Yawning for fun, sneezing for profit….

Ffolkes,

“A quarrel is quickly settled when deserted by one party:
there is no battle unless there be two.”

~~ Seneca (B.C. 3-65 A.D.) ~~

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Winter in California….

Hajime…. Surrealistically speaking, that dog was never near the manger, nor in the vestibule. Of course, all the available evidence speaks only to the extant paradigms, like spice on rice. For most, that will be enough; for others, such as us, ’twill be only a metaphor….

I would say, for my first effort in weeks, if not months, that’s not too shabby. Whether it means anything, or not, is, I should think, a moot point (which is often the only kind we find. More spice on rice, I suppose….) For what is needed today, it will obviously suffice, if it already hasn’t done so. If y’all are saying to yourselves, “what the fuck is he babbling on about?”, I have fulfilled my vow; if you made any sense of any of it, I can officially begin to worry if I haven’t gone too far. But, far be it from me to ever question, or challenge, the total value of pure, unadulterated nonsense, or, as we like to call, real deal BS….

If anyone is also wondering if I’m ever going to pull this together into what might pass for an intro section, well, I guess you’ll just have to keep wondering, because, hey, this is too much fun. A bit tiring, and not at all easy, (you try typing in fast, short bursts, punctuated by howling and cursing…), but, altogether worthwhile, if only to soothe my angst. Not that doing so is either efficient, or. for that matter, necessary, but, hey, it’s all good. I’m just playin’ around, & no animals will be harmed. In fact, the only other animal present seems to rather enjoy the show; she’s not growling at me, & that’s always a good sign….

Okay, that’s enough. I’ve got this pulled together as far as it will go, so, I suppose I’ll stop fooling around & get on with it. Fresh Pearls have been rather hard to come by, so, I’ll cease and desist, though I can’t claim to have had this much fun sitting down for weeks. To aid and abet the furthering of our new cause, I’ll employ my most ruthless technique for moving on, which, is a bit abrupt, but, relatively bloodless. Quick, too; watch!….

Shall we Pearl?….

“A committee is the only known form of life
with a hundred bellies and no brain.”

~~- Robert A. Heinlein ~~

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I don’t know if y’all have heard this group of singers before, or not. If you come here regularly, you will have seen them, as I’ve used this particular piece before; it’s one of my favorite versions of Lenny’s iconic song. On the page where it resides on You Tube, you can find a number of other works by them, any of which is excellent. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do….

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Pentatonix
Hallelujah

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Unbidden, treasure unfolded…

Taken by surprise, Psyche sits numb
Amidst tall phrases worn of elder time
Seeking a not-new place from which to come
No shiny new horizon, nor altered paradigm.

Sudden regrets shape dreams as times maintain
Shades of memories bring poignant clear sight
Visions of duty, each chosen wild campaign
Shouts echoing clamors to enfold the night.

Arisen from less than eternal havens of sleep
Facing moments created in torment and pain
Destiny weighs upon those chosen to keep
As the sparrow flies now to sever the twain.

Faded pathways lead away, hazy and long
Burned out verges, so long unknown
Images of yesterday, clear and strong
Bleed into today, though ’tis but my own……

~~ gigoid ~~

6/13/2012

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Naked Pearls

Don’t forget to remember….

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“In an empty head, you can hear forever….”

~~ Observant Bee ~~

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“The world is no nursery.”

~~ Sigmund Freud ~~

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“An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered;
an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered.”

~~ G. K. Chesterton, On Running After Ones Hat, All Things Considered, 1908~~

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“It is one thing, to show a man that he is in an error,
and another, to put him in possession of truth.”

~~ John Locke ~~

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“Our mind is capable of passing
beyond the dividing line we have drawn for it.
Beyond the pairs of opposites of which the world consists,
other, new insights begin.”

~~ Herman Hesse ~~

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“There is only one success —
to be able to spend your life in your own way.”

~~ Christopher Morley ~~

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“As long as you live, keep learning how to live.”

~~ Seneca ~~

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Well, it’s finally done. Fortunately for us all, at this point, it’s a relatively automatic process, so, I’ll just stand back, wave & grin, and let it happen organically. Hmm…. can we use that word for what goes on in a computer? Oh, well, that’s a question for another time. For now, let it be enough to say, be well, be happy, and, well, you know…. See ya, ffolkes….

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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Incidents of random iridescence….

Ffolkes,

Sadly, I still cannot sit for more than a couple moments, making computer work next door to impossible. I managed, this morning, to last long enough to find a Pearl to re=blog, one posted first in late 2015. I have much to do in the BBR again, but, will make an effort to get the newest fresh Pearl done as soon as I can sit for more than two minutes without pain or bloodshed (don’t ask…).

