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22 Feb

The Many Meanings and Uses of U.P.

People talk of the U.P. as if it is unknown, yet we refer to it every day in much of what we say.

UP is defined as toward the sky or top of the list, but when we wake in the morning, we wake UP.

At a meeting, topics come UP.

We speak UP when something concerns us. Candidates are UP for election and it is UP to the secretary of an organization to write up a report of meetings.

We call UP our friends.

We use area to brighten UP a room and we polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen.

We lock UP the house and some people fix UP old cars and broken down snowblowers, which blow the snow UP the snowbank.

People can stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets,work up an appetite, and think UP excuses. Dressing UP is taken as something special by some folks. A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP. We open UP a store in the morning but we close UP at night.

UP don’t seem such and easy concept to look UP

To understand UP, you might want to look it UP in the dictionary, which in a major word work can take UP to a quarter page and UP to 30 definitions. If you’re UP to it, try making a list of the many ways UP is used. It could take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP easily you may wind UP with a hundred or more entries.

When it threatens rain or snow, we say it is clouding UP.

When the sun comes out, it is clearing UP.

When it rains, it wets the earth and often messes things UP.

When we are in a drought, everything dries UP.

An airplane that explodes blows UP.

Somebody with nefarious motivation is UP to something.

Most people see only the UPside of things.

Modern palaver for curiosity is What’s UP with that?

When we endure we put UP with stuff.

We walk over to where our fishing partner is looking down into the creek and ask What’s UP?

This is not of my own creation but sent to me by fellow Bullshido Lars Hjalmquist who hails from UP in Ironwood in the U.P. and he comes UP from Florida to Bulshido Camp every year where he is a major cut-UP we are constantly telling to shut UP. He’s also got old timers and we constantly have to remind each other to ante UP. The UPside of camp is seeing all your friends still UP and breathing.

UP and Over.

14 Feb

I Heart Day: Camo, Cleavage & Carhartts

 It was our intent to have late breakfast at the Crow’s Nest near old Kazoo Central H.S..  After circling block 2 x to find parking, stepped into the building with people lined down the stairs to the front door. Plan B, coffee in the disctinctly Third World Fourth Coast.  Wonderful whack-a-doodle signs.  Buck fifty for a glass of coffee. People banging on laptops all over the place, listening to headphones. Outside –  on way in – guy ties his liver lab lookalike to a tree and is singing happily, “Where the poo poos gonna go.” Zenny Koan sort of deal, I think. We are inside in near darkness with mouth-breathing caffeine aficionados and addicts, cadaverous slump-shouldered slurpers, each in his or her own little cocoon world. Sign on wall says, FOURTH COAST CAFÉ PURCHASING POLICY: BUY SOMETHING. At the cash register another sign directs, BE POLITE: NO CELLPHONES AT COUNTER. Apparently it’s okay to be impolite at other café locations?  Signs advertise all sorts of weird things, all reminders of how many centuries I am from the so-called 21s. Tats, nose rings and nostril-zirkons,  various colored Ozzie Ugg Boots (I fit right in). Tennis shoes for most folks, old folks in Irish Motoring Caps. Sort of a gangsta-pranksta-don’t-be-inno yanksta-feel to the joint, and what, pray tell is an IZZE?

Also noticed that a handwritten sign was taped below customer counter: Cooks Wanted by Crow’s Nest. Now the food has always been eclectic and good at the CN, but this is how they hire their cooks? Weird.

Onward to Summer Thyme, but alas, no breakie served  there. “We do serve quiche?” Thanks, but….

We ended up at good old Bucky’s where real Portagers meet, wear hats during meals, sweatshirts, canes, septuagenarians with ball caps tilted at 40 degrees, same old dudes (like me) bitching about kids and how they wear their hats. Carhartts, tennies with Velcro straps, a place redolent of Camo, Cleavage & Carhartts.  Waitresses in high-tops with Day Glo laces.

We had Bucky’s Breakfast. Yum-yum good. Then it twas onto the hardware store. Is this a fairytale V-Day, or what? Over. Pix follow.

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Fare.

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Bellysticking Good

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Signage Galore (Comprehension Zero)

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Great Name for a Band.

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Another Band to name.

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Cocoons.

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Da Counter.

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I am clueless.

