The world is my oyster, I shall not whine….



“Don’t store garlic near other victuals.”

~~ Lazarus Long ~~

Posing Leelu

Leelu, platting her next move….

Hajime…. Today, our opening line from Lazarus Long has more meaning than usual, as well as more than is immediately obvious upon first reading it. To understand Lazarus’ point, one must put in some heavy, yet subtle thought on the matter, before the light dawns….. Some see it right away, but, for those who do not, & may mistrust me on this, let me assure you, it isn’t talking just about garlic….

For us, today, it has more meaning because it fits in with the day I had yesterday… at least, up until writing this, of course. Who can say what may happen after? Not me, nor will I even attempt such foolishness. I AM old enough to know better; moreover, I’m old enough to listen when I tell myself that.

I was awakened at 0722 by Leelu, who was annoyed a bit when I rolled over & ignored her for another twenty minutes of sack time…. Once up, coffee brewing, we played for a few minutes, then I distracted her with food while I drank my first cup, & tried to complete yesterdays’ Pearl; some of that episode was related there.

Today, I have managed, in between our mutual training sessions, to complete this Pearl, a full 17.5 hours ahead of the time I usually post, at 0600, or as close as I can get. AND, Leelu now will jump up almost anywhere I ask her to, on command…. Bonus!

Yay! Now, I can even try to work a day, or two, ahead…. To complete this Pearl, tomorrow morning, I’ll just need to write is the closing section, which I like to compose on the day I post…. That way, nobody knows if the Tardis was involved, or not…. Plus, it’s good practice for evading cyber-security paranoiacs…. such as our own government. Ya gotta do what ya can to confuse your metadata; then they can’t predict you as well…. and, they certainly don’t need to know when I use the blue box…. if you get my drift.

Ahem…. Anyway, this one’s done, complete with a new poem, freshly written yesterday, and two, yes, two sections with old-school pearls jammed with metaphor, as well as a touch of smarm and innuendo…. What’s a pearl without a little innuendo, eh? Not much to write home about, that’s for sure. To ensure this introductory section doesn’t even come close to that particular standard of quality, I think we’ll get on with the course of business for today, and get this slow on the toad…..

Shall we Pearl?….

“The present is only a mathematical line which divides that part of eternal duration which we call the future, from that which we call the past.” — H. P. Blavatsky


dropkick murphys
Image from via Google Images

Today’s video selection s a band to which I was introduced by a friend, a couple months ago, via Twitter… I’m not sure, exactly, why this seems appropriate, but, since I’ve listened to it, I have to say, it fits. I guess I feel like being raucous…. Enjoy, ffolkes; everyone else in this video did….


Dropkick Murphys
Live: St. Patrick’s Day 2002





“War would end if the dead could return.”

~~ Stanley Baldwin ~~

Dont keep calm

    As is probably becoming obvious by now, to me, if to no one else, ranting is becoming more of a chore than a joy. This doesn’t mean it’s over, or, there will be no more of them; it just means, now, I have to think of something else to do to sublimate the anger, and disillusionment I experience every damn day, not only reading the news, which never seems to change for the better, but, by walking on the damn streets, where all the bullshit the Asininnies have been, and, are up to, is becoming annoyingly ubiquitous.

That said, anyone who’s been here before already knows what is coming; any newbies will just have to figure out what happened later. For now, just read the following pearls, let them run around playing in your head, and you’ll have an idea of why I rant so fucking often….. I hope. If not, well, there’s always tomorrow……


Naked pearls

How’s the water in there?


“Water really has no value…. until the well runs dry.” — Subtle Bee

“Government, today, is growing too strong to be safe. There are no longer any citizens in the world; there are only subjects. They work day in and day out for their masters; they are bound to die for their masters at call.  Out of this working and dying they tend to get less and less.” — H.L. Mencken

” — Bother! said Pooh,as he joined Black September.” — Twisted Bee

“How do you like the new America? We’ve cut the fat out of the government, and more recently the heart and brain (the backbone was gone some time ago).  All we seem to have left now is muscle. We’ll be lucky to escape with our skins!”– Carlinesque Bee

“Monotheism is a gift from the gods!” — Sardonic Bee

“It seldom happens that a man changes his life through his habitual reasoning. No matter how fully he may sense the new plans and aims revealed to him by reason, he continues to plod along in old paths until his life becomes frustrating and unbearable – he finally makes the change only when his usual life can no longer be tolerated.” — Tolstoy

