Random Musings

Just finished reading some 1400 words some guy wrote on why he wants to commit suicide, and I thought to myself, “Man, talk about writer’s block?” There has to be something better than that to keep a guys fire stoked than that.

Friday Nite in the Metroplex, should be starting out for a night on the town! Y’sir, like them “good old days” when you rocked the house down and ate at Denny’s at 2:30 a.m., with the rest of middle class white trash, and other forms of humanity. Now is the time, when we should be starting out, but we are actually heading for bed. Times change, such are the frustrations of life.

Gonna get cool tonight, might have to lite up the old heater? Believe it or not. I am reminded of the old joke where a guy goes skydiving in Oklahoma. He is taken up about 12,000 feet into the air, and the door opens and he goes out. Geeeeeeronimo! He yells, reaches down and pulls his rip chord and nothing happens, he looks up and there is no chute!

At about that time, he looks down and sees this body hurtling upward from the ground at a high rate of speed, and he yells out to the guy …… “Hey Buddy! Do you know anything about rip chords?” and the guy approaching at hundreds of miles per hour shouts back ….. “No, do you know how to lite a gas burning heater?”

No good huh. Well whadya expect for free?

Took the lawnmower to the lawnmower shop and was going to drop it off, but there were no people there to leave it with, it appears that even lawnmower people take a holiday. I had originally bought the thing because I got tired of pushing one and I wanted a lawnmower that pulled itself. In the beginning, when it was new, it did just that, but now it has reverted to the status of a PUSH mower and that simply will not cut it. Thus the need for a trip to the repair shop. Such are the frustrations of life ….

Uh, give it up boys! No more nude pictures of Sarah Palin please, I am not stupid. Someone is going to get into serious trouble passing out all of this bogus garbage. Contrary to popular opinion, it will not be me. What I consider interesting, when Hillary was running, they were not passing anything like this from site to site, she must not have what it takes to excite the average voter.

Often I will dream something that is so vivid, so real, and then later on, wish that I could remember the dream in its entirety. Today during an afternoon nap, I had such a dream. It was about a Chicago crack-head, lying in a sterile room in a hospital, on the verge of dying. His wife and his kids were there, just slightly out of reach and the dream dealt with his thoughts of life and death. The dream dealt with the processes in play, as life ebbed and slowly drained away …….

It was so dramatic and very profound, it touched the core of my being, and yet, I am sad because I cannot remember the body of the dream, only bits and snatches of it. Now later on, I am at a definite impasse, I feel a loss, because I am unable to illustrate it. Such are the frustrations of life.

A good lunch today, Chinese Food, my favorite.

It is healthy fare, and these days, most of everything that we eat is not. Again, I am on a quest for the “ideal solution to health issues” and wondering about what it is that I am supposed to eat. Much like the crack-head in Chicago, I am struggling with what will keep me alive and what will eventually lead to my demise, we have a lot in common, he and I. Most everything we eat is unhealthy because the food companies are good at finding ways around the FDA guidelines and usually give us something “other than what we are buying” anyway. Best bet, if you see the word “contains” anywhere in the packaging, pass. It is not going to be good for you.

ASK NOT WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY … ASK WHAT IS FOR LUNCH?

Along the same vein … Rumor going around that Joe Biden is going to bow out for “health reasons” and that you-know-who is going to take the second spot for the-you-know-what … and that should effectively be the absolute end to American politics’ as we currently know it. Now I am not all that sure it is real or rumor, as I read it on another site …Such are the frustrations of life …..

Gasoline dropped fifty-cents per gallon in two days, reason I know, I filled up two days ago, at the HIGHER price. Someone, I don’t know who, has gouged me out of about $12 or $14 on this tank, and I am somewhat piqued (upset) about it. That is hard on a guy, trying to meet all these things head on, how are you supposed to keep it within the guidelines, when someone is always coming by and moving the sticks.

Now the latest wrinkle seems to be “Zero Interest – Zero Financing” on a new car, which appears to be a tad bit on the desperate side to me. Why not just give me the car and be done with it?

Sitting on the porch this afternoon, cool breeze caressing and stroking my tired brow. Often wish I was independently wealthy and could afford a laptop. I could sit out there and write, write, write. Dell has one out now that has a battery life of 19 hours, and it is under $700. One feature that really appeals to me is “instant on” that is cool, no time lost sitting there waiting for it to load. But there is no laptop in my future, I am too busy trying to tank up at a reasonable price (I told you I was hacked off about it, didn’t I?) and buy a burger from time to time.

Instead I read.

