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happiness is a warm gun

12 Aug

The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one.

– Spock

Disclaimer: This is a post about my support of gun control in America. If you don’t want to hear about it I suggest you stop reading now.

Gun control is such a sensitive topic for Americans. I’m not going to hash out the usual arguments here for two reasons: (a) you can find those arguments pretty much anywhere on the internet so there’s no need for me to repeat them, and (b) I have found that this is such a divisive issue that trying to convince anyone on either side of this debate to modify their opinion not very fruitful.
My question is about the evolution of the United States as a country and our evolution as a people. Are guns even relevant to a modern life?

We tend to get hung up on the constitution and what we are entitled to in this country. Okay, you have the right to have guns. But why do you need them? Going hunting only requires a few rifles or maybe a shotgun. Nothing automatic is needed in this case.

If we stopped being so afraid that our individual rights are being taken away we might be able to consider that sacrificing a little bit in this area could lead to a huge benefit for the community as a whole. A mark of a good society is that it cares about the safety and wellbeing of all of its members.

We can’t do whatever we want whenever we want because we live in a community with other people. The truth is I am not that important. I don’t get to exercise my personal freedoms all the time. If that’s the sacrifice I have to make to save some lives I am completely okay with that.

tea, earl grey, hottie

1 Oct

I don’t know if it has to do with being a Buddhist or if it’s a byproduct of my early exposure to Star Trek: TNG, but I have a thing for bald men.

 

so…

3 Sep

Thinking of something to post everyday is harder than I thought. I mean, I’m not that interesting.

My parents are in Ohio today and tomorrow so I’m holding down the fort on my own. I’m a little bit lonely, but not as much as I thought I was going to be. It’s the first time I’ve really, truly been alone since I moved back here.

I gave myself a haircut.  Then I went out in the woods and collected some crazy looking mushrooms to see if I can identify them.  Don’t worry, I’m not planning on eating them. I do want to practice identifying them though, so that eventually I am able to discern which ones are edible. Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of either of these events because the parental units took their camera with them and mine was screwed up in the canoe incident.

Now I’m just sitting out on the front porch with four dogs, watching the sunset. I found a use for my overly-strong-smelling Tibetan monastery incense: bug repellant.

goalkeeping

31 Aug

So, I’m going to try to post something every day for the month of September for NaBloPoMo.  I have attempted in the past and have failed, as is indicative of my ability to commit to a routine. I guess I need to do a behavioral intervention on myself.

Also, I downloaded a nifty app for my iPod that is a meditation timer with fancy bells and a log of all the time that you meditate with charts and graphs and such. This might seem a little counterintuitive, since mediation isn’t supposed to be about reaching any particular goal. But, because I can also be a perfectionist I think it might keep me motivated to meditate every day. I wouldn’t want an unsightly gap in my graphs, now would I?

okay, i lied

15 Jan

So, I haven’t lived up the NaBloPoMo rules and I’ve skipped a few days of blogging.  I guess I’ll have to try again next month.  But, I’ve missed a couple days for a good reason: because I have a life and I’ve been doing things with people. Yay.

I’m also slacking on the meditation everyday thing.  My resolve is not quite as strong as it used to be when I was a younger person.  I used to have steel will.  I guess I’ll just have to try to do better, and try not to be too hard on myself…because that’s not really the point anyway.

In other news:

I thought this article was interesting.  Apparently women can tell the difference in the smell of sweat from a man that is aroused and a man that isn’t aroused.  Makes sense.  I think body odor is a huge part of attraction and chemistry and such.

Anyway, I’ll be back on the ball starting……now.  Right now.  I promise.

my favorite spam title of the week

1 May

Recharge your love gun.

it’s beautiful day in the neighborhood

11 Mar

I’m feeling a little bit better. The sinuses have been really bad lately. I went back to the neurologist and he said everything, including my sinuses, looked normal on the MRI. I’m disappointed. I was hoping there were some big nasty polyps in there so they could do surgery and I would be fixed. So now I have some anti-seizure medication that’s supposed to help headaches. We’ll see how that goes.

