Whatever Doesn’t Kill You

I guess in some small way, I have become a better person because of the pandemic, as it has taught me to be more understanding and more patient.  I always hated waiting for appointments, doctor, dentist or whatever and when I would show up at the scheduled time, they always made me wait.  They seemed to like to jam as many people as possible in the waiting rooms which was, I guess so they could make as much money as possible, but when Covid-19 hit, everything changed.  Now they asked you to wait in your car and call or text them that you arrived.  I like this much better than sitting in the waiting room, and when I had my eye doctor follow up visit after my cataract surgery this morning, I called and they told me to come right in.

Patients is a virtue, because being tolerant enough to hang in there without getting angry causes less stress and as they say, all good things come to those who wait.  The pandemic has slowed down the world for me and I realize that I can’t have everything that I want and I certainly can’t have everything when I want it.  I had plenty of toilet paper when this whole thing started, but I have seen many other products have shortages and there was nothing that I could do except wait.  I have ordered a lot of stuff online that I had to wait for it to come in the mail, where before I would have just gone out to a store to get it right away.

I understand that many people in the service industry could not stay home and still be able to work and I am grateful for them showing up to their jobs, so I could do my grocery shopping.  I understand that I need to wear a mask, no matter what Trump says about this, because Science has determined this and the magic that Trump predicted is just whacky.  I actually believe that Trump may be more dangerous than the virus.

Written for Fandango’s Provocative Question #87 which asks, “Having been subjected to stay at home restrictions (to one degree or another) over the past six months, would you say that the quarantine has made you a better person?  If so, in what ways?  If not, why not?”

Steve Jobs Recreational Drugs Back in the Day

“Taking LSD was a profound experience, one of the most important things in my life. LSD shows you that there’s another side to the coin, and you can’t remember it when it wears off, but you know it. It reinforced my sense of what was important creating great things instead of making money, putting things back into the stream of history and of human consciousness as much as I could.”

Written for Linda G. Hill Life in progress One-Liner Wednesday.

Something is Stuck in the Hopper

Sam said, “This is pissing me off, as this is the third time that I had to come out here on the production floor to see what is causing the jam to the feeder.  The product isn’t making it to the vibratory feeder because the agitator keeps breaking down.  Hand me that flat blade screw driver and I will need that ratchet to remove the retaining plate.”  George handed Sam the tools that he asked for and he said, “What do you see down there?”  Sam said, “It looks like the agitator solenoid may be broken, see if you can get the engineer out her to diagnose this, as I have done all that I can do.”  George said, “What should I tell him?”  Sam replied, “Tell him that the foot bone is connected to the ankle bone, no just go get him.”

Written for Stine Writing – Poetry, Positivity, and Connecting! – Simply 6 Minutes hosted by Christine Bialczak.

Fandango is Hiding More Than His Face

Rodney Dangerfield dated a double bagger, a chick that was so ugly that not only did he put a bag over her head, he also put a bag over his, in case hers broke or fell off.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and if you feel ugly, then you are ugly.  Some guys choose or prefer to be with ugly girls, but most men are superficial and they only want hot looking girls, or eye candy.  Many guys set their sights on ugly girls, because they think it will be easier for them to have sex with these girls and they might find out that these girls end up giving them the best sex that they ever had.  Society judges people pretty harshly and you may find a really nice girl that people will call an Ugly Duckling, because she is homely, or a bit on the heavy side, but it is the inner beauty that counts, as real beauty is more than skin deep.

Don’t give up because she has messed up teeth, a big nose, unruly hair, or acne, do as Stephen Stills said, “Love the one you are with”, because unattractive girls are willing to work harder which most likely will make them better in bed.  Pretty girls get so much attention because of the way they look that they never need to be friendly, while the ugly girls know the only way that they’ll ever get attention is to be charming, especially the ones who have been rejected and humiliated in the dating scene.  If a girl did not win the genetic lottery and people are mean to her, slamming doors in her face, they understand how much looks matter in this world.  A low maintenance natural look can be appealing to many men and as Billy Joel says, “Don’t go changing, to try to please me… I love you just the way you are.”

Written for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Nekneeraj’s Photo Challenge #332.

