NOTE! Featured image shows the landscape at my place circa October of 2019 – Featured video talks about Winter soul, THE Holidays and Trick Or Treat with Caroling that shows up in December sometimes- 😀
Ahh – Halloween – All Hallows Eve – All Saints Day – Day of the Dead – Harvest Home – Fall Crop Planting after hard frosts – Get ready for winter –
Pretend for one day you are someone else than you really are – –
Get free food, treats, or entertainment or engage in the taboos that often, really aren’t acceptable in the fields you show up in in daily routine life….
Dress up for work to ‘be a team player/meet customer/leadership expectations’ but in way you can still do your job without injuring yourself or anyone else – physically, mentally or spirit fronts….
Do this – don’t do that – Top 10 best/worst/no longer acceptable/trending faves for costumes – this year
It all rather wears me out –
I brace myself, around this time of year, for Marketing Deluge!
I don’t subscribe to or pay attention to, much of anything from the actual services and businesses I am loyal to -other than scanning the headline/look at the preview and either archive/delete (not relevant to what I want/regularly buy) OR move to “ToDo -Learning” of shared recipes, etc., sometime when I have time for such things –
My industry, so many businesses/services/tools I use/watch over for others?
Yup – they are already headlong into security, set up,promotions and functional improvements to get ready to go deadly quiet -have all in place – and hope they did enough – for Elections and Black Friday/Kick off Holiday Shopping Frenzy fronts –
So to me, this time of year? Sigh – just a mad house of busy – busy – how I long for winter vacations/Superbowl Sunday when my immediate world goes rather quietly and I can just plant seeds/plan gardens in cyber world/real world to be ready for ‘next year’….
And yet, on so many personal to me fronts – and why I have decided to ‘quietly honor this day’ and acknowledge it, in my own ways, well…
For many reasons – I, too, Celebrate this day –
Though it’s unlikely I do so privately or publicaly or for the exact reasons why everyone else does –
But, sans modern marketing and SEO and content plans for up and coming bloggers who are building a business – companies meeting expectations for clients/community/promoting local events, etc.
No matter, often, what we each choose to dub today/this time of year, etc….
There are always threads of ‘we have ‘this’ in common – even when other fronts? We don’t –
So I’m sticking to my new goal of “if ya can’t find the quote ya want, make it up” advice I mentioned in yesterday’s Sunday Reset post….
Here goes – my first time trying, so comments welcomed, but sheesh! This is trial run – after all!
When Holidays collide and we all just do the best we can –
Trick or Treater/Caroler shows up in December – 😀
One more excuse to throw ourselves into the spirit of said seasons, even when sometimes, on this or that front – we may be confused on all the details, or who celebrates what, just now – or why –
When we think we know so much, we’ve become cynical – but are still so hungry/needful in spirit of community – we don’t want to be left out of the celebration everyone else is gathering together for –
The past two weeks have played out like the full moon got stuck in orbit over my house – nothing particularly earth-shattering or devastating, just an endless onslaught of multiple new additions for every one item I crossed off the to-do list.
While I mostly do my little daily routines to reset myself with intentions for the day to come, and assess (reset?) at night before resting to get up and do what needs be done tomorrow, there are times, when I wake up and think,
Ooohh! Look! It’s Sunday! Incoming requests should be low or none. Today? I’m going to read some, browse some, ponder some…
Me – to myself – this morning
Recently, I have observed myself chugging along in adulting-it life, to the backdrop litany of words and phrases I have read and re-read, flitting in and out like a score to the movie of my life.
Mostly phrases and word found in the books of Robert Fulghum.
We each knew what we could get for each other – every year at gift giving times.
As long as Robert was writing/publishing, Dad and I had our ‘shopping’ for each other done, quickly and without any stress or fuss at all.
It also helped that each of us thought it funny and practical to just run some duct (gray) tape around the top of the bag the book came home from the store in – write the name of receiver on it with a sharpie and ta-da! Gifting stuff Done!
