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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

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
 
Ever since Lyme disease came up on the medical radar screen 20 years or so ago, people have been watching for deer ticks, which can carry the disease (although only a small fraction of them do). In all my time hiking around here and in the NYS mountains, I've never encountered a tick. When I've visited Martha's Vineyard, which is sort of like home base for ticks, I've had dozens of them fall or crawl on me. But now it looks like deer ticks are headed our way in Western New York, and a new stu... read more
Sun, June 29, 2014 - 6:41 AM permalink - 4 comments
 
Green earth. Blue sky. Sunshine. Warmth. And the reality or the illusion of freedom, or maybe both.

Summer begins in the Northern Hemisphere at 6:51 a.m. today.
Sat, June 21, 2014 - 4:15 AM 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

Re: Extinction - Another Life Issue (in Tribal Lounge) Maybe those huge reserves could have U.N. protection?
discussion post on Wed, July 30, 2014 - 2:50 AM
Re: Life Extension (in Tribal Lounge) "The whole fabric of the space-time continuum is not merely curved, it is in fact totally bent. "

-Douglas Adams, Restaurant at the End of the Universe
discussion post on Wed, July 30, 2014 - 2:49 AM
Re: Life Extension (in Tribal Lounge) I like that "Anything goes"/message of hope.

It is true that there's a wide range of attitudes toward life. I've also known people who have lived to nearly 100 and made every day really count. And I've also known younger people who act like li... read more
discussion post on Mon, July 28, 2014 - 2:59 AM
Re: 10 Astonishing portraits of the worlds most remote tribes (in Tribal Lounge) The big question: How do we get some of the ancient tribal wisdom embodied in those tribes without disrupting their lifestyles?
discussion post on Mon, July 28, 2014 - 2:55 AM
Extinction - Another Life Issue (in Tribal Lounge) So the other day I stumbled on the article about cryogenics.

And now I just stumbled on a USA Today/Associated Press article which says that current research suggests we are in the middle of a mass extinction. Human population has doubled over... read more
discussion post on Sun, July 27, 2014 - 6:20 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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