From Dancing With the Stars to Highlander

28 Sep

A glass of Pappy Van Winkle is sitting by my computer. Dancing With the Stars is on in the background. Is it any wonder that politics has taken the form of a reality show? We have been watching reality shows for over two decades.

The breakfast room table is covered with things that have nothing to do with breakfast. There are two laptops, including the one that I am using. There is a bottle of Ranch dressing. I guess that could be used for breakfast if you are into that sort of thing.

My stepdaughter and I went to a bookstore this afternoon. I always find comfort in a bookstore even when I cannot find a book. We have to drive to the next town to go to a bookstore. That is one of the things I want to fix about our town. Every town should have a good bookstore even at a time when bookstores are being killed off by this Internet thing that you are reading.

I am trying to think of what cannot be bought on the Internet. Is there anything that cannot be bought on the Internet?campus

This year, Cumberland University, where I teach, reached record enrollment. We are in our 175th year and have a rich history. However, 2016 may be the best year ever. That is pretty good when your alumni includes Cordell Hull, Father of the United Nations, and two Justices of the United States Supreme Court. It is a good reason to celebrate with a glass of Pappy Van Winkle.

Some people think you can buy a college education on the Internet. It is a fad that has made a lot of money for a lot of universities. However, it is a plan that I believe is not educationally effective. I could be old-fashioned, but I am a History teacher. There are times when old-fashioned is the better way.

I guess that is all I have to say. I will finish with a quote from the Kurgan in Highlander.

“It’s better to burn out than to fade away.”

 

 

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6 Responses to “From Dancing With the Stars to Highlander”

  1. sittingpugs September 28, 2016 at 01:31 #

    Was the ranch dressing half full or half empty?

    When you ask what can’t a person buy online, do you mean what kind of sales transaction still must take place in a tangible location (business) where upon the customer would receive an object or a service? OR, do you mean what ends/end-goal cannot be conducted via the internet and must require offline interactions?

    There’s probably more that a person could buy if mailing it weren’t illegal for the average, non-business entity or just really cost prohibitive.

    • Rick September 28, 2016 at 01:45 #

      It was half full. I mean what must take place at a location.

  2. Marilyn Armstrong September 28, 2016 at 23:19 #

    You can buy a massage on the internet, but you have to meet a real person to actual get the experience. Experience is non-internet. For which I will remain permanently grateful.

    • Rick September 29, 2016 at 15:49 #

      That is true. The Internet cannot put you where you need to be.

  3. Bantering Ram October 11, 2016 at 13:31 #

    That last quote was also part of a Neil Young And Crazy Horse song, “Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)” on the album “Rust Never Sleeps” (late ’70s) and probably predates Highlander which I think was in the ’80s but I could be wrong. Kurt Cobain also used those words in his suicide note.

    • Rick October 12, 2016 at 02:11 #

      Highlander was in the 80s. They probably got it from Neil Young.

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