The thing is (my opinion on stuff as I think about it, some heavy, some light)

Gary O'

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Yes, I believe in God
I don’t believe he went around saying ‘THOU SHALT NOT!
I do, however, believe that was the lingo back in the day
No, I believe today it’d be written ‘Man! Don’t do that! It’ll mess you up!’

I think man, especially old men, should knock off any work ever seven days
…and have pancakes on that day


I’ve got more stuff
….hasn’t come to me yet

but it will
 

Gary O'

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Folks…everwhere, are doin’ best they can….with what they got
(this consideration has helped me in most societal situations)
Some are very committed to their beliefs
Some aren’t
But should be
Committed

I’m a very serious thinker
In a funny way
Some folks puzzle over this
I consider them acquaintances
Not my friends
Not my enemies
Just acquaintances

Enemies?
Those that hurt small things, defenseless beings and such

I am their enemy
and they, mine

I’ve got more stuff
….hasn’t come to me yet
 

Meanderer

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Gary,I'm sure glad that you made the trek up the path to find our little forum and decide to settle in! ....can't welcome ya enuf!
 

Gary O'

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Gary,I'm sure glad that you made the trek up the path to find our little forum and decide to settle in! ....can't welcome ya enuf!
Y'ardy have...my friend

perhaps we'll share a portion of an afternoon and a pot of coffee one fine day



keep a fire
 

Gary O'

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Something I need to work on….harder;

Some folks are rabid conversationalists
Unfortunately,some of these conversationalists are given to expounding
Orating
Narrating
These self established heroes seem never in need of oxygen
And I
I find myself, fixed weakening grin, in half cured mental cement
Feeling my life (in actuality their life, in vivid monochrome) oozing gradually passed me, one superlative adjective trumping the previous
An acquaintance of mine has the ability to turn and walk away, mid-saga, while I sacrifice precious moments of this life, taking one for the team

Thought it was being kind
Now?
I find it enabling

No more

I must find it within myself to declare an intermission, then wedge in a few words describing how excruciating of an ordeal it is to withstand

….and not just go postal

Maybe ‘you’re doing it again, Jim’ is a good start

I must think on this
 

Gary O'

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Y’ever get a bit agitated when a store clerk holds yer 20 up to the light, or even whips out that magical marker pen, to see if yer passing counterfeit bills?
Some, I understand, like if yer buying only a candy bar and hand ‘em a $100 bill.

Anyway,I think I’m gonna turn the table a bit.
The next time a clerk holds my 20 up to a light, then hands me my change, I think I'll hold each of those bills (ones and all) up to the light…take my time
…and maybe even get wunna those pens

2018 is gonna be a fun year
 

Meanderer

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That reminds me of something Andy Rooney said. When Andy wasn't going through his desk drawers, he was in a check-out line. When the girl asked him "Will that be all"? ....he saw it as a dumb question. So he paid her in cash, and when she gave him his change, he held it.....and asked her "Will that be all"?:confused:
 

Gary O'

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That reminds me of something Andy Rooney said. When Andy wasn't going through his desk drawers, he was in a check-out line. When the girl asked him "Will that be all"? ....he saw it as a dumb question. So he paid her in cash, and when she gave him his change, he held it.....and asked her "Will that be all"?:confused:
Oh, I gotta filch that'n

I may also ask for manager's approval if I'm handed an old or torn bill
(a piece de resistance to my little charade)
 

Gary O'

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Wimin

The most mysterious beings of our planet

I found out long ago, about sixty years or so, that gaining favor with the finer gender of our specie is not necessarily in my best interest.
Whole different frequency
Wired different
Fiber optic vs 9 gauge single conductor
Fascinating, mystical, attractive, you bet
Sensitivities I’d never remotely considered
But, hanging with a group of ladies?

Can’t

Mentally; exhausting

Socially; this ogre doesn’t stand a chance
oftentimes due to the long suppressed threatening fart,
created from gulping breakfast,
having worked its way backward into the upper reaches of my esophagus


Spiritually; beyond any reach I may have thought I had

Physically; like looking into the sun, can go blind if obsessing too long

Gaining favor?
Whimsical touches
Nothing of depth
Any more than that and I find myself precariously dangling off a mental precipice

I can do one, maybe two per sitting
and that is mostly because they sense my discomfort to the point of putting forth effort to discuss what I’m interested in
I’ve learned to pick up on this and placate for a bit, then find a way to excuse myself

I don’t avoid ladies, but have learned not to seek them out
It’s what shops are for

I’ve been fortunate

My lady has put up with me for half a century

When I become too much and I (for some unknown reason) anger her,
I found placing my calloused hand on the small of her back will still cause her to flinch

