What’s in a Name?……..and other things of interest (STAY TUNED FOR NEW MATERIAL ON THIS POST)

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Joe’s musings on Shakespeare’s comment:

 

 

 

 

Rock….Paper…..Shears?

A $395 pair of “shears”

When I was a kid we had a pair of scissors at home. They were kept in a special drawer and only withdrawn at the approval of my mother, who among other things was the guardian of important stuff. They were much better than the tinny junk scissors we used for school work. Sometimes I would secretly open the drawer and take them out. I liked the solid feel and  weight of them.

A $395 pair of “scissors”

Later in junior high school, I found that some of our teachers referred to scissors as “shears”. These shears were treated with even more circumspect than my mother’s scissors in the guarded drawer at home. After that  I naturally associated shears with a special degree of importance…. “You may get the shears, Joseph.” …Right on Teach!

Later, working in industry I noticed that almost all scissors were referred to as “shears”. I believe “shear operator” had a certain impact, Vs “scissors cutter”. Better pay grade perhaps?

A cursory investigation finds that in theory, some define the distinction between scissors and shears by length, though not in practice. And yet many others separate the two by price, but here again a quick investigation reveals some very expensive scissors, along with some very expensive shears.

And another thing, why are they referred to as a pair? You only use one. The whole business is a shear mystery to me.

 

 

 

 

Meet “Eugene”.

 

What about Fido?

 

People love their pets. The names of their pets sometimes reflect the pets personality…or the personality the pet owner wishes they had; Sparky, Smoky, Precious, Lucky.. for example. Other people use objects to name their pets; Tank, Diesel, to name a few.

And still others apply regal names to their furry friends; King, Duke, Lady, Prince being some of the more popular names of royalty we often find applied to our canine charges. Many dogs are named after other animals; Moose, Bear and Buck are popular monikers applied to our doggy chums .

Then there are those who simply apply “human” names to their canine companions; Hugh, Eugene, Victor….Joe??!

 

 

 

J.P. Morgan

Big Shots

 

I’ve noticed over the years that many important men substitute initials for their given names. J. P. Morgan, E. F. Hutton, J. Edgar Hoover to name a few. I often wonder why and when the conversion was made. Is it determined by income? Age and income? Office location perhaps?

I’m thinking of converting to initials as well. J. F. Campolo Jr….I like that; very classy. Or for a little flare I’ll tack on an extra name at the end…..J. F. Campolo Jr. COOLIO…for example. As an aspiring rapper I think it would work, and as a bonus I could hold some book signings in the hood!

 

 

 

This is a weatherman

Too Hot to Handle

 

For many years Television stations featured a newscaster or two, a sportscaster and a weatherman. The newsies were the top dogs, commanding most of the programming time, usually followed by the sportscaster. The weatherman always came in last because….well….no one really took them too seriously. The weather was what it was. So the weathermen were usually a little quirky; they may have had a costume, a sidekick or some other gimmick to get people to watch.

Meteorologist gibberish

That has changed in recent years; these days you have to have a “meteorologist”. The meteorologists are less fun; but no more accurate. They have a lot of nifty devices and use very impressive terms though. They tell us that’s important!

 

Hot, cold, rain, snow…..hurricane…..who cares??

Many networks of late, realizing that people understand the truth about weather forecasts have come to offer a little “fluff” to smooth the hoax over a bit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flame War!

 

I often wonder what The Bard would say were he around today. With current politics and social instability as they are, anger and name calling are at fever pitch.The advent of the internet; featuring instant information and communication, along with the ability to remain anonymous has certainly played a roll in the phenomena.

We see an inflammatory news article, Facebook post or Tweet and immediately jump on one side of the camp,or the other, shooting flames from our computers and I-phones via social media or internet comment boards. Shakespeare would probably find the activity as irresistible as the rest of us do; using his keen observatory nature and sharp wit to skewer anyone crossing his path.

Oh cometh thou join the fun, Sir William!

