Walk of Life

The word burnout will always make me think about Tommy Chong from Cheech and Chong the comedians that smoked a lot of pot and were considered to be dirty wastoid hippie stoners, but they always made me laugh.  Being burned out means feeling empty and mentally exhausted, devoid of motivation, and beyond caring.  People experiencing burnout often don’t see any hope of positive change in their situations.  This is a very bad situation and it is difficult when people find themselves in dire straits.

Stress can lead to burnout and cause emotional exhaustion, as your brain and body can only handle so much before you become overwhelmed, but you can’t just give up on life.  If you are in a crisis, you must help yourself, show some perseverance, keep moving forward, find your happiness, and try to adapt to the curve balls that life throws at you.  Burnout is not insurmountable, it is simply a sign that something in your life needs fixing.  Find a happy song that can get you through your day and do the walk of life.

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
“Be-Bop-A-Lula,” “Baby What I Say”
Here comes Johnny singing, “I Gotta Woman”
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin’ woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny, gonna tell you the story
Hand me down my walkin’ shoes
Here comes Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat the talkin’ blues

He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

The song about the sweet lovin’ woman
He do the song about the knife
Then he do the walk, he do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
“Be-Bop-A-Lula,” “Baby What I Say”
Here comes Johnny singing, “I Gotta Woman”
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

And after all the violence and double talk
There’s just a song in all the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, yeah, you do the walk of life
Hmm, you do the walk of life

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #184 –prompt burnout.

Lifelike

I thought she was real, but she turned out to be a mannequin made out of fiberglass, actually durable high-impact molded plastic which makes her lightweight, and virtually unbreakable.  She comes fully dressed wearing top of the line makeup on her realistic face and this adult female fashion model also comes with a wig.  She is extremely flexible for different poses and she comes with adjustable fingers, and a rotating removable head that gives you the option for popping out her eyeballs to change their color, or make it seem like she is looking in another direction.  She could be a sex doll, if you are into that kind of thing, as she has lifelike genitals, but she is supposed to be used for window display, or to illustrate how certain clothing will look on you.  There is also an option for breast implants, which might work out well, if she were used as a lingerie model.

Realistic Mannequins have become all the rage right now and for good reason, they are absolutely stunning and they look like real humans.  Their facial features and makeup really make these mannequins stand out.  These types of mannequins are best displayed with a wig, and the great thing is that you can mix up the wig for a totally new look every time.  No assembly is required and if they get dirty, you can wash them with plain soap, but it is best to keep them in the shade, so that they don’t melt.  It is thought that some of these mannequins will soon be getting Alexa capabilities, so you can ask them questions and I heard that a new line of these mannequins is in production now for the autonomous cars that are expected to be out soon and I think that she sure would make a snazzy looking chauffer.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #183 – photo prompt.

Many Layers

Prayer usually begins with a vocal incantation, and then it often moves on to a more structured form of meditation, ultimately reaching multiple layers of contemplative thoughts.  Prayer means a lot of different things to a lot of people and it may embody the meaning of life to some that desire to commune with their creator.  Prayer could lead us to a special place, by guiding us with God’s grace, so we can feel safe.  Prayer can offer us peace, guidance and kindness, making it a spiritual way of saying watch over us where ever we go and help us to be better.  People derive hope from prayer and in today’s world it is often a good thing.  People ask God to help them when tasks become difficult and they hope that God can lead them to the light a place where they will be free of harm.  People look to God for direction in this dark world which can often be confusing.  People ask God to stop the violence that they see all around them, to help them bear the pain and suffering that they are experiencing in this world.  They ask God to let everyone love each other, so that we can all co- exist peacefully together.

I pray you’ll be our eyes
And watch us where we go
And help us to be wise
In times when we don’t know
Let this be our prayer when we lose our way

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
To a place where we’ll be safe

La luce che tu dai (the light that you give)
I pray we’ll find your light
Nel cuore resterà (In my heart it will remain)
And hold it in our hearts
A ricordarci che (To remind us that)
When stars go out each night
L’eterna stella sei (You are the eternal star)

Nella mia preghiera (In my prayers)
Let this be our prayer
Quanta fede c’è (How much faith there is)
When shadows fill our day

Lead us to a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

Sognamo un mondo senza più violenza (We dream of a world with no more violence)
Un mondo di giustizia e di Speranza (A world of justice and hope)
Ognuno dia la mano al suo vicino (Everyone lends a hand to their neighbor)
Simbolo di pace e di fraternità (A symbol of peace and fraternity)

La forza che ci dia (The strength you give us)
We ask that life be kind

È il desiderio che (And the desire that)
And watch us from above

Ognuno trovi amor (Everyone will find love)
We hope each soul will find
Intorno e dentro a sè (Around and inside themselves)
Another soul to love

Let this be our prayer
Let this be our prayer
Just like every child
Just like every child

Need to find a place
Guide us with your grace
Give us faith so we’ll be safe

E la fede che (And the faith that)
Hai acceso in noi (You have ignited within us)
Sento che ci salverai (I feel that it will save all of us)

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #182 – Layers.