A Few of My Favorites
Each of these quotes, stand well, all by themselves, but when read against the back drop of the full story in which they are found, they really shine.
If you haven’t yet been introduced to Robert Fulghum’s works, here’s a link to his works at Amazon (looks as if his own website is getting a makeover 🙂 ) – I invite you to discover his wit, humor and wisdom.
On Life, Philosophy, Theology
On Marriage, Parenting & Relationships
We’re all a little weird. And life is a little weird. And when we find someone whose weirdness is compatible with ours, we join up with them and fall into mutually satisfying weirdness — and call it love — true love.
Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
On Work & Writing
Excuse me, Where do the Mermaids Stand?
On Flora and Fauna
If dandelions were rare and fragile, people would knock themselves out to pay $14.95 a plant, raise them by hand in greenhouses, and form dandelion societies and all that. But, they are everywhere and don’t need us and kind of do what they please. So we call them weeds and murder them at every opportunity
The Tale of Norman, the Barking Pig
The Creed of Life Travelers & Artists
One Last Thought from Mr Fulghum…
I shall print it out to hang over my work desk…..
“If you can’t find the exact quote you want, make it up.“
Yup – I purchased the lil ole Transformer toys for gifts, for my children, long ago, cuz, I mean – it’s a robot, it’s a puzzle, it’s for playing with, figuring out, etc.,….
but it’s also something else, and isn’t that cool…and…
What’s NOT to love about multi-use, multi-purpose toys or tools,really?
I personally love my Barbie Doll collection gifted and saved over the years, but not a single one of them turn into a race car, medic unit or 18 -gear tractor that carries needed goods back and forth across a diverse landscape in a big long trailer….
And I haven’t found yet a Barbie Doll that beats a quick change, reverse ratching, multipurpose screwdriver or pair of wide ranging channel locks or meets, really, needs met by WD40 or channel locks, Duct Tape & baling wire/twisty ties/plastic ties – yet – f
On any fronts for ..household ‘need now!’ tools –
Barbie Dolls just don’t DO THAT!
Sorry Barbie – but it’s okay with me if YOU NEVER become a robot – just keep being your cheery self, and blazing new horizons, as ya can, all while some mortals truly believe if they look like you, dress like you, in real life?
It will somehow hide or gloss over their true heart – that, doesn’t have the welfare of many, service, smile on your face while doing, to back up the ‘picture perfect cover’ of their particular ‘living book’ published in talking, walking format….
Alas, ole fart me, never really understood the full back story of, nor carved out time to learn about the entire Transformers Universe, didn’t even get ‘introduced’ to it, until sometime long time after…..
July of 2007….
Why So Long to be on my radar OR Why Then??
Well – long story short – I was friends with a coding guru way smarter than I, that was STILL mentoring me, or trading ‘grunt work’ of mine (resize/optimize pictures for their website provider empire) in exchange for teaching me more about websites, coding languages etc….. She saw in theater and COULD NOT WAIT for me to see it too!
Okey-dokey then – better that option (thought I) than watching what was usually on slate for ‘girl’s night’ at her house….for my preferred tastes…..
Ya know, the growing industry of ‘reality TV shows’, regarding idols, cook-offs, head chefs, apprentices, survival islands and dancing things, that really, I just never understood why they were so popular – cuz I’m a dunce or whatevs ….
I Am, rather, What I am – back then and still today – on some entertainment fronts – – I early on and still, whether really updated in lingo or not – don’t care for ‘reality tv’ – the only ‘reality tv’ I know is documentaries, well done, that few, if any in my circle want to do ‘let’s have dinner and a movie night for!” 😀
Sigh – I’m slow to upgrade and get with the wished for program of those who claim to love and care about me, myself and I and my wanton ways – 😀
But way back then – (who knew 15 years would become ‘way back’ really?)…
OMG! Whoo-HOO! CHECK THAT OUT!!!!
