Softly, softly banging drums….

Ffolkes,

The past two days have been what might be termed, ‘filled with lessons’; not anyone’s favorite pastime, I’m sure, but, nonetheless instructive, if not overly pleasant…. Rather than detail the hours in a veiled effort to excuse my lack of productivity, I will merely say, I didn’t get a Pearl even close to done, & leave it there. To keep y’all entertained today, I’ve re-blogged this Pearl from the early days here on ECR, before evolving into what is usually seen today. It’s got some decent discussions to enjoy, & one of my more honest, if strange, poems…. It will do for our purposes here today…. I shall return, tomorrow, if all goes well, with a fresh Pearl… well, as fresh as I can make it, anyway.

Y’all have a good one, if that’s in your power; if not, well, we get another chance at it tomorrow… Be well, be happy, & be strange; it’s still the best way to keep your balance….

gigoid

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Ffolkes,

“Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.”

~~ Mark Twain ~~

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No flies on gigoid.

This is why.


‘Twill be sufficient unto the day to say this: Axiom # 2 is more right than even I had believed…. For those unfamiliar with Peruaosophy (my own response to Sartre, Plato, and the Stoics… If they can have their own philosophy, so can I…..), Axiom #2 says: “The nature of the Universe is Change.  Unpredictable, innovative transformation of Reality is the Norm. If you have a problem with this, you’re in for a rough ride in Life.” Boy, did I hit that one on the head, or what? (I should tell you: anyone who actually says, “what?” will be shot where they sit…. or stand….)

All of that being said, I’ll leave it at that, to create a bit of confusion, and/or, frustration in the…

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Sincerity has never been more welcome…..

Ffolkes,

SIGH…. As noted in yesterday’s closing section, I went for a long walk. Somewhere along the way, I strained my back, & have spent the time since getting home trying to deal with some pretty severe pain. This, naturally, kept me from completing a Pearl for today. As sublimation, here is one from 2013 that is pretty decent, but, didn’t get much traffic; we’ll give it another chance to shine today… In the meantime, I’ll be dealing with dealing with life in pain, again. Easy money, really; I’m pretty familiar with this routine. Given my improved health, it also shouldn’t last too long; knowing how to handle it without worsening the issue also helps. Until I can get another fresh Pearl done, I hope you enjoy today’s post, and, whatever is happening in your neck of the woods… Be well, be happy, be strange, & it’ll all work out fine… See y’all soon, I hope….

gigoid

😎

gigoid

Ffolkes,

I’ve never experienced this before…. Even MY coffee, which has been known to raise the long-time-dead, in a heartbeat, isn’t doing the trick this morning…. I grind French Roast beans, dark and savory, then put twice as much in the drip basket as is recommended, just for starters… then I add a teaspoon or two more, just to make it right…. I promise you, no coffee in the world, including espresso, is stronger, or has more of the life-giving caffeine than does what I make right here at home… It’s part of why I have such a hard time when traveling, as nobody can duplicate it in public, not without destroying their profit margin….

But, today, it ain’t happenin’…. I mean, I made it like usual, and in good time, too, before I tried to type. But, even now, after a good half-cup, I’m still dragging my ass, wondering…

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And another one bites the dust….

Ffolkes,

Still couldn’t sit much for much of yesterday, so, no freshly made Pearl today. I did find this one, which was written during my sojourn to Hell, on a night spent battling my own brain chemistry… For what it is, it’s damn good; for what it represents, in terms of what it cost to create, it’s way more than that…. Just read it, you’ll see. In the meantime, I’m hoping to see some change today; it’s always there, I suppose, but, some indications of heading in a positive direction would be good….Y’all have a good one, & if you’re in northern California today, stay close to your A/C, as the whole damn state is spending some time in the nether regions….

Be happy, be safe, be as weird as possible. It all helps, trust me….

gigoid, the dubious

😎

gigoid

Ffolkes,

“So live that you can look any man in the eye and tell him to go to hell.”

~~  Smart Bee ~~

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From the London Daily Telegraph Animal Pictures of the Week 12/28/2014

The quote adorning the first line, above the most excellent picture, is a familiar idea around here; that may be why, whenever I come across it, I am also reminded of another fine statement, to which I also strongly subscribe, to wit:

“There comes a time in every man’s life when it becomes necessary to just roll up his sleeves, spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and start slitting throats.” — H. L. Mencken

Just gets me, right here (*somber expression, with hand over heart*), every time…. The picture you see, by the way, was NOT posed, reportedly…. An average guy was taking pictures in the forest back of his home (in France? I…

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Belatedly, he removed the tags….

Ffolkes,

Sitting, at all, remains problematic this morning; that is complicated further by how inconsistent my keyboard is acting thus far. The space bar seems to be sticking, & it may be time for a thorough wipe-down & testing. At any rate, it’s all a wash today, as I am not able to sit long enough to do anything but post this old Pearl. It was written at a time when I was in Hell, but, had not yet realized it. All in all, it’s not too bad, considering the relative condition of my mind during that period, which, in retrospect, I can describe as less than optimum. Nonetheless, it’s here, and it’s good enough for our purpose. I’ll be back soon, I hope; in any case, I’ll be back. Y’all be well, stay cool, and stay alert….

gigoid, the dubious

😎

gigoid

Ffolkes,

“What pretty lights!”