The Value of Comments

Dr. Tanya at Salted Caramel asks, “Do you think that comments add value to a blog post?  If so, how?”  In my opinion, comments are the most satisfying part about blogging, but since people are different and they may get different meanings from your writing, comments can be rewarding and well as upsetting.  Followers is a useless statistic and that can’t be controlled.  Views is another almost meaningless statistic, as you have no way to determine who has viewed your blog.  The Like button is an important statistic, but it does not tell you all that much about your writing, as some people just click on it to be polite and they don’t bother reading what you wrote.

I am guilty of clicking on the Like button for some stuff where I feel the writer didn’t do a very good job, but I did read their post and the reason that I Liked it was because of the effort that they put into it.  If I am not completely bored reading a particular post, I will click the Like button as it does not take all that much effort on my part to do that.  I don’t give critical comments, so my comments usually say how much I enjoyed reading a post, but those here who I consider to be friends, I may make some sarcastic statements.  I appreciate Followers, Views and Likes, but when somebody takes the time to write a comment, that makes me feel special.  What I don’t get is the bloggers that do not feature the Like button or a Comments section on their posts, as that always adds just a little bit of light to make your post a bit sweeter.

Written for Blogging Insights #46.

Silver and Gold Makes Him Lifeless and Cold

Money is supposed to make you happy, but there is a contrast involved when you are accumulating wealth, as it often brings misery instead of happiness.  Sometimes having more money will just make you more miserable.  Grateful Dead members Jerry Garcia, Bob Weir, and Brent Mydland sang the backup vocals on this Bob Dylan song ‘Silvio’ which was recorded on his 1988 Down In The Grove album.  In 1986, Robert Hunter was writing in a notebook at the Grateful Dead’s studio when Bob Dylan picked it up and looked at Robert Hunter’s lyrics that the Dead were trying to put music to.  Dylan set the music to ‘Silvio’ and ‘Ugliest Girl in the World’ and included both songs on his album, to Hunter’s surprise and delight.  Dylan and Hunter were sitting on the couch in their studio at Front Street, rehearsing for one of the Dylan and the Dead tours, when Bob took one of these sheets of paper, folded it up and put it in his back pocket.  Hunter didn’t say anything and he certainly wasn’t going to tell Dylan to put it back, because he was Bob Dylan.  Hunter said when you are Bob Dylan, you can pick whatever you want.

Hunter’s work didn’t end with Garcia’s death.  In the years after, he wrote songs with Elvis Costello, Bruce Hornsby, country singer Jim Lauderdale and Dead drummer Mickey Hart.  His best-known collaborator after Garcia, though, were with Bob Dylan.  Starting with ‘Silvio’, the two co-wrote many songs on Dylan’s 2009 LP Together Through Life.   ‘Silvio’ has Dylan contemplating his own past and future.  He’s gotten himself into a rough spot in life, but refuses to get down about it, and he doesn’t want to whine about his ordeal.  The song is summed up by the last two lines of the fifth verse, “Since every pleasure’s got an edge of pain Pay for your ticket and don’t complain”.  It is interesting that an early version of the Grateful Dead song ‘Black Muddy River’ contained the lyrics, “Silvio silver and gold” and this may have given birth to the Dylan/Hunter composition.

Bob was not at the peak of his career when this song came out, but he said that he was willing to “stake my future on a hell of a past”, because he had a hell of a run so far.  The older you get the more tomorrow looks like it is coming on fast.  Not wanting to complain about what he has and although he has seen better days, “but who has not.”  He tells Silvio that he has to go so he can “Find out something only dead men know”.  He says that he is honest and that he is not looking for a handout.  He may feel like age has got the best of him and that he is not much to look at, because he describes himself as “an old boll weevil looking for a home”.

He is able to make it rain just by snapping his fingers and then make the sky blue again.  He is able to relieve your pain, and “charm the whistle off an evening train”.  He will give what he has got and take what he can get trying to “even the score”.  He loves the audience, but when the show is over, he wants to leave and he realizes that he gives up something he plays.  He knows that his days are numbered, but he is still going to sing his song, loud and strong and “Let the echo decide if I was right or wrong”.