“Huh?” — Joe Average, Anywhere, Amurrica

“God Himself has no right to be a tyrant.” — William Godwin — “Sketches in History” 1784


Onwards Christian Soldiers,
Onwards Buddhist Priests.
Onward, Fruits of Islam,
Fight till you’re deceased.Fight your little battles.
Join in thickest fray;
For the Greater Glory,
of Dis-cord-i-a.Yah, yah, yah,
Yah, yah, yah, yah.
~~ An Erisian Hymn~~~~ by Rev. Dr. Mungojerry Grindlebone ~~~~ KOB Episkopos, THE RAYVILLE APPLE PANTHERS ~~

The last line of the hymn, perhaps, says it all best….. Most days, I feel a Bronx cheer is the best response one might have to everything outside one’s own space…. which is about all we have any sort of control over…. Ah, well, Life goes on, doesn’t it? So far, so good…..


Sir I admit your general rule
That every Poet is a Fool
But you yourself may serve to show it
That every Fool is not a Poet
~~ rendered from the French by Pope ~~





Manifesto, sotto voce

In retrospect, I’ve gotta say,
it’s all been rather a muddle.
Life’s tough, ‘they’ say, it’s just that way.
Lots of misery, not much cuddle.
Me, I’ve found life a bit different
than ‘they’ seem to have done.
It’s all been rather excellent;
I’ve had loads & loads of fun.


Sure, there’s been some bad shit.
Who can’t say that?
All of that pales, all of it
when one hugs a dog, a child, or a cat.


I’ve seen, fought, and felt, more than my share,
the presence of evil in life.
The pain that remains often seems unfair;
I ask why I chose to deal with such strife.


I can always find the answer in the same place,
right where it has ever resided.
All we need to do is embrace
the joy we’ve given, and been provided.



Simple is good.

Balance is good.


Life can be both.



~~ gigoid ~~






Naked Pearls

Life to Death
“Nowhere is now here.”~~ Nakagawa Soen Roshi ~~

“It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought to be, most valued.” Miguel de Cervantes — Don Quixote, Part i, Book iv, Chap xi

(Comment, sotto voce: Is this not an excellent definition of Life? — gigoid)

“Between the great things we cannot do and the small things we will not do, the danger is that we shall do nothing.” — Adolph Monod

“When an idea is wanting a word can always be found to take its place.” — Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“When Alexander asked Diogenes whether he wanted anything, “Yes,” said he, “I would have you stand from between me and the sun.” — Plutarch — Life of Alexander

“At the bottom no one in life can help anyone else in life; this one experiences over and over in every conflict and every perplexity: that one is alone. That isn’t as bad as it may first appear; and again it is  the best thing in life that each should have everything in himself; his fate, his future, his whole expanse and world.” — Rainer Maria Rilke

“The world is no nursery.” — Sigmund Freud

“Be obscure clearly.” — E.B. White

“When you have only two pennies left in the world, buy a loaf of bread with one, and a lily with the other.” — Chinese Proverb

“When the first living thing existed, I was there waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I’ll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights, and lock the universe behind me when I leave.” — Death

Knowledge by suffering entereth,

And life is perfected by death.

~~ Elizabeth Barrett Browning ~~

~~ A Vision of Poets, Conclusion ~~


Done; not only done, but, done before I got up. Good thing, too; it’s taken me damn near an hour to wake up enough to write this. Ah well, planning solves many problems, if the plan works. Since it did, we’ll get on with the business of leaving, and, leave. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes, as long as my computer stays up, and the angst stays down…. I know crazy optimism, again…. Deal with it, until tomorrow….


Y’all take care out there,
and May the Metaphorse be with you;
Blessed Be, dearest Carole, Mark,Theresa, & Richy
and everyone else, too…When I works, I works hard.
When I sits, I sits loose.
When I thinks, I falls asleep.Which is Why….Sometimes I sits and thinks,
   and sometimes,
I just sits.gigoid, the dubious

The *only* duly authorized Computer Curmudgeon.


“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

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À bientôt, mon cherí….


15 thoughts on “The world is my oyster, I shall not whine….

