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"The brain is wider than the sky, For, put them side by side,
The one the other will include With ease, and you beside"
-- Emily Dickinson
"We will pursue peace as if there is no terrorism and fight terrorism as if there is no peace."
-- Yitzhak Rabin
"I have thought it my duty to exhibit things as they are, not as they ought to be."
-- Alexander Hamilton
"The stakes are too high for government to be a spectator sport."
-- Barbara Jordan
"Under democracy, one party always devotes its chief energies to
trying to prove that the other party is unfit to rule --
and both commonly succeed, and are right."
-- H. L. Mencken
"Necessity is the plea for every infringement of human freedom.
It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves."
-- William Pitt
"The only completely consistent people are the dead."
-- Aldous Huxley
"I have had my solutions for a long time; but I do not yet know how I am to arrive at them."
-- Karl F. Gauss
"Whatever evils either reason or declamation have imputed to extensive empire,
the power of Rome was attended with some beneficial consequences to mankind;
and the same freedom of intercourse which extended the vices, diffused likewise
the improvements of social life."
-- Edward Gibbon
"Augustus was sensible that mankind is governed by names; nor was he deceived in his
expectation, that the senate and people would submit to slavery, provided they were
respectfully assured that they still enjoyed their ancient freedom."
-- Edward Gibbon
"There exists in human nature a strong propensity to depreciate the advantages, and to magnify
the evils, of the present times."
-- Edward Gibbon
"Our youth now loves luxuries. They have bad manners, contempt for authority.
They show disrespect for elders and they
love to chatter instead of exercise.
Children are now tyrants, not the servants, of their households. They
no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents,
chatter before company, gobble up their food, and tyrannize
"Before impugning an opponent's motives, even when they legitimately may be impugned, answer his arguments."
-- Sidney Hook
"Idealism, alas, does not protect one from ignorance, dogmatism, and foolishness."
-- Sidney Hook
"Let me never fall into the vulgar mistake of dreaming that I am persecuted whenever I am contradicted."
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
"We take, and must continue to take, morally hazardous actions to preserve our civilization.
We must exercise our power. But we ought neither to believe that a nation is capable of perfect
disinterestedness in its exercise, nor become complacent about particular degrees of interest
and passion which corrupt the justice by which the exercise of power is legitimized."
-- Reinhold Niebuhr
"Faced with the choice of all the land without a Jewish state or a Jewish state without all the
land, we chose a Jewish state without all the land."
-- David Ben-Gurion
"...the proscribing any citizen as unworthy the public confidence by laying upon him
an incapacity of being called to offices of trust and emolument, unless he profess or renounce this
or that religious opinion, is depriving him injuriously of those privileges and advantages
to which, in common with his fellow citizens, he has a natural right; that it tends also
to corrupt the principles of that very religion it is meant to encourage, by bribing,
with a monopoly of worldly honours and emoluments, those who will externally profess
and conform to it;[...] that the opinions of men are not the object of civil government, nor under its jurisdiction; that to suffer the civil magistrate to intrude his powers into the field of opinion
and to restrain the profession or propagation of principles on supposition of their ill tendency is a dangerous fallacy, which at once destroys all religious liberty....
-- Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, Thomas Jefferson
"We don't live just by ideas. Ideas are part of the mixture of customs and practices,
intuitions and instincts that make human life a conscious activity susceptible to
improvement or debasement. A radical idea may be healthy as a provocation;
a temperate idea may be stultifying. It depends on the circumstances. One of the most
tiresome arguments against ideas is that their 'tendency' is to some dire condition --
to totalitarianism, or to moral relativism, or to a war of all against all."
-- Louis Menand
"The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis."
-- Dante Alighieri
"He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers."
-- Henry B. Adams
"The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the
poor to beg in the streets, steal bread, or sleep under a bridge."
-- Anatole France
"When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one, an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle."