Internet Dating

Ever since social-distancing measures have removed the ease of meeting people from the equation, I have been thinking about finding a dating site, but I am not sure which one to choose.  I am not interested in any of those hookup sites, as I am not looking for flings, I don’t want to date married women, and I am not really after casual sex, or sex with no strings attached.  I just want to meet a normal person that lives in my area and have my own sacred space where I can chat with them.  I would love to find a dating site where I don’t have to answer a bunch of questions, and I can just browse profiles.  I don’t believe in soulmates, but I am certain that there is somebody out there that would be compatible for me.

The last time that I was involved in online dating, I kept meeting girls from Nigeria and I am a lot smarter now.  I don’t want to give up my privacy to find a date, but I read that many dating apps collect plenty of intimate information about their users, and they know things that should be none of their business.  Some dating sites will sell all the data that they collected on you to online marketers and there isn’t anything that you can do about it.  I don’t want anyone eavesdropping on my conversations, which I consider to be private.  I certainly don’t want to give hackers, or predators, or any cybercriminals the opportunity to steal my personal information and end up having this used against me.

There are so many liars out there in cyber land and it is really hard to trust anyone on the internet these days and I guess that is why I quit years ago.  Almost everyone lies on their dating profile, but some of these people can end up being really dangerous.  I am not in a rush to find a match and I realize that I will have to put some of my personal information on my profile, but I don’t think of the world as being my digital oyster when it comes to finding love.  Many people are too willing to share their personal data with everyone, but I read that a lot of this data is being stolen or leaked from many of these dating services, so I just want to be careful to maintain my sacred spaces.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #181 – Sacred Spaces.

Golden Milestone

I have been making posts on WordPress every day and I never get any of those consecutive streak notifications, although I have read many posts where other people get them.  They send out these milestone notifications to encourage bloggers to keep on blogging here on WordPress.  Right now, WordPress says that I have 1336 followers and so far, today I have published 5 posts and I have received 238 views, but this also includes older posts that I made.  Today I got 115 visitors, which have viewed my posts with an average 2.07 times per visitor and I don’t think that any of these statistics are a milestone for me.

Out of the posts that I wrote today, Thursday Inspiration #103 Just Like A Woman has been the most popular getting 24 views.  G is for Galveston got 13 views, What the Flock got 10, It Breaks My Heart received 9 and How Do Butterflies Do It got 5.  I don’t usually look at my statistics, as I write mostly for my own enjoyment and likes and comments mean a lot more to me than views do.  Oddly and I say this because it seems unexpected to me, I am doing very well in Finland today as it says that I got 80 views there today and I don’t know anyone from Finland.  I got 68 views from the United States, 34 from the United Kingdom and 14 from India.  My most popular day is Sunday which is not surprising as that is when I host Song Lyric Sunday.  So far this year, I have published 273 posts, which is not bad for this being the 97th day of 2021.

People have left a total of 3,512 of comments on my posts so far this year which works out to being 13 average comments per post.  I have gotten 4,808 total likes this year which gives me an average of 18 likes per post.  A lot of my posts are long and I have written a total of 153,912 words already this year, which makes each of my posts come to an average of being 564 words long.  My best views ever occurred on March 8, 2021 where I got 826 views that day, which seems odd because I only published 2 posts that day and neither one did all that well.  My top commenters lately have been glyn40wilton, badfinger20 (Max), Fandango, Peter’s pondering and Melanie B Cee.

I don’t have any milestones to celebrate at the moment, and although my life is busy at the moment with me running three different challenges here on WordPress, there is not a real lot happening in my life besides my writing.  I am very close to achieving my goal of finishing up all of my A to Z posts, as I just started writing my Z today and then I can relax a bit.  If I had anything noteworthy to celebrate, I would be happy to do that, as I don’t view milestones as being pointless and superficial.

The ancient Romans marked their roads with a milestone, which was a circular column on a solid rectangular base, set for more than 2 feet into the ground, standing 5 feet tall, 20 inches in diameter, and weighing more than 2 tons.  At the base was inscribed the number of the mile relative to the road it was on.  Milestones marked every mile from Rome, so that no traveler would mistake the fact that they were on a Roman road under imperial domain.  Below the Temple of Saturn in Rome, Augustus set up the golden milestone, which was regarded as the point from which all the principal roads of Rome diverged, this gave the Romans a way to record the distances that separated the capital from the principal cities of the Empire.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #180 – Milestones.

