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I’m Gettin’ Really Torqued!

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

 

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For those of you who have been living in a cave for most of your lives, you can translate the “torqued” in the heading of this blog to “mad” or “angry”.  Actually, I was going to use the word “pissed” (which everyone understands) but I thought it would look tacky in bold print.  I’d hate to tarnish my image, ya know.

 

However for today’s discussion of anger, let’s quantify the intensity of our focus with the words “downright, flat-assed pissed off!”  I think that’s quite clear.  Let’s proceed.

 

The first question is “What makes you angry (as in pissed off)?”

 

Inconsiderate, rude people?  Bad drivers?  Lousy service?  Brainless bosses?  Dumb subordinates?  Idiot lawyers?  Answering machines?  The government?  Waiting in line?  Foreigners?  Big business?  Potholes?  Traffic jams?  Airports?   The news?  TV programming?  Your significant other?  Your kids?  Your neighbors?  Uncle Harold?  Aunt Edna?  The stupid dog?  The friggin’ car?  The damned washing machine?  Your lost keys? The toilet? The pillow?  Your socks?

 

Wanna know what makes me really, really mad?

 

Nothing…

 

Hmmm, OK – how about what sometimes makes me upset and sort of irritated? 

 

That would be me. 

 

Huh?

 

Me.  Just me.  I’m the one who “makes” me upset and sort of irritated once in a while.   I’m the only one who can “make” me do that.  No one else, no event, no situation can make me get mad.  Our anger doesn’t come from the outside.  It can’t.  It’s strictly an internal emotion that surges – and sometimes even erupts – as the result of our perception and feelings about an “outside” situation.

 

From the way it looks, we humans are probably designed and assembled with the brain wiring and foundation programming it takes to feel and express anger.

Although experts disagree on the ability to logically differentiate between anger and distress in very young infants, we parents can all remember the early signals of displeasure to varying degrees in our youngin’s.  Spitting the strained peas in Grandma’s face is a good example.

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Really Scary Stuff…

Monday, January 28th, 2013

 

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With the probable exception of some basic instincts – or motivation toward self-preservation – we’ve just flat-assed learned to be afraid of about all the rest of the stuff we’re afraid of.  I know, the word “about” is a cop-out but I’m using it because I’m not really sure where this next mega-fear comes from.

 

The one fear that trips most of us up is – the FEAR of the UNKNOWN!!  It has provided the foundation for some really great movies and TV programs but it has also managed to slap the snot out of most of us at one time or another.  If someone will hum the theme to “The Twilight Zone”, I’ll proceed.  Thank you.

 

To start, let’s lump a bunch of this together into the category we’ll simply label as “The Future” (I think I’m overdoing this capitalization crap.  Sorry…) Most of us have a tendency to spend an inordinate amount of time and energy thinking about what is lurking just around the corner.  We imagine (as in image – create a mental picture of) all sorts of bad things.  We latch onto a few perceived facts and using our worst mental programming, fill in the blanks with the very worst negative scenarios we can possible conjure up.            We then extrapolate from this erroneous foundation through all the imaginary conversations and situations to the most creative, catastrophic conclusion possible.  What a cool thing to be able to do!   But here’s the best part.  If we focus really, really hard on our mental movie, there’s a fairly good chance that some of it may actually come true!

 

For those of you who are sure that I’ve blown a gasket, just hangy on a minute and you’ll see where I’m going with this…

 

OK, back to the future (I think I’ll suggest that as a title for a movie trilogy…).  Here’s what we know for sure about our future.  Nothing!  Zip!  Nada!  Gar Nichts!  Zero!  It just ain’t happened yet – at least that we know of.  And yes, based on our knowledge of the facts related to a given situation coupled with a fair amount of deductive reasoning we can predict with varying degrees of accuracy what may happen on down the road. But can we really know?  Ain’t no way in hell!  Life has altogether too many variables to be able to plug them into a pat formula to predict the future. 

 

I could waste time and space here giving you a pile of examples on how our personal projections have turned out to be something other than we expected.  We’ve all had enough life experiences so we can individually look back and grab a few dozen on our own.  Just think about projected conversations or confrontations with your boss, employees, significant other or children that never came to pass and you’ll get the idea. 

