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Rhythm To The Brave

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 22, 2019

Jim And Edna

Posted in Library of Congress, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 21, 2019

Jim and Edna were both patients in a mental hospital. One day while they were walking past the hospital swimming pool, Jim suddenly jumped into the deep end.
He sank to the bottom of the pool and stayed there. Edna promptly jumped in to save him. She swam to the bottom and pulled Jim out.

When the Director of Nursing became aware of Edna’s heroic act, she immediately ordered her to be discharged from the hospital, as she now considered her to be mentally stable. When she went to tell Edna the news she said:

“Edna, I have good news and bad news. The good news is you’re being discharged. Since you were able to rationally respond to a crisis by jumping in and saving the life of another patient, I have concluded that your act displays sound mindedness.

The bad news is that Jim, the patient you saved, hung himself in his bathroom with the belt of his robe right after you saved him. I am so sorry, but he’s dead.”

Edna replied, “He didn’t hang himself. I put him there to dry. How soon can I go home?”

This story is from an e-mail, and was not written by chamblee54. The author deserves your thoughts and prayers. Pictures today are from The Library of Congress. This is a repost

In Mercy

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 20, 2019

@OverheardOnDuty Part Two

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 19, 2019

Reindeer Fog

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 18, 2019

@OverheardOnDuty Part One

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 17, 2019

I Refuse To Listen

Posted in Library of Congress, Weekly Notes by chamblee54 on September 16, 2019


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Georgia city preps for rally organized by white supremacists
Official Statement – City of Dahlonega – August 28, 2019
‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence
‘Dying of whiteness’: why racism is at the heart of America’s gun inaction
Hey, Rep. Lawrence, gun violence isn’t a ‘black and brown’ problem
Black Privilege: NFL’s Antonio Brown Calls White General Manager Cracker
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The Phenix City Story – John Patterson’s Speech
Yikes!!! I Almost Fell for an Online Job Scam
Why Many Afghans Don’t Understand 9/11 ~ Milo Yiannopoulos Says He’s Broke
How to thread a needle with a toothbrush
Israel deploys dummy soldiers on Lebanese border
‘This tape rewrites everything we knew about the Beatles’
@icumwhenucryLet’s turn this whorehouse into a whorehome
Feminist Says Viral Video Showing Two Toddlers Hugging Is ‘Racist’
Jon Ossoff raises questions with misleading resume
PewDiePie pulls $50,000 pledge to Jewish anti-hate group after fan backlash
Fourteen Symptoms of Toxic Church Leaders
‘They Fed Me To The Beast’: Joni Mitchell At The Isle Of Wight Festival
‘I Refuse to Listen to White Women Cry’
Israel accused of planting mysterious spy devices near the White House
About Contrapoints & Non-Binary ~ Why is Contrapoints being “cancelled?”
Contrapoints Deleted Her Twitter Due to Harassment
MARTA holds public hearing on proposed bus service changes
#RIP: Illustrator, Downtown Legend, Robert W. Richards
hurt people hurt people ~ persishing point ~ magic word ~ On Shaun King ~ Republican Pariah
@chamblee54 ~ talk in tongues ~ how to tweet ~ suicide stats ~ waterbeds
The alternative weekly reader has hit the ether. Yesterday was the first day of the NFL season. At 1:05, I turned the tv on. The Falcons were making their first punt of the new year. It was blocked. ~ #PalindromeWeek is here #PalinDivorce does not qualify ~ Why do people burn chemicals in an electronic device, and pull the fumes into their body? Is it the taste? Do you get a buzz from it? What is going on here? ~ you mentioned Donald Trump very briefly and I’m not gonna get into an argument with you about whether or not he’s a racist that I don’t regard that as a productive use of our time ~ we are simply the products of an oppressive history and any flaws you find in our social functioning are to be attributed to what To white people white supremacy it smacks of somebody who we will leave nameless in this conversation but you know who I’m talking about and this house this whole shtick this whole apologia that’s what it is it’s apologia it is giving an account of failure that’s what it is it’s laying off the responsibility for failure on structured okay and you know I find that deeply philosophically unsatisfying ~ @OverheardOnDuty Wtf why is it inappropriate for a cop to tweet about sex? How do you think baby cops are made? When a mommy cop and daddy cop love each other and express that love through handcuffs, bodycam porn, and confiscated drugs, a baby cop is born. Grow up. ~ @ChaseMit Congratulations to Felicity Huffman on making it into an exclusive institution based purely on merit ~ @OverheardOnDuty First on scene to a wreck a while ago. Two were trapped and a fire was spreading from the hood. I had to break the drivers arm to get her untangled. By that point the fire was into the compartment. I’m glad she passed out in pain. She didn’t have to watch her husband burn alive. ~ @OverheardOnDuty Well at one point she was my slam piece and turned into my girlfriend. We had a kid and she dumped my for my brother. Then she married him but then got with my nephew. So that’s who she threw the hatchet at. ~ pictures today are from The Library of Congress. ~ this poem was performed tuesday night:
mankind into cattle transformation ~ democracy is only hollywood
after the seventh day of creation ~ to be great is to be misunderstood
talk enthusiasm about his youth ~ a bait he cannot resist swallowing
respect the enemy that you’re following ~ its a function of power not of truth
i never travel without my diary ~ jeremiah sings out the golden word
only judas can write the biography ~ beware of g-d if you are not a bird
jeremiah sings out the golden word ~ man devoted to wallpaper knowledge
beware of g-d if you are not a bird ~ annoying patterns like bad hair college
man devoted to wallpaper knowledge ~ only judas can write the biography
annoying patterns like bad hair college ~ i never travel without my diary ~ selah

