Christmas Prague



Hey. Let me introduce you the lovely christmas Prague.

The main christmas tree is at Pragues astronomical clock square. The center of it all is enormous three you can see at the photo above. Right in front of the tree is elevated platform that has incredible view over both christmas tree and whole markets – but good luck getting there as it’s always so crowded. Don’t get me wrong I totally get those people who spend hours on the platform – if I had such prestige spot I would not want to move from there either.


I visited christmas markets 2018 just once. Me and my friend wandered over the markets and bought only alcohol – money well spend. Also it’s served in so cute cups you can see at the photo below. Otherwise you can buy shit ton of food like sausages, baked chesnuts, sweets but the alcohol stands outmatched…

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Holidays used to horrify
my sanity and sensibility.
The last minute scramble
to be cuffed to a decent man
of decent values to decently
satisfy my family’s questions.

To be presented at the
dinner table, served
as arm candy
dressed to impress.
With or without a man
I’m the appetizer, the entrée, the dessert
I’m not a plus one.

I am a worthy dinner guest
to any evening soiree.
I’m fine on my own, thank you
frankly, I’m wonderful company.

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davidbrucehaiku: Playing the Cards You Were Dealt


Playing the Cards You Were Dealt


Play even bad cards

To bring good out of evil

And achieve success


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Proverbs 16 (GENEVA BIBLE)

Proverbs 16

1 The preparations of the heart are in man: but the answer of the tongue is of the Lord.

2 All the ways of a man are clean in his own eyes: but the Lord pondereth the spirits.

3 Commit thy works unto the Lord, and thy thoughts shall be directed.

4 The Lord hath made all things for his own sake: yea, even the wicked for the day of evil.

5 All that are proud in heart, are an abomination to the Lord: though hand join in hand, he shall not be unpunished.

6 By mercy and truth iniquity shall be forgiven, and by the fear of the Lord they depart from evil.

7 When the ways of a man please the Lord, he will make also his enemies at peace with him.

8 Better is a little with righteousness, than great revenues without equity.

9 The heart of man purposeth his way: but the Lord doeth direct his steps.

10 A divine sentence shall be in the lips of the King: his mouth shall not transgress in judgment.

11 A true weight and balance are of the Lord: all the weights of the bag are his work.

12 It is an abomination to Kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by justice.

13 Righteous lips are the delight of Kings, and the King loveth him that speaketh right things.

14 The wrath of a King is as messengers of death: but a wise man will pacify it.

15 In the light of the King’s countenance is life: and his favor is as a cloud of the latter rain.

16 How much better is it to get wisdom than gold? and to get understanding, is more to be desired than silver.

17 The path of the righteous is to decline from evil, and he keepeth his soul, that keepeth his way.

18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an high mind before the fall.

19 Better it is to be of humble mind with the lowly, than to divide the spoils with the proud.

20 He that is wise in his business, shall find good: and he that trusteth in the Lord, he is blessed.

21 The wise in heart shall be called prudent: and the sweetness of the lips shall increase doctrine.

22 Understanding is wellspring of life unto them that have it: and the instruction of fools is folly.

23 The heart of the wise guideth his mouth wisely, and addeth doctrine to his lips.

24 Fair words are as an honeycomb, sweetness to the soul, and health to the bones.

25 There is a way that seemeth right unto man: but the issue thereof are the ways of death.

26 The person that travaileth, travaileth for himself: for his mouth craveth it of him.

27 A wicked man diggeth up evil, and in his lips is like burning fire.

28 A froward person soweth strife: and a taleteller maketh division among princes.

29 A wicked man deceiveth his neighbor, and leadeth him into the way that is not good.

30 He shutteth his eyes to devise wickedness: he moveth his lips, and bringeth evil to pass.

31 Age is a crown of glory, when it is found in the way of righteousness.

32 He that is slow unto anger, is better than the mighty man: and he that ruleth his own mind, is better than he that winneth a city.

