Monthly Archives: February 2015

THE OLD GOAT DIDN’T WIN

THE OLD GOAT DIDN’T WIN

The old goat did not win,

He wanted to see someone slim…

With sex appeal–

It didn’t congeal–

Both girls just ignored him!

He then apologized

When stony silence advised…

They wouldn’t come through

Nor offer him view

Of either set of lovely eyes.

He placated with poetry,

It was little else if not free…

No answer given

Denied heaven

Or whom he was hoping to see!

(At least in my universe,

I contacted an old friend nurse…

Who did reply

With a passed-along “HI”

But the above’s disappointment was worse!)

–Jonathan Caswell

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Car Curves – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

NOW THESE PICTURES ARE COOL!!!!!

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This week’s photo shoot comes from an air show I attended last weekend. As part of the activities there was also a classic car competition. I love restored classic cars from an aesthetic viewpoint. It seems that “back in the day” automakers almost sculpted the lines and curves on cars. Fenders weren’t just part of the side, they were a statement to themselves. Let’s not forget the front grille, they weren’t just a ventilation system for the engine; they were a calling card about what the car stood for. Was it a muscle car exuding power or a luxury car selling that sleek curvy look?

From my perspective, the lines and curves of those great classic cars are an artistic opportunity. I try and shoot elements of the car to tell a story. With that being said, I have attached three separate shots in color and black and white. They both…

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Busta Move

DANCE LIKE A FOOL—I USED TO BREAK INTO FOLK DANCE ROUTINES!

Glorious Results Of A Misspent Youth

I’m shouting over loud music
Conversing is a bore
Why not try and show my moves
Out on the dance floor

I single out an empty spot
Amidst the beasts and beauties
And proceed to bust a move
To shake shake shake my booty

And as I get my groovin’ on
I become contemplative
The dancing characters of which
I will get more acquainted

The drunk guy in the corner who
Does not know where to go
But bangs his head and air guitars
While stumbling to and fro

And the big mama with the hips
Who knows just how to work it
She shimmies while arching her back
And squats and shakes to twerk it

And looking to my left I see
That I’ve landed beside a
Man doing a move that I
Have since dubbed the Squashed Spider

A lady with a mohawk seems
Like she’s having a…

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Power Plant Quittin’ Time

THOSE POWER PLANT MEN GOTTA GET HOME ON TIME!!!!!

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At a Power Plant, three things are certain:  Death, Taxes and Quittin’ Time.  Nothing can stand in the way of any of these three activities.  The only time Quittin’ time might change is on a Friday afternoon just before it is time to go home and you hear the Shift Supervisor paging one of the foremen or the Maintenance Supervisor.  Then you know that Quittin’ time is likely to change at the spur of the moment.  Not eliminated, but only delayed.  I suppose we try doing that with Death as well.  I have never tried delaying Taxes before.

After the downsizing at the Coal-fired Power Plant in North Central Oklahoma in 1994, a lot of things had changed.  As an electrician, I was now working on a cross-functional team with Charles Foster as my electrical bucket buddy.

Charles Foster Charles Foster

The rest of my team had different skills.  Some were Instrument…

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YOU’LL LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!

YOU’LL LIVE LONG AND PROSPER!

(In memory of Leonard Nimoy, d. 2/27/2015)

Our old friend, Leonard Nimoy,

Whose characters filled us with joy…

From black and white

To color done right,

He played both violent and coy.

He was more than an aging SPOCK,

But gave PERRY MASON a sock…

Brought to justice

Despite the insists

That the whole of his guilt was a crock.

Leonard Nimoy and NOVA*

Was natural for any space rover…

His vocation

Often narration,

A combination that won us over!

Oft portraying an outsider,

His career spread much wider…

Writing, directing

Oft intersecting

Weaving his plots like a spider.

But MR. SPOCK was the role

For “hundreds of years” extolled…

Through “NEXT GENERATIONS”

Various incarnations,

But hardly this actor’s whole.

–Jonathan Caswell

AUTHOR’S NOTE:  Characters and programs in capitals (upper case) are of mostly his TV work…he did star or appear in a number of movies and other productions…not just STAR TREK!

Not Spock

LIVE LONG AND PROSPER! REST IN PEACE, OLD FRIEND!

Flammeus Gladius

Not Spock

(in memoriamLeonard Nimoy, d. 27 February 2015)

Yeah, yeah. I know. I readI Am Not Spock.
I read your artsy books of free verse, too.
I know that Vulcan never had a lock
on the identity we know as you.
You had so many busy things to do–
and did them, which I think is pretty rare.
Achievements? You had more than just a few.
I understand. I’m thoroughly aware.
But back to that old series I repair
like many in my geeky generation
whenever I require a breath of air
untainted by insistent complication.
There I appreciate your greatest work:
saving the universe with Captain Kirk.

–Tom Riley

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