inessential by Brent Simmons


I was in my twenties before I understood the old saying "don't cry over spilled milk." I had to have it explained to me.

All along I thought it meant -- don't cry because, you know, it's just milk, whatever, there's more milk you can have.

But really it meant that the milk is already spilled, so crying doesn't help anything, what's done is done.

So, with that in mind, I like to say things like "don't cry over spilled plutonium" or "don't cry over spilled vials of Ebola virus."

How do you tell a nun from a hooker taking a bath? One has hope in her soul...

John posted a funny Cadillac joke yesterday.

Back to that milk saying. It's even dumber. You could just as well say "don't cry over milk before you spill it."

Because, after all, nothing bad has happened yet, so why cry.

So you can only cry during that fraction of a second while the milk is spilling. That doesn't give you much time. Do the best you can.

Sheila taught me a cool hand gesture the other day.

Hold up your right hand, palm facing you.

Make a W with your index, middle, and ring fingers.

Now bend your elbow to the left -- make your forearm parallel to the ground.

Now you've made an E, see.

W-E -- What Ever -- whatever.