Unthinkable? Think Again!

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Unthinkable? Think Again!

I keep running into this word, unthinkable, in online articles referring to stuff that frankly is totally thinkable. Like the KaDeWe Department Store in Berlin selling itself to foreigners. It might be a heartbreaker, but can it really compare to the sale of MGM? The greatest Hollywood studio, with its vault full of fabulous films and its nonpareil costume department, going to the Japanese? Now that was unthinkable.

Of course, yesterday's unthinkable is today's obvious. Like Martha Stewart behind bars. Like me using the word totally. That was so totally unthinkable. Like Arnold Schwarzenegger for governor. Like me using emoticons. Unthinkable? Think again!

Aretha Franklin sings "Think" in Blues Brothers (1980).

Some unthinkables are good, but mostly the word's used for horror stories like William Parente killing his wife, daughters and thieving self. What world do journalists inhabit? What was unthinkable was wife Betty killing her husband, not the other way around.

Get a clue. There are lots of things we've thought, whether we liked it or not, over and over again, for years and years or maybe just six months ago. London sell London Bridge? Unthinkable! Me, strap one on? Still unthinkable! And write about it brazenly online using my real name? I guess so! Enron? Hurricane Katrina? Melting polar ice caps? Honeybee colony collapse? Abu Ghraib? Gay marriage? Eva Green reconfiguring the Bond girl? Black folks in the White House? Suddenly thinkable!

Which reminds me: we used to have another president. During his reign, so many unbearable unthinkables occurred nobody wants to think about I'm not going to mention them, although ideally criminal courts here and abroad will do the previously unthinkable and convict Americans of war crimes.

There was an unbelievable unthinkable, Saturday, when Mine That Bird came from well behind the pack to win the Kentucky Derby by 6 3/4 lengths. What a thing of beauty, thrill, amazement and tribute to the skill of jockey Calvin Borel, who'd used the same ride-the-rails technique for a Derby win two years back. If you watch the video, Borel's in white with a black vest, on number 8, so far behind they're out of the picture until turning into the homestretch.

The odds were 50 to 1.

Think of something you really want or need, then think of the odds of your getting it, then consider Mine That Bird your good omen. Study the tape and think the unthinkable. Think of loping along in last place, starting to pick up speed, surging ahead like everyone else is standing still, intoxicated by your own speed and power, finding yourself out in front, alone, the winner. Take a victory lap and prepare to have that wreath of flowers placed around your gorgeous neck, all in a lather.

Unthinkable?

2009 Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird makes his move at 1:35.



Comments [44]

cameo's picture

strategy, skill &

strategy, skill & determination.

Tex's picture

Not in an "unthinkable" mood

Not in an "unthinkable" mood these days....anything is "thinkable" with the right attitude.

Know you weren't going for that train of thought, but it's all I've got......

Back in the woodwork,

Tex

Twitter Time @kdhales

yonks's picture

VP without Tex, i rather not

VP without Tex, i rather not think about it.

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Tex's picture

Big smooch to you, Pepe! I'll

Big smooch to you, Pepe! I'll pop up when you least expect me!

It is taking more and more of my time to live these days. I realized I can do more for my own life by doing more for my son and friends....I know I'm much happier anyway!

Richer by the day,

Tex

Twitter Time @kdhales

Steph H's picture

Hellllloooooo Tex! :-) :-)

Hellllloooooo Tex! Smile :-) Smile

I am with you on the thinkable vibe!

GREAT to see you!

Tex's picture

Hey, Steph, sweetheart! Yep,

Hey, Steph, sweetheart! Yep, I have to stay positive - moving forward - in order to make it through the days. I don't believe I'm enlightened, just a lesbian trying to make it in a world screwed up by heteros! Wink

Hugs to you and yours,

Tex

Twitter Time @kdhales

Steph H's picture

Only the other day I said to

Only the other day I said to someone "I am the sort of person who has to be 'moving forward'"!! Great minds and all that....

