Category Archives: Murphy’s Law desk calendar

Not Quite Murphy’s Law

This did not come from my Murphy’s Law Desk Calendar given to me each Christmas by my Aunt Evelyn and Uncle Pipey, followed by cousin Nancy, nigh onto thirty years and continued by me giving myself and others that glorious daily piece of wit and wisdom until, like all wonderful things, ceased annual production about three years ago.

This is one you may have heard before. It may have been included in my calendars long ago, not glued to some desk appointment calendar or “to do” notebook as i did while at sea, and then forgotten.

But it is in the right realm of wit and wisdom.

Nick Canepa, is the “columnist” for The San Diego Union-Tribune sports section. Nick has been around quite a while, not quite as long as me, but longer than me in the Southwest corner since he was born and raised in “Little Italy,” the old waterfront fishing community. Nick’s columns remind me of the old style of sports columns like Fred Russell (of course), Jim Murray, Red Smith, and i could go on, but Nick is a tad more acerbic and not quite as romantic as those old guys who wrote years ago. i don’t always agree with him, but i always enjoy reading his columns, and especially his Monday “report card” on the NFL team that used to be here, which Nick calls the “Judases” rather than the hapless Chargers.

In today’s column, he commented on the idea Adam Gase, the coach of the as hapless NY Jets losing to the Raiders in the final minutes, noting it was “Anthony Lynnnian.” Anthony Lynn is the coach of the hapless team that used to be in San Diego. Neither Lynn nor Gase are likely to be head coaches next year.

Nick summarized the situation with what should be included in the Murphy’s Law collection:

“Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.”

‘Nuff said.

Murphy’s Law

From my “Murphy’s Law” desk calendar archives thanks to Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Pipey, and cousin Nancy:

Arthur’s First Law of Love: People to whom you are attracted will invariably think you remind them of someone else.

Goofy guy’s perturbation concerning Arthur’s First Law of Love: In my early days, some folks thought i reminded them of  Bobby Darin. My wife thinks i remind her of my mother.

Murphy’s Law

From my “Murphy’s Law” desk calendar archives thanks to Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Pipey, and cousin Nancy:

McClaughry’s Codicil to Jone’s Motto: To make and enemy, do someone a favor.

Goofy guy’s extrapolation of  McClaughry’s Codicil to Jone’s Motto: The extent of the enmity is exponential if the new enemy is a score keeper.

Murphy’s Law

From my “Murphy’s Law” desk calendar archives thanks to Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Pipey, and cousin Nancy:

Burke’s Law: Never create a problem for which you do not have the answer.

Corollary: Create problems for which only you have the answer.

Goofy guy’s contradiction of Burke’s Law and Corrollary: Adherence to this law and its corollary is impossible in this day of computers, the internet, and the cloud.

Murphy’s Law, Fifthtuple

These were included in one of my Facebook posts from a dozen years ago. i wanted to make sure they were archived here. i would add some goofy guy comments to each one, but some hit too close to home.

 

“Murphy’s Law” desk calendar has had a spate of great observations in the last few days:

Pascal on Man: The more I see of men, the better I like my dog.

Bloch’s Law of Golf: The only time your ball listens to you when you’re yelling at it is when you are giving it misinformation.

Jerome’s Rule: It is always the best policy to speak the truth – unless of course you are an exceptionally good liar.

Zappa’s Law: There are two things on earth that are universal: hydrogen and stupidity.

Murphy’s Law

From my “Murphy’s Law” desk calendar archives thanks to Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Pipey, and cousin Nancy:

Schopenhauer’s Theory of Entropy: If you put a spoonful of wine in a barrel full of sewage, you get sewage. If you put a spoonful of sewage in a barrel full of wine, you get sewage.

Goofy guy’s admiration of Schopenhauer’s Theory of Entropy: As mentioned before this is one of, if not the favorite of all of the Murphy’s Law entries. i remain amazed that Schopenhauer in 1979 or earlier was able to perfectly define our current political condition (both parties).

Murphy’s Law

From my “Murphy’s Law” desk calendar archives thanks to Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Pipey, and cousin Nancy:

Matz’s Maxim: A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking.

Goofy guy’s consideration of Matz’s Maxim: i must have come to a multitude of decisions lately according to Matz’s Maxim in that i spend a great deal of time being tired of thinking.