Was how I felt while watching the first Transformers movie on my friend & mentors tv that was bigger and newer than anything I owned – both then, rewatching later and still today… I am still fascinated by the long ago visual effects – and the original brought to screen story –
The dialogue written/delivered
The Underlying messages about what humans have/have not and what so many really care about, when push comes to shove…
The Coding Computer Work Needed to Bring Story line to Big Screen
Hot Cars and Racing Engines!
Etc, etc., etc…..
Movie Clip of Highlights that Start with the below quotes:
Fave Quotes: Humor in ‘Face of Unknowns’:
1. Who is the “Expert/Advisor”? Really?
“C’mon ! You’re my new advisor”
“Who is this???”
“He is MY advisor”
“Fine! He comes too!”
While in holding/interrogation room of local (prison, jail, military fortress, etc.,) and blustering politician/person in charge just now, finally figures out you might know a tad bit more than they do, really, about this particular topic….
2. So….What did they deem unsuitable about you?
“What did they get you for?”
“I bought a car ….. turned out to be alien robot….who knew?”
Various folks who get rounded up to ‘answer for’ problems on fronts way more than they were even frickn’ aware of, failures of systems others in charge of keeping track of… and thought, at the time, they were doing their lil ole part, and then are arrested as dangerous enemies, only to then be asked to help solve the mess other’s let happen, but no longer have a clue about how to fix – 😀
Autobots? Um, okay…if ONLY a TRUE Autobot…
I have two personal faves of Transformers, rather, on character fronts from that movie – Bumblebee and Optimus Prime –
Not that I’m an expert or anything – in ‘that’ Universe of Lore”-
Not a Fan of other forms of Autobots that grow in human world fronts –
Yeah, I’m referring to chat bots, poorly built on accident or on purpose auto-email, troubleshooting, live front line, new hire bots, notifications, marketing, advertising/ad fronts – seriously?
The systemic (to me!) Failures of trying to automate away The Human Touch and Heart – continue to boggle my mind –
And also, such failures of implementation or ‘heart behind tools’ get me into ‘grr – ‘ mode – for me, for others, for others I may not have a single common thing in with what they hold dear other than frustration over such things…- and yet – I suffer from the same things, and I do believe, I see where others suffer from it those things too!
Suffering is part of Life -so many say…..
It just torques me off when such systems or quests for power are put into place, ON purpose, that roll out and make many, many folks suffer, on purpose, from systems built, are outdated, are never updated to better, or folks who believe if they aren’t suffering from such things, it’s somehow a failure of character on the part of those suffering – or the hand of God as they envision God to Be, etc.
“You can safely assume you’ve created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
Anne Lamott, author
Um, Boy-Howdy! None of That is Cool!
Says/Thinks I –
Let me write and then us look at just one lil ole example that increasingly? I just laugh over – cuz I got over my ‘mad’ on long running ad campaigns long ago…
The Backstory AND Today
FACTS as I best know them:
I live in Colorado – we often have way more days of sunshine per year than many other locales – BEFORE ever, the bipartisan Infrastructure Act was even passed/a reality?
Ads started showing up in places where I rather just skim headlines and wait for ad to finish or wait till I can manually push button to skip it – because I don’t pay for ‘ad free’ services on some fronts, just now – even though it USED to be that way while folks built a ‘free for all, free always’ app, then changed the rules once their ‘um, we still need to maintain this, improve it, keep up with competitors – how do we fund all this..um…now???” phase of development –
Solar Ads are often shown to me – ads that haven’t changed since winter of 2022, that refer to historic low credit/mortgage rates –
The Bah-Ha-HAH Laughter portion of me on make it once and auto-marketing set for long time – shows up, increasingly!
Where is their marketing team in need of updating those ads? or do they hope no one will notice? Or did they never hope to sell to folks who might pay attention to such things….???
