Never argue with a spoon….

Ffolkes,

Between my personal demonic wars and the early morning visitor who disrupted my routine, I find myself without any significant work done toward a fresh Pearl for today. To let y’all know I’m not gone, but, only lost for a time, here is a re-blog from 2013, with a fine rant, some excellent repartee, and decent music, to boot. I’ll return in another day, or so, with a bit of luck ( which comes from hard work, as we know….), & provided the internet keeps functioning. Hopefully, I’ll still have a gentle reader or two to engage; the readership statistics go down when I’ve been inconsistent in posting. But, regardless of whether anyone shows up, I’ll be back, for this process still provides me with the best form of self-therapy I have ever discovered, & I won’t be giving it up until I”m ready to go off-grid entirely (a day not far off, cosmically speaking…). In the meantime, y’all be well, & happy as you may be…. I’m goin’ walkabout for the day….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“Anyone who has got a book collection/library and a garden wants for nothing.”

~~ Cicero ~~

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The Survivor Bonsai ~ 100+ years old, survived Hiroshima Atomic Blast

Image from UK Telegraph on the 60th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima


Good morning…. The rather simple title for today’s Pearl took me an inordinate amount of time to create; although there are no set parameters for the title, nothing suitable floated up in my mind, for what seemed like forever. I finally settled on the simple vagueness you see, simply because it was the first one close to acceptable. In a way, it reflects perfectly how this whole deal will progress today, as I just don’t seem to be able to pull it together….

Ah, well, we’ve been here before, haven’t we? Well, I have, anyway. And, I don’t much like it here, so, I’m going to again go with…

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We’ll gate crash the Vatican….

Ffolkes,

Progress is being made on all the fires here, but, none of those threatening my family are fully contained as yet, so, two of us are still displaced; my son & his daughter haven’t been able to get to their home since last Monday when the first fires began to rage…. So, I’m still too distracted to finish the Pearl I’ve begun….

To sublimate, here is one from 2013, a bit quirky, but, with some solid reasoning, some decent ranting, and a modicum of witty repartee… It will do for today, & I’ll make a strong effort to get what I’ve done to the final stages…. hopefully, by tomorrow morning. In the meantime, y’all be well, & happy as you may…. I gotta check in with my still-displaced brother & son…. See ya soon….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,
Once again, the WordPress community stepped up, and came through to help when someone asked…. My mild whining yesterday morning, regarding site statistics, prompted my regular readers to respond with a veritable avalanche of support and intelligent, compassionate advice. Virtually all of the regulars, minus a couple, commented on yesterday’s post, and all of them were positive, and encouraging. This is, I think, the third or fourth time I’ve had this happen, when I’ve asked a question in the intro,  or commented on a difficulty I was experiencing with my blog, or my life…. each time, the ffolkes who read here often, took the time to comment, with answers and emotional support… it’s actually a very humbling experience.

So, I want to take a moment here to say a big, huge thank you to the ffolkes who wrote in yesterday…. Coming to blog at WordPress has been not only…

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Truncated modules sustain less karmic damage….

Ffolkes,

In my part of the world, too much is going on for me to spend any time writing… My son’s home was in the path of one of the first large fires to threaten Sonoma Valley, & was forced to evacuate on Monday. He spent a couple days, with his daughter, at a motel, then fought his way to the Clear Lake area to take refuge with my ex-wife & her husband at their place. Now, this morning, they are being evacuated from there, & he, along with his mom’s family, are having to evacuate their place in the countryside, & seek shelter else where, again…. It’s got me quite distracted, trying to keep up with where all my family have had to escape to… one brother is now in SF, having fled Santa Rosa; my daughter remains at home in south Sonoma, safe from having to move so far. Another brother is still home, but, may have to move today from Rohnert Park…. So far, where I live has been out of the fire zone, but, NONE of the fires are yet under control, so that may change…. This isn’t even speaking of the air here in the Bay Area; the smoke is so thick, you can see it in the air between one house & the next, with a sun like burnt orange filtered by smoke in the air. I have a low grade headache from breathing it, & may start wearing a water soaked bandanna as a mask, just to reduce the intake of poisons….

