Truck stop pastries for lunch & dinner….


“In this world there is always danger for those who are afraid of it.”

~~ George Bernard Shaw ~~

Ireland 083

The Spanish Arch ~ Galway, Ireland

Hajime…. Bilious clouds of noxious fumes rose up to obscure the hallway, as Perry Gomes carefully passed by the broken pipes, from which the gases were leaking. Perry thought to himself it wasn’t surprising, when two buses full of commuters crashed into each other, then bounced into the pumping station; a bit of damage was to be expected. Perry, who worked for the company which maintained the gas lines, was tasked with going into the mess to assess the damage. As he peered down the hallway, in the light of the near-useless flash, he could see something moving, thrashing about against the walls, smashing all in its path. “My God,” he thought, “it’s an intro to a Pearl! How will we ever fix that!”

No telling, actually. Perry’s obviously got his work cut out for him, and, since we are responsible for his being in the situation in the first place,  we abandon him to his fate with some reluctance. However, should we wish to get today’s mess on the toad, we’ll need to ignore any and all distractions, just to find the wherewithal within to do so. Not an easy task when one is still wandering around in a creative daze, having just come up with yet another way to NOT write an actual introduction…. It’s a gift.

That said, and, thankfully, done, we’ll make our usual executive decision, and put the slow on the toad. We have no regrets, other than having again fallen into the royal ‘we’, just as if we had time to deal with it. Fuck it. I’m done with this. We are outta here, now…. Watch this!….

Shall we Pearl?….

“The psychic task which a person can and must set for himself
is not to feel secure,
but to be able to tolerate insecurity.”

~~ Erich Fromm ~~



    Today’s music is a nod to one of my blogging friends, who prefers to listen to his classical music played on the guitar. Here is the man who single-handedly brought this kind of music to the world’s awareness, back in the mid-twentieth century…. Considered to be the Master of the guitar, his expertise and artistry are legendary, for good reason…. Enjoy!….


Andres Segovia
Classical Guitar






    Not only do I not have a rant ready, I don’t even feel like ranting. Go figure. At least, this way, I get to use my new icon again…. Here’s a short discussion & old-school pearl about the wisdom mankind pretty much ignores….

From 6/27/2014:

“Waste not the remnant of thy life in those imaginations touching other folk, whereby thou contributest not to the common weal.” — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD) — Meditations, iii, 4

I end up using a lot of quotes from Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, all of which seem to me to be pretty well-reasoned and insightful re: human nature, and ethical/moral behavior….. In fact, I find there are as many, or more, insightful, reasoned philosophers who lived before Christ was born… (not that I care that much, but, it’s the point in time our society has agreed upon to use as the basis for our calendar, thus making it the obvious, most convenient, and expedient, choice as a marker, in order to organize people into their time periods for reference and identification)…..

Marcus Aurelius, Socrates, Plato, Plutarch, Aristotle, Cato, the Elder and the Younger, Gautama Buddha, Lao Tzu, Confucius, and a host of others from all cultures in the world, passed their wisdom to us throughout the ages, and have always seemed to me to be superior in their reasoning to any of the more modern philosophers to whom I’ve been exposed….. which you will see reflected in the quotes you see here…. I have no apology for that, and don’t plan to change it, so, I hope y’all enjoy them, because they’re not going away…. In fact, I’m going to put together a pearl with parameters limiting it to quotes over 1500 years old, or more…. I would suggest you enjoy it, but, it’s not necessary with such classical wisdom to offer….

“Before enlightenment, one carries water and chops wood. After enlightenment, one carries water and chops wood.” — Zen Proverb

“Whatever you can lose, you should reckon of no account.” — Publius Syrus (42 BC) — Maxim 191

“…for the most part happiness consists in being willing to be what you are.” — Erasmus

“As surgeons keep their instruments and knives always at hand for cases requiring immediate treatment, so shouldst thou have thy thoughts ready to understand things divine and human, remembering in thy every act, even the smallest, how close is the bond that unites the two.” — Marcus Aurelius Antoninus (121-180 AD) — Meditations, iii, 13

“Nothing made the horse so fat as the king’s eye.” — Plutarch (46-120 AD) — Of the Training of Children

“He is a fool who lets slip a bird in the hand for a bird in the bush.” — Plutarch (46-120 AD) — Of Garrulity

“The trouble with Nixon is that he’s a serious politics junkie. He’s totally hooked… and like any other junkie, he’s a bummer to have around: especially as President.” — Hunter S. Thompson (b. 1939), journalist — The Great Shark Hunt, Jacket Copy for Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1979)

(Oops! Sorry, that slipped in there due to appending to the clipboard, rather than overwriting…. but, it’s kinda cool, I think, so, it can stay…. just ignore it after reading, and go on to the final pearl, which you see in its designated place, right down there on the line below this….)

