Saturday, February 28, 2004

McQuillan walked into a bar and ordered martini after martini, each time removing the olives and placing them in a jar. When the jar was filled with olives and all the drinks consumed, the Irishman started to leave. "S' cuse me", said a customer, who was puzzled over what McQuillan had done,"what was that all about?" "Nothin', said the Irishman, "me wife just sent me out for a jar of olives!"

A martini joke, not an Irish joke: "He said, like James Bond? I said, yes, just like James Bond."

Wednesday, February 18, 2004

…all the provisions that He has [made] for the gratification of our senses…are much inferior to the provision, the wonderful provision that He has made for the gratification of our nobler powers of intelligence and reason. He has given us reason to find out the truth, and the real design and true end of our existence.

A young John Adams as quoted by David McCullough in his John Adams.

Thursday, February 05, 2004

latitudinarian adj. Not restrained; not confined; thinking or acting at large.

latitudinarian n.s. One who departs from orthodoxy.

From Samuel Johnson's Dictionary