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What’s the actual wording? “A man’s got to know his limitations”

Do you remember the line from the old Dirty Harry movie about a man knowing his limitations?

a good man knows his limitations

 

 

 

I’ve had discussions with lots of mates about what the actual words are.

 

Is it “a good man” or “a man”?

 

Is it: “always knows his limitations” or “man’s got to know his limitations”?

 

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Anyway, being a real “pop culture nerd”  and “movie line nerd” I’ve researched this  – just in case you ever need to debate what the real words are.

The line is from the 1973 movie Magnum Force where Dirty Harry takes on vigilante cops.

 

His boss tries to keep him off the case – and regards Harry as a risk to society and a risk to proper police and justice procedure.

 

He tells Harry that he (the boss) has never had to take his gun out of his holster.

 

Harry replies with an insult wrapped inside a compliment.

 

“You’re a good man lieutenant. A good man always knows his limitations.”

 

At the end of the movie,  in another confrontation the lieutenant pulls a gun on Harry. Instead of killing Harry, the lieutenant decides to prosecute him.

 

The lieutenant drives off  and his car explodes – and Harry says:

 

A man’s got to know his limitations.

 

So, there are two versions of the line:

 

A man’s got to know his limitations.

 

AND

 

A good man always knows his limitations.

 

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Do things like this remind you of a “movie moment”? This was a such great movie!

Do you have moments like this where you relate a current experience to some moment in an old movie you’d seen decades ago. That movie moment must have really made an impact to be remembered after all these years!

 

rowers photo

 

Here’s an example I recently experienced.

I’m waiting for a business meeting and I get to the meeting place early (as I always try to do).

 

I see this old photo of rowers in a frame above a fireplace. I’ve got some time before the meeting. I study the haircuts, the looks in the eyes and the “young man’s pose” of pushing out your bicepts.  Hey, I used to do this too – though I wasn’t quite as buff as  as these young men. 🙂

 

young rower

 

 

Anyway, this photo took me back to a very memorable scene in one of my favourite old movies. See if you can identify it.

 

I had to search and find the actual lines. I had a rough memory of the overall meaning.

I’m so glad the photo inspired me to think of the movies – and the to  search out what the real lines were.

Imagine you are hearing this line as you look at the old photo.

 

rowers photo

 

“They’re not that different from you, are they? Same haircuts. Full of hormones, just like you. Invincible, just like you feel. The world is their oyster. They believe they’re destined for great things, just like many of you, their eyes are full of hope, just like you.”

 

Recognize the movie? Remember the scene?

 

Now, maybe  I am just too impressionable – but let’s just say this photo triggered my memory of this movie moment I’d found and still find inspiring – and that inspired me to truly seize the day.

 

I sincerely hope, this post inspires you to do the same!

young rower

 

“…if you listen real close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? – – Carpe – – hear it? – – Carpe, carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary.”

 

What do you think? Did this movie (Dead Poets Society) inspire you?

 

Does some other movie moment inspire you?

 

Please share in the comments section below.

 

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SAA bgrd

 

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What are your memories of The Jam and Paul Weller?

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What memories come back to you when you hear the music of The Jam?

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For me, the music brigs back memories that are a powerful mixture of admiration and angst  – fascination and frustration!

I was blown away by the power and energy of their music and Paul Weller’s songwriting and especially his lyrics.

I was also frustrated that I could never be as cool as Paul – his clothes, his haircut, and his general image.

I played in uni bands trying to get UK indie look.

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But I was too ethnic-looking – I looked more like De Niro in his Rupert Pupkin era.

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Our band was in Australia – but there were lots of impressionable Jam fans here too.

There was even a bit of a Mod  revival scene – with “Mods” trying to look cool but sweating so much in their Parkas in hot Australia.

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What “fashion” items do you wish you kept?

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Sentimental for my paisley shirt…and the music of  The Church!

When I was at uni, I was a big fan of Australian band The Church. I still am.

Like a lot of my uni friends, I’d comb the op shops looking for paisley shirts and wear them with the top button up to be like our hero Steve Kilbey.

I found this excellent shirt with purple and pink paisley. Looking back, I didn’t need the thin black tie. I should have had the sleeves down and the top button up (Steve Kilbey style). But I recall it was a hot night at that gig.

I wish I knew what happened to that shirt. Paisley is back in or at least it was a couple of weeks ago when I checked some stores.

I saw The Church last year with a symphony orchestra and it was such a wonderful musical experience.

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What songs make you want to play air guitar or air bass or drums?

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What songs make you want to play air guitar, air bass or air drums?

We all have special songs that connect us to special places and times in our lives. There are also extra special songs that can compel you to drop what ever you are doing and launch into air guitar or some other air instrument – that is miming playing the bass, or drums or even air bagpipes!

Some songs just make you want to burst into playing air bass or drums!

Please let me explain.

Do you like to listen to your favourite tunes while you do your housework?

I snatch any chance I can to listen to some of my favourite music and the other morning I was unloading the dishwasher while listening to vintage Cure. I’m working away efficiently until Primary comes on and I can’t help myself but to pump up the volume

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How do you pronounce Adidas? and How it got its name

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Were you into Adidas gear?

I was – especially at high school.  And even these days when I drop my kids at school I see dads in Adidas gear.

I got back into it because I spend so much time  kicking balls around with my son – and to try to keep fit (so I can keep up with my kids!)

 

I am in no way connected with Adidas – I’m just interested in popular culture and yes, as a kid I was into Adidas. So I guess it reminds me of my youth.

 

Anyway, at my kids’ school one dad jokingly calls me Run DMC when I wear my hoodie.

 

That prompted a “dad conversation” with all-important questions such as:

 

How do you pronounce Adidas, I asked him.

 

“Ad-DEE-das” or “AD-ee-das”?

 

Being a bit of a word nerd, I wanted to find out.

 

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Like a lot of Australians I pronounced it ad-DEE-has – but I believe the correct pronunciation is AD-dee-das –  and here’s why according to my “research”

 

The name comes from the name of the original German founder  “Adi” Dassler.

 

His real first name was Adolf.

 

His father was Rudi (Rudolf) – so Adolf’s shortened nickname became Adi.

Adi- Dassler

 

There is also a myth that ADIDAS stands for All Day I Dream About Sports. (an acronym)

 

However that is a backronym – an acronym that goes back and is formed after to made up words for each letter in an existing word. I told you I was a word nerd!

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Now, often a more common “incorrect” pronunciation takes over a “correct” and original pronunciation – and often that “wrong” pronunciation is spread my popular culture.

 

As one of the dads informed me. (the Dad who jokingly calls me Run DMC)

RUN DMC has a song called My Adidas

The all-important question is: How does Run DMC pronounce Adidas?

AD-de-das  OR

ad-DEE-das?

– hear for yourself.

 

 

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