Have a scary, spooky but fun and candy-profitable trick or treat Halloween all you crazy costumed people you!

Patrick The Poet

There Goes My Life

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Kenny Chesney remains my favorite country artist ever.  There doesn’t seem to be any song of his that doesn’t grab me and conspire to almost make me give up classical and pop/standards music and move to Nashville.  But before I do that, here’s another favorite from Kenny I’d like to share with you.  It’s a poignant and deep-meaning song, and one I hope you enjoy.  Especially watch the video.  And if you’re a dad, this song is one you should relate to and definitely enjoy.  Just make sure to have a box of tissues nearby!

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 11-13-09)

This is what we all need each Monday after POET’S DAY: some great, profound words to help us segue through the week. And Mark Twain is always a hoot! Enjoy. 🙂

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THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 11-13-09)

I should not talk so much about myself if there were anybody else whom I knew as well.
–Henry David Thoreau

I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
–Douglas Adams (1952-2001)

A great man, if he cannot leave his fame behind for 1,000 years, should [try to] leave his stinking repute behind for 10,000 years.
–Huan Wen (312-373)

I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.
–Thomas Watson (1874-1956), Chairman of IBM, 1943

I think it would be a good idea.
–Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948), when asked what he thought of Western civilization

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.
–Edmund Burke (1729-1797)

I’m not a member of any organized political party, I’m a Democrat!
–Will Rogers (1879-1935)

If stupidity got us into this mess, then why can’t it get us out?
–Will Rogers (1879-1935)

Democracy does not guarantee equality of conditions – it only guarantees equality of opportunity.
–Irving Kristol

There is no reason anyone would want a computer in their home.
–Ken Olson, president, chairman and founder of Digital Equipment Corp., 1977

The concept is interesting and well-formed, but in order to earn better than a ‘C’, the idea must be feasible.
– A Yale University management professor in response to student Fred Smith’s paper proposing reliable overnight delivery service (Smith went on to found Federal Express Corp.)

Who the hell wants to hear actors talk?
–H. M. Warner (1881-1958), founder of Warner Brothers, in 1927

We don’t like their sound, and guitar music is on the way out.
–Decca Recording Co. rejecting the Beatles in 1962

Everything that can be invented has been invented.
–Charles H. Duell, Commissioner, U.S. Office of Patents, 1899

Denial ain’t just a river in Egypt!
–Mark Twain (1835-1910)



High Speed Rail is coming to California, and so is the High Speed Rail Conference to Los Angeles, California, on November 5-7! Amazing speakers will speak and our fun and informative railroad and HSR book FAST TRAINS will be there for you to own and cherish. So don’t miss out and stop on by!

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America has seen an awful lot of great singer-songwriters over the past 50 years dominate pop and rock music worldwide.  And every week I try to do justice to one of them here by sharing one or more of their most beautiful and/or most successful musical creations.  This time around is no different.  One of my all-time favorite singer-songwriters has been, and shall always remain, Dan Fogelberg.  He died not too long ago, in 2007 at the young age of 56, and he is surely missed.  But boy, did he leave a legacy of magnificent songs for the world to enjoy until the end of forever!  I love all of them, but here are my top five favorites written and sung by Dan Fogelberg.

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Hard To Say:

Believe In Me:

Run For The Roses:

Leader Of The Band:

Same Old Lang Syne:

What do you study?

This’ll teach her!

Patrick The Poet


A guy is looking for a place to sit in a crowded university library. He asked a girl: “Do you mind if I sit beside you?”
The girl replied in a loud voice: “I DON’T WANT TO SPEND THE NIGHT WITH YOU”
All the students in the library started staring at the guy; he was truly embarrassed and moved to another table.
After a couple of minutes, the girl walked quietly to the guy’s table and said with a laugh: “I study psychology, and I know what a man is thinking. I guess you felt embarrassed, right?”
The guy then responded in a loud voice: “$500 FOR ONE NIGHT? . . . THAT’S TOO MUCH!”
All the people in the library looked at the girl in shock.
The guy whispered to her: “I study law, and I know how to screw people.”

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-03-09)

A little more humor with this batch, especially with George Carlin, who passed a few years ago.

Patrick The Poet

THIS WEEK’S BAR QUOTES – (from 07-03-09)

If lawyers are disbarred and clergymen defrocked, doesn’t it follow that electricians can be delighted, musicians denoted?
–George Carlin

Each person has inside a basic decency and goodness. If he listens to it and acts on it, he is giving a great deal of what it is the world needs most. It is not complicated but it takes courage. It takes courage for a person to listen to his own goodness and act on it.
–Pau (Pablo) Casals

We often discover what will do, by finding out what will not do; and probably he who never made a mistake never made a discovery.
–Samuel Smiles

Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.
–Abraham Lincoln

How do you tell a communist? Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin. And how do you tell an anti-Communist? It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin.
–Ronald Reagan

Well, if crime fighters fight crime and fire fighters fight fire, what do freedom fighters fight? They never mention that part to us, do they?
–George Carlin

I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics exam; I looked into the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
–Woody Allen

Those are my principles, and if you don’t like them… well, I have others.
–Groucho Marx

We Americans live in a nation where the medical-care system is second to none in the world, unless you count maybe 25 or 30 little scuzzball countries like Scotland that we could vaporize in seconds if we felt like it.
–Dave Barry

Familiarity breeds contempt – and children!
–Mark Twain

A vote is like a rifle: its usefulness depends upon the character of the user.
–Theodore Roosevelt

If you shoot at mimes, should you use a silencer?
–Steven Wright

Honesty may be the best policy, but it’s important to remember that apparently, by elimination, dishonesty is the second-best policy.
–George Carlin


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Once of the best and most loving buddy cats I ever had (or I should say he had me!) was my two-thirds calico cat Tibbitt.  I named him Tibbitt cause he had an operatic voice like the famous baritone from years ago, Lawrence Tibbitt.  Well, my Tibbett could sing with the best of them!  When I lost him and knew he was gone, I wrote him this tribute poem.  For those of you who have had buddy cats and appreciate our feline friends, I think you might enjoy my humble little poem here.  You might even take it to heart…and then to heaven with you!

Patrick The Poet



I lost a dear, tender cat friend today,
A true friend I loved more than words can say.
And though I didn’t see him killed, or die,
When he didn’t come home today, my heart knew why.

I guess the creatures we love and who love us
Sometimes love us beyond all human belief.
Yes, they do become like angels above us.
But first they go off to die alone to spare us grief.

Signing Books At The Speed of High Speed Rail!

Brilliant article by the brilliant writer, book writer and ad agency guru Nancy Bolts!

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Washington, D.C. is a city of monuments, museums, modern mass transit and taxis, embassies, fancy restaurants and nightclubs, lots of government buildings and government workers, and at least one really fabulous bistro, community gathering spot and bookstore.  That bookstore lies in the heart of our nation’s capital and is called Busboys & Poets.  And a really nice, neat, well-run, and fabulous place it is.  I know this because I and “Fast Trains” fellow writer Emy Louie got to spend almost a whole evening there in February of 2013.  We spent it enjoyably promoting, selling, and signing our book to eager bookstore patrons and lovers of high speed rail.  And I don’t mind saying, it was a blast!

Located at 5th and K Street along a scenic, shopping stretch of town, Busboys & Poets is one of those cool kind of spots where DC players and a sophisticate patrons seem…

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If you love fabulous photos of trains and HSR trains and rails then visit this awesome slide show in a recent issue of Travel + Leisure. Then check out our fun and informative book FAST TRAINS. It’s got great pics, too, and is a fabulous read!

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