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    Default "If" . . . A Poem I just read from a book in the library . . .

    [IF]

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
    If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you
    But make allowance for their doubting too,
    If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
    Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
    Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
    And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise:

    If you can dream--and not make dreams your master,
    If you can think--and not make thoughts your aim;
    If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
    And treat those two impostors just the same;
    If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
    Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build 'em up with worn-out tools:

    If you can make one heap of all your winnings
    And risk it all on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
    And lose, and start again at your beginnings
    And never breath a word about your loss;
    If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
    To serve your turn long after they are gone,
    And so hold on when there is nothing in you
    Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!"

    If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
    Or walk with kings--nor lose the common touch,
    If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
    If all men count with you, but none too much,
    If you can fill the unforgiving minute
    With sixty seconds' worth of distance run,
    Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
    And--which is more--you'll be a Man, my son!

    --Rudyard Kipling

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    I don't feel it's neccesary to bring anything intellectual to this forum.

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    Amen Mark! I come here to avoid any intellectual exchange of information. I come here for the gutter talk and to hear audio stories and information (not too technical, as I am not real smart).
    Carl

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    Don't BAN me Bro!

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    It's an excellent poem. I had to memorize it when I was in college.
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    What's a library? I think I used to go there as a kid.
    "Appreciation of audio is a completely subjective human experience. Measurements can provide a measure of insight, but are no substitute for human judgment. Why are we looking to reduce a subjective experience to objective criteria anyway? The subtleties of music and audio reproduction are for those who appreciate it. Differentiation by numbers is for those who do not".--Nelson Pass

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    I remember having to recite that poem when I was a kid. Years and years ago.
    Michael ;)
    In the beginning, all knowledge was new!

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    and then of course this version, performed by National Lampoon on "National Lampoon Radio Dinner," a 1972 recording by Blue Thumb Records. Lyrics by Tony Hendra.


    Introduction

    You are a fluke
    Of the universe.
    You have no right to be here.....
    Deteriorata! Deteriorata!

    Go placidly
    Amid the noise and waste.
    And remember what comfort there may be
    In owning a piece thereof.

    Avoid quiet and passive persons
    Unless you are in need of sleep.

    Ro-tate your tires.

    Speak glowingly of those greater than yourself
    And heed well their advice,
    Even though they be turkeys.

    Know what to kiss.....and when!

    Consider that two wrongs never make a right
    But that THREE.........do.

    Wherever possible, put people on hold.

    Be comforted that in the face of all aridity and disillusionment
    And despite the changing fortunes of time,
    There is always a big future in computer main-te-nance.
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    MOODY BLUES LYRICS

    "Late Lament"

    Breathe deep the gathering gloom
    Watch lights fade from every room
    Bedsitter people look back and lament
    Another day's useless energy spent.

    Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
    Lonely man cries for love and has none.
    New mother picks up and suckles her son,
    Senior citizens wish they were young.

    Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
    Removes the colors from our sight.
    Red is grey and yellow white,
    But we decide which is right.
    And which is an illusion?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dorokusai View Post
    I don't feel it's neccesary to bring anything intellectual to this forum.
    And, therefore, you never come unprepared.

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    You're right.

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    "If"
    by George Grand

    "If" I could light a lot of people on fire, that would be great. "If" the ones that escape the flames could be bludgeoned by others who share my dreams that would be great too."

    (I Just took a bow)

    That statement from the Moody Blues guy is just so deep. At least he didn't ruin the forum.

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    Encore,,please ;)
    JC approves....he told me so. (F-1 nut)

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    I'm completely drained right now GD. It's not as easy as it looks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by George Grand View Post
    "If"
    by George Grand

    "If" I could light a lot of people on fire, that would be great. "If" the ones that escape the flames could be bludgeoned by others who share my dreams that would be great too."

    (I Just took a bow)

    That statement from the Moody Blues guy is just so deep. At least he didn't ruin the forum.

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    "The need to win (bigger house, car, stereo, etc) drains my energy."

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    I have a dream.
    'Political Correctness'.........defined

    "A doctrine fostered by a delusional, illogical minority and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."

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    My brain hurts after reading this thread!

    +1 on Mr Grand's comments! Too many people, too few bullets.
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