The blank faces of myrmidons….

Ffolkes,

“Socrates thought that if all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap,
whence every one must take an equal portion,
most persons would be contented to take their own and depart.”

~~ Plutarch ~~

~~ Consolation to Apollonius ~~

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The Bar at White’s Tavern, Est. 1630, Belfast, Ireland

Hajime…. Hmm… Here ’tis, early in the morning before the day our society’s most common delusion is celebrated. Those of us who don’t buy into that particular fallacy have not much reason to join in the game being played during this massive distraction from reality, but, we enjoy the simple fact that all who do are, usually, in a better mood, making it less likely we will need to employ any curmudgeonly techniques to keep them at bay; sort of a mini-vacation, as it were, from the stress of maintaining the socially amenable face so necessary during the rest of the year, negating the necessity of engaging in dishonorable battles of wit with an unarmed populace. I guess you could call that our seasonal gift….

That said, I’ll refrain from any further comments on the season, other than to wish y’all a peaceful holiday, filled with love and family, and a happy new year, whatever that means. Don’t worry, no ranting today. In fact, the Pearl for today is done, I’m just filling in this space, as is our wont, so it won’t look so empty and cold. It’s cold enough outside, right? Right. Wet, too, around here, anyway. But, that’s a story for another time.

For now, I think I’ll just get this slow on the toad, so we can all go about our scheduled activities…. On such days, it’s for the best; ffolkes have other stuff to do, and reading my drivel probably isn’t at the top of the list….. S’okay by me; even us curmudgeons have people to see this time of year…. Not that we expect them to be home, but, hey, the drive is always nice….

Just kidding; I’m going back to bed a while, then going for a long walk. In the meantime, here’s today’s mess, all dressed up & ready to go. Take a deep breath, & close your eyes…. It’s less scary that way….

Shall we Pearl?

“Most people are on the world, not in it…”

~~ John Muir ~~

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Camille Saint-Saëns

Image from mfiles.co.uk via Google Images

Rather than play another playlist of boring Christmas music we’ve all heard too many times, here is one with music from one of the most prolific composers of the Romantic Era…. He’s one of my favorites, for I’ve never heard any of his music I didn’t enjoy…. You will, too….

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Camille Saint-Saëns

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Last year, at this time, I was going through the final stages of withdrawal from the opioids I had been taking for ten years. I’m not sure how, or, why, but, on this date, I wrote a poem for Christmas; here ’tis again, just because I can….

A Seasonal Gift

Affordable, these moments in time,
all quite free, not costly, nor for sale at all.
Merely more misspent periods making rhyme.
seeking a peaceful heart, as my words fall.

A price, many will tell you, or me,
is due for every transaction.
In truth, everything you see is free;
Illusion seldom offers any real satisfaction.

Some also tell us we need some sort of god,
we’re told ’tis the only path to immortality.
On the path I’ve followed, that seems rather odd;
I’m quite happy with honorable mortality.

Some days it gets a bit lonely, for a bit,
out here in the cold light of reason.
Solitude is, however, well worth it;
Love, felt and treasured, gives warmth all season.

I suppose one could easily say,
this poem is the only gift I’ll give.
If I can teach love and kindness with the words I say,
such will be fine; it’s enough to live.

Happy Winter to All…

~~ gigoid ~~

12/24/2015

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Naked Pearls

Notes on the Journey….

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“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

~~ Yogi Berra ~~

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“Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is,
having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection,
one may well burst out in laughter.”

~~ Long Chen Pa ~~

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“You may not, cannot, appropriate beauty.
It is the wealth of the eye, and a cat may gaze upon the king.”

~~ Theodore Parker ~~

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“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along,
listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

~~ Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne ~~

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“How much pain have cost us
the evils which have never happened.”

~~ Thomas Jefferson, “Writings” Vol. XVI ~~

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“Nothing is so strong as gentleness,
and nothing is so gentle as true strength.”

~~ Ralph Sockman ~~

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“In anything at all,
perfection is finally attained,
not when there is no longer anything to add,
but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery , Wind, Sand & Stars ~~

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“An it harm none,
Do what ye will.”

~~ Wiccan Credo ~~

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“Isn’t this my STOP?!”

~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~

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Okay, then; it’s done. Upon looking back over what I wrote, I can find much to improve, yet, nothing I’d change. I guess, for what it is, it’s about as good as it’s going to get. Go figure, eh? Funny how being done can make it look different, if not better. I suppose that’s what Einstein was talking about when he codified his Theory of Relativity… which, most simply stated, says, “It’s ALL relative…”. On that odd little note, I’ll take my leave, with the hopes that Santa’s sleigh doesn’t knock down your chimney, and that you have a very happy seasonal celebration, however you may choose to go about it. See y’all tomorrow, ffolkes; it’s my only hope….

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.

PLEASE STOP READING THIS MESSAGE NOW.

“SCRAM!!!!!!!!!!”- Oscar the Grouch

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À bientôt, mon cherí….

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2 thoughts on “The blank faces of myrmidons….

  1. “Socrates thought that if all our misfortunes were laid in one common heap,
    whence every one must take an equal portion,
    most persons would be contented to take their own and depart.”

