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Day 2346: What would you do?

Yesterday, I asked my readers “What would I do without you?”  

Today, I want to shift the focus to what YOU would do.

What would you do if …

  • somebody made a comment you had trouble answering?
  • you loved a certain dish but nobody could make it like your late mother did?
  • a family member stopped talking to you?
  • you wanted to stay open to all possibilities?
  • you started writing a new song four days before a Friday night Open Mic?
  • you had a backlog of unfinished original songs including one called “Rhetorical Questions?”
  • you wanted to spend more Friday evenings with your significant other who doesn’t like Open Mics?
  • you had pets that didn’t seem to like each other very much?
  • you had the chance to spend some time in historic Charlestown, Massachusetts?
  • you had trouble making decisions?
  • the news rarely reflected your personal experience of human beings?
  • you encountered sexism, racism, anti-Semitism, ageism,  homophobia, or other injustices?
  • you saw some beautiful rainbows when you were driving?
  • you wanted to be present to every moment but also capture some of them on your cell phone?

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What would you do if you found this channel on YouTube?

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwdo8-3UrfZ9scHPl0m4Ysg

What would you do if you found this song on YouTube?

 

What would you do if you had trouble just asking for things but you wanted comments?

What would you do if you had so much gratitude to all?

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Day 1857: You Can’t Fight City Hall

You can’t fight the proliferation of definitions on the internet for phrases like “You Can’t Fight City Hall.”

The Urban Dictionary:

you can’t fight city hall

it is useless to clash with a politician or establishment, it is foolish to fight a battle that you can’t win

“After getting no support for the destitute for 10 years, I have learned you can’t fight city hall.”

Dictionary.com:

can’t fight City Hall

Unable to overcome bureaucratic rules, as in Brad couldn’t get a permit without going through channels—you can’t fight City Hall! This term transfers the seat of city government to a more general sense of bureaucracy in any sphere. [Mid-1800s ]

TheFreeDictionary:

can’t fight City Hall

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(you) can’t fight city hall

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You cannot defeat or prevail over a bureaucratic system or its rules. You might as well 
pay those parking tickets now because you’ll never win in court. You can’t fight city hall, after all.
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See also:cityfighthall
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.
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(You) can’t fight city hall.

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There is no way to win in a battle against a bureaucracy. Bill: I guess I’ll go ahead and 
pay the tax bill. Bob: Might as well. You can’t fight city hall. Mary: How did things go at 
your meeting with the zoning board? Sally: I gave up. Can’t fight city hall.
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See also:cityfighthall
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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Even though you can’t fight city hall, I went to City Hall yesterday (fighting snow and traffic)  to fight an excessively high tax assessment of our new property on the South Shore of Boston.
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Maybe there are two kinds of people in this world: Those who fight City Hall and those who don’t (like Bill, Bob,  and Sally, above).
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I can’t fight my urges to fight city hall and to take pictures everywhere, including City Hall:
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You can’t fight the freeze in New England, so you might as well eat ice cream.
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You can’t fight the thoughts and feelings you have about this post, so why bother?

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I can’t fight my gratitude for all who helped me create today’s blog and — of course! — YOU.

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