February 9, 2011

Wednesday Wisdom

There is, of course, no reason for the existence of the male sex except that sometimes one needs help with moving the piano.

Rebecca West


  1. Anonymous10:31 AM

    ...put out the garbage, mow the lawns, paint the house, murder the barking dog next door, fix the leaky roof, answer the phone at 3am, pay all the bills and fuck the living daylights out of stupid bitches.

    Other than that men are totally useless.


  2. I take it you have no pianos, Justin?

  3. Hey Justin I always put out the garbage. Every Monday morning at 6.00 am..

    I am rather partial to your last reason, though.. Lol.. Being a blonde and all... ;)

  4. I was about say something like - Thanks Rebecca, give me a call the next time you need your washer changed you've got the number - when something she said caught my eye and I did a little research on anything else she had to say about men:

    "" Men have a disposition to violence; women have not. If one says that men are on the side of death, women on the side of life, one seems to be making an accusation against men. One is not doing that."[48] One reason why she does not want to make an accusation against men is that they are simply playing their assigned role in a flawed universe, which is, of course, the result of an imperfect deity. Only love can alleviate destructive aspects of the sex-antagonism: "I loathe the way the two cancers of sadism and masochism eat into the sexual life of humanity, so that the one lifts the lash and the other offers blood to the blow, and both are drunken with the beastly pleasure of misery and do not proceed with love's business of building a shelter from the cruelty of the universe."[4"

    What can you say after that? "Thanks Dear.? You said you want the Steinway moved back where?"

    That alone could form the basis of a plausible theory why so many men of her generation chose to head off and die horribly in vast wars instead.

    What a woman and life she was.


    A truly astonishing person. The circumstances of her comparatively recent death is about the most tragic thing I've read in a long time.

  5. Anonymous12:15 PM

    You are amazing Kath, I've never known any woman (living with a male) who puts out the garbage. I bet you can do all sorts of things, which reminds me of that very old joke:

    Have you heard about the latest household appliance?


    A wife - you just screw her on the bed and she'll do all the housework for you.

    It was punny 40 years ago.

    And Caz, your are correct - no pianos for iJustin, heavy lifting or anything that looks like hard work - you pay other people to do all that stuff, makes for a good economy (and preserves one's back for more important things, hehe).


  6. Hah ha hah hahh! Never heard that one before!

    You're a crack up Justin.

    I bet you're a good... er.. never mind.. (kids may be reading)

  7. iCaz has always been the bin putter-outer, regardless of marital status, iJustin.

    Also dig up dead trees (when 9mths pregnant), home repairs, move furniture, change light globes, and so on and so forth.

    iCaz has clearly done something wrong along the way. Wrong men, mostly, it would seem.

  8. Anonymous2:40 PM

    Fucking hell, you gerls are wonderful - your hubbies are really lucky men - I hope they appreciate you, and show it.


  9. Geoff - she is highly quotable, but, more important, she had an astonishingly sharp intellect and an enviable gift for choosing and arranging words. Way 'ahead of her time' too.

  10. "Before a war military science seems a real science, like astronomy; but after a war it seems more like astrology."

    Her quotes are good. Also:

    "I am a fanatical admirer of A. L. Barker. If you cannot read her it is your fault. You should ask your vet to put you down if you do not admire The Middling or An Occasion for Embarrassment."

    Good. Good enough to compel a keytap to check who was A.L. Barker which likely proves something I guess.

  11. Keytap? Did I say that?

  12. And, of course, we (males) all realise that moving a woman is moving the piano.

  13. A lay down misere..

    Give the man a black beer!

  14. Keytap?

    Yes, you did say that.

    I'll be adding it to my everyday lexicon Geoff; succinct and more elegant than "putting digit to keyboard".

  15. geoff4:08 PM

    Yeah that'll do. I can live with that especially since probably I meant "mouse click". In the presence of Dame Rebecca West, "mouse squeak" is likely most appropriate of all. Let's try it in a sentence:

    "Good enough to compel a mousesqueak to check who was A.L. Barker which likely proves something I guess."

    Yes. Exactly the word. Rebecca West is around? Mousesqueak. I'm adding that to my everyday lexicon for whenever Rebecca West is here. Maybe a few others as well. Mousesqueak. Bye now. I'm off to war.

  16. Anonymous8:27 PM

    Be careful not to tread only any land mines Geoff, because we want you back safe and sound - so you can move the piano.