BIG hug to you too, lovely Tex xxx

Erin Blackwell's picture

:shock: T-ex, i write my blog

Shock T-ex, i write my blog for the less enlightened, such as myself. Shock

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Hummmmm...... is winning

Hummmmm...... is winning really important? Does the 'fastest' horse really represent anything meaningful? And, who's to say that the 'winner' was the fastest horse, and the jockey? Perhaps the real winners are the horses that get to retire from a lifetime of suffering.......

Too slow, could be a blessing.

http://www.newser.com/story/57509/crazy-colt-triggers-churchill-downs-tr...

cameo's picture

Embrace the journey. That's

Embrace the journey. That's what's important. How do you live your life. Do you see a finish line at the end or do you see fulfillment regardless of outcomes. If one's journey devastates or tortures other beings because of a shortsighted goal then it's a crime against all living beings. A crime for which one must atone or live with regret once one realizes the journey is not a means to an end. One's presence in each moment of the journey is life's reward.

Fastgurrrl's picture

LBDL, that was awful to read.

LBDL, that was awful to read. I couldn't bring myself to watch the video.

Sad

LongBeachDogLover's picture

Unfortunately, that is the

Unfortunately, that is the reality of the horse racing world.
And, that's just the beginning.....it's a brutal sport.

I'm sorry if it bothered you FG.
Believe me, I know what you're feeling.... Crying

Fastgurrrl's picture

Just to make sure, your post

Just to make sure, your post did not bother me, it's just animals or people getting hurt like that, 'specially animals that are doing our bidding, really upsets me. I think bull fighting/riding is disgusting and cruel. I also get VERY upset when I see roadkill!

LongBeachDogLover's picture

I appreciate your

I appreciate your sensitivity.
That's a beautiful quality in a woman......

carlindesigner's picture

I'm welling up with tears as

I'm welling up with tears as i read these posts... :~~~ (

Erin Blackwell's picture

here's a feel good tale for

here's a feel good tale for you sob sisters

http://haplesstigger.blogspot.com/2009/03/story-of-nopie.html

Tex's picture

Never have understood horse

Never have understood horse racing - except for the gambling, of course! Anyone who had a winning ticket at 50 to 1 certainly understands, huh? Some people will do anything for money!

Twitter Time @kdhales

mysticsmb's picture

I gotta say, I now find it

I gotta say, I now find it difficult to watch or support horse-racing because it endangers the lives and health of animals for only human gain, but watching that tape gave me the same chills I had watching Susan Boyle sing. Unthinkable indeed!

Way to weave a topic, Erin!

p.s. Is it just me, or was that the lousiest call of the home-stretch? The announcer is yelling the name Pioneer of the Nile at the time Mine that Bird is taking the lead. Then Musket Man. He doesn't even give the leader's name until the race is practically over. Though admittedly, having watched the tape several times now, it literally does look like Mine That Bird comes from NOWHERE.

Fastgurrrl's picture

Announcer sucked donkey

Announcer sucked donkey dick...I have pictures.

GIGGLE

mysticsmb's picture

Watch it--Erin's a bit

Watch it--Erin's a bit sensitive about donkey jokes these days--just ask Taem Smile

Fastgurrrl's picture

"Think of something you

"Think of something you really want or need, then think of the odds of your getting it, then consider Mine That Bird your good omen. Study the tape and think the unthinkable. Think of loping along in last place, starting to pick up speed, surging ahead like everyone else is standing still, intoxicated by your own speed and power, finding yourself out in front, alone, the winner. Take a victory lap and prepare to have that wreath of flowers placed around your gorgeous neck, all in a lather."

