Friday, January 26, 2007

Happy Birthday Joe!


Joe is the optimist on the left.



My brother Joe turned 31 today (or rather, yesterday, depending on the time zone). As I set out thinking about how best to commemorate his birthday, literary artifacts that reminded me of him for one reason or another kept popping into my head. Under a heavy dose of nostalgia, I had started collecting quotes and lyrics for a big brother birthday montage when it occurred to me that to truly honor a fellow who has been deeper in the Grand Canyon than anyone I know, I ought to make a contest of it. What’s more I ought to tip the scales in his favor so that he wouldn’t have to cheat in order maintain the supremacy of the first born. So while I invite all to compete in this game of “Who wrote it?” be forewarned that you are not only up against one of the greatest name droppers of his generation but the birthday boy muse himself. Now, the rules: no googling or checking the comments in advance and only one guess per quote. Note that there are a number of freebies, so Eva can play too.

1) Upon the hearth the fire is red, Beneath the roof there is a bed, But not yet weary are our feet, Still round the corner we may meet: A sudden tree or standing stone That none have seen but we alone.

2) All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

3) If my life is of no value to my friends it is of none to myself.

4) . . . . [W]hen I fall into the abyss, I go straight into it, head down and heels up, and I’m even pleased that I’m falling in such a humiliating position, and for me I find it beautiful. And so in that very shame I suddenly begin a hymn. Let me be cursed, let me be base and vile, but let me also kiss the hem of that garment in which my God is clothed; let me be following the devil at the same time, but still I am also your son, Lord, and I love you, and I feel a joy without which the world cannot stand and be.

5) No Christian and, indeed, no historian could accept the epigram which defines religion as 'what a man does with his solitude.

6) Kicking and a' gouging in the mud and the blood and the beer.

7) Sail on silvergirl,Sail on by.

8) How I do love to hear the wolves howl!

9) Look at that sea, girls--all silver and shadow and vision of things not seen. We couldn't enjoy its loveliness any more if we had millions of dollars and ropes of diamonds.

10) Riu, riu, chiu.

11) ….[S]ometimes two hale young men, with big pipes blazing, no overcoats and wind blown scarfs, would trudge, unspeaking, down to the forlorn sea, to work up an appetite, to blow away the fumes, who knows, to walk into the waves until nothing of them was left but the two furling smoke clouds of their inextinguishable briars

12) And I feel fine anytime she's around me now, she's around me now almost about all the time.

13) So do all who live to face such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.

14) There was never any more inception than there is now, Nor any more youth or age than there is now, And will never be any more perfection than there is now, Nor any more heaven or hell than there is now.

15) Even David will be forsaken at the end, for in death, we are all cut off from God’s care. What purpose then in serving Him. He wrestles with man for the nighttime of his life, but at daybreak, He is gone.

16) Every day's an endless dream of cigarettes and magazines

17) Eggs and toast … tsts..ts…tsts..ts

18) Farm out. Right arm. Out of state.

19) And for a bonus point, name the witch in the following picture:



Happy Birthday, Joe!

10 comments:

Joe said...

Oooh, this will be fun. I hope everybody in the fam gives it a go.

Joe

Mom and Dad said...

1. JR Tolkein...LOTR....I think it's the Fellowship and Frodo sings it in our dramatized radio version. Dad can remember the melody and sing it to anyone who calls.

2. Is it Tolstoy? Russia's own Shakespeare according to Joe.

3. Joseph Smith.

4. This one sounds like Tom.

5. C.S. Lewis

6. Johnny Cash

7. Simon and Garfunkel

8. Farley Mowat

9. Aslan to Lucy and Susan in the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by CS Lewis

10. Spanish Christmas Carol recorded by theKings' Singers andChanticleer

11. Dylan Thomas, A Child's Christmas in Wales

12. James Taylor

13. Gandalf to Pippin in LOTR the Return of the King

14. Hobbes the Tiger in Calvin and Hobbes (Ha)

15. Paradise Lost... Milton?

16. Simon and Garfunkle's Homebound

17. Me, myself and I

18. Pod

19. The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury, Tom Skleton is the skeleton, Henry Hank is the witch

Joe said...

1. J.R. Tolkien - "The Hobbit"
2. Lev Nikolaivich Tolstoi - "Anna Karenina"
3. Joe Smith
4. ?
5. C.S. Lewis
6. Johnny Cash (embelishing on Shell Silverstein?)
7. Simon and Garfunkel
8. ?
9. C.S. Lewis - One of the Narnia books (I think)
10. Spanish Christmas carol
11. Dylan Thomas - "Child's Christmas in Wales" (best part)
12. James Taylor - "Something In the Way She Moves"
13. J.R. Tolkien - "The Fellowship of the Ring" (Gandalf to Frodo)
14. Walt Whitman
15. ?
16. Simon and Garfunkel
17. Mom (in the morning)
18. Dad (at any given time)
19. Henry (friend of Pip)

TippettsFam said...

Tom,
I'm just so glad that you posted that top pic of you and Joe at the breakfast table... i've been wanting to get my hands on that one for a long time... now I have it saved on my computer!

As for your little competition ;)... the freebies were definetly meant for me as those are the only one's I know, if even that.... #'s: 2, 6, 12, 17, and I'm feeling pretty good that I even know that the pic of the witch comes from the Halloween Tree, even though I can't tell you the witch's name. Fun, nonetheless!

Mom and Dad said...

I need to point out that the 'optimist on the left" in the opening photo was not celebrating his birthday with a raging case of chicken pox, as evident in the flushed cheeks of the somber-dazed one on the right. Joe, Tommy, and Heidi all came down with the chicken pox within 2 weeks of each other and Joe's had scabbed over by then so he was out of the flushed fever stage and feeling pretty good.

sue said...

thank you for pointing that out Pam, I occasionally need to be reminded of Tom's optimistic possibilities--so it is nice to know the history behind the photo and realize that this wasn't the common way he met the day.

I love this picture, it reminds me of Tess and Deli. I love the yellow icing on the cake and the blue floral bowls and tea cups. When I look at the eggs in Tom's bowl I can almost hear you singing your famous song--you're such a great mom.

Heiderhead said...

Lest we forget Hollister would likely have us all beat at this game. I knew the C.S. Lewis and the James Taylor and Dylan Thomas ( sacrilege if you are original recipe and don't know that one) but I think a few should be added.
Such as:
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife."

or

"The cold kills the caffeine."

Mom said...

That would be Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and Grandma Vy. I am going to copy all comments and the original posts for Holly who will be phoning home tonight from LAX at 9:00pm enroute to Taiwan. What is Tess's basketball team's name? I need to tell my school class.

sue said...

the Mavericks, of course ;-)
Tess's coach is a 7 foot tall ex- NFL black man--she gets a smile on her face and becomes a mute whenever she sees him, he is so great with the kids.

sue said...

I think Grandma Vy's quote is my favorite and the most applicable in my life. I use it every weekend and usually during the week at least once as I try to justify my prefered flavor choice--Ben and Jerry's Vermonty Python or Dublin Mudslide, happiness that melts in your mouth.