New Year’s Eve

A thought from the late and very great Neptunus Lex:

“I’ve often wished that you could split at each important choice in life. Go both ways, each time a fork in the road came up. Compare notes at the end, those of us that made it to the clearing at the end of the path. Tell it all over a tumbler of smokey, single malt.”

10 thoughts on “New Year’s Eve”

  1. Yogi Berra said, “when you come to a fork in the road, take it.” Good advice.

    Will Rogers had a similar idea. “Don’t gamble; take all your savings and buy some good stock and hold it till it goes up, then sell it. If it don’t go up, don’t buy it.”

    Will Rogers

  2. Happy New Year and it is nice to have a place where we can exchange interesting subjects and ideas with good will and intelligent discussion.

    I see a couple of favorite blogs getting more and more overcome with angry or sarcastic comments.

    We have a few marginal commenters but, all in all, the tone is good.

    Good luck and good fortune in 2016.

  3. I never knew of Nep Lex when he was blogging. Call me sheltered. Because David thought enough to post about him after his accident, I have come to admire him. Wish I knew him when he was still here. But I have toasted to him from his USNA mug at his favorite haunt after work.

    No truer words spoken on the road not taken…

  4. This reminds me of a favorite short story by a guy famed for his science fiction named Jack Finney who wrote a story titled, “The Woodrow Wilson Dime.”

    He wrote a number if books and short stories collected in volumes called “About Time” and 3 by Finney which includes the Woodrow Wilson Dime story.

    The story is about a guy who lives in New York City in the 60s and who commutes to work and goes hime to his wife every day. He passes the same newsstand every day and one day he notices in his change, a coin he has never seen before, a Woodrow Wilson dime. He puzzles about this and notices a couple of other odd things on his way home. “Coca-Cola is spelled differently on a billboard.

    He gets home and walks into his apartment and finds, not his wife but a girl he almost married. She greets him as if nothing is unusual and, as the day goes by, he realizes that everything he has seen since he got the dime in his change is an alternate world of what might have been. He has a pleasant evening and in the morning goes to work to find a similar circumstance where he has a job he almost took out of college.

    Anyway, the story reminds me of this concept of “the road not taken.”

    The story ends with him getting a bit bored with his wife and his job, as he had been before the change. Then one day, he finds another Woodrow Wilson dime.

  5. Happy new year. I’m very poor this January, as usual, but my Christmas gifts have left me with scotch. An Ardbeg, a Highland Park 12 year old and a bottle of Glenfiddich. I will not want for single malt this month. ;)

  6. Mike – some roads not taken are best not taken too ;-)

    Then I can think of some roads I should not have taken :-)

    Happy New Year to everyone…

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