Uncle Garabed’s Notebook (Jan. 7, 2017)

Look and See

It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.

… Henry David Thoreau


From the Trivia File

During World War II, the Oscar statuettes were made of plaster and were traded in for gold only after the war.



Company president to personnel manager: “Search the company for an alert, aggressive young man who could step into my shoes—and when you find him, fire him.”


Something to Think About

Foreman: Why are you carrying only one board when other men are carrying two?

Bondoh Bedros: Maybe they’re too lazy to make a second trip.



On Christmas eve, it is my plan

To sit me down and think,

Of many friends, both near and far

With whom I’ve had a drink.


Those kindred souls; some East, some West

Pass by me in review,

I wonder how they’re going on,

And if we’ll meet anew.


So Christmas eve, say just at ten,

You’ll pass in my review,

And just you have a drink to me

And I will drink to you.


What’s in a Name?

Azmelian revisited: Arabic in derivation, identified as a descriptive title, azmel is a conflation of aziz and melik, where aziz is defined as glorious, and melik as king; therefore glorious king.


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