Musings

April 9, 2021

look at me, i’m gordon gekko

Being everywhere at once is an appropriated style I adopted from the speed freaks of the Gordon Gekko generation. Everybody wants everything at once. I don’t have time, they chant. I’m busy, they say. Busy doing what? Everybody’s busy. Everybody is busy being busy. And if you’re not busy, you’re wasting time. Shame on you. You lazy…

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May 23, 2020

Even monsters need to eat

Everybody keeps going on about returning back to normal as if we could carry on living our lives the same way before the pandemic struck. I don’t want to find my way back to normal. I was already tired of the ‘image is everything’ culture we’d been sold through the foul mouths of marketers who…

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September 30, 2016

This made me chuckle

It’s a quote I stumbled upon this morning from Scott Scanlon:  I logged into Facebook yesterday and a few of my friends shared pictures of their dinner. It made me think… before social media did people take pictures of their dinner and then when you came over they said… “you got to see this, here’s…

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September 20, 2016

What role does outcomes play in your choice of careers?

Ok. Imagine you have just won £10 million in the lottery.  Would you quit your current job or would stay on as if nothing  has changed? We recorded the next episode of the Havana Cafe Sessions podcast today and our topic was about work and why people do it.  During my conversation with Sarah, I mentioned…

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September 15, 2016

They say you can never go home again

For many years I have traveled in many parts of the world.  In America I live in New York, or dip into Chicago or San Francisco.  But New York is no more America than Paris is France or London is England.  Thus I discovered that I did not know my own country. I, an American…

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June 21, 2009

happy father’s day to all you fathers out there

I am awakened by the howling of my neighbor’s cat beneath my window.  I had intended to have a lie-in seeing how it is Sunday morning.  I don’t usually lie-in.  Perhaps my neighbor’s cat realizes this and is trying to keep me from regretting not getting up early.  I stumble out of the bed.  I…

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January 31, 2009

19 and life to go

I am glad I did the things I did when I was young.  I lived hard and played hard as a soldier and a young man.  I see some of these young kids in the call centre and I think what a waste of youth.  I am working with a 19 year old girl and…

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December 10, 2008

life is

life is confusing life is good life is crazy life is upside down life is limited life is awkward life is exciting life is scary life is brilliant life is dumb life is mad life is love life is a cold beer and a pretty girl

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November 27, 2008

go to war or go to jail

(The photo is of me on a training exercise back in the day.  Note:  I have an AK47 in my hand.  Rawdawg will appreciate that.  Click on the photo to see a larger version.) — Here is a little known fact: by formal education, I am a military historian.  You start life down one path,…

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November 19, 2008

worn out

i am worn out today.  i had a small breakfast and missed lunch, which is not a good thing when you are running 1000 miles an hour; i need some fuel.  my henry rollins books came in the post today, along with the first issue of my subscription to philosophy now; more reading material.  another…

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September 26, 2008

song meme

A good friend of mine, Tim Clague, tagged me with the song meme.  I don’t usually do the memes, but Tim is like a demi-god so I thought I’d better do it or face his god like vengeance.  Anyway here are the instructions: Find a song that sums up what you think it means to…

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September 22, 2008

josephine

I met a girl named Josephine today.  She reminded me of the old army cadence we used to sing about a girl named Josephine and it went something like this: Hey Hey Josephine How do you do Do you remember me baby Like I remember you We used to meet out yonder Behind your old…

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August 21, 2008

from the cradle to the grave

(taken at the American Cemetery in Luxembourg, where General Patton is buried. Click here for a larger view) I turned 4o today. And at first I thought I should spend some time reflecting over the past 40 years of my life. But as I sat down to write this post, I didn’t feel like looking…

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July 27, 2008

twilight zone

The time for our trip is growing closer. I can feel the pull of the open road. My mind has already begun to dissolve the ordinary world. I am now in that twilight period where I am neither here nor there. I am becoming more aware of the wisdom contained in the phrase, “The more…

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May 30, 2008

enlightenment and burgers

I had lunch with my friend Beth of Mosaic fame. I haven’t seen her for months. Yesterday I texted her and when ended up getting into a lively discussion about the merits or demerits of living a green, healthy, spiritually rich life and what is the nature of good energy and bad energy, and past…

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May 26, 2008

unconscious mutterings

Thought I’d play along: Referral :: Friend Indiana :: Jones Foil :: Stop Horizon :: Distant Event :: Driven Sailing :: Home Footage :: Old Sunday :: Booty Breathtaking :: View Dude! :: Friend If you want to play along go here. P.S. thanks Lady Banana

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May 17, 2008

am i really that selfish?

I’m reading Richard Wiseman’s book, Quirkology: the curious science of everyday lives, and in it he talks about the personality profiling work of Hans Eysenck a pioneer in the field of personality research. Through research and statistical analysis Eysenck determined that personality is composed of three main elements: Extroversion, Neuroticism, and Psychoticism. Most current researchers…

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