Anyway, the Dog, when coming down, would always » give me shit.
About living in Orange county. Saying things like ..
When the Dog feels strongly about something, he sends missiles SAILING PAST YOU. They are not aimed at you in particular, but you can feel their breeze as they wiz by.
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Oh, it seems that YouTube has blocked the video .. you know. But these girls said (something like) » "Gravity is a movie about how George Clooney would rather float off into space alone forever than spend another minute with a woman his own age."
I woulda been proud to come up with that.
But, is it George's fault that he is so handsome and talented that he is too much man for any one woman?
When I questioned to see if she were just joking, she looked at me like I was crazy. As tho the idea of turning down George to maintain marriage fidelity was downright absurd.
Then she went about telling me why she felt that way. She would kick Brad out of bed for George. "In a heartbeat."
"Say it aint so," I said, thinking of poor Brad, laying there on the cold floor .. as George climbs in.
It must be very challenging to have every girl you meet want to bear your children. How do you deal with that?
"No, I don't really want to make any babies right now, but thank-you for the offer. That was very kind of you. Maybe I'll be up to it later."
She is very cool. I would be proud.
It feels good to me. A good fit.
And I am not the only one who feels that way.
You totally owe me for posting that. Once a girl knows that another girl wants you ..
.. then » she totally wants you (.. even if she really doesnt. I know, it doesnt make sense to me, either).
Your bride-to-be will be finding out all kinds of bad-shit that bad-people are doing .. and you can make movies about it. It's a perfect fit.
How long is Vegas giving you?
And while I have you .. please give my congrats to Brad & Ang. Talk about a good fit. A good match.
The way she used art from her kids to help style her wedding dress .. very cool. Impressively cool and original.
I like her. She makes a difference. And she's not afraid to get dirty.
(Both Brad & George got picked off by the ladies. Dang. Looks like all we have left is Leo.)
There is a photo here of you running off the plane with what appears to be a case of tequila tucked securely under your arm .. leaving your beautiful wife to find her own way off the plane.
You should hope that Amy and Tina dont see it.
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.. where it can be difficult to see the forest for the trees).
Tho I no longer live there, I have lived in Orange county for some 21 years .. in towns such as
» San Clemente (7 years .. to the day).
» Dana Point (a few years, right across PCH from the Ritz. We sometimes snuck in their Jacuzzi at night).
When I lived in San Clemente, I developed a little routine whereby I would drive up to the marina at Dana Point, named after Richard Henry Dana, very early Sunday morning ..
.. and run both the marina and the outer island. It is so nice during that time of day .. before the world wakes.
Laguna Beach, tho, is simply the best town I have lived in. Ever. For me. Certainly not for everybody. [ The Bug was born in Laguna Beach. I met his mom there .. running the beach. "Hey, didnt I see you here last week?" ] I lived in Laguna for nearly a decade.
So yeah, I like Orange county. Very much. At least, certain parts of it. (But don't tell the Dog, or he will give me shit.)
[ When I first arrived in sunny SoCal, I called some of my friends back East and said, "Remember those days that were so nice when we were growing up that we would skip school? .. because we might not get another day like that for a long-ass time?? That's how every day here is." ]
.. or the times I spent in their courts or in the Orange county jail (.. because I didnt have enough money. I shit you not. Money I did not have, because I spent it all on lawyers to defend myself against repeated fabricated accusations.)
» Qualified to Speak
My point » I feel qualified, well-qualified, to discuss things related to Orange county ..
And how the American feels qualified to comment on the way his government is governing his country.
Now, the first thing that strikes you in Orange county .. is » HOW DIFFERENT each of the small coastal towns are. I mean ..
» it is a 5-minute drive up the coast from San Clemente to Dana Point, and already it seems like a different world. A distinctly different vibe.
And if you drive another 10 minutes north (up the coast hwy known as PCH) .. you hit Laguna Beach. And you feel like you are in another universe, entirely. "Would you like a massage with your kombucha?"
So I would dispute the Dog's perception .. but THERE IS some truth in what he says .. because, as your perspective from the area changes .. you can see that there are indeed certain similarities.
I have LIVED IN a dozen-or-so states .. so I have a decent vantage point from which to compare-n-contrast.
Every area that you LIVE IN .. after a while, you become aware of the » dominant theme.
I mean, you can't help but notice it. Because you are living IN IT.
(Tho, if a particular area is ALL YOU KNOW .. then yes, it can be difficult to regognize the obvious distinctions .. because the distinctive flavor of your particular area becomes so routine, so taken-for-granted, because it is so persistent. You know what I am trying to say.