 

 

 

That’s my name, Pilgrim!

Who?

 

John Wayne was a great actor; a tremendous film presence and an American institution. His memorabilia, often signed with his name or his moniker “The Duke” is as popular as ever. I wonder how popular all the coffee mugs, holsters, signed photos etc. would be if they were signed with his real name…Marion Morrison.

 

 

 

 

I spent six months with Nguyen Than Hoa before he was killed in the Vietnam War. I never learned how to pronounce his name, nor did he mine; however we understood each other well enough…..and I missed him when he was gone. (photo lost)

 

 

12919734_1163598380325570_9078203408902351059_n*Subdivisions are often named after the wildlife and fauna destroyed to create them.

 

 

 

 

 

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Apaches

 

*Some weapons systems are named after indigenous people who were chased off their land.

 

 

 

 

 

 

13340194_10153753932361902_5653731642887239703_o*Rhode Island is not an island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

14633734_1666996846944421_3038250283362679281_o*Since Columbus thought he landed in China in 1492, why aren’t the Indians called Chinese?

 

 

 

 

 

14359089_117910782000856_8094636663057360116_n*If Amerigo Vespucci had been named Roberto Vespucci, we would be called Bobbicans?

 

 

 

 

 

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Demetrius Campolo

Gotta love the Grandfolks!

 

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Jenny Campolo

*My paternal grandfather, Demetrius Campolo, was by all accounts, a tough character to live with and an even tougher character to like. He died the year I was born, but over the years, stories of his antics have rose to the surface.  My grandmother Jenny, his long suffering wife, apparently got some modem of revenge when he passed. She never cared for his given name and always called him Dominic, despite the fact that calling him Dominic brought her additional grief; a commodity which she and her fourteen children already had a surplus of. (largely thanks to Demetrius) … Nevertheless, after the passing of Demetrius, Grandma Jenny had “Dominic Campolo” inscribed on his tombstone……an act of defiance with an immortal flavor. Well played Grandma!

 

 

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Houston, We have a Problem…

 

When I was in Vietnam, the Vietnamese would often point to the name tag on my uniform and make a rocket sound, while pointing their finger toward the sky. The Apollo space program was still in play and they apparently thought their was enough similarity in Apollo and Campolo to make the connection. Sometimes the Vietnamese were a hoot.

 

 

 

Sir William Wallace

You Slay Me

 

Quite a few people have been executed for treason over the years. While some have been executed for your standard, garden variety “Treason”; others have had the distinction of being executed for “High Treason”. If I’m going to be heckled, drawn, quartered and then hung; hey, do me the honor; give me a “High”.

 

 

 

Joe’s musings on some other things……….

 

 

VA health care is like Forest Gump’s box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.

 

 

 

 

 

 

In some instances deafness is an advantage, blindness is a blessing, and death is a mercy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(I got this one)

If it was easy, everyone would do it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I get now, why old folks are sometimes cranky. They are aware there is much left to be done….though there’s probably not enough sand left in the glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

Dishonesty in discord is a form of surrender.

 

 

 

 

If you don’t share this you’re a heartless servant of the devil!

 

Like many others today I use and follow Facebook. I use it to follow the activities of family and friends, and also to promote my writing. When I first joined FB several years ago, it was dominated by young people posting about their dating and sporting activities. After us “geezers” discovered FB it soon became festooned with recipe exchanges and medical issues.

The past two or three years has seen FB become politically polarized. It seems that many people on both sides of the spectrum feel that their political beliefs are the only ones of any value and this belief allows them to plaster my FB page with copy and paste memes, political insults, and in many cases “fake news”.

I don’t really mind someone posting their political point of view if it is original, well thought out and vetted for facts. But I very much mind the many that are none of the above. I find the whole thing irritating and discouraging; as I’m sure many others do.

If you read and follow this blog, please keep in mind that while some forums are appropriate for political ranting, others are not. DON’T KILL FACEBOOK WITH POLITICAL RANTS, hey?!