That time change was a bitch. But all in all it makes me feel better because I get the it-gets-dark-too-soon blues. It was a beautiful day today, and I spent it walking around Asheboro and napping. I can’t think of anything better.

Okay, my pretties. I’m going to drink my glass of scotch and read about Russians.

Have a good night!

age of aquarius

18 Aug

So, I totally copied my friend Sarah and got my birth chart from astro-software.com. It’s silly and contradictory, and yet mildly entertaining. I’m a bit confused by the fact that it mentions I’m unfaithful in relationships about six times, which is entirely untrue. Oh, and apparently I shouldn’t get married because it will end in tragedy.

Things I think are 100% on par are in bold. Those things that are totally off base are in italics. Everything else is left alone.

She is honest, reserved, circumspect, honorable and strong-willed. Quietly ambitious within the realms of the possible, she likes and takes on responsibility. She can work in the social domain.

Prolonged scientific research. High ideals. She is gifted for languages and it is even more interesting for her to live abroad. Professionally successful abroad.

Courageous, brave, independent, not a fearful nature. The type of sensual woman who likes eroticism.

Marriage is very important for her, for better and for worse. Cannot stand being alone. Likes business relationships.

She is unhappily influenced by the family. She is probably loved insufficiently by her parents, but looks for more love especially from her mother. She is susceptible, has superficial sensitivity and is sometimes irascible.

Likes everything that is new and original: is an innovator. Values her independence and liberty of action greatly. She initiates projects, she is individualistic, idealistic and humanitarian. Likes intellectual discussions.

Weaknesses: argumentative, bickering and eccentric.

Her home and comfort are the only things important for her. She is intelligent and speaks easily and cogently. Easily keeps many irons in the fire and concludes her activities. Moves house a lot for business reasons.

She looks on the bright side of life: she is gay, agreeable, optimistic, sociable. She likes to speak and write, and does both with charm and artistry. Her intellectual pleasures are influenced by her feelings. She is amorous and sensual. She likes beauty, the Arts but also travelling.

She is intelligent, has big ideas: she is tolerant and has a strong sense of justice. She has good judgement, good sense and has her feet on the ground. She has the “gift of the gab”, and likes to speak, she also likes literature. She is erudite and will normally be successful socially.

She likes flowery language: she is very sensitive and detests anything vulgar. She appreciates independence in love, but idealizes and embellishes it. She likes to please and will do whatever is necessary for this. While always being frank, she is not always faithful.

Weaknesses: she is unfaithful, because she likes above all to please and will follow through to the end of any adventure that arises. Does not like barriers, likes liberty of action and does not like to account to anyone.

This aspect sometimes means unhealthy sensuality. She is hard, and does not know how to express her emotions. She is frightened of showing her love, and this leads to disappointments, break-ups, lack of satisfaction. It is likely that she had problems with her mother, who did not know how to love her or give her self-confidence. She doubts, is suspicious and jealous. She will learn how to be happy in love, to be at ease with herself and to control her jealousy in the second half of her life, thanks to an older person, who gives her self-confidence back to her, so she can then trust others.

independent in love. Her love life is rich, but with passing love affairs. She tires quickly and is scared of losing her liberty. If she marries, she will regret it. She has that little something that attracts the opposite sex: she likes amorous adventures, she is romantic. She is the eternal lover and, of course, is unfaithful if she has a serious relationship. She likes art, anything new.

She uses her aggressiveness in a social battle for freedom, or independence or adventure, but always linked to society. Likes adventure, independence. Disturbances, changes, upsets.

She devotes lots of energy to work, which continues till a great age. She is a dedicated worker, not afraid of getting down to it. She improves her living conditions. She can complete long-term tasks. She is easily excitable, gets upset and in the same vein criticizes even herself.

She knows what’s going on at a glance. She thirsts after knowledge, and is a good organizer. She is very independent, likes her freedom of action, is a non-conformist. She is very agreeable company and is always in demand.

Observant, self-controlled, unforgiving, tough, methodical, a researcher, an investigator. Lots of courage, self-assurance and can keep her cool.

