Dipstick in Search of Oil, Part 1

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When I joined aamora.com I decided to create multiple personalities so that I could have a little fun when commenting. Butch is on the right listening to The Stooges “Search and Destroy” while J. Harvey Linton II is on the left perusing A. J. Jacobs’ book “The Know-It-All: One Man’s Humble Quest to Become the Smartest Person in the World.” Butch isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed while J. Harvey is a stuffed shirt. That’s John in the middle changing the channel again, a result of his short attention span.

I’m not sure which one deserves more of the blame for writing my retirement speech:

The Confessions of an Educational Unabomber Or: Why I Like to Laugh at the Fact that There Ain’t Nothin’ Funny

When I was in the fourth grade my parents asked the school to administer an IQ test to see if I was stupid or lazy. When the results came back they sent dad into a depression from which he has never fully recovered. You see, dad is a member in good standing of Mensa and had hoped the results would indicate that I was lazy. From that time until I graduated from college, I don’t think I missed many opportunities to deepen dad’s depression, which probably explains why on my wedding day he took me aside and said “Son, marrying Brenda is the only intelligent thing you have ever done in your life.” Looking back over the 32 years since that momentous occasion, I can think of nothing that I have done that would in anyway alter the accuracy of dad’s statement.

The trouble lies in the fact that my mentors have never been educators. Instead, they have been the likes of George Carlin, Kinky Freidman, and Kurt Vonnegut. Educational gurus say things like “We are all life long learners.” I prefer to say, “We are all dipsticks in search of oil.” You might say I have always viewed mankind’s attempts at educating successive generations as proof positive that God possesses one wicked sense of humor.

Not long ago, we used to hold an annual staff development bitchfest/love-in at some posh hotel somewhere. And each year we would invite some educational guru to come, at our expense, and lecture us on why we shouldn’t use the lecture method in the classroom. One particular year it was some black guy, “Mister Gettin’ Wid’ His Bad Self” his self, and I must admit that he summed up better than most why my ass should have been fired years before when he intoned, “We teach what we know, but we reproduce what we are.”

So why wasn’t my ass fired years ago? Well, I believe it is because those in the teaching profession too often allow the better angels of their mercy to cloud their judgment."

Canon EOS 350Dcamera with a Sigma AF 18-200mm DC OS Zoom lens

Three iPhoto Black & Whites pics with a 16X9 HD crop that were turned into a composite in Canon PhotoStudio

20 October 2010

Thanks to catharine amato for t

42 responses

  • catharine amato

    catharine amato gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    nice to see these 3 so different men sharing a couch!

  • adniloj

    adniloj gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    Oh whoa, wow, works here Johnny!

  • dana io

    dana io gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    three times cool! : )

  • Pilar Coll i Gatells

    Pilar Coll i Gatells said (21 Oct 2010):

    Tres hombres diferentes y una sola persona en el mismo sofá.

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    Excellent..love this!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    AhHa.....I wondered who Butch was!!!!! This is most excellent JL - multiple alter egos :):);)

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    great - love...and has me thinking of the movie Multiplicity! HA! :-)

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    You've gone from doppelgänger to dreifachgänger!! Excellent.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (21 Oct 2010):

    You are so freaking cool it makes me crazy!


  • daniele castellucchio

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  • Jim Ford

    Jim Ford (Deleted) gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    Three's Company?....good one John!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    What an interesting photo, John! Very nice processing job! Outstanding pic!!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    This is crazy good,,one of your best,,,

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    Quite a motley crew! love it.

  • Ioana Caravan

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  • dp *

    dp * gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    too good, ny'eyece

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    Cool idea!

  • Mark Nelson

    Mark Nelson (Deleted) gave props (21 Oct 2010):

    ghostly good!!!

  • Joy B

    Joy B gave props (22 Oct 2010):

    Excellent - love this!

  • Zerina Phillip

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  • MAUPEC .

    MAUPEC . gave props (23 Oct 2010):

    genial .. big john!

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (23 Oct 2010):

    Very cool idea John!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (23 Oct 2010):

    Brilliant and oh....so.....much fun. Love it!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    So out of the box!! Fabulous idea and work, John!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (24 Oct 2010):

    SUPERB work...

  • Michael Van der Tol

    Michael Van der Tol (Deleted) said (24 Oct 2010):

    Too cool, John.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (25 Oct 2010):

    I missed this one. Cool, Mr. Dude!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (25 Oct 2010):


  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (26 Oct 2010):

    Cool John!

  • Marco Martinez

    Marco Martinez gave props (26 Oct 2010):


  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (27 Oct 2010):

    It is awesome!!!!

  • gerry cyr

    gerry cyr gave props (29 Oct 2010):

    John, you've really outdone yourself with this one! Very Cool

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (30 Oct 2010):

    I'll add another 'cool!'

  • Penny Nannini

    Penny Nannini   gave props (31 Oct 2010):

    you are the king of cool!

  • Laurie Search

    Laurie Search gave props (1 Nov 2010):

    LOL...Very cool stuff!!!!

  • carmen rugel

    carmen rugel (Deleted) gave props (12 Nov 2010):


  • Nelson Campbell

    Nelson Campbell (Deleted) gave props (2 Dec 2010):

    This rocks!

  • Mervyn Dublin

    Mervyn Dublin (Deleted) gave props (6 Dec 2010):


  • Shirley Valencia

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  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (31 Jul 2011):

    Image overlap very successful,beautiful grays

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    cool shot

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