Pam Webb

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Why We Say: #15

Watercooler chatter: “That new CEO doesn’t do much, does he?”
“Yeah, bit of figurehead, I figure.”

Today’s lesson involves some sailing knowledge. First, it’s important to know the front, the bow, from the back, the stern. The bow would be decorated with some sort of figure which actually is fairly interesting (go on–have a peek). They didn’t serve any real purpose, but they sure made the ships look imposing, important, regal, at times intimidating. There is also the thought that a figurehead, as in politics and business, can be controlled by other forces, much like the figurehead on the ship is controlled by the sails or other power. Hmm, is there a connection between these two figures in terms of being figureheads?

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA  Elizabeth II greets NASA GSFC employees, May 8, 2007 edit.jpg (I think highly of the Queen, BtW)

Any Laurel and Hardy fans out there? You might recognize this saying, “This is a fine kettle of fish you’ve gotten us into.” If you recall, this was flustered out by Oliver Hardy to Stan Laurel after some frustrating incident. But why a kettle of fish? Maybe Ollie had some Scottishishness about him and was recalling how fishermen thought they could coax the best flavor out of the fish by cooking them right on the spot in a large kettle. They must have known the secret of cooking up a fine kettle of fish, since no one else could replicate it. Hence, from then on “a fine kettle of fish” is actually referring to a mess instead of success.


Singing in the Rain is a personal favorite, especially all those great song and dance numbers by Gene Kelly and Donald O’Connor. How about this one:

Why “fit as a fiddle?” Kelly and O’Connor might not have realized they were referring to boxers, the fighters (not the dogs) in their ditty. Apparently the original expression was “fit as a fiddler” because boxers had to be in top condition in order to go a few rounds in the ring. Wait, a minute, Gene and Donald must have known that to be “fit as a fiddle and ready for love” they would have to be ready to fight for their love. Makes sense…


(images from Morguefiles and Wikipedia)


SO–Howdja do in your review?

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

With the semester ending or about to, grades come to mind.  The old “Whatdja get?” question comes up, which is either exhilerating or embarrassing.  Having just posted some stats from my one year anniversary, I thought it appropriate to add as a post script the more official WP version.  We are all going to be getting our Blog Report Cards, and they are so graphically pleasing to boot.   Doesn’t WordPress make you feel special?  I wish all their stat monkeys happiness and hope they get some time off for their excellent work.

So howdja do in 2012? Here’s an excerpt form mine (I have no shame, I know):

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 7,000 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 12 years to get that many views.

Mount Everest from Kalapatthar.

Mount Everest from Kalapatthar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

*What a nice way of saying, “Umm, not too impressive in view numbers, but nice try.”  Thanks, WP.  What can I say?  I don’t Facebook, Tweet, Pin, Link, or other social mediatize.  I’m happy with those who find me on WP.  But you’ll raise your blog traffic! I know, I know. Here’s the deal–I’d rather spend those minutes writing another blog post instead of promoting the one I just wrote. 



Gene Kelly said it best in Singing in the Rain: Gotta dance.  Okay, he would have said, “Gotta Write!” except he loved dancing more.

Cover of "Singin' in the Rain (Two-Disc S...

Cover via Amazon


Speaking of anniversaries–I celebrate another one on January 1–yup, the MEPA and I will be celebrating one plus thirty.  One of these days we’ll get that Hawaiian cruise going; for now it’s staycation with a side of a splendorific weekend ala Marriott.


Happy New Year Blogger Buds


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