Friday, September 01, 2006

Off To The Beach!

In a short while, classes will be resuming. Therefore, it is time for MY vacation. My husband and I are heading for the beach tonight or tomorrow.

While I'm away, I don't plan to spend any time on the Internet. After all, this is a vacation!

Just before we roll out in our Mustang convertible, Blogger willing, I will turn on comment moderation, merely as a precaution. Comments will be posted when they get approved--whenever that may be.

While I'm away, if you have nothing better to do, you might enjoy taking these personality tests, which I learned of over at Brooke's site. I'm not sure how valid the tests are, but taking them is somewhat enjoyable. My own results are questionable.

I took the one on similar leaders and got the following result:


At 9/01/2006 9:24 AM, Blogger American Crusader said...

Enjoy the weekend. I hope the weather holds out for you. I also took the personality test and ended up being similar to JFK. If I had to be a Democrat, I guess it could have been a lot worse.
I wonder what this country would be like if he had lived out his Presidency?

At 9/01/2006 9:31 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

The plan is to be gone for about a week. Getting to South Carolina's beaches is quite a drive.

I saw over at Brooke's site that you tested as similar to JFK.

I'm not quite sure why I ended up as Gandhi. I'm not a utopian!

I did like the movie Gandhi a lot, however.

At 9/01/2006 9:40 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I think my family needs therapy!
Me-Mother Theresa and Shindler's List
my son(PhoenixFire)-JFK and Raiders of the Lost Ark(I need Valium)
my daughter(darling child as she is)-Saddam Hussein and The Godfather(I'm glad she's a Christian)
AoW- You and your hubby have a great time and drive carefully in this weather! How's Cameo doing?


At 9/01/2006 9:55 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Thank you for the well wishes.

The weather forecast down in SC is for clearing on Saturday. I hope so! The beaches will be packed until after Labor Day, so we may not hit the beach until Tuesday anyway.

Shelling after such a storm should be better than usual. We enjoy collecting shells.

At 9/01/2006 9:56 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

We never said you weren't plucky, it doesn't show if you use what G*D gave you! Or you are so led by the mind you're no earthly good!


At 9/01/2006 9:57 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I haven't yet taken the classic-movie test. Maybe I can find time later today.

At 9/01/2006 9:58 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Einstein, huh? Have I ever said you didn't have many brain cells? I don't think so.

At 9/01/2006 10:02 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Those test results are so divergent! And your daughter as Saddam Hussein?! How can all of you live together?

Cameo is doing fine. The drains are out and the holes closing up (I hope not too soon!); stitches come out on September 11. More to her liking, the detested E-collar is off now. She'll be going to my cousin's house for the duration of our trip because she has to be dosed with antibiotics twice a day. The other three cats will remain here at our house for a neighbor to tend to twice a day. They won't miss bossy Cameo very much. LOL.

At 9/01/2006 10:14 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I just took the classic-movie test. My results: Platoon! The site says, "You are an anxious foot soldier on the battlefield of life, seeking to avoid danger and preserve your security."

At 9/01/2006 10:57 AM, Blogger lilfeathers2000 said...

Have a great weekend Be Safe!!!!

At 9/01/2006 11:00 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Thanks, Lil Feathers 2000.

I haven't had time lately to stop by your blog. I'll try to get by your site after we return from vacation. I still have a lot to do before we leave--pack, hit the grocery store to pick up some cat food, etc.

At 9/01/2006 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, I matched out on the two tests. "Einstein" and "Apolcalypse Now". I always new I'd either save or destroy the world! LOL!

At 9/01/2006 11:52 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

matched out on the two tests. "Einstein" and "Apolcalypse Now".

That's weirder than the divergence between my two tests--Gandhi and Platoon. A pacifist and a warrior.

I always new I'd either save or destroy the world!

Maybe you'll save PART of the world?

At 9/01/2006 12:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

We must be switch hitters, AoW. We bat left and right handed!

At 9/01/2006 12:06 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Switch hitters, as in mixed dominance.