-- Edmund Burke
"Education does not mean that we have become certified experts in business or mining or botany or journalism or epistemology;
it means that through the absorption of the moral, intellectual, and esthetic inheritance of the race we have come to
understand and control ourselves as well as the external world; that we have chosen the best as our associates both in spirit
and the flesh; that we have learned to add courtesy to culture, wisdom to knowledge, and forgiveness to understanding."
-- Will Durant
"Glimpses do ye seem to see of that mortally intolerable truth; that all deep, earnest thinking is
but the intrepid effort of the soul to keep the open independence of her sea; while the wildest
winds of heaven and earth conspire to cast her on the treacherous, slavish shore?"
-- Herman Melville
"The most important political office is that of the private citizen."
-- Louis D. Brandeis
"If we desire respect for the law, we must first make the law respectable."
-- Louis D. Brandeis
"We can have democracy in this country, or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both."
-- Louis D. Brandeis
"It is an error to suppose that books have no influence; it is a slow influence, like flowing water carving out a canyon,
but it tells more and more with every year; and no one can pass an hour a day in the society of sages and heroes without
being lifted up a notch or two by the company he has kept."
-- Will Durant
"When you write, you’re trying to transpose what you’re thinking into something that is less like an annoying drone and more like a piece of music."
-- Louis Menand
"Sex is a continuum."
-- Gore Vidal
"I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should
make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibit the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state."
-- Thomas Jefferson, letter to the Baptists of Danbury, Connecticut, 1802.
"The sum of our religion is peace and unanimity, but these can scarcely stand unless we define as little as possible,
and in many things leave one free to follow his own judgment, because there is great obscurity in many matters, and
man suffers from this almost congenital disease that he will not give in when once a controversy is started, and
after he is heated he regards as absolutely true that which he began to sponsor quite casually...."
-- Desiderius Erasmus
"Are we to have a censor whose imprimatur shall say what books may be sold, and what we may buy? And who is thus to dogmatize religious opinions for our citizens? Whose foot is to be the measure to which ours are all to be cut or stretched? Is a priest to be our inquisitor, or shall a layman, simple as ourselves, set up his reason as the rule of what we are to read, and what we must disbelieve?"
-- Thomas Jefferson, in a letter to N. G. Dufief, Philadelphia bookseller, 1814
"We are told that it is only people's objective actions that matter, and their subjective feelings are of no importance. Thus pacifists, by obstructing the war effort,
are 'objectively' aiding the Nazis; and therefore the fact that they may be personally hostile to Fascism is irrelevant. I have been guilty of saying this myself more than once. The same argument is applied to Trotskyism. Trotskyists are often credited, at any rate by Communists, with being active and conscious agents of Hitler; but when you point out the many and obvious reasons why this is unlikely to be true,
the 'objectively' line of talk is brought forward again. To criticize the Soviet Union helps Hitler: therefore 'Trotskyism is Fascism'. And when this has been established, the accusation of conscious treachery is usually repeated.
This is not only dishonest; it also carries a severe penalty with it. If you disregard people's motives, it becomes much harder to foresee their actions."
-- George Orwell, "As I Please," Tribune, 8 December 1944
"Wouldn't this be a great world if insecurity and desperation made us more attractive? If 'needy' were a turn-on?"
-- "Aaron Altman," Broadcast News
"The great thing about human language is that it prevents us from sticking to the matter at hand."
-- Lewis Thomas
"To be ignorant of what happened before you were born is to be ever a child. For what is man's lifetime unless the memory of past events is woven with those of earlier times?"
"Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information upon it."
-- Samuel Johnson, Life Of Johnson
"Very well, what did my critics say in attacking my character? I must read out their affidavit, so to speak, as though they were my legal accusers: Socrates is guilty of criminal meddling, in that he inquires into things below the earth and in the sky, and makes the weaker argument defeat the stronger, and teaches others to follow his example."
-- Socrates, via Plato, The Republic
"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children."
-- Dwight D. Eisenhower
"The term, then, is obviously a relative one; my pedantry is your scholarship, his reasonable accuracy, her irreducible minimum of education, & someone else's ignorance."