Ah – for me? In mortal/human world? Stereotypical wolves/psychopaths/sociopaths/narcissists run rampant – whether they really are or not –
I’m sorta a stick-in-the-mud over these fronts –
Sure, wouldn’t we ALL like to show up humble and not ego driven every durn day – always at our highest best, stellar, meeting higher needs for many, goal setting and driven personages??
But then, how does Daily Life actually play out for most Humans?
May seem coarse, harsh or judgemental of me – but seriously? If you or someone you love, is in imminent danger of starving, dying, in need of medical care, under military/better weaponized forces than they are equipped to face?
I really don’t ‘expect’ much from humans – not really
I totally expect those who love as above, and put in dire straits, to lie, cheat, steal – from me or anyone else that comes on their radar on any front –
That way of ‘thinking’ makes sense to me as believable, can happen, even while I rather, often, have to sit down and talk to myself regarding what’s asked of me, recognize where I’m at and ask myself, “am I gonna lie cheat or steal to get what I want,just now??” –
And I ain’t no hero, folks, but often? I find it easier to do with out/lose on this front or that, than it is to ramp up marketing, missives or fake stories to try and justify what I think I ‘should grab for me/mine’ while the getting is good – –
I’ve gone hungry in my lifetime – I’ve worked long days, 7 days a week and vacations were taken from this or that to perform seasonal work and earn $ from other fronts – to take care of me/mine – I’m not an idiot over this crap – that faces many, like me, over and over – while others, who have never known, call me and those who know about such things, as losers, whiners, etc.
All of this, above, to me – it’s just like the ‘ground zero’ of what humans will do to each other/the ecosystem around them, when push comes to shove on whatever front they have deemed important….
Me? The more Simply/Humbly folks live – the less evil their ‘ground zero’ actions end up being – overall –
But that’s just me – and I may be wrong – but quite frankly I find much more generous spirits among the poor and struggling than I do among those who are ‘doing okay – for now” – over and over –
But then – always, to me – is the EGO portion!
Those parts of us (me included!) who are overwhelmed or got sold a pack a lies long ago and think we’ve done our part, but Life and promises made by others didn’t turn out as advertised on this or that front –
Back and forth I assess things/people/policies – assess others and myself – from ‘Not at their best/best they could be, just about now….” to whether I’m at my best or not – too!
….and Yup – done trying to understand every bloomin’ thing, on these fronts, cuz really? I’m not an expert and no one pays me to earn my living by thinking about these things 18+ hours a day – even if I DO such things, it doesn’t earn my living – 😀
The All Spark portion
Ahh – the overall, All Spark ideal, as pertains to humans and autonomous robots that somehow, show up to build, create, fix past mistakes and defend against their fellow robots who do not –
To me? Call it heart, soul, values, integrity, character, whatevs – until it is oppressed or beat down or killed/fully destroyed?
Don’t most mortal things have within them, a lil ole All Spark??
That is worth thinking about everyday, best as we can – not just how a day is going, but also how the systems we all try to survive within (whether I share that system with them in common or not), are either helping or hurting the effort – etc….
Isn’t the All Spark of the best of us worth protecting at all costs?
“Zero-Sum – it means if I win, someone else has to lose – If I have more, someone else has to have less – in order for me to win/have more – someone else has to lose/have less –
Yup – that’s my definition of what I think all around me think is the definition of Zero-Sum – a definition, which I no-likey, really – it’s a losing game for everyone in the end. And in the end? Every one loses overall, when Zero-Sum Games are played out-to my mind….Even while those who love me/care about me, tell me over and over, Zero-Sum is how the world REALLY works -I still just refuse to believe it is really so – for true universal laws over long time investment/returns on investments made – even if it mean my death – I guess –
I confess, except when life, limb, imminent danger is present?