….and she begrudgingly forgives me

We have had this tryst, this romance that has yet to fade

She’s plenty for me

Forever


So, here I remain
Baffled, yet attracted at the mysteries, complexities
A sentry
A defender
A protector
A willing grunt

Keeping the fire

best I can



 

Gary O'

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There’s knowledge…then…..there’s knowledge

Been in many a conversation with folks of knowledge
Not talkin’ barroom confabs
Those usually lead to yelling matches and/or the introduction of mr knuckle to mr nose

No, serious discussions

Closed door conference room exec brainstorming, fix it meetings
Sometimes planned
Sometimes starting in hallways
Sometimes starting in washrooms
Sometimes after quarterly reports

Or

A fireside chat
One on one
Sipping an acceptable single malt
Maybe accompanied by a fine cigar
Those are nice

anyway

What I’ve noticed is, there’s at least two forms of knowledge

Experience
Academic

I can appreciate the academic in his quest to display what he’s been taught
But
That’s pretty much where it ends with me
No dis on him, no, it’s just that the academic usually has no way, no tool, to break down what he’s trying to convey into laymen’s terminology
It’s gotta be very frustrating for him
Then again, maybe even he doesn’t have that great of a grasp if he can’t…..

Had the pleasure of working alongside an older gentleman by the name of Moshofski
Heavily degreed
And had the savvy to back it up
With a pencil, a sketch, a few words of logic
accompanied with sweeping gestures of his pencil/wand, depicting thrust, while sketching something as simple as a tiny radius
molded into the inside of a 90° corner of the leg of a golf cart design

a very simple kindly gentleman
with the ability to break down his genius for the common man

He saved our little company a quarter million dollars in fifteen minutes of his time

These types have no need to belittle, to talk down, to put the subject under a microscope
No, they just kindly, gently show what they know
Then smile
Looking up at yer face, hoping to read understanding in the furrows of yer brow

Life is enjoyable around these folks

Quite the learning experience
 

Gary O'

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Moving day


This

Moved me today



In it is a somewhat known phrase or truism;

‘If the mountain was smooth, you couldn’t climb it’

Could be a by line

Good to tell young folk that seem to need everthing now



Anyway, this man is one helluva speaker

And his voice

His voice is of the angels



Thought I’d share

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qNuQbJst4Lk
 
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Gary O'

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Thanks for the Wintley Phipps video, Gary! I have seen it before and enjoyed it again! You are so right.
Yessir

I don't know about all y'all, but I need stuff like that from time to time
It clears my senses
 

hearlady

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Y’ever get a bit agitated when a store clerk holds yer 20 up to the light, or even whips out that magical marker pen, to see if yer passing counterfeit bills?
Some, I understand, like if yer buying only a candy bar and hand ‘em a $100 bill.

Anyway,I think I’m gonna turn the table a bit.
The next time a clerk holds my 20 up to a light, then hands me my change, I think I'll hold each of those bills (ones and all) up to the light…take my time
…and maybe even get wunna those pens

2018 is gonna be a fun year
Hahaha! I'm laughing about the pen not the picture. The picture is cute.
 

Gary O'

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my semi-circle of life

ever once in awhile I get a ‘I got this’ feeling

after several of these, I’ve come to realize some thing, some one
will come by,
looking to take it back

then

I get a familiar ‘this too shall pass’

Not long after, the ‘let it go…just let it go’ feeling settles back in

…and I go about my business of looking to take it back

I suppose this too shall pass
I’m good with it

I got this

Wait

......someone’s at the door
 

Gary O'

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Thoughts
On the religious

Been awhile since I set foot in a church
Can’t seem to get my feet to head that direction
You know, people
Heh, they are the ones that counsel you with that wizened adage ‘you mustn’t look at the people, keep yer eyes on Him’
…..all the while standing smack dab in the way

Still finding all things spiritual within where I dwell
The sunrises can do that
to even the most grizzled of souls








 

Gary O'

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On a given morning rise I can be seen in my bed shorts and boots, waiting for ol’ sol to display its glory
Sometimes taking predawn pics before the event

Sometimes I get the creepy feeling outer space is staring thru the trees,
looking at me,
looking at it



....I may have dwelt in the woods a bit too long
 

maggiemae

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Gary, I don't think you have to be physically in a church to appreciate God's creations or have a conversation with him. I grew up in a small Southern town where the Church was almost in our backyard and the parsonage was next door. I realized as a young girl that there were people in the church every Sunday that did not practice what was preached after they left the doors.
 


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