“There is nothing as easy as denouncing. It don’t take much to see what is wrong, but it takes some eyesight to see what will put it right again.”
~ Will Rogers
(11/4/1879 – 8/15/1935)
Back in the Long Ago — farther back than I care to remember most of the time — I spent a few years hanging out with some semi-reputable folks at a small airport in South Florida. One of the more colorful parties was another guy named Bill. He and I were drawn together by a shared love of airplanes, flying in general, drinking, the bars of Ft. Lauderdale and their stewardess habitués.
Bill, in addition to being a charming guy and inveterate manipulator of facts — hell, let’s just say it: he’d lie when it would have been easier to tell the truth — was a dreamer. He was always looking for the next rainbow or, lacking that, the next scam. I could write a small novel about his misbegotten escapades and may someday, but this is about the time Bill decided to corner the market on iguana tails. Continue reading
One of life’s ironies is that when you reach an age where you begin to believe you have real wisdom to impart, half the time you can’t remember what it was.