Republican Husband

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 15, 2019

Factotum

Posted in Book Reports, GSU photo archive by chamblee54 on September 14, 2019

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PG was in a seedy chinese buffet, when he realized that only a page remained on Factotum. Should he go back, and get a second cup of ice cream? The scene was far removed from the Charles Bukowski/Hank Chinaski tale of alcoholic Los Angeles. The time is World War II, a conflict that is seldom mentioned. Hank does not seem to miss anything.

There is a barber shop a couple of shops down from the chinese buffet. PG took his brother, GP, to get a haircut there. 082719 – Took GP to the barber shop. Since the basement barber shop has closed, GP wanted to go to Eliot’s Barber Shop in Chamblee Plaza. There has been a bs in that spot as long as PG can remember. The barber pole may be the original one. It looks like it has taken direct sunlight, and the red white and blue is now pink gray and lavender. Below the pole were paper boxes for the fishwrapper and CL. They are seldom used now.

A parking spot was open in front of the bs, and PG took it. Next door was a UPS store. There must have been four or five vehicles to park next to him, in the twenty minutes or so that it took the barber to cut GP’s hair. The last one was a red pickup, with big tires and a Forstyth county plate. The book was Factotum by Charles Bukowski. The young man is in New York and Philly. Every time a truck pulled into the parking spot, young Hank has gotten another crappy job, and left it to get drunk. PG was beginning to notice a pattern when GP came out of the bs.

Hank Chinaski is not an inspiring character. He is a drunk. No one knows how many jobs he got fired from in Factotum. It is like counting how many drinks George and Martha enjoyed in Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? “I always started a job with the feeling that I’d soon quit or be fired, and this gave me a relaxed manner that was mistaken for intelligence or some secret power.”

Hank is a hetero. Jan is the lady Hank keeps coming back to/coming in to. Jan drinks as much as Hank, and has a nasty mouth. “She was compulsively unfaithful – she’d go off with anyone she met in a bar, and the lower and the dirtier he was the better she liked it. She was continually using our arguments to justify herself. I kept telling myself that all the women in the world weren’t whores, just mine.” Jan did have one redeeming quality. “jan was an excellent fuck… she had a tight pussy and she took it like it was a knife that was killing her.”

“You know, I’m not a clothes man. Clothes bore me. They are terrible things, cons, like vitamins, astrology, pizzas, skating rinks, pop music, heavyweight championship fights, etc.” “We all sat there and looked at each other and didn’t look at each other. We chewed gum, drank coffee, went into restrooms, urinated, slept. We sat on the hard benches and smoked cigarettes we didn’t want to smoke. We looked at each other and didn’t like what we saw.”

“That scene in the office stayed with me. Those cigars, the fine clothes. I thought of good steaks, long rides up winding driveways that led to beautiful homes. Ease. Trips to Europe. Fine women. Were they that much more clever than I? The only difference was money, and the desire to accumulate it. I’d do it too! I’d save my pennies. I’d get an idea, I’d spring a loan. I’d hire and fire. I’d keep whiskey in my desk drawer. I’d have a wife with size 40 breasts and an ass that would make the paperboy on the corner come in his pants when he saw it wobble. I’d cheat on her and she’d know it and keep silent in order to live in my house with my wealth. I’d fire men just to see the look of dismay on their faces. I’d
fire women who didn’t deserve to be fired.”

