We come to the end of an era.
Ok, maybe it isn’t an era, but the end is most definitely
here. This will be the last issue of Really Good Quotes.
Much like everything else, RGQ has a limited life span. The heartbeat
of RGQ has been the participation of many people, from writers, segment
contributors, and you, the readers.
As most of you are aware, Yahoo, our main hosting source, has made adjustments
and upgrades to their service. Every time they did, we had to scramble
to put out a readable issue. Of course, since Yahoo couldn’t,
or wouldn’t, provide a simple answer, we had to devote a lot of time
to troubleshoot and make the necessary corrections.
Since it’s inception by Bruce, who did it all five times a week, it
morphed into a thrice weekly adventure. Bruce became too busy
to participate, although others had joined in on the fun. Kirsten,
Patti, Faithy, Tim, Sied, Mike, Grammie, John, Ranina, BJ, Nancy, LDO,
Lucille, myself and others have had various duties, including writing
our individual articles, just to get the issues out.
We have lost some of these people to other endeavors, and some we have
lost completely. But, what we have lost most is time. It takes
a much longer time to prepare a single issue for publication than it
used to take. Since nobody has been able to stretch the clock,
or adjust the speed in which time marches on, we are left with borrowing
from family time, other recreational time, and sometimes sleep.
We simply cannot continue.
We have enjoyed sharing out thoughts, opinions, and efforts here at
RGQ. We hope you have enjoyed it as well. We thank you for reading
each issue, and your comments on the content you read. It had
been enjoyable beyond the human ability to describe, but it has come
to the time when we must close this chapter and move on to write other
chapters in our lives.
Be well. And may your lives be as enriched as ours have become simply
because you let us. Take care.
Cliff & the rest of the RGQ Staff
On This Issue
The staff of RGQ has been informed of the decision to shut down,and
have been given the opportunity to offer their own goodbyes. Following
are those individual comments.
Feel free to comment with the link above about this issue, or about
any part of RGQ’s short history. We will be distributing any comments
received to the entire RGQ staff.
On August 2, 2002 RGQ was born. We’re nearly a dozen years and 1,800
issues into it as of today, and we’re now at a point where it has to
come to an end. It’s with a very heavy heart that I say farewell to
my wonderful friends and associates. I think of Tim and Sied, both of
whom passed away while actively writing for us, and I think of the other
great writers, past and present, who have made this such a significant
experience for all of us. I considered listing them and thanking them
all individually, but I know I’d leave someone out and that’s the last
thing I’d want to do. Fortunately, you and they know who they are.
I created RGQ on a
whim, and never in my wildest dreams would I have expected it to take
on the character that it has, nor would I have thought it could ever
have assumed the importance in peoples’ lives that it ultimately did.
We’ve shared laughs and tears, and we’ve become a virtual but very real
family, complete even with the crazy aunt in the attic. I don’t know
how that happened, frankly, but I will be forever thankful that it did.
I’m grateful to both the staff writers and to the readers who have chosen
to let us into their lives.
Thank you all for
being a part of this wonderful experiment. I love you all more than
you know. It’s been one hell of a ride!
I n the immortal words
of Bob Hope, "Thanks for the memories!"
P.S. I don’t want to give
anyone false hope, but the Yahoo group called Really Good Quotes will
not cease to exist with our last issue, even though there will be no
more mailings from it. If a whole new team of people were to be willing
to come together to restart it, it could possibly happen, but it is
quite literally going to require the organization of a whole new staff
for writing, production, and administration. Take my word for it. That’s
no easy task. If anyone feels up to the challenge of leading the charge,
they can write me at firstname.lastname@example.org
and I’ll help coordinate it in any way I can. If you are so inclined,
I suggest you write soon so that momentum isn’t lost. If it doesn’t
happen in the first week I’ll bet money that it won’t ever happen.
It really is now or never.
I don’t remember how I first came to read RGQ.
Maybe it was the limericks, although I don’t remember being interested
in them before I started submitting them to RGQ. I didn’t comment a
lot but I did submit limericks almost every day.
In 2004 I experienced some personal problems and wrote about them in
the comments. The outpouring of support and help that I received from
the RGQ family was stunning. I felt that I had a second family who cared
about me and my problems.