Angst is building within; I can feel it. NOT being able to write is, trust me, just as bad as HAVING to do so…. and, feeling both is worse than either alone…. SIGH… We humans sure do know how to fuck with ourselves, don’t we?….

I’ll be back, ffolkes. Who knows? It could even be soon…. Y’all be well; & happy. It’s better than the alternative, trust me….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“We are confronted with insurmountable opportunities.”

~~ Walt Kelly, “Pogo” ~~

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Hajime…. Not sure why, but, woke up today in a crusty mood; it must be the shoes. Who knows, &, moreover, who cares? I don’t, not today. In fact, it may not be possible to describe just how little a fuck I give today, so I won’t try. I’ll merely refer you to the previous sentence for an example, & be done with it. In point of fact, I’m in such a place right now to be done with this intro; being retired, I can damn well do what I please, so, I say, without caring at all about repeating myself, fuck it. I declare this intro section complete….

So be it….

Shall we Pearl?….

“We hope that, when the insects take over the world, they will remember with gratitude how we took them along…

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Mundane notions of propriety, at cost….

Ffolkes,

A complete Pearl, of the fresh, just-written variety, is, apparently, harder than I’d expected to get done. Physical issues continue to keep me off my ass, & that’s the only way I can type. I cannot say with any accuracy when it will be done, so, I won’t. Instead, I’ll just reblog this Pearl from about 2 years ago, during the last period of time when I COULD sit for the time needed to get the process completely done… It’s a pretty Iconic Pearl, with all the correct parts in place, so, it will have to suffice for the nonce….

I’m stubborn, so, I WILL be back; I just can’t say exactly when that might be…. In the meantime, be well, & happy as you may be. I’ll continue to be strange, a habit I encourage you all to foster…. Ta then, luvs….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact
that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery.”

~~ H.G. Wells ~~

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Super Moon 9/8/2014

Hajime…. It is now a bit after 5 AM here in California, which means I’ve been up for at least two hours, trying to find the words to begin. As you see, the words found are, shall we say, less than compelling? Yes, we shall. Yet, even though there isn’t anything particularly elegant or inspiring laying about my mind, there is enough material already in place to make up a dandy little Pearl. Therefore, we went with the realistic confession of our inability to create, which, though less than riveting, gets us down the page….

How far it will get us remains to be seen, as I am unsure, given my current mental status, just how…

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Truck stop pastries for lunch & dinner….

Ffolkes,

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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Ffolkes,

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

~~ George Bernard Shaw ~~

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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!”

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Here, we hold Doubt to be sacred….

Ffolkes,

G’day, from a very soggy northern California. In the past two weeks, and for a day or two more, we’ve been ‘enjoying’ a steady progression of late winter storms, with barely a day between them to dry out… Today, as the Spring Equinox, we can at least consider them to be spring rains, heralding a bounteous blooming for the new rebirth after winter. Good thing, too, as mold might otherwise become a problem….

I’m working on a fresh Pearl, & still have hopes of finishing my latest poem before it’s done; unfortunately, it still insists on getting onto paper at its own pace, which has nothing to do with any other sort of time… So be it; it’ll be done when it’s done…..

For now, here is a Pearl from about 3.5 years ago, right before the beginning of my recent descent into Hell, which lasted for a year and a half, ridding my body of the poisons my doctors were flooding my system with for ten years. In any case, all resentment over that aside, today’s selection has some pretty decent rants, a plethora of links to evidence supporting the assertions made, and some fine video entertainment… I hope you enjoy it, and will be back in a day, or maybe two…

Be well, be happy as you may be, and, for goodness’ sake, be strange. It can’t hurt, and it can definitely help…. See ya, ffolkes….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“I see from your coat, my friend, you’re from the other side.

There’s just one thing I’d like to know: 

Who won?”

~~ David Crosby ~~

Supernova M81

    This gorgeous picture is from Space.com, an artist’s rendering of a massive supernova somewhere out in space…. It’s beauty make a very apt counterpoint to the line from David Crosby’s song of revolution, written in the 1970’s, during the Vietnam War demonstrations, when revolution was in the air…. as it is again these days…. The same forces in society that were being exposed then are still at work, destabilizing the world, widening the income gap, as the rich become richer, the poor become poorer, and the middle class slowly disappears, a very few of them joining the ranks of those who have more than they need, while the rest rejoin the poverty level folks they once pitied and scorned….

As is clear…

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In the absence of Time, use this Space….

