I have been across most of four states twice in the last two weeks. A journey that was too much for a timid soul. Being stuck in a car is taxing, painful, and debilitating. Automotive seats are as comfortable as practical, probably, but on a body with so many aches and pains it is torture. Every stop is sweet relief, and terrible agony. I limp along dragging myself across the parking lot. Hoping to avoid being smashed by a careless driver who is more interested in a phone screen than a wind shield. And just about the time a full range of movement has returned it is time to fold myself into the cramped, confined, confounded space, and stiffen up again.
Trends crystallize as you travel across state lines. Shapes harden into discernible patterns. And I can tell you the second amendment is in no danger. It is emblazoned onto the fabric of the country. Own a gun, and you will be safe. That battle is being fought for no good reason, and the only people who are making any noise about it at all are making a lot of money for their troubles.
Patriotism is at zenith. I grew up a Catholic during the Vietnam war, and the Watergate scandal, so I've always kind of been a little skeptical of overt, blind faith in anything. In the chillingly appropriate words of Bob Dylan;
"The say that patriotism is the last refuge to which a scoundrel clings,
Steal a little and they throw you in jail, steal a lot and they make you king."
In many ways I wish I could be more like that. There has to be great comfort in the herd like solidarity of faith and patriotism. Something to hold onto when life gets rocky and uncertain. Something solid, some rock. But, being adrift in rising waters has some advantages as well.
So, to this wonderful nation, I would like to say congratulations, we made it another year without any real disasters. Troubled times are looming, and I'm praying we all get away. Though there does not seem much hope for that. Elie Wiesel said he didn't think humanity learned anything from the Holocaust, and I am afraid that he is right. So, maybe things we will be ok, and maybe we won't, it is up to us, and that doesn't provide much hope.
Tuesday, July 5, 2016
Life on the Road
There is not much to say, but, for those who find any offense, please remember these are only stories, jokes, and have no relation to reality. Kind of like life.
I like life, and hope it lasts a long time, but it does require some explanation, that is why these blogs exist. To help people navigate times and events that make no sense.
Here are a few places you can find a few things.
The Original Life Explained. Where it all started, a little rambling and a lot of nothing important.
Life Explains The End Views on humanity's race to self extinction. I hope I am wrong.
Life Explains Smiles Because everybody likes it when you smile.
Life Explains Aging Getting older is not always easier, but it is worth the effort. And a few small things can make it much more pleasant.
Life Explains Traveling and Commuting Mostly commuting. Driving bugs me and working bugs me so driving to work is the ultimate insult of modern life, and I like to complain.
Life Explained Explores History. The real problem with history is there is so much of it. It is all over the place. But, if you take the time to look at the small pieces it is fascinating.
Life Explains Music Music is a universal language. I like guitar based rock and roll, but there is a little bit of a lot here.