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A Casual Bystander’s View of Sports

Saturday, October 27th, 2012

 

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I’ve really never been a sports-minded person.  Sure, I participated in a bit of basket shootin’ and hittin’ the ball around when I was in grade school but that’s as far as it ever went.  The reason may have had something to do with the size of rural school where I attended grades one through eight.  I guess when there is a total student population of 14 – yes, in all grades, girls included – it’s a little difficult to completely grasp the “team sports” concept.

 

High school was a different story though.  Growing up in sports-minded Nebraska, I certainly had every opportunity to get involved in football, or even basketball or track for that matter.  So why didn’t I?  Well, probably because I was really (and I mean REALLY!) a shy farm boy with the self-confidence of a grape.  I took me a lot of years to wiggle my way out of that hole and truthfully, depending on the situation, I still have my moments.

 

As a result, I never really developed a full appreciation for either individual or team sports activities.  I don’t have any favorite sports “stars” (well, maybe with the exception of NASCAR driver, Mark Martin…) nor do I root for any particular team – in any sport.  Oh sure, I do appreciate the effort and training it takes to become skilled in any of the sports.  And I have a basic understanding of the techniques and strategies involved in many of the sports activities.  But that’s about as far as it goes.  Sick, huh?

 

Having said that, I’d like to take a minute to offer a big round of applause for all of those creative individuals and organizations that have contributed in any way to our present sports activities.  Through their efforts, we as a society are now able to:

 

 

Spend countless hours every week nestled comfortably in our recliners, drinking beer and ignoring the rest of the world.

 

Swear at the TV without being considered weird.

 

Cook brats on a grill in a public parking lot.

 

Watch bouncing boobies on the sidelines without being the recipient of disapproving looks from our spouses – or…

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Backin’ Off to Move Ahead

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

 

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I hate to be the bearer of bad news but I think we’ve done it to ourselves.  In spite of all of the technological advancements, cool gadgets and labor-saving devices that are supposed to make our life easier, I think we’re losing ground.  You say that doesn’t make any sense at all?  Why, look at how far mankind has come in just the last hundred years or so.  Look at all of the advances in electronics, medicine, transportation and entertainment.  Look at all of the wonderful products available in our department stores and supermarkets.  And if you can’t find it in the stores, for dang sure it’ll be on-line.  If you want “it” – “it” is out there.  We can find ANYTHING we want!  Life is really, really good!

 

Or is it really?  Is life as good as we think it is – or have we just filled it with so many gadgets and activities that we’ve fooled ourselves into believing it’s good?  Is there a remote possibility that we’re missing something?  Something that could help make our lives a lot easier and a heck of a lot more enjoyable?

 

It sure looks like it to me.

 

Let’s take a step back for just a minute to look at the big picture.  As I’m updating this, the world population is estimated to be 7,046,257,349 – plus or minus a half dozen or so.  We’re over the 7 billion mark.  Impressive, huh?  Sort of scary too, when you get right down to it.  7 billion people trying to survive in whatever situation they find themselves in.  7 billion folks working, laughing, crying, reproducing and doing any of the other zillion things that we humans do.

 

What a large segment of that huge glob of people are unfortunately not doing however, is “tuning in”.  And no, I’m not talking about selecting any one of half a zillion TV channels or radio stations.  I’m talking about really tuning in to whatever the heck that “bigger thing” is that we’re all a part of.  Call it Universal Consciousness, our Spiritual Selves, the Big Picture, the Grand Scheme of Things, or whatever you want.  It’s that incomprehensible, mysterious something that binds us all together and provides a basic purpose for our existence in the first place.

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Animal Instincts

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012

 

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We all are animals, right?  Mammals?  Sure we are.  We all have fur, a self-regulating body temperature – and our females have mammary glands (that’s boobs for those of you who don’t normally think in more precise anatomical terms).  Besides, if we aren’t plants – with a few exceptions that I’m sure are coming to mind out there – then we gotta be animals.  That’s the only other choice. 

 

So if we’re closely related to critters like dogs, cats, lions, tigers and bears, doesn’t it make sense that we showed up here on planet earth with at least a few of the same type of traits?  Animals are naturally assembled with characteristics that will permit them to survive in less than ideal environments – and do all those things it takes to keep their species alive for thousands of years.  Yeah, I know – that is unless we humans start putzing with their environment and remove all chances of their survival.  That’s happened entirely too much.

