What does it mean?

Six men go into a bar.  The bartender is behind the bar and says, “free beer with a sandwich.”

Two men hear that and respond that he said, “Beer that is not fit to be drunk will be given with a sandwich.”

Two men hear that he said, “Good beer but the sandwich is meat that is old and bread which is stale.”

Two men keep their tongues in their mouths and order beer and a sandwich and afterward say nothing.

Who is right.  The bartender is viewed differently by six people.  All have their own agenda.  Some now smear the bar with innuendoes that it is a nasty place.

Some say that the bar has a great deal for the public and therefore is a great place.  Some will go back, and some will stay away.

The lesson to be learned is if there are bad vibes in your heart you will hear things differently than if you have good vibes in your heart.

Who is telling the truth depends on who says it and who hears it.

The name of the bar is, “The shit hole bar and its slogan are unfit for human consumption”


Side note: Every child is hearing this on the news and will use it in public.  We have elevated to below reasonable dialogue.  We are a sad conglomerate of improper wordings.

I remember once in a class that I was teaching that one student said that another student’s mother worked the streets.  I had a private conversation with the two of them in between classes. The one child who said it, said it was true.  The other agreed his mom did work the streets.  I was appalled and then he said his mother was a cop and worked the streets to keep it clean of crime.  Sometimes you got to go the extra mile to figure out what is said and what is meant.


A little Yiddish with your coffee. Frequently used words.

Schnorrer (שנאָרער; also spelled shnorrer) is a Yiddish term meaning “beggar” or “sponger”. The word Schnorrer also occurs in German to describe a freeloader who frequently asks for little things, like cigarettes or little sums of money, without offering a return.

Are you a schnorrer?  Who has not bummed a cig or got a free beer from a neighbor, or got a small loan never repaid?

Bagel: A ring-shaped bread roll made by boiling or steaming, and then baking, the dough (from בײגל beygl) (OED, MW). Who has not eaten a bagel with a smear of cream cheese and a piece of lox.

Chutzpah: Nerve, guts, balls, daring, audacity, effrontery (Yiddish חצפּה khutspe, from Hebrew)  Asking a girl for a date knowing she is going to say no.  Asking for a raise when the company is going out of business.  Telling the wife the dress makes her look fat.  Do you have chutzpah or not?

Gonif: A thief, scoundrel, rascal (Yiddish גנבֿ ganev or ganef ‘thief’, from Hebrew גנבgannav).  I bet we can put that classification on a few in Congress.  I wonder what the plural is for there are so many in Washington that would sink the boat of reason.

Kvell: To express great pleasure combined with pride (Yiddish קװעלן kveln, from an old Germanic word; cognate with German quellen ‘swell’) (OED, MW)  A good example of this word is how my wife thinks of our grandchildren.  She kvells to the world that they are the most smart and capable children ever born.  Common on, all Grandmas do that.  Grandparents spoil their grandchildren and their parents resent it.  or do they?

The Cuban Missile Crisis: I know how Hawaii felt like when the phones rang “missiles are on the way”

I had a nightmare last night and there were flames and burning ash,

I could feel my body sweating as the temperature upward flashed.

I awoke the next morning and there was the rumor of a nuclear strike,

Nuclear missiles were on the way to a Cuban port and that was not right.

The President ordered to intercept the load and stop them from their destination,

We were ready to go to war and start a possible nuclear conflagration.

We were eye to eye with the Ruskies and the nation took a deep breathe,

Then the last second the Russian ships turned around and just left.

Now the young people probably are thinking that we were up a creek,

But the truth of the matter it really happened in 1963 in less than a week.

This was not a story made up and fabricated, I assure you of that,

It was history known as The Cuban Missile Crisis and that is a fact.

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Vietnam and a reflection. War what is it good for?

Life is funny at times.  I grew up in the sixties and going to Vietnam was a destination that one wanted to avoid.  It is hard to believe but that war, actually just a military action, occurred so long ago.  Many of the guys who came back are gone now.  Old age has taken a lot of the starch out of that generation.  For the people of today the marches on the streets in protest of this war are a figment of their imagination.  But I lived through that time and I remember the tension was in the air.  I remember the Tet massacre.  On that day a long time ago, the Vietcong hit our air bases and killed over five hundred men.

I remember the draft.  It was mandatory.  I remember the physical I went to.  I remember guys freaking out.  I remember the lottery system which was implemented towards the end of the war.  And worse I remember how we treated our soldiers who got back as if they were lepers.

The Tet Offensive was a coordinated series of North Vietnamese attacks on more than 100 cities and outposts in South Vietnam. The offensive was an attempt to foment rebellion among the South Vietnamese population and encourage the United States to scale back its involvement in the Vietnam War. Though U.S. and South Vietnamese forces managed to hold off the attacks, news coverage of the massive offensive shocked the American public and eroded support for the war effort. Despite heavy casualties, North Vietnam achieved a strategic victory with the Tet Offensive, as the attacks marked a turning point in the Vietnam War and the beginning of the slow, painful American withdrawal from the region.

In February 1968, in the wake of the Tet Offensive, the respected TV journalist Walter Cronkite, who had been a moderate and balanced observer of the war’s progress, announced that it seemed “more certain than ever that the bloody experience of Vietnam is to end in a stalemate.”


And that was the last straw.  Walter Cronkite was the main news guy and if he said it was going to end in a stalemate that meant the American public was hit in the face with a loss.  We had never lost a war.  All our weapons and all our men could not put the country of South Vietnam together again.

But perhaps nothing captured the horror of the Tet offensive and the war itself more than the photograph of South Vietnam’s national police chief, pistol in outstretched hand, executing a suspected Vietcong guerrilla with a bullet through the head on a Saigon street as fighting raged in the city.

Cu Chi Tunnels of Vietnam

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A couple of pictures of the tunnels.  I spent my teenage years avoiding going to Nam.  I am not a coward just ended up not going.  As a teacher at a 500 school I was exempted from the draft and finally ended up with a high lottery number.  The time period was filled with tension.  Guys were coming back wounded and in boxes.  Horror stories were frequently heard.
My son and grandson went there a couple of weeks ago.  To my  amazement this is now a go to tourist destination.  There they see what the Cong built, crawl around a tunnel and fire the guns of that war.  So what I could have gone to and been wounded or killed is now a place to go in a tourist brochure.  To me that is strange.
It reminds me of the guys who go back to Normandy to show where the fighting occurred in World War Two.  It is like visiting the camps were millions died.  It might be history but it is the history I would like to forget.  I know forget it and it will happen again.  Not really, it will happen again anyway.  Just ask the people of Hawaii who for thirty minutes thought that missiles were coming their way.
We live in a scary world.  No doubt about that.

Where are the huts?

The following are picture of cities from the world.  There is Miami, Bangkok, Nairobi, the capital of South Africa, an island in the Caribbean.  I need help point out the huts.  Big cities do not have huts.  The President has to stop watching Tarzan movies.  Of course he never lived in a hut so he might not recognize what they look like.  P.S. the last picture is where Trump’s wife was born. Novo Mestro Slovenia.

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