In the Humble Opinion of LittleBill, Socialist, Atheist, and Humanist
Old Timey Info Just for the Helluvit

The title I gave to one of my two posts regarding the turning point soliloquy of Hamlet was, oddly, “Close, But a Hand-rolled Cigarette.” I am late getting to bed and at that point in time when I feel compelled to share my vast wealth of knowledge with the rest of you.

Back in the olden days, as we say, when I was young, carnivals were a great source of entertainment. One of the most popular booths was the shooting gallery, especially for men wanting to show off for their girlfriends. (I haven’t been to a carnival in a long time, but it may still be true today.) There was a constant line of little animal figures running across the background, and their attempt was to shoot down as many as possible, with the prize being a cigar. If they missed, the barker would call out “Close, but no cigar!”

With that explanation, back to Hamlet and my title. You can probably deduce that I felt my incomplete rendition of my memory of that great work was not too bad after all these years.

I am perfectly happy to share these morsels of intellectual expertise with the rest of you, at no charge, you will be happy to note.

And so to bed.


an average patriot said...

little Bill
You are a treasure and a wealth of knowledge and Americana. I didn't know that about the history of "close but not cigar"

an average patriot said...

little Bill
Speaking of sharing memories. I would like to hear you tell some childhood stories about Bass Rock!

LittleBill said...

I don't remember much about Bass Rock except being forced to kneel behind a very large dead fish (probably a bass, come to think of it) to have my picture taken. Not much of a story I can make of that. I was only 5or 6 at the time.

an average patriot said...

I bet it was or a cod in those days. Do you have any pictures?

Non-Partisàn said...

There's always for hilarity, if not for Hillary, then at her. And today sure provided everyone with a target-rich environment. However, I still need captions, please!