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The 08/29/13 Joy Jar

30 Aug

Interstate 5 divides Seattle. It is showing its age. There are actual ruts and chucks of pavement missing as one goes from Northgate through the University District and on the city center. Moi is guessing that many of those who drive Interstate 5 on a regular basis long for a good road. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are good roads.

There are only two mistakes one can make along the road to truth; not going all the way, and not starting.

The road to perdition has ever been accompanied by lip service to an ideal.
Albert Einstein

A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It’s jolted by every pebble on the road.
Henry Ward Beecher

I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road.
Stephen Hawking

If you come to a fork in the road, take it.
Yogi Berra

The middle of the road is where the white line is – and that’s the worst place to drive.
Robert Frost

What is ominous is the ease with which some people go from saying that they don’t like something to saying that the government should forbid it. When you go down that road, don’t expect freedom to survive very long.
Thomas Sowell

You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job, and not be paid for it.
Oprah Winfrey

We all want progress, but if you’re on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.
C. S. Lewis

The 06/29/13 Joy Jar

29 Jun



The Corvette just turned 60. Prince has one of the best songs ever – ‘Little Red Corvette.’ It is still Seattle Hot. How do these things tie together? Well, just for the summer, moi would love to have a little red Corvette convertible and she would play Prince loud, really loud. The summer would end and the car would get put away. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is moi’s imaginary little red Corvette with Prince blaring on the sound system














The winner ain’t the one with the fastest car its the one who refuses to lose


Dale Earnhardt














Going to church does not make you a Christian anymore than going to the garage makes you a car.


Dr. Laurence J. Peter













In less enlightened times, the best way to impress women was to own a hot car. But women wised up and realized it was better to buy their own hot cars so they wouldn’t have to ride around with jerks.


Scott Adams











Don’t drive as if you owned the road Drive as if you owned the car



















Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear


Dave Barry

















Shutting off the thought process is not rejuvenating; the mind is like a car battery — it recharges by running.


Bill Watterson

















Did you ever notice when you blow in a dog’s face he gets mad at you? But when you take him in a car he sticks his head out the window”


Steve Bluestone











Just as your car runs more smoothly and requires less energy to go faster and farther when the wheels are in perfect alignment, you perform better when your thoughts, feelings, emotions, goals, and values are in balance.


Brian Tracy
















Living with a conscience is like driving a car with the brakes on


Budd Schulberg






The 06/13/13 Joy Jar

13 Jun

Moi was walking down the street and she noticed all the wheels. They were on buses, cars, bicycles, scooters, and carts. The wheels make it easier to get from here to there and to carry loads. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the wheel.





“Man has always assumed that he was more intelligent than dolphins because he had achieved so much…the wheel, New York, wars and so on…while all the dolphins had ever done was muck about in the water having a good time. But conversely, the dolphins had always believed that they were far more intelligent than man…for precisely the same reason.”

Douglas Adams








“Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you that the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza.”

Dave Barry









 “The guy who invented the first wheel was an idiot. The guy who invented the other three, HE was a genius.”

Sid Cesar










“The important thing is not the finding, it is the seeking, it is the devotion with which one spins the wheel of prayer and scripture, discovering the truth little by little. If this machine gave you the truth immediately, you would not recognize it,”

Ursula K. LeGuin










Don’t reinvent the wheel, just realign it.”

Anthony J. De Angelo






 “The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, “I shall today be uppermost”










“The wheel is come full circle.”

William Shakespeare

The 04/10/13 Joy Jar

9 Apr

Moi is a ‘bus chick’ and rides public transpotation ALL OVER Seattle. She writes and watches people. The buses in the Puget Sound region are run by a variety of agencies and that may be the problem. Moi mostly rides METRO which gets her there. The gridlock which stymies Congress also stymies Washington government. Many folk who take the bus may see their service cut because of the way public transportation is financed in Washington. Many will consider buying some gas guzzling clunker and further crowd the road. The powers that be don’t undertand the value of a really good public transportation system. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is a public transportation system.


