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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

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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

Mark Twain talked about running for President of the USA back in 1879. This is what he said:

"The rumor that I buried a dead aunt under my grapevine was correct. The vine needed fertili­zing, my aunt had to be buried, and I dedicated her to this high purpose. Does that unfit me for the presidency? The Constitution of our country does not say so. No other citizen was ever considered unworthy of this office because he enriched his grapevines with his dead relatives. Why should I be selected ... read more
Tue, March 8, 2016 - 10:00 AM permalink - 0 comments
Thoughts marking National Procrastination Week ...

The more sand has escaped from the hourglass of our life, the clearer we should see through it. (Sentiment has been ascribed to Machiavelli, although others have claimed credit for it)

We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. (T.E. Eliot)
Tue, March 3, 2015 - 1:45 AM permalink - 0 comments
I was reading Suzanne Fields' syndicated column this morning. She talked about a recent Annenberg Public Policy Center research study about the knowledge American adults have about their government.

The study found that almost two-thirds of the respondents couldn't identify the three branches of government, and a third couldn't even name one. Twice as many respondents could name one of those TV judges (like Judge Judy) than the name of the Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Sat, February 21, 2015 - 12:46 PM permalink - 0 comments
Valentine's Day 2015.

People bought more than 40 million boxes of chocolates.

Hallmark had more than 1,300 different kinds of Valentine's Day cards available.

Americans sent more than 110 million roses.

And the origins of V-Day?

Legend has it that it's based on the ancient Pagan festival of Lupercalia, a Roman fertility festival. It was "Christianized" around the 5th century in honor of St. Valentine, whose identity is murky since there were at least three different "Saint Vale... read more
Sat, February 14, 2015 - 12:49 PM permalink - 0 comments
Trivia Fact: California has hosted the most super bowls (5). Green Bay and Kansas City played Super Bowl I, and Green Bay won it. In 2006, a 30-second ad spot cost a cool $2.5 million. Today it's a good $4.5 million.

Today, as part of the SB XLIX celebration, food experts estimate that Americans will eat 80 million avocados (yes, in guacamole), 1.23 billion wings, 11 million pounds of potato chips, and 3.8 million pounds of popcorn. About 325 million gallons of beer will be consumed.

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Sun, February 1, 2015 - 11:50 AM permalink - 0 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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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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Stuff I've Said Lately

Re: Odds 'n Ends (in Tribal Lounge) Now that Tribe seems to be working OK - where is everybody?
discussion post on Wed, May 18, 2016 - 8:31 AM
Re: Happy Mothers' Day (in ! Trivia Tribe !) And some Mother's Day trivia.

Leontina Albina (Chile) claims to be the mother of 64 children, of which only 55 are documented. The most children of one mother in modern times. She is listed in the 1999 Guinness World Records (but not later edi... read more
discussion post on Sun, May 8, 2016 - 10:21 AM
Re: The Redneck Pagan -- (in Tribal Lounge) Wisdom! :)
discussion post on Thu, April 21, 2016 - 9:23 AM
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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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