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“Murphy’s Law”

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

Perkins’ Postulate: The bigger they are, the harder they hit.

Goofy guy’s reaction to Perkins’ Postulate: i was not aware of Perkins’ Postulate until Garland Gudger, at 245, caught me, at 135,  going in the opposite direction at full speed during a Castle Heights football practice. They say i did a 540 degree flip, landing on my back. Perkins was correct. 

“Murphy’s Law”

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

Harrison’s Postulate: For every action, there is an equal and opposite criticism.

Goofy guy’s extension of Harrison’s Postulate:  And for every criticism, someone quits taking action and only criticizes: a current rampant plague.

“Murphy’s Law”

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

Gottlieb’s Rule: The boss who attempts to impress employees with his knowledge of intricate details has lost sight of his objective.

Goofy guy’s appraisal of for  Gottlieb’s Rule:  Murphy and Gottlieb found a leadership principle embedded in their laws…and unfortunately, i have met a few of those bosses who pride themselves in intricate detail.

“Murphy’s Law”

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

Coit-Murphy’s Statement: It is impossible for an optimist to be pleasantly surprised.

Goofy guy’s codicil for  Coit-Murphy’s Statement:  i used to be an optimist but after recognizing Coit-Murphy was right on, i became a pessimist..

“Murphy’s Law”

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

The Poker Principle: Never do card tricks for the group you play poker with.

Goofy guy’s adaptation of The Poker Principle: After the penny-ante poker games in the mid-60’s and one disastrous night of big losses with my friend, Jim Hileman, i have sworn off poker even though i am very bad at card tricks.

“Murphy’s Law”

This morning, i discovered i had gone through all of my “Murphy’s Law” desk calendar archives — there were a number of years i did not paste any of them; now, i regret that. i decided i will go through them one more time before quitting this effort. It occurred to me i wanted my grandson to have access to them when he gets into the world of business, whatever that might be. So for one more time, here are entries from my “Murphy’s Law” desk calendar archives thanks to Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Pipey, and cousin Nancy:

Lefty Gomez’s Law: If you don’t throw it, they can’t hit it.

Goofy guy’s apologia of Lefty Gomez’s Law: Lefty was Yogi Berra before Yogi Berra. Another one of many quotes from Lefty, the Hall of Fame pitcher for the Yankees and Senators was: “One rule I had was make your best pitch and back up third base. That relay might get away and you’ve got another shot at him.” 

“Murphy’s Law”

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

Trischmann’s Paradox: A pipe gives a wise man time to think and a fool something to put in his mouth.

Goofy guy’s admission  about Trischmann’s Paradox: Flummoxed by the paradox and unable to figure out which i was, i gave up on pipe smoking before i turned thirty.

“Murphy’s Law”

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

The Sausage Principle: People who love sausage and respect the law should never watch either one being made.

Goofy guy’s observation about The Sausage Principle: Apparently, there are lots of folks who want to watch one of them being made. Not me.

“Murphy’s Law”

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

Heller’s Law: The first myth of management is that it exists.
Johnson’s Corollary: Nobody really know what is going on anywhere in the organization.

Goofy guy’s admission to Heller’s Law and Johnson’s Corollary: Been there; done that…i’m afraid to admit.