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SwampGuy

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joined on 03/28/07
last updated 08/08/11
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What I'm All About

"Mountains cannot be surmounted except by winding paths." (vonGoethe)
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Me, My Life & My Journey

Gender
Male
Age
60
about me
Seeker and Explorer.

Earth guy living a conventional lifestyle. Totally enthusiastic about life. Into pushing boundaries and exploring the fringes of our existence (OK, well when I have spare time).

Focused. Work really hard. Very serious about things I need to be serious about.

Sometimes like to question that status quo. Being a rebel is sometimes a good thing.

I try to be good person. Usually I am.

Sometimes I give off a lot of raw energy.

Goodness and light rule. And curiosity and honesty and generosity and openness and simplicity.

"In wildness is the preservation of the world." (Henry David Thoreau)

"Carpe Diem." (Some wise ancient philosopher who spoke Latin and had a white beard)

Wild imagination. If you want someone to create really cool alternate universes, I'm the guy. Imagination sometimes needs to be subdued with metaphorical tranquilizer darts.

I like wild places. I think swamps are a great metaphor for life. I'm into deep thoughts and whimsical trivia. I'm a really fast keyboarder.

I was a kid once.

Some of my friends say I am a lousy driver. Sometimes I forget to tie my shoes in the morning. Otherwise, I got my act together.

I think laughter is a good thing.

Ask me anything you want.
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Random Thoughts and Wild Imaginings

The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping the nation. My take is that the Challenge is a creative, offbeat way to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an awful disease. Dumping ice water on someone's head for a donation gets attention, it's great marketing, and as of today it prompted $41 million in support of ALS research. Maybe some of that research will lead to a cure. To all my friends who got ice water dumped on their head or made a donation - you're awesome.

My one nagging t... read more
Thu, August 21, 2014 - 3:36 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Forty years ago today (August 8, 1974), Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States, the only Pres ever to resign that office.

He lied and deceived people, including most of his own staff, about his knowledge of things that happened after the Watergate break-in.

What I have never been able to understand is how people in public office, especially federal and state office, get so mixed up with dishonesty and immorality.

Is it because the political power corrupts them? Or ... read more
Fri, August 8, 2014 - 4:33 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Back from the mountains.

Hiked mostly around the Blue Mountain/Indian Lake area, including some mountain trails I haven't traveled before. Had my camera with me, and pictures are coming.

When I'm in the mountains, I can't help but be struck by their vastness and wildness. Mountains cut human beings down to size, and remind us that we're an insignificant part of the natural world. Humbling.

I did my usual safety stuff. I learned long ago always to carry a pack on any ADK trail - even... read more
Sat, July 26, 2014 - 3:44 AM permalink - 5 comments
 
So on this day in 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin made the first human landing on the moon.

And by coincidence, on this day in 1976, U.S. Viking 1, the unmanned exploring vehicle, made the first-ever landing on Mars.

And by coincidence, it's the birthday of Sir Edmund Hillary (1912), first human to scale Mt.Everest.

And in the mountain world, I'm off for the week and hoping to hike up a couple of ADK mountains I haven't traveled before.

And totally unrelated to mountains, I ... read more
Sun, July 20, 2014 - 4:11 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
I'm glad the USA exists. Despite its faults and problems, it's still a great country. And we don't have to bow to a king or queen.

That said, if I could change some things about our political system, this is what I would do:

Constitutionally require a balanced federal budget, just like most states require. Our $17 trillion structural debt is going to screw us with inflation at some point.