 

 

 

Some of my best stories will not appear on my blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

medium chunk….right?

I don’t need a big chunk of money to make me happy…… a medium chunk would do.

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve always enjoyed listening to the Dalai Lama, Mr. Rogers, Dr. Phil and people like that. I admire their gentle and accepting nature. I often think…..Now why can’t I be like that?… .But alas……I cannot…I’ll keep working at it though.

 

 

 

 

After every tragedy we are implored to get religion into our lives; then scolded for worshiping false Gods…..I wish they would make up their minds.

 

 

 

 

 

Through our parents we look behind us; through our children we look ahead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The painter gives it vision, the musician gives it voice, the writer gives it meaning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like blowing sand in the desert, our experiences gather in ever growing dunes cast over our lifetime.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based upon every living creature we know of past or present, (especially humans) any aliens who decide to visit our planet, probably aren’t coming to enjoy the holidays with us.

 

 

 

 

 

Being a Writer is like being a Farmer; you keep at it till the money’s all gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

PTSD and Agent Orange are the uninvited guests that followed us home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can learn quite a bit about a person by observing how they treat people they don’t have to be nice to.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sharing a popular opinion may bring us satisfaction, however it may not always bring us truth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

There is no stronger advocate for Democracy than a country that has been under Communist, Fascist, Nazi or Monarch rule for any length of time. However that democracy must be nurtured,  protected, watched over and scrutinized…..lest the scoundrels have their way.

 

 

 

 

They were driven off of their land and laid waste with pestilence; after which they were taught religion….. so they could save themselves.

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you walked a mile in these, you would have seen enough….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Mom and Dad supported their children in every way.

My Mom was great; she always had my back. She was a voracious reader and encouraged me to write. In my mind, she’s still looking over my shoulder covering me. Mom’s do that, even when they are gone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used to be a young man but forsook my youth for age and wisdom…..thus far I have succeeded in getting old.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I speak through the river, I see through the sky, I hear through the wind.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The American mid-west has some of the most fertile farmland in the world. It is being paved over with concrete and asphalt at an alarming rate. Giant warehouses are popping up like mushrooms along every interstate. Ironically, these giant warehouses are used to store products imported from third world countries; who import farm goods from the U.S.

 

 

 

 

Metaphorically speaking, I’m not going to get into the ring with Hemingway.

 

 

 

 

 

My greatest fear is that we have yet to see the worst of man.

 

 

 

 

 

 

U.S. Marine stands with Vietnamese children as they watch their house burn after an Allied patrol set it ablaze after finding communist AK-47 ammunition, Jan. 13, 1971. Patrol made up of U.S. Marines and South Vietnamese popular forces searched the village, 25 miles south of Da Nang. (AP Photo) Joe’s note: Winning the hearts and minds? In my opinion this practice was one reason the war went bad. I never understood the logic behind this type of activity.

 

 

The end of one war sows the seeds of another.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Win……. Lose…..what’s the difference?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What others have to say about anything at all…………..

 

 

Give neither counsel nor salt, until you are asked for it.

~Italian proverb

 

 

 

 

 

I live for nights that I can’t remember, with people that I won’t forget.

~Drake

I on the other hand, live for nights that I can’t forget with people that I won’t remember.   ~Joe

 

 

 

 

Young men, hear an old man to whom old men hearkened when he was young.

~ Gaius Octavius Thurinus  ( Augustus)

 

 

 

 

 

The Cisco Kid was a friend of mine. The Cisco Kid was a friend of mine. He drink whiskey Poncho drink the wine. He drink whiskey Poncho drink the wine. We met down on the fort of Rio Grande. We met down on the fort of Rio Grande.

~’70’s Rock group: War

 

 

 

Remember, you are just an extra in everyone else’s play.

~Franklin Roosevelt

 

 

 

 

 

 

In politics, stupidity is not a handicap.

