Thanks Max, Andrew, Doug, Barry.
Barry, I had thought to examine more seriously what passes for public approbation. Maybe another time. I take your point. Could the public get it right sometimes, even by accident? My first effort was set out in tercet form and concluded:
Floating with the current
provides false momentum.
But when I looked again, I found a sort of rhyme in the beginning so went the jolly couplet route, recalling dimly, advice from you, Doug, that if you start with a particular feature, best not to drop it without good cause. Andrew, I was happy with reno's/predisposed. Max, I meant that beforehand and even after the fact, I'm still unpersuaded by the merits of such shows. Perhaps it does clunk a bit. The Morry, Max was a front-wheel drive Morris 1100. And it seemed insular to choose either of the then locally manufactured majors. The Morry was almost exotic as I shunted it into the drive-in at Bulleen.
Re 'mission statement', I see redundancy already. Run, Max. Perhaps junk Strunk and admit to being a White man?
> On 21 Jan 2015, at 9:02 am, Max Richards <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> If I say I enjoy this, Bill, and I do,
> it’s partly because I used to write light verse like this a lot.
> (Then, I may seem to be implying,
> I grew out of it!)(except I didn’t)
> Funny how some examples are world-wide matters, others rather local.
> I have to say the only front-drive car I’m aware of is the VW beetle,
> but some time, let me know if Morry = Morris (hardly an abbreviation).
> (and wasn’t it your instinct to choose the MORE insular?)
> This may lead to a competition -
> I bet I missed more mainstream stuff than you -
> The Godfather, now, one day I will catch up with it.
> The Labor Party line is the quirkiest -
> I know of at least three LPs that have gone to seed, or lost their whatever,
> but this was part of their converging on the centre, I think.
> Oh, I see, so you found another leftwing party? but aren’t naming it…
> ‘neither post’ isn’t clicking for me.
> best for now from Max in Seattle
> (where the life-writing group I joined examined everyone’s two-sentence
> ‘mission statement’ in detail, in turn, mine last, the longest, and I had to let
> them take it part, rewrite it, junk most of it, so that it ended up as pinched
> and flat as their own efforts. Our tutor swears by Strunk&White.)
>> On Jan 21, 2015, at 7:29 AM, Bill Wootton <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
>> Veer clear of the middle is my mantra.
>> When mates downed Coke, I sipped Fanta.
>> Beatles favourites: John or Paul?
>> I went George; Love is all.
>> No Ford or Holden my first car.
>> A front-drive Morry - less insular.
>> Football? Cricket? Too mainstream.
>> Joined the junior volleyball team.
>> Don't watch The Wire or Game of Thrones.
>> Even The Sopranos got postponed.
>> Still yet to put myself through Jaws
>> or submit to Star Wars' laser sword.
>> The Da Vinci Code I will not read.
>> And The Labor Party has gone to seed.
>> To cooking shows and housing reno's
>> I'm neither post nor pre-disposed.
>> Though they'll ever be defeated,
>> I support amendments at stopwork meetings.
>> Radio with ads, and all that talkback:
>> how, oh how, can this attract?
>> I'm not averse to fellow feeling
>> but popular taste just leaves me reeling.