At 74 years + I have rowed that boat a damn long way, and I am nearing the end of my journey…..I rowed through childhood in a Chicago Ghetto, you know that place, it was called “Mother Cabrini projects”, then I rowed my way through a Catholic Orphanage, a few years of that and I rowed away again, (But at least those Nuns taught me how to READ! I rowed my way into a public High School, with 3,000 plus students, gangs and all, I idled there for a year and a half, before I realized all they were doing was filling my head with Crap, Brainwashing, I think is the right word here…..So I got back in my little row boat, slipped the oars and rowed on, wound up in Philadelphia, learned how to find a job, had many jobs, many new Loves & Adventures…..Then I rowed my way to Texas, age 18, no jobs there, but whoa, I could join the ARMY and be a Warrior! The Army rowed me to Okinawa, and then on to Vietnam, wow….I was a real Warrior, M-60 Machine gunner in a Recon Platoon…..What is the purpose of the Bayonet? “To KILL.” Well, I survived that little mess and rowed my ass back to the good old USA, where the San Francisco Airport Bar would not even pour me a drink, because I was not yet 21 years old, but I was good to go to War, it was cool, I had a suitcase full of Scotch, $2.00 a bottle in the good old Nam……Well, I rowed my boat back to Chicago, got some good jobs & some not so good, and then I got restless again, Set off for South America, but here the Waves got big and mean, I stopped in North Carolina to see an old friend, who told me this Special forces boyfriend of hers was beating on her kids, so he showed up and I shot him dead, Uh Oh, bad move, the waves were driving me backwards, no matter how hard I pulled on those old oars….. On trial for my life, the Jury found me Guilty of Manslaughter, 15-20 years the old judge said, can’t have those damn Yankees coming here and killing our citizens…..So I really put the muscle into those Oars, Central Prison, a riot, a put down of that with two hundred shotguns blazing away, man I must have surely had an Angel on my shoulder to survive that, then on to the old prison farm, where I learned how to pick that cotton, sweet potatoes, peanuts, just like Cool Hand Luke, guard on horseback, I became the fastest cotton picker cause when I would get close to that guard I had to sit down and roll myself a cigarette. Onward I rowed, to a road gang, cutting brush for mile after mile, at night I got so good at playing poker a few guys would bankroll me, and I earned them and me some decent bucks…..An aside here; I got sent to the “HOLE” because I would not rat my buds out, funny how inventive men can become when the chips are down, how to pass the time? Sit-ups, push-ups one small meal a day, it just toughens one up. One day I peeked through the bars and here is this cock a roach crawling along with a string on his leg with a tiny cigarette, a match and a strike plate from the match book, is that cool or what? Then we learned how to pull string out of our sheets, tie it into a long string, put a piece of paper on the end, holler “Flush” and on the other side a guy would do the same thing, and we then had a connection we could pull tobacco & papers back and forth, is that cool or what? ~~~~~Well I got a parole to California, land of the free and the Hippies so I was rowing my way through Pot & LSD, what an eye-opener that drug is…..Had a gal chase me down and insist I marry Her, and adopt her two daughters, that was fun for awhile, so I climbed aboard my rowboat and set off for Idaho, no jobs there so I bought a garage and a mechanic shop, when I knew Jack-shit about repairing cars, but thank God I could read and there were plenty of books on auto repair, so I did pretty good after those first two years of struggle, and then my old lady got tired of me working my ass off all the time so I was too tired to listen to her drone on about the latest gossip, so I got fed up and packed my little bit of stuff into my faithful rowboat and rowed on up to Alaska, got here just in time for the Exxon-Valdez Oil spill, got jobs engineering on Barges and Tugboats, made good money for awhile and spent it all in the bars, because by then I was almost deaf and the only way I could hear any music was to sit in front of the Bar Bands, Had a grand old time, sometimes I would be the only customer, and I would have a six piece band stand up and play all night long for little old me! ~~~~~And then I met the goat lady, and rowed my boat into another Love, man I had to learn how to Love and care for Goats, Sheep, turkeys, chickens, ducks and geese, as well as learn how to make cheese, milk those goats, raise and slaughter pigs, well Love is like that, kind of blind, but a good blind, if you know what I am saying…..That Lady and I spent 30 + years together and then she up and died on me, so here I sit, my old rowboat parked, because here is where I have decided to live out whatever time I have left, and then be buried next to my faithful dog, my Lady, and her Dog, with a lilac bush over each of our graves, and then the final journey into Forever……I hope you enjoyed this story of the Rowing man……
