To kick this JL off, I thought I would share some of the thoughts I have been entertaining as of this very moment, which is Monday evening at around 8 o’clock. Usually by this time, i.e. the evening before, not only do I have a good idea of what I’m going to do for the next day’s lesson, but more often than not – over the last little while anyway – I have started writing and sometimes even completing the next JL before midnight.
I actually do recall at least once in the past two or three days finishing the Lesson at 10:00 pm. the evening before, publishing it on my blog at the stroke of midnight and then crawling off to bed without having to concern myself with that day’s JuicyLesson. My goal of providing a JuicyLessonPerDay is challenging, to say the least.
I have thought about taking the odd day off aside from the Shabbatim I now take off … Who would care (except for me, that is)? Most likely not one freaking other person. Maybe I’m on some kind of quest or something. That all having been said, I carry on without taking the easy way out.
By that I mean, I rarely spend less than three to three-and-a-half hours on each of my Lessons, and more often than not at least 4 1/2 hours per. I’d be interested to know the average number of words per JL of course (excluding longer quotes, extracts, newspaper articles, and song lyrics). I would wager that my Lessons contain an average of at least 1000 words and failing that, where my written contribution doesn’t come close to that word threshold, I still put in a comparable number of hours searching for appropriate videos on U Tube or making a video myself, and posting it on U Tube so as to be able to copy and paste the link into my blog. This all takes time as does taking or searching for photos and then going through the process of moving these photos from my iPad to my blog.
Right now, at this very real time moment, at 11:04 on what is turning out to be a fine Monday night, I still have only a vague idea of what tomorrow’s JL is going to look like and I don’t mind saying that it doesn’t unnerve me because in my professional life, I have ALWAYS been able to get things done and on time so why should anything change after so many years of successful endeavour in this area?
I like what happened serendipitously with the link between AJuicyLessonPerDay.net on the one hand and Facebook on the other although Facebook doesn’t impress me as far as some of the shit that people write about is concerned. As I have said, I don’t care where you ate dinner plus … can I be any clearer about this when I say that nobody really cares to see eight pictures of your kids. One or two, ok, especially new-borns (Hi Doc Davis). Please!
And Selfies are “selfing” else as well. Trust me when I say that small things amuse small minds and Fartbook can be a very small thing sometimes.
But not always apparently. I was touched by the rousing surge of Canadian nationalism which these Winter Olympics have engendered across Canada. Shout out to Sasha Guindi who may have got the FB Olympic comment ball rolling on this thing. Way to go Canada. Da, da, Kanada. Nyet, nyet, Soviet. I agree with David Weinfeld’s FB comment-observation that Russia is Russia but that when it comes to hockey, it’s the Soviets not Rus-sya.
Anyway, realizing that this JuicyLesson is going to be some kind of stream of consciousness, now seems like a good time to quote from the song “I Hate” from the very fine Passenger  LP “All the Little Lights” so here we go:
“I hate pointless status updates on FB,
FYI we were never m8’s (how very British),
We pretend to be friends on the internet who
In real life we have nothing to say to each other, brother…
Sometimes all you can do is hate.”
 Michael David Rosenberg, better known by his stage name Passenger, is an English folk-rock singer-songwriter. His stage moniker comes from being the main vocalist and songwriter of Passenger formed in 2003. Wikipedia
Averaging around 40 hits a day.
Am close to a goal I had hoped would have been reached by the end of December last, that is 1000 monthly ‘unique visits’ which works out to about an average of 33 hits per day for thirty days. I’m now at 985 or something like that so maybe tomorrow, almost two months late.
By the way to my good friends Jock and Carl: I had a really nice time with you both in TBO a while ago. Wow. Time does fly sometimes, doesn’t it? Anyway, Lee enjoyed meeting you both. It was kind of nice to see Mr. Best hitting on LoveLee … Just like old times … Like father, like son.
Upon taking my leave, about to head out through that tunnel or whatever it was, where we split up actually, and I turned around for a final good-bye and wave and the two of yous guys said, together, those tqwo magical words: “juicy lessons”. Heartwarming. You will always be my friends and brothers.
Jock, you also said something to the effect that “for a smart guy, Jerry, blah, blah,” something putdownish but it didn’t bother me probably because I was feeling nice about being called smart by such an articulate and intelligent gentle man. Actually it was probably something funny or punny. One thing, man. I owe you an apology for being rude to you at the beginning there. I still feel badly about that. It was for later. Just like you said, bro.
Would like to get together again sooner than later and I would like to meet your m8’s.
Judge and Jerry.
Got to the 1000 words which was my goal for this JL. Still have to edit. Looks like I have inadvertently managed to postpone our look at the civil rights movement which was supposed to be the subject of today’s Juice. We will get to it at some point because “The Eyes on the Prize” is too important to forget about, either in the short or long term.
In gratitude for your forebearance:
The following tune and lyrics are incredible in my eyes.
Way to go Canada. Nine medals (Four of them golds) after only four days. We seem to be off to the kind of start we need to fulfil three goals:
(A) To win the most total Olympic medals. The twenty-six total medals we won four years ago was good for third place behind America’s thirty-seven medals and Germany’s thirty.
(B) To repeat our performance in Vancouver by winning the most golds for a second straight Winter Olympics. Our fourteen golds during the last winter Games left the rest of the participants in our dust.
(C) To eclipse the record of fourteen (14) gold medals Canada won in Vancouver. This total was four better than the ten golds won by the Germans and five more than the nine won by both the U.S.A. and Norway.
Speaking of Norway, this Northern European Scandinavian country of under 5,000,000 people in a total area of some 385,000 sq. km. is the second least densely populated country in Europe and presently leads the medal standings in Sochi with eleven medals, including the same total of golds as Canada – four. Good for them and good for us.
FYI, Canada’s population = 36,000,000; Area = 10,000,000 sq. km
Our population density calculated using the formula Density (D) = Population (P) divided by Area (A) is 3.6 people/sq. km. cf. Norway’s population density of approx. 13 people per square kilometre.
One more thing. Time to seal ourselves for the inevitable calls for Team Quebec to replace Team Quebec from separatists and others of their ilk. How would Canada have done minus Quebec and how would Quebec have fared without the rest of Canada are two questions we can do without. The Olympics have certainly placed Marois between a rock and a hard place. Personally, I won’t be shedding a tear for her anytime soon. Twit!