Tee Hee o T -the Wakefield Doctrine- “and a side of arrrts”

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)

‘A street sign taken to heart. Car and canine pause, the world waits.’
(Landscape Orientation)
A photo of Una ‘riding shotgun’ as we begin our walk.
Una is in close profile, the left side of her face illuminated from the sunlight coming through the car’s windshield that makes up the entire left half (from top to bottom) of the photo.
In the center top of the windshield (or, perhaps it would be better to say, ‘through the windshield ‘) there is a ‘Stop’ sign, every bit the municipal lollipop that you might imagine, were we all to end up in a good-natured Bosch painting (or perhaps an updated version of the animated movie, ‘Yellow Submarine’ (which, for the record, you couldn’t not love, at least not while claiming to still be young))
The Stop sign is all octagonal officialdom and the street that passes perpendicular to the street we are on is visible as a smooth, grey-blue patch against the winter browns of the hay in a field on the far side of the street. To the right of the ‘Stop’ sign there is a square stone column. Not quite a tower or battlement, it’s the kind of decorative structure that used to be popular at the entrance of residential developments. There would be a pair, one on each side of the street. Perhaps it gave the residents a feeling of security that, should the need arise, a tall gate might be closed, the two stone structures providing a secure anchor point. Or something. For all of the popularity of gates on a residential neighborhood, an actual gated community in this part of the country is more the exception than the rule. As well it should be, what can keep strangers out serves just as well to keep people in. A prison is that which separates some from the others. The relative numbers determine the virtue.
Yes, Una is sitting in the front passenger seat and we can see her face for a change. As luck would have it, we are driving into the setting sun. The light provides the opportunity to see her face. The light causes her to rest (and protect) her eyes. They are nearly completely closed.
One can be forgiven for venturing, ‘A dog, do they ever completely close their eyes?’ And, (as) one, I might say, “a lot less frequently than you might think.” Even lying on the couch (or the bed or the floor) dreaming of slow-running rabbits, the activity in the eyes of a dog is surprisingly consistent.

Humor is a funny thing. (Remember in college, the discovery of new music and art was like that second step into the waves at the beach, the one that just preceded throwing yourself in to the water, knowing that the fun had to do with coping and not doing? In that case, the waves were there already and the fun was, (hopefully), to do what makes swimming in the ocean fun. Finding new music was, at that time, much the same… “hey! you gotta listen to this band, this song..wait  wait  this part coming up.” And you look at your friend with hope, as they get to the part you found so amazing and they’d get a look on your face that, in the alchemy of the friendships of the young, was a look of gratitude and brother/sisterhood as they discovered that you share one more thing in life.)

…yeah like that.

Stephen Wright

Woody Allen

(Sunday morning… 10:58 am)  ‘Hey I was just watching this with Phyllis and saw something that I never noticed. Diane Keaton (and her character Annie Hall) are the epitome of clarklike females. I won’t go into a long discussion other than to say, “Watch the scene (1:09 turn up the volume) where her parents suggest that Dwayne drive them to the airport. Annie leaves the scene but you can still hear her talking…” This Doctrine is truly a wonderful thing.


Jim Gaffigan

One Two Three


Thanks especially to Val. In one of her recent posts did some excellent poetry which reminded me that poetry is not necessarily distantly inaccessible. Shout-out to Carin who can actually do a whole TToT in verse. (damn!)

this guy

Over the wintry

forest, winds howl in  rage

with no leaves to blow.

(Soseki (1275-1351)

and maybe a painting or two.

oh man! A(nother) chance to illegally reproduce one of my favorite paintings!

Nighthawks is a 1942 oil on canvas painting by Edward Hopper that portrays people in a downtown diner late at night. (Wikipedia)

We better stop and take a count!

lets see… five plus Una and Phyllis minus the Sunday Supplement minus the Free Grat Item and minus SR 1.3 Holy Smoke!

6) Phyllis

7) Una

8) Sunday Supplement (check back tomorrow)

9) ‘Your Grat Here’  (anyone in a position of really wanting to participate but are not able to do a whole TTOT post…. you can borrow one of ours! No, serially, send it in and we’ll go right ahead and post it. We’re the Wakefield Doctrine where you can never be 100% of a lot of things. ya know?)

10) Secret Rule 1.3

We’re done!