 

But apart from that, if left to their own devices animals do a darned good job of hanging in there (surviving) at least long enough to do the propagation thing (make more of their kind of animals).  Since we’re animals, that applies to us too.  Experts generally agree that we humans arrive here on earth pre-wired and pre-programmed to do those things it takes for us to survive – not only as individuals, but also as a species.  That makes sense.  These animal instincts have allowed us to grow from an indeterminate handful of Homo sapiens to a population of about seven billion people. 

 

For the most part, our survival instincts serve us well.  Threats to our survival (perceived or real) however, have occasionally prompted us to take drastic steps to protect ourselves – both as individuals and as groups.   I’m not necessarily saying “bad” steps – just beyond the ones we normally associate with everyday living.  Such as?  Such as moving from an area of town where there were a couple of drug busts to the perceived safety of a nice secure gated community.  Oh yeah, then there’s installation of the security alarm system and the purchase of a 9mm handgun as backup.  How about a big dog and pepper spray – just in case?  Classes in self defense might not be a bad investment either come to think of it.  And maybe bars on the windows, too.  And… well, you get the idea.  An instinct for self (and maybe family, too) preservation coupled with a touch of fear can easily direct us down a path we would not normally have taken.

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This Just Ain’t Good!

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

 

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“Nope, this just ain’t good!”  How many times in our lives have we had those or similar words bouncing around inside our skulls?  Yeah, I’ve lost count, too! 

 

There are usually only a few reasons these annoying words show up.  Occasionally, it’ll be when we just run smack-dab into an “Oh Sh–!” situation.  You know what I mean.  Accidents, diseases and a whole bunch of other stuff that seem to have popped up out of nowhere and suddenly we find ourselves up to our neck in swamp water with alligators nipping at our butts.

 

Now admittedly, some of these situations that seem to pop up out of nowhere are a normal result of the things we personally did or didn’t do.  We made our own bed and suddenly we’re forced to either lie in it or start ripping off the sheets.  Don’t ya just hate it when that happens?

 

Other times, an event occurs that honestly is completely beyond our control.  These are just unfortunately, part of life.  Natural disasters, impulsive or inconsiderate actions by other folks and many diseases fall into this category.  Once again, we’re put into a position where we’ll likely need to do something that we never would have wanted to do in the first place.  Dang the bad luck…

 

In both of these types of situations, we’re forced into a position of either having to “act” or suffer the undesirable consequences.  Most of us will then put our logic and maybe even our survival instincts to work to do those things we need to do to try to overcome our yucky situation.  More often than not, we’ll succeed.  Cool!

 

But what about those situations that quietly sneak up on us?  You know the ones I’m talking about.  It’s the job that started out to be pretty good and later on down the road has turned into drudgery and uncertainty.  The relationship that was once built on caring and compassion which has deteriorated into indifference or abuse.  The life path that was once paved and well maintained that has made a gradual transition into a muddy cow path.  Now what?

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Your Cat’s in my Garden

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

 

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Ringgggggg…

 

“Good morning…”

 

“This is Mrs. Olsen.  You need to come get your cat out of my garden!”

 

“Excuse me?”

 

“I said, you need to come get your cat out of my garden.  I don’t want him crapping all over the place!”

 

“I’m afraid you’re mistake…”

 

“I want him out now!”

 

“But we don’t have a cat.”

 

“Don’t lie to me!  I know it’s your cat and I want him out of my garden!”

 

“Seriously, we have a dog but we don’t have a cat.”

 

“Yes you do – and it’s in my garden and I want him out of there!”

 

“Ma’am… we do NOT own a cat!”

 

“Damnit!  I just hate people like you!”

 

Click…

 

Poor Mrs. Olsen.  I don’t know if she was just so frustrated by a cat being in her garden that she dialed the wrong number and didn’t realize it – or if she really believed that it honestly was our cat.  Whatever the reason, it was never mentioned again.

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Busy, busy, busy, busy…..

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

 

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…busy, busy, busy, busy, busy… OK, slap me with a wet diaper!  Enough of that silliness.  Most you know what I’m talking about though, right?  That’s us!  Busy.  Doing what?  Stuff.  What kinds of stuff?  All kinds of stuff.  Like what?  You name it.  Give me an example.  Can’t.  Why not?  Too busy…

 

OK – that’s it!  Blow the damned whistle!  We need a Time Out!

