Sunday, July 20, 2014

IN AN EFFORT TO LIGHTEN THE HEAVINESS OF OUR TIMES

here are some funnies:

Pope Francis is considering repealing celibacy for Priests...See what you can accomplish when you don't have congress standing in your way?

—David Letterman

According to a new study, one in four Americans admits to not exercising at all. As a  result, one in four Americans is actually two in four Americans.

—Seth Meyers

The number of pot delivery services has tripled in the last three years because more states are easing their marijuana laws. And the first person to figure out how to combine that with pizza delivery service will be our countries first trillionaire.

—Jimmy Fallon

Feel free to LOL!

Bye for Now,

Bill

I DON'T KNOW HOW YOU FEEL ABOUT IT

but in today's SS there was an article about a sheriff's deputy that made so really poor choices in helping a local ponzi schemer abuse other peoples civil liberties.

Hundreds of pages of support for his previous and otherwise good deeds were submitted prior to sentencing. One person wrote in part, "_____has done too many good things in his life for him to be treated as just some common criminal." Really?

My reaction was swift: good deeds do not neutralize bad deeds; good judgment does not neutralize bad judgment, etc.

Our challenge as people is to be consistently good, filling our pride bank every day—not just most days. Those who slip up in unconscionable ways, need to be punished to the full extent of the law, simply to preserve the law.

Most of the time is not good enough. In some areas perfection is overrated. In terms of being honorable, perfection is what we all need to achieve.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, July 19, 2014

MY SINCERE APOLOGIES

for my previous blog.

When i began this adventure several years ago my intent was to inspire and offer hope and optimism—not dismal foreboding of catastrophe.

Back then all we were dealing with were financial crises, which by comparison seem small today. Markets eventually come back—those who are part of body counts and those in body bags don't!

I guess what I am realizing is that it is not easy, not easy at all, to be positive and optimistic in a world torn by strife in so many places.

The good news is that America, despite its blemishes and questionable leadership in both parties, is still strong and free and beautiful. Let us hold onto the idea that we are most fortunate to live here, while we mourn for those less fortunate who are at war or innocent victims of others' aggressions.

We are, all things considered, very lucky and that is something for which to be thankful and hopeful.

Bye for Now,

bill

Friday, July 18, 2014

THE HEADLINES SCREAM DISASTER

as the world seems to be coming apart at the seams. This validates my comments about sports news issues being non issues.

Prayers for yet another Malaysian aircraft and for those in Israel as well as Gaza as well as....fill in the blanks.

Slowly but surely we are losing our way, relegating global warming as not nearly so important. For it to be meaningful the world needs to survive, and so far there is scant evidence that it will.

Sad, scary, and so unnecessary.

Bye for now,

Bill

Sunday, July 13, 2014

WHEN WALKING IN THE PARK

the other day I passed the playground where all the children were running wild while their parents were busy texting or talking on their cell phones. Sometimes smart phones are not so and we people are not so as well.

Back in the day we watched our kids not our screens, and we talked to our kids not our "framily" and we weren't so addicted to immediate communications. Most of the time it is not so important—SO IMPORTANT!!

My golly, there were many days when i left the house in the am and didn't see or speak to my beloved till the pm and you know what it was just fine. And our fights, few as they were, didn't take place over texting battles, but were face to face and we were able to resolve the issue on our time not on work time. And, believe it or not sexting was not a word.

I fear we have become addicted to instantcy, when in fact life is a process that often takes a while. What worries me is that ....well you fill in the rest.... #insanity, #stress, #whatever that means.

Bye for Now,

bill

Saturday, July 12, 2014

I ADMIT I DON'T UNDERTAND FANDOM

but it seemed a little much with all that is going on in the world that is scary, turbulent, and horrific that the headline on the first page of the SS that took up 3/4 of the page was LeGone with a pic of Lebron James from the back.

I admire his ability and athleticism BUT in the scheme of things life, death, and otherwise—eh! The fans that booed his departure in 2010 will welcome him back to Cleveland with cheers. Such is the fickle finger of heroism, in a world when trying to find one is quite a challenge unless one looks to doctors, educators, scientists, and the like who are underrated and under the radar.