-- H. W. Fowler
"Rules exist for good reasons, and in any art form the beginner must learn them and understand what they are for, then follow them for quite a while. A visual artist, pianist, dancer, fiction writer, all beginning artists are in the same boat here: learn the rules, understand them, follow them. It's called an apprenticeship. A mediocre artist never stops following the rules, slavishly follows guidelines, and seldom rises above mediocrity. An accomplished artist internalizes the rules to the point where they don't have to be consciously considered. After you've put in the time it takes to learn to swim, you never stop to think: now I move my arm, kick, raise my head, breathe. You just do it. The accomplished artist knows what the rules mean, how to use them, dodge them, ignore them altogether, or break them. This may be a wholly unconscious process of assimilation, one never articulated, but it has taken place."
-- Kate Wilhelm
"The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed."
-- Albert Einstein
"The decisive moment in human evolution is perpetual."
-- Franz Kafka, Aphorisms
"All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better."
-- Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho
"First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you."
-- Nicholas Klein, May, 1919, to the Third Biennial Convention of the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America (misattributed to Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, 1914 & variants).
"Our credulity is a part of the imperfection of our natures. It is inherent in us to desire to generalize, when we ought, on the contrary, to guard ourselves very carefully from this tendency."
-- Napoleon I of France.
"The truth is, men are very hard to know, and yet, not to be deceived, we must judge them by their present actions, but for the present only."
-- Napoleon I of France.
"The barbarous custom of having men beaten who are suspected of having important secrets to reveal must be abolished. It has always been recognized that this way of interrogating men, by putting them to torture, produces nothing worthwhile. The poor wretches say anything that comes into their mind and what they think the interrogator wishes to know."
-- On the subject of torture, in a letter to Louis Alexandre Berthier (11 November 1798), published in Correspondance Napoleon edited by Henri Plon (1861), Vol. V, No. 3606, p. 128
"All living souls welcome whatever they are ready to cope with; all else they ignore, or pronounce to be monstrous and wrong, or deny to be possible."
-- George Santayana, Dialogues in Limbo (1926)
"If you should put even a little on a little, and should do this often, soon this too would become big."
-- Hesiod, Work And Days
"Your Honor, years ago I recognized my kinship with all living beings, and I made up my mind that I was not one bit better than the meanest on earth. I said then, and I say now, that while there is a lower class, I am in it, and while there is a criminal element I am of it, and while there is a soul in prison, I am not free."
-- Eugene V. Debs
"Reputation is what other people know about you. Honor is what you know about yourself."
-- Lois McMaster Bujold, A Civil Campaign
"All that we have to do is to send two mujahidin to the furthest point east to raise a piece of cloth on which is written "al-Qaida," in order to make the generals race there to cause America to suffer human, economic, and political losses without their achieving for it anything of note other than some benefits for their private companies."
-- Osama bin Laden
"Remember, Robin: evil is a pretty bad thing."
Gary Farber is now a licensed Quintuple Super-Sekrit Multi-dimensional Master Pundit.
He does not always refer to himself in the third person.
He is presently single.
The gefilte fish is dead. Donate via the donation button on the top left or I'll shoot this cutepanda. Don't you lovepandas?
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...writer[s] I find myself checking out repeatedly when I'm in the mood to play follow-the-links. They're not all people I agree with all the time, or even most of the time, but I've found them all to be thoughtful writers, and that's the important thing, or should be.
-- Tom Tomorrow
I bow before the shrillitudinousness of Gary Farber, who has been blogging like a fiend.
-- Ted Barlow, Crooked Timber
Favorite.... [...] ...all great stuff. [...] Gary Farber should never be without readers.
I usually read you and Patrick several times a day, and I always get something from them. You've got great links, intellectually honest commentary, and a sense of humor. What's not to like?
-- Ted Barlow
One of my issues with many poli-blogs is the dickhead tone so many bloggers affect to express their sense of righteous indignation. Gary Farber's thoughtful leftie takes on the world stand in sharp contrast with the usual rhetorical bullying. Plus, he likes "Pogo," which clearly attests to his unassaultable good taste.
