Friday, March 20, 2009

Notable Exceptions to C. Odbody’s Assertion “No Man is a Failure Who Has Friends.”


After a lifetime of taking Clarence Odbody’s famous inscription as true, a number of exceptions* dawned on me in the shower this morning, including:

Thomas Andrews
Adolf Hitler
Mary Mallon
Richard Nixon / George W. Bush
Jim Jones / David Koresh / Marshall Applewhite
Guglielmo and Bonanno Pisano (or Diotisalvi. Depending.)
Samuel Langley
Pope Paul V / Cardinal Bellarmine

This epiphany has forced me to reevaluate my own sense of success, and I am not pleased.

Your humble and obed’t Serv’t,
B. Freret

* This list is intended to be illustrative and not exhaustive, and assumes that Mr. Odbody intended gender neutrality.

1 comment:

Donna said...

Had Mr. Odbody simply added the word "good" in front of "friends," I would be much more inclined to believe his inscription had some truth to it. Because, clearly, if (for example) Adolf or GWB (not to compare the two or anything, of course) had even a single "good" friend -- as opposed to ass-kissing-sycophants -- well then, the world would be thankful and their failures much less.

You, B. Freret, unlike Adolf, GWB, or the Pope, have "good" friends. We'll tell you when you suck.

Dr. Donna