 

Holy Smokes, Folks!  We’re going outta control.  No, not all of us of course.  But there are enough of us pushing our physical, mental and emotional limits that it’s worthwhile talking about it.  Let me ask you this.  When was the last time you just kicked back and looked at the clouds to see what cartoonish kinds of figures or shapes you could see in them?  Or the last time you touched a plant leaf and really thought about how it felt and how amazing it was that it was an actual living thing?  Or the last time you strolled leisurely down the road or path and thought about nothing in particular?  Or the last time you watched a baby sleep and enjoyed the feeling of being a part of a great creation?  Or the last time you leaned back in an easy chair and snoozed – not because you were completely worn out, but just because it seemed like a neat thing to do?

 

How long has it been?  An extremely long time?  Never?  Hmmm…

 

Many of us unfortunately, are the proud owners of the skewed assumption that we must always be doing something.  OK, for those of you who have a tendency to get overly technical, we are always doing something – even when we’re doing “nothing”.  You know what I mean.  I’m referring to our obsession with physical and mental (and sometimes emotional) activity.  We go to work, do stuff, talk with folks, go home, go to the store, go out to an activity, run errands, pay bills, haul the kids around, fix meals, do yard work, do house work, fix stuff, paint stuff, reorganize stuff, buy more stuff, watch TV, surf the web, and on and on.  Even our vacations are so crammed with “doing” that we’re pooped puppies by the time we get back home.

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Are You Just “Going Through the Motions”?

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

 

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It wasn’t a very big bush yet – only about a foot or so tall.  It did have the promise of developing into something quite a bit larger.  Now, I’m not too sure.  We’ll just have to see.  With a stubby two inch high, frayed trunk sticking up rather forlornly from a small bare patch of lawn, I’d say the chances for survival are about fifty-fifty.

 

I’m fairly sure it wasn’t my neighbor’s objective to intentionally commit bush murder.  He seems like a pretty nice guy and not the type to purposefully do anything mean.  Even to a little bush.  The best I can tell from the mowing pattern, he just used a bit more of my lawn to turn his riding lawnmower than he originally intended.  Or maybe he meant to use this part of my lawn as turning space and for some reason didn’t see the little bush.  I don’t really know – and it’s not particularly important because after all, it was just a little bush.  Poor little bush…

 

It does happen to the best of us though, doesn’t it?  Sometimes we get distracted by life stuff and we mess something up or we just don’t do quite as good a job at whatever we were working on as we could have.  Or – we find ourselves performing a task (maybe even our real job) that we don’t particularly enjoy or maybe didn’t want to do in the first place and we just sort of go through the motions to get it done.  Fill the squares, write the memos, hammer the nails, wipe the counter, label the gadget, whomp the whanger, doink the frammitz, and put one more coat of paint on the damn porch railing.   Just gettin’ by.  Just goin’ through the motions.

 

With the little stuff of life – painting a porch railing, dusting the knick-knacks, mowing the yard – “gettin’ by” is generally OK.  I need to toss in that “generally” because we all know that occasionally a significant other may have an entirely different perspective on the situation and feel compelled to make his or her feelings known.  Sometimes even to everyone within a four block radius.  “HAROLD!  YOU GET THAT PAINT CAN AND GET YOUR BUTT BACK UP ON THAT PORCH AND DO THE JOB RIGHT THIS TIME!!!”  Poor Harold…

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Are You Soakin’ It Up?

Monday, June 25th, 2012

 

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Are you soaking it up… and holding it way down inside you like an old sponge?  Be careful.  Just like an old sponge that’s held its liquid a little too long, we may start to get stinky in a day or two.  I’m referring to “soaking up” all that wonderful information that comes to us mainly through our televisions, radios and computers.  Information that is then refortified and nourished through conversations with our friends or relatives.

 

It’s unfortunately a fact of life.  Every minute of every day, the media presents “news” that is frequently disturbing.  Coverage of terrorist acts, wars, airline crashes, natural disasters – all kinds of information that show, sometimes in graphic detail, the tragic events of our world and the how they are impacting the lives of our fellow man.

 

Here’s the problem.  Many of us humans have a tendency to become over-focused on these events.  For some strange reason, beyond a reasonable desire to be informed, we find ourselves sitting in front of our televisions or our computers viewing, listening to and reading everything we can about the current “terrible event”.  We are “soakin’ it up”!

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