~Napoleon Bonaparte

 

 

 

 

 

Now here’s what I’m gonna do!…..

That’s bullshit. You’re not gonna do nothin’ like that. I’ll tell you what you gonna do. You gonna get a job. That’s what you gonna do. You’re gonna get a little job. Some job a convict can get, like scraping off trays in a cafeteria. Or cleaning out toilets. And you’re gonna hold onto that job like gold. Because it is gold. Let me tell you, Jack, that is gold. You listenin’ to me? And when that man walks in at the end of the day. And he comes to see how you done, you ain’t gonna look in his eyes. You gonna look at the floor. Because you don’t want to see that fear in his eyes when you jump up & grab his face, and slam him to the floor, and make him scream & cry for his life. So you look right at the floor, Jack. Pay attention to what I’m sayin’, motherfucker! And then he’s gonna look around the room – see how you done. And he’s gonna say “Oh, you missed a little spot over there. Jeez, you didn’t get this one here. What about this little bitty spot?” And you’re gonna suck all that pain inside you, and you’re gonna clean that spot. And you’re gonna clean that spot. Until you get that shiny clean. And on Friday, you pick up your paycheck. And if you could do that, if you could do that, you could be president of Chase Manhattan… corporations! If you could do that.

~Oscar “Manny” Manheim;  Runaway Train

 

 

I have noticed that even those who assert that everything is predestined and that we can change nothing about it still look both ways before they cross the street.

~Stephen Hawking

 

 

 

 

 

You can’t put shit back into the donkey.

~Tony Soprano

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.

~Albert Einstein

 

 

 

 

 

 

This isn’t Nam….there are rules here.

~Walter Sobchak,  The Big Lebowski

 

 

 

 

 

 

Home is the place where, when you go there, they have to take you in.

~Robert Frost

 

 

 

 

 

 

A man who chases two rabbits catches neither.

     ~Chinese proverb

 

 

 

 

 

 

The knowledge of yourself will preserve you from vanity. 

  ~Miguel de Cervantes

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nothing strengthens authority so much as silence.  

  ~Leonardo da Vinci

 

 

 

 

 

 

A mule will labor ten years willingly and patiently for you, just for the privilege of kicking you once.   

  ~William Faulkner

 

 

 

 

 

Men marry because they are tired; women, because they are curious; both are disappointed.   

      ~ Oscar Wilde

 

 

 

 

 

But how could one live and have no story to tell

   ~Fyodor Doestoevsky

 

 

 

 

 

 

Military justice is to justice what military music is to music.    ~Groucho Marx

 

 

 

“Yes, very sensible… People die of common sense, Dorian, one lost moment at a time. Life is a moment. There is no hereafter. So make it burn always with the hardest flame.”
― Oscar Wilde; The Picture of Dorian Gray

 

“Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing.” ― Wilde

 

 

First prize is a Cadillac, second prize is a set of steak knives….third prize is your fired.  ~Glen Gary Glenn Ross

 

 

 

 

 

Indeed, history is nothing more than a tableau of crimes and misfortunes. ~Voltaire

 

It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets. ~Voltaire

 

 

 

A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. ~Mark Twain

 

The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them. ~Twain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need. ~Marcus Tullius Cicero

 

The sinews of war are infinite money.   ~ Cicero

 

 

 

 

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
― Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A fox looked at his shadow at sunrise and said, “I will have a camel for lunch today.” And all morning he went about looking for camels. But at noon he saw his shadow again—and he said, “A mouse will do.”          ~Gibran

 

 

 

If a politician found he had cannibals among his constituents he would promise them missionaries for dinner.  ~H.L. Mencken

 

 

 

Anyone who has ever taken a shower has had a great idea. ~Nolan Bushnell

 

 

 

 

 

 

The vulgar crowd always is taken by appearances, and the world consists chiefly of the vulgar. ~Niccolo Machiavelli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When logic and proportion
Have fallen slowly dead
And the White Knight is talking backwards
And the Red Queen’s off with her head
Remember what the dormouse said
“Feed your head, feed your head”  ~Gracie Slick, White Rabbit