You can’t understand a city without using its public transportation system.”

Erol Ozan


Public transit situates us so that we are given license to accept what’s right in front of us, but will likely arouse our desire to compare our narrative to someone else’s, to give ourselves permission to speculate upon a person’s private space, or life, with no fear of recourse or punishment.”

Julie Wilson, Seen Reading

The person whose problems are all behind them is probably a school bus driver”


A bus is a vehicle that runs twice as fast when you are after it as when you are in it”


In the dime stores and bus stations, People talk of situations, read books, repeat quotations, Draw conclusions on the wall”

Bob Dylan

Lots of people want to ride with you in the limo, but what you want is someone who will take the bus with you when the limo breaks down.”

Oprah Winfrey

The 02/25/13 Joy Jar

24 Feb

Moi’s field trip would start in downtown Seattle and culminate in Renton at the closest Walmart. The purpose was just to hang out and see how working Americans were dealing with the new normal. Moi went to the METRO Trip planner and typed in the address, 743 Rainier Avenue South. The snarky computer program asked Renton or Seattle? Since moi rarely gets out of Seattle, she typed Seattle. Later, moi would find out the correct answer was Renton. As directed, moi got on the #7 bus and began an excursion through south Seattle. The trip takes one through the International District, Columbia City, and Hillman. This is where one encounters the diversity in Seattle. Moi didn’t see anything which looked like Walmart, so she asked the other passengers about how to get there. That started a group think session and the peeps thought moi should get off the bus and take the #106. Moi got the #106 and was headed toward Renton through Skyline. Moi asked the bus driver if he stopped by Walmart. He thought the best bus strategy was to go to the Renton Transit Center and take the #140 bus. Moi got to the Renton Transit Center and asked the #140 bus driver if he went to Walmart and he wasn’t sure. By this time, it was getting dark and moi walked around the Renton Transit Center and discovered a lot of busses don’t run on the weekends. The bus riding folks at the Transit Center are carless, either by choice or circumstance. If one leaves the Seattle core, one’s circumstance is tied to one’s ability to get around. Moi did not make it to Walmart, this trip. She will start out earlier in the day and find a way to get there on the bus. That tells one about just one of the challenges faced by those who work for a living and get so little recognition for what they do. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ is the knowledge gained from field trips in one’s neighborhood.

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.”                             

Mark Twain

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.”                  

St. Augustine

There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”                           Robert Louise Stevenson

I don’t do like diva trips and stuff.
Shirley MacLaine

People get really caught up in their own trips.
Max Cannon

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.”               

Henry Miller

The 01/24/13 Joy Jar

23 Jan

The car was barreling down Union Street in Seattle and making a left turn onto 5th Avenue. Moi was in the crosswalk with a bright walk signal. It made no difference. The car whizzed by moi and the driver had the nerve to wave at moi. Moi wanted to give the idiot the finger. Moi didn’t not because she was feeling spiritual, but these days one doesn’t know who is armed and dangerous. More and more drivers are distracted and impatient with pedestrians. The corner of 5th and Union is particularly bad because drivers are often turning the corner going well above the speed limit. They are also impatient with pedestrians who may moving much too slow for their sense of going nowhere at a rapid rate. Today’s deposit in the ‘Joy Jar’ is thanks for those drivers who are paying attention and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks with walk signs.

I failed my Driver’s test. Driving teacher: ‘What do you do

at a red light?’ Me: ‘I usually respond to texts and check

my Facebook.’


An optimist is a driver who thinks that empty space at the curb won’t have a hydrant beside it.
Jules Renard

A careful driver is one who honks his horn when he goes through a red light.
Henry Morgan

Natives who beat drums to drive off evil spirits are objects of scorn to smart Americans who blow horns to break up  traffic jams.                                        Mary Ellen Kelly

It takes 8,460 bolts to assemble an automobile, and one nut to scatter it all over the road.                                                                                                           Unknown 

The civilized man has built a coach, but has lost the use of his feet.                   Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance,” 1841

Leave sooner, drive slower, live longer.                                                       Unknown