Stupid Contest

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As some of you may have noticed, the title of this blog changes on a monthly basis, usually a familiar quote, song lyric, or verse passage that features the name of the month.

As I am shortly leaving to go to California for a wedding and will most likely be sans internet access until I get back, all tired and bleary-eyed, on Monday morning (all told, some eighty-eight hours unplugged), I'm opening the comments to nominations for next month's (that'd be October) title from the floor.

The winner will get their website (or the website of their choice) linked at the top of the great rotating list of permalinks over there on the left for the entire month of October!

The rules are pretty simple: the quote must be in English (or reasonable facsimile thereof), you must cite the original source (or, if it's short enough, just include the entire damn thing), and it should have the word "October" in it. Entries should be in by 9 a.m. (Eastern Time) Monday morning, and I'll do the judging. Yeah, I know it's a stupid contest. Feel free to slag off on other people's nominations.

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ok, first entry here:

Source: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
by TS Eliot

"...And seeing that it was a soft October night,
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep."

aaaand second entry (you didn't say only once!)

by Al Stewart

And the pale sun of October whispers the snow / Will soon be coming

does it have to be an original work?

can i submit something like october: like the graveyards in my mind?

Oops, I think I kinda violated the spirit of this here thing. I sent Paul an email (which he can't possibly read for a while) with a bazillion song citations, not so much in entries to win the contest, but more to see what lyrical citations for 'October' I could find.

should I post that note? There were at least seven citations. maybe more, mostly associated with songs I have never heard, only one of which made me chuckle or react emotively...

I did reject many more for reasons of a lack of personal aesthetic appeal.

O hushed October morning mild,
Begin the hours of this day slow.

-- Robert Frost

"Premium-wise and billing-wise, we are eighteen percent ahead of last year, October-wise."

The Apartment, 1960

"The forest of October / Sleeps silent when I depart"

Opeth: Forest of October (fourth one down)

And he that will to bed go sober
Falls with the leaf still in October

from The Bloody Brother by John Fletcher


And the trees are stripped bare
Of all they wear.
What do I care?

from October by U2

It's got nothing to do with October, but it's one of my favourite poetry quotes of all time. From a poem by Robert Service called The Quitter. Full text is here

But the lines that keep me going in the dreadful dark nights of my soul are these:

"Just have one more try, it's dead easy to die,
It's the keeping-on-living that's hard."

Don't get me wrong, the whole thing sounds rather cheesy at first, but then if you know Robert Service (who served in WWI, and was something of a war poet, with all that that brings to the party, you figure there is a chance he was being fairly ironic about the whole thing). But truthful too. Marvellous stuff. I even did a Google search for "Robert Service" and "October" in the vain hope I could make this relevant.

Ah well.

Wow, I had no idea that there was going to be so much competition.

"It was night in the lonesome October of my most immemorial year."
- Poe, Ulalume

I think I should win 'cause I just started my blog and I need the publicity. Plus, it's a kool quote.

Quite a few good entries in here. Maybe I should do this every month...

oops - Paul can see what I said. it's a code snippet that can be interpreted as a suggestion.

This has nothing to do with October but I think you should call the blog "Stupid Contest," like the name of this very post.

Only, it shouldn't be "Stupid Contest" as in this contest is stupid, but rather, "Stupid Contest" as in a contest to see who can be the most stupid! Yeah. That is an unbeatable title for a blog.

BTW, Mike Wolf almost won for "I'm holding out for the Pinochet throw pillows."

And does anyone else think that "Pinochet Throw Pillows" would be a great name for a band?

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