Require government at all levels to stick to the basics - law enforcement, roads, public essenti... read more
Fri, July 4, 2014 - 5:48 AM permalink - 4 comments
 
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Important Stuff People Said

"Do not go where the trail may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." (Ben Franklin)

" ... People would become better if they stopped trying to become better off ..." (Peter Maurin)

"Beauty arrests motion." (Thomas Aquinas)

"Live long and prosper." (Traditional Vulcan greeting)

"It furthers one to cross the great water." (I Ching)

"The unexamined life is not worth living." (Socrates)

"I think, therefore I am." (Descartes)

"Don't part with your illusions. When they are gone, you may still exist but you will have ceased to live." (Mark Twain)

"The truth of a thing is the feel of it, not the think of it." (Stanley Kubrick)

"Life must be lived as play." (Plato)

"Life would be a lot simpler if only I had the source code." (Unknown)

"I haven't figured out the meaning of life, but I've got some pretty good leads." (Pete C, Slayer of Useless Words)

"Try? There is no try. There is only do or not do." (Yoda)

"If my doctor told me I had only six minutes to live, I wouldn't brood. I'd just type a little faster." (Isaac Asimov)

"Many a false step was made by standing still." (Fortune Cookie)

"Nothing happens until something moves." (Albert Einstein)

"One man with courage is a majority." (Buddha)

"If not now, when?" (Talmud)

"The first halting step toward freedom of the self is the acknowledgment of one's enslavement." (Gerry Spence)

"Freedom's just another word for nothing left to lose ..." (Kris Kristofferson)

"It takes many years to grow young." (Pablo Picasso)

"And we should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once." (Nietzsche)

"You really climb for the hell of it." (Sir Edmund Hillary) - Well OK, I really don't agree with this, but this guy is one of the great climbers of all time and he deserves to have his thoughts here.

"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know." (Ralph Waldon Emerson) - Don't agree with this one either.

"If you could see the miracle of a single flower clearly, our whole world would change." (Buddha)

"Mitakuy oyasin ..." (Lakota)

"It is not the mountains we conquer, but ourselves." (Sir Edmund Hillary)

"Sometimes you have to lose your mind before you come to your senses." (Socrates, from The Peaceful Warrior)

"You can't depend on your eyes when your imagination is out of focus." (Mark Twain)

"I am in love with this world. I have nestled lovingly in it. I have climbed its mountains, roamed its forests, sailed its waters, crossed its deserts, felt the sting of its frosts, the oppression of its heat, the drench of its rains, the fury of its winds, and always have beauty and joy waited upon my goings and comings." (John Burroughs)

"If we are silent, the stones speak." (Unknown)

"There is no finish line." (Unknown)

"It is surely a great calamity for a human being to have no obsessions." (Robert Bly)

"Adventure is worthwhile." (Aristotle)

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Halleluljah!

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The Heavens and the Deep and the Wide

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Whistles the Wind

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Knock at the Door

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On the Rope

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Dylan and the Stones

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Spiral Out - Amazing Possibilities

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Seger Rules

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My YouTube Video

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Stuff I've Said Lately

One Nagging Thought about the Ice Bucket Challenge (blog entry) The Ice Bucket Challenge is sweeping the nation. My take is that the Challenge is a creative, offbeat way to raise awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, an awful disease. Dumping ice water on someone's head for a donation gets attention, it'... read more
blog entry posted Thu, August 21, 2014 - 3:36 PM permalink - 0 comments
Re: Overrated (in Tribal Lounge) Great thoughts Adrian and Mikademus. Great dragonfly story.
discussion post on Thu, August 21, 2014 - 3:41 AM
Re: Overrated (in Tribal Lounge) Underrated - ordinary H2O.
discussion post on Wed, August 20, 2014 - 2:06 AM
Re: Overrated (in Tribal Lounge) Good wine is overrated. After the first couple sips, do you really taste the difference?

Not that I've had much really "good" wine in my life.
discussion post on Mon, August 18, 2014 - 1:38 AM
Re: Overrated (in Tribal Lounge) Meeko - coffee overrated?!?!!?!? :)
discussion post on Sun, August 17, 2014 - 4:45 PM
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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

August 31, 2008
" Happy Birthday "

wishing you much love rick..
thanks for being my wonderful friend..
I enjoy yr company...
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