It’s Me Again (Part 10)

April 3

I’ve always had a problem with Archimedes’ equation for the circumference of a circle. He posited it’s “pie are squared.” But since pie is singular, shouldn’t it be “pie is squared?” ~ Me

I believe the great majority of people on Earth would agree with the following goals: an indefinitely long and health life for all, abundant sustainable resources, personal freedom, adventure both virtual and real on demand, status, dignity, membership in one or more respectable groups, obedience to wise rulers and laws, and lots of sex with or without reproduction. There is a problem, however: These are also the goals of your family dog. ~ Edward O. Wilson

We are as gods and have to get good at it. ~ Stewart Brand

January 27

Fun is one of the most important – and underrated – ingredients in any successful venture. If you’re not having fun, then it’s probably time to call it quits and try something else. ~ Richard Branson

[A Cardinal girls basketball game between the Willmar Cardinals and the Alexandria Cardinals. If you’re going to stay in Minnesota for the winter, one is often dependent on the local basketball and hockey teams for entertainment. Between my health issues and the obnoxious winter weather I wasn’t able to make it to very many games. Too bad. I knew at the start of the season both the boys and girls basketball were going to be very good. And in fact both teams made it to the start tournaments in March . . . ]

Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun. ~ Randy Pausch

[DMac and Russ Hinrichs provide play-by-play on KXRA, 1490 AM on your radio dial . . . ]

I only do this because I’m having fun. The day I stop having fun, I’ll just walk away. ~ Heath Ledger

[Ruth (my high school classmate) and Bud seem to make all the home games . . . ]

Just keep taking chances and having fun. ~ Garth Brooks

[When the team made it to the state tournament much was made of the fact that our starters were four sophomores and a freshman (as Yogi would say, their future is all ahead of them). But the reason for that was senior Morgan Seesz (seated in the white hoodie) had been the starter until she reinjured her leg which caused her to miss all of her junior year. Fortunately, she was able to play in games, including state, at the end of the year . . . ]

Winning is only half of it. Having fun is the other half. ~ Bum Phillips

[From the JV game prior to the varsity game. I believe that’s junior Kaia Emter (#25) on the free throw line. Kaia also plays on the varsity as a 3-point shooting specialist . . . ]

We just like having fun with everything we do. ~ Young Dolph

[Morgan oversees the varsity warm-up drills . . . ]

As long as you are doing things with a smile on your face, and you are having fun, then you are being unfiltered. ~ Bretman Rock

[This is freshman Kate Hennessy, a 6-footer, who replaced Morgan in the starting line up. Kate is a budding star who played terrific defense with shot blocking abilities and with the footwork to do well offensively . . . ]

Summer means happy times and good sunshine. It means going to the beach, going to Disneyland, having fun. ~ Brian Wilson

[Kate, on the left, with 6’2″ sophomore center Hadley Thul. The two 6-footers gives Alex decent size up front . . . ]

I think that success is having fun. ~ Bruno Mars

[Pre-game warm-ups . . . ]

When you work out or you’re doing anything active, it’s more fun as a group. You may lose track of the time, and the next thing you know, you’re working out for two hours because you’re having fun. ~ LeBron James

[“Fight to the Finish” . . . ]

Just keep having fun. It’s basketball. So that’s what I’m going to keep doing. ~ Jayson Tatum

[Hadley practicing 3’s from the corner . . . ]

When you start recognising that you’re having fun, life can be delightful. ~ Jane Birkin

[It must have worked – she made the all-state team!]

I just like having fun. ~ Katy Perry

I just want to keep hooping, having fun out there playing basketball. ~ Luka Doncic

[The final committee meeting before the game begins . . . ]

The trick is to find the style that is right for you. When it comes to trying new clothes, my advice is not to take it too seriously – it’s all about having fun. ~ Twiggy

[And there to capture it all, the Amazing Mr. Ripley . . . ]

That’s the object of going to a gym, having fun. ~ Joe Gold

[The opening tip, as usual controlled by Hadley . . . ]

Having fun is fantastic and I never want to lose a sense of that – and also, I think, you have to have that to put into your work or else it’s going to feel stiff. ~ Drew Barrymore

The fun of the game is right now. ~ Christian Kane

I’m all about having a laugh, having fun, loving being around people who are like that, who give off that positive vibe. ~ Tenille Dashwood

[Hadley shooting free throws. My prediction is if the team can improve their free throw shooting percentage by 10 points, they will be state champs next year . . . ]

It’s hard to give tips to skiers if I don’t know how they ski, but I think the most important thing in skiing is you have to be having fun. If you’re having fun, then everything else will come easy to you. ~ Lindsey Vonn

[Sophomore Chloe Scholl (#15) with a free throw. This may have been the game where Chloe stole two passes in a row and took them in for lay-ups that really blew the game open . . . ]

I try to transition my energy into just having fun. ~ Solange Knowles

[Sophomore MaCee Linow (#21), usually the designated technical foul free throw shooter . . . ]

When you’re really having fun, you’re always doing it a little bit in a way that you’re not supposed to. That’s when great things happen. ~ Annet Mahendru

[MaCee shooting a 3, from about 6 feet beyond the line . . . ]

When you’re genuinely having fun and enjoying yourself, people can feel that, and they want to have a good time with you. ~ Carmella


It doesn’t matter what the scoreboard says. I’m always having fun, talking to other guys. They even come to first base and ask me about hitting. I try to help them out as much as I can in the 30 seconds before the pitcher throws the next pitch. That’s me. I don’t think I will ever change that. ~ Albert Pujols