In short, life is full of drama and stress, even for those not having to escape actual fire… & not knowing if my son & granddaughter are safe yet doesn’t help….

Any who, I’ve been up a while, & found a Pearl to re-blog. It’s from early in 2012, & is worth a read, if only for the story included, about a cracked pot…. beautiful, & worth reposting more often. It also got quite a few good comments, so, it must have been pretty decent… I think so, anyway, & that will do for now…. Y’all take care, & hopefully, things will have calmed down enough soon to post something fresh… Until then, keep a weather eye out, & be alert… the world is starting to fight back, it seems….

gigoid. the dubious

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Ffolkes,
Unseen, unheard, melodies of haunting beauty didn’t play, yet echoed hollowly down the empty hall, uneasy and cruel, just as if invited to sup with the family. Smitten with the pungent sight of naked ambition, all those with a wilted rose, sly ambition banked to a glow, smiled with careful cheer, swamping the object of their devotion with a sea of broken lies. No one speaks, no one cares, no one asks, yet, the music continues, playing silently, unseen, while the night slips further along toward the day……

Spending the mornings in my head can be a strange experience, especially when I wake up with stuff such as the above passage floating in front of my inner eye, insisting on being transcribed onto the page before I’ve even had a sip of life-giving coffee. I wouldn’t mind as much if they would at least wait until AFTER I’ve gotten…

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The stupidity factor was obviously miscalculated….

Ffolkes,

Much of the world, or, this little corner of it, is on fire. Normally, it’s not much of a worry, but, I have four family members (2 brothers, my son, & daughter) living right in the path of the wildfires running out of control here in Northern California. My son and one brother have had to evacuate, & the others may yet also have to go… so, to say the least, I’m a bit distracted by events in the BBR, & there won’t be a fresh Pearl for another day, at least. Here’s a pretty decent one I found in the few moments I took to search, first posted in 2013…. I hope you enjoy it, & if not, well, oh, well…. I’ll be back when things are a little more stable…. Take care, & stay alert….

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Ffolkes,
For most of my life, my favorite activity, above all things, has been to watch people, and try to understand them. I’ve never really known why it pleases me so to just sit, watching people walk by, pondering the ins and outs of the lives and motivations of the people I see pass before me, but, I know that I can no more stop wondering than I could stop thinking, or breathing…. It’s just too fascinating a pastime to resist, for me….

Though I am well experienced at that pastime, I can’t say that I have reached any particularly earth-shattering conclusions about human nature, though I think I’ve seen enough to not be too shocked by anything it can show me in that arena….. I learned long ago never to underestimate the power of human stupidity….

I also learned to never undervalue the potential for human courage, and to…

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Fast Pan Soft Toe Shoe Affairs….

Ffolkes,

I am still busy monitoring the fires here in Northern California, which still threaten the homes of my two brothers, and my two kids. They’re all safe, though packed & ready to evacuate (again) if necessary…. This means, of course, no fresh Pearl yet. I managed to find time to search out this Pearl to re-blog today, and it’s a doozy, for sure…. Long, with some rather fine ranting, & a bunch of great pearls, it seems to have stimulated the most comments, ever; the comment section is twice the length of the actual Pearl… I hope you enjoy it, & I’ll keep working on a fresh one, which I’ll post as soon as the fires are under control… Until then, stay strange, and, more importantly, remain as mindful as you can….

See ya soon…

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,
Legal requirements are such that I must inform you that today’s Pearl may exceed the normal limits on acceptable behavior for blogs whose content consists primarily of personal observations and opinions. I got eight hours sleep last night, if the clock isn’t lying to me, and I don’t know just what effect that will have on what goes in here. So, I figure I’d best give y’all a head’s up….

HEY! LOOK OUT!  Reading this may be hazardous. Not to you health, per se, but to your state of mind, which, it is acknowledged, MAY affect one’s health. But, there is really no worries, mates….. if you take a few basic precautions, you’ll be just fine.