“It behooves a prudent person to make trial of everything before arms.” — Terence (185-159 BC) — Act iv, Sc. 7, 19, (789.)

Since we were so rudely interrupted by Hunter’s oh-so-poignant observation of reality, I’ll add one more, to show that the ancients possessed as subtle a sense of humor as any modern pundit, for sure and for certain….

“Anaximander used to assert that the primary cause of all things was the Infinite,–not defining exactly whether he meant air or water or anything else.” — Diogenes Laertius (c. 200 AD) — Anaximander, ii

Well, a bit disjointed, but, it works for me…. So be it…. gigoid has spoken



Off the proverbial cuff….

I never meant to kill that period of time,
it didn’t give me any choice.
It tried to hem me in without reason, or rhyme,
refused me any vote, or any voice.

You have to admit, I buried it deep and fast,
just as if I cared.
I knew, though, it would never last,
or ever be fully repaired.

No news, no pictures can bring it back,
once is all we get.
No pleas of public good, or even public lack;
in stone the past is set.

Futuristic visions now occupy my dreams,
I’m ready to go on.
Look! It fills up the screen, and it gleams!
Where’s the moment I’m sitting on?

Now, I remembered, at long, long last,
is all we really can hold.
Every moment goes by so bloody fast,
we’d best fill them all with beauty, warm and bold.

~~ gigoid ~~




    It’s old-school, and, classic; seven stars of virtual wisdom, all about being human…. such as we are….

“Experience is a hard teacher because she gives the test first, the lesson afterwards.” — Vernon Sanders Law

“‘Casting Out Fear’ ought to be the motto over every school door.” — A.S. Neill

“Don’t ask of your friends what you yourself can do.’ — Quintus Ennius

“I exist as I am, that is enough.” — Walt Whitman

“Anacharsis said a man’s felicity consists not in the outward and visible favours and blessings of Fortune, but in the inward and unseen perfections and riches of the mind.” — Plutarch, The Banquet of the Seven Wise Men, 11

“And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.” — Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet

“Though nothing can bring back the moments of splendor in the grass, of glory of the flower, we will grieve not . . .” — Wordsworth “Intimations of Immortality”


I have fulfilled my chosen duty. I’m tired, and Leelu wants her play time, in her new cat tower. Therefore, without further nonsense, I shall bid thee adieu for another day. Hope yours goes well; I’m planning on hiding today, so I can avoid any jail time. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes, as long as the warrants don’t come through….

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


À bientôt, mon cherí….


9 thoughts on “Truck stop pastries for lunch & dinner….

  1. Modern philosophers!

    ‘I don’t have pet peeves.
    I have major psychotic fucking hatreds.’

    And what can we do to silence these Christian athletes who thank Jesus whenever they win, never mention his name when they lose? Not a word. You never hear them say “Jesus made me drop the ball.” “The good lord tripped me up behind the line of scrimmage.” According to these guys Jesus is undefeated, meanwhile these assholes are in last place. Must be another one of those “miracles.”

    The real reason that we can’t have the Ten Commandments in a courthouse: You cannot post “Thou shalt not steal,” “Thou shalt not commit adultery,” and “Thou shalt not lie” in a building full of lawyers, judges, and politicians. It creates a hostile work environment.

    So maybe it’s not the politicians who suck; maybe it’s something else. Like the public. That would be a nice realistic campaign slogan for somebody: “The public sucks. Elect me.” Put the blame where it belongs: on the people. Because if everything is really the fault of politicians, where are all the bright, honest, intelligent Americans who are ready to step in and replace them? Where are these people hiding? The truth is, we don’t have people like that. Everyone’s at the mall, scratching his balls and buying sneakers with lights in them. And complaining about the politicians.
    George Carlin the philosopher…….
    and another…
    Bertrand Russell: Man isn’t Rational Animal
    ‘It has been said that man is a rational animal. All my life I have been searching for evidence which could support this.’
    Bertrand Russell on Critical Thinking
    ‘Many people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.’ (Bertrand Russell)
    and the best?
    Open Society and Social Criticism: Karl Popper
    ‘In my opinion, the greatest scandal of philosophy is that, while all around us the world of nature perishes … philosophers continue to talk, …about the question of whether this world exists.’

    • I love it when what I write stims such responses…. I have to agree with all of it, though, given the number of people alive today, one might think there would be more good philosophers…. But, George, and Bertie are truly such… I don’t know Mr. Popper, but, his observation is accurate, and could easily be used as a metaphor for human nature in action….