Jaysus. I saw him do something like this before, on a thread about Israel. It was pretty brutal. It's like watching one of those old WWF wrestlers grab an opponent's
face and grind away until the guy starts crying. I mean that in a nice & admiring way, you know.
-- Fontana Labs, Unfogged
We read you Gary Farber! We read you all the time! Its just that we are lazy with our blogroll. We are so very very lazy. We are always the last ones to the party but we always have snazzy bow ties.
-- Fafnir, Fafblog!
Gary Farber you are a genius of mad scientist proportions. I will bet there are like huge brains growin in jars all over your house.
-- Fafnir, Fafblog!
Gary Farber is the hardest working man in show blog business. He's like a young Gene Hackman blogging with his hair on fire, or something.
-- Belle Waring, John & Belle Have A Blog
Gary Farber only has two blogging modes: not at all, and 20 billion interesting posts a day [...] someone on the interweb whose opinions I can trust....
-- Belle Waring, John & Belle Have A Blog
Isn't Gary a cracking blogger, apropos of nothing in particular?
-- Alison Scott
Gary Farber takes me to task, in a way befitting the gentleman he is.
-- Stephen Green, Vodkapundit
My friend Gary Farber at Amygdala is the sort of liberal for whom I happily give three cheers. [...] Damned incisive blogging....
-- Midwest Conservative Journal
If I ever start a paper, Clueless writes the foreign affairs column, Layne handles the city beat, Welch has the roving-reporter job, Tom Tomorrow runs the comic section (which carries Treacher, of course). MediaMinded runs the slots - that's the type of editor I want as the last line of defense. InstantMan runs the edit page - and you can forget about your Ivins and Wills and Friedmans and Teepens on the edit page - it's all Blair, VodkaP, C. Johnson, Aspara, Farber, Galt, and a dozen other worthies, with Justin 'I am smoking in such a provocative fashion' Raimondo tossed in for balance and comic relief.
Who wouldn't buy that paper? Who wouldn't want to read it? Who wouldn't climb over their mother to be in it?
-- James Lileks
I do appreciate your role and the role of Amygdala as a pioneering effort in the integration of fanwriters with social conscience into the larger blogosphere of social conscience.
-- Lenny Bailes
Every single post in that part of Amygdala visible on my screen is either funny or bracing or important. Is it always like this? -- Natalie Solent
People I've known and still miss include Isaac Asimov, rich brown, Charles Burbee, F. M. "Buzz" Busby, Terry Carr, A. Vincent Clarke, Bob Doyle, George Alec Effinger, Abi Frost,
Bill & Sherry Fesselmeyer, George Flynn, John Milo "Mike" Ford. John Foyster, Mike Glicksohn, Jay Haldeman, Neith Hammond (Asenath Katrina Hammond)/DominEditrix , Chuch Harris, Mike Hinge, Lee Hoffman, Terry Hughes, Damon Knight, Ross Pavlac, Bruce Pelz, Elmer Perdue, Tom Perry,
Larry Propp, Bill Rotsler, Art Saha, Bob Shaw, Martin Smith, Harry Stubbs, Bob Tucker, Harry Warner, Jr., Jack Williamson, Walter A. Willis, Susan Wood, Kate Worley, and Roger Zelazny.
It's just a start, it only gets longer, many are unintentionally left out.
And She of whom I must write someday.
HOW DID I MAKE IT TO THE 21ST CENTURY, AGAIN? The New York Timesreviews the DVD set of half of Time Tunnel. I was 7 years old when I watched this series in original broadcast, and I thought it was fucking moronic. How could they possible always wind up by coincidence at the site of famous events? How the hell could they land on the Titanic out of the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean (not to mention keep landing on Earth, and not above or below it or somewhere else in solar orbit)?
I was 7 years old and these questions seem completely obvious to me. (Okay, that's the kind of 7-year-old I was; not all that different from today, and yes, I see your point, thanks.)
My favorite moment, burned into my memory despite not having seen these shows in thirty years: Tony and Doug land on the Titanic as mentioned. What is their solution to the problem they see? (Setting aside that they never, in thirty episodes, manage to change a goddamned thing about the past [there were a couple of crazed episodes set in the future, and with visiting aliens, as the formula wore out, as well].)
