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. Now a Popeyes fast food restaurant on Google Maps.

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Entry from January 29, 2024
“I’m not much on seizing the day. I just kinda poke it with a stick”

“I’m not much on seizing the day. I just kinda poke it with a stick” is a jocular saying that has been printed on many images. “Carpe diem” (Latin, meaning “seize the day”) is a classical phrase. The speaker prefers to keep a safe distance by poking it with a stick.
 
“so much for sieze the day… maybe poke it with a stick and hope something vaguely productive results” was posted on X/Twitter by Matt Parker on September 6, 2011. “I’m not much on seizing the day, I just kinda poke it with a stick” was posted on X/Twitter by C’est La Vie on January 11, 2015.
   
   
Wikipedia: Carpe diem
Carpe diem is a Latin aphorism, usually translated “seize the day”, taken from book 1 of the Roman poet Horace’s work Odes (23 BC).
 
Translation
Carpe is the second-person singular present active imperative of carpō “pick or pluck” used by Horace to mean “enjoy, seize, use, make use of”. Diem is the accusative of dies “day”. A more literal translation of carpe diem would thus be “pluck the day [as it is ripe]”—that is, enjoy the moment. It has been argued by various authors that this interpretation is closer to Horace’s original meaning.
 
X/Twitter
Matt Parker
@parker_mj
so much for sieze the day… maybe poke it with a stick and hope something vaguely productive results #CBA
4:30 AM · Sep 6, 2011
 
X/Twitter
C’est La Vie
@Robert_Beau
I’m not much on seizing the day, I just kinda poke it with a stick.
10:16 AM · Jan 11, 2015
 
Facebook
Steve Peters
January 11, 2015 at 7:16 PM ·
I’m not much on seizing the day, I just kinda poke it with a stick.
 
X/Twitter
leonardo di capri sun
@callmeBen0
I’m not much on seizing the day, I just kinda poke it with a stick. #Mondays
2:42 AM · Jan 12, 2015
 
X/Twitter
James Kurtis
@OnAirGuy
I’m not much on seizing the day, I just kinda poke it with a stick.
11:23 AM · Jan 12, 2015
   
X/Twitter
Georgia
@Nefelibata_ll
I’m not much on seizing the day, I just kinda poke it with a stick…
4:11 PM · Jan 12, 2015
   
X/Twitter
Nadin
@NadinP85
I’m less of a ‘seizing the day’ kind of person and more of a ‘poking it with a stick’.
7:18 AM · Jul 8, 2015
 
X/Twitter
💛🖤💛🖤Justkate💛🖤💛🖤
@humbleddaily
I’m not sure I’m up and ready to seize the day….might poke it with a stick for a while and see what happens…..
7:34 AM · Nov 22, 2020
 
Facebook
im not right in the head.com added a new photo to the album: NOT RIGHT THOUGHTS.
January 28, 2024 at 8:36 PM ·
(The following text is shown on an image.—ed.)
I’M NOT MUCH
ON SEIZING
THE DAY, I
JUST KINDA
POKE IT WITH
A STICK.

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Monday, January 29, 2024 • Permalink


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