Wednesday, October 9, 2013

playing lutes to trees


PLAYING LUTES TO TREES

Way back in the day, long before I devoted a third of my life paying for the ex-wife’s cars but right after I pissed away half that chunk being forced at gunpoint to attend Youth Indoctrination Center, west Coast Region, I thought joining the military was a really super wonderful idea.  Play with guns other people gave you!  Shoot miscreants!  Be An Army Of One!  Of course, while I’m glad I tried it out the whole miserable period was not a good idea, even if it was a good learning experience.  I learned many things, one being that education as currently practiced was worthless compared to life experience.  I learned more by being screwed by Uncle Sam in three years than twelve years of school taught me.  In that regard, it was a priceless education that serves me to this day.  And I’m not talking about petty crap like not getting the duty station I preferred ( I was in Hawaii for God’s sake- the military couldn’t have been nicer in that aspect ) or wasting my time because half way through my tour the humps abolished the Specialists rank and if I wanted to be career I had to go NCO- never an option.  I’m talking about the lesson that the Federal government and its minions not only don’t care if you live and die, they will often do their best to kill you for their own arcane reasons.

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But one lesson they taught me that I appreciate was to not be a pussy.  You might think this is a natural condition the military strives for, but remember the logistics tail modern militaries have.  Dozens of support personnel per fighter.  The military basically wants offish obedience and little else.  It can survive without machismo in nine out of ten troopers.  For whatever reason, little in regards to custom or regulation ever appealed to me, but it stuck in my little brain that I was to never be sick baring limbs falling off or organs shutting down.  This was a big change for me, since like most kids I was always trying to get mom to let me stay home from school.  I’m convinced that I actually made myself sick many a times, to escape the terror of whatever ghastly event the sadistic staff had planned to scar my soul that day.   During and since the military, mental attitude has helped many a time to minimize sickness.  You can’t wish germs and viruses away, but you do have a say in how you react to their assault.  Not allowing yourself to give in to weakness does, to a certain point, help fight sickness.  This is a skill that should come in handy soon, as modern life’s luxuries wither away.  I’m not suggesting you join the military to learn this.  It is all mental conditioning.  It is like any other major life change you decide to undertake, such as leaving the sow of a wife, telling your corporate masters to piss off because their Company Chits mean nothing to you anymore, and you go traipsing into the wilderness to play a lute to the trees to commune with nature.

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10 comments:

  1. Jimmy:
    I'm one of the blessed people with good looks and bad hair, mine is dry, unlike yours shinning all the time. Of course I'm thin many people call me skinny. unlike you a bit plummpy. Must be the air in the kitchen where you work that stay on your wonderful hair.
    Anyways, I read today that active police officers are joining outlaw bikers groups. Do you have any idea why??
    Hope that you give this a good revue and make into a post. Everything you write is always interesting.
    I'm trying to be like you , I always in the mornings put about 1/2 a gallon of Vaseline in my hair, to make shine like yours but, It just wont,.
    What's your secret?

    Always your minion.

    Hairy Harris

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    1. The Vasoline goes in your palm, not your hair. No idea on the cop bikers, hadn't heard a thing.

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  2. Pretty good today, Jim.

    Most of your readers won't have a clue what you are talking about. (i.e. hardcore)

    You Know Who

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    1. I figure about half my new format articles are just space fillers/time killers and the other half are still Decent Enough To Keep Coming Back.

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  3. Lord Bison - I really enjoy these types of articles. You share an extremely ugly truth. Mainly, that there are a lot of people "calling in sick". In one of your books, you make the distinction very clear:

    "There is what you WANT, and then there is what you can GET".

    The frugal survivalist has the guts to be teased, challenged, and dismissed by others. The lifestyle of having some silver coins, a revolver, and buckets of wheat certainly does not jibe with this whole "prepper" malarkey that I see going on right now.

    Folks will belittle me because I don't have the correct tactical socks. Well, all of these these "preppers" with their secret permaculture-decoder rings can kick rocks. I'll be running with the SURVIVALISTS.

    I'm not going to be their "good little prepper" that applies copious amounts of wax to my AR-15 sling. That is now how I roll.

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  4. Over the years I've rolled with both crowds Jim. Ya know what ? I prefer yours !
    The accomplished Survivalist is capable of going with the flow less all the bells and whistles and toys...
    It's what ya got stashed upstairs that means the most, cuz all that material shit can be gone in a flash and one must know the route to resupply from old Ma Nature, otherwise might just as well shoot yourself with that last wasted bullet.

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    1. I statred out with Yuppie Prepping because I didn't know any better. Thank you, Kurt Saxon. For all the negative attached to the man, I can't think badly of him at all because he opened my eyes. I think the poor bastard actually endured a much more dysfunctional life/career than I have.

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    2. Then we do indeed swim in the same pond. If I am dysfunctional , it has been by choice ! I just plain cannot stand Yuppie greedy assed scum high maintenance folks.
      Sure I own a whole lot of what you normally disdain, yet because I've been at this game for 40 yrs. then I should by now have accumulated a lot of stuff. Yet I still consider that which I hold in my head to be the most valuable.
      One day when I go out west to visit my family in Mtn. Home I'll have to stop in and say hey......

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    3. Just arrange in advance and you'll be welcomed ( don't like last minute surprises )

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