Monday, December 14, 2009

My Good, Good Friends

Recently, I've had a bout of bad luck that even my therapist could not explain away. I attributed it to karma, bad luck and those little gray guys from UFO's, but nothing could assuage my fears and anxieties until I realized that I was not the only one with troubles. A very good friend of mine has been having terrible troubles at work, similar to my own, but even worse! She has been going in early, staying late and worrying that her job might be in jeopardy. At least, my day (night) job is not going anywhere. If anything, there could be even more job security for me in these trying times when we can expect more crime, more corruption and more people flocking to prison expecting free room and board. My friend's situation made mine look less troublesome. At least, I know I can depend on my job to remain steady until I choose to leave it.

Another friend of mine has also had some very trying problems both at work and at home. Trying to balance the home life, family and friends against a stressful job where co-workers have been making life harder than it should be for such a good-hearted person. Most of my own problems are self-inflicted. Not so, my friends' problems. It brings to mind the old adage about greener grass, wetter water and slimier slime (depending on what you might find desirable). I find myself reminiscing about happier times as the holidays converge on us, but were they truly happier times or simply times less fraught with responsibility and knowledge? Is it not very true that ignorance is bliss? The older we grow, the more we know, and the more we wish for simpler times when we were a bit more gullible, a bit more adventurous and a great deal less respsonsible.

Like the little hamster's wheel, we go round and round in endless cycles ever hopeful that our next cycle will bring happier days, more sunshine and laughter.

Merry Christmas to all and Happy New Year. Drink a toast to me and I will remember you in my dreams of tomorrow.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Decisions, Decisions

A while back when gasoline prices were high (much like they are today), I was tempted to buy a motorcycle to drive to work. But caution and pictures like this one made me change my mind. I mean, if this is what motorcyclists have to expect, then hey! It's not for me. I've been away from my blogs for quite some time and thought I'd best get busy before I forget how to write these wonderful little blurbs. All is well, or at least as well as can be expected. Currently, I'm working on Book XVI: Omar the Prophet in the Red Cross of Gold Series.
I haven't had the time to do much editing lately what with all the exciting news on the TV distracting me. I mean how can I concentrate when Tiger Woods might be breaking up his marriage? Great Scot!! What will I do without Elin or Erin or Elaine or whatever as his wife? I'll have to make major adjustments.... tsk, tsk.
And then there's the money left over from our last greatest finanacial debacle in Washington. What to do... what to do... How should we rush out like idiots and spend all that money we didn't have to start with again?! Hmmmmmm.... let's see....
And then there's Global Warming. Geeshh, it was only a few months ago that the Russians were happy that the Artic ice-pack was melting. It would be good for shipping lanes that would open up between Russia and all that marshy, swampy former tundra up in northern Canada. Don't they realize that the Ice Road Truckers will be out of business and they won't be able to regale us with their witty, philosophical statements like "If that feller don't get the bleeeep, out of the bleeeeping bleep bleeper road, I'm gonna have to get ooot of my truck and kick his bleepity bleep bleep bleep!"
And what of the scandal about Human caused global warming? I mean really, how in the world is that people do not understand that everything is NOT "all about me! or us as the case may be"? Sorry, we just didn't create everything... that was God, I think. And besides, is it really such a secret that global warming causes (triggers) Ice Ages? Have we not been preparing our children for the upcoming big freeze by showing heart-warming cartoon movies about former Ice Ages where mammoths and saber-tooth cats become close buddies and pals? What can I say? What can I do?
All I can say is that I voted for the other guys. So shoot me. Next time I vote, I'm going to vote for the other guys again... I don't care who they are.