The fastest way to hang yourself.


Lot’s of folks are gonna give you a little somethin’ somethin’ about St. Patty’s day, so I’m not.  Instead, I’m going to talk about the fastest way to hang yourself. And that is in writing. Mark Twain himself has agreed to help me through this one.

Twain lived long before WordPress and all this other tech stuff and way before the widespread use of telephones.  The letters he wrote got to and fro mostly Pony Express style, not Federal Express style.

When Twain was mad, he always wrote two letters.  One he wrote right then and there.  And he always wrote a second one to the same person about the same thing the next day. Not once, in his infinite wisdom,  did he ever mail the first letter.

So before you go ahead and press “send” at the heat of the moment, and dash off that nasty note to your boss, co-worker, or anyone else, count to Twain.

“If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.”  – Mark Twain

Now off to drink beer and talk shit about people. Happy St. Patty’s day. ~Mike

14 Responses to “The fastest way to hang yourself.”

  1. writerwoman61 Says:

    Hi Mike:

    Found you through Amy’s “Etiquette” blog…sensible advice here!

    Mark Twain has said many wise things…I just picked up a book the other day of some of his “dark” tales…looking forward to reading it.

    Wendy

    • Mike LaMonica Says:

      Hi Wendy-

      Thanks for stumbling in. Twain is a big fan of mine. Wait, got that backwards.

      Twain had many dark writings. Chances are it was later in his career. He generally painted a better picture of his youth. If I had one writer I could read for the rest of my life, it would be him.

      Have a great day.

      ~Mike

  2. Chuck Says:

    Great Post!

  3. Brad Says:

    Funny thing, that’s exactly what I did for St. Patrick’s Day…

  4. Angel Says:

    A truism for life that we all should follow. Great post Mike.

  5. christine bucan Says:

    Now I know why I never feel a need to remember anything! Great quote.

  6. Jon Kolbe Says:

    LOL Count to Twain! Brilliant!

  7. Jenny Says:

    Lol. I love this and I love the Twain quote at the end. Happy beer drinking.

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