“I remembered my New Orleans days, living on two five-cent candy bars a day for weeks at a time in order to have leisure to write. But starvation, unfortunately, didn’t improve art. It only hindered it. A man’s soul was rooted in his stomach. A man could write much better after eating a porterhouse steak and drinking a pint of whiskey than he could ever write after eating a nickel candy bar. The myth of the starving artist was a hoax.” This book report was fueled by coffee, a bowl of basmati rice, and canned black bean fiesta. An craftsman should choose the tools that work best for him. The rice was $1.39 for a five pound bag, on the close out table at Kroger. Being cheap doesn’t have to be evil.

Hank Chinaski gets to the bottom line of the human condition. He got yet another ill-fated job. This one included working as a janitor. The importance of this job soon became manifest. “Nothing is worse than to finish a good shit, then reach over and find the toilet paper container empty. Even the most horrible human being on earth deserves to wipe his ass.”

Early in the book, Hank goes to jail for public drunk. His father… immortalized in Ham on Rye … asked him “What? You’d dare drink right after getting out of jail for intoxication?” To which Hank replied “That’s when you need a drink the most.”

PG went to Kaycee’s for dinner. It is a buffet on LaVista road, across the way from the mall. It is your basic buffet… fried chicken every night, veggies out of a can, and best of all, carrot and raisin salad every time. You go in, pay, tell the lady what you want to drink, and get your food.

Tonight the lady was a tiny asian named Busybee Helen. She brought a couple of glasses of tea, and then asked PG if he wanted some ice cream. Naturally, He said yes. Factotum is still the reading material. Hank met a lady in a bar, and wound up back at her house, along with a drunk named Wilbur, and two other ladies. Wilbur Oxnard is a closet millionaire.

The four of them go out to sea in Wilbur’s boat. Wilbur gets mad at Hank and the girls, and leaves them. The boat has plenty of food and drink, so they are not too broken up, except that it is getting cold. One by one, the girls crawl up into Hank’s bunk to get warm. In the process, they get more than warm, thanks to Hank’s pecker. Meanwhile, the other girls protest that they are friends, and that Hank shouldn’t be doing this. Did this really happen, or is it the overactive Bukowski imagination?

The ice cream never does come out. Busybee Helen asks if PG wants more tea. He says no thank you, and leaves. Life is what you make of it.“The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”. supplies the pictures today.

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Throwing Rocks

Posted in Poem by chamblee54 on September 13, 2019

What Is In That Picture?

Posted in GSU photo archive, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 12, 2019

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“Cam you are killing me with all of these uncaptioned photos. Inquiring minds want to know.” The picture had been posted on facebook to promote a post at chamblee54, An Old Farmer’s Advice. There were three young ladies playing musical instruments, while a beer drinker expressed opinions in the background. The only caption used was a credit for “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

Here is how you get the information on a picture.
1 – Right click on the picture. Choose “Open Link in New Tab.”
2 – Note the url of the picture. For this image, it is https://chamblee54.files.wordpress.com/2013/09/n54-011_az.jpg This information is going to be helpful.
3 – Note the number at the end: n54-011_az.jpg. Disregard the .jpg. Disregard the z at the end. This was added by the editor, to let him know this is not the original image.
4 – You are left with the identifier number: n54-011_a.
5 – Click on the link to the GSU library. “ This usually provided in the text of the post.
6 – In the field that says “Enter Search Terms,” paste in the identifier number. Since an exact match is required, copy/paste is suggested. Click “Search.”
7 – Click on the thumbnail to get to the big page. This picture: Title Pontiac Motor Division, General Motors event (reception,) Identifier N54-011_a, Date of original 1971-10-12, Decade 1970s, Description Envelope description: Pontiac Motor Division; General Motors Corporation [GMC];; Lenox Towers East; The Pontiac Team on the Move, 1971

Most of the GSU pictures at chamblee54 are from two collections: Tracy O’Neal Photographs. “The Tracy W. O’Neal Collection consists of about 31,500 4×5 inch acetate negatives which are housed in 10,814 envelopes.” The identifier number for the O’Neal pictures starts with N.

Lane Brothers Photographs is the other GSU collection you usually see on chamblee54. “The Lane Brothers Commercial Photographers Photographic Collection consists of about 258,100 (196,800 4×5 inch and 61,300 2 1/2 inch) acetate negatives which are housed in 43,486 envelopes.” The identifier numbers for the Lane Brothers pictures start with LB.

