Laughing.

There’s a quote from A Streetcar Named Desire that has stayed with me since I was a teenager seeing that old movie for the first time. Here’s the clip:

I, too, have depended on the kindness of strangers. I found great friendship on a conservative UK site; many of those folks have become family to me. I have found patient understanding right here on NEO. Not once – not once! – has anyone called me out or openly laughed in my face regarding this absurd problem I seem to have with proper names. Here’s a little list of proper names snafus for which I am apologizing: Pilot for Pilate; Shawn Hannity for Sean Hannity, President Barlet for President Bartlet. I’m certain the list is longer but my ego can only withstand just so many body blows.

I’m certain you’d be shocked to know that I ‘proofread’ (insert the sound of your laughter here) my essays at least four times before I submit them to NEO for approval. And when I get notification that an essay is going to post that particular day, I read it again – just to be ‘sure’. The only thing I’m ‘sure’ of anymore is that I need a sane person at my desk to gently guide me away from the idiotic mistake I’m going to commit in the next sentence.

Here’s something interesting to make you wonder at: our new priest was born and raised in Ghana, Africa. At some point in his life, he went to school in France – for how long, I don’t know. He’s a naturalized American citizen now. Each Sunday night or Monday morning, he sends me his sermon notes to edit (I heard that snigger, by the way!) and post to our various media. His writings are an odd combination of Gospel, stream of consciousness, a wide palette of colors (or colours as he will sometimes insist), and a wanton abuse of capital letters. I open the file he sends me and the first thing that comes to mind is, “Abandon hope, all ye who enter here”. Gosh! That’s not very charitable of me. Sorry – the truth hurts. I have, at times, become so mired in his ‘creativity’, that I’ve sent his sermons to our beloved Margaret – an endearing woman and inspiration; she writes for that UK site I mentioned earlier and had a career as an editor for newsprint companies in the UK. I get the most delightful replies from her! She thinks I’m mad to even TRY to edit his sermons and she can be downright hilarious in her ‘corrections’. She gives me hope and makes me feel better.

All that was to tell you that as bad – really bad! – as I am at proper names, I at least can get my point across in a fairly logical, chronological order. So; there’s that.

Listen friends – the next time you see a hopelessly mangled proper name, feel free to call me out on it. It could become a game, like ‘find the hidden object is this picture’. Be sure of one thing – I’ll be laughing.

 

20 Responses to Laughing.

  1. the unit says:

    Help out old guy with bad ears who watched and listened to the video. What’s the quote?
    Did she say MAGA? ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • audremyers says:

      I don’t think so, the unit. At this point in the movie, she’s a Democrat. I mean, she’s crazy; excuse me.
      (wink)

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      • the unit says:

        Oh, ok. I was just wondering what the quote was you still remembered. My hearing is like I got ear muffs on these days. Couldn’t make it out even with earphones turned up to 48. Still muffed.
        I’ll just keep thinking she said “vote straight Republican ticket”. ๐Ÿ™‚
        Had cataract surgery on one eye yesterday morn. Had follow up visit with Doc today. Had wife come back to hear what he said. Plus she’s had both eyes done by same Doc. Heard him say my eye is 20/25 now, was 20/80. Think I heard it right. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • audremyers says:

          She says, “I have always relied on the kindness of strangers” but I like the way you heard it better!

          Congrats on the cataract operation. It’s really quite amazing, isn’t it. Not one second of pain – either before or after. I remember the effect of the anathesia – I kept talking and the doctor told me to be quiet, lol!!!

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        • the unit says:

          Yep, Doc’s first instructions said don’t talk, makes eye move and can’t have that in microincision of eye.
          Afterwards, jump up and down with MAGA. Sights not fuzzy no more. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. audremyers says:

    the unit – I was 13 when I got my first pair of glasses. I didn’t hate them the minute I put them on – I could see color (color had become dull) and I could see individual leaves. I loved my glasses.

    After my cataract surgery, I had to spend 24 hours with my eyes closed. When the time was up I had that same feeling of wonder and delight – I could see so much better! It’s an amazing gift.

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  3. the unit says:

    Andre, read and count the times mentioned ‘this Constitution’ and where therein. Some folks have said treaties supersede it, law of the land according to Article VI. That’s you know what. It’s notwithstanding the Constitution of any state, not ‘this Constitution’. I count 12 and one for swearing in the president with ‘the Constitution of the United States’ oath, Article II.
    Never going to let be scrapped.
    Night, night, now. ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • audremyers says:

      Rest well. See you in the morning.

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    • NEO says:

      Just a passing note, unless I’m badly mistaken, treaties do supersede laws, but nothing overrules the constitution, except may the Supreme Court. ๐Ÿ˜• The other thing so many forget all federal employees, especially elected ones are sworn to uphold the constitution, not just the court.

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      • audremyers says:

        They ought to have the oath tattooed somewhere conspicuous as a reminder.

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      • the unit says:

        Article VI is pretty clear to me. Treaties supersede STATE constitutions and STATE laws. Treaties are co-equal to “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof;and all Treaties made, or which shall be made under the Authority of the United State, shall be the supreme Law of the Land,…(and the rest about state constitutions and the laws of any state to the contrary notwithstanding.)
        Could be a problem if a treaty impinges on a law made in pursuance thereof to ‘this Constitution’. Would have to be worked out in some way maybe as described in the link following. Hopefully would not have made Senate approval.
        Anyway, Justice Marshall said pretty much… the the Constitution means what we say it means, maybe not in those exact words. He made quite a contribution to the rule of law. In 1835 when he died the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia tolled to announce his passing and that’s when it cracked.
        Ole Andy Jackson defied him though after Worchester vs Georgia, and the result was “Trail of Tears.” (that’s where Andy said “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.”
        So we’ve become a nation of laws gradually, as the the following link shows.
        https://www.supremecourt.gov/publicinfo/speeches/viewspeech/sp_05-19-03#:~:text=Georgia%2C%20held%20in%20favor%20of,thousands%20dying%20along%20the%20way.
        AND ANDRE, yes I’m no historian either, not nearly so as the other commenters here who have their own blogs…and NEO. I just read ‘this Constitution’ and sites like supemecourt.gov…and NEO, and enjoy those other blogs.
        Just am interested that our country doesn’t under go a HISTORECTOMY. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • NEO says:

          And so I’m wrong. Happens often. Yes, there us room for some interesting conflicts in that, though. And also yes, John Marshall is responsible for a fair amount of our troubles with the USG.

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        • the unit says:

          It ain’t that you’re wrong there. In fact, it’s probably been constituted unconstitutionally lots of times in the past right up ’til right now…” in the Course of human events”. ๐Ÿ™‚

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        • audremyers says:

          I highly commend your reading material – you are light years ahead of me.

          LOVED Historectomy!

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