Apr 13, 2012

Mark Twain's Blue Jays From "A Tramp Abroad"

Like many journalists, I owe Mark Twain. When your story is tepid, turn to a Twain qoutation. To illustrate my dependence on him, I started off my own memoir with his words:
Glen Loyd On Your Side In Wisconsin
Mark Twain said he admired an older journalist he knew who wasn't going to "inflict" his memoirs on the public. "If there is anything more uncalled for, it is one of those tearful, blubbering, long-winded "valedictories" when a man who has been annoying the public for years, cannot take leave of them without sitting down to cry. He feels that the country is saved. His satisfaction over it, something enormous."
When Twain asked the admired writer why he was going quietly, he replied, "I am journalistically dead, at present, ain't I?"
"Well, wouldn't you consider it disgraceful in a corpse to sit up and comment on the funeral?"
Knowing that I risk being perceived as a self-serving, egotistical, and disgraceful corpse, I inflict my memoir on you. http://fglenloyd.blogspot.com/

Having so much fun with Mark Twain over the years, I decided to make videos of some of his works.

Tough law enforcer retires

Over the years, I've seen a number of heart-breaking wedding photographers take thousands of dollars from young couples and not produce the pictures.
Most of them got away with it.
One of the things I like about Elmer Prenzlo is--he put one of them in jail . "That guy didn't even get time off for good behavior," says Elmer.
When skunks committed crimes in his territory, Elmer took it personally. He just retired after many years supervising the Milwaukee Office of the WI Dept. Of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection. Elmer also was responsible for locking up contractors who took money but didn't do the work.
Elmer was tough law enforcer, but he told the crowd of colleagues attending his retirement party that he loved them all.
Right back at you, Elmer!

Elmer Prenzlow advises consumers to give as little money as possible upfront for future services like photography and construction.