Sometime after that Bruce announced that he needed to step away from
RGQ and unless somebody came forward RGQ would be shutting down. I guess
I felt that I owed the readers because of their support in my time of
need, so I contacted Bruce. It turned out that I was one of two he was
considering. As Patti mentions in her farewell it was neck and neck
until she decided to write her history column instead.
When it became too much for me to write 3 times a week Patti kindly
took over the Wednesday lead. That relieved some of the burden but I
was still doing most of the work. Bruce, who was never far away, suggested
farming out some of the duties and I had several people who helped with
quotes, comments, etc. It was through this network of helpers that I
roped in Kirsten and Cliff. I was later able to convince Cliff to write
a daily column too.
Several people came in during this time, both to help and to write.
Some came and went and some like Lucille and BJ stuck around. I owe
everyone a huge thank you for all you did.
At some point I suppose I felt that I had said whatever it was that
needed saying and I told Cliff I needed to stop writing. He took on
the big chores while I continued to supply the jokes and images and
to post the issues to Yahoo and the website. I owe many of our readers
a deep thank you for keeping me in jokes all this time, along with the
many images submitted.
Thanks to all of you for allowing me to write for you. Thanks especially
for not slamming me too much, either for what I wrote about or the fact
that I’m a barely literate hillbilly! I’ll miss you all.
I don’t even know how I found Really Good Quotes. I assume I typed into
some search engine, probably not even Google for the term “quotes” and
up it popped. I apparently liked it because I started getting it delivered
to my inbox five days a week. That’s right, I have been part of RGQ
for so long, it was an every weekday thing when I started.
As a side note, back then Bruce did it all himself and had lots of work
each night getting the next day’s issue out the door.
I know this is hard to believe, but I was a blabby commenter on a rather
frequent basis. I must have said something about having a computer degree
or teaching computers or something because Bruce asked me if I would
like to help out and format the comments for each day. I said I would
love to help. Or something like that. Anyway, I began helping.
I’m not exactly sure of the entire timeline for all this stuff. I know
that we eventually went to three days a week and that Bruce needed a
break to work on a private project. One assumes it was the Marshall
Hydrothermal thing. He asked for volunteers to write the lead once a
week. Two people volunteered - Mike and me. Bruce ran a poll. Neck and
neck. Bruce couldn’t decide who to choose. I made it easy, I withdrew
But I love to read and write and I loved RGQ. So, I eventually made
a counter-offer. I had this idea for a piece about what happened on
each day. I would write a few paragraphs and since this was a quote
thing, I would add a few quotes to enhance the story. Patti’s Parenthetical
Past was born. I liked these so much that I began posting them, updated
with extra text and quotes, to my personal blog. Little Bits of History
is still going strong.
Bruce needed more time away, Mike was tired of writing so much, I got
asked if I would write a lead article once a week. Again I said I would
love to help out. Or something like that. Anyway, I started writing
once a week for the lead space.
I don’t remember when I stopped formatting comments and I don’t remember
when I got asked to put the quotes together for each issue. But whenever
it was, that’s what I have done.
I was shocked when Seid died and felt horrible that he had been so close
all this time and I had never met him in person, until his funeral.
I was happy to meet Cliff, who also made the trip to South Carolina
to pay his respects to Fred Seidendorf, remarkable man, writer, veteran,
humorist, storyteller, and friend.
Tim, Red Barren, funny guy extraordinaire, IT man with a mission, and
friend (who never wanted his last name published but *I* know it) got
me interested in My Writers Circle, an online writing forum. Tim was
a constant there, just as funny and helpful over there as he always
was here. He was fine and then he was sick and then so suddenly, he
was gone. I was unable to get to Buffalo for his funeral. I sent my
When I look back on the vagaries or life and my time here I’m simply
astounded. I’ve spoken to Bruce on the phone, but we are on opposite
coasts. I’ve met Cliff. I’m friends with more people over on Facebook,
writers and readers. It feels like a family.
I will miss this popping up in my inbox three times a week. I might
even miss the writing - but I certainly am not going to miss the deadlines
looming and not finding anything to write about and striving to fill
a space and hopefully entertain you, the reader, and possibly even make
Thanks, Bruce, for starting this. Thanks for giving me a chance to put
my words in front of so many people. Thanks to all the other behind
the scenes people present and past who made it possible for this to
last as long as it did. Thanks to the readers who hopefully enjoyed
each issue and thought about what we presented.
