirite?

The animals are all freaking out from the hustle and bustle of suitcase and packing and running around.  I always have to be careful not to leave the suitcase open on the bed.  The cats think that is an open invitation for exacting revenge on me for leaving.

Did you guys see this shot today? Someone with a good camera and view of the Bay Bridge out his office window took this.  Click the link and see it bigger.

Here’s the original link with the whole story.  Awesome shot. Maybe the best lightning pic EVER.

So, cheerio, more later, have a good week, etc.



The excesses of our youth are drafts upon our old age, payable with interest, about thirty years after date.
– Charles Caleb Colton, 1780 – 1832

The rule on staying alive as a forcaster is to give ’em a number or give ’em a date, but never give ’em both at once.
– Jane Bryant Quinn

There’ll be two dates on your tombstone
And all your friends will read ’em
But all that’s gonna matter
is that little dash between ’em.
– Kevin Welch

Never mind about 1066 William the Conqueror, 1087 William the Second. Such things are not going to affect one’s life … but 1932 the Mars Bar and 1936 Maltesers and 1937 the Kit Kat – these dates are milestones in history and should be seared into the memory of every child in the country.
– Roald Dahl, 1916 – 1990

In spite of illness, in spite even of the archenemy sorrow, one can remain alive long past the usual date of disintegration if one is unafraid of change, insatiable in intellectual curiosity, interested in big things, and happy in small ways.
– Edith Wharton, 1862 – 1937

Optimists and pessimists differ only on the date of the end of the world.
– Stanislaw Jerzy Lec, 1909 – 1966


If you don’t like babies don’t watch. 🙂 She doesn’t do anything special in this …. just cute overload. I like messy baby eating.
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