Mute Monday: Work
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I lie prone n the grass, listening to the meadow larks calling, the rustle of the grass. The gravel is rough under m, a newly emerging cactus sticks my in the thigh. I view the prairie dog village, miles of mounds marking their homes waiting patiently for things to quiet, my presence to fade into the smell of the sage. It gives me time to watch cotton puff clouds hang still in the bright blue sky, a Redtail Hawk circles over another part of this huge village looking for lunch. The dogs start coming out of their holes and so it is time. I shoulder my rifle, thumbing off the safety, the smell of gun oil replaces the sage. I pick my target, focus on my sight picture cheek welded to the varnished stock. Slowly I squeeze the trigger, holding my breath, steadying the rifle. It seems as though minutes have passed before I hear the retort, see the shiny spent casing fly out in front of me, feel the bolt ram another cartridge into the chamber and see a puff of dirt an inch to the left of the prairie dog.
We really got schwacked last night - the lightning strikes were so frequent and intense I felt it imprudent to go out and film them. Despite the light show and the ferocious winds we received little or no rain, hence the imperfect storm. I should be happy the winds didn’t rip off our back porch roof but it would have been nice to get a good soaking out of all the fury. My weather alert radio was going off every few minutes with warnings about storms all over the valley, most as fierce or worse than the one that hit El Mirage.
I did enjoy watching through the window, I have always loved storms, always admired the raw power and sinister beauty of the spectacle.
I hope Gustav gives Little Lamb a pass, though I suspect the people of New Orleans may not be so lucky. While I understand the historical significance and the attachment the people have to the place I believe they need to find another place to live – there are plenty of other places girls can lift their tops for colored beads. Or we can keep losing lives and sinking money into one of the worst locations for a city on the Southern coast. I suspect it will be the latter.
Keep your powder dry!!
Was supposed to do a Mute Monday on School, as in going back to, and had a great plan to have a big "back to School" sign over a stack of AK-47s but decided that would be in poor taste as we have already had one school shooting in Tennessee. Off to a good start. Aside from that I don't have very many fond memories of school, at least the later grades so screw it.
For better or worse I studied to be a geographer, which means unemployable until you get a PHD. Geology was my thing at the time, but wound up with earth science, not quite the same. One thing about studying geography is that you get to nose into other branches of science. One of the most interesting courses was cultural geography. I am pretty sure the professor was an idiot, and as time has gone on I am even more sure, but one thing that came out of the book we used intrigued me and can tell a person a lot about a culture or an individual for that matter.
Everyone one has a tool box, or tool kit if you prefer. Early man had a fairly small one because his main function was to find food without becoming food. Sharp sticks, knapped flint tools, and fire were pretty much it for his bag of tricks. In fact his "if it ain’t broke don’t fix it attitude" persisted right up through the bronze age with little chance in the types of tools in his kit.
The tools in your kit are the things you need for survival and may include actual tools made out of materials bronze age boob-heads would have killed for, concepts, techniques, or methods that never entered the walnut sized minds of early thinkers. Our tool box has become increasing complex and increasingly specialized. We owe a lot of that to the development of agriculture where we could settle down and the odds of being eaten dropped significantly. Man (and woman) had time for other things. New occupations sprang up and with them new tools found their way into people's kits. It is awesome to think what my grandson will be able to reach in and pull out when he needs something. So what is in your tool box??
The East Valley has gotten quite a bit of rain (for the desert, that is) but the West Valley has missed out. There is a little tease going on right now with some pop up cumulus, but it remains to be seen if we get anything besides cotton ball clouds from this action. 'Strella Dog isn't taking any chances and decided to catch a few rays while she can.
One thing I prize above all others is my liberty, my freedom if you will. Liberty means different things to different people. I am reading an Essay by John Stuart Mill on the subject and his principal definition is that the state should not be able to force an individual to do something, even if it is for the betterment of that person, however, the state may force an individual to do something if it is for the betterment of the state. This view constitutes the underpinnings of socialism and n my mind isn’t what I would think of when talking liberty.
I have books by Jefferson, Paine, and Addams all waiting in queue as I try to find out where things have gone wrong here in the US. I would seek a return to a more literal translation of the constitution, where the states would hold most of the power, but not so much as to interfere with our daily lives. Washington and the scoundrels that inhabit the capitol are too far removed from their constituents - who better to make decisions on laws that effect you, your local government or a far removed Federal government. Isn’t being governed from afar with little or no representation what our revolution was about in the first place? Just food for thought.
Apparently Blogger went haywire for a bit, as amazing as that might sound, but things are sorted and I am (for better or worse) once again unblocked. On the downside now I have to come up with something to post.