Stake my future on a hell of a past
Looks like tomorrow is a coming on fast
Ain’t complaining about what I got
Seen better times but who has not

Silvio silver and gold
Won’t buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Honest as the next jade rolling that stone
When I come and knockin’ don’t throw me no bone
I’m an old boll weevil looking for a home
If you don’t like it you can leave me alone

I can snap my fingers and require the rain
From a clear blue sky and turn it off again
I can stroke your body and relieve your pain
And charm the whistle off an evening train

Silvio silver and gold
Won’t buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Give what I got until I got no more
I take what I get until I even the score
You know I love you and further more
When it is time to go you got an open door

I can tell your fancy I can tell your plain
You give something up for everything you gain
Since every pleasure’s got an edge of pain
Pay for your ticket and don’t complain

Silvio silver and gold
Won’t buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

One of these days and it won’t be long
Going down the valley and sing my song
Gonna sing it loud and sing it strong
Let the echo decide if I was right or wrong

Silvio silver and gold
Won’t buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Silvio silver and gold
Won’t buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Silvio silver and gold
Won’t buy back the beat of a heart grown cold
Silvio I gotta go
Find out something only dead men know

Written for Song Lyric Sunday Contrasts.

Dissimilar Things

Contrasts are notable differences when compared with something else.  Can you write an essay that compares and contrasts apples and oranges?  They have a similar shape and they are both fruit, but they prefer different climates and they have different colors.  You could create a Venn diagram and exclude the overlapping area that would include them both making juice and being grown on trees to get a contrast between them.  When contrasting things, you need to focus on what makes them different.  If you look hard enough, you will probably find subtle differences between most objects and it is the differences that make people look more physically attractive.  Contrast often means opposite, and since black is the opposite of white, they contrast each other.

Last week we had Entertainment with Culture and everyone was asked to come up with a song that was from a Musical or an Opera.  This week we have another prompt that is very different, that being using a song that features a contrast in it.  This prompt was suggested by Maggie From Cave Walls and she said that she will be showing up “with the proverbial bells on – in contrasting colors of course!”  Everybody needs to look for a song that features lyrics that include stuff like females and males, loud vs. silent, wet vs. dry, or hot vs. cold, Coke vs. Pepsi, war and peace, love and hate, bad and good or the Moon and Sun.  I think this will be fun for everyone.  Take some time to read the posts of other bloggers who respond to this music challenge, as you will probably find many enjoyable songs and it is quite possibly that you will learn a thing or two.  Share your music with others and post a video, try do some research and let everyone know something about the song that you post.  Tell everyone why you like the song, whether or not it was a hit, or what you think the song is about.  Show the lyrics, let’s all listen to our favorite songs and explore some new music.  Try to find a song that fits the prompt, then write your post and create a pingback, or you can just place your link in the comments section.

Here are the “rules”:
• Post the lyrics to the song of your choice, whether it contains the prompt words or not.  If it does not meet the criteria, then please explain why you chose this song.
• Please try to include the songwriter(s) – it’s a good idea to give credit where credit is due.
• Make sure you also credit the singer/band and if you desire you can provide a link to where you found the lyrics.
• Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song.
• Ping back to this post or place your link in the comments section below.
• Read at least one other person’s blog, so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process.
• Feel free to suggest future prompts.
• Have fun and enjoy the music.

I am writing about the song ‘Silvio’ by Bob Dylan.  Next week I will be writing about the k.d. Lang song ‘Constant Craving’.  The upcoming prompts will be:
September 20, 2020 – Canadian music
September 27, 2020 – Brother/Sibling/Sister
October 4, 2020 – User Choice where you can go your own way, or do your own thing
October 11, 2020 – Hold/Pause/Stop/Wait

Heads Will Roll

The German Nazis invaded Jersey and the other Channel Islands, and they were the only part of the British Isles to be occupied by the Germans during World War II.  Being cutoff from the mainland, the Channel Islands Jersey and Guernsey started issuing occupational stamps in 1941.  In 1979, 13 pence stamps were made of Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Cheshire Cat, from Lewis Carroll’s book.  One of my favorite characters from this book is the Queen of Hearts and I always loved when she said, “Off with their heads!”

The island of Jersey is the southernmost part of Great Britain and this is where St Helier lived.  St Helier was captured by the Saxons, and he was beheaded.  The Saxons used his head as a ball and kicked it around the island, eventually kicking it into the murky depths of the channel.  Since that day, the ghostly figure of a disheveled old man in tattered clothes has been seen near Castle Elizabeth, but Dudley is believed to be the most haunted castle in England.

Dudley Moore married American actress Tuesday Weld in 1975, and then he moved to the U.S.  He played the horny conductor Stanley Tibbets in the 1978 comedy movie Foul Play that starred Chevy Chase and Goldie Hawn.  Dudley Moore died on March 27, 2002 in Plainfield, New Jersey, at the age of 66.