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Note the cop in the policy sign.

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I am fascinated, which is to say, even more clueless.

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“We have quiche?”

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The old Portage Standby and the name of one of my old pals and teammates from Bulldog Days.

 

13 Feb

Other Times Other Places

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13 Feb

More Travel Stuff to Oogle.

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13 Feb

Pix From The Past

Most of my life has been traveling, as AF brat, at lacrosse player, as USAF navigator, as businessman. I’ve kept journals of most of the times and trips and once in awhile something newsworthy would stimulate me to draw “cartoony”things to go in the journals. Lots of fun. Had forgotten about most of this.

Here’s a bunch:

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11 Feb

Back on the Air with Cezanne’s Rules

Sorry about the off-the-air spell. Some work being done at the hosting site, and there was some sort of shortcoming at this end, but I think it’s now fixed. Sheesh

I offer today Cezanne’s Rules. I’ll come back to this another day and note exactly what I think relates to writers.

Creative people, I believe, approach their art in similar ways and I’ve always found the thoughts of painters useful for writers. Here are The 19 Rules of Paul Cezanne and afterwards a photograph of the kind that acts to inspire a story. 
1. Find kinds of nature that suits your temperament.
2. Observe motif (dominant theme) more for shape and color than drawing.
3. Don’t tighten the form that can be obtained without it.
4. Precise drawing is dry and hampers the impression of the whole.
5. Do not define too closely the outlines of things: it is the brushstroke of the right color and value which should produce the drawing.
6. In a mass, the greatest difficulty is not to give the contour in details, but to paint what is within.
7. Pain the essential character of things, try to convey it by any means whatever, without bothering about technique.
8. When painting, make a choice of subject, see what is lying to the right and left and work on everything simultaneously.
9. Don’t work bit by bit, but paint everything at once by placing tones everywhere with brush strokes of the right color and value, while noticing what is alongside.
10. Use small brush strokes and try to put down your perceptions immediately.
11. The eye should not be fixed on one point, but should take in everything; while observing the reflections which the colors produce in the surrounds.
12. Work at the same time upon the sky, water, branches, ground, keeping everything going on an equal basis and unceasingly rework until you have got it.
13. Cover the canvas in the first go, then work at it until you see nothing more to add.
14. Observe from the aerial perspective well, foreground to horizon, reflections of sky, foliage.
15. Don’t be afraid of putting on color, refine the work little by little
16. Don’t proceed according to rules and principles but observe what you observe and feel.
17. Paint generously and unhesitatingly, for it is best no to lose the first impression.
18. Don’t be timid in front of nature: one must be bold, at the risk of being deceived and making mistakes.
19. One must have only one master – nature. She is always to be consulted.

03 Feb

The Super Boil Lanced Again

Gone gone gone…the Super Boil has been lanced and what a sad commentary on America, so many caught up in a meaningless event manufactured 48 years ago to increase league revenues.

Not exactly the People’s Event is it? People were sitting  in average price seats of $3,480, cheap seats of $1,816 and, the most expensive, at a min-boggling $449,645). Were any actual human beings in the stadium? This was once again, more like the Expense Account Bowl. The Super Bowl, I calculated last night, has been around now for 48 of the country’s 237 years, or 20% of the time, which seems sad to me. Renee Fleming singing the National Anthem? Awful. Wonderful soprano, but not on that song, not by a longshot.  And who the hell is Bruno Mars? Yesterday was the first time I’ve ever heard the name. Total blank. And the hyperbole: Legion of Boom? And all the interest in advertising, just more evidence of the true subject of the game – money. Winning QB Russell Wilson’s comment, “Got is so good?” Mr. Wilson do you really think God gives a whit about the outcome of a football game? Seriously, God lets soldiers and children die, but actually cares who wins a football game? That’s sick.  Super Bowl XLVIII, Man am I glad we get to use Arabic numbers instead of Roman numerals. That’s right, Arabic. How about that?  Or all the ads on cars that talk about rebates and not a mention of price? Or, Wallyworldmart ads, these from the world’s largest employer of low-wage personnel. Advice from the expert football panel: Expect the Expected and They Don’t Know What They Don’t Know. Can someone draw up a boil on a bull emoticon? I’ve never “done” acid, but the effect much be much like looking at a “staged for-profit” event such as the SB. We switched to a Wallander mystery at halftime. Done with it for another year: Yay. BTW, I loved playing football (albeit only at h.s. level) ; I loathe all the phony baloney, trumped up angst over the professional game. To all pro football fanatics: Baaaaah. Get a life. Arggh.

