Again And Again

Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? If so, what is it, and why does it move you?

I have already answered this sometime back here for a previous daily prompt.

Instead here I would like to mention this:

 

and let also would like to share my old man’s most favourite one here:

Rule #1: Never lose money.

Rule #2: Never forget Rule #1.

– Warren Buffet

Sounds about right.

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Call me Ishmael… I mean Iyer.

I’ve got the home stretch all to myself when the readings stop making sense.

I sit at home lazily in front of my laptop typing this, while the above line was said just in a different circumstance (the complete opposite in fact) by one of the most well known person in the world- Bruce Wayne, also known as the (goddamn) Batman. I know what you are thinking, he is one of the most well known and recognized for over 73 years and not even real!

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The above line is the opening line of my most favourite and perhaps the worlds greatest graphic novel, The Dark Knight Returns. The acclaimed comic book artist and writer Frank Miller (insert legend, not to be loosely used)  gave the world this epic work being the first actual dark gritty and serious take on The Caped Crusader. The epic conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises was mainly based on this (apart from a few other story arcs and Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities). The world changed forever with its release and popular culture with it, not restricted to Batman or comics.

When I think of my most favourite book, there are many which comes in mind instantly, some of them which include The Lord of the Rings, Sherlock Holmes, and off recently A Song of Ice and Fire. Dan Brown and Stephen King are also my favourite authors.

But the one which is the epitome of awesomeness is what I mentioned above. I strongly recommend this one to be read, even if you don’t read at all. This being a graphic novel and not just a novel might make it easier in that case. Being a long time Batman fan (and the nice guy which I’m :P) I gifted the same graphic novel to about 8 people in the last 2 years or so. (So yeah if you are nice to me I might give you one too, just saying)

Coming to the title of this post, (honestly if you don’t know it, shame) it does really strike a chord, albeit my post doesn’t have anything to do with it, but in a way it has everything to do with it, as because of it I came up with this, so I had to mention something out of respect. (alright that sounds weird, seriously). Thanks to the daily prompt for this one.

“Call me Ishmael. Some years ago – never mind how long precisely – having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world. It is a way I have of driving off the spleen, and regulating the circulation. Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul; whenever I find myself involuntarily pausing before coffin warehouses, and bringing up the rear of every funeral I meet; and especially whenever my hypos get such an upper hand of me, that it requires a strong moral principle to prevent me from deliberately stepping into the street, and methodically knocking people’s hats off – then, I account it high time to get to sea as soon as I can.”

― Herman Melville, Moby Dick

I must have read The Dark Knight Returns more times than I can count, must have quoted almost the entire book (because it is so awesome that it is entirely quotable) but never I gave a thought actually on the opening line itself and this actually made me think about it and to my surprise how much it actually reflects my current state in life :O

I wish one day I could also with the same amount of pride say/write:

Call me Ishmael Iyer.

(I just practice doing it now) 😛

Till then I’ll wait to cross one of this things in my bucket list of getting this signed by Frank Miller.

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My Absolute Dark Knight preciouss.

Before kicking the bucket

Although there are a lot of things I want to do before I kick the bucket, (See “The Buried Life” a very cool MTV documentary TV series) I never really thought about it as a list. So thanks to the daily prompt, now finally I’ll just jot them down, may be random and in no order of importance, although what comes first to my mind as I write it down may give a faint idea. So here is my bucket-list:

  • Travel Keep traveling around the world. At least 20 different countries
  • Summit Mount Everest
  • Scuba Diving.
  • Eat at the best and most expensive restaurant in the world (both may quite obviously not coincide)
  • Make a film/documentary. Hopefully a very good one.
  • Write a movie script.
  • Become self-employed/Entrepreneur.
  • See Linkin Park live, and at least once in my own country. Actually bring them here myself in some capacity.
  • Own a Harley. Before that, learn how to ride. 😛
  • Meet Christopher Nolan and tell him how awesome he is and how much I respect him.
  • Do Paragliding.
  • Witness something truly magnificent.
  • Pay tribute to Steve Jobs and Bruce Lee at their respective memorials.
  • Get my graphic novels signed by Frank Miller and Alan Moore.
  • Visit and document at least 100 exotic locations.
  • Travel a long distance, say 2 countries on the sea in a boat.
  • Kiss the most beautiful girl I’ve seen/known.
  • Learn Swimming
  • Swim with Dolphins
  • ‘Pat’ a whale.
  • Learn how to play 3 different instruments.
  • Buy a house (not just a flat/apartment)
  • Get at least 2 dogs. Not pets. Family. Friends.
  • See all the artwork mentioned in Dan Brown’s books.
  • Go to Disney World and behave like a kid.
  • Rafting in the Amazon.
  • Visit Niagara Falls.
  • Visit CD Projekt Red, Warshaw and Ubisoft Studios, Montreal and give them personal kudos.
  • Pen down a script for a video game, perhaps an RPG.
  • See a Broadway show in New York.
  • See a film at the Sundance Film festival.
  • Learn 3 foreign languages and be fluent in atleast one of them.

(phew!) I’ll keep adding more as I can think of what which just comes and goes in my mind but present somewhere. So coming to the prompt:

What’s the 11th item on your bucket list?

So let’s see:

Do Paragliding.

Yeah I always wanted to do that! Especially seeing it in movies, video games and every other dam place. Hopefully will cross this one before most others.

Have you ever made a New Year’s Resolution that you kept?

No.

Why? Because I never made one. Ever. To me, this is just ridiculous. I admit, looking forward to a new year, a new chapter of your life and resolving make yourself better is of course a good thing, but why wait for more 300 days or so for doing something which you possibly start NOW*

(*conditions apply- unless you are waiting for the result of some test/interview you gave or waiting for a child, just saying)

“Dam it! It’s already past ‘New Year Day’, so I’ll stop drinking next year after 364 days. Till then I ‘resolve’ to lose my weight. Or virginity.”

Some of these human customs do elude me.

Perhaps people should first resolve to keep their resolutions. Resolu-ception.

By the way just for your knowing:

A 2007 study by Richard Wiseman from the University of Bristol involving 3,000 people showed that 88% of those who set New Year resolutions fail, despite the fact that 52% of the study’s participants were confident of success at the beginning. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, (a system where small measurable goals are being set; such as, a pound a week, instead of saying “lose weight”), while women succeeded 10% more when they made their goals public and got support from their friends