Sunday, September 30, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Padmini, the light bringer for the LBC, has brought us the topic today and I apologize for being late to the party. I will let you know in later posts what the delay was about and why I have posted so little lately. Hint: it has to do with helping other people and the Lady Fossil and I are just fine.
All of us have accused others of and been accused of being two-faced at some time or another. Oh, please! We have many more than two at our ready use and I would argue that properly applied, that is a good thing. It can actually mean we have more integrity and honesty, not less.
For example, as I age, my face is not the face of my youth. Abraham Lincoln said, 'The face you have at 40 is the face you deserve.' Of course, 40 was pretty old in Abe’s day and I’d add about 10 years or so at this point. Or 20+ in my case, as today’s face reflects the experiences and my attitudes toward them. I enjoy the changes as I gray and wrinkle, my face being written like a novel in development.
I also enjoy looking at that face in the morning while preparing for the day then letting it go out into the adventure, responding in ways only others can observe. And I know it changes depending upon circumstance and the company I keep.
How do I know these things? I’m just guessing … but it’s an educated guess based on all the other faces I get to observe in action.
Now, a lead-in to an approaching post: what are these faces saying?
Friday, September 21, 2012
This topic was brought to us this week by Ramana. He chose it long ago and he doesn’t really seem like the type of guy prone to it. But, we all experience it at some point in our lives. It will be interesting the see what the other members of the Loose Blogger Consortium relate it to! I’ll be checking them out and I encourage you to do the same. Links are on the right side of this page.
Sometimes, the most interesting thing about a word is its etymology, its origin. A little research led to some surprises for me:
The English word panic was derived from the French word panique; derived from the Greek word Panikos, lit. "pertaining to Pan;" in sense of "panic, fright" short for panikon deima, from neuter of Panikos "of Pan," the god of woods and fields, who was the source of mysterious sounds that caused contagious, groundless fear in herds and crowds, or in people in lonely spots.
It seems there was a Greek legend that Pan used to hide in the woods and rustle bushes as travelers walked by, sneaking ahead to the next dark spot and doing the same until, finally, the person was running headlong through the forest in a … panic!
I was wrong going into this. I had been told years ago that it was a term related to pan as the indication of “everything” and that it was an existential response to the sudden realization of “everything.” That was probably a definition that Pan spread to cover his tracks, for the sucker was notoriously unethical.
I’ve experience panic, of course, and in a similar situation to those with things being rustled in the woods. Mine was in a lonely spot, too. I thought it was bears – but now I know it was Pan.
Mine was on the return from the outhouse in the dark of night as a child. Where there is a dark void, strange sounds fill it, many imagined dangers and outcomes emerge. I set speed records getting back to the house! Fortunately, I was at a point when I was at my lightest.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
1. Many of the most painful things are not injurious at all. Like whacking your crazy bone will light you up, it really doesn't incapacitate you for very long.
2. Some of the most injurious things hurt very little, if at all, at the time of injury. I broke my arm pretty severely playing ball and it was not painful. Until they set it. And through the next week. Oh, Lordy!
3. Continuous exposure to pain makes it less noticeable. As the season goes on, things that would really bother you at another time really don't matter to much.
4. Those obsessed and blessed, those who have future aspirations and possibilities in the sport, have a different assessment of injury than the rest of us. I actually heard a sportscaster ask a pro what he considered to be a serious injury and his reply was, "If it takes out a support member." In other words, if it just hurts like hell, if it doesn't slow you don't or rob you of your strength, it is not serious. One of our local pros had the bottom joint of one of his fingers amputated rather than being hindered by it and missing the playoffs!
5. Coaches are much more likely to think it is merely pain than most players are.
I ordered a phone handset battery for our home. The order shipped Sept. 7th from the East Coast of the United States. It arrived two days later in Union City, CA which is the town sharing a common border to my town to its south. That means, the battery was on September 9th merely 4.5 miles from my house.
Since then, they have sent it to various locations around the Bay Area as you can see above. The route they have followed has added approximately 40 miles so far and the battery sits in Oakland, which is 15 miles to the North.
I think that if you give an estimated delivery date of 8 days after the item arrives within 5 miles of the ultimate destination, you have to send it around like this to justify the delay.
That’s my theory. Do you have a better one? In the meantime, if they had just left it in Union City, I could have simply walked down and picked it up.
Monday, September 10, 2012
Friday, September 7, 2012
… or, at least try to.
This topic was brought to the Loose Blogger Consortium by Maria, the Silverfox. It is excellent in my mind in both its simplicity and its relevance. My observation is very much along the same lines.
My mother once told me that, “Everyone lives and everyone dies. The trick is to LIVE all the way to your death. Very few do.”
I think she is right and I am trying to live it out. It’s a good life, but particularly poignant to me right now as my good friend and fellow LBCer takes in the passing of his father this week.