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BYOB and Couch: Three Sheets To The Wind!

Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit!  This here has got to be one of the funniest traffic stops I’ve ever seen!

Awwww man!  He’s just trying to make it up the road to his Maw-maw’s house.  And his beer is gittin’ warm!  Be reasonable!

It isn’t difficult to see that this man is already “three sheets to the wind”!

drunk squirrel

“Three sheets to the wind”;  THAT is an interesting phrase.   What does that even mean?  Well, I’ll tell ya!  Hold my beer and watch this:

The phrase “three sheets to the wind” is Sailor’s language.  Sheets are actually the ropes (or chains) fixed to the lower corner of the sails to hold them in place.  If three of these sheets are loose, the sails will flap causing the boat to wobble like a drunk sailor.  The earliest printing of this phrase, originally worded “three sheets IN the wind”, is found in Pierce Egan’s publication “Real Life In London” (1821): “Old Wax and Bristles is about three sheets in the wind.”  That is a great old sailor name!  If you want your own Old Sailor/Pirate name, you can generate one HERE.  Mine is Harriet “Thieving Magpie” Greep, The Raider of Otter Anchorage!  You can just call me Mags.

Remember folks, drink responsibly.  I will leave you with a lovely poem by the great J.R.R. Tolkien:

“Ho! Ho! Ho! To the bottle I go
To heal my heart and drown my woe
Rain may fall, and wind may blow
And many miles be still to go
But under a tall tree will I lie
And let the clouds go sailing by.”


YOLO – You Only Live Once


YOLO.  You Only Live Once.

Here we have another recently popular saying that has a not so recent history; although the Canadian rap artist, Drake, would like to think he invented this catchy phrase (good luck trying to trademark it).  He is, however, credited with the new popularity of the phrase which can be found on all kinds of merchandise.  For all of you “Walking Dead” fans, try this on for size.

“So, if Drake didn’t come up with these words of wisdom, who did?”  Hey!  I’m so glad you asked!

This phrase can be found in slightly varying forms throughout history.  In an epistolary novel, Clarissa, by Samuel Richardson around 1747 – 1749, Richardson writes, “…we live but once in this world; and when gone, are gone from it for ever.”

In the 1860’s novel ,Crime and Punishment by Dostoyevsky (yay for cliff notes!), Raskolnikov uses the phrase, “I only live once, I too want.”

There was a 1937 movie starring Henry Fonda titled You Only Live Once.

There are many more versions of this popular phrase in history.  Even Schlitz Brewing Co. used the slogan during their “Gusto” campaign in 1966, “You only go around once in life, so grab all the gusto you can!”

If you think about it and will consider all variations, the poet Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 BC – 8 BC) in his Odes Book I uses the phrase “Carpe Diem” which most of of have learned means “Seize the day”, but is more accurately translated to mean “Pluck the day”.  Carpe diem…. pluck the day….enjoy the now…you only live once.  See?

So, this simple phrase stating a simple truth has gotten a lot of use and I am sure, as we see the popularity of YOLO wane, another version with the same meaning will be ready to take it’s place.

Carpe Diem, y’all!

Keep Calm and Stop Adding Your Own Nonsense !


If you have not seen this poster, you must have been living in a cave far away on a deserted island with no internet nor human contact.  It. Is. Everywhere!  Coffee mugs, wine glasses, t-shirts, car decals, hand towels, notebook covers, tea boxes, etc.  So are the hundreds of variations so cleverly created by those with a hobby or wish and the humor of a 12 year old boy making fart jokes.  “Keep Calm and fill in the blank.”  I have to admit it; THIS one makes me laugh.

So, what is the origin of this popular meme?  It dates all the way back to 1939 Britain.  The world was bracing for yet another World War because the Germans were not behaving themselves.  Of course they were not.  The Germans had been blamed for WWI and the cost of the war had been placed on their shoulders.  They had nothing to lose.  The British Government’s Ministry of Information (MOI) put together this swell idea to create millions of posters for distribution that would, hopefully, raise citizen’s morale.  Many slogans were suggested, but the Treasury would not approve the spending for what the MOI wanted.  They narrowed it down to three slogans:  “Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution; Will Bring Us Victory”, “Freedom is in Peril; Defend it with all Your Might”, and “Keep Calm and Carry On”.  The first two were printed up and distributed.  The third was not.  The plan for the third poster was to be distributed as soon as the bombing began, however, feedback from the first two posters were negative.  Citizens found them to be patronizing.  In April of 1940, due to a paper shortage, the retained copies of the third poster were reduced to pulp in order to produce new paper.  A few copies survived, but remained unseen until the year 2000 when a bookseller found one at the bottom of a box of goods he won at auction.  He decided to display it behind his desk and people began to request copies of the poster.  Because of the interest, he received government permission to modernize the poster which can now be found printed on merchandise all over the world.

Now you know something new.

You’re Only As Old As You Feel – Unknown


An old saying came to mind the other day: You’re only as old as you feel.  I was picking up a few items at the grocery store when I noticed the man gathering the carts in the parking lot.  He was elderly, slightly bent, slowly shuffling, pushing a row of carts toward the entrance of the store.  My first thought was, “Poor old man having to work like this at his age.”  Then I thought, “Maybe he wants to do this?  Maybe he has chosen this work and enjoys it?”  Sure, from my perspective he looks like he should be enjoying his final years playing checkers and eating pudding with his retirement home buddies.  That might not be how he sees himself.  You’re only as old as you feel.

I have heard this saying hundreds of times growing up.  I wondered where it originated.  Doing some research, I found many variations of this saying throughout the decades (“You’re only as young as the woman you feel.” –Groucho Marx and “Age isn’t how old you are, but how old you feel.” –Gabriel Garcia Marquez); but I could not pinpoint an origination.  What I did find is that people are OBSESSED with aging!  There are so many quotes, conversations, books, and poems about growing old.  Not surprising really.  Everybody ages. However, as one man put it, “Old age isn’t so bad, when you consider the alternative.”

growing old

Some of my favorite quotes about aging include:

“Age is an issue of mind over matter; If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” – Mark Twain

“Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” – Betty Friedan

“You can’t help getting older, but you don’t have to get old.” – George Burns

“I have reached an age when, if someone tells me to wear socks, I don’t have to.” – Albert Einstein

For more great quotes on aging, click here!


Good Seasons Start with Good Beginnings -Sparky Anderson


Our everyday language is filled with colorful sayings we grew up hearing, but maybe never stopped to consider the origins.

Recently my father sent a long text to me and my 4 siblings including one of these sayings and the interesting history behind it.  I found it fascinating and tasked him with researching more of these anecdotes for which he has obliged. I decided to start a blog based on the history behind old sayings and famous quotes.  My first quote is in honor of my dad, Bill Barger (pictured above).  The quote is by the author, Sparky Anderson.  Sparky Anderson is a baseball guy…my dad is a baseball guy.  It is fitting.  =)  Also, the quote “Good seasons start with good beginnings” is an excellent quote to begin my new blog! George Lee “Sparky” Anderson was a Hall of Fame, major league baseball player who later managed the Cincinnati Reds and the Detroit Tigers to the Championships in 1975, 1976 (Reds), and 1984 (Tigers).  He also authored the book “Bless You Boys: Diary of the Detroit Tigers’ 1984 Season”.   Coach Anderson is quoted many times through out the internet and his quips are sometimes listed under the category “cynical quotes”.  I don’t know that I would consider them cynical.  Maybe just realistic and down to earth. You can read more quotes by Sparky Anderson here….  and here. Enjoy!