Unbaked pies as currency….


“The wisest mind has something yet to learn.”

~~ George Santayana ~~

portobello road

Entrance to Portobello Road, London

Hajime…. A week from tomorrow, I’ll be taking a trip, which is the activity I most enjoy in life. This may be a result of being raised as an Army brat, moving from base to place to base for much of my first ten years. We lived in Fort Ord, Fort Lewis, Japan, and Southern California in those times we visited relatives, all by my tenth birthday, when my father retired from the Army. Since leaving home, I’ve traveled as often as possible, for I feel I am fulfilling all my own dreams when I do. I enjoy having a base from which to go, but, for me, the journey is the thing, not the destination, or the beginning point.

In this case, I’ll be traveling for only about six days, to go see a friend get married. I have volunteered my services as a caterer for the reception, which is my usual gift to the bride and groom, as it takes a large burden from them during the time leading to the ceremony. It should be an interesting challenge, as it will be my first event since reaching an age where I cannot count on being able to do much of the actual work myself. Instead, I’ll be coordinating everyone else’s efforts, to make sure the event come off without a hitch. I’m looking forward to all of it, with great anticipation, and a small degree of fear, which will serve to keep me sharp, focused on working smart, instead of hard.

All that said, I’ll add there seems to be some lingering effect on my creativity, or, my angst, which drives it. In any case, these Pearls, for the first time in ages, will be a secondary concern; this means I’m going to fake it, a lot. We’ll begin that today, with a rant from the archives, instead of anything fresh in that section, as it takes the most focus and time to create a worthwhile rant. So be it. I’ll try to keep the rest fresh, but, no promises, as my head is already in Texas, organizing a work crew and space. In twelve days, I’ll be back home, probably ready to collapse for a few days, but, also, ready to write….. I hope.

At any rate, speaking of it gave us a grand opening for today, if naught else, so, we’ll take it, and run. In fact, we’ll break into a sprint, by using one of our standard tricks, to keep y’all fooled , er, occupied while I push this hidden button over here…. See how that works?…..

Shall we Pearl?….

“Even a fool knows that you can’t touch the stars,
but it doesn’t stop a wise man from trying.

~~ Judge Harry T. Stone ~~



Image from redmp3.su via Google Images

I feel like the blues today, so, here is the King of the Electric Blues, himself…. Live in Dortmund, Germany in 1976, he does his thing, and does it in style…. Abondanza!….


Muddy Waters






About Hopi Indian Symbols

As promised, here is one from the archives…. Not to worry, it’s short, and not at all serious-minded…. Enjoy!

From 10/21/2012:

Okay, so there I was, cruising through Smart Bee, and these little gems popped up. Each one tempted me to begin a rant, or a discussion, but, none of them completely grabbed my attention enough to do the trick. They are all much too valuable to throw out, so I had this idea to include them as a “new-school” pearl….. Y’all can take the ideas herein described, and formulate them into your own pearl of virtual wisdom…. there is plenty here to work with; I’ve used many similar pearls myself to create unforgettable rants, or brilliantly funny forays into nonsense. (Sure I have….. trust me….)

“The correct way to punctuate a sentence that starts: “Of course it is none of my business, but –” is to place a period after the word “but.” Don’t use excessive force in supplying such a moron with a period. Cutting his throat is only a momentary pleasure and is bound to get you talked about.” — Lazarus Long, from Robert A. Heinlein’s “Time Enough For Love”

“In certain trying circumstances, urgent circumstances, desperate circumstances, profanity furnishes a relief denied even to prayer.” — Mark Twain

“In regard to disagreeable and formidable things, prudence does not consist in evasion, or in flight, but in courage. He who wishes to walk in the most peaceful parts of life with any serenity must screw himself up to resolution. Let him front the object of his worst apprehension, and his stoutness will commonly make his fear groundless” — Ralph Waldo Emerson, _Essays_, Prudence

“I figure that if God actually does exist, He’s big enough to understand an honest difference of opinion.” – Isaac Asimov

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but there ain’t no way to make the cat enjoy it.” — Jed Clampett

“Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.” — Michael de Montaigne (1533-1592) — Essays, Book ii, Chap. xii, Apology for Raimond Sebond

“Once you can accept the universe as being something expanding into an infinite nothing which is something, wearing stripes with plaid is easy.” — Albert Einstein (1879-1955)

So, you should find it reasonably simple to do the same yourselves (creating a pearl, that is, not wearing plaid…) …. and if not, well, they are all fairly strong stand-alone dribbles of good advice/good observations, so you aren’t completely without recourse…. No refunds, though, we’re not completely without shame…. Remember, you get what you pay for in this world, right? TANSTAAFL….. (for the uninitiated, that is, There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch….)


Vague Glimpses of a Rainbow

All the sad notions of propriety had fled,
Screaming their anger for pausing in song,
Until late came the rabid fog, colored in red,
As serenity cried, unafraid to live so strong.

Fallow fields in faithful patience set free,
Dragged from birth, by their own nature cast
Saving each moment against fear yet to be,
Carved into silence, by ignorance held fast.

Historical forces plod slowly ’tis often said
Anxieties streaming stiffly, one epoch to the next.
Cultural mania stands nonchalant in its stead
No sadder epitaph has such bittersweet context.

