Dancing the Dance that never ends.........
 

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Image this: A rolling cast of humans making their way thru a small opening to an expansive cafe teaming with chatter and solid colored clothes wearing "cityites" staring at their phones as they saunter into line like pre-programmed humans filling time and space on a train to nowhere.

I feel for them, as experiencing life does not seem to be of utmost importance and by the time they realize it, it just might be too late.

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This is my castaway feeling I observe from my corner spot here in a well known South of Market cafe.......

 I listen to the conversation and I am taken back by how non-essential and hard edged they are when it comes to the human condition.

 Don't these folks know that they are dancing a dance that never ends, one in which the music won't stop and eventually it will be your heart taking the fall?? 

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I encourage people to take a look around, observe, relate, and not close yourself off with headphones, computers, phones and apps.

It is in-human to be anti-social, you can tell by the look on their mostly sad faces that this is not working for them.

But for reasons that defy logical thinking, they push through, seeking and chasing.........perpetually chasing their own tail.........to a dance that has no end.


I'M GOING TO WHALE CITY...............WHALE CITY HERE I COME......... :) 

After a few spontaneous hours of contemplation, a thought here........a couple more there - I devised a route that has the needle pointed south, where just outside my fair city a new world of abundant greens and rolling waves accompany you on an easy jaunt down the coast. A welcome reprieve from the hectic day to day that has accompanied my last few months...........we are heading to Whale City :)

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Through the familiar and into the new; exciting it is, the unknown that is - passing local stands pushing their days' fruit onto suspecting tourists while the cows dot the lush landscape in the distance. Beaches after beautiful beaches are quite magnificent in their power, yet peaceful in their grace.

I'm taken with a spot on the coast, homey in feel, local in nature, but touristy by sight. 

Upon entering I ask a surly gentleman setting up the music for the evening " What might that book you are reading be about? " It's intriguing and inquisitive at the same time - he proceeds to tell me he hasn't started it yet and tries to explain the premise but I am now disinterested, so I find a corner spot on the outdoor patio overlooking the mighty Pacific, and take in a cloudless afternoon on the vaunted Highway 1

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    Steve, the gentleman starting his book, is nice enough to let me recharge my phone as I munch on a Greek salad with avocado ( no olives please ) and a Strawberry shake.......an odd pair you might think, but I'm not much of a foodie - so I am extremely content with its sharp contrast; In fact, I now understand how much variety I do like and that I need..............thus this trip down the forbidden yet revealing coast :) 

   The patrons are filling in more and more as happy hour and a beautiful day go hand-in-hand. An eclectic lot, not to be unexpected in a beach town - though all, including myself, are quite comfortable while soaking up the glorious rays in the process. 

   Large dogs and foreign tongues fill the patio as I leisure here in the corner, enjoying the ambiance, the slow Hawaiian music, and the time to write.....oh how I miss it :) The key to happiness and livelihood is taking care of one's self - and this patio on the Pacific is working that magic :) 

   I drop a "5" into Steve's bucket as I saunter past his "set", thanks for the hospitality and tunes man..........I must be on my way, there are new adventures waiting........ The Whale City Diner has been superb.........

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FEAR

Funny thing about Fear, it's all around us yet we don't talk about it much. It stops the majority of people from realizing their dreams, it fact at times Fear stops me from writing....but not today.....not today.

What am I worried about really? What people will think? How the world will view me? What do I care? Funny thing is that when I actually take that first step or leap it usually turns out just fine...in fact, just by writing that very line I feel that much better! What took me so long?? How come I don't do this more often??? The answer is actually a part of the question...........We live too much in the future or past.....we don't appreciate what is right in front of us. I aim to change my aim.

After a gentle walk down a busy street with a great friend I realized that we all just do things in life, we can't worry about what its going to look like as a finished product - I mean there is no finished product without a product - seems simple enough right? But it is not so simple in our complex mind. We have a way of dreaming up a scenario where our vision is a certain way and we aren't going to do it until it is exactly so.........thus we don't end up doing it. That stops now, and it should stop now with you too. 

Go out and start that project, let it be what it is....now. Leave it unfinished, you'd be surprised on how "finished" it looks next week. Take that class, call that friend, say Hi to that girl! Sitting on the sidelines is no way to go thru life.....get out there boys and girls - live - love - thrive - survive - enjoy - fail - succeed - just be................its good enough :)

Thanks for the pep talk.........and thanks to my friend for the stroll on a Thursday afternoon..........

The Storm............It is a coming...........

An early morning "Cascade Wake-UP"

An early morning "Cascade Wake-UP"

Waking up with my face leaned against the glass on a cool November morning, I took in this sight from a slow moving Amtrak weaving its way up thru the Cascade mountain range - A sight to behold - and it also allowed me to pen this stanza, as we were fresh off an ugly political election cycle, knowing that the world as we knew it, has changed from here on out........

Date: November 15, 2016

If I was that Eagle sitting atop that nest

I don't think I would know which one was best

The guy in the red could be so crass

Everyone who knows her says they will pass

Which way do I lean, high atop this perch?

My decision important - for all it's worth

I see Anger, Jealousy and Indecision

Reminds me of the Spanish.....and that "Inquisition"

Make America Great is a curious slogan

But it sure got "Dem" out for that thing they call "Votin"

I can't remember............the platform she ran on

A good reason why she'll have time with her grandson

The race was so close, like "Chicken or the Egg"

Though I believe the victor is the least likely to beg

Speaking of Victor - what happens to him?

Do I fancy a rope...to climb that wall with Kim?

Wait, I'm an eagle! Wild and Free....

Though if I leave my borders, will the world welcome me?

All important questions in this day in age

As Reality TV and Drones have become all the rage

Will Humans realize before it's too late???

That one's undoing starts when you Hate.