I’m going to miss you guys.
“A mind, once expanded by a new idea, never returns to its original
dimensions.” - Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
I was an avid reader of RGQ, and when there was a call for assistance
to do the layout of each issue, I readily volunteered. I really
enjoyed seeing the pieces come together as I plucked each author’s work
from an email and made it into a newsletter or e-zine.
Sied passed and we were short a writer. I again volunteered as
many of my friends had said I should become an writer. I believed
them. I must have had some convoluted logic behind my arguments
as my offer wasa accepted. I began writing and doing the layout
three times a week and loved every minute of it.
Things changed. Yahoo got testy, but it was still fun, but I had only
enough time to write only once a week. I had to take over the
publication when Bruce had to leave. I was still having fun.
Others left us, for one reason or another, so I had to get others to
fill in. A new rhythm was established.
I learned recently that Mike cannot do his backstage support. If you
didn’t know, he would gather the funny pictures and jokes for each issue.
He also staged each issue for publication. His efforts were quite
time consuming as each picture had to be resized and uploaded to a server.
Shortly before that, GrammieSammie left us and BJ went into the hospital
for surgery. BJ’s email began bouncing, so that wasn’t a good
My workload had increased simply due to Yahoo’s "upgrades",
and I had no more time to devote to fill the gaps as I had to take on
a part-time job. The staff knew if we lost a key member, RGQ would
be lost. Well, we lost 3. We tried to make up for the loss,
but it was not meant to be.
I want to thank Bruce, and you, the readers, for letting me try something
new; writing. I’ve enjoyed every moment of it. I will truly
miss this aspect of my life. I got to exercise some new "muscles"
in the process and it felt good.
Thank you again, dear readers, for your warm welcome each and every
issue. Your comments, whether in agreement or opposition, made me feel
like I was doing something beneficial. Sometimes I would take
on the role of the Devil’s Advocate. Sometimes I was speaking
of things near and dear to my heart. At all times I was enjoying
I hope the future brings us all together again in some form.
I will miss you. If you wish to know, my Facebook link is http://www.facebook.com/CitySlickerOH.
Cliff (the High-Tech Redneck who doesn’t rate a fancy ’signature pic’)
I have been a loyal
reader of RGQ since its very early days, back when Bruce
was singlehandedly putting out an issue five days a week, without any
help from anyone. I mean, did the man not have a life?
Actually, he probably didn’t, which is why he started recruiting writers
to help him out. My own behind-the-scenes involvement started with the
assembling of the issues. Bruce and the writers would send me their
articles, quotes, pictures and whatnot, and I would put it all together
and send the finished product back to Bruce.
After a few months of this, Bruce offered me my own column, and I jumped
at the opportunity. I have fond memories of our two writers who are
sadly no longer with us - Sied, who was never afraid to give me a well-meaning
(and usually much-needed) kick in the read, and Tim, who was the first
to encourage me to expand my writing beyond RGQ. Faithy was writing
for us then as well, and so was Robin. Patti was also part of the clan,
then and now.
In the years since then, we have seen writers come and go. I myself
have gone, and then, unable to live without RGQ, I have returned. We
have made new friends and learned new stories. We have seen each other
- both writers and readers - through births and deaths, new beginnings
and unexpected endings. I announced the births of both of my children
on RGQ. You were there for my engagement and my marriage, the death
of my dad, and my son’s diagnosis with autism. You have seen me through
just about every major life event known to man, and for that I am truly
You have been like a family to me, and I am going to miss you so very
much. It has been an honour to be a part of this, and my time here will
live forever in my memory. I have made friends, formed relationships
that I truly care about and that go beyond the pages of RGQ.
In the words of the late Douglas Adams, who was a far greater writer
than I will ever be: “So long, and thanks for all the fish.”
I’ll miss RGQ. 3 times a week, I got to exercise my funny bone, and
of course, my ever ready sniping gene. I’m sorry it has to end, but
I certainly understand how it has gotten to be too much for one man
I hope everyone who has either written for RGQ over the years, or
read it over their morning coffee have nothing but the best in life.
I feel like we’ve been through a lot with each other, and I will miss
reading my own subscription to the ezine.
