A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from July 21, 2017
“Some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue”

"Some days you win, and some days you lose” has had many variant sayings. “Some days you’re the pigeon...some days you’re the statue...” has been cited in print since at least 1972. (Pigeons defecate on statues.)

The pigeon expression has been printed on many images.

3 August 1972, The Morning News (Wilmington, DE), “Larante loses his top colt” by Rich Podolosky, pg. 35, col. 4:
Some days you’re the pigeon...some days you’re the statue…

Old Fulton NY Post Cards
1 October 1987, Salem (NY) Press, “About Home” by Culver Tefft, pg. 4, col. 3:
Some days you’re the pigeon, some days you’re the statue.

22 March 1990, Journal Record (Oklahoma City, OK), “Kim Alexis to promote St. Anthony Center Redbud Classic” by Joan Gilmore:
In response, Brisch graciously expressed his appreciation to the audience and the roasters, singling out Ann Felton who chaired the dinner arrangements committee. He made many serious and provocative comments about education and, ever philosophical, he also said about life, “Some days you’re the pigeon. Other times, you’re the statue.”

OCLC WorldCat record
Some days you’re the pigeon--- some days you’re the statue : comic confessions of a college president
Author: Roger C Andersen
Publisher: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. : Humor Project, Inc., ©1993.
Edition/Format: Print book : English

2 May 1993, Sun Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, FL), “Planting the seeds of humor” by Michael Precker, pg. 1E:
The chuckle-your-way-to-a-better life theme is flooding book and video stores with new titles such as How to Get Those Butterflies Flying in Formation; Laughter: Rx for Survival; and Some Days You`re the Pigeon, Some Days You`re the Statue.

David Buttrick‏
some days you’re the pigeon, and some days you’re the statue. You know what I mean?
3:13 PM - 1 Jun 2007

OCLC WorldCat record
Some Days You’re the Pigeon, Some Days the Statue: Discovering Your Seven Me’s.
Author: D Weber
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication: Today’s FDA : official monthly journal of the Florida Dental Association, 2014 Nov-Dec; 26(7): 42-3
Database: From MEDLINE®/PubMed®, a database of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

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