3 Sheets to the Wind (trivia)

Among nautical folks, a “sheet” refers to the rope used to secure a ship’s sail. On the square-rigged ships of yore, three sheets were needed to tie up the sails. So, if all three of the ship’s sheets were loose in the wind, the sail would flop about and the ship would go off course — rather like a drunken sailor staggering around on shore. “Three sheets in the wind” was first recorded in 1821 by Pierce Egan in his work “Real Life in London.” In those days, sailors had a rating system for their inebriation. “One sheet” was merely tipsy, and it went up to “four sheets,” meaning unconscious. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum, indeed.

Eggers' "Yes"

To quote David Eggers from a really interesting interview from the Harvard Advocate:

The thing is, I really like saying yes. I like new things, projects, plans, getting people together and doing something, trying something, even when it’s corny or stupid. I am not good at saying no. And I do not get along with people who say no. When you die, and it really could be this afternoon, under the same bus wheels I’ll stick my head if need be, you will not be happy about having said no. You will be kicking your ass about all the no’s you’ve said. No to that opportunity, or no to that trip to Nova Scotia or no to that night out, or no to that project or no to that person who wants to be naked with you but you worry about what your friends will say.

No is for wimps. No is for pussies. No is to live small and embittered, cherishing the opportunities you missed because they might have sent the wrong message.

Hawthorn (quote)

As i ponder the possibility of a new venture, i read some interesting words.

Happines is a butterfly, which, when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you

– Nathaniel Hawthorne

Song Covers – I'm a Brickhouse!

Sometimes i become just obsessed with a song. I know that actually most people do. Right now i’m rocking out to Rob Zombie’s Brickhouse 2005 which is just a great re-interpretation of The Commodore’s classic. Sometimes you need to dust ’em off, pinch the cheeks and drags these old ass great songs into the new century.

    Some other great covers worth checking out are:

  • Metallica, Turn the Page
  • The Afgan Whigs, Can’t Get Enough of Your Love