Thursday, February 14, 2008


By K.J. Cardinal

In a post I did a while back entitled "Cereal: Day 2", I referenced a "wonderful little quip" that my Dad sometimes says, "it was like shoveling shit against the tide." Very fitting for the occasion.

Anyway, from that day on, I began compiling a list of all the wonderful little quips that my Dad has said throughout my life and figured that I really needed to dedicate a post to these sayings, which from here on out I will refer to as "KIMisms". I know that you may have heard some of these KIMisms before, so I'm not saying my Dad made all of these up himself, but rather that he has perfected the use of them and seems to have a bottomless vault of these in his arsenal that he can pull out at anytime.

So without further ado, here are a list of KIMisms - beware they are unedited in my attempt to "keep it real":
- It's like shoveling shit against the tide.
- The only good cat is a dead cat.
- Wound up tighter than an eight-day clock.
- Busier than a one-armed paper hanger.
- It's like a one-legged man in an ass-kicking contest.
- You'll shit too if you eat regular.
- I made out like a bandit.
- Just like a limp dick, can't beat it.
- I'm double-oh H (out of here).
- Dropped your watch (he says this when you're hands are full carrying a bunch of things)
- Neater than a beater.
- Shit-can it.
- Wound for sound.
- That's slick as shit.

I'm sure there are plenty that I'm forgetting, so if you know of a KIMism that I'm missing, please post it in a comment. Also, I have to thank Tiffany and Katie for their help in coming up with this list...they had some doozies I was forgetting.


  1. This is too cute. I'll keep you posted on more KIMisms as I think of them. One that comes to mind that he has said to me through the years is "don't let the door kick you in the ass on the way out" of course after 31 years together I'm not afraid:).I also think you should put a seed in Sarah and Dustin's ear to start making a Norreneism list because she is the QUEEN of "isms". Love Mom

  2. KJ, I read the Kimisms to Dad and he had a few to add:

    Like a seagull, eat shit and squawk.

    Like a setter(dog), sits on its ass and points at the cupboard.

    Sooner shit than eat

    Dad said alot of his "isms" came from Papa so I'm thinking you'll be needing to pass some of these gems along, a great family tradition! Love Mom