*Joe’s note; this song made infinite sense to us in Vietnam

 

 

 

 

I think now, looking back, we did not fight the enemy; we fought ourselves. And the enemy was in us. The war is over for me now, but it will always be there, the rest of my days. As I’m sure Elias will be, fighting with Barnes for what Rhah called possession of my soul. There are times since, I’ve felt like the child born of those two fathers. But, be that as it may, those of us who did make it have an obligation to build again, to teach to others what we know, and to try with what’s left of our lives to find a goodness and a meaning to this life.

Taylor; Platoon

 

 

 

I cook with wine; sometimes I even add it to the food~ W.C. Fields

 

 

 

 

 

 

My psychiatrist told me I was crazy so I told him I wanted a second opinion. He said okay, you’re ugly to.

~Rodney Dangerfield

 

 

 

 

 

If you cannot bite, do not show your teeth. 

~Vietnamese saying

 

 

 

 

 

 

Truth never damages a cause that is just.  ~Mahatma Gandhi

 

 

 

 

 

 

The past is something that’s already happened and can never be changed. At some point, you have to give up whatever resentment you have towards people, circumstances, and experiences from your past. Otherwise, your future starts to look an awful lot like your past. ~Srinivas Rao

 

 

 

 

Fairy tales are true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten. 

~ Neil Gaiman

 

 

 

 

 

We are stardust
Billion year old carbon
We are golden
Caught in the devil’s bargain
And we’ve got to get ourselves
back to the garden                       Woodstock     ~Joni Mitchell

 

 

 

 

If I did not write to empty my mind, I would go mad.  ~Lord Byron

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places.

~ Ernest Hemingway

 

 

 

 

 

You don’t get to choose how you’re going to die. Or when. You can decide how you’re going to live though. ~Joan Baez

 

We know what memories can bring; they bring diamonds and rust. ~Baez

 

 

 

 

My friend Jim Northrup; RIP

I used to be known as a bullshitter but that didn’t pay anything. I began calling myself a storyteller – a little better, more prestige – but it still didn’t pay anything. I became a freelance writer. At first it was more free than lance, then I finally started getting money for my words   ~Chibenashi (Jim Northrup)

 

 

 

 

 

Hell is empty…all the devils are here.    ~Shakespeare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music. ~Friederich Nietzsche

 

After coming into contact with a religious man, I always feel the need to wash my hands. ~Nietzsche

 

 

Men are nearly always willing to believe what they wish.

~Julius Caesar

 

 

 

 

 

Before you leave here, Sir, you’re going to learn that one of the most brutal things in the world is your average nineteen-year-old American boy. ~Philip Caputo,  A Rumor of War

 

 

Everything rotted and corroded there: bodies, boot leather, canvas, metal, morals. Scorched by the sun, wracked by the wind and rain of the monsoon, fighting in alien swamps and jungles, our humanity rubbed off of us just as the protective bluing rubbed off the barrels of our rifles.  ~Caputo

 

 

 

 

 

On Stage I make love to 25,000 different people, then I go home alone. ~ Janis Joplin

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long you’ll live and high you’ll fly and and smiles you’ll give and tears you’ll cry and all you’ll touch and all you’ll see is all your life will ever be. ~ Pink Floyd

 

 

 

 

 

More to follow….

 

 

 

About the Author

Joe Campolo Jr.

Joe Campolo Jr.

Joe Campolo, Jr. is an award winning author, poet and public speaker. A Vietnam War Veteran, Joe writes and speaks about the war, and is a Veteran's advocate. Some of Joe's stories are gripping, some humorous. Joe also writes about other experiences, many of which are also humorous. Joe enjoys fishing, traveling, writing and spending time with his family. Joe loves to hear from his readers, please send him a note on this page or the contact page! (and order one of Joe's popular books from the link on his author page)

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