The GSU library has a different link every year. Sometimes, chamblee54 does not provide the current link. If this happens, go to google and request “tracy o’neal gsu” or “lane brothers gsu.”

The Library of Congress. is the other major source of pictures for chamblee54. Looking up pictures in the Library of Congress is very similar to GSU. One exception is that the LOC link never changes. One posted in 2010, when chamblee54 started to raid this collection, works today.

1 – Right click on the picture. Choose “Open Link in New Tab.”
2 – Note the url of the picture. For this image, it is https://chamblee54.files.wordpress.com/2019/09/8b15288x.jpg This information is going to be helpful.
3 – Note the number at the end: 8b15288x.jpg. Disregard the .jpg. Disregard the x at the end. This was added by the editor, to let him know this is not the original image.
4 – Many LOC pictures were divided into more than one image. 8b15288xa is an example. With these, you will see a letter after the x. This is not a part of the identifier number. Disregard this letter when searching for more information about the picture.
5 – You are left with the identifier number: 8b15288
6 – Click on the link to “The Library of Congress.” This usually provided in the text of the post.
7 – In the field that says “Search All,” paste in the identifier number. Since an exact match is required, copy/paste is suggested. Click “Go.”
8 – Click on the thumbnail to get to the big page. Waiting for stoplight. Washington, D.C. Creator(s): Myers, David (David Moffat), photographer Date Created/Published: 1939 July.

Historic Pictures is a page at chamblee54 with more information on these collections. Pictures today were from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

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An Old Farmer’s Advice

Posted in GSU photo archive, Quotes, Undogegorized by chamblee54 on September 12, 2019

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Many of you have heard “An Old Farmer’s Advice”. This is a repost. Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives, Georgia State University Library”.

Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong. Keep skunks and bankers and lawyers at a distance. Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled. Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight. Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads. Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you. It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge. You cannot unsay a cruel word. Every path has a few puddles. When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty. The best sermons are lived, not preached. Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway. Don’t judge folks by their relatives. Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time. Don’t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t botherin’ you none. Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance. If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’. Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got. The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’. Always drink upstream from the herd. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in. If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around. Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to G-d!

Know one knows who the old farmer is, or what he grew. Some say he really worked in an office writing ads for Massey Ferguson. Some say he had a bull farm, and believed in the product. In this age of industrial strength commodity wisdom, or glurge, the first reaction of some is to look to google. In this case, you can go to a forum at Snopes. No one claims to be the grandson of the old farmer.

My father in law is an old farmer. He’s given me some advice. It was more like: Don’t try to fix a broken porchlight in a rainstorm. corrolary: Disconnect power to the sprinkler system before fiddling with the wiring. If you wear longer socks, the chiggers won’t bite you. Cool Whip makes everything taste better. Do whatever your mother in law says.

quote: A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor. ~ Yeah, but you try getting a bumble bee to plow your fields. With the tiny little plows attached to their wings, it could take days.

quote: Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly… ~ And above all else, verb adverbly … There’s my problem, I’ve been living deeply, loving simply and speaking generously.

quote: Life is simpler when you plow around the stump. ~ I’m not sure of the lesson here…you should leave a bunch of tree stumps in your farm fields? But then you lose valuable real estate, the crops have to compete with the tree roots, and combine harvesting is significantly more dangerous. Maybe, if you take just a little time to remove the stump properly, it pays dividends and saves you time and energy in the long run. … But life is a lot cooler, and more productive if you go down to the general store, buy a few blasting caps, and blow that mother to kingdom come.

The sentiments aren’t too bad, but they missed “Now get orf moy laaand!” from the end…

quote:Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway. ~ Oh, so I shouldn’t worry about not being able outrun a bumble bee on my John Deere tractor? Thanks.

quote: Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer. ~ But not when the waitress is asking what you’d like on your pizza. … Unless the question is “what’s the maximum decibel level a human can stand.” … Especially if you are passive-aggressive.

quote: Always drink upstream from the herd. ~ But, unless your at the absolute source of the river, there’s always another herd further upstream.

This reminds me of the episode of Frasier where he first got paired up with the Standard Issue Sassy Black Woman (SISBW) who kept trotting out mindless aphorisms from her fictional uncle. Never have I felt so much sympathy for the character.

quote: The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’. ~ I knew it. I knew that SOB had a camera in there. I’m going to the police.

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