Similarly, today's sports section headline screams in large bold letters, "END OF AN ERA." Why do i really care. This is as silly as the tears shed in Brazil when Germany kicked their butts! It's a game folks, that is all it is. Only a game.

And while we are at it why is Bosh, whose play, even for a non fan like me, seems mediocre and inconsistent, deserve $118 mill over 5 years? In general, sports seems to have lost its way,with teams and athletes  becoming big businesses for the rich and famous.

It's time for fans to boycott arenas instead of overpaying for hot dogs and beer, face paint and all. Never gonna happen. We love our home teams, but if our home team members loved us, they wouldn't be so quickly LEGONE!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Thursday, July 10, 2014

YOU KNOW YOU ARE GETTING OLD

when you no longer fight about money, no longer fight about the kids, no longer fight about sex, but now fight about who gets to use the HEATING PAD!


Bye for Now,

 bill

Friday, July 4, 2014

GOD BLESS AMERICA

and Lord know we can use all the blessings we can get!

May the rest of your summer be sunny even in the rain and may you find peace of mind in the months ahead.

Please keep in mind that Xmas is coming soon so enjoy the warmth of summer and hope for a milder winter for those in the snow belt.

As i am fond of saying "Time flies whether you are having fun or not so please have some fun!"


Bye for now,

bill

AS I LISTEN

to inspiring marching music to put us all in the July 4th spirit I gaze out the window at an unrelenting gray sky filled with rain drops and devoid of sun. It makes me think of the Yiddish statement that translates as "Men plan and God laughs." I guess the updated version needs to be "Women and men plan and God still laughs at them both."

Of course I am referring to all the communities local and far away that planned wonderful celebrations and fireworks to commemorate today only to be rained out.

That said, our true spirit is where our hearts reside, so let us pay tribute to our unique and inspiring heritage rain or shine. As we peruse the history of our great nation we have much to be proud of and much to improve. Let us keep doing the latter while allowing the  bright lights of our accomplishments, individually and communally, to shine proudly upon us—even in the rain! As those words were typed a bright bolt of lightening reaffirmed them.

Stay safe, dry and proud of yourself as well as our great nation.

Bye for now,

Bill

Thursday, July 3, 2014

HOPING YOUR 4th

is fun and safe and that all of the fireworks near you are in the sky!

Bye for Now,

Bill

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

I DECIDED TO BE BRAVE

and go looking for the rain and winds like a weather plane diving right into a hurricane system.

I walked the beach for 35+ minutes. Gray clouds lingered overhead. Surfer dudes were staring into the sea waiting for the waves brought on by the "storm."

There was no rain, wind or waves. The sand was hard and made walking easy as it wasn;t softened by rain.

What will not be so easy is for the weather pundits to explain why the storm disappeared. Then again they will probably predict it will pound the Carolinas. Let's hope they are wrong again and it will peacefully, quietly, and dryly go out to sea.

Time to open the shutters!

Bye for Now,

Bill

HERE WE GO AGAIN

Every summer it is the same. The weather pundits like to stir the u know what.

Last nite and this morning they were jumping up and down about the first named tropical storm and the rains and gusty winds that would flood Palm Beach out. Since we are in Jupiter and it was in the red zone on their radar we took precautions.

My wife canceled a lunch date with a friend she hasn't seen in a while as we both felt the rains would be hazardous, since as soon as it rains here people close their eyes and drive blind until they crash.

Then i closed the shutters 3/4 of the way to prevent the "typhoon" from wiping out our patio.

Then reality hit. There was a dribble of rain, a gray sky and NO wind. The avalanche was supposed to start at 1:00 and get worse and worse just in time for rush hour. It is now 5:45pm dry and calm. What will the forecasters say later? I guess that we were lucky. Better they should say collectively "we are idiots—hysterical ones at that!"

The biggest problem with them constantly getting it ridiculously wrong is that when they finally get it right we won't believe them, just like the boy who cried wolf. Then again hysteria keeps you returning to the news and weather channel and that seems to count more than accuracy.

Bye for Now,

A Very Dry Bill