      See ya…. I still say the ancients had it right more often….




  2. HeLLo.. Friend gigoid..
    Life is only as good
    as the moment
    is full
    of Life..
    To feel the
    moment iS
    to Live LIFE!
    hmm.. words..
    words.. words..
    Dance.. dance..
    dance.. dance..
    i dance
    and MOvE
    Writing in a way to
    stay iN the Now..
    alWays verb
    vs.. yester
    Hmm.. lesson lEarned..
    to worship a man or idea
    of yesternow.. is NOT to
    move forWard..
    it is
    a word
    or a man
    As a participant observer
    Anthropologist i study
    it aLL
    PerSon.. and when i
    visit Catholic Church this
    morning.. there will be much
    talk about 2 to 3.5K years
    ago.. and little
    talk or
    will be nodding off..
    or dazed and confused
    or just plain bored.. and
    leave wrong after they
    receive the magical
    bread and wine..
    thinking that
    will get
    ’em a
    free ticket
    to heaven
    after all
    is gone..
    as D E A D..
    Man that’s sad..
    they just hide the
    truth of what Jesus was
    really saying about heaven
    being now.. and the fact that
    human potential was groWinG
    and not siNking forever into
    the past of one human
    being.. myth
    and man..
    but here’s the deal..
    is as close to FiN heaven
    as they will ever see
    or FEEL
    and that was also
    the message of the
    Luke 17:21 reported
    words of a man named
    Yeshua.. and OMG yes..
    so many other philosophers
    poets.. and sitting on a rock
    thinkers of Universal Truth
    and liGht.. meanwhile
    a man hangs on a
    wall with
    or without
    a cross..
    to him..
    hoping with
    all their heart for
    heaven after life and
    to meet the man then..
    when.. all he was truly
    reported to say is
    ya find it..
    and work
    from theRe..
    it’s all about
    ‘ME’ getting
    iT correct
    iN any
    hUman heARt..
    SpiRit expreSsinG
    emoTioNaL BoDy
    miND Balance
    as much oF
    Truth and LiGht
    wE CAN be for
    NOW never
    And yes.. the flesh dance
    of Life works excellent to
    bRinG noW hiGher and
    hiGher iN BliSs..
    ever RinGinG
    True iN everY
    ceLL beLow
    and aBove..
    in our miNd and
    BoDy balanCinG
    SoUl.. Working
    for NOW..

    • Sorry for not replying earlier; haven’t slept well for days, & finally fell out last night for seven solid…. I think, in response, I’d say one of the primary characteristics of modern man is his/her mental laziness, so strongly encouraged by those who would control. They place their hopes and dreams outside themselves, and believe whatever anyone tells them that fits into that laziness…. and, think they’ve done right.

      Pathetic, is all I can say, and, more power to ’em….

      Me, I’m gonna go yell at PG&E; always fun to take on a soulless corporation in the guise of bureaucrats….

      See ya….