I STILL fail to QUICKLY ‘hear/understand’ what folks with a bottom line world-view of “Zer0-Sum Game” are doing, what they are concerned about, why they are doing, why they are doing what they just did before my personal eyes/ears or why they continue to see everything in Life through that same lens –
I just don’t always hear it unless they’ve already shown their stripes of being a Decepticon – 😀
Then? Easy for me to quickly hone in one…
“Ahh – okay – your complete moment of terror and fear is over – now? You are going right back to what you’ve always been before – okey-dokey then….”
I confess my bias over folks that really become the kindest folks when they feel in danger of dying/meeting their Maker, but, once immediate danger gone – or for a time? Revert right back to ‘me first’ ways –
I, most likely, will ALWAYS struggle with these things
On all fronts – learning, growing, being biased at root levels …Just Until…
Maybe I I figure out I’m REALLY at the Poker Table of Life -and I’m wrong/looking at it all wrong –
All in/all Out and well – no sense being quiet about it. Really
“Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln (sorry ole Abe – haven’t learned to ALWAYS do this – not yet….)
On some core fronts? My only reply to others is:
“Good luck with that -win or lose, I’m sitting at the table and calling your bluff – :D”
Folks may push me so hard, so fast, into their version of a Zero-Sum game – saying ‘this is the way the game is played” I might, just, make a choice to either walk away, or stick around to undermine or, actively choose to work against that mindset, every, bloomin, lil, ole, chance I get….
Just Depends and ya never can tell…
That’s the truth of me – I really believe I’ve gotten slower on the draw to lash out, fight, judge, be ugly and harsh in replies that come in months later OR new requests asking me ‘where are we at on this’ while I have 3-17 things waiting in the ‘waiting for clarification on/answer on’ file for those who want action, but have not the time/energy to answer questions asked/geared towards their own stated interests —
I lost my crap two Tuesdays ago – when I first whipped out this draft – got some ‘good advice’ that day,from one who didn’t have a single dire dog in the hunt, to not make any biz calls – cuz, ‘well, ya don’t sound like yourself’ they said –
Did I listen to the advice given??
Of COURSE I didn’t!
To me? The Provider of advice and every other person I haven’t heard boo from or those who think I just sit around waiting for them to ask for help/service, only for them and many others to rather wake up all on ‘today’ – and dog piled on me from 6 am on – it’s now 8 hours later – and about 14 hours after I started working – so – um, this is what ME looks like now – !
Live with it! (I think, over and over and over)…
All while – I didn’t cuss, I didn’t tell anyone to go anywhere in a hand-basket – I didn’t place curses of dishonor upon them, their ancestors or their cow (maybe it’s a horse, but who really knows, for sure??)
It is what it is –
But anyone wants to play Zero-Sum or Chicken with me?
I’ll wait and see what game you’re really, consistently playing, but at the end of the day?
Oh – I know about these games – and well – I fail, I fall – but, um, you called the game and rules and now?
I showed up on the field/race track – etc.
Ah Yeah – !
I have to Live with the race track I chose to burn rubber on – Maybe others will too or rethink their game strategies/field they feel equipped to take – cuz guess what?
I sorta, at end of day, really care about my All Spark, and the All spark of others – and I care about what I do with mine, this life time – and while many want it?
Few willing to put up with the ‘Can we discuss playing the game differently, for the future of many, before you ask this of me/demand this of me?” portion of me that is rather well versed, by now in Autobots, Decepticons, All Sparks, Race Tracks, Poker and…..
And that, I guess, is really, no matter how many times I forewarn folks, is the bottom line for me – no matter how I try to ‘improve myself’ and ‘get better’ – some things? I just can’t let go of – –
Cuz, I KNOW HOW to play Zero-Sum – I LOVE to play Monopoly – cuz it’s just a game and no harm/no foul if I play to win, just then – even while I realize – it was a game first created in the Robber Baron, landlord rush/BS of the early 20th century and well – what has, overall, really changed, in real life?