Such A Jerk

One way or another, someone has to kick that guy right in his head, what on Earth is he trying to do, he better get himself together before Karma bites him in his ass.  There is no reason for him to be threating this poor little girl, who by the way seems completely innocent to me, so harsh.  He admits to being a wicked guy with a jealous mind, but that is no excuse for this type of behavior.  I can’t see anyone in their right mind ever singing about domestic abuse where women get beaten and battered by their man, but it does happen.  March is all about celebrating the accomplishments of women, but we also need to do something for the ones that need protection.  When a man threatens to take a girl’s head off and tells her that she better run for her life, then that man has gotten too angry and I think that they have classes for that now, but don’t go if Jack Nicholson ends up being the instructor.

This guy would rather see his girl dead, than her be with another man, but this song never discusses if he is also being faithful and it doesn’t give any reason for anyone to suspect that his girl is actually cheating on him.  That is what puts this song a bit over the edge into making me think that this guy probably enjoys beating his woman and he is looking for any excuse to take his belt off and give her a good whacking.  He says that he is willing to spend his whole life, just to make her toe the line, which doesn’t tell me that he is a man of convictions, it screams that this gut is a nut job.  I am not sure if this girl is hiding her head in the sand or not, but she needs to wake up, smell the coffee and run for her life, as fast as she can, because if she doesn’t get away from this dangerous dude soon, she may not get another opportunity.

Well, I’d rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or I won’t know where I am

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand, little girl
Catch you with another man
That’s the end, little girl

Well, you know that I’m a wicked guy
And I was born with a jealous mind
And I can’t spend my whole life
Trying just to make you toe the line

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand, little girl
Catch you with another man
That’s the end, little girl

Let this be a sermon
I mean everything I’ve said
Baby, I’m determined
And I’d rather see you dead

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand, little girl
Catch you with another man
That’s the end, little girl

I’d rather see you dead, little girl
Than to be with another man
You better keep your head, little girl
Or you won’t know where I am

You better run for your life if you can, little girl
Hide your head in the sand, little girl
Catch you with another man
That’s the end, little girl

Na, na, na
Na, na, na
Na, na, na
Na, na, na

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #178 – Karma Bites.

Time to Pay the Piper

They know that Trump is a criminal, and they want to put the screws to him to make the dirt come out, but he has not been put on the rack yet.  They will scrutinize his tax returns, which he claimed that he was not able to release because he was under audit, but he is no longer the president and he can’t continue to make excuses, so these tax experts will run through his tax return and start ripping it to pieces, and then he’ll end up in an audit, which will ultimately produce taxable consequences, and he will be forced to pay penalties and I hope this ends in jail time for him.  Trump has tried to avoid releasing his taxes for decades and it is not clear yet if he broke any laws, but it is thought that he has avoided paying hundreds of millions in taxes over the last 10 years.  Trump has overstated the value of his assets to brag about his wealth in an attempt to be listed amongst the wealthiest people in Forbes magazine, but when it comes to the IRS, he has taken the opposite position, saying that his assets are worth far less than what has been reported.

One of America’s biggest secrets is the speculation over what exactly is Donald Trump hiding in his tax returns, but most people feel it is his lack of paying his fair share of income tax and I am almost certain that he claimed some illegal dubious deductions, or took some distorted suspicious and mysterious write-offs.  The Times discovered that Trump paid no income taxes at all from 2011 to 2014, and a paltry $750 in 2016 and 2017.  The deal making business genius claimed that his businesses lost massive amounts of money, but he wants to keep this damaging information from public view.  In 1985, Mr. Trump reported losses of $46.1 million from his core businesses which were largely casinos, hotels and retail space in apartment buildings.  They continued to lose money every year, totaling $1.17 billion in losses for the decade and in fact, year after year, Mr. Trump appears to have lost more money than nearly any other individual American taxpayer.

They are just scratching the surface not, but these documents that he was forced to release will be subject to grand jury secrecy rules that will restrict their public release.  The New York State grand jury is investigating alleged hush money payments and other issues and their subpoenas span his tax records from January 2011 to August 2019.  Trump is doubling down saying this is nothing more than a fishing expedition and he is calling this the greatest political Witch Hunt in the history of our Country.  Things are not looking so good for Trump, as he has hundreds of millions of dollars in loans, much of which he personally guaranteed, coming due in the next few years.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #174.

Understanding Time

Electrons are always moving.  They spin very quickly around the nucleus of an atom.  As the electrons zip around, they can move in any direction, as long as they stay in their shell.  Electrons can move in any direction you can imagine.  Electrons are constantly spinning in those atomic shells and those shells, or orbitals, are specific distances from the nucleus.  A guy named Schrödinger started realizing that all electrons weren’t the same and they didn’t move in the same way.  The mathematics describing the vibratory patterns that define the states of atoms in quantum mechanics is identical to that which describes the resonance of musical instruments.  Eventually it was found that all forces in nature can be classified into four types.  The gravitational force holds together the universe at large, plus the atmosphere, water, and us to the planet Earth.  The electromagnetic force governs atomic level phenomena, binding electrons to atoms, and atoms to one another to form molecules and compounds.  The strong nuclear force holds the nucleus together.  The weak nuclear force, is responsible for certain types of nuclear reactions and has little bearing on energy sources today.

