Friday, August 26, 2011


That's just how this day feels.  So far, anyway.  It's early.

I have managed to finish painting the back of the house.  Now, that doesn't mean the eaves, just the main part of the siding and I have no intentions of apologizing for not painting the eaves.  Who looks at them anyway?  All that's left is the front part of the house then to tidy up the trim because let's just face it.  I was a little sloppy.  You would be too up on a 24' rickety aluminum ladder.  I inherited it somehow.  I don't even remember how I got it.  Doesn't matter because I need a new sturdier one to be safe. 

More ramble.

I think that tonight I'll light a fire in the firepit and watch what we call camp tv.  Why is fire so mesmerizing?  it's almost hypnotic.  Maybe it's the constant movement of the flames.  Maybe it's the color.  Maybe it's the heat.  Maybe it's what it represents to our deep, evolving psyche.  Fire helped to civilize us.  Or so we're taught.  I wonder sometimes if we're civilized yet.  Look at what we do to each other and are doing to our planet.  That's not civilized. 

What IS civilized anyway?  Using the proper fork?  Maybe.  Or maybe that's just manners and we should never mistake one for the other.  Hitler knew which was the appetizer fork and yet look what he did to his fellow humans. 

Civilized.  According to webster,


having an advanced or humane  culture, society, etc. (There's your arts, music, proper fork and knife and books)
polite; well-bred; refined.  (Soooooo, bubba swamp person can't be civilized?  Hardly.)
of or pertaining to civilized people: The civilized world must fight ignorance.  (Ignorance of what?  To listen to some politicians, half the population is ignorant and must be told what to think and how to act.  God KNOWS that women are incapable of making their own decisions about their own bodies and God FORBID that we should hold the men just as responsible.  Unless I'm mistaken, there is only one virgin pregnancy.  Takes sperm to fertilize that egg so why aren't we screaming at the men and boys to wrap that thing up and be responsible?  Because, people, everybody knows that women are the most powerful beings on the planet.  One flash of poonany and men just lose their minds.  They kill for it.  They compromise their careers for it.  They destroy nations for it.  They write books and music and plays and movies about it.  They can't control themselves because of it.  Ladies...we should harness this power.  Let's meet later over coffee and discuss it.  Men.  Ignorant fools.)

4.easy to manage or control; well organized or ordered: The car is quiet and civilized, even in sharp turns. (Well look at that.  "Easy to manage or control."  "Well organized or ordered."  This may be why the Occupy folks scare so many civilized people.  This may be why they have some politicians and rich bankers upset.  They're.....say it.............unCIVILIZED........gasp.  I'll bet that many in that group know what fork to use, are polite, well-bred--whatever THAT means-- and refined--whatever THAT means.  And still, they are uncivilized, according to some.  They are shaking and questioning the status quo.  They are not easy to manage.  They are not well organized (though some are getting better at it) and they are not ordered.  Chaos.  Chaos scares us because it's uncivilized.)

We kill each other.  Steal food from each other.  Subjugate each other and yet we have the audacity to call ourselves civilized.


Thanks.  I'll pass.  I can do without the culture and refinement if that's what makes me fit society's idea of civilized, if that's what lumps me in with those who are wreaking havoc on this planet and those who live on it.


Give me a fire and turkey leg and I'm happy.

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