My Gmail account has disappeared into thin air, I am a non-machine, and Google has gone to A.I., no humans left on the Payroll, Meat machines need not apply, my Word Press account no longer recognizes my “Likes” nor my “Comments” Mayhap, they did not like what I had to say on this site? ~~~~~I know, I know, the Truth is hard to swallow, the lies are easier to stomach, as they are filled with Acid……It seems to me that this life is largely filled with a wish to escape from it, that is why one watches the T.V., it is a convenient Escape from what Is…..Here is a Truth: This world is a Mess! ~~~~~We, You and I, treat it like an endless supply of good things, at the same time we treat it like a Trash Dump, we drop Bombs on it, we spill endless amounts of blood upon it, we waste the precious water on so-called “Soft Drinks”, soda pop, that rots your intestines……Meanwhile there are millions of refugees, driven by drought, or worse, a tyrant running their country, yet nobody is willing to allow them in? Where has Compassion gone? “Oh! they will flood our hospitals, use up our welfare payments, eat all of our food” “Keep them OUT!” “I went to the Cosco today and bought all of those giant packages of toilet paper on their shelves, I could care less about anyone else needing it.” ~~~~~Makes me wonder, if Shame has lost it’s meaning……
To the Sound of Silence, maybe alone in your apartment, no visitors, no T.V., no Radio, all alone with yourself. This, my friend, is the perfect time to get to know yourself…..Be still, and start to pay attention to the wanderings of your own mind…..What happens at first is your mind will work to Distract you, go off on a tangent, it takes attention to recognize this distraction, just keep on going back to the beginning, start again to Pay Attention, now watch your mind, just going in all directions, a news article, a neighbor talking, an AD on The Computer Screen, Click Here to Order Now! ~~~~~Uh Oh! we got distracted again, need a fresh Beer, football game is coming on, don’t want to miss this…..How hard it is to just sit still, to do nothing, to be the observed and the observer. Who is thinking these thoughts? Where does thought come from? ~~~~~First there is the here & now, and then there comes the Memory, thought captures each moment and then tries to Relive that moment, even tho it is lost forever in the Past which is not subject to recapture, and so the mind spins a web of desire, I want this, I want that, go get it for me……If one is not endlessly aware of the minds tricks, out will come the credit card, and once again a temptation is fallen for…..Another piece of useless crap, soon toted to the dump…..But I digress……… ~~~~~I hold this whole world in my little, tiny brain, I also hold the Universe, which is hard as it continues on into Infinity…..Yet I dream of a world of empathy, of compassion, of the endless love we hold for one and the other…..This is what I view in my brain, there is no past there, for the past cannot be changed, all we can do is be aware of the Now, this moment, when we can pinch ourselves and say Ouch! This is all there is, this present moment in time, which is already sliding into History, even as we think. All of the so-called Hero’s who forgot about themselves for a moment and leaped to the rescue were out of Time at that moment, they were in Infinity…..A Lovely place to be….. ~~~~~This is a hard time to live, this Virus Bug, has the whole world on Standby…..Yet it is a message perhaps, from Mother Earth; “You humans refuse to accept responsibility for the wanton destruction of your own Mother, the lady who provides the air and water and soil to grow your food, how you treat this Lady is a Shame upon you all…..”Everyone’s Values are defined by what they will tolerate when it is done to others” William Greider…… ~~~~~And so I am thinking, I have said my piece for this evening. Stay Well, People, have Faith in the “House of Mankind”