Not much, me thinks – but what do I really know?
I just struggle as I go forward in a changing world, on all fronts – on where I should think about applying lessons learned and where I’d be better off waiting for a moment and thinking about it, just a tad longer – 😀
All while – I over and over and over –
Chafe, decry and cry out against any form of Zero Sum Games on any front –
And still, optimistically, in my heart, hope to all that is holy and good – we all, within – have an All Spark worth protecting and fighting for ourselves and each other – over and over and over …
If you’re in the USA? Happy Halloween, Mid Term Elections – Disaster Relief/Rebuilding your neighborhood
If you are outside of the USA? Well – now, how would I know, truly the full history of your issues and challenges, really? But I do hope, if we meet, here, and visit/chat/share….
That you and yours survive whatever Zero-Sum games are afoot in your world, to protect that beautiful, not counted as ‘GDP/Income” All Spark, but that, if gone? The world will be a less friendly/beautiful place –
…excepting this. which covers more quickly, in shorter version and fewer words, than draft posts or copy I type furiously out, to unwind from each day…that are in need of editing – 😀
This is my checkin with thee – this week:
Tir na nOg
But listen well. In Tir na nOg, because there is no sorrow, there is no joy. Do you hear the meaning of the seachain’s song?
Grainne, to Scarlett in “Scarlett”, author Alexendra Ripley
I hear ya – hear the deep within and without, eternal voices – I need only ignore false promises of bliss that lure me into nowhere land for their own preferences that have nothing to do with real Life.
I can do that – I have before – and right or wrong, this is my only core truth I trust without question.
May those who visit here and enjoy this music, or the words in the song, or…?
Know this – through your words and the needs/ words/voices that come to me each day, each week?
I am not completely or totally ignorant of many cares, on many fronts – not really – and well –
Until we each and all, run away from listening to realities, seeking some false comfort in superficial bliss, don’t we all have in that ‘just a clue of’ knowledge,’ in common??
Take care of you and yours, and hope the coming week is a good one for you
I had my music break and back to work! 😀
*This post brought to you courtesy of news, elections, and those in power promising the world, all while those without a voice, live with the realities….Yup and that…is all I have to say about that…
and other reasons why some things? I just don’t ‘automate’, if under my control/choice of ‘automate? or not?’
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Mailers from College I never applied to (but maybe they caught me researching the ‘Really? You can get your license to be a pastor if you just pay $450 bucks online? Naahhh – it can’t be true – -lemme see…..)
News pundits and political analysts and pollsters that tell the same story everyone else currently telling, and always see the same thing, and what ‘it really means’
Folks I do like to hear from – but who launch early and often to get ready for black friday or because they fear a recession or gambled away their fortunes made, and now need to sell to me the very thing I …
1. Will never buy – too rich for my blood
2. Already purchased, have or got the lifetime license for – anyhoo
The websites I visit after they alert me to new content and let me scroll just to get to the content? a pop up begging me to subscribe to their email list and I think, “Um…duh – don’t you see I arrived here from the email you sent to the list I’m already signed up for???”
Go Back and put on the list to ‘watch, wait see – but maybe unsubscribe from this one – OR Go Back and unsubscribe, just for GP (General Purposes)
Folks who talk about inflation and working folks, and what the administration/federal treasury are doing, when, over and over, from the get go – the expert and leader in charge said, “Raising rates is the tool we have available to us, in our realm of control/responsibilities to try and combat inflation – but it will not, in any way, affect the price of gas or food – as those are global markets and are needed and just now – in high demand and short supply, all across the globe, for a myriad of reasons. What should lawmakers and leaders do? I cannot tell you – that’s your job – and out of my wheel house and I wouldn’t presume to tell you yours – ” FIRST time he went before the ‘oversight’ committee of politicians grandstanding so the folks back home know they are ‘thinking of them’ – That was Last spring – Sheesh!