Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Freshly Created, #New Beginnings

January 2

"Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes"

Wait, what is that guy doing? I didn't mean for my readers to actually climb up the flagpole and see if anyone will salute you. "Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes" is an American expression that means to express your creative ideas and see if anyone agrees with you. I love that we celebrate this idea today. It's the perfect timing to unleash all that creativity with our eyes on the endless possibilities that await us with a fresh start. We have ushered out the old. Put away our past and are looking forward to New Year. 

The American catch phrase "Run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes" became popular during the late 1950's and early 1960's and was associated with the marketing companies in New York City located on Madison Avenue. The phrase had since become cliché. A cliché  is something that has been so overused that it has lost its meaning. There have been many spoofs about the phrase. These are just a few of them that I had found on wikipedia:

The phrase was also used as an ice breaker between serious moments in the Motion Picture film '12 Angry Men' starring Henry Fonda.

In Stan Freberg's 1961 comedy album, Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America: The Early Years, General George Washington, after having just received the nation's new flag from seamstress Betsy Ross, announces that he'll just "run it up the flagpole... see if anyone salutes."

Allan Sherman captured the essence of this meme in his 1963 parody of Gilbert and Sullivan's "When I Was a Lad." In Sherman's lyrics, the future exec graduates from Yale, buys a suit that "proved I was a member of the Ivy League," and gets his first job sharpening pencils for an advertising VP.

 ("I sharpened all the pencils so pointedly/That now I am a partner in the agency"):
I worked real hard for the dear old firm,
I learned most every advertising term.
I said to the men in the dark gray suits,
"Let's run it up the flagpole and see who salutes."

The group Harvey Danger used the phrase in their song "Flagpole Sitta" singing,
Fingertips have memories,
Mine can't forget the curves of your body
And when I feel a bit naughty
I run 'em up the flagpole and see who salutes
(But no one ever does)

How to Celebrate?
That's easy. Everyone expresses their creativity in different ways. You don't have to be an artist or author to create something new. Maybe you know something that will help your work or home. Maybe you know something that will help your church or a friend. Whatever it is, use that creative inspiration to change your world.

So go ahead. 
Put your best ideas out there. 
Create something new this year.
Share it with your world.
You can do it.
 I have faith in you.

What are you going to create this year?

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