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The Road Not Taken

by Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

from Gilbert and Sullivan's 1879 comic opera The Pirates of Penzance.


I am the very model of a modern Major-General,
I've information vegetable, animal, and mineral,
I know the kings of England, and I quote the fights historical
From Marathon to Waterloo, in order categorical;[a] 
I'm very well acquainted, too, with matters mathematical,
I understand equations, both the simple and quadratical,
About binomial theorem I'm teeming with a lot o' news,
With many cheerful facts about the square of the hypotenuse.

"Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons." - General MacArthur 

"You, you, and you ... Panic. The rest of you, come with me." - U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt.

"Though I Fly Through the Valley of Death ... I Shall Fear No Evil. For I am at 80,000 Feet and Climbing." - At the entrance to the old SR-71 operating base Kadena, Japan 

"You've never been lost until you've been lost at Mach 3." - Paul F. Crickmore (test pilot)

"The only time you have too much fuel is when you're on fire." 

On Saturday, Nov 2, 2019, while riding from Paso Robles to San Diego in preparation for a Baja trip the following weekend, I fell off my Triumph Tiger 800xc. Given some folks have contacted me to learn the details, extent of injuries, and outcome, I thought it might be useful to document those details here.

When things in your life seem almost too much to handle, when 24 hours in a day are not enough, remember the mayonnaise jar ... and the beer.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was.