Ffolkes,

Day before yesterday was St. Paddy’s Day, as most will remember. Personally, my memories of the day are a bit fuzzy, which is not surprising, given my consumption of a significant amount of Jameson’s finest, with a Guinness or five as chasers. Suffice to say, yesterday was NO fun at all, & today, I find myself still a bit under the weather…. Ah, well, such is the price we pay for our foolishness…

It’s probably also not a surprise, therefore, to note I haven’t worked on a fresh Pearl yet…. (though the new poem did grow a couple new stanzas…). Since I’ll again be hanging about here at the house, trying to recover some physical equilibrium, I’ll try to work on getting one ready for posting in the relatively near future. Maybe, if I can, a few of my Gentle Readers will return to read it…. As we have previously noted, hope springs eternal….

Meanwhile, be well, be happy, and be strange…. all are of more importance than you may know…. I’ll be back, as soon as is feasible….

See ya soon, ffolkes….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“Friends are the flowers in the garden of life.”

~~ Smart Bee ~~

This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust. This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the Lagoon Nebula, an object with a deceptively tranquil name. The region is filled with intense winds from hot stars, churning funnels of gas, and energetic star formation, all embedded within an intricate haze of gas and pitch-dark dust.

The Lagoon Nebula

Image by the ESA/NASA Hubble Deep Space Telescope


Good morning…. Thanks to the machinations I’m compelled to use in order to get any sleep at all, I was up for almost three hours last night, (in the middle of the damn thing, at that!), then fell out so hard I overslept my usual time for posting…. SIGH…. So much for the best laid plans, eh? Ah well, it’s a good thing I had some time yesterday, & got the rant done then…. That saves almost half…

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Trimming the sails of reality….

Ffolkes,

“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”

~~ Maori proverb ~~

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Nice day to ride a ferry….

Hajime…. I had intended to post this yesterday, but, an outbreak of demonic possession took place, distracting me from even entering cyberspace at all. I suppose it’s not entirely unexpected; one gets accustomed to such diversions after the first century of such wars. And, yes, time is completely distorted during such battles, whereupon seconds become minutes, minutes become hours, and days become a century of pain and/or misery. Now, if I could discover how to change the spelling of the latter, if only in my own head, then life would be full of mystery, rather than misery. SIGH…. I know. Pipe dreams…. from an empty pipe….

Today, the wars continue, though it may be, given the advantage of a holiday such as this one, the end result will be more of a skirmish than a pitched battle. One is allowed to hope, even if that hope is, well, hopeless. At least, if it looks like I’m losing, I can retreat into my Irish, (translation, a snootfull of Jameson’s finest…..), & postpone any outcome until tomorrow. Happy days!….

Upon checking back, I find this to be only the second fresh Pearl I’ve completed this entire month. Sad as that may be, it does compel me to finish off this rather awkward beginning quickly, & get on with this before I lose my nerve, which is already on the cusp of explosion. How about I use this old #4 I found sitting around; it’s still one of our most effective techniques to pull us out of any potentially disastrous holes, one of which I see approaching now. It’s kinda cool, and works like this….

Shall we Pearl?….

“True love in this differs from gold and clay,
That to divide is not to take away.”

~~ Shelley, “Epipsychidion” ~~

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Yep, It’s a default day. Go figure, eh? Ah well, at least we know it’s good music; it has, after all been popular for several hundred years. Not a bad recommendation, to my way of thinking…. Enjoy!….

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Classical Music for Winter

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A Seasonal Approach

Absolute stillness grips a frozen field,
anticipating dawn with such patient yield
morning burgeoning in dark winter’s hold
brings promise of tales yet to be told.

Lengthening days of pale sun unto night
slowly tell of time’s subversive flight
bringing such original songs of natural fire
with melodies complex in casual attire.

The months are certain they will always win
it is just the way it has always been.
None may argue, nor yet slow life down
Nor dim the eternal beauty of nature’s gown.

Winter evolves from fall into spring,
sending flocks and hearts ever awing.
Summer follows suit, t’other way ’round
Spring into fall, often without a sound.

Life is meant to be lived, beginning to end
choices abound, and change can be a friend.
Yielding with grace to reality’s compelling ploy
fills our plain existence with clean, honest joy.

~~ gigoid ~~

10/2/012

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Naked Pearls

Points to ponder….

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“It is a great advantage for a system of philosophy to be substantially true.”

~~ George Santayana ~~

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“You can’t think your way into a new way of living:
you live your way into a new way of thinking.”

~~ Henry Nouwen ~~

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“Humanity has advanced, when it has advanced,
not because it has been  sober, responsible, and cautious,
but because it has been playful,  rebellious, and immature.”

~~ Tom Robbins ~~

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“There is nothing noble about being superior to some other man.
The true nobility is in being superior to you previous self.”

