Monday, April 22, 2013

A fresh start

Today I start a new job.  I was with my last employer for 6 years and one day, of which the last four years were miserable.  Being miserable at work takes a serious toll on one's life as I found out.  I have a good feeling about this new place and hope to put the days of misery behind me!  I know there will always be "bad days" at any job, but when bad days are the norm and good days are shocking because they are so rare, it's time to move on.

Wish me luck!

Thanks for reading and I hope I'll soon be in a better head space to start writing again!

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Listening down Memory Lane

Ever since I was a little kid, literally as far back as I can remember, music has had a profound effect on me.  So today, just for kicks, I thought I'd post up some of my favorite tunes going all the way back to the stuff I was hearing on the ol' AM radio in my parent's VW squareback, up through what I'm digging today.  Hope you enjoy!







Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Who is in charge here?

It's a common idea that the President, and for that matter, Congress are all "puppets" and they are simply going through the motions, and doing the bidding of their "masters".  I'm not just talking about Obama here, this goes back as far as I have been aware of politics, which for me is the early 1980's.

I've been thinking about this a lot lately as there has been so much blathering on lately about the "Liberal Agenda" and all the rallying cries around gun control.  The implication being that somewhere, some group of unspeakably evil men are sitting around hatching plans to "Destroy America".

Now, don't get me wrong, I truly believe that things are REALLY messed up here.  This is not the America I grew up in.  This is not the America I was always proud of.  It is a god-awful mess and nobody seems to have clue as to what to do about it.

But again, the very idea of some small group of men (And surely they are men, right?  And probably white men too?  For what is more evil than a white man?)  controlling this great nation and influencing the entire world by extension, seems ludicrous to me.

So, who are these mystery men?  Don't give me "bankers" or "look up Agenda 21" or "oil companies" - I want names.  Who is really controlling the U.S. government and how do we know?  What proof is there?  If all you have are conspiricy theories, then you don't have shit.  Where is the proof?

Personally, I think our problems come around because of two different reasons.  Number one, politicians by and large have HUGE egos and they think all their ideas are brilliant and should be implemented, post haste.  And number two, people are selfish.  Especially nowadays.  Citizens throw screaming hissie-fits in an attempt to get what they want.  Politicians are more than happy to give them what they want, so they can keep their jobs.  Which is what the politicians want.  Selfishness and greed are what brought us here in my opinion.  Not some shady evil doers hiding behind the curtain, pulling all the puppets' strings.

Then again, what do I know?

Monday, January 14, 2013

Lag time...

Good grief!  I can't believe we're already halfway through January!  I'm so far behind in everything...  Where DOES the time go?!? 

The new year got off to a rocky start for me and mine, but things seem to be evening out and getting back on track. 

With all the screaming about fiscal cliffs and gun control and all the other non-sense going on all over the globe I found myself not wanting to write, not knowing what to write about, not wanting to join in the fray...  And so I didn't.

But I also didn't want this blog to languish again.  It's like calling the old friend/sibling/parent you haven't spoken to in a while - the longer you put off picking up the phone, the harder it gets to pick it up and just make the call.  So, even though I don't have much to say, I'm picking up just so it doesn't get any harder than it already is.

Despite the rough start, I feel optimistic about 2013.  Last year was pretty much the worst year of my life, so short of some terrible disease or something, I feel this year has GOT to be at least a little better.  I'm not asking for miracles, just a little peace and quiet.  Some time to breathe, some time to collect my thoughts.

I lost 23 pounds last year and I'm feeling better physically than I have in a long time.  My smoking has dropped off significantly which I feel good about.  I met a new musician in town and might get out to do a little jamming which is exciting cuz' it's been a long time - too long in fact.  Got a call out of the blue from a long-lost relative that I was actually EXCITED to hear from.  My job still sucks, but my prospects for finding a new one seem to be improving and I may have a new one sooner than expected (knock on wood!).  I have a beautiful wife and daughter and both my folks are still alive and well. 

I have a lot to be thankful for.

Best wishes to you all for a fantastic 2013!  Thanks for reading.