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I hope all my fellow readers/writers are still in good health, Blessings on you ALL! Well, my G-mail has all disappeared into thin air, is anyone else experiencing this? ~~~~~Our “Great Leader’s” answer to all this turmoil is; “Let’s throw Trillions of Taxpayer bucks at the problem, that will make it all go away.” “Am I not the greatest, smartest, wisest president in world history?” ~~~~~Maybe the lone employee at Google got the Virus? Man these machines are sure a let-down to me, I am going to go back to Snail-Mail, at least the Post-Office still employs Live Human Beings, and anyway I sure enjoy receiving nice hand-written cards in the Mail….. ~~~~~Well the Greed Monster, Earth destroying Machine, has been brought to a screeching halt by a little tiny invisible Bug! The Masters of the Universe have had to watch their imaginary fortunes disappear into “Thin Air”, which, by the way, is sure a lot cleaner now that all those Air-planes are parked, the Cruise ships are without passengers, and the cars are parked in garages and the humans are packed into their Apartment/Prison Cells……now if Mother Nature can just come up with a few more of her defensive bugs, maybe we can get our over-population problem under control…… ~~~~~Those brave Children, marching in their millions failed to get the Powers that Be to listen to them and take action,”The World Is On Fire!” they cried, Ho Hum, Business as Usual…..So Mother Nature had to step in and make them pay attention……How is it that we have 7.8 Billion humans on a planet whose maximum carrying capacity is maybe 1 Billion? Well, the Corporations must have a steady supply of Cheap Slave Wage Labor, Cannon Fodder for the Armies, and above all:Consumers, consuming ever more, more, More! I hope all the people sitting at home now will take the time to re-assess their function in this world, and maybe realize that it is time to Clean Up This Mess we have made of our one and only Livable Planet, as the beautiful Oceans have become plastic waste dumps, the few fish that are left are inedible due to it, our lands are denuded of life, the birds and animals are disappearing faster and faster, yet we just merrily roll along, singing that “Good Consumer Song” ~~~~~Well, brothers & sisters, this old man is going to take a nap and worry about this No More…..Mother Nature is back in Charge!
So, Lady, should I ask you now this question; “What is Love?” Could you give to me an answer? Is is just a silly word? A word that has no meaning? Is it just the impression of our bodies on a mattress, soon changed like the sheets on the bed? Or some drunken one-night stand? What is Love? Could it be what makes this world roll around the Sun? Could it be what makes the Forest & Flowers to grow, or that look in Your Eyes, when you look at me? Could it be what brought You to Me, to live and share our lives together, forevermore? So, Lady, if I ask you now, this question; “What is Love?” Would You give to me an answer?
Well, fellow humans, we had a million + children out in the streets, calling out to our so-called Leaders; The World is Burning, do something! Ho Hum, business as usual, get your young asses back in brainwashing school, brats…..So we, as usual, refused to listen to our “Beloved Children”…..Merrily, Merrily, we roll along, ripping up our one and only home for Profit, the future be damned…..The Earth looks now like a Giant Trash Can, so what? The bucks keep rolling into our coffers…………………….~~~~~Well, says Mother Earth, if the humans will not live up to their responsibilities, I will have to teach them a lesson…..So out of nothing she fabricates a tiny little virus, invisible to the naked eye, and says: “Sic em, boy!” And thus she accomplishes what years of futile protests failed to accomplish, and the World eating machine begins to falter, and then to shut down…..The Airplanes are parked in row upon row, the Cruise Ships are tied up at the piers, the cars stay in the garage, and The Air is once again almost Breathable! That over-inflated Stock Market watch’s their trillions of imaginary dollars evaporate into thin air…..Humans are confined to quarters, forced, maybe, to begin to talk to one another……………………………………………………………………………Or Not, perhaps they have lost the fine old art of discourse, lost forever in endless trivia on those “Magic” little screens; “Whas, up,Bro?” “Hey man, same ole, same ole.” To quote Kurt Vonnegut; “And so it goes.” And our brave Leaders say; “Those Consumers are not Consuming, something must be done, we cannot have the rich becoming less rich.” “Oh! we will just bail them out, after all we will all be dead before the bill for this comes due.” For example, remember G.W. Bush after 9/11? “Just get out there and shop folks.” While he proceeded to launch us into a ‘Forever War’……Trillions of our national treasure spent, millions of lives lost, but the Military/Industrial complex was in seventh heaven………………………………………………..~~~~~People huddling in their homes, scared to death by the powers that be, and a little tiny virus, that so far has not even come close to causing as many deaths as Malaria & the Flu…..This makes me laugh & laugh; “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the intelligence of the American people.” H. L. Mencken………………………………………………………………………………..~~~~~Perhaps, just perhaps this is the time to rethink our priorities in life, like pay off that debt load, stop being a “Good Consumer” Start thinking for yourselves, and begin to realize how good ‘The Simple Life’ can be…..Think about it!