First, try to suspend your beliefs for a bit…. I know, it’s hard, and they complain so much. But, if they aren’t lending their usual degree of panicky, tearful insecurity nonsense to the…

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First the socks, THEN the shoes….`

Ffolkes,

Though I managed to post two fresh Pearls in a row, today’s intended Pearl got subsumed by Reality, which provided me with distractions galore, in the form of actual danger threatening my family. I’m sure the media has informed the world how Northern California’s wine country, where most of my family and I live, is on fire. My son and daughter had to evacuate their homes for a day, & though now back, may have to leave again, as the fires are again threatening to eat much of the communities around Sonoma Mountain. I haven’t checked yet this morning, but, since my two brothers also had to evacuate for a time, I spent much of the day monitoring the news on the fires, & trying to make sure they were all safe. I did manage to search long enough to find this rather iconic Pearl from a about 3 years ago, with some fine ranting, and a good pack of fine pearls. I hope you enjoy it; I’m off to find out how it all went last night for the family, all of whom are closer to danger than am I. If I can find the time, I’ll have a Pearl for tomorrow; if not, you’ll see another re-blog, with an update on Reality…. Until then, be safe, be well, & happy as you may…..

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“A man’s manners are a mirror in which he shows his portrait.”

~~ Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe ~~

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Terry Virts, US Astronaut, in tribute to Spock, from the International Space Station

NASA picture, above Leonard Nimoy’s home, Boston, Massachusetts


Yes, thank you, I do know I’m late. Yes, there are things I can do to mitigate that. The question remains, should I? The next question, naturally, brings with it more responsibility, and, more inner conflict, arising out of the state of concrete, the substance my brain resembles the most at this moment in time, to wit: does this mean there won’t be any toast points?

Now, many of you, seeing such a demanding philosophical euphemism, will think I’ve slipped right round the bend for good. In that, you may be correct, but, it doesn’t preclude the need to find some sort of order, if we are ever to make…

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Destiny won’t manifest on demand…..

Ffolkes,

As might be surmised by seeing another re-blogged Pearl today, I didn’t get a fresh version finished, though I did manage a fairly decent start. As expected, attending the waterfront festival yesterday, on a glorious autumn day by the bay, made a serious dent in the time I would have spent on it…. It was grand craic, as my Irish friends would say, & kept me busy enough to forget all about writing. It also tired me out, as happens these days, so, even this sublimated event is occurring later than my usual post. So be it. I WILL be back tomorrow with a completely new Pearl, so, go ahead & mark your calendars. I will try to catch up a bit today, since it’s Sunday, & see if I can’t get back on some sort of regular posting schedule. Who knows? I’ve seen less ambitious ideas work out well; why not this one? In the meantime, y’all be well, & happy as you may, and, don’t worry overmuch about all the bad shit happening in the world; it can only hurt you if you let it…. Trust me, all that stuff isn’t as critically important as it may seem, and even less important than those who try to make you think it is….

Weird, brave, and ironic…. keep those close at hand, and, all will be well….

See ya, quite soon, on a cosmic scale….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

As further proof of the universal nature of bozoid tendencies, I offer up my own sweet self, for spouting off in a most bozo-like fashion a couple of weeks or so ago, talking completely through my ass, to make statements that, while not exactly stupid, were based on a false assumption, thereby guaranteeing they were wrong from the start…. As a result, naturally, my nose began to grow round and bulbous, and take on a deeper red shade…. Most embarrassing, or, would be, if it didn’t happen all the damn time…. I must be getting accustomed to all the funny looks and pitying expressions….

SIGH… It was really dumb, too, but, to save face, I am choosing to believe to be the result of an eye hitch…. I said that in a few days I’d be posting my 1000th blog here on Exploring Consensual Reality, having reached 997 on…

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No job for a gentleman….

Ffolkes,

Well, here I am again, sans a fresh Pearl for today, thanks to playing outside too long. I did find this one, from late in 2014, almost three years ago, as I was, unwittingly, on the stair steps to Hell, suffering the first and foremost symptom, to wit, sleeplessness on a regular basis. Creating these Pearls, for the most part, kept me distracted much of the day & night, allowing me to not notice how miserable I felt physically. Apparently, such distraction works just fine for the creative process, as it’s all pretty decent blather. I hope you enjoy it as sublimation for today’s non-starter. I’ll be back in a day, or two; there’s a festival at the waterfront today, & I may not have much for tomorrow…. but, we’ll see how it goes. Meantime, y’all stay strange, & alert…. which, when you think about it, merely means, be mindful….