It does seem that a lot of things have changed this year. My law office
is almost closed, and I am trying to become a seller on EBay. Still,
as much as everything changes, we all remain the same.
Again, I wish everyone nothing but the best of what life can give.
I’ll include all of you in my prayers, and hope you will remember
me the same way. Thanks again for the support and encouragement you
have given me over the years.
Fare Thee Well
“Friendship - pure, unselfish friendship,
All through life’s allotted span,
Man’s relationship to man.”
Finding RGQ a few years ago was a delightful breathe of fresh air among
the mountains of drivel we see in way too much written material. I eagerly
read each issue, responded to items now and then, and was asked to be
a writer. I have been honored to participate in this e-zine. I hope
you have gained a tidbit from my ramblings. I have been especially moved
when someone responds to a topic. And now it ends, as much a loss as
losing a friend. We’ve been part of a special community of people who
think, who are knowledgeable, who share with us. I will miss all of
Goodbye “Yellow Brick Road”
Goodbye RGQ too.
Re-reading my article, I’m surprised about the number of apologies I’ve
had to make. I’m no Hugh Grant, but I may as well begin with my apology
tour. Let’s begin.
I’m a latecomer to the writing team. I was surprised to discover how bad
a writer I am. Sorry about that.
I’d hoped and planned that over time I’d get better. Turns out that’s
not going to happen. Again, I’m sorry about that.
I’ve been with RGQ as a reader and occasional commentator since its edition
numbers were in the double digits. I can’t tell you exactly when, since
that was two computers ago.
Back in those days, computers used to store information on their hard
drives. When they died, so did the information. So very long ago. Let
me reminisce about those days for a while.
Ah the old days. You kids don’t know how good you have it now. Back in
those days, people could still do what they called “Getting lost”. Their
phones were about a foot long, and they couldn’t connect to the satellites
orbiting the Earth.
They did have a thing called “maps”, but it was just a picture on a piece
of paper. It didn’t know where you were, where they were, or where North
So what people used to do was head out to the general vicinity of where
they wanted to go, and then stop and ask other people where their destination
was. Have I told this story before? Sorry young’uns, the old memory ain’t
what it used to be.
Did I mention the time there were no people about? So I knocked on a door
which turned out to belong to a brothel. I don’t know who was more surprised;
me or the madam when she discovered that I just wanted directions. In
case you’re wondering, the ‘John” in ‘John_in_Oz’ does not relate to that.
Nor to Elton John, despite the title ‘Yellow Brick Road’ that Cliff gave
to my articles.
Over the years, RGQ has been many things. You the readers have supported
it. Not as generously financially as one might have wanted. I know I didn’t.
My conscience was often pricked by the request for a donation, but I only
ever did so once. It didn’t amount the ‘dollar a month’ Bruce asked for.
But you did support it with your comments and contributions.
The writers have been a part of my life for years. Bruce the Founder,
and Mike the Saviour of RGQ when it had come to the point that Bruce couldn’t
go on alone. Later, Cliff the Sustainer who kept things going far longer
than looked possible. I have caused him immense aggravation to Cliff with
constant lateness with articles, and to him also, I apologise.
Other contributors were also a key part of RGQ. I came to know and corresponded
with Sied and Tim outside the pages of RGQ.
Many of you will remember Sied. He had an idiosyncratic sense of humour,
and avid political opinions. We didn’t always agree, but we were close
enough for interesting arguments. The late F.P. Siedentopf was a prolific
correspondent. Even now, years after his death, I have 5,445 emails he
sent. I switched to Gmail because I wanted to keep his correspondence,
a gigantic collection of funny videos, cartoons and stills and other letters.
I’d already gone over the size limits of a Hotmail account, plus two Yahoo
accounts before switching to Gmail, mostly because of Sied.
Tim was likewise a good correspondent. Intelligent, witty, caring, generous,
smart and sorely missed. Very switched on with technology, he’d have loved
to see self-driving cars, telephones that understand when you talk to
them, and widespread broadband. I’m not so sure about his response to
say, Chatroulette. (If you don’t know, don’t ask, don’t check, don’t look
I’m terrified to list the other current writers of RGQ in case I miss
somebody out. And I’ll be late for a meeting if I do try and give you
all the thanks you deserve. But Patti, Sammy, Lucile and all of you, you
contributed so much. Be pleased that Yahoo keeps a record of your words
yet. I almost never wrote to tell you how well you had done, and for that
too I apologise.