If you happen live among the pyramids or the Himalayas all your life, I am sure that their grandeur eventually fades into the background. "Oh, those things? You think that they are noteworthy? Hmmm. They've always been there .. far as I can tell." )
» Appearances are More Important
Now, for Orange county, the theme (which few honest souls would dispute) is this »
» appearances are important.
I mean, sure the FBI is going to look into it. But the jury has already spoken .. and they said » We see no problem here. Heck, we dont even think these officers used excessive force.
Which begs the question » how much more .. how much harder would they have had to beat him .. in order to justify a charge of excessive force?
Or does being homeless mean that there is no limit .. to the amount of beating that these officers can inflict on Kelly? I must say » it *does* seem that way from the video and the verdict.
You almost get the feeling that they wanted to pin a medal on these officers » "Good job, guys. Sorry to hear about that elbow, bro."
Rad note » Because this section that discusses the Kelly Thomas verdict (which came on January 12, 2014) is so different, I have transferred it to its own separate entry .. see here » The Kelly Thomas Verdict Reflects the Importance of Appearances in Polite Society.
Update January 16 » Site Hacked!
Update #2 - January 24
The Always-Surprised Fed » 'makes it up' As They Go
.. we have Jim Rickards saying here (Feb 12, 2014) »
You can actually go back and look at their one-year forward forecast for the last four years. Every one of them was wrong by orders of magnitude.
So they have a terrible forecasting record. So the fact that they were surprised by the data doesnt surprise me because they're always surprised.
The Fed has missed every bubble for the last twenty years. They didnt get one of them right. We have Bernanke on record in 2007 talking about the mortgage meltdown saying that this is going to blow over.
They've been making it up for the last five years and they're going to keep making it up." <end Rickards' quote>
» Federal Reserve Waxes Avant-Garde Like Joyce
Notice in particular, the phrase » making it up. Because the process of » making-it-up-as-you-go ..
.. sometimes called » stream-of-consciousness ..
Let me quote for you directly from the opening line of his Wikipedia entry:
"..an Irish novelist and poet, considered to be one of the most influential writers in the modernist avant-garde of the early 20th century."
Joyce, okay. I can go there. I can understand Joyce making it up as he goes.
(.. because it can harm so many more people).
A ship sailing in uncharted waters .. would not that venture seem more risky? Than a voyage you had made many times before.
Two points. Point #1 » The artist should be out there on the bleeding edge .. not the crafters of the economy ..
James Joyce is » One of Us
.. my impression of him is » he is one of us.
One day in the sweet by-and-by, you are going to walk out onto a baseball diamond to take the field and you are gonna look over and say »
» "Holy Mackerel .. that's James Joyce. James Ulysses Joyce is on our team."
As opposed to say somebody like, say » Nabokov (1899-1977, born the same year as Hemingway) .. who I read and feel like he is a talent that defies grasping. A monster talent. Obviously. "How the fuck does he *do* that?"
Joyce, on the other hand, is someone with whom I feel a certain, easy sense of artistic kinship.
Nabokov used to teach classes on Tolstoy and Anna. These classes, I feel, were certainly some of, if not THEE best college classes in the history of higher education.
Rad note [ Feb 12, 2014 ] » This section that deals with the Federal Reserve waxing avant-garde ..
.. is so cool that I copied the entire section and transferred it to its own, individual entry-page.
This gives me more and better options for using the concepts contained in this section. See here » The Always-Surprised Fed Waxes Avant-Garde Like James Joyce.
James Joyce » Best Writer of the Entire Twentieth Century?
I would be arriving early for those classes.
And yes, that is a big compliment, I would say. But with Joyce, I felt something inside (actually) thank God for him.
Like, on its own.
The moocow. Every kid oughta know about the moocow .. that came down along the road.
[ My favorite version of Portrait is the Recorded Books audiobook, because it is narrated by an Irish guy with an Irish accent. ]
Rad note » The section of today's entry that deals with James Joyce has been lifted and off-loaded to its own separate entry .. see here » James Joyce » Best Writer of the (Entire) Twentieth Century?
At the end of that entry is a link that will return you to the exact spot from which this entry originated.
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So I feel like a storm came along and blew me off course. (Two storms, actually. One right after the other.)
I said I would do it .. but the mood has changed. (Dramatically so.) I'm sure you understand.
One aspect however, of today's entry, where I *am* remaining true to what I wrote back at Christmas ..
I said before that I was 'better' at forcing .. but that may just be because I have more practice at it.
Letting is more difficult than you might think. For me, anyway. For reasons that are beyond the scope of today's entry.
I can see that both forcing and letting are involved. You force some things while letting some others.
