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“I love you” – and it’s evil twin

We are all aware of the phrase “I love you”, and we hope to have it told to us now and then. Some of us even enjoy the act of saying it to those whom we think the world of.

“I love you”, means my mind is filled with thoughts of you, and you alone. It surpasses all other emotional outbursts and is the pinnacle of a real relationship. In fact, there is no better way of saying that you are the one that means more to me than anything else in the world.

When you’re in love, the words “I love you” will send a shiver of sheer joy down your spine. And not just the first time you hear it. You will feel that pleasure every single time, that is assuming you feel the same level of love for the person saying it to you.

But the phrase “I love you” has a darker, slightly evil twin. The much less desirable “Love you” does not give you a fraction of the spine-tingling happiness that “I love you” gives. Yet sometimes we ignore the elephant in the room and hope it doesn’t trample all over our heart and have it splattered in a thousand pieces. We put it down to an accident, laziness, your own hearing, anything that will let your mind believe that “Love you” is the same as “I love you”.

But that “I” is the most important pronoun in the universe when it comes to love. Without it, the declaration of love is just a chore. “Love you” is something you say out of habit, more than genuine feeling. It has become meaningless and robotic. It is impossible to say “Love you” with any sensual overtones. Go ahead, try it. Then add the all important “I” and see how seductive and deep the meaning has become.

So what I am saying is this: If you love someone and you want to tell them you do, make sure you include yourself in the sentence.



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Horse’s Backsides – Vital to the Railways


Does the statement, “We’ve always done it like that” ring any bells? Try this for size…!

The US standard railroad gauge (distance between the rails) is 4 feet, 8.5 inches. That’s an exceedingly odd number.

Why was that gauge used?

Because that’s the way they built them in England, and English expatriates built the US Railroads.

Why did the English build them like that? Because the first rail lines were built by the same people who built the pre-railroad tramways, and that’s the gauge they used.

Why did “they” use that gauge then? Because the people who built the tramways used the same jigs and tools that they used for building wagons, which used that wheel spacing.


Why did the wagons have that particular odd wheel spacing? Well, if they tried to use any other spacing, the wagon wheels would break on some of the old, long distance roads in England, because that’s the spacing of the wheel ruts.

So who built those old rutted roads?

Imperial Rome built the first long distance roads in Europe (and England) for their legions.

The roads have been used ever since.

And the ruts in the roads?
Roman war chariots formed the initial ruts, which everyone else had to match for fear of destroying their wagon wheels. Since the chariots were made for Imperial Rome, they were all alike in the matter of wheel spacing.

The United States standard railroad gauge of 4 feet, 8.5 inches is derived from the original specifications for an Imperial Roman war chariot. And bureaucracies live forever.

So the next time you are handed a specification and wonder what horse’s ass came up with it, you may be exactly right, because the Imperial Roman army
chariots were made just wide enough to accommodate the back ends of two war horses. !

Now, the twist to the story

When you see a Space Shuttle sitting on its launch pad, there are two big booster rockets attached to the sides of the main fuel tank. These are solid rocket boosters, or SRBs. The SRBs are made by Thiokol at their factory at Utah. The engineers who designed the SRBs would have preferred to make them a bit fatter, but the SRBs had to be shipped by train from the factory to the launch site.

The railroad line from the factory happens to run through a tunnel in the mountains.

The SRBs had to fit through that tunnel.

The tunnel is slightly wider than the railroad track, and the railroad track, as you now know, is about as wide as two horses’ behinds.

So, a major Space Shuttle design feature of what is arguably the world’s most advanced transportation system was determined over two thousand years ago by the width of a horse’s ass.

And you thought being a HORSE’S BACK SIDE wasn’t important!


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Stole this from an acquaintance – very true indeed!

When I moved to my new home nearly ten years ago, I decided to create a garden.

I was faced with a large piece of virgin ground (about 1 500 sqms) with nothing but a single shrub on it’s border. I worked on it, nurtured it and cared for it until, after nine years, it has become a thing of beauty with over 150 plants, including 25 trees.

A garden project is a lot like a relationship. It too needs to be worked on, nurtured and cared for until it becomes a wonderful thing, providing joy and happiness.

We have to realise that, in life, things don’t just happen . . . we have to MAKE them happen. . . it takes work . . . and it takes time.


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