a blog about Berra

Yes, well, it's not because I'm not writing. I am writing a lot, and by the end of the day, there was a Blue Jays game waiting for me, and poor old Blog had to wait.  They Jays lost last night, I guess you know that.  I actually did some multi-tasking while I "watched" but it wasn't a blog. I was researching an idea I've had for a long time and suddenly it seemed imperative that I find out more . That's the life, if you can call it that, of the Mind. It doesn't take "later" for an answer.

Is it the Mind or is it the lizard brain?  I just looked it up:  it's the reptilian brain but I don't think it has anything to do with me Googling last night.  The reptilian brain is supposed to be responsible for  "species-typical instinctual behaviours involved in aggressiondominanceterritoriality, and ritual displays." My reptilian brain wasn't doing anything like that last night. 

And we get the news this morning that Yogi Berra died, at the age of 90.  Not only a great pitcher (and hitter, too) but the second-best-known baseball player - of all time?  The best-known was Babe Ruth who had a chocolate bar named after him. Yogi had a cartoon character based on him: Yogi Bear, remember?  The nickname Yogi comes from his friends at school - he got as far as the eighth grade - who called him Yogi when they saw an Indian in the lotus position who sat like their friend, Lawrence Berra.  Some of his sayings are famous, not really malaprops because they made sense in a funny way. Someone called them "unwittingly witty epigrams".  Whatever.

"You can observe a lot just by watching."

"If you can't imitate him," (another baseball player), "don't copy him."

"When you come to a fork in the road, take it." (The directions to his house were accurate, because either choice would get you there.)

"Nobody goes there any more. It's too crowded." 

And my favourite: "If people are going to stay away, you can't stop them."

Bless him.