They run up to the captain of the liner and yell at him: "Captain! This is the TITANTIC!"
Because that's the way to convince him the ship will hit an iceberg and sink. (They get hauled away by attendents and locked up as loony stowaways, and righteously so; unfortunately, they didn't drown, and went on to be in more equally stupid episodes.)
These freaking morons deserved every damn hard-luck story they wound up in.
Over to Frank Decaro:
A handsome actor who achieved teen-idol status as the surf hunk Moondoggie in a trio of "Gidget" films, Mr. Darren — wearing those form-fitting slacks and an olive green turtleneck — played Dr. Tony Newman on a 1966 ABC series called "The Time Tunnel." Fifteen of the show's 30 episodes, plus an unbroadcast extended version of the pilot, are now available on four double-sided discs.
A big-budget enterprise by mid-60's standards despite its lack of costume changes, the series followed two eternally emoting scientists from Project Tic Toc who inadvertently — was there ever another way? — found themselves racing up and down what the show's stentorian announcer called "the infinite corridors of time." Robert Colbert (who later spent a decade as Stuart Brooks on "The Young and the Restless") went along for companionship as Dr. Doug Phillips, while the former Miss America Lee Meriwether, as a fellow scientist named Dr. Ann MacGregor, watched and fretted from back home in the present.
The series ran for only one season, making it the least successful of four fantastically implausible (but fondly remembered) shows created and produced between 1964 and 1970 by Irwin Allen.
Later known as the master of such disaster films as "The Poseidon Adventure" and "The Towering Inferno," Mr. Allen infamously considered his TV series "running and jumping" shows. To his mind, the stories didn't need to make sense as long as those screens were packed with action, smoke and flying sparks. "Time Tunnel" embraced substantially less science and considerably more fiction than its competition that season, NBC's "Star Trek."
In the first episode of "Time Tunnel," logic is thrown out the nearest porthole when the Tic Toc docs land on the deck of the Titanic and try to persuade the ship's captain (played by Michael Rennie in a stick-on beard) to change his course — and the course of history — and avoid hitting that fateful iceberg. Even those of us who learned all our science from a pointy-eared Vulcan named Spock know you can't avert disaster without wreaking it along the time continuum.
But the "Time Tunnel" travelers didn't have the time for such contemplation: they had to take part in the War of 1812 (fighting a pre-"All in the Family" Carroll O'Connor, no less) and stand up to the Gestapo two days before D-Day. These guys didn't remember the Alamo, they relived it.
Today, the series is a guilty pleasure. Who wouldn't get a giggle out of a line like "Wherever he and Doug are now, at least they're together"? But all that action without a dull moment is exhausting. It is no wonder the show didn't last.
As early as the fourth episode, when the time travelers land inside the Japanese consulate in Honolulu on Dec. 6, 1941, Dr. MacGregor is already fed up. Exasperated, she seems to be thinking what we're thinking: If Doug and Tony had to land in Hawaii, why couldn't it have been during the filming of one of Mr. Darren's earlier beach party movies rather than on the day before Pearl Harbor was attacked?
Read The Rest Scale: 2 out of 5. Fan website here. Another.
Lee Meriweather, of course, was also one of several Catwomen on that horrible Batman tv show that nearly destroyed the franchise. Fortunately for that tradition, Joel Schumacher eventually picked up the torch of terribleness and similarly destroyed the decent Tim Burton movie franchise, until the Great Restoration gave us The One True Batman Movie.
Some of us thought that the coincidence of always arriving at Momentous Historic Events was questionable not from this obviously little-seen series, but from Mr. Peabody and Sherman's trips on Rocky & Bullwinkle.
And some of us (coincidentally, the same some of us as in the earlier example) loved the Batman TV series, even if snarky* older kids with allowances large enough to spend on comic books** didn't approve of it. So sucks to you.
"What do you mean, you won't take my money? It's perfectly good money!"
"Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb!"
* Did we even have the word "snarky" in the '60s? When did "snarky" become a word all us hipster doofuses used?
** Actually, to the extent I read comics at all in my youth, I was a Marvel man. from what I recall, DC was long past its prime, and I'll bet that a seven-year old had no access whatsoever to any Batman comics superior to the TV series. So any anti-Batman series prejudice exhibited today is a case of rewriting the past. Orwell made some comments about this.
I don't know if I had the word "snarky" when I was seven, although I certainly had much larger words, but since I'm writing today, not a problem.
I did, in fact, also think the Batman tv series was idiotic, and I wanted it to be serious, and felt that the series was a terrible insult to Batman, who was or should be a terribly serious guy. Honest. I swear. My memories of ranting aboout this are extremely clear.
My feelings have simply never changed on that.
I couldn't buy many comics new myself (though I saved my allowance, and my dad would give me little jobs to do to earn quarters), but I had the guy at the barbershop who would give me a handful every month when they were old enough; they were usually rather beat-up copies, and occasionally coverless, but there I was.
And my dad could periodically be talked into buying me some new from the rack when he had a couple of bucks to spare; they were only twelve cents each, after all. And there was also a nearby store that had stacks of them used for a 3/quarter, less if they were old enough or beat up enough. So there! :-)
I loved Sherman and Mr. Peabody! I continue to set my Wayback Machine to this day, albeit in memory only.
I'll grant that I didn't hate every bit of the Batman series; I still fantasied about bits of it, like the Batmobile, and the fights (though I thought the animated pows, etc., were dumb; I just ignored those parts).
But I had to work really hard to ignore all the dumb stuff to focus on the bits I liked, and that bothered me lots. Really. Honest. That's just the sort of kid I was (also deeply alienated from peers and most grownups; my parents should have had me in therapy by then, but never did, but I digress).
As I recall, VOYAGERS, the Jon Erik-Hexum tv series from the 80's, was better. But since I'm comparing it to TIME TUNNEL, that's not saying much.
(And when VOYAGERS came to mind, I at first thought Hexum's accidental death happened on that series. A check on IMDB, though, showed it happened on a later series, the spy drama COVER-UP. After twenty-plus years, sometimes it's a good idea to double-check one's memories.)
You're several years older than me, Bruce. I was amused to recall what I thought when I was 7.
And the show did last 30 episodes, so while I'm not going to research its ratings, obviously they couldn't have been too bad. And the show has enough fans for multiple web sites, decades later, although doubtless not all of its fans are fond of it because they thought it was genius.
I always feel badly that I don't feel more badly about Hexum's death; it's just that it's rare to see such a clear case of death-by-pure-stupidity. I'm still extremely sorry he had to put all his family, friends, and survivors through that, of course.
I don't recall strong opinions about Voyagers one way or another; I seem to recall thinking that it was inoffensive, but aside from Hexum, the mop-headed kid, the premise, and the little handheld gizmo, damned if I remember anything else about it, absent googling reminders, which I don't care enough to do.
But I probably should have noted that everyone in network programming, just about, must have taken daily Stupid Pills in the Sixties. How else to explain "My Mother, The Car," and endless other results?
(I've said for decades that I'd love to hear a tape of the pitch session for MM, TC: just imagine.)
On that very subject of Stupid '60s TV Serieses (Serieii? Is "series" Greek or Latin?): Al Lewis, AKA Grandpa Munster, died the other day at the shockingly young age of 82. I would have sworn he was at least ten years older. To further extend the thread, he was also a regular on Car 54, Where Are You?.
"Al Lewis, AKA Grandpa Munster, died the other day at the shockingly young age of 82."
Yeah, I saw. Thought of blogging it, decided I didn't have anything interesting to say about it, and I'm trying to keep my number of posts-per-day as low as I can manage, since it took me years of frequently posting 60+ posts-per-day to realize that no one was reading that many. (If I linked to every article I found interesting per day, it would be closer to 180+ posts per day; I'm trying to keep it under 20+, or even less.)