Weaknesses: makes no concessions or compromises. She can become a fanatic of a creed, a party, work or a religion.

She goes to the heart of things, achieves their goals, carries on to the end of whatever has been undertaken. Likes food, comfort, good sexuality.

Likes family life, children have a large place in her heart. She is by nature calm, affectionate, delicate and tender.

Can only love an honest, upright and intelligent person. Likes to admire her spouse. A sincere, stable and faithful love. Refined education.

Respects the religion in which she was brought up as a child, still holds this belief.

Likes justice and loyalty.

Someone who is completely trusted at work. Respectable, irreproachable in her work and moral qualities, scrupulous and praiseworthy.

Likes to re-make the world with her friends. These discussions can last the whole night and, with the ideal world created, she can retire to bed.

mr. sketch

16 Jan

I saw this box of markers during a meeting at work today. You probably remember them from elementary school. The smelly kind.

Notice the cute little characters waving at you. They represent the different fragrances. Red smells like cherries. Orange smells like oranges. Pink smells like watermelon. And, brown smells like…..bears?

Actually, brown is cinnamon. Last time I checked bears don’t smell like cinnamon. Believe me, that’s not something you want to be sniffing.

all you need is love

4 Jan

I love, love, love my yoga class.

And, I love, love, love my new MP3 player.

So, I don’t care that I’m on the verge of sickness. I know, I never get sick. But I’m compromised because I haven’t really slept in about two weeks. I went home from work at lunchtime today and knocked myself out with drugs. Hopefully, if I can sleep tonight, with the cunning use of benadryl and carbs, everything will be back to normal. After all, I have the Immune System Of Steel.

stinky dink

19 Nov

Finally, I get to sleep in my own bed tonight. I’ve been taking care of other people’s animals all week, so I haven’t been home. Normal blogging will now resume.

And now for something completely different. Here are some of the terms of endearment that I use when I talk to animals at the zoo:
– Stinky dink
– Stinker
– Stink-butt
– Pooter-head
– Butt-chunk
– Pooper

Do you notice a pattern?

Apparently I have a feces fixation.

what is it good for?

10 Oct

war [wawr], noun

1. a conflict carried on by force of arms, as between nations or between parties within a nation; warfare, as by land, sea, or air.
2. a state or period of armed hostility or active military operations: The two nations were at war with each other.
3. a contest carried on by force of arms, as in a series of battles or campaigns: the War of 1812.

It’s a word that’s been thrown around a lot lately. I was watching the CBS Evening News earlier tonight and the leading segment was, of course, about The War on Terrorism. Then Katie Couric led into the second segment about The War Against Cancer. I’ve also heard War on Drugs, Battle Against AIDS, War on Obesity, etc.

War used to be a word that conjured up images of terrible battlefield scenes and dismembered limbs. But now, I hear it and it doesn’t have any specific imagery for me. The newsmedia are trying to take the feeling of distress associated with the word war and attach those feelings to another issue so that it is more engaging to the viewer. But this positive-feedback loop of sensationalism is changing our national vocabulary by removing the meaning from words that were once emotive.

Is nothing sacred anymore?

Now, you mull that over while I go fight The War on Hunger (i.e. eat some ice cream) and then participate in The Battle Against Sleepiness.

when the sun turns traitor cold

7 Oct

Today I started the first fire of the year in the wood stove. There’s something very satisfying and primal about making a fire. It almost makes me want to club something and drag it back to my cave.

Anyway, I had to fire it up because it’s been cold and rainy. You can tell that autumn is here. I love autumn, when the air starts to get thinner so that all the borders between things look sharper. And everything tastes and smells earthier. Here are some of my favorite fall things.

Best fall food: Pumpkin pie
Best fall song: “Urge for Going” by Joni Mitchell
Best fall wardrobe item: My favorite zip-up sweater
Best fall beverage: Apple cider (hard or otherwise)
Best fall smell: It’s a toss up between the musky smell of freshly raked leaves and the pungent, slightly singed smell of a jack-o-lantern.

PS: I am officially a zookeeper now – after I came home I put my hands in the pockets of my hoodie and found some flamingo chow.

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