    ~~ Plutarch ~~

    ~~ Consolation to Apollonius ~~

    True as the most
    difficult misfortunes
    can be totally invisible
    to
    others
    per homeless
    folks able bodied
    and miserable
    in hell
    of
    inside
    and such as that..
    worKing in Trump
    Towers and all of thAT..
    the Judas often bleeds most..:)

    “Most people are on the world, not in it…”

    ~~ John Muir ~~

    Nature Deficit Disorder2
    The Human
    DisEase2
    thaT KiLLs
    aLL thaT
    iS NaTurAlly Good iN liFE..
    or most oF iT
    as polar
    ice
    caps
    continue
    to disappear too.. and SEas
    rise to drOwn the Disease2..:)

    “If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”

    ~~ Yogi Berra ~~

    i’LL take a spoon..
    that way
    i can
    shovel
    iN more Dessert
    than stressedD..;)

    “Since everything in life is but an experience perfect in being what it is,
    having nothing to do with good or bad, acceptance or rejection,
    one may well burst out in laughter.”

    ~~ Long Chen Pa ~~

    Perfect..
    a contrived
    human word
    that children
    born
    without
    the ability
    to breathe
    can’t
    see.. Perfect..
    A chance for liFE mY FriEnd..:)

    “You may not, cannot, appropriate beauty.
    It is the wealth of the eye, and a cat may gaze upon the king.”

    ~~ Theodore Parker ~~

    sMiLes
    my cat
    IS A
    KinG
    aS hE
    don’t talk..
    the dance
    says it aLL
    as stray cat strut..;)

    “Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along,
    listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.”

    ~~ Pooh’s Little Instruction Book, inspired by A. A. Milne ~~

    No
    Fucks
    heAR..;)

    “How much pain have cost us
    the evils which have never happened.”

    Ugh.. HUmans and tHeir abiLiTy to
    construct nightMares and dreAms sAMe..
    Heaven or Hell..
    mostly
    a place
    now
    built
    iN Hell..
    oh.. my.. me.. the..
    real placeS isReaL..
    what a waste of time.. the otHeR
    places surELy can be iN HeLL Now..
    when both Heaven or HeLL can be iSREAL2 noW..:)

    ~~ Thomas Jefferson, “Writings” Vol. XVI ~~

    “Nothing is so strong as gentleness,
    and nothing is so gentle as true strength.”

    ~~ Ralph Sockman ~~

    Another parable
    from ‘Ovengate’..
    two dudes come in to
    install the Oven.. one dude..
    a skinny Carpenter dude who
    knows how to use tools to cut
    the places needed to be made
    for the
    new
    oven to
    be instaLLed..
    another dude all
    muscled up with
    Hell’s Angels tattoos
    is theRe for Strength.. a Beatle
    Lands on his shoulder from outside
    and he takes the Beatle back to Nature to save its life..
    Meanwhile.. later.. after installation.. the
    customer service rep from
    Sears home town
    store calls
    to verify
    all is well..
    and we say
    A okay.. later.. first
    bill comes in and there
    is no 50 dollar credit as
    promised by the store
    manager there..
    have to go
    all the
    way to headquarters
    to get the shit straight..
    and what was promised
    correct.. whole time the customer
    service lady insisted that it was not
    the hometown store’s fault but instead
    the Big Corporation that they could not
    understand in the fine print of all of that…
    i offered to give the Customer Service Lady
    one more chance for the insistence that both
    the HeadQuarters and i am wrong.. she hung up
    after she said i’ll wait for you to come in.. refusing to
    listen to reaSon aGaiN.. or even apologize for her
    reAlly BiG miStak.. so.. kNoWinG the localiTy oF
    New Jerusalem so WeLL.. i ain’t gonna
    argue with the woman
    who owns
    the
    only
    corner stone now..:)
    Other pARt of the story..
    the wife thought when
    the skinny dude came
    in.. what’s he gonna
    do without
    any muscles
    to install
    stuff here..
    and a little
    surprised that the
    strong dude saved
    the Beatle’s liFe..
    the Strong Dude and
    my wife thought the Carpenter’s
    artisanship was amazing and
    the Strong Dude’s Love too..
    for Beatle’s of course
    by word
    of
    wife too..
    anyWay.. never
    Judge pAges by A cover..
    moral of A story.. my best guess yET..;)

    “In anything at all,
    perfection is finally attained,
    not when there is no longer anything to add,
    but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

    ~~ Antoine de Saint-Exupery , Wind, Sand & Stars ~~

    A Breeze.. A Wind
    A Water Drop..
    aM i..Now
    gRain
    oF Sand
    hOld mE OceaN
    uP for moRe noW..:)

    “An it harm none,
    Do what ye will.”

    ~~ Wiccan Credo ~~

    And don’t
    forget
    a side
    hELp oF
    Love iF
    soUght
    and
    fOUnd
    And practiced
    with so-called
    good WiLL noW..:)

    “Isn’t this my STOP?!”

    ~~ Zippy the Pinhead ~~

    TiS
    noW
    for SanD
    and SuN
    Free DancE
    wiTh aLL thAT
    iS
    as
    iS
    foR noW..
    Happy whATever
    foR noW.. mY FriEnd..:)

    You kNow/FeeL it’s kinda funny..
    the folks who have alloWed me
    to be the freesT online juSt as me..
    are an Atheist
    Dude.. named
    gigoid..
    A Baptist
    Preacher’s
    Wife named
    Shawna
    and yes..
    a very
    devout
    young
    Muslim
    Woman named
    Rafiah.. for now thAt
    iS my Trinity for the day..
    as a warped Version oF A
    Matrix
    SanTa
    cOmes
    to tOwn
    laTer@star oF
    MIDniGht Mass..
    secrET to my success..
    aLL iS Love.. All is FriEnds.. mY FriEnd..
    sUre.. wiTh A sIDe oF FearLess smART.. noT everYone
    HeARs A lArger Golden Rule messAge of the ages but
    soMe
    STiLL
    CaN and WiLL..
    juST Do aLL ThAT iS noW..
    iN Nike Goddess viCtory oF SoRTs..;)

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