33 The lot is cast into the lap: but the whole disposition thereof is of the Lord.




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David Bruce: Television Anecdotes

• Comedian Tim Conway served as producer-director of an Ohio TV program titled Ernie’s Place, which featured Ernie Anderson. The program had no budget, and so each week Mr. Conway appeared as a guest on the show. One of the things that he and Mr. Anderson would do was to announce that a local notable such as the Mayor was going to appear on the show and be interviewed, but none of the local notables actually wanted to be on the show. When Mr. Conway and Mr. Anderson would announce that the Mayor was going to be on the show, the Mayor would telephone them and say that there was no way he would be on the show. But Mr. Conway and Mr. Anderson would announce on air that the Mayor had telephoned to say that he was on his way. They would keep teasing the audience like that until they would say that the Mayor had finally arrived, but it was too late to interview him. Because they did this so frequently, Mr. Conway says, “The audience soon got on to us.” By the way, Mr. Conway married his own godmother. In 1958, he converted to Catholicism, and when the priest asked him who would serve as his godmother, Mr. Conway suggested the young woman he was dating. The priest advised against that because perhaps Mr. Conway and the young woman would get married and then Mr. Conway would be marrying his own godmother. So the priest suggested that Mary Anne Dalton, a friend of the couple, should be Mr. Conway’s godmother. This suggestion was accepted, and she became Mr. Conway’s godmother. However, he broke up with his girlfriend and started dating Ms. Dalton, and on May 27, 1961, he married his own godmother.

• Johnny Carson, host of The Tonight Showfor many years, was a quick-witted man who came up with his own jokes — and who delivered expertly the jokes his writers came up with. Joan Embrey of the San Diego Zoo often brought exotic animals on his show, and a marmoset once climbed onto Johnny and sat on Johnny’s head. Johnny looked into the camera and said, “Tell me one other place in this whole world of seven billion people where a man is sitting with a marmoset on his head.” A man once asked him, “What made you a star?” Johnny replied, “I started out in a gaseous state and then I cooled.” Ed McMahon, Johnny’s Tonight Showsidekick and friend, was often the good-natured recipient of Johnny’s jokes about his supposedly excessive intake of alcohol. Once, Johnny said, “Actually, Ed has good control of his drinking. He drinks only in places that have walls.” Of course, funny things sometimes happened to him. Fairly early in his career, he and Mr. McMahon were sitting together in a restaurant when they noticed two elderly ladies looking at them and smiling. One elderly lady told the other, “You go.” The other elderly lady replied, “No, you go.” When they had settled who should go, one elderly lady approached their table. Mr. Carson and Mr. McMahon thought that she was going to ask them for autographs, but the elderly lady said, “If you’re not using the cream, may we have it?”)

• In 1986, Marlo Thomas was nominated for an Emmy for Best Dramatic Actress for her performance in the TV movie Nobody’s Child. In the same year, The Golden Girls, a TV series produced by Tony Thomas, her brother, was nominated for Best Comedy Series. Their parents, comedian Danny Thomas and Rose Marie Thomas, decided not to attend the Emmy Awards that year because they knew that they would be devastated if one of their children won an Emmy and the other lost, so they watched the awards program on TV. A neighbor, Ted Mann, had a satellite dish with a feed from the East Coast, so when he was watching the middle of the Emmy Awards show other people on the West Coast, such as the Thomases, were watching the beginning. Mr. Mann called the Thomases with good news: “Tony just won the Emmy!” This was good news, and the Thomases threw coats over their pajamas and went to Mr. Mann’s house to watch the rest of the Emmy Awards show. More good news: Marlo won the Emmy. The Thomases then got dressed up so they could celebrate that night with Tony and Marlo.

• Sometimes, you need the courage to stand up for your beliefs. When Mel Brooks was a comedy writer for Sid Caesar, Mr. Brooks wrote a sketch featuring Mr. Caesar as a German professor, but Mr. Caesar did not want to do it. As they walked together on the street, Mr. Caesar kept saying, “No,” as Mr. Brooks tried to convince him to do the sketch. Finally, out of frustration, Mr. Brooks, who is a small man, hit Mr. Caesar, who is a big man, in the face. Mr. Caesar looked at Mr. Brooks and said, “I’ll let you live.” However, Mr. Caesar was impressed that Mr. Brooks believed so strongly in the sketch, so he did it on TV and discovered that Mr. Brooks was correct about the funniness of the German professor and the sketch. Thereafter, Mr. Caesar appeared on his TV show as the German professor many times.

• Leonard Nimoy has accomplished much in his long life, but he will be especially remembered for acting the role of Dr. Spock, science officer of the starship Enterprise in Star Trek. Of course, fans identify him with the role—so much so that they think he knows a lot more about science than he actually knows. Once, he visited the California Institute of Technology, where students told him about their extremely sophisticated science projects. Mr. Nimoy says, “They were explaining these things to me. It was not my language. I didn’t have a clue what they were talking about, but I nodded very sagely, stroked my chin a little bit, and was very thoughtful. They said, ‘What do you think?’ And I said, ‘You’re on the right track.’”

• “I wish there was a knob on the TV so you could turn up the intelligence.  They got one marked ‘brightness’ but it don’t work, does it?”  — Leo Anthony Gallagher


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