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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

If you want to see something really scary this April 15 Tax Day, check out the USA Budget Deficit Calculator:

www.usdebtclock.org/

As of right now, the federal deficit stands at about $17.579 trillion. But there's no way I can post the exact deficit because it increases faster than I can text.

We're paying for the deficit today, and bigger and bigger chunks of our taxes in interest payments every year.

And here in New York State, the Tax Foundation reports that in addition... read more
Tue, April 15, 2014 - 4:55 PM permalink - 3 comments
 
Temp hit 80 today, the first real spring weekend.

Got out back this weekend and cleaned up the timber, brought out pots and trellises, fertilized, and cleaned up the rock garden.

The rock garden was there when I moved in years ago. It was totally overgrown, and I reclaimed it - but some plants keep wanting to take over. Rock gardens are sort of a time-consuming hobby, and you have to keep weeding constantly to keep it up.

Meanwhile, I managed to get in a short hike, a little running... read more
Sun, April 13, 2014 - 5:12 PM permalink - 1 comment
 
March 30.

Most years, you can see crocuses blooming on this day, and hear the mating calls of the spring peepers (first frogs of the year), and have a day or two of 60-degree temperatures.

This morning - a load of snow dumped on the ground. I'm not sure how much, but I would say 8 - 10".

Enough to have to shovel the driveway. And even after shoveling, I managed to get the car stuck at the end of the driveway from snowpack deposited by the town road crews. My neighbor, who has a snowb... read more
Sun, March 30, 2014 - 7:42 AM permalink - 1 comment
 
So it was time last week to get rid of Windows XP, which Microsoft will no longer be supporting come mid-April.

New Dell computer with Windows 8. I think Windows 8 was pretty much designed for tablets, and it's a little clunky - more steps to get to simple files and applications than in XP. But I'll learn the shortcuts and get used to the system.

Installing the Dell was a trip. My computer guy who helped me tried for almost an hour and a half to get the monitor hooked up and working. N... read more
Tue, March 25, 2014 - 4:58 PM permalink - 0 comments
 
Finally getting over two weeks' worth of a crappy low-grade cold/sinus thing, and feeling more like myself yesterday and today.

Speaking of which, yesterday was the anniversary of the introduction of the first paper money in the USA (1862). The $5 bills featured Alexander Hamilton, the $10 bills featured Abe Lincoln, and the $20 bills (major $$$ in those days) featured Lady Liberty.

It's also the birthday of The Right Honourable Kim Campbell (1947), the first and only female Prime Minis... read more
Tue, March 11, 2014 - 4:19 PM permalink - 2 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

Tax Day Thoughts (blog entry) If you want to see something really scary this April 15 Tax Day, check out the USA Budget Deficit Calculator:

www.usdebtclock.org/

As of right now, the federal deficit stands at about $17.579 trillion. But there's no way I can post th... read more
blog entry posted Tue, April 15, 2014 - 4:55 PM permalink - 3 comments
Re: Eclipse! (in Tribal Lounge) It's very early in the a.m. I need to go outside and check to see if I can catch it.
discussion post on Tue, April 15, 2014 - 1:28 AM
Re: Funny Movie Scenes (in Tribal Lounge) Leslie Nielsen rocked - his deadpan comments were so bizarre you couldn't help but laugh. Not sure which Nielsen movie I liked best. Airplane maybe.

Here's a collection of Leslie Nielsen clips.

www.youtube.com/watch read more
discussion post on Mon, April 14, 2014 - 2:55 AM
First Real Spring Weekend (blog entry) Temp hit 80 today, the first real spring weekend.

Got out back this weekend and cleaned up the timber, brought out pots and trellises, fertilized, and cleaned up the rock garden.

The rock garden was there when I moved in years ago. It was t... read more
blog entry posted Sun, April 13, 2014 - 5:12 PM permalink - 1 comment
Re: Short Snappy Trivia about anything - thread 7 (in ! Trivia Tribe !) Respiratory therapists by day, real-life ghost-busters by night, these guys are trying to rid a famous New Jersey hotel of ghosts.

www.usatoday.com/story/new...l/7504569/
discussion post on Thu, April 10, 2014 - 4:53 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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