~~ Samuel Johnson ~~

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“You can’t study the darkness by flooding it with light.”

~~ Edward Abbey ~~

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“Love in your heart wasn’t put there to stay.
Love isn’t love ’til you give it away.”

~~ Oscar Hammerstein II ~~

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“Chaos of thought and passion, all confused;
Still by himself abused or disabused;
Created half to rise, and half to fall;
Great lord of all things, yet a prey to all;
Sole judge of truth, in endless error hurled,–
The glory, jest, and riddle of the world.”

~~ Alexander Pope, Essay on Man, Epistle ii, Line 13 ~~

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There you have it, such as it is. I’m a mess. mostly, so, I can’t say for sure how long it might be for the next fresh Pearl. Time, that blabbermouth, will tell, as it always does. While I’m gone, whether walkabout or at war, y’all be well, be happy as you may be, and keep on keepin’ on, best you can. See ya, ffolkes….

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….


					

Is late REALLY better than never?….

Ffolkes,

A fresh Pearl is almost ready, but, not quite right. Here, then, to sublimate, is one from back in 2015. I’ll not speak to quality; for today, existence is sufficient unto the day. I’ll post a fresh one tomorrow, fer sure. Until then, remain well, and happy as you may….

gigoid, the dubuious

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Ffolkes,

“You can never beat anything that fights laying on its back.”

~~ Sifu Bee ~~

The Hunter Returns HomeThe Huntress Returns Home with her Prey….


Hajime…. This is going to posted late; my body is making up for lost sleep time these days, I guess. I’m sleeping a lot, which is by no means a complaint. I’ll testify, anytime, anywhere, ’tis far better than the alternative of no sleep at all…. It means I’ll again have to adjust my hours of operation, which will annoy Leelu; cats are not good with changes to their environment, or routines, as we know. Ah well, what’s a few more scratches among the multitude, eh?

Golly, (and, isn’t THAT a fine old expression!), now I’m lost, both already and again. If it were a novelty, I could claim ignorance; since it’s not, I’ll just cop to it, and get on with the rest of today’s mess…

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That paradigm is awfully pale, isn’t it?….

Ffolkes,

My walkabouts are somewhat restricted right now, as this part of the world is currently being drenched with all the rain it HASN’T dropped this winter…. So, being trapped indoors for the time being, I’ll try to get a fresh Pearl done for tomorrow. For now, please enjoy this one from about 2.5 years ago, with one of the earliest appearances of the Naked Pearl section, which is now a regularly appearing standardized portion of a complete Pearl of Virtual Wisdom. I hope you enjoy it, & I’ll see y’all soon….

Be well and happy; the alternative sucks….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“Belief is not the beginning but the end of all knowledge.”

~~ Goethe ~~

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Hajime…. Today’s Pearl has an Easter Egg in it…. Sort of. I’ve used one quote today quite extensively…. Your task, should you accept the mission, is to guess which it is, and, naturally, noting how many times you see it…. That said, and, in the interests of total honesty, Leelu isn’t watching for wormholes, this time. She was watching an ant…. which, sadly, had brought friends…. Windex took care of them for now, but, it’s nice to know she’ll notify me if any more plan to come in to spend any time…. Hmph….

Mornin’…. Well, it’s morning here, anyway…. Where you are, it’s likely to be another time, but, we’ll do our best not to confuse anyone, with any tricky anachronisms, or, excessive use of the Tardis we have on loan…

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Instant gratification on sale tomorrow….

Ffolkes,

I am still very limited in how long I can sit, anywhere, not just here at the computer, & have not been able to put much together yet. To sublimate my overworked urge to blog, here’s one from a bit over two years ago, relatively soon after emerging from nearly two years in Hell. It’s not too shabby, for what it is, & I hope you enjoy it…. As Arnie said to such good effect, I’ll be back…. Be well, & happy as you may be; being strange is a good way to assume camouflage in this sad, strange world, so, for your own sake, be as strange as you can be….I know I will….

Ta, then….

gigoid, the dubious

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Ffolkes,

“If a fish is the movement of water embodied, given shape,
then a cat is a diagram and pattern of subtle air”

~~ Doris Lessing~~

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Hajime….. If there were any method available to tell, I would tell you. Since, however, such a method has yet to be discovered, we’ll have to make do with the older version, where I just say it out straight and clean…. Okay, here goes….. Hang on…. Wait for it…. Alright, here you go….

It’s too late. I’m sorry, but, in spite of everything I was able to do, and, in direct opposition to every effort made by a number of compassionate volunteers, it’s just not going to happen…. The sign says we’d have it on sale tomorrow, but, the vendor just couldn’t get his shit together to ship it on time, so, it’s going to be late, again…. I…

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