At 9/01/2006 12:12 PM, Blogger nanc said...

gandhi and mr. smith goes to washington...hmmmm...wonder what that means?

At 9/01/2006 12:23 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...


At 9/01/2006 12:24 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Or maybe "Be sure you're right, then go ahead."

At 9/01/2006 12:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it means you need to go into politics, nanc. Gandhi's are definitely people-persons...

At 9/01/2006 12:30 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Comment moderation is now on--at least temporarily. We're having power interruptions, so I'd better hit the grocery store before the situation gets really bad. Out of cat food!

At 9/01/2006 12:50 PM, Blogger nanc said...

that's the strange part, farmer - i don't like most people! i don't even like the least people - what do you make of that?

i wouldn't make it in politics - first thing i'd do away with is the secret service right before somebody tried to do me in. of course i'd talk my way out of it...

At 9/01/2006 12:51 PM, Blogger Mark said...

Have a great time at the beach, Always! We shall miss you. Naturally, we shall all look forward to your return. Have a safe journey, and a wonderful time!

At 9/01/2006 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe being a "people person" isn't necessarily liking them... it's being able to make them like you... and emulate you.

You Gandhi's are "people magnets" like Warren's a chick magnet. ;-)

Plato, "Ion"...

SOCRATES: I perceive, Ion; and I will proceed to explain to you what I imagine to be the reason of this. The gift which you possess of speaking excellently about Homer is not an art, but, as I was just saying, an inspiration; there is a divinity moving you, like that contained in the stone which Euripides calls a magnet, but which is commonly known as the stone of Heraclea. This stone not only attracts iron rings, but also imparts to them a similar power of attracting other rings; and sometimes you may see a number of pieces of iron and rings suspended from one another so as to form quite a long chain: and all of them derive their power of suspension from the original stone. In like manner the Muse first of all inspires men herself; and from these inspired persons a chain of other persons is suspended, who take the inspiration. For all good poets, epic as well as lyric, compose their beautiful poems not by art, but because they are inspired and possessed. And as the Corybantian revellers when they dance are not in their right mind, so the lyric poets are not in their right mind when they are composing their beautiful strains: but when falling under the power of music and metre they are inspired and possessed; like Bacchic maidens who draw milk and honey from the rivers when they are under the influence of Dionysus but not when they are in their right mind. And the soul of the lyric poet does the same, as they themselves say; for they tell us that they bring songs from honeyed fountains, culling them out of the gardens and dells of the Muses; they, like the bees, winging their way from flower to flower. And this is true. For the poet is a light and winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses, and the mind is no longer in him: when he has not attained to this state, he is powerless and is unable to utter his oracles. Many are the noble words in which poets speak concerning the actions of men; but like yourself when speaking about Homer, they do not speak of them by any rules of art: they are simply inspired to utter that to which the Muse impels them, and that only; and when inspired, one of them will make dithyrambs, another hymns of praise, another choral strains, another epic or iambic verses--and he who is good at one is not good at any other kind of verse: for not by art does the poet sing, but by power divine. Had he learned by rules of art, he would have known how to speak not of one theme only, but of all; and therefore God takes away the minds of poets, and uses them as his ministers, as he also uses diviners and holy prophets, in order that we who hear them may know them to be speaking not of themselves who utter these priceless words in a state of unconsciousness, but that God himself is the speaker, and that through them he is conversing with us. And Tynnichus the Chalcidian affords a striking instance of what I am saying: he wrote nothing that any one would care to remember but the famous paean which is in every one's mouth, one of the finest poems ever written, simply an invention of the Muses, as he himself says. For in this way the God would seem to indicate to us and not allow us to doubt that these beautiful poems are not human, or the work of man, but divine and the work of God; and that the poets are only the interpreters of the Gods by whom they are severally possessed. Was not this the lesson which the God intended to teach when by the mouth of the worst of poets he sang the best of songs? Am I not right, Ion?

At 9/01/2006 3:05 PM, Blogger WomanHonorThyself said...

aw...splish splash!..Hope u dont get the remnants of Ernesto..were gunnna have rain rain rain!