~~ Any deer, any highway, late at night ~~

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    Halloween. All Hallows Eve. Hmph…. Okay…. I suppose y’all would like me to make some comment, or acknowledgment of the day…. Well, if I must….

    BOO!….


There…. No one can say I didn’t acknowledge the holiday. And, just so it’s done, the picture came from the Animal Pictures of the Week in the London Daily Telegraph, last week. I am seriously hoping I don’t see any kids in costumes tonight, as my inner curmudgeon isn’t in the mood for frivolity just now…. An episode of SS/b (Screaming skeleton/bones…. severe arthritic pain in my hips shoulders, joints, and neck…. i.e., everywhere there is a bone, it hurts….), which built up yesterday, near the end of the day, stimulated the inner curmudgeon sufficiently, he was able to take over the wheel of this bus…

In fact…

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Offenders will be coated in Teflon….

Ffolkes,

Though I am unsure as to causation, my body seems to be in revolt today. A number of rather intrusive pains surfaced as I arose, all of which have convinced me of the futility of attempting to compose a Pearl for today, as I can barely sit, at all, & trying to type this is turning into an all-too-familiar ordeal. I’m gonna deal with this, as best I can in the sweltering heat here, probably with a lot of water therapy (immersing in it seems to help the most).

All that said, to little point, if not purpose, I’ll leave you with two things: one, this fine Pearl from 2015, and my wishes for you to have a decent day, which, as most of y’all have noted, is about the best we can hope for these days…. On that snarky note, go now, and be as radical as you can; believe me, it will help….

gigoid

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gigoid

Ffolkes,

“Time cancels young pain.”

~~ Euripides (431 BC) ~~

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Rock Spire on Mars ~~ Rover Curiosity’s next target for research

NASA photo from Space.com

Good morning….. Let’s keep this on the up and up, okay? Step lively, ffolkes, Luigi’s in a hurry today….

Shall we Pearl?

“We are as different from one another on the inside of our heads as we appear to be different from one another on the outside of our heads. The world “out there” is as much a projection from inside our heads as it is a perception. It is almost unbelievable that we are all dealing with the same reality. We operate on a kind of loose consensus about existence.” — Robert Fulghum “It Was on Fire When I Lay Down on It”

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Image from freepiks.com via Google Images


No matter how anyone feels, or thinks of the music these four lads made…

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Mildred, leave the toilet seat where it is….

Ffolkes,

The dream we call Reality has captured me for the day; events have reached a juncture at which my intervention is required. Sadly, for our purpose, this precludes a fresh Pearl for today, though one is near completion. The good news is, while searching for today’s re-blog, I found a poem I’d completely forgotten I had written. I also have one percolating, almost to the point of leakage. Today, I’ll be dealing with all of that, out in the BBR, where the importance of Pearls fades before the face of the real world….

I will, however, be back; you may consider that a warning, or a promise, Either way, I am outta here for now. Y’all be well, be happy, be odd, (or, even, your choice), and, most of all, be alert…. The world can use a few more ‘lerts….

gigoid

😎

gigoid

Ffolkes,

“You can easily judge the character of others
by how they treat those
who can do nothing for them
or to them.”

~~ Malcolm Forbes ~~

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From the London Daily Telegraph, Animal Pictures of the Year, 2014


Reality, having assumed a configuration untenable to my sanity, has retreated from my perception, leaving me stranded, forlornly seeking a fantasy world in which to spend my time. Of course, there are many from which to choose, making the process of making a choice that much more intimidating. The feeling of doom, with its concomitant companion, depression, lies in wait behind a number of them, always ready to kick me to the curb with its melancholy insistence on dwelling upon that which cannot be changed…. Others are more friendly, yet, contain their own demons, certain to devour even more of my soul than even Reality can consume…. All of them, from the…

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Oh, look, honey, the aurochs are nictating!….

Ffolkes,

I got distracted yesterday, dealing with events in the BBR, so, no fresh Pearl today. To sublimate, here is a rather fine Pearl from early in 2015, with some good philosophizing, good poetry (not mine; I went for the best on this day…), some grand pearls, and a video tribute…. It got some good traffic, but, is good enough to deserve another shot…. I hope you enjoy it, & I’ll be back fresh in the very near future….

gigoid

😎

gigoid

Ffolkes,

“He should not vow to walk in the dark,

who has not seen the nightfall.”

~~ Elrond ~~

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Niagra Falls, February, 2015 ~~ Photo from Weather.com


Today’s intro section will be just that, and nothing more. I’m tired of trying to figure it out, so I’m taking a hiatus from doing so…. Our only purpose here today is to get this done, so we can get on with it. Too much going on to even explain, so, in the interests of maintaining honesty, we’ll go immediately into emergency exit #4, which, as y’all know, works like this….

Shall we Pearl?

