Ha! Welcome to the Party! I look at life through a permanently installed Kaleidoscope turning nigh on to 1800 RPM.
Don't you think it's time for another good Ol' Wild Eyed, Pig Kicking, Rambling, Cowboy Sermonizing bit of a Freedom Lovin' Lunatics Rant?
No? Maybe you should click on to a quieter page then... Cuz that's just what's a comin'... and the windiest in a while...
With my brain spinning like a kids top, I get up at oh dark thirty and start making coffee... as I'm putting the beans in the grinder the kaleidoscope shifts from third to fourth gear; ... I wonder when I left that tab from the bagles laying there?... I left my pen in the truck one time... I drove the truck to Idaho... I've had lot's of trucks... was that a duck?... my foot itches... I wonder if ducks know they don't have lips?... could chickens type if they had fingers? I should paint the rig... I used to cowboy, I kinda miss it... the shed payment needs to be made... Do snakes bellies itch?... I can curl my tongue... who invented plaid?... do snakes know they aren't tall?
... all in the space of maybe 12 seconds... and I've still got the WHOLE day, and another night left ahead of me...
SO... if you don't "Get" what I say on occasion? Not to worry... I'm workin' pretty hard to keep up myself some times...
Know this, my thing is, what I say here, truly is NOT a criticism of what OTHER people choose to do in their own lives... EXCEPT... when those choices are imposed/inflicted in negative ways on other people. What you do to or in your own life, is TEE TOTALLY your own business.
I'm just hopeful that somewhere along the way, my tripping and stumbling through this vale of tears called life, will here and there show one or two people a new and fresh way to get around some of the man made obstacles to LIVING.
I talk about money, a lot, not because I place any significant value on it, but because... those that have the POWER in this world DO. Not paying attention to it is akin to painting yourself with the perfume of fresh meat and walking naked through a Grizzly Farm... You can do it ~ But the outcome is likely to be less than profitable.
Now, let's just say right here that I'm no expert on it... If I was... I wouldn't still be battling the damned stuff this late in the game. The only thing I seem to be truly pro-feshunal at is getting myself in one jackpot after another. Entertaining... but over time it does get a mite tiring.
My "thing" with money is... that it's a necessary evil... kinda like government. The world would be best without either, but until some sociological wizard brews up an alternative that goes "Viral" in general serfdom's imaginations... it's the "System" we've got.
So... what am I to do about it with what I've got? Good question... and THAT kicks that damned Kaleidoscope up another notch. Centrifugal force, like a 1200lb sunfishing Bronc, will someday throw that Cowboy whirling off into space...
But for Today? it's just got him playing with ideas... spinning in his mind like one of those pictures of the stars in the Milky Way...
The thing HERE is this... yeah... I could take a "JOB" and do some menial thing for some "Boss"... and I do... and shortly (October)... I'll be doing just that 12 hours a day for most of the month...
But... THAT... is exactly what I've been running against my whole dang life! Busting hump and sweating for the MAN... for $10 or $12 an hour (Which doesn't equal the $1.65 minimum wage of the mid '60's) while he sits in his Cadillac scratching himself is not my idea of a good use of the miniscule time a Cowboy has to roam Free on The Earth.
If that's all there is... then there ain't Nuthin'!
So, until my backbone is rubbin' a hole in my belly... I'm gonna limit, minimize and run in terror from those "job" situations, to the greatest degree that I can. Yeah I'm gonna take 'em here and there, until my efforts at beating that enslaving system into submission succeed... but I'm not gonna tell you it's a Good thing, a Proud thing or an Honorable thing... Slavery, no matter how pretty you paint the lipstick on THAT pig... is STILL... Slavery.
The GOAL... My Goal, is a world of Human Independence and creativity.
~ MY ~ Independence and Creativity... NOT ... an "Honorable Job" as a less-than-1965-minimum-wage-paid-serf, so the man can wander around thinkin' his "Stuff" smells like purty spring flowers.
Boys and Girls... his "Stuff" is Bull Shit... No matter how much lipstick you apply... No Matter how much fancy odor eating aerosol you spray... Striving for a system that pays you less every year while demanding more hours, more sweat, more sacrifice and more of your LIFE... is one thing and one thing alone... SLAVERY.
Am I knowin' the right way? I guess likely not... or I wouldn't still be searching so hard... but there's a few things I DO know about that search;
1. There's no easy way to find "It". Multiple failures along the way are mostly guaranteed... unless you don't try; and that is the worst of the possible failures.
We live in a world that demands perfection without fault. (an idea which is a patented stupidity). ALWAYS make the right decision. Choose the best without fail! Dot all the i's and cross all the t's (even if NOBODY knows where they're at or what the hell they are!) Failure is weakness.
Parsimonious self aggrandizing blowhards ridicule and castigate good people for trying and coming up short. I'd like to have a lil cowboy etiquette intervention with a number of them S.O.B's!
2. One of the Biggest lies and perversions is; "Crazy people take risks. Never take risks." Only problem is; Refuse to risk... and NOTHING happens. Absolutely Nothing... and THAT is the paradox. Refusing risk is THE greatest risk!
3. The whole Idea was to step off and find a Better Way... not keep going back to the Old, Failed way that didn't get it done... If you don't go hunting for it, change doesn't happen.
SO... as I momentarily take a break to catch my air... I look down and see my belly is frayed but no holes yet... so I'm still...
Running Against the Wind