See ya

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“I count religion but a childish toy … there is no sin but ignorance.”

~~ Machiavel, from The Jew of Malta ~~

~~ Christopher Marlowe ~~

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    Mei stumbled under the load she carried, as she climbed the path to her parent’s cottage, set upon a small hill just outside the town where they lived…. The town sat on the road leading to the great city of Peking, where the Emperor held court with the great nobles and beautiful ladies Mei saw each day, passing by on the Great Road leading into the city from the south. Mei liked to watch them pass by, seated in their swaying palanquins, distant and aloof, as they stared indolently out at the gaping crowds along the roads, wishing she could see the court, where the bright clothes and sparking jewels of the courtesans were said to outshine the sun…. She just knew…

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Bald gestures provide unwarranted relief….

Ffolkes,

I had way too much fun yesterday, which is fine, but, it kept me from getting much done otherwise. However, I did find this Pearl to use today; it’s a rather fine specimen, I must say especially considering I was at the tail end of my descent into hell, & spent a LOT of time in a pretty crazed state. There is excellent music, possibly my best-ever rant, and an epic old-school pearl. It got some decent traffic & comments, but, is good enough to go around twice. Well, in my opinion, anyway. Y’all can decide for yourselves. Hopefully, I’ll have a fresh one done for tomorrow; that old blabbermouth, Time, will tell. It always does….

See ya

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“You can lead a yak to water
but you can’t teach an old dog
to make a silk purse out of a pig in a poke.”

~~ Opus ~~

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Hajime…. Yesterday, I took advantage of some cat nap time to complete today’s Pearl, which turned a bit epic on me. There’s a fresh discussion of human nature & society, an old poem from 2012, and a rather epic old-school pearl to finish it off. Quite the mess, I should think, which is why the music should make it all better….

Since this is done, for the most part, I’ll stick it in the Tardis, & deliver it to the WP editor in the morning, once we figure out the proper settings. This, of course, is a bonus, because now I can work a day ahead, giving me more time to play with Leelu; the older…

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Until Bob returns, no cha-cha, & no rhumba….

Ffolkes,

I could spend a while detailing the events which prevented me from finishing a fresh Pearl of Virtual Wisdom for today, but, that would be self-indulgent, as well as self-serving, to say the least. So, I won’t, other than to say ‘it’s all good’…. To sublimate the urge to post, which is again reasserting its relevance to my state of mind, here is a rather fine Pearl from five and a half years ago, with a number of attractive features, including poetry, ranting, AND a contest, which stimulated & made the comment section quite as entertaining as the Pearl itself…. I hope you enjoy it…. My day is filled with fun, but, should allow me to finish what I have in store for the next fresh entry; the fun part is, I get to have a doctor come to my house for a wellness visit. She doesn’t know me, so I was polite, & gave her fair warning that I am a tough room, so to speak. She didn’t seem to catch the reference, so, she’s on her own, & may provide me with some fun, without intention or awareness of the part she plays…. In any case, I get to socialize, to a small degree, which can only improve matters…. Yes, I’m being deliberately obscure, for my own protection….

Okay, I’ll quit fooling around. Here’s today’s offering, which I do hope brings you some small pleasure… If not, well, you can always come by tomorrow to complain…. or, praise, if such be warranted. Only time will tell how it all turns out, so, let’s let it flow, & see what happens…. Stay strange, ffolkes… it’s more important than you might realize….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,
As I sit here, laughing at myself, I have to admit, my Bozoid tendencies are in full swing this morning…. I’ve been steadily plugging along, filling in the blanks as I go through the morning routine, for about 35 minutes now. Got a lot done too, on starting a Pearl. I even had the intro section completely done, and was dutifully searching for pearls, when I was confronted by my own silliness and failure to be a Lert….. or, if you insist, alert…..

I started to paste a poem below, and realized I was posting it into tomorrow’s Pearl template. This is also where I had already composed and written an intro section leading into the Pearl….. see my problem?  Complete time distortion ensues…. Now I’m dazed again, much like the first 5 minutes of being up, before the first sip of coffee kicks in enough to raise the…

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