Wait…. gotta shout out to Josie Two Shoes  hey! Josie! thanks for puttin on the ‘hop this weekend.

So you know how I keep saying, ‘learn the basic characteristics of the three worldviews and then look at the people around you?’ And, of course, by ‘people around you’ I mean anywhere, including music videos. And by characteristics, I mean, ‘by their posture and attitude, actions and reactions, from which of the three realities (that of the Outsider, the Predator or the Herd Member) would they seem to be relating themselves to the world around them?’

I submit this video. Good song, great illustration of the three worldviews. In the three lead guitar players you will see a clark, a scott and a roger.

The roger and the scott might at first be a little tricky. The clark? lol


hey! this is the TToT


clarkscottroger About clarkscottroger
Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. I’m laughing as I write this. Stephen Wright. Excellent :D As is the clip from Annie Hall. Classic! Jim is also making me laugh :D
    Very enjoyable post today, Clark.
    Now could just be me, but I’m not getting audio for Vince….


  2. valj2750 says:

    Lots of good laughs, Mr Clark. That guitarist? I love the hair. That was the obvious. White t-shirts, while functional, remind me of black socks with sandals. You had to have grown up at the jersey shore to know what I mean. Perhaps that’s the Roger talking. Or maybe the Scott, because the Clark would be saying, “Cool. The Jersey Shore. How does the construction of a roller coaster adversely effect the center of gravity of a person. Why that’s just like . . . You get my drift. Lol an expression made for Clarks. Hey my drift.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol (I agree)
      You know how there are different physical manifestations of (a person’s) predominant worldview and they sometimes are so significant as to make an identification, the eyes of a scott is one of those. But the one I got the kick out of (in this vid) was ‘the posture of the clark’ which as sirens on the flagpole with Mr. Albert Lee (the white-haired gentleman). Phyllis and I laughed how, despite his talent earning him a place on the stage in front of a huge crowd there are maybe two quick scenes where his full face appears while he plays lead (not counting when he’s in the background… kinda natural habitat there, no?)
      I may have discovered it after you came to the post, but that extra thing on the Annie Hall clip (the incomplete sentences, ‘i.e. verbal hallmark of clarks’) too funny

  3. Kristi says:

    I think I will be expecting a letter from a woman in Germany in a few months, too. My new house has one of those mystery switches, too. (Come to think of it, so did the last house.)

  4. 15andmeowing says:

    That is a great list of thankfuls as always. I love diners, that is a great painting.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      thanks… I’m not such a arts/painting guy but Nighthawks is just so cool (the movie version of ‘The Equalizer’ with Denzel Washington, the director decided to do a ‘Nighthawks’ homage… you’ll spot it right away)

  5. Pat B says:

    You shared lots of entertainment here, Clark! I especially enjoyed Steven Wright’s wit. How he was able to keep a straight face while the audience was cracking up, I don’t know. Jim Gaffigan’s “Bacon, bacon, where’s the bacon” made me wish we had some in the house. That sounds so good right now.
    Thanks for the intro to Edward Hopper. I took a look at some of his other paintings. He has a very interesting simplistic style which is probably difficult to achieve.
    The poetry and verse display by other TToT bloggers made for fun reading.
    Thanks for a great TToT!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah (to the Edward Hopper) it’s funny about art. Some things I have never really paid a lot of attention to or had a great interest in learning about, paintings being among them. But then there are some that just seem to jump out at you. (There’s this thing I think about, relative to my writing efforts, that when someone has an idea of sufficient power, the technique become secondary. The comedians like Stephen Wright, with the total deadpan delivery, early Neil Young (or Leon Redbone or Lyle Lovett or Jack White) in singers and, I guess paintings like Hoppers.
      ya know?

  6. First off, thank you for sharing the link up! I really appreciate you taking the time to add it to your post.

    I totally enjoyed the movie clips, music, and artwork you’ve chosen to share this week. It is amazing how those things are markers in our lives, doorways to moments and memories in our lives that we can connect with at any point. It’s fun to watch how those character roles play out as Clarks, Rogers, and Scotts.:-)

    Somehow through the course of schooling we got the impression that poetry is long, overly-flowery, too rhymy, boring stuff. And yet our TToT friends have shown us that it can be fun, friendly, and and really, really good! I used to write a lot of it, (I seem to do better when there is angst in my life), and I still enjoy scribbling out a few verses now and then. I love’d Val’s latest effort and Carin’s whole post too! It’s funny that writing out my life story on my blog doesn’t make me feel to insecure, but sharing my poetic endeavors often does. I guess because life is what it is, but creativity begs for appreciation.