Patterned bags of forgotten virtue lie in wait
Blessed by reminders whose souls value affinity
Frozen webs surround the fields in gravid state
Grasping passionately within obvious opportunity.

Passage to future realities isn’t guaranteed
Small favors for deities was left off the menu
No roses, nor manna, nor gallant aerial steed
Left traces of fatal, yet originally gracious venue.

~~ gigoid ~~




Naked Pearls

Rare Thoughts


“God, to me, it seems
is a verb
not a noun
proper or improper.”

~~ R. Buckminster Fuller ~~


“One should always be a little improbable.”

~~ Oscar Wilde ~~


“We do not walk on our legs, but on our Will.”

~~ Sufi proverb ~~


“Time is but the stream I go a-fishin in.
I drink at it, but while I drink
I see the sandy bottom and detect how shallow it is.
It’s thin current slides away, but eternity remains.”

~~ Henry David Thoreau ~~


“We have art that we do not die of the truth.”

~~ Friedrich Nietzsche ~~


“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”

~~ Anais Nin ~~


“To teach is to learn.”

~~ Japanese Proverb ~~


“What is the first business of one who studies philosophy?
To part with self-conceit.
For it is impossible for any one to begin to learn
what he thinks that he already knows.”

~~ Epictetus ~~



Well, it’s done. Again. Today, I can only thank my sense of duty; without it, this doesn’t get done. Since it is, I’ll forgo any further torture, or, for that matter, possible entertainment value, and merely say, see y’all tomorrow, ffolkes. There doesn’t seem to be any way to get out of it….

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 “Unbaked pies as currency….

  1. I envy you….with all the metal in my leg I have to run a gauntlet to get on a plane…..I miss it a lot…..I travel extensively in my younger days and I miss it.

    Waters is a fine choice…..good down home blues not much better.

    Twain was correct about profanity…..plus it makes one feel so much better….LOL

    Hope you are doing good these days and enjoy your trip…..chuq

    • You should try the trains; no metal detectors, no heavy security at all. I like trains, cuz I can take my guitar, set up in the lounge car, & never have to buy a beer after the first one…Makes for a dandy trip… plus, you can get up & move around more than a plane… This trip, I don’t have enough time to do that, otherwise, I’d rather go by train…

      I’m doing ‘okay’; the trip will be a real challenge, but, well worth it… not leaving until next Tuesday, so, getting a little antsy to get gone….

      You have a good one, too, my friend….


      • My trips would be internationally….I also like trains….but as a smoker sometimes they are a bit bitchy….LOL

        Enjoy yourself and be safe….chuq

  2. “Even a fool knows that you can’t touch the stars,
    but it doesn’t stop a wise man from trying.”

    ~~ Judge Harry T. Stone ~~

    “There’s more than one way to skin a cat,
    but there ain’t no way to make the cat enjoy it.”
    — Jed Clampett

    A fine Juxtaposition.. i see here of sorts..
    in these two quotes.. and true
    it is a wise man who
    does not discount
    possibility and only
    a true fool will stay
    inside a
    and starve
    to death
    a heARt…
    but sadly
    while ya
    can’t now
    make a cat
    enjoy getting
    skinned.. if the human
    cultural norm says cutting
    off the clitoris of a female human
    in genital mutilaiton iS aNs in thing
    to do.. as far as not falling
    out of the social circle
    for survival.. female
    genital mutilation
    is A way
    to self esteem.. sTiLL NoW..
    and that my friend.. illustrates
    the power of belief in nocebo
    voodoo way.. and reaching
    for the Stars and MaKinG
    hUman Stars happen..
    thaT iS the
    of noT
    dying WitH
    dArk sHades
    oF noCebo.. noW.. lost..
    Humans generate emoTiOns..
    yeZ.. iOns of energy ..not much different
    really than the sun above below as hUman
    being and those neuro-hormones.. neuro-chemicals
    thAT spARK the flAMe.. receive a happy mesSage Now
    iN receptors In bodiLY Cells when the energy is positive floW…
    We reap what we sew.. no doubt.. from Stars of humans..
    to pleasureless females with a big grin of fear for not
    being accepted
    Heaven is better..
    it’S not an imaginary place..
    iT is real for those who find
    It aWay from devils and
    of real
    hell now.. So lucky..
    some of us.. at least..
    in the Good Old USA.. To
    find iT and say F U.. to the N poWer..
    per.. folkS in other places who would
    take hUman free a way.. just
    for power.. status.. and
    in the Devil
    and Hell of hUman..
    So SAdly REAL sTilL noW..:)

    • Aye, the two DO make a good point, which you relate. In my mind, it also points out the validity of Lazarus’s observation, to wit, “Never underestimate the power of human stupidity.”…. The word ‘stupidity’ can be replaced by any number of other descriptive human qualities, and the statement’s validity remains… eg, cruelty, deniability, etc. all of which humans choose too often over mindfulness….

      See ya, bro….still trying to catch up to the moment…


  3. “There’s more than one way to skin a cat, but there ain’t no way to make the cat enjoy it.”
    Jed Clampett
    I have just skinned one… over at chuqs…again.
    Good old Hilly Billies…
    Great music…

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