In 1905, Albert Einstein published his Special Theory of Relativity, which deals with (frames of reference) objects separating with constant high velocities (close to the speed of light).  In this first theory, Einstein stated that the speed of light was the absolute limit for all velocities and furthermore all observers, whatever their motion, must measure the speed of light to be exactly the same.  Finally, only mass-less objects may attain the speed of light.  This is because as massive objects contract in their direction of motion, their clocks slow down relative to observer’s clocks and they gain mass and thus inertia as they accelerate towards the speed of light.

In order to sidestep the issue of Newton’s Third Law of Motion and the impossibility of matter traveling faster than the speed of light, we can look to Einstein and the relationship between space and time.  Taken together, space, consisting of three dimensions (up-down, left-right, and forward-backward) and time are all part of what’s called the space-time continuum.  In his Special Theory of Relativity, Einstein states two postulates: 1) The speed of light (about 300,000,000 meters per second) is the same for all observers, whether or not they’re moving.  2) Anyone moving at a constant speed should observe the same physical laws.  Putting these two ideas together, Einstein realized that space and time are relative, an object in motion actually experiences time at a slower rate than one at rest.  Although this may seem absurd to us, we travel incredibly slow when compared to the speed of light, so we don’t notice the hands on our watches ticking slower when we’re running or traveling on an airplane.  Scientists have actually proved this phenomenon by sending atomic clocks up with high-speed rocket ships.  They returned to Earth slightly behind the clocks on the ground.

Because space and time are part of the same entity it’s impossible to move in space without moving in time.  Time, for anything moving, changes.  One of the most startling consequences of special relativity is that any moving clock slows down relative to a stationary observer.  There are of course many different types of clocks, such as digital watches, clockwork clocks, atomic clocks and even our own biological clocks, but they are all equally affected by the same principle, namely: moving clocks run slow.  It isn’t until we get to speeds that are a large fraction of the speed of light that any change in the flow of time becomes apparent.  However, at speeds very close to that of light the effect grows in magnitude very rapidly indeed until time almost comes to a standstill.

Written for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #172 – Components of Time.

Well Water

A breakdown in domestic water supply caused the town leaders to consider new alternatives and they made an appointment to talk with the well water sales engineer today.  When Mr. Jones arrived, they asked him what type of guarantee they would get for their money, if they decided to invest in this well water system technology.  Mr. Jones said that he would need a retainer to do a study and depending on what information came from that, then he could give them an estimate.  Mr. Jones told them, “Since you can’t see ground water, we have hydrologists on staff that utilize scientific methods to find water, but this can be a crap shoot and sometimes your neighbor may have water and you won’t.  We will have some test holes drilled and check our records that we have acquired for all the holes that were drilled in this area and that should give us something to go on.”

The mayor spoke up and said, “How much of a retainer do you require to get started and instead of equivocating the issue, tell us the chances on a scale of 1 to 10 that you will be able to hit pay dirt or us hitting rock bottom and this project becomes a money pit that runs us completely dry.  Ten would match up with us having to pay a minimal amount of money and would yield a vast water supply that would last us for years to come and one on this scale will have you run out of here on a rail.”  Mr. Jones replied. “Do you want me to calculate the cost of water treatment, just in case there may have containments present?”  The mayor said, “Yes of course”!  Mr. Jones said, “Well in that case, I am going to need a retainer and you can make the check out to the We Dig Wells company.

Written for FOWC with Fandango – Instead, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – Neighbor, and for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #168 – A breakdown in domestic water supply.

The Sure Thing

I woke up in 2021 caught in an intimate relationship and I guess that I just got used to having her around.  When we met, she told me that there was no need to romance her, as she was a sure thing.  I became distracted by her beauty which was mesmerizing, but romance was one aspect that I certainly wanted to have in a relationship.  I wanted more and I turned into a basket case because I started ignoring the ignorance of this situation.  I wanted to kiss her and she insisted that wasn’t necessary, so we argued constantly till I got tired.  She looked just like Elizabeth Taylor and I asked her if we could go up on the tin roof with a blanket where we could be like street cats making love.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Distracted, for the Daily Spur prompt – Aspect, for FOWC with Fandango – Intimate, for Linda G. Hill’s ‘Life in progress’ JusJoJan January prompt – Caught, for January Writing Prompts – Ignoring the ignorance, for Ragtag Community – Blanket, for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #167 – I woke up in 2021, for Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Tale Weaver hosted by Michael prompt – A basket case, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Tired Tin More and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Mesmerizing.