Posted in Movie Speeches

Ralph Kramden’s – Speech

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The Honeymooners was a live television comedy show that ran in the 1950’s.  Ralph Kramden was played by the incredible Jackie Gleason.

Ralph Kramden: You know something, sweetheart? Christmas is… well, it’s about the best time of the whole year. When you walk down the streets, even for weeks before Christmas comes, and there’s lights hanging up, green ones and red ones, sometimes there’s snow and everyone’s hustling some place. But they don’t hustle around Christmastime like they usually do. You know, they’re a little more friendlier… they bump into you, they laugh and they say, “Pardon me. Merry Christmas”… especially when it gets real close to Christmas night. Everybody’s walking home, you can hardly hear a sound. Bells are ringin’, kids are singing, the snow is coming down. And boy what a pleasure it is to think that you’ve got some place to go to. And that the place that you’re going to, there’s somebody in it that you really love. Some one you’re nuts about. Merry Christmas.

Money was always an issue in the household and and on this episode Ralph sold his bowling ball to get a present for his wife, Alice.

 

 

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Posted in Interviews

Interviews of Bloggers I Follow – Malcolm’s Corner

An interview with my good friend Malcolm Greenhill, a guy I have never met in person but corresponded with initially through comments and then e-mail.  Malcolm is a great writer of essays that make me think deeper about a subject then I normally do, why such an intelligent person would enjoy my ramblings I have no idea, but I am glad he is along for the ride.

squirrel1French fries (or in your case Chips): Shoestring, steak, curly, crinkle cut..?   What condiment(s) on them?

Malcolm Greenhill  Chips, these are roughly equivalent to what you call steak fries.

redsquirrel4How long have you been blogging and why?

Malcolm GreenhillI’ve been blogging since April, 2012. I’ve always loved ideas and blogging provides an outlet to write about them and show another side to me that wouldn’t otherwise be exposed

squirrel2 What odor to you is the most pleasant?

Malcolm GreenhillI dislike perfumes and artificial smells and prefer the natural odors of nature, both the good and the bad. Forced to choose a favorite I would say the smell of eucalyptus

squirrel3Favorite things to read?  What genre?

Malcolm Greenhill I mainly read non-fiction, history, philosophy, economics. I am usually reading three books at a time and am currently reading Jonathan Haidt’s, ‘The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion’; Rebecca Goldstein’s ‘Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away’; Daniel Hannan’s ‘Inventing Freedom: How the English-Speaking Peoples Made the Modern World’.

squirrel7A boat you are riding in is about to capsize what did you do to contribute to this?

Malcolm GreenhillI refused to jettison the books I was carrying with me.

Squirrel4What is the best thing about blogging?

Malcolm Greenhill The discipline of forcing oneself to write each week. It’s not that I dislike writing, quite the reverse, it’s just that I have so many other things to do that I would never get around to it if I did not have to produce a post each week. I also love the community, getting to know people around the world that, otherwise I would never have had the opportunity to interact with. It’s actually more than that, it’s interacting with people who know my innermost thoughts on a variety of subjects so, in a sense, they know me better than many of my friends and family do.

squirrel5How much ground can a ground hog, hog, if a ground hog could hog ground?

Malcolm Greenhill I don’t know, probably as much as he wants to defend. They have vicious teeth. Once a marmot decided to hog my pack and it didn’t take long for him to get inside and help himself.

squirrel6What is the worst thing about blogging?

Malcolm GreenhillIt’s a time sink. It just sucks you in and then you discover that the day has gone on reading and commenting on blogs.

squirrel8If you could force one famous person to read your blog who would you force, and how much would you force them to read?

Malcolm Greenhill I would not force anyone to read my blog. Malcolm’s Corner is about ideas and people can’t be forced to change their ideas, they must do so willingly.

squirrel1Where do you hope blogging will lead you too?

Malcolm GreenhillI’m not sure, as the blogging format suites me. I like writing brief, pithy essays which respect the reader’s time. Every book started off as an article or a post and then it expanded to a book. When I read a book I’m always looking for the original article or post. The rest is froth.

Well there it is an interview with Malcolm Greenhill, from Malcolm’s Corner,  I am hesitant to promote any one article he has written because I have enjoyed them all, but I will say that I have a link to one of his articles permanently in my category: How I See the World,  Being Alone with Style, and his most current article In Praise of Repression  speaks deeply to me.

Posted in Quotes

Tenacity

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Even the woodpecker owes his success to the fact that he uses his head and keeps pecking away until he finishes the job he starts.    Coleman Cox

Apparently, Mr. Cox was a writer from the 1920’s who wrote short books of great quotations, usually directed toward sales. Employers were his biggest audience, often buying the books to give to their employees as gifts.  That’s why he is quoted so much on quotation websites. All he has written are books of quotes.  Quote Me On This  (No reliable photograph of this fellow Quote Collector, he does not even have a Wikipedia entry.)

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Posted in Movie Speeches

Scrooged – Speech

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A 1988 adaption of Dicken's A Christmas Carol:   Scrooged- A selfish, cynical T.V. executive is haunted by three spirits bearing lessons on Christmas Eve.

Bill Murray plays Frank Cross a very selfish, greedy TV executive who gets visited well, you know the story.  

Frank Cross- That happened because it's Christmas Eve. I'm not crazy. It's Christmas Eve It's the one night when we all act a little nicer.  We...we smile a little easier. We...we...share a little more.  For a couple of hours we are the people we always hoped we would be.  It's really a miracle because it happens every Christmas Eve.  And if you waste that miracle, you're gonna burn for it. I know.  You have to do something. You have to take a chance and get involved.  There are people that don't have enough to eat and who are cold. You can go and greet these people. Take an old blanket out to them or make a sandwich and say, "Here.l get it now.  Ad if you give, then it can happen, the miracle can happen to you.  Not just the poor and hungry, Everybody's gotta have this miracle!  It can happen tonight for you all! If you believe in this pure thing, the miracle will happen and you'll want it again tomorrow! You won't say, "Christmas is once a year and it's a fraud." It's not! It can happen every day! You've just got to want that feeling!  You'll want it every day! It can happen to you!  I believe in it now.  I believe it's gonna happen to me, now. I'm ready for it!  And it's great. It's a good feeling.  It's better than I've felt in a long time.  I'm ready.  Have a Merry Christmas. Everybody.

A Christmas Carol is one of my favorite stories of all time, I love the redemption of Old Ebeneezer, I love how the past, present and future impact who we are. I have been collecting every movie retelling of the story I can find on DVD.
Scrooged
With the Ghost of Christmas Past

 

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Time Travel

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If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?    Stephen HawkingA Brief History of Time

 

Born 8 January 1942, is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Center for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.  Among his significant scientific works have been a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity, and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set forth a cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics.  He is a vocal supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics.

 

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1965 with wife Jane