At 9/01/2006 3:22 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Do politicians truly like people or merely love themselves?

We are truly looking forward to getting away. R&r!

From that citation you left:

For the poet is a light and winged and holy thing, and there is no invention in him until he has been inspired and is out of his senses...

I'm not sure that I like the way that last part is worded. LOL.

WHT & KuhnKat,
The worst of the bad weather should be over by the time we roll out of Northern Virginia. By the time we get to SC, the weather should have cleared up.

At 9/01/2006 3:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Most people wouldn't like that part until they realize that to be "out of one's senses" is to exist in the upper region's of the mind [divided line epistemology]... and proximate to the intellect and reason... and that the body's senses conspire constantly to deceive us.

From the Jowett introduction to Plato's "Republic"...

In the first we suspect some degree of exaggeration, such as we may also observe among certain masters of the art, not unknown to us, at the present day. With this natural enthusiasm, which is felt by a few only, there seems to mingle in Plato a sort of Pythagorean reverence for numbers and numerical proportion to which Aristotle is a stranger. Intervals of sound and number are to him sacred things which have a law of their own, not dependent on the variations of sense. They rise above sense, and become a connecting link with the world of ideas [FJ-neuronal links or dendridic connections perhaps?]. But it is evident that Plato is describing what to him appears to be also a fact. The power of a simple and characteristic melody on the impressible mind of the Greek is more than we can easily appreciate. The effect of national airs may bear some comparison with it. And, besides all this, there is a confusion between the harmony of musical notes and the harmony of soul and body, which is so potently inspired by them.

The second paradox leads up to some curious and interesting questions--How far can the mind control the body? Is the relation between them one of mutual antagonism or of mutual harmony? Are they two or one, and is either of them the cause of the other? May we not at times drop the opposition between them, and the mode of describing them, which is so familiar to us, and yet hardly conveys any precise meaning, and try to view this composite creature, man, in a more simple manner? Must we not at any rate admit that there is in human nature a higher and a lower principle, divided by no distinct line, which at times break asunder and take up arms against one another? Or again, they are reconciled and move together, either unconsciously in the ordinary work of life, or consciously in the pursuit of some noble aim, to be attained not without an effort, and for which every thought and nerve are strained. And then the body becomes the good friend or ally, or servant or instrument of the mind. And the mind has often a wonderful and almost superhuman power of banishing disease and weakness and calling out a hidden strength. Reason and the desires, the intellect and the senses are brought into harmony and obedience so as to form a single human being. They are ever parting, ever meeting; and the identity or diversity of their tendencies or operations is for the most part unnoticed by us. When the mind touches the body through the appetites, we acknowledge the responsibility of the one to the other. There is a tendency in us which says 'Drink.' There is another which says, 'Do not drink; it is not good for you.' And we all of us know which is the rightful superior. We are also responsible for our health, although into this sphere there enter some elements of necessity which may be beyond our control. Still even in the management of health, care and thought, continued over many years, may make us almost free agents, if we do not exact too much of ourselves, and if we acknowledge that all human freedom is limited by the laws of nature and of mind.

At 9/01/2006 3:58 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Somewhat as Apostle Paul mentioned, I believe--the battle between flesh and spirit.

Of course, Plato didn't have Christian orientation.

At 9/01/2006 4:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

She's winged and in the upper regions of the temple of the mind (see the split in columns?) The snake-like senses are down below.

At 9/01/2006 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Plato didn't have a Christian orientation, but many church fathers had a Platonic (or neo-Platonic) one.

At 9/01/2006 4:14 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Plato didn't have a Christian orientation, but many church fathers had a Platonic (or neo-Platonic) one.

I should have said that! My brain isn't getting the messages across the corpus callosum right now--too much multi-tasking. But I love to multi-task.

At 9/01/2006 4:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said... helps to have pictures to look at. ;-)

At 9/01/2006 4:22 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Being the inquisitive type, I just HAD to get that second link translated. I used THIS ONLINE TOOL.