31 Jan

Times May Change, But People?

We accuse our politicians of not listening to, or talking to each other, but are most of us much different than that and are we different now than when this country was founded and launched? French historian-political philosopher Alexis de Toqueville visited the US in 1831 and in 1835 and 1840 published a two volume report Democracy in America. According to Marshall McLuhan in Gutenberg’s Galaxy, “Alexis de Toqueville, whose literacy was much modified by his oral culture, seems to us now to have had a kind of clairvoyance concerning the patterns of change in the France and America of his time. He did not have a point of view, a fixed position from which he filled in a visual perspective of events. Rather he sought the operative dynamic of his data. Wrote the Frenchman, “But I go no further and seek among these characteristics the principal one, which includes almost all the rest. I discover that in most of the operations of the mind each American appeals only to the individual effort of his own understanding. America us therefore one of the countries where the precepts of Descartes are least studied and are best applied…Everyone shuts himself tightly up within himself and insists on judging the world from there.”

Mea maxima culpa. Have we changed so little in almost two centuries? Are we less self-minded and self-focus now vs. then?

28 Jan

Par For The Course

I’m working on the next collection of short stories, this one featuring all female CO protagonists and today I realized I’ve lost one of the manuscripts. So here’s what the lineup looks like, including the MIA Number 18. Ignore all the counts in Parens. I offer this as a lesson of how one can keep track of a story collection. The Title for this book is HARDER GROUND, STORIES FROM THE DISTAFF PLANET.  A third collection UNCHARTED EDGES, is also underway, with eight stories in that portfolio. I could send them out one at a time to various mags, printa and electronic, but it’s more practical to put them all in collections. Over.

  • T#1 First Day of the Last Day of The World. (10-16-13) [W-1,806] [T = 7/7]
  • #2  Gravy (10-17-13) [HW=6/13]
  • #3 Working the Problem (10-19-13) [HW-/xx]
  • #4 The Roadrunner Should Make You Laugh. (10-19-13) [HW-9/34]
  • #5 Static Line (10-19-13) [HW-8/42]
  • #6 Poachers in the Dell (10-20-13) [HW-11/53]
  • #7 Scenario (10-20-13) [HW-6/59]
  • #8 FTO (10-22-13) [HW-8/65]
  • #9 Midsummer Day’s Night (10-23/13) [HW-15/80]
  • #10 Tom Mary Robert Frank (10-23-13) [HW-6/86]
  • #11 Like Hymens and Soap Bubbles, Balloons Can Pop With Unpredictable Results (10-24-13) [HW-14/100]
  • #12 Fishing For Glory (10-24-13) [HW-4/104]
  • #13 Even the Queen Mother (10-25-13) [HW-5/109]
  • #14 The Gulf of Goths (10-26-13) [HW-12/121]
  • #15 Heads, Tails, and Other Vague Body Parts (10-26-13) [HW-7/128]
  • #16 Dancing Hula in the Felony Forest (10-27-13) [HW-17/145]
  • #17 Trailer Fly (10-27-13) [HW-7/152]
  • #18 Three Hours in the Chair of Wisdom. (10-28-13) [HW-9/161]
  • #19 Mary’s Little Junkyard Dog (10-29-13) [HW-7/168]
  • T#20 Mile-High Humble Pie (11-6 -13) [W-5,404][T-19/187]
  • T#21 Facing Perfection (11-6-13) [W3,318] [T-11/198]
  • #22 Flier’s Club (1-16-14) [HW-19/217]
  • #23 Hard As Nails (1-17-14) [HW-10/227]
  • T#24 Just One More Second (1-23-14)[W2,410] [T-11/242]
  • T#25 Omaha! Blue! (1-21-14) [W 4,077][T-17/259]
  • T#26 Dogskin, The Olympian (1-23-14) [W-1,756][T-6/265]
  • T#27 Game for Names (1-27-14] [W-2,611][HW-11/276]
  • T-28 Camelflage [W1,500] [T-6/282

T = Typed, HW = Handwritten

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