An online friend of mine on one of the Olympus photo fora died a few days ago. He was an excellent photographer, sticking to film when most had gone to digital. He was a curmudgeon of the highest order. A 25 year Court Reporter by trade he was a black belt, Right Wing, son of the South who could defend the most strange of positions and rail against those of us on the left with a focus that carried over from his photography and shooting hobbies. He was always a fun and passionate debater, unbearably frustrating at times but one that you would do anything for. I met him three times, once in the mountains on a photo shoot, once in Georgia and once before he died. A true gentleman to the end - who would spit in the Devil's eye.
Someone went through 7 years of his posts and gleaned a document of quotes. I provided a link. Some are photo specific, some are political observations and some are pissing at the Cheerios of Life. A few, then the link.
"I may be stirring up another heated controversy, but if so, then
letâ€™s get it on."
"m. bachofen says, 'I _do_ own an SUV, and a liberal.' Does the
liberal wash the SUV? I thought slavery was still illegal."
"... my answer was the essence of simplicity AND was correct: Just
look through the damn thing!"
"I've got a gun and a digital camera. I'm not allowed to talk
about one and I don't want to talk about the other. So, let me just
wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season."
"Justice? What's that got to do with anything? Yes, the notion of
justice is a noble concept, but it often has little connection with
what comes out of the legal system. Remember, these are decisions
being made by a dozen folks too stupid to get out of jury duty."
"Both of our evil, environmentally-unfriendly, gas-guzzling SUVs
are automatics. It's easier to run over little runty econobox
thingys when you don't have to shift gears; the screams of the
occupants can be distracting."
"Yeah, your favorite SUV-driving, gun-toting, meat-eating, whisky-
drinking, anti-government, libertarian, agnostic, Zuikoholic, if-they-
dog-craps-in-my-yard-I'll-stick-it-in-your-ear asshole may be
mellowing ever so slightly with age. So, maybe I'll renew my Sierra
Club membership. Or maybe not."
"I think I'm going to shut up for the night now. I've about
exhausted my knowledge and have run smack dab out of opinions. Think
I'll have another cold one."
"I don't think your lefty leanings and gentle persuasions
disqualify you from practicing curmudgeonism. Just like I don't
think the fact that I'm an SUV-driving Southern good ol' boy and life
member of the National Rifle Association, with a permit to carry a
concealed weapon, which I do occasionally, makes me a total right
wing nut. If I were one of those, then most of Bush's judicial
nominees (like that Ten Commandments fool from Alabama) and our
overly superstitious jerk of an attorney general, Asscroft, who
deservedly lost an election to a dead man, wouldn't scare me half as
much as they do. And they're not the only ones."
"I'm pretty sure the current guv'mint believes that letting us
watch anything more intellectually challenging than Fox News, "Fear
Factor" and "Wife Swap" will make us all go crazy, take to the
streets and demand our country back."
"5 or 10 percent of the folks in this country are alive today only
because it's illegal to shoot them."
Spend the time to read them, they are worth it.
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