The ICC (International Criminal Court) has charged the Afghanistan Government, the Taliban, and the good old USA, with crimes against Humanity…..All good and true charges……Yet I have yet to see that same Court charge the monster Criminal, Mr. Bashar Al- Assad of Syria, and his buddy Mr. Putin of Russia with any War Crimes. Ask yourselves why is Russia helping Syria in their “Civil War?” Why the answer is easy; what better way to test out your latest weapons on Living People, than on some boring test range…..Well, they have succeeded in bombing into Rubble every city and farm; and killing at least 1 million citizens, not to mention the many thousands thrown into Assad’s prisons, there to undergo unbelieveable tortures…..No more mister nice guy there; and yet they now expect the international community to Ante -Up and help this monster to rebuild his self-destroyed country…..The ruler of Rubble, that is what Mr. Assad & Mr. Putin are now, 5 million refugees the price we have to pay. So My question is this: “When will the ICC press charges of genocide against Mr. Assad & Mr. Putin? Another “Paper Tiger” is what I see here, Ms. Justice, lost at Sea, maybe the high tides got her? It always amazes me by what people will tolerate, as long as it is done to “Other’s” Our Planet is a little round ball, which we all exist upon, it is not like we have someplace else to go to. The Universe is waiting for us to wake the F–k Up, and learn to live in Peace and Harmony…..We need a million + Greta Thunberg’s, Done Here…..
I just spent 2 hours writing a nice story for you on here and then it just Disappeared! Near the last sentence, evaporated, gone, man, if I had just been typing it on Paper, this would never have happened, tell me how great this New, Shinny, Information Age is……………. ~~~~~It is a bunch of Crap; over complicated by code writers & Corporations…… ~~~~~A few years ago, if I needed a new Phone # I would just call AT&T and they would come and install one, but alas, alack, I went deaf (Almost 5 % left ear only) and now I have to conduct my business over this Modern, New, Infallible network, and I had to spend over 4 hours with three different representatives Just to get my already installed phone turned back on, after some A–hole cancelled my service on me…..Oh! we need an I.D. Card sir, oh! we need your life history sir, could you give that number one more time; and so on……I had only been sending them a check in the mail for 30+years, always on time, always the correct amount……But it was in my Lady’s name, and all I wanted to accomplish is have my name replace hers, since she died and I was still among the living! ~~~~~I try to sign on to sites on this here Internet, and once again I need to concoct a new Pass-Word, a new proof of identity, I am sick of this stupidity, this lack of trust among Human Beings, My IP address should be sufficient, but since they invented fake VPN’s that too is worthless…… ~~~~~It does not help that I am a “Computer Dunce”. I am too old to learn all this new stuff, so I just muddle my way through, although many hours were wasted when I should have been practicing how to play on my 8&12 tongued wooden drums, which are rare instruments to own, much less be able to play on……So let us see if I can “Disappear” this latest missive……Love to All Writers & Readers….
F–king is such Fun!; But all too quickly it is over and it is back to everyday, ordinary reality, gotta get to work, gotta earn that bread for the next meal, because that belly is getting empty. Plus we have to satisfy our Ego’s, need that new house, that new car, that 60 inch T.V., so off to the mind-destroying job we go…..Hut, Hut, Hut, off to work we go, every day the same old s–t……It’s OK, we now have those little magical screens, our super muscular thumbs, we can Tweet! we can play Games!, we can snap 10,000 pictures, send endless texts………………………………………………………………………………………….~~~~~What we cannot do is interact with the Reality of this world…..You know, the Reality of Over-Population, the Reality of endless little wars, the Reality of World Destroying Nuclear Bombs, all set, ready to go at the push of a button…..Or how about burning and chopping down the last of this planet’s great Rain Forests to plant Soybeans? Mostly for animal feed…..Or how about the disappearance of the animals and the fish and the birds?……………………~~~~~Note how hard the Rich and the Government fight against women having access to Birth Control…..We must have a steady supply of Cheap, slave wage labor so Profit increases, we must be able to fill in the ranks of the military with ever more Cannon Fodder……I know this sounds like the same old s–t over and over again, well, as far as I can see, nothing has changed since I started writing, and until things change, I must continue trying to bring people’s attention to bear on the subject matter at hand, as I, personally, would like to see to it that our precious children have a future to look forward to, instead of a laid to waste trash dump……Have a nice day!