    I am glad to see that Phyllis and Una have once again made the list. Appreciation starts at home!

    That was a perfectly lit photo of the beautiful Una! I have a tortie cat with much the same coloring that is so hard to capture without the right light. Papa Bear calls her “camo kitty” due to her ability to blend into the background, but I just call her beautiful! I wish people came in more colors and designs!

    I need to remember to return for your Sunday supplements. I never seem to have enough blogging time. I need someone to take over the dull routines of my life so I can have more fun! (If only life really worked that way, but it’s a nice fantasy). :-)

    Thank you for always bringing cool stuff to share with us Clark, and for keeping the validity of the Secret Rules alive. You always make me smile with that! Have a great week coming up!

    Josie Two Shoes ~ TToT

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      no problem (young person for you’re welcome… yeah, right like that is so not the same thing…lol)
      The fun of the internet is not limited to information and odd facts, to get to put up the vids of three of my favorite comedians is way cool.
      Poetry so daunting, at least the way that most of us have been exposed to it. (Except for ee cummings and maybe Lewis Carroll) the haiku are so tempting in their (seeming) simplicity but one of first and most bitter lessons in maturity is that simple is rarely easy.
      Thank you for keeping the doors open and the lights on at the TToT

  7. As usual, i am smiling and grateful for you!

  8. midgetliew2013 says:

    Hi to the family, Clark! Still trying to wrap my head around all that shifting!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      Hey Michele! Great to ‘see’ you at the ole TToT (yeah that reality and timeline stuff shore do get strange.)

  9. May says:

    I have had my struggles with octagonal officialdom at times I must admit. I may have some experience with the rolling stop.
    Love your observations on gated communities. There is one a few blocks from my house. It is called Westboro something. I can not recall because we have always referred to it as Westboro Penitentiary!
    I love Nighthawks. As a kid we played a game called Masterpiece. Different values were assigned to famous paintings as you played. It was a fantastic way for a kid in small town KS to become acquainted with some of the best art in the world.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      …rogers just loves they gated communities… it’s one of the most useful and effective insights into the rogerian worldview (remember, we all walk around in different personal realities and even when we look at another (say a scott or a roger) we’re still seeing it from the perspective of our own individual worlds, the trick is to remember not to label what you see, just notice it. The business of personal realities isn’t about different things, its about the same things beings different. ya know?

  10. Sageleaf says:

    I’m a little late to the fun, but I love that 1942 painting, too. I studied it muchly when I was taking art classes for my minor (yeah, imagine that, lol). I was going to major in art (among other disciplines like math, IT, biology, English, Art History – I’m a ‘learning’ addict) and this one caught my eye. Picasso’s cubist work “Guernica” (1937) also captured my heart for completely different reasons. And then there’s Frida Kahlo, and Dalí, and Rothko and O’Keefe and…and…and…and…I’m such a clark. lol
    EN–EE—WAYS….Una traveling shotgun? Why yes, of course!
    Oh and the scene with Annie Hall…here’s why I think they’re clarks: they are whispering among themselves in a way that rogers wouldn’t do and I trail off conversations just mumbling, too. Then in the next scene when she’s in the car, she’s in a far off land. Yup. I know that “presence.” I know it well. :)

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      funny ’bout that…. the liking (or even better, responding to art)… not really certain what it is about the painting but it was immediate and instant when I saw it. cool
      in the ‘there’s always more to it’ department, what I said about not ever noticing the ‘walk-off dialogue of Diane Keaton’ this was the first time I caught it… she (Diane Keaton) is in a class with Joe Pesci and James Spader as being perfect examples of clarks scotts and rogers… it’s like they read the Doctrine and I’m fairly certain that they did not…lo

  11. dyannedillon says:

    If you go to copyright jail, I’ll either bake you a cake with a file in it or wave to you from the next cell….

  12. You always make me smile.

  13. herheadache says:

    Ah, love this waves.

  14. herheadache says:

    *the waves

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