Sir Roger Moore, who played James Bond in seven movies married his second wife singer Dorothy Squires in 1952 at a ceremony in New Jersey.

Ham radio operators often say Roger Wilco where Roger means “message received” and Wilco is short for “I will comply.”  These ham operators might follow this up with “over and out” which is a signal that a person is done speaking and does not expect a reply from the other person.  Nikola Tesla invented the induction coil which was essential to sending and receiving radio waves and Guglielmo Marconi relied on this for his work and there was an argument over who built the first radio which Marconi won.  In 1943, Marconi’s company sued the U.S. government for patent infringement, but the case never made it to court, because the U.S. Supreme Court restored Tesla as the inventor of the radio.  Tesla favored alternating current or AC while Edison favored direct current or DC (which flows in one direction) and they started to butt heads over which was the best form of electrical current while he was working in Edison’s lab in New Jersey.  The war of the currents, was won by Tesla because of AC’s greater efficiency.

Billionaire innovator Elon Musk wants to build an ultra-high-speed underground rail system in the Northeast, which he thinks will help travelers stuck in traffic jams on New Jersey Turnpike.  Elon Musk’s Tesla Roadster is an electric sports car that served as the dummy payload for the February 2018 Falcon Heavy test flight and became an artificial satellite of the Sun.

Written for Paula Light’s 6 Degrees 4 [blogcarnelli].

Smoke Alarm

I had a two-bedroom apartment in North Carolina where I lived with my 70-pound German Shepard Gale, who I rescued from a shelter.  She was on the aggressive side, never biting anyone, but always willing to chase cats and bark at other dogs, as she saw herself as an alpha.  I guess Gale could be described as all bark and no bite, as she really enjoyed barking and she used this to boss around other dogs.  I never let her out without a leash, for her safety and also because I never knew what kind of trouble she would get into.  Many of the dogs in the neighborhood would roll over on their backs and let Gale sniff their bellies when they saw her approaching, which is the way dogs show respect.  If this did not happen, then there would be a lot of barking.  When Gale was done with her walk, I would remove her collar and keep it attached to her leash.

One night when I was sleeping around 2 AM, the smoke alarm went off for no reason, well there was no fire and no smoke, but apparently the batteries went bad.  Gale was very sensitive to that chirping noise and she kept barking, so I really wanted to fix this.  I removed the smoke alarm from the wall and I took out the battery, but this didn’t help.  I figured that maybe it had some type of capacitor charge that kept it beeping, so I grabbed a pillow to silence it and I opened the back door to put it on my patio.  Gale saw her chance to escape and she went for it and I went chasing after her wearing my shorts and house slippers.

Luckily Gale stopped at the playground, but she was still barking like crazy.  I was able to calm her down by petting her, but I didn’t have her collar or her leash with me.  I had to carry her all the way home, which was all uphill and when we go close to my place, she started squirming, but I was able to get her back inside.  I wrote this poem for Gale and it was the first post that I made when I joined WordPress.

She is wagging her tail.
We are getting the mail.
We will walk through the dale.
It started to hail.
Stopped to lean on a rail.
Just stepped on a snail.
Glad it wasn’t a nail.
Just saw a quail.
We will not fail.
And end up in jail.
We would need bail.
Let’s go for a sail.
It would be nice to catch a whale.
My hook got caught on some kale.
Put the fish in a pail.
Popped open an ale.
That girl is wearing a veil.

Written for Linda G. Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday where the prompt is collar.

All Over the Place

1.‘She had the biggest aspidistra in the world.’ But what is an aspidistra?
It is located under your Adam’s apple.

2. What is the main ingredient in Beef Wellington?
Without the beef, all you would have is a loaf of bread.

3. Who was Tufty?
He was a South American bat with sharp incisor that were strong enough to chew through leather, so he could feed on the blood of mammals.

4. What is a Port Folio?
That is the largest port in Cuba, named after Fidel Castro’s cousin.

5. What is a bootee?
That is what I go out every night looking for.

6. What is meant by ‘You have been tangoed’?
This is a reference to your computer contracting a ransom virus.

7. What is a blue bottle?

8. How do you make shortbread?
How should I know, go ask an elf.

9. What colour is cotton candy?
That can be hana color, which was developed by Hanna-Barbera.

10. What are cowslips and snap dragons?
These are what Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary planted along with the silver bells, and cockle shells.

Written for Di’s Fibbing Friday.