  1. I feel you…that 1st cup is by far the best of the day…..I have 2 beasties that demand I do something with them….I wish they could be diverted with food…..Baby Girl will chase squirrels for an hour or so and Lil Man will just sit and stare waiting for a piece of bacon….but it must be crunchy or no dice….LOL

    Have a great day, my friend….chuq

    • Leelu prefers to play as soon as I’m up, but, she has learned to wait until she sees I’ve had a bit of coffee; she’s pretty smart, and has realized she has a better chance that way, of not being growled at…

      But, we’re coming to terms, as will happen…. I’ve found the right tool to train her; she will drop everything to chase a braided leather rope I carry, even eating. So, at six months, she can now jump up on command, come when I make HER noise, (most times; she IS a cat), and we are working on sitting up, which she does to chase the end of the rope…. She only needs to learn to identify the words I use to give the command, and she’ll have it down….

      I like to travel, so I plan to train her to walk with me on a leash, and to be comfortable in a carrier, as long as she can see/smell me. She’s so smart, and as a half-Siamese. enjoys training. They used to be guard cats in the old temples in Siam, so, if they could do it a thousand years ago, no reason I can’t do it….

      She has certainly given me new challenges, but, of the ‘finest kind’….

      Have a quiet Sunday, mon ami


      • My Baby Girl kept me from slipping into deep depression at the loss of the leg, it will never be 100% again….best I can do is about 70% on a good day….I ow her for her patience and her devotion…chuq

    • Cats will do that, you know. Mostly, for them, it is all about them. But, she’s smart, and loves me, so, we’re learning to coexist with respect…. She was annoyed, but waited patiently at the foot of the bed for me to wake up again…. THEN she began meowing in earnest, letting me know her feelings, as I stumbled to the coffee machine….

      She got over it, & now she’s having fun, watching the birds through the back door screen…

      Have a great Sunday….


  2. The hardest part to the all.of life is to find a space where it’s safe for you just to sit
    Where the shit is not flying over head
    That there’s just peace of mind for one second without being interrupted by outside interference
    I had to go to my shop yesterday to restock merchandise
    And found a cup of piss on a shelf
    Yes that’s what I said
    It almost blew the rest of the day
    People just don’t care anymore
    As long as they can make someone else unhappy
    Because that’s how their life is
    They lie awake at nite just thinking who they can do………
    Unhappiness breeds
    Fear breeds
    The more they talk
    Is how the gun gets fired
    Now I’ve had my rant
    How I feel
    Is yet………..
    The Sheldon Perspective

    • Nicely done; since all of it is, as far as my experience goes, correct, you’re welcome to rant here any time….

      Sorry you had to find a reminder of the world’s ubiquitous assholiness in your own space, but, hey, at least you didn’t find out what it was the hard way…. Small comfort, I know, but, finding the silver lining can be tough, from inside the cloud….

      Once we can laugh, about anything, it becomes less of a burden….

      In fact, sometimes I think the best way to hold the revolution needed so badly by today’s world would be to have All the real people gather, silently at first, at the seats of government and just laugh, laugh, laugh at them, until they slink away in shame….

      Seems worth a shot to me…. And, I’ll bet the people of the world would enjoy it, too….

      gigoid, the dubiously amused…. at the world, not you, S….


    • Boiling is okay, as long as we don’t let it all boil away, or, blow off the lid into someone else’s day…. We can’t always control our instant reactions; all we can do is mitigate how we act on them… fortunately.


      Be well & happy as is possible…

      gigoid, aka, Ned


        • Well, actually, in this case, it means to try to keep ourselves from acting on the feeling; apologizing for rude behavior is also mitigating it, but, after the fact. Sort of mitigating the effects; I meant we can learn to keep from acting on them, by, say, counting to ten, or a hundred, before actually responding to something that makes us angry….

          So, you’re right; an apology is a mitigation; such are better applied before we act, than after…. Often, our anger or frustration is too strong for our ability to quell it…. it takes practice, but makes life much easier when it comes to cleaning up our self-imposed messes…



          • Most simply put, the best mitigation of the effects of our feelings on others is most efficient when we remember this: what you DON’T say can’t hurt you, or anyone else….


  3. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:


    In truth, I do have 9/10 of a Pearl ready to post. However, events in the BBR have issued a compelling call to go walkabout, which I cannot ignore. The direct result, of course, is this re-blog from 2015, to let y’all know there will be a fresh Pearl tomorrow morning, early PST, if Reality maintains the current consistency long enough to permit it. That said, I really must go forth, and battle with those elements in society we all hate, but, must acknowledge. SIGH…. I guess it’s like Zippy said, & I related recently, to wit: “Civilization is fun! Anyway, it keeps me busy.”

    Y’all be well, be safe, & be as happy as you may be…. I’m goin’ walkabout. See y’all tomorrow, rain, shine, or whatever….

    gigoid, the dubious


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