If it sounds complicated .. then I can see how that might seem understandable. This is what I mean about » embracing duality.
Does not the yin-yang symbol seem to suggest the » putting-together (fusion) of things you might not ordinarily expect to go together?
A place where opposites exist in harmony .. together. Maybe it's just an ideal to strive for.
Anyway, I can feel myself reorientating (.. in my quest to 'explore' and therefore better understand the creative process).
Let me just say this » if you really have the goods .. if you are the Real Deal (like Cormac, like Bob Marley, like Tolstoy, like Fitzgerald, like Rembrandt, like Dylan and certainly like Hemingway), you neednt SAY you have the goods. (Why waste your breath?)
The artist must venture into his own soul and come back with the goods. He must demand ever-more of himself ..
.. even when he thinks there is nothing left. He must do the impossible .. again and again.
» The Creative Process
On the subject of creativity (of the artist) .. I feel that I have an advantage over the 'average' artist ..
Whereas art is very much about BENDING rules, to your purpose (of expression). By their very nature rules are » limiting.
At no time during the six years (2,192 days) that I spent in the military .. did anyone ever come up to me and say, "Dude, we want you to get creative with this reactor today, okay? See what you can do. Have fun."
So, in an attempt to further their art and speak more of their soul, the artist seeks not only to perfect his art, but also to transcend its limits (.. which can sometimes be interpreted as » BREAKING).
[ So naturally it was interesting to learn what Oscar Wilde said about the Writer.
Remind me to discuss the importance of the mismatcher. ]
Of course, this approach will likely result in his ass getting kicked .. more than once or twice. But he does not seem to care.
Along with discovering how something can appear obvious yet profound. At the same time.
He's a poetry major. MFA. That must be how he landed the part to play Ginsberg in 'Howl' ]
» Effect of the Artist on the Culture (and Vice Versa)
Anyway .. that is all I am going to say on the subject right now. Because I now find myself pondering [ i see the shift i must follow ] the role that is played by the artist in helping to define the culture.
Before leaving this subject however, let me just add that my intuition here ..
This is not the right way to say it, but you will catch my drift. The only limitation I have encountered with the gift is » the size of your balls.
And this man has large balls. Very large. Cojones grande huevos. Dragging on the floor behind him. "Anybody seen my wheelbarrow?" The cantaloupe man.
Or maybe they did, and he turned them down.
» Feinstein vs the CIA on Torture
Speaking of interesting perspectives ..
.. the concluding paragraphs of this article say this:In her speech on Tuesday, Feinstein said the CIA had conducted potentially unconstitutional and illegal searches of computers of congressional staffers investigating the agency's interrogation and detention program.
She called the dispute "a defining moment for the oversight role of our intelligence committee", while another veteran Democrat, senator Patrick Leahy, later described her speech as the most important any senator had made to the house.
Big words, no? Corn calls it a constitutional crisis.
I have done a little research into Feinstein. She is a bad-ass. Word on the street is that you don't want to be in Feinstein's cross-hairs. And especially not her constitutional cross-hairs. "I tried to be nice. But they won't let me."
Here is her exact quote:
You probably know that I find much of politics distasteful. But this seems downright juicy.
» How Do You Like THEM Apples?
But no one was there.
Good, yes .. but sad that it took so long for the Administration to cop to even the most basic Fourth Amendment rights.
The framers of our Constitution must be rolling over in their graves.
Leaders Who Are Man Enough to » Accept Responsibility for Their Fuck-ups
.. things that stain the very definition of what it means to be an American.
We're not talking about falling on your sword, or anything so noble.
I mean, it's not like we havent given them enough time .. to grow some cojones. I am talking about » time to cop and accept responsibility. (Like a man.)
I remember because I had to go home and get two pieces of mail with my name and address on it. Cuz I hadnt been living there for very long.
So I almost said, "Fuck it." But I thought you were worth it.
Rad note » this section that deals with a rear-view look at the Bush presidency was so different from the subject of the main text that I transferred it to its own, separate entry .. see here » Thanks for Memories, George.
At the end of that entry is a link to return you here.
Historic Economic Inequality and the » Carried Interest Deduction
And I would like to ask Senator Feinstein » Why does the government encourage (subsidize) the very wealthy to move up from an already expensive house (mansion) ..
.. when so many cannot even afford a cheap house?
In other words .. why dont you cap the mortgage interest deduction at some reasonable limit?"
Yes, I know the answer to that question .. but I'd like to hear your response, anyway.
Yes, I know that is not the carried interest deduction, but they are both policies that go together in helping to create this historic inequality that we now have.
What the fuck? You fucks are ruining our country.
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