Rhyme of the Day

Various meanderings with a rhyme in there somewhere.

Ridge Run 2015

That's me finishing a 10k/5k combo.
Afterwards I felt like a zombie or maybe a zombo.

It's a race in my neighborhood that they've held every Memorial Day for decades, and I've been running almost every year since 1983.

In the 5k, I just barely beat a 9 year old acquaintance this year. Next year, I expect him to beat me.

The 5k is full of kids - elementary school children. They are fun to run with, but they are little jackrabbits, with the ability to start, stop, and turn on a dime. At the water stops they will suddenly cut in front of you, stop, splash themselves, and bolt off, blissfully unaware of the danger of tripping their elders - namely, people like me.

I envy them their energy
And laugh to see their joysome glee.

Orthography Gone Wild
Natural languages have an element of chaos, if you ask me:

'“Colonel” is pronounced just like “kernel.” How did this happen? From borrowing the same word from two different places. In the 1500s, English borrowed a bunch of military vocabulary from French, words like cavalerie, infanterie, citadelle, canon, and also, coronel. The French had borrowed them from the Italians, then the reigning experts in the art of war, but in doing so, had changed colonello to coronel.'

The way that we spell colonel,
can be explained by history.
English spelling is infernal,
but needn't be a mystery.

What Doesn't Kill You
Wikipedia has this translation of Nietzsche's original line:

"From life's school of war: what does not kill me makes me stronger."

Today it was in the news because it showed up in an email of Hillary Clinton's:

"Well, what doesn’t kill you, makes you stronger (as I have rationalized for years), so just survive and you’ll have triumphed!"

The linked article describes her as quoting Kelly Clarkson's pop song version of Nietzsche's aphorism.

I'm inclined to question generalizations, and so whenever I hear this one I think that it's not always true.

Some harms may leave you weaker,
Leave your life a little bleaker.

And, I wonder if that's what she was thinking when she added that she had "rationalized", which I take to be a self-deprecating remark about her own mental practices.

In her own life, she seems to have done a lot more than "just surviving". She's rich, famous, powerful.

On the other hand, she is not universally loved. She is the steady recipient of scorn and ridicule from her many enemies. And even her friends speak delicately of her relationship to truth-telling.

Of course, truth-telling is not a typical stand-out trait of politicians or diplomats, who tend to use words pragmatically, as slippery tools to score points.

Politicians often feel
A tenuous grasp to what is real,
Especially if, to reach their goal,
They've auctioned off their youthful soul.

Try Try Again
There was a local story today about a guy who got caught when he robbed a bank for the third time.

Sometimes persistence
Encounters resistance.


Here's a product I don't think I'll be ordering, but maybe YOU would like one:

"WiFi Body Scale Will Auto Tweet Your Weight Each Morning"

Keep all the world up to date,
with daily tweets about your weight!

Isn't the 21st century great?

But actually I feel this scale
is heading for a market fail.

I Asked My Wife What They Were Called

File beneath
"Bridal Wreath".

Well, soon
It will be June.

Coldblooded Vertebrate Crossing
Local traffic advisory:

"DuPage Forest District officials ask drivers to watch for turtles"

As your auto hurtles
along the roads,
watch out for turtles
and unhurried toads.

Not So Pediatric
After a hard drinking night
Grown ups go for Pedialyte.


For what I'm sure is a variety of factors, I always enjoy the society of actors.

We call it Friday when we speak
Because at the end of an average week
Many have testified
That their brains are totally fried.

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