At 9/01/2006 4:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

ps - nanc, trying to talk him out of it didn't work out that well for Gandhi... keep the Secret Service.

At 9/01/2006 4:26 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I hope your shelling goes well, AOW. I found a dead jellyfish once, but that's another story...

The movie test came back as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. I guess I'll have to rent it now!

At 9/01/2006 4:27 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Yes, pictures clarify the points you're making.

At 9/01/2006 4:29 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Not long ago, I saw Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, the version starring Jimmy Stewart.

Another interesting movie about political correction is Ada, starring Dean Martin and Susan Hayward.

At 9/01/2006 4:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They also help bridge the corpus callosum.

That's a great translating tool, too. I need to bookmark it!

At 9/01/2006 5:06 PM, Blogger maccusgermanis said...

Has anyone else experimented with the number of questions?

In 9 questions I was compared to Einstien.

In 45, to Saddam.

I guess it is best to be brief.

Have fun AOW. Drive safe enough to get there, and reckless enough to remember the trip.

At 9/01/2006 5:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have a safe trip and a great weekend, always!

At 9/01/2006 5:48 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

I found that translator at another blogger's web site. I don't use the tool very often--so far, only for German. Mine's so rusty as to be nearly useless. Use it or lose it; I lost it.

Thanks for the bon voyage.

Maccus Germanis,
I took the longest test each time. I should go back and experiment.

Drive safe enough to get there, and reckless enough to remember the trip.

Hehehe. No more tickets, PLEASE!

I found a dead jellyfish once, but that's another story...

If there is one live jellyfish in the water, he will find me!

At 9/01/2006 5:54 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

hmmm. The shorter test I was still Einstein... but preferred "The Godfather"

At 9/01/2006 9:26 PM, Blogger Gayle said...

Hope you have a really wonderful vacation, AOW.

I took the "what famous leader are you" test before... twice. Once I came up as Lincold and once as Patton. *sigh* Not enough female leaders to fit my answers, I guess. :)

At 9/01/2006 10:43 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

These tests are garbage I scored as Mr Beamish. Only kidding I sored as JFK very troubling indeed.

At 9/02/2006 12:08 AM, Blogger nanc said...

yeah - don't they have an indira, a golda, thatcher or sally giblerman?

At 9/02/2006 2:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK, this is not fair.
You are going on holiday.I'm not. Don't you know there's a WAR ON!
Being an Aussie, I don't have the cultural identification, so I am unsure if being "Abe Lincoln" is cause for triumphalism or deeper contemplation? I have lived in a log cabin and I do like the idea of running the odd civil war, but do I have to 'take one for the team' in the end?
Hope you contempate this, and other important matters, from a low slung hammock, bell near at hand.

At 9/02/2006 5:48 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

We haven't left yet, but hope to later today--or maybe even tomorrow. If we time our departure correctly, we won't be driving in the rain all the way down; it's still raining here in Northern Virginia. Also, my husband has had a flare-up of his back problem and hasn't had time to give the car a once-over. **sigh**

Gayle & Nanc,
I wonder if the test allows for any female leaders. Should we bring a law suit?

Gandhi seems to come up most often, JFK second most frequently. The classic-movie test may have more variety of results. Did you try that test?

How did YOU come up with such mild-mannered results?

I'm not planning to contemplate any serious matters, though I will be taking a lot of reading materials--mostly magazines which I can toss when I'm finished with them. The only book in the bag in Leon Uris's The Haj, so I will be contemplating something serious after all.

At 9/02/2006 7:39 PM, Blogger beakerkin said...

The movie was worse Wuthering Heights.I am many things but that is not even close. I am not a romantic.

At 9/03/2006 4:48 AM, Blogger David Schantz said...

Hope you had a great vacation. We'll be taking Our Annual Day Trip (I recently posted a message about that) this weekend.

God Bless America, God Save The Republic.

At 9/03/2006 6:00 PM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

Have a great time AOW.
Rest, swim an d have lots and lots of fun.

At 9/04/2006 8:27 AM, Blogger Jason Pappas said...

Hope you don't read this until you return ... and you had a great vacation.