“Pardon him, Theodotus, he is a barbarian, and thinks that the customs of his tribe and island are the laws of nature.” — George Bernard Shaw

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    Spock passed from this world yesterday…. Leonard Nimoy, who became Spock in the eyes and minds of the world, died at…

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Watching the Founding Fathers spin like a top….

Ffolkes,

While I am feeling more stable, in general, today, I feel lazy. Go figure, eh? Also, achieving what ‘together’-ness I have to this point took some rather extended, and extensive, effort. Hence, the aforementioned laziness has struck, & I just don’t feel like rushing to post today. I did, however, manage to find a pretty damn good replacement, with some rather good ranting, and a large number of excellent pearls to go with. In fact, it may be one of the best all-around Pearls I’ve done, as it includes one of my best poems, as well. In any case, it will do for my purpose today, & I hope you enjoy it.

For the first time in my entire life, a significant period of time, it is raining in California, in June. I honestly cannot remember that EVER happening before, but, hey, global warming & climate change are a myth, right? Well, the president thinks so (yes, I did not capitalize it; such respect must be earned…). Any who, I’m gonna go walk in it, then try to catch up to some of the stuff I’ve been postponing due to angst…. See y’all tomorrow, if all goes according to plan….

gigoid

gigoid

Ffolkes,

Having long been cognizant of the danger involved in living a life of free will, I accept that danger, without qualm or resentment, as the just cost it represents for the boon of living free. As our favorite Founding Father, Tommy J, was fond of saying, “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance; it’s cost is counted only in the blood of its defenders.” Well, I think he said it; it might have been one of the others…. but, it SOUNDS like mi amigo Tomas, so I’m going with that. The danger, as it turns out, is not from the world at large, so much as from the Australopithecan inhabitants of that world, specifically a certain small part of the impossibly fecund  group of naked, hairless apes who infest the surface of the planet with me….

Now, this may sound as if I have a rather poor opinion of…

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Darkness has an odd coefficient….

Ffolkes,

In 2006, or late 2005, I asked my doctor for a stronger pain control medication, so I could continue to work to retirement without the pain preventing such activity. He placed me on Norco, an opioid, & for the next nine plus years, I took it, to the point of addiction. I began trying other options, including medical marijuana, whereupon, the medical community, in its corruption, decided I no longer deserved to take the opioids, & ripped me off them, sending me to physical hell for about 16 months. I am now completely free of the addiction, no thanks to medical science, & rely completely on my own medical knowledge of my body, and on medical marijuana, which not only controls the pain better than the opioids ever did (without any dangerous side effects), but, is steadily assisting my body to heal many of the physical conditions that plagued this old carcase….

However, only writing, it seems, can keep me close to relative sanity; when I don’t, it is more of a relative insanity. Events in the BBR yesterday prevented working on a Pearl, so, I’m sublimating by re-blogging this post from that period of time when I was inhabiting Hell…. It’s a pretty good Pearl, which some of y’all probably remember; but, it also fits perfectly with my current mental status, with a decent rant, a decent poem, and a damn fine old-school pearl. Good music, too, if you enjoy brilliant musicianship….

So, enjoy, & I’ll try to get back, fresh, by tomorrow. Who knows? I might just do it on time, whatever that means these days….

See ya….

gigoid, the dubious

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gigoid

Ffolkes,

Enjoy the present hour,
Be thankful for the past,
And neither fear nor wish
Th’ approaches of the last.

~~ Abraham Cowley (1618-1667) ~~

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Please! Everybody take your seats so we can get started!

Image from the UK Telegraph 8-4-2015


Those readers who have been here consistently will know right away something is up. Those who have not will merely feel a slight bit of uneasiness, without knowing why. Those who are here for their first taste of Consensual Reality, gigoid-style, are in for an epiphany, of sorts; the direction it takes is completely ruled by their own inner needs. The rest of us, well, we’re going out for breakfast….

Of course, breakfast will consist solely of a bit of smarmy dialogue, but, they don’t know that. I’ve decided, as is by now obvious, to sever all connections we had to normal reality, and spend the day out on…

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With a suitably dour expression, the dowager duchess demurred….

It’s Memorial Day, so, here is a memory from 2015, during my descent to Hell. Whatever I did to distract myself that day seems to have worked, much better than whatever I’m doing today…. which is why you’re seeing a re-blog in the first place. I’ll be back; you may consider that a warning, or a herald of better things…. See ya; too much, too much, it’s all too much…

gigoid

gigoid

Ffolkes,

“‘Tis not knowing much, but what is useful, that makes a wise man.”

~~ Thomas Fuller ~~

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In keeping with my resolution to lose weight (no, not a New Year’s resolution; I started three months ago…), and to take a more proactive attitude toward my overall health, I’m making good progress, 25 lbs; gone, so far, in 3 months…). In terms of the pain, not so much has been achieved, as yet, though I have high hopes, so to speak. In general, I also intend to be a bit less of a curmudgeon, at least in the way I look at certain subjects…. I have no intention of giving up my insistence on not suffering fools gladly; I’ll just be a little nicer to shopkeepers, and other folks who cannot properly defend themselves from my ire when they act stupid right in front of me…. It will…

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