Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Just Thinking About Things


The big problem I have is in the present world there is very little privacy
available. There is just no time available to simply daydream and relax. The stresses of the world would be unrelenting.

Would even a round of golf present enough of an escape?

I notice that one of our best presidents, Dwight Eisenhower, was an amateur painter. He endured the pressures of the presidency and of having been a general. Probably the escape into the world of an artist let him zone out the cares of the world for a period and allowed him to maintain his mental health. He was a golfer too.

Each person must maintain a personal space. More or less according to the person but there must be enough.

Probably too much and the person would become sort of an unresponsive zombie. Too little and there might be a tendency to nervousness and irritability.

I really do not think I would like to be a world ruler no matter what the rewards. It is easy to say from my position at the bottom but I do really enjoy having the opportunity to meditate on the flowers on the wall occasionally. It is a rough job but it really should be done.

It is an interesting thing to think about how someone like Alexander The Great conquered much of the world but then died at the age of 32. Would he possibly have done better for himself contemplating roses a bit more than going out and getting multiple battle injuries?

There are always philosophical what could have been thoughts. Some of course are good and others not so good.

It is interesting thinking about how a person could have a personal space when large families were the rule and crowded living conditions. Personal privacy just was not available in many situations in the past. Many people nowadays are kept on a fairly tight leash as well.

Too much or too little. It really is not an option of our choosing in many cases. We are dealt the cards we must play with.

It is a shame that so much potential is wasted in many cases by frustration over having nothing to do or frustration over being swamped with things to do.


Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Surprise Appearance Of Black-Eyed Susans

Surprise appearance is a good way to describe these flowers showing up at the end of one of my front hedges.

I have always thought some flowers would be nice to break up the green but never got around to doing something about it. These showed up just this year.

They have been shining away for the summer and I suppose they are a little past their prime but they still really look good where they are.

I do not know where they came from. The only others on the street are a little ways down the street but who really knows the workings of nature. I do know the workings, in this case, are very nice.

It may be worth the while in future years to get some for a bed on the other side of the porch. They really brighten things up. They last quite a while too.

I enjoy nice displays of flowers but in recent years it is more as a spectator rather than an active planter.

It is really a great feeling to see something like this showing up. I have always liked to look at my roses, lilacs and such things as daylilies but the persistent display of the black-eyed susans is really impressive.

I have talked it up pretty well and now I really think it would be sort of enjoyable to actually do something.




Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Niagara Falls

Isn't it really interesting how living a few miles from a natural wonder of the world sometimes can be taken for granted.


It is such an easy trip to get there that you might tend to take it for granted. It really is huge.


I think one of the things that happens is we need to somehow attempt to diminish something so vast.

The beauty can even defy description at times. It is something you never really tire of seeing.






It is quite an interesting being dwarfed by nature. It is actually a great experience wandering around the area.





There is something for everyone and it even changes with the time of the day and also the time of the year.




Thursday, August 25, 2016

The Physics of Sailing - KQED QUEST

You can not imagine how fascinating this is to anyone who has done a little sailing.


I hope there are some comments

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Bothersome Changes

Generally it is the small changes we have to make that seem to create the most
aggravation

I use FIOS and you have to dial 10 digits. No "1" at the start, just ten digits for all calls.

It is hard to describe how worrisome this change seemed before I had to actually use it. I was never going to be able to remember all those numbers.

It seems so silly now but during the buildup to the switch I was really concerned.

Not too many people today remember the previous number we used like LIncoln-1068 or UNiversity-8467 but we survived not having words or names to remind us of the first two digits.

Ten digits seems natural now.

It is actually simpler dialing anywhere in the country now and with my plan the cost is the same. All I have to do is dial 617 as the first three numbers rather than 716 and it is simple as a local call.

It is a little aggravating every now and then getting wrong numbers from places like Seattle, WA but I guess that is the price you have to pay.

In a way it is being pulled out of your comfort zone.

You had gotten comfortable where you were and any change at all creates an unsettled feeling.

Getting rid of nuisances like party lines and trying to explain to an operator what you really mean is really progress in my book.

Forget the loss of telephone books. There are other ways to deal with it

Some comments would be appreciated.