OH YEAH BABY, GIDDY UP! Oh WOMAN, you got me FIRED UP after reading that! =)

HELL YES

Tiff's picture

I have issues with the word

I have issues with the word évidement. Whenever someone uses it, they seem to be referring to something that isn't evident at all....

p.s. Thanks for the accent trick. I'm a writer and pretty much all of that's in English, so changing my keyboard to a French layout would be unthinkable! Laughing out loud

yonks's picture

"Whenever someone uses it,

"Whenever someone uses it, they seem to be referring to something that isn’t evident at all"
C'est evident Laughing out loud

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Tiff's picture

T'es si drôle. Je n'arrête

T'es si drôle. Je n'arrête pas de rire. Tongue

lmz's picture

unthinkable ! stop smoking

unthinkable ! stop smoking and sing out again all day long :"THINK" with Aretha in my office (i sing in my office and it's , in the street, in the train, EVERYWHERE. Cool

lmz's picture

(i sing in my office and it's

(i sing in my office and it's *terrible*)

yonks's picture

Thats a part of why i like my

Thats a part of why i like my job, you can sing all day long without bother anyone. (I have noticed that a lot of welders are singing at work.) You can also practicing your fave theater's lines. But you need a fresh breath because, when you'r trap inside your welding mask, you know very fast if your breath smell like a rose or like a skunk.
Pepe a bad breath? no no no impossible, unthinkable.

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

lmz's picture

i can sing si ça me chante,

i can sing si ça me chante, i'm the chief, nom de dieu ! (en fait, ça fait marrer les gens qui bossent avec moi et ils découvrent plein de trucs)

yonks's picture

Oh my, you, the boss? and you

Oh my, you, the boss? and you oblige your staff to hear you sing? mais que fait les prud'homme?

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

lmz's picture

je suis fonctionnaire : pas

je suis fonctionnaire : pas de Prud'hommes, ça c'est la vraie vie.

Steph H's picture

What is a "Prud'hommes" s'il

What is a "Prud'hommes" s'il vous plait?

lmz's picture

a special court for judging

a special court for judging disputes between employers and employees

Steph H's picture

Thank you!

Thank you!

Erin Blackwell's picture

sorry to butt in,

sorry to butt in, butt:

Prudhomme n. [F. prud'homme. cf. Prude.] A trustworthy citizen; a skilled workman. See citation under 3d Commune, 1:

In this struggle -- to use the technical words of the time -- of the commune, the general mass of the inhabitants, against the prudhommes or wiser few... --J. R. Green.

Tex's picture

Excuse the intrusion - Paul

Excuse the intrusion - Paul Prudhomme - man can cook!

http://www.chefpaul.com/site.php

Makes me miss New Orleans food!

Twitter Time @kdhales

Steph H's picture

Isn't that "emoticon avec

Isn't that "emoticon avec baguette"?

Erin Blackwell's picture

Twit mercury's going retro in

Twit
mercury's going retro in gemini & it's hard for my type to shut-t-f-up. :mrgreen: sorry! :mrgreen: but this is why i *love* the french language. it turns out *prud'homme* has a deep resonant, historical, political, moral sense.

emoticon with baguette

Steph H's picture

Erin - is there ANYTHING you

Erin - is there ANYTHING you don't know! Wink

minniesota's picture

Right now the unthinkable

Right now the unthinkable would be me lounging on a beach sipping a mojito. I'm going with that image.

Still searching for the right brainy quote.

yonks's picture

You know that Aretha Franklin

You know that Aretha Franklin and Sean Connery will get married? She will be called Aretha Connery Laughing out loud

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Erin Blackwell's picture

:oops: is this a joke, Pepé?

:oops: is this a joke, Pepé? :oops:

yonks's picture

"arrête ta connerie" Yes it

"arrête ta connerie" Yes it is

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-

Erin Blackwell's picture

GOT IT! requires Fraynch

GOT IT! requires Fraynch accent

:eiffel tower emoticon:

yonks's picture

You remind me Musil's man

You remind me Musil's man without quality, the guy questioning himself about the meaning of words when he heard peoples said that a particular horse in a derby is a "genius"

-Do not follow me, I'M LOST-