I am reading this book that says “sex is one of the nine reasons for reincarnation.” The other eight are not all that really important. Actually when you come to think about it, sex is nobody’s business except the three people involved. It has been so long since I had sex, I forget who gets tied up, that is from my cousin Steve. I had to bury this in the post, now let’s see if they can find it (perverts)? You want a big hit day on your internet site, just insert the S-E-X word somewhere in the title of your post. You see, I buried it here, 1,107 words deep, smart move, most folks have tired of this and moved on long ago.

There is another one … Verbose hacks on the Internet …… Such are the frustrations of life.

I sure wish someone like Ross Perot or Steve Forbes would run for president, get someone in there that “at least knows something about money” the economy needs a good shot in the arm, Larry King needs some more interesting guests. There has to be more to life than the occasional Bill Gates, Jerry Seinfeld commercial. Another thing is buggin’ me is movies, if they’re cranking out 10-20 new movies a year, how come we are relegated to old re-runs (encore performances) on every channel … Such are the frustrations of life.

Perhaps I have spent too much time dwelling on all this wretched sin in my life, this Friday evening. Beats watching an old re-run of Murder She (snooze) Wrote. Might be time to sit down and pound out something on all the indulgence in our wretched little lives, too much stuff, an article on being totally frustrated and lost, in our time of quiet desperation and hopeless addictions.

I don’t know if it would make me feel any better about things in general, but it would certainly get my word count up.

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Patience Pays Off …

I was reading this piece on Abe Lincoln the other day that I found interesting. Abe had gone out to inspect some of the troops during the Civil War and he came upon a brash young lieutenant who was visibly upset. The young officer came up to Abe and asked the President if he would read a letter that he had drafted to his superiors.

He was disturbed about how the war was going, the leadership that he had observed exhibited on the field of battle, and generally speaking, was just putting it all down on paper. It was passionate, it was heated, and it was lengthily. It was also evidence for court martial.

Lincoln read the letter, and then he looked at the young officer and said to him, “Son this is well written, you surely have pointed out all the mistakes that needed to be pointed out. You have named names, people and places, and your passion is well documented.” Now what I want you to do is sit down and write another letter to these officers. After a period of time, the young officer submitted the second letter to the president and he read it.

He looked at the young officer and said, “burn the first letter and mail this one.”

So what is the point?

The point is, “be careful about what you put down on paper in the heat of the moment, it might come back to bite you in the end.” I used to work with an old timer and his expression was, “Don’t be too quick to put it down on paper boy. A piece of paper will follow you around for the rest of your life.”

Good advice.

Yesterday I received this Email from a complete stranger, of the opposite gender. How and where she got my email address is beyond me, but there it was, low and behold in all it’s splendid glory. The subject matter was her date with a guy over the weekend, very vivid and quite interesting. So I dutifully sent her an email back stating that she might want to be more careful in the future about her email and who she was sending it to. For which, I got a vehement reply to “mind my own business and a demand from her as to who it was that gave me HER address.”

Go figure. Might have embarrassed her or something, I dunno.

What if you were an employee of a company and you sent out information compromising your current employer to another company, but by mistake, hit the publish or send button, and sent a copy to YOUR present boss. Not so cool. Sending out a traitorous email to another company is against the law, and you could possibly find yourself on the way to the county lockup.

Another email that has been circulating is this Billy Graham thing, it is a copy of a prayer he was alleged to have prayed on the Larry King Show. Here it is as I got it:

‘Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance.  We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!’

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, ‘The Rest of the Story,’ and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord’s help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called ‘One nation under God.’

If possible, please pass this prayer on to your friends. ‘If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for everything.’ Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. (It’s worth a try!)

One Nation Under God

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For the most part I agree with most of it, except for a couple of things. There are a couple of items I do not personally agree with: “We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.” No one, to my knowledge, forces poor people or rich people, to play the lottery. It is a choice; it is not something that the rest of society burdens upon folks with less income than others.

The second thing I find about it that is distasteful is it is a bald faced lie.

Summary of the eRumor: The text of a prayer said to be from Billy Graham and for the United States.  Paul Harvey allegedly aired it on his radio program and got the greatest response of anything he’s broadcast. The Truth: This prayer was not from Billy Graham but rather from a minister named Joe Wright who offered it in front of the Kansas State House in 1996. Someone simply added Billy Graham’s name to it and started circulating it in July, 2008.

(CLICK HERE for that story)

Like I said, “It might be advisable to sit back and think about it a little bit, before you hit the send button/publish button” In most cases if you say something stupid it lasts for just a short while, and is quickly forgotten. The public generally has a short memory; a piece of paper however, can follow you around the rest of your life.

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