Down with work

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Jul 292014
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“I do not like work, even when someone else does it.” Mark Twain

work‘Work’  I struggle with with the word. It’s supposed to be something to respect and admire. You work to earn your daily bread and pay the bills. I’m OK with taking responsibility for myself and doing what it takes to earn that paycheck, Where I have trouble is liking that activity. If they have to pay me to be there, what makes anyone think I should like working? Society wants it all to be simple. Work is proper and satisfying. Work is what you do most of the time so you can play some of the time. The problem is that it is still work and most of the time is a lot of time. Then I retired and life got more complicated.

At first it was a relief not to have to drive 25 miles to sit in a place with uninteresting people and pretend to believe that the projects I was assigned were important. It was fantastic to wake up each day knowing that I did not have to go anywhere or do anything but that didn’t last. It seems that somewhere along the line, I started to believe that my value was defined by what I was hired to do. If I wasn’t being paid, did that mean that I was worth nothing? It was troubling. Continue reading »

Jul 072014
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Originally posted 2011-12-28 11:38:03. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

It’s embarrassing.

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Here we are winding up a year that set records for making sow’s ears out of silk purses. The world is going to hell in a hand basket (yes I know this is a trite cliché but sometimes only a trite cliché can convey your meaning). What I’m trying to say here is that the only thing good about 2011 is that we are almost done with it.

I say good riddance.

But what I’m embarrassed about today is that I’ve lost the will to rant. Search as I might in my inner being, it’s just not there. It may be just the joy and happiness of the season washing away all that bitter acid. Possibly it’s that I’m just overwhelmed by peace and joy not to mention too much to eat. I’m at a loss to explain it. You see, I’ve never had this problem before. Ranting has been second nature, easy as falling off a log.

This year, it’s different.

I’m a weepy wuss. Getting that cloying Christmas update from Cousin Zach never overwhelmed me before. This year I actually thought his new grandson was cute and reading about his road trip to Cedar Rapids made me envious. Then there is the food. That extra piece of pie never overwhelmed my natural distrust of human nature. This year stuffing my face completely unnecessary high calorie treats isn’t just making me fat. Each piece of pie or glass of eggnog is turning me into more of a pussy cat.

It can’t be old age.

Heck I’ve been old for years. There is no way to deny it. Sometimes I can fool myself into forgetting it, if I stay away from mirrors and the arthritis goes quiet. It’s just not something you can hide. If old age were the reason, this would have happened years ago.

So on this final week of what has to be one of the worst years yet, I am full of the milk of human kindness and unable to think a negative thought about anybody. It’s a sorry state of affairs. Whatever the cause, I have hopes that 2012 will restore my life to its former state.

So that’s my resolve for 2012.

I aim to restore my natural distrust in the judgment of others and my honest and completely justified lack of faith in human nature. I think if I can just finish off the last of the holiday food and get the decorations put away, there is hope that I can begin the year in a suitably cantankerous frame of mind.

Meanwhile, while the Christmas spirit and food buzz still clouds my mind, I can’t help myself from wishing you all a happy and prosperous New Year.


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5 Reasons to Embrace Jet Lag

 Posted by at 18:17  Up With
Jul 072014
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Up with jet lag.

Jet Lag is the travelers best fried. Despite the complaints about how jet lag messes up your trip or your return, I’ve learned to embrace jet lag for what it is- the worlds best excuse for not doing anything you don’t want to do.


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I’m enjoying jet lag as I write this. It’s our third day back and I’m still putting stuff away, chipping away at the bills and struggling to get back to the old routine. The trip was great. We were in beautiful places, going whatever we liked and best of all, I didn’t get robbed once. Still, all good things must come to an end and Monday we flew home on the worst of all possible schedules. We left at 10:30 in the morning and 24 hours later entered our front door at midnight. We were dead tired and groggy.


My wife and I behave differently on getting home. I crash. My wife cleans. No matter, both of us are seriously still seriously jet lagged and only now beginning to recover. I woke up early and went grocery shopping in a brief surge of energy. Then I crashed later, roused for dinner and crashed again. My wife has similar patterns although our schedules don’t coincide. It’s a bit odd but otherwise, as Hillery would say, ‘What difference does it make anyway?’


Relax and go with the flow. Jet lag is not life threatening. It is painless. And it hasn’t kept us from doing anything important so from our perspective, it’s no big thing. Life will return to normal accountability soon enough. For now, I’m enjoying the relief from responsibility that comes with jet lag. I’ve decided to stop complaining about it and embrace it fully. You might want to reappraise jet lag yourself at your earliest opportunity and to help you, I’ve compiled 5 reasons to embrace jet lag.


1. You made it home
2. Nobody will question what you do
3. It’s an excuse for almost anything
4. It distracts you from annoying real life problems
5. It’s over when you say it’s over.


Jun 112014
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Originally posted 2011-03-28 04:09:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

Curtiss P-40 Tomahawk

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…which would be understandable, I suppose.  After all, He DOES have a lot to keep up with.

There’s the whole Libya thing, and Obama’s confusing statements about what is going on over there.  He says Kaddafi HAS to go, then says we aren’t targeting him personally.  Uh huh…that Tomahawk poked its nose under his tent flap on accident, right?

“Shit!  Missed Kaddafi, but got that punk-ass kid of his!”

And what is it the White House wants us to call what we are doing?  Not war.  No…they say this is a “kinetic military action”.  Huh?  Over 125 Tomahawk missiles (at $1.5m each) raining down on MY head would be war…and I just might lose that one.  Obama can call it what he wants, but when the military does what it’s designed to do…break things and kill people (as opposed to what it’s used for a LOT these days, a global Meals-on-Wheels Program)…it’s called war.

Ask Kaddafi what HE calls it.

Speaking of Lybia…

“Hey Bob!  I thought this post was about God’s being confused!”

“Shaddup Justin…you too, Ralph…I’m getting’ there…”

As I was sayin’ BEFORE being so rudely interrupted…speaking of Libya, since when does the United States, supposedly the most powerful nation on earth, have to get the permission of the frogs, the limeys and the UN to go kick some bully’s ass?

(Did ya hear this one…Question: “Why do the French plant large, overhanging trees along their main boulevards?”  Answer: “Because the Germans prefer to march in the shade.”)

Anyway, the way I know God is confused is the weather.  Yep, the weather.

You know that old saying “April showers bring May flowers?  Well, apparently God thinks it’s April already.  It’s been raining here for four days, and is forecast to rain for ten more.

We ARE supposed to get a break…from 2:00 to 2:15pm on Thursday.  Anybody got some SCUBA gear I can borrow?

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Jun 112014
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Originally posted 2012-09-13 03:22:27. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

English: President Barack Obama salutes at And...

Any member of the House of Representatives that hasn’t brought up a bill of impeachment against Obama…which meant ALL of them…is guilty of at least misfeasance, if not malfeasance of office.

Any prosecutor who has not brought charges of treason against Obama…which means ALL of them…is guilty of the same.

And that malfeasance, or misfeasance, has now resulted in four dead United States embassy personnel in Lybia.

It gets even worse.  As the plane carrying the four bodies of those dead citizens was landing at Andrews Air Force Base, another plane was taking off.  Air Force Continue reading »

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