PS I'm The Godfather. ... But I like horses ... oh, never mind!

At 9/04/2006 11:22 AM, Blogger (((Thought Criminal))) said...

I don't know what's more insulting, AOW scoring as Gandhi, who easily wins the 20th Century's Biggest Dhimmi Award for giving away Pakistan, or me scoring as JFK, one of the worst Presidents in American history.

That leader test sucks.

At 9/04/2006 8:42 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

Mr. B- at least you didn't score as jimmah cahtah!
Good evening, G*D bless and hope everyone had a good Labor Day!


At 9/04/2006 9:18 PM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

It got me into Einstein category!!

Since when this guy was a leader???
I agree with Mr Beamish - the test sux

At 9/05/2006 7:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

AOW, I re-read The Haj a few months ago, after about 10 years. Quite something, isn't it? Couldn't get a better insight into that awful mindset.
Hope the hammock is treating you well.

At 9/05/2006 11:03 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

He wasn't a leader. He was a loner who had to figure things out for himself.

At 9/07/2006 6:45 AM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

KuhnKat- I believe he also wanted to put us back on the gold standard! Which would have done this country a load of good!
Good morning, G*D bless and Maranatha!


At 9/07/2006 11:48 AM, Blogger cube said...

Have fun! Enjoy your time off.

BTW I got JFK too. Go figure. I imagine myself more of a Reagan.

At 9/08/2006 7:09 PM, Blogger (((Thought Criminal))) said...

I'm going to go retake this test. JFK can not be "everyman."

I'll be right back.

At 9/08/2006 7:15 PM, Blogger (((Thought Criminal))) said...

Scored Einstein this time.

This test is bunk.

At 9/08/2006 7:57 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You have been 'tagged' for a "What's in your wallet (purse)" fun post.


At 9/08/2006 7:58 PM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

It's official.
A new watchdog body has been set by our blogging community.

From now on AOW will have to apply to this new controlling body every time she wishes to leave the blogosphere for ANY given period of time.

No silly excuses like "I need some time with my husband" or "It's my holiday", or "I wam too tired".
It has to be something serious.

It is also required that AOW will not move around places without good access to the Internet and a laptop.

I hope this should clarify the wohole situation.

As much as I like AOW, I must say, she created too much hardship and suffering amonmg her faithfull visitors/groupies.
This situation is not to be repeated again.

At 9/08/2006 9:21 PM, Blogger The Merry Widow said...

I second you, Felis! This has been MUCH, MUCH to long without hearing from her!!!!!! Suck it up, AoW, we will not permit this derelection of duty! NO MORE! We even had an "I miss AoW" thread over at Longrange!
Isn't it nice to know you were missed? Don't do this to us again!
Good night, G*D bless and Maranatha!

P.S. Hope you 2 had a good time!

At 9/08/2006 11:24 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

We came back a day early, but at this late hour, I'm too tired to blog much. Unpacking is even worse than usual because of all our shopping at the outlet malls. Both my husband and I loathe shopping, but we couldn't resist the end-of-season bargains.

Looks like a good weekend weathewise. Maybe I'll hit the pool, where there's neither surf nor undertow. Or as Garp said, "The undertoad."

At 9/08/2006 11:59 PM, Blogger nanc said...

welcome back!

At 9/09/2006 2:26 AM, Blogger Dan Zaremba said...

Welcome back
..but we are not a happy crowd right now. Not at all. ;-)

At 9/09/2006 9:05 AM, Blogger nanc said...

no, we are not!

At 9/09/2006 6:18 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

At least when I abandoned you, I left you a few tests to take. Therefore, I maintain that I didn't completely desert you! LOL.

At 9/09/2006 6:50 PM, Blogger Brooke said...

I'm glad to have ya back! Rest up from vacation, and get back on it! ;)

At 9/10/2006 9:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope you had a great vacation, we all need one now and then. Don't worry about the 'what's in your wallet'. It was just a silly little thing that shlemazel tagged me with, and it turned out to be fun for all involved. I hope your maid situation turned out well.


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