Tuesday, August 23, 2016

For me, nothing brings back memories better than music.
Listening to Elvis this morning I remember:
Riding my Schwin down Oak St.
I was 11,...
Listening to "Love me tender"
And thinking about my first real girl friend,
Judy Smith
From Hornell, NY.
Her family moved in to a new
4 site trailer park
Across the street from our place.
Her dad moved them here
While he worked on the
St. Lawrence Seaway.
I memorized "Love me tender, and
"You Ain't Nothing But A Hound Dog,"
And probably every subsequent Elvis song
Thereafter.
Judy returned, with her family, to Hornel
After a year;
Nearly broke my heart.
'Til I met Dort Kiah
At confirmation practice
In Notre Dame church
On Ford Ave.

Thanks Elvis,
For the memories!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Morning spin

Every morning we arise
Lets spin the wheel
Of another's demise.

It's the most popular
Pastime
In the world today;
Spinning the wheel of hate; yay.

You hate Hillary, I'll hate Trump.
Every member of congress we'll dump.

Let's hate the ref, the other team,
They must be blind we'll rant and scream.

If you're different from me
in any way,
You don't deserve the time of day.

We love to hate and hate to love.
We turn our backs on the Lord above.

With all our righteous indignation,
We put ourselves above all creation

There is no place for civil discourse.
Make up history, ignore the facts,
Perpetuate lies with violent acts.

A divided house will surely fall,
Whether on not we build a wall.

So if you'd like to reunite,
Put hate's wheel away tonight.
Arise tomorrow with love in your heart,
Good change will come when we start.

Seeing each other as human not race,
to feel another's pain is no disgrace.

In the morn, if you should awake,
Spin the wheel of love...
Take my hand and meet our fate.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Vengeful nation

Decry and pray,
Pray some more.
Point a finger of nay
At the blaming roar.

Anger, hate, recrimination,
Never right, always wrong.
Vengeful heart, ungrateful nation
Feeds the freedom of the throng.

Behavior, good and bad
Perpetuates itself.
Righteous are we in indignation;
Not me, but you must change,
If ever peace will reign.

The only change you can evoke
Is in your heart, and actions spoke.

Tuesday, July 05, 2016

FBI gives Clinton a pass

FBI announcement

This afternoon FBI Director James Comey announced that their investigation of Hillary Clinton's email scandal found her guilty.  Then he gave America a two handed middle finger by saying they will not recommend indictment or prosecution.  This on the day after America celebrated the 240th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence.

In so doing he bestowed the title of "Don" Clinton to the democrat nominee for president .  She is now the titular head of the American political mafia. When her consigliere ,blow-job Willie, unabashedly met privately, in public, with Attorney General Loretta Lynch the message was loud and clear: "fuck you America, how do you like me now.  There is no longer any attempt for the "ruling class" to try and appear honest, and trust worthy.

I suspect that,to insure HRC's election gets announced like a royal coronation, they and their army of minions orchestrated Donald Trump's rise to the Republican nomination.  How else could such a political buffoon become the nominee over so many (16) better qualified candidates.  They are well aware of American's apathy and the disgruntled voters anger at the political elite.  Let's play into that they thought and voila; Donald Trump is running for president.

I see a faint glimmer of hope: if FBI Comey's announcement spurs the apathetic to action, then what a enormous knuckle sandwich the voters can deal to Clinton by actually electing Trump. It would be the crushing indictment to her ego that she has so deservedly earned.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

there are givers and there are takers


I love to hate the greedy, voracious, comical, agile, obstreperous grey squirrels that come to the feeders we provide for them.

We also feed the birds, a wide variety of birds; cardinals, blue jays, grackles, doves, gold and purple finches, rose breasted grosbeaks, Baltimore Orioles, various sparrows, nuthatches, black capped chickadees, Robins, and, of course the chipmunk who cleans up any mess left on the ground.

Even though we provide a feeder specifically for the squirrels, they think every feeder is theirs to empty. And with their unparalleled appetites, they never stop eating and raiding until all the feeders are empty.  I understand survival of the fittest, and it's there to see with the birds too.  But the aggressive grey warriors are so intimidating to the birds they make otherwise raucous Jay's and grackles seem adorable.  Well maybe not adorable but they gain my sympathy when appearing as the underdogs.  Plus I think blue jays are beautiful.

Having resorted to putting up squirrel proof feeders we now get to enjoy the squirrel's frustrating antics trying to access those feeders.

Monday, May 09, 2016

When your mind is all abuzz

Google photo
 
Mind all abuzz with disconnected thoughts that give you a floundering feeling of uneasiness?  I find myself in this state all too often; it's disconcerting to say the least.  I feel like I'm drowning.

What to do, what to do?

Not always, but too often this happens to me when I awaken after of few hours sleep, usually with the remnants of a disquieting dream still lingering into consciousness.  Usually I'll lay there, in bed, hoping to drift back to sleep, and occasionally I do.  But when I don't, it's imperative that I get up and find some task to immerse myself in to focus my thoughts:
Clean the apartment.
do a load of laundry
pay some bills
write some drivel
cook breakfast
organize my files and or pictures
trim my finger nails
shine my shoes
etc., etc., etc..

The activity that is always successful for me is listening to music, especially when driving long distances.  You may find that ironic.  Listening to music is a passive activity and easily gives the mind the freedom to wander.  It's a rare song or piece of music that doesn't spur a memory for me to dwell on. Incongruous  that this series of disconnected memories could erase the disquieting feeling of being adrift in a sea of unsettling thoughts.  But that it does.


So every morning when I awaken floundering in a morass of unsettling thoughts, I arise, fix a cup of coffee, go outside, light a cigar,  go to YouTube, and gaze at the heavens.  Without fail the roiling sea of vexing thoughts is settled and peace and a sense of purpose prevails.

The other day at work, one of my co-workers said that her husband doesn't like the radio on while he's driving; he finds it too distracting.  So she reads while he drives.

That got me to thinking; twice a week I drive for 3 hours and 40 minutes to and from my job.
And if it weren't for the radio and the music I'd be a basket case.  At the least, road rage would prevail.  But music, especially with SiriusXM;s variety I keep that peaceful easy feeling.

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Sunday, May 08, 2016

Who's gonna pay?




Who's gonna pay?

We welcomed many guests, from the north, to our Florida home during our winter retreat this year. And because of a miscommunication between Mark and I, we had an overlap on one such visit; The more the merrier, as the saying goes.

We all, Leigh, Karen, Katie, Mark, Tammy, Diane and I, went to lunch at
Farlow's. http://www.farlowsonthewater.com. At the end of a pleasant meal and the bill is presented, Mark asks our waitress to give him the bill. Leigh insists that he wants to pay. Having been in this position many times with Leigh, I explain to Mark how upset Leigh gets when he's not allowed to pay.

While Leigh is completing the transaction with our waitress, (a former professional body builder) he relates to us a story about a time Arnold Schwarzenegger, Wilt Chamberlain, and Andre the giant were having dinner in Mexico City after making a movie, Conan the Destroyer.

Arnold, knowing how generous Andre was, made arrangements with their waiter to take Arnold's credit card before dinner and to not accept Andre's. When Andre discovered that Arnold had paid he went over to Arnold and picked him up out of his chair and said "I always pay!" http://grantland.com/the-triangle/the-best-bs-arnold-schwarzenegger-wilt-chamberlain-and-andre-the-giant-have-dinner/