Thanks one and all. I’ve come to the end of my Yellow Brick Road. We’ve
come to the end of RGQ. I’d love to be able to volunteer to take over
for Cliff and Mike, but in fact I’ve found it a struggle to produce just
one article a week. And that was occasionally finished at 4 a.m. We part
now, but I will remember you fondly.
(John) Leo Morgan
To the Staff
and Readers of RGQ -
Many thanks, all, for your fine comments about the Limericks and the
Trivia section. They were well received. I did enjoy trying to come
up with something each issue, mainly because I, too, was learning as
I was searching. Before I retire, I leave you with one last Limerick
The Limericks have gone up in smoke.
This is not, no, not a new joke.
And the trivia was nice,
Well worth the price,
But now it’s good-bye to you folk.
This is not actually a comment. I just found RGQ recently and wondered
if you would mind sharing one of my stories with your readers. Thank
you, - Janice in Illinois
A friend sent me this ad, trying to be helpful. Since I read a lot of
stuff between the lines that may, or may not, be intended, I rewrote
the ad as I saw it.
First, here’s what I received:
On Monday, January 27, 2014 2:32 PM, (company name withheld) wrote:
Jan. 27, 2014
Do you have what it takes to become a travel writer…and get paid to
travel the world and tell other people about your experiences?
If so, write down this date: Thursday, January 30. We’re looking for
more travel coverage this spring…and we need more travel writers.
A good candidate is someone who is comfortable getting lost when they
travel… Someone who likes to try new things and meet new people. Someone
who is opinionated and persuasive. And someone who is willing—even eager—to
travel without relying on a pre-packaged trip or tour.
If this is you, sign up here to learn more.
You DON’T need a resume or any formal degrees or training.
All you need is pen and paper on this date—Thursday, January 30, 2014.
On that day, you’ll get a brief 20-minute video explaining the audition
process, what’s expected of you should you decide to audition, how travel
writing works, the kinds of stories we’re looking for, how, as a travel
writer, you’ll get paid and more.
After more than 30 years in publishing, we’re buying more travel stories
today… from readers like you…than we ever have in the past.
If this is something you think you can do—travel and report back about
the things you see and do in exchange for free or reduced rate travel,
we might just hand you your first check.
Sign up for a 20-minute instruction video that explains how the audition
process works, here.
(Company name withheld)
P.S. Auditions are limited. To RSVP and request an audition video that
details the audition process and what publishers like us are looking
for in the travel writers we hire, go here.
Now, here is what I thought as I was reading it:
Unemployed? Bored? Homeless, maybe? Want to travel the world and get
paid to do it? Seeking thrills and adventure? Like meeting new people?
Well, we have the job for you!
Explore. We are looking for more travel coverage this spring, and we
need more travel writers.
The ideal candidate would be someone who is comfortable getting lost
in strange places, likes to experience new things, is opinionated and
persuasive. Someone who is willing – even eager – to travel without
direction or planned destination. No education of any kind is required.
Our ideal candidate should be someone who can write with pencil and
paper. In addition, you should be fleet of foot and confident when handling
difficult situations, including, but not limited to:
Kidnapping, inbred hillbilly cannibals, practitioners of unspeakable
religious ceremonies, extraterrestrials (possibly disoriented due to
crash-landing), psycho-killers, Bigfoot, guys with large knives named
Jason, chainsaw-wielding serial killers, hungry and wild man-eating
animals, and the wrath of nature.
After 30 years in publishing, we are buying more travel stories today
– from people like you – than we ever have in the past.
If this is something you think you can do – travel and report back about
things you see and do — in exchange for free or reduced rate travel
and all the camping equipment you can carry, we may just wire you some
money when you return to civilization.
RSVP now for a chance to learn more and audition for this awesome opportunity.
[Your considerations are probably most correct,
if it is not a lure to unsuspecting applicants in the first place.
You are quite astute and I applaud you for your foresight. If we at
RGQ had even a little part in your, or anyone else’s realizations of
some of the activities taking place on the Net, then we have served
a purpose. Thank you for sharing. - Cliff]
Patty, in your response to my writings about Fukushima you said that
what little you hear implies that things are getting better.