      • SMiLes.. my friend.. gigoid..
        never a need to apologize
        for not having time to respond
        to all my
        torrent of
        words in flow
        and cou
        as well..
        For me it is the inspiration
        that counts.. and friends of
        course.. i never expect
        anyone to
        in the boat
        i do now.. as my
        river’s path
        is different
        of course
        than most..
        or haha..
        all perhaps..
        SMiLes again..
        as of course aLL our
        journeys and paths
        are ‘IEP Individual
        Education Plans’
        by both
        the God of
        Nature iN iNnate
        iNstinct and iNtuition..
        and OMGx2.. a culture..
        school.. and work.. spoon-fed
        to us from almost now when oUr
        eYes meet liGht in delivery room
        of birth in culture.. now.. recently
        i used the old Cherokee Indian
        Chief’s Wisdom of feeding
        the two wolfs of human
        Fear and Hate..
        opposed to
        Love and Hope..
        but surely even though
        Love is All i Need.. challenge
        of Cou
        rage pArt
        of Love iS a
        necessary pArt
        of Life for balance..
        and the tale of
        three cats
        who live(d)
        in my home..
        Arthur.. the first..
        20 years-old at death..
        inside outside neighborhood
        Noble Alpha cat.. never getting
        injured in a fiGht.. with no being
        he ever bowed down to in
        life other than
        free as he..
        wITh wiLd
        cAll of THE
        God of Nature
        wheRe he found his
        own answers in life..
        of course with the
        partial assistance
        of human made
        for a guaranteed
        and subsidized meal..
        when the hunting was low..
        but the fact is he kept the
        challenge of life for survival
        and moved steadily from
        fast to slow.. to
        his last
        day of
        life.. when too
        weak to meet
        the challenge
        wandering into
        the woods.. to go
        back to the dust of Nature
        and yes.. as Karma goes
        to feed the
        in his
        last hurrah..
        doing life his
        Yellow Boy.. all feral..
        on his last leg of difficulty
        iN finding a meal..
        down to
        LBS.. when
        he came out of
        the woods and cried
        under our shed.. gaining
        predictable subsistence..
        and a new found
        respect for
        his friends
        from the brick
        caves who altruistically
        provided a bowl of
        life sustaining
        and Love of
        Course.. as the
        wiLd boy who only
        knew the fight of life
        and comfort in his own
        arms and paws..
        comfort of
        human warmth
        to the belly of my
        wife.. and lap..
        that became
        the mother’s
        of life
        once again..
        born to the paws
        of Love before
        the hunt
        of life
        Yellow Boy will never
        lose the call of the Wild
        and even after ‘the operation’
        as muscular and power
        flu from before..
        WILD STAYS
        IN PLACE..
        same as human
        when more fully
        in the
        of life..
        And Moby the human
        among the cats.. spoon-fed
        from birth.. with only Love
        as the requirement
        of his ages..
        job done
        well on
        but job
        on couRAGe
        not pArt of his
        disabling instruction
        of life.. can i blame him
        now for his diabetes.. for
        his crippling weakness and
        arthritis in flesh and
        bones of walk..
        the enemy
        is also
        in his
        case.. and this
        same sitting comfort
        in human’s case..
        Love is like oxygen
        to quote ‘that
        band’ you get
        too much.. you get
        too high.. not
        die.. in life
        at least.. but
        Rage of
        Life.. suffeRinG
        iS and Misery iS the
        eventual pitfall and
        stumble to a shorter
        life in weakness and pain..
        As always a balance.. iS the
        answer to life.. Finding the balance
        iS a challenge of a lifetime for most
        folks now.. but i for
        one PROVE
        IT’S POSSIBLE..
        and what works for
        me may not work at
        all in terms of dance
        and all arts for others…
        that’s the complicated
        pARt.. theRe
        are no
        to the questions
        of life.. The search
        for balance..
        me Art
        of NOW..
        but sure.. we
        at least share our
        stories now of what
        works.. and perhaps
        helpful hints wiLL spark
        the life of others
        as well..
        Anyway.. our challenge
        today.. my wife and i..
        was finding a lid
        to a plastic
        at Target
        that was low
        enough where Moby
        can climb over the edge
        for a litter box.. with
        use of his legs
        a complication
        of both Diabetes
        and Cat Arthritis..
        and medicine
        is no longer
        alone.. now
        Humans have
        a choice to move
        early to avoid this
        premature fate
        in Wheel
        Chair carts
        at Super-Walmart..
        but sadly culture
        still boys
        and girls
        and do
        not F
        in Fidget
        in your seats..
        at work.. at school..
        at home.. and now
        stuck to screens
        as a self-fulfilling
        prophecy.. that
        even i fall
        to.. too
        that i must
        balance even with
        166.66 miles of
        dance walking
        a month..
        as sitting
        still is scientifically
        proven now.. as bad
        as smoking cigarettes
        for degenerative
        So i came down
        from the Mountain
        and not only said
        let’s dance in
        i actually
        to do iT..
        i make a bigger
        impact on healing
        in the real world..
        as reading
        me.. now..
        can encourage
        folks to sit more
        and more and more..
        but i must at least
        leave a record
        of what
        i lEarn(ed)
        as yes.. it is
        possible to both
        move.. and use
        a smARt phone
        but OMG
        not in
        car! oM
        FOOT iN
        AN OPEN
        FIELD OF LIfE..
        i can show ’em A way..
        but i cannot
        oF Human Dance..
        Holding Hands with
        the God of Nature
        and All others
        as a tribe
        of FREE DANCE..:)

  3. Reblogged this on gigoid and commented:


    I had hoped to be ready to post a fresh Pearl, but, the physical issues which make doing that problematic continue to do just that; currently, I can’t sit for more than two or three minutes without having to get up & move. This made it hard to even find a Re-blog with which to sublimate the urge to post. I did, though, & here ’tis, in all its faded glory, from about two years ago, near the end of my time in Hell. I hope y’all enjoy it,…. Our weather is finally dry, so, perhaps I’ll be able to get the current work in progress done soon…. One may hope, yes? Yes.

    Y’all take care, & accept the usual caveats. Me, I’m outta here for my first walkabout of the day…. See ya, ffolkes….

    gigoid, the dubious


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