Monday, January 01, 2007


VIRTUES, n. pl. Certain abstentions.

2007 Update: Sobriety at dawn, gravity at noon and diligence in the dark of night. The qualities of spirit characterizing a successful thief or a fallen priest.

Rabbit, rabbit. Gorilla, gorilla. Happy New Year.


Minka said...

Frohes Neues Jahr, Hapy New Year and Gledilegt Nytt Ar...

That´s all I´ve got so far.

I hope you had a wonderful start into the New Year, big guy!

Minka said...

Oh and also: Penguin, Penguin! ;)

virtues,n. those that are desperately searched for shortly after midnight on the 31st, quickly found and easily abandoned, say by January 15th :)

I don´t have any resolutions this year...except to dare, embrace and accept!

may 2007 bring whatever you need most!

al said...

Great two thousand SEVEN (ahem)update, Doug! (It'll be March before I get that consistently right on my checks.)

Virtues: The seven habbits of highly effective self-help book authors.

Tan Lucy Pez said...

Virtues, : what you have if you are so unlucky as to not have good temptations.

We all wish to have virtues, but not too many, and not too often.

Doug said...

Happy New Year, to you, Penguin and may it be an adventure. "And you, sky, can rain as much as you please!" -Nikos Kazantzakis

Thanks, Al. I've tried to make a habit of dating these right. Sharp eye.

TLP, even loners have temptations. All those children to try and not eat. "I prayed 'God, grant me chastity and continence but not yet.'" - The Confessions of Augustine of Hippo.

Brian said...

Good morning Doug and everyone!

Virtues: Ancient mores that due to inflation, are only available in scratch off tickets.

QuillDancer said...

virtues like opposing poles on magnets, those things which both repel and attract us to others

puppybrose said...

"What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy." ~Voltaire

Happy New Year, Doug... one more year of struggle, then, if i read that right, you'll be virtuous by default.

Anonymous said...

Most virtue is a demand for greater seduction. Natalie Clifford Barney

Rabbit, rabbit, and Happy New Year, Doug, and it's a virtue to be working the blog on a holiday!

O Ceallaigh said...

VIRTUES, n. pl. The paper handkerchiefs of the self-righteous.

Rabbit, rabbit? Hare, hare!!

Wonder what the bunnies and their customers shouted at midnight last night ...


mireille said...

The four classic Western cardinal virtues are:

temperance : σωφροσύνη (sōphrosynē)
prudence : φρόνησις (phronēsis)
courage : ἀνδρεία (andreia)
justice : δικαιοσύνη (dikaiosynē)

The virtue of Wikipedia: ēthikē aretē("habitual excellence").

Happy New Year, Doug! Rabbit, Rabbit! xoxo

Brian said...

Well OC, this bunny, by virtue of being asleep, said nothing.

Logophile said...

Happy New Year!
Rabbit Rabbit,
and all that jazz.

Virtues, huh, I like the Winston Churchill take on it.
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."

Doug said...

Brian, that's pretty funny.

Quill, I'm pretty virtue neutral, myself.

Puppybrose, you caught the early-onset part, right?

Rabbit, Rabbit and Happy New Year to you, Actonbell. Barney might be right, its hard to imagine what other compensation they might apply for.

OC, that was poetic. For some reason it reminds me of The Lonesome Death of Hattie McCarrol

Mireille, in other words, Shy, Sleepy, Grumpy and Doc.

Brian, this Dawg was asleep by midnight your time.

Logo, Winston Churchill was a sterling curmudgeon. The Devil rest his soul.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year and Rabbit Rabbit to a virtuous curmudgeon.

SquareGirl said...

Virtues: Vices in moderation.

Anonymous said...

Virtue? I'm full of it.

SquareGirl said...

Oh and Happy New Year, Rabbit, Rabbit, Penguin, Penguin, etcetera, etcetera!!

Doug said...

Thanks, Kyah. To you, too.

Squaregirl, that's a good definition. Happy New Year.

True, Jenna. Very true.

Anonymous said...

Habits of ideal belief and action best worn inside out.

AP3 said...

Rabbit, rabbit! Happy New Year, Doug!

Virtues: Just ask Bennett.

O Ceallaigh said...

Oh by the way, Doug. You did know that the scientific name of the gorilla is Gorilla gorilla. Didn't you?

(Actually, it's Gorilla gorilla gorilla. Except when it's Magilla Gorilla. Had enough of these monkeyshines yet? :P)

Jamie Dawn said...

Mouse Mouse! Hog Hog! Giraffe Giraffe!

Aren't virtues kind of like the Beatitudes?

Happy 2007!!
May you be healthy, wealthy, and wise.

Omnipotent Poobah said...

virtues - Vices from the wrong side of the tracks.

Happy New Year your Doughship.

puppybrose said...

yeesh. guess i forgot my manners and/or the "order of the day/week/month/year" around here:

Happy Happy, Rabbit Rabbit and/or Hase Hase, Gorilla Gorilla, Penguin Penguin, Bow Wow. (did i leave anything out? doesn't matter 'cuz i don't care.)

as for virture? i agree with Ts'ai Ken T'an: "Water which is too pure has no fish."

i mean, i may be a vegetarian, but i *do* like fish.

pia said...

Virtues: Going out New Years Eve and being awake early enough in the morning to not watch The Rose Bowl Parade as you chose to write

Viirtues: Defines the dawg Doug

Doug said...

CA, it's important that the neighbors know your brand and washing instructions.

Aral, I'll ask him next time at the casino.

I did not know that, OC, although I did know the american buffalo was Bison bison so I'm smartish.

Blessed are the chocolate-covered Jamie Dawn.

Happy New Year, to you, your Omnipotence.

Puppybrose, that would be a great confoundment to W.C. Fields, I guess.

Pia, I'm pleased to say I've never watched the Rose Parade and I work two miles away.

Anonymous said...

Virtues: evidenced in the old song "You've gotta be cruel to be kind". You can't be too good without being a little bad.

Happy Happy Rabbit Rabbit!

Anonymous said...

Tibbar, Tibbar - been away for a bit but nice to see you in rare form as usual. Happy New Year greetings to you.

"A crime persevered in a thousand centuries ceases to be a crime, and becomes a virtue."
- Following the Equator -Mark Twain

cooper said...

virtues: eh one out of three ain't b ad.

Happy New Year Doug.

Doug said...

G, that's my excuse, too. Bless Nick Lowe.

Well, welcome back, Terry. The waiting period's gotten shorter since Twain, I think.

Alice, depending on which one it can be one too may. Happy New Year to you.

Anonymous said...

Ideals for those who have them
Arrogance for those who don't.

Happy New Year Doug.

Jackie said...

Happy New Year! (from one who grew up in the same house as Quilly!)

Doug said...

Good definition, Sarah. I can't get into your blog to wish you a Happy New Year but I wish you one anyway.

Happy New Year, Jackie. May the next one be as entertaining as the first one.

Anonymous said...

Virtues: Lies you have managed to pull off publicly.