For what it’s worth, that’s exactly the reason I decided to add the
information to my writings. My goal has been to help people to realize
that it’s not all better over there…nor over here for that matter.
I believe it should not be buried from public discussion. You, and others
like you, are the reason for my puny effort to at least make an effort
to inform this tiny (relatively speaking) group. - Bruce
The hell with Walmart. Taxpayers have been subsidizing the wealthiest
family on Earth, one collectively worth $150 billion. The net worth
of the six heirs exceeds the holdings of the bottom 41% of all Americans.
To think we’re subsidizing them with food stamps and welfare payments
to their workers makes my blood boil. - Bruce
I remember when Walmart stores were small. They did not have a huge
salection, but they did have a bit of everything. Departments were laid
out so that you could find what you needed, whether it was a piece of
clothing, or a new bike. You could get it, but you also got something
else then. Service. Anyone remember Service? Is it a dying art? I was
never so very disappointed when Walmart got rid of their greeters. The
greeters were a life saver to me, because I am blind and due to the
inormous size of the store, its echo and rattle of people and carts,
I always have trouble getting round in there and even with Campbell
my dog from the Seeing Eye, it was very helpful having the greeters
to direct me or to find help through the store for me.
As time has gone by and the super stores have become popular, I find
that the personal touch is gone, and it was not an easy parting, nor
a smart one. - Patty
I have a moral imperative to NOT shop at WalMart. I don’t care how big
or small they are, I don’t care what strategies they use, I don’t shop
there. Haven’t been inside a WalMart in 10 years. The only strategy
that would get me inside a WalMart, would be if they allowed their employees
to unionize and started paying them a living wage. I really don’t expect
that to happen any time soon. - herm
This is a great article and provides those of us who have not experienced
such as loss good advice on how to speak to those who have. I noticed
there is quite a bit of anger evident throughout the suggestions and
rightfully so; however, it is my suspicion that the anger is really
from the horrible loss and not meant for those who try to comfort. Please
know that those of us who offend do so unknowingly with the most sincere
of intentions. One thing that’s helped me over the years is a little
quote I’ve coined, “The only way you can truly offend me . . . is to
think that you can.” I seriously doubt that when anyone has offended
in the ways you’ve outlined that it was even the slightest bit intentional.
- TH from MI
You could get satellite internet wherever you live. Yes, Lucille, you
can tell Comcast where to get off. - herm
Kirsten, you are absolutely right. One of the girls singing in that
commercial was singing in her native American language which was in
use over a thousand years before anyone on this continent ever even
heard the English language. Those UnAmerican jerks can go to h e double
hockey sticks. - herm
Well, this to me is a kind of an accessibility issue, yet so much more…
Last night I had the pleasure
of stumbling on a Vandy/Vols College basketball game.
I listened in Wrapped Fascination as the announcers brought the game
to life, right there in the living room. I was taken immediately back
to a time when I use to enjoy sports on the radio on a regular bases.
Not only was there basket ball, but Baseball as well, and of course,
don’t forget Sunday afternoon racing. The publicity of today’s TV news
and many different sports channels, sometimes over shadows the radio
aspect of Sports Fore-casting. I however because of great Sports Fore-Casting,
was transported in to the game and enjoyed it fantastically.
So, what say you? Have you experienced both Radio and TV Sports? If
so, which do you prefer?
I have listened to radio sports, and also have participated in watching
TV Sports, and I still enjoy the radio much better. Reader’s note,)
I could see enough to pile up in front of the TV and watch sports at
first so my first experience with TV Sports was as a partially blind
person. I am now, totally blind, and so enjoy the descriptive nature
of Radio Sports exceptionally well. TV Sports Commentators tend to focus
on more of the history of the participants rather than what is going
on in the game, race, or whatever the event happens to be.
So again, do you prefer Radio Sports, or TV Sports? Is it an issue of
sightlessness, or is there more to it? I can remember my grand father,
my dad, and uncles, gathering on the front porch of my grand parent’s
house on Sunday afternoon’s and listening to the Foot Ball game, race,
or whatever happened to be playing. Sometimes we’d catch an afternoon
Base Ball game, you just never knew, but it was the radio they turned
I find that the Radio commentator spends more time describing in great
detail what’s going on in the game, on the field, or track. - Patty