[Cardinals on defense against the Cardinals in white . . . ]

I was just trying to play the game, having fun. It was a hobby for me at the time. ~ Muggsy Bogues

[At halftime, Cardinal Grayson Grove came out of the stands for some half court shooting. He later in the year made the boys all-state team . . . ]

Many models do yoga, but I find it boring. I’d rather be outdoors having fun. ~ Constance Jablonski

[Sophomore point guard Allie Haabala (#33) prepares to put the ball in play to start the 2nd half . . . ]

It’s a game to be enjoyed. For us, it’s also a business – it’s a job. But you play better when you’re having fun. ~ Cody Bellinger

[Which she does to Hadley (#11) . . . ]

There’s always a dinner to go to. There’re always loads of people around. I was having fun working with my friends. For a while it all just kind of rolled together in a great way. ~ Kate Moss

[MaCee shooting a technical foul shot . . . ]

I’m just playing basketball, the same way I have always played, from juniors and even back to middle school, I’m just doing it the same way. Nothing different. Just a team game, playing and having fun and trying to play the right way. ~ Nikola Jokic

[Hadley shooting a non-technical foul shot . . . ]

I was just having fun because everybody was so much shorter than me. Honestly, my stats in high school were ridiculous. They made no sense. ~ Marc Gasol

[And we have a winner!]

Follow up: Our Alex Cards hosted the Willmar Cardinals in section playoffs yesterday afternoon (March 5). As usual, Willmar got Hadley Thul in early foul trouble and she had to sit out a good portion of the 1st half. That must have made her mad. The 2nd half started with Hadley making a layup and then a 3-pointer as the Cards erupted for a 54-point 2nd half. (We played so well that one of my teammates from the Fat Boys Walking Club opined that our girls team would have beaten his high school boys team (of which he was a member) from the 1960’s.) We host Sauk Rapids-Rice for the section championship next Thursday.

[Photo from the Echo Press: Alex’s Ella Steussy (#1) bringing the ball up the court with yours truly lurking in the upper left hand corner of the photo with fellow Super Fans Don and Gretchen two rows in front of me . . . ]

January 28

All of mankind’s troubles are due to a fact that we do not know what we are and cannot agree on what to become. ~ Jean Bruller

[OK, this is the morning before – with toast. And the morning after – the doughnut run . . . ]

Biologists recognize that across the 3.8-billion history of life over 99 percent of all species that lived are extinct. ~ Edward O. Wilson

January 30

The weather person is the only person that I know, that can be wrong 99.9 % of the time and still have a job the next day. ~ Johnny Carson

[The obligatory snow shot . . . ]

February 14

After the game, the King and the Pawn go into the same box. ~ Italian proverb

[Undeterred by foul weather, recent surgeries, et al, the Super and I decided we would find a way to enjoy our 22nd anniversary (that’s fudge, with nuts) on Valentine’s Day. So, in between another bloodletting and a doctor visit, we raced across the street for breakfast at the Coffee Pot . . . ]

The only reason they say ‘Women and children first’ is to test the strength of the lifeboats. ~ Jean Kerr

February 20

I’ve been married to a communist and a fascist, and neither would take out the garbage. ~ Zsa Zsa Gabor

[This was a CommEd movie night at Grand Arbor. It must have been a challenging weather night as it appears only 5 of us went on to dinner at Longtrees . . . ]

February 21

The best cure for sea sickness, is to sit under a tree. ~ Spike Milligan

[From the Big Ole camera . . . ]

February 22

When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife. ~ Prince Philip

[Guinevere protects her Dad as he heals . . . ]

February 28

I’m not a paranoid, deranged millionaire. I’m a billionaire. ~ Howard Hughes

[Another evening with Tuesday Nightclub at the Garden Bar on 6th . . . ]

Having more money doesn’t make you happier.  I have 50 million dollars  but I’m just as happy as when I had 48 million. ~ Arnold Schwarzenegger.

[Mediterranean zucchini has become a personal favorite . . . ]

We are here on earth to do good unto others. What the others are here for, I have no idea. ~ W. H. Auden

[Terry and Bill, soon to be joined by the rest of the group returning home from the South . . . ]

Hollywood must be the only place on earth where you can be fired by a man wearing a Hawaiian shirt and a baseball cap. ~ Steve Martin

March 4

If God had intended us to fly he would have made it easier to get to the airport. ~ Jonathan Winters

[It’s March! It’s a change of season. For the first time this year, the doughnut run was made in the glow of sunrise!]

Home cooking. Where many a man thinks his wife is. ~ Jimmy Durante

America is the only country where a significant proportion of the population believes that professional wrestling is real but the moon landing was faked. ~ David Letterman

I have kleptomania, but when it gets bad, I take something for it. ~ Robert Benchley

[Where the doughnuts hide out . . . ]

The standard technique of privatization: defund, make sure things don’t work, people get angry, hand it over to private capital. ~ Noam Chomsky

Why don’t men think Trump is soft?  He’s always whining, feeling sorry for himself.  He’s never changed a tire, fixed a garbage disposal, cut the grass, grilled burgers or shoveled snow from the driveway, all those essential tasks which have come to define “white American Manhood.” ~ Lisa Featherstone

Up Next: Well, I’ve recovered enough to make it to March. But there’s still some catching up to do.

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