Archive for Life

Pigeons on the Porch

Posted in Life with tags , on June 24, 2010 by raingeg

I went outside about 3 weeks ago to find a nest full of eggs on my back balcony. Now they’ve finally hatched, here’s my little Pigeon friends.

Learning to Listen

Posted in Life, Politics with tags , on June 22, 2010 by raingeg

Often times I now find myself staying out of political discussions with people I don’t know or people I’ve just met. I suppose I’m slower than I once was to vocally announce my values to the world, or to people I’m meeting for the first time. This probably comes from my desire to learn about people before I get into a knock down drag out fight over abortion or torture or even boring subjects like the value of a voucher program in the educational system.

Before, when I was younger, it was more about winning arguments than it was about engaging in meaningful conversation with another human being. It was more about converting, sans a desire or willingness to be converted. But, as I grow older, I’ve found that I’m more willing to look at the issues, desiring to understand why a person believes what they believe, rather than thinking a person is bad for believing what they believe. I’ve become more willing to stand in complete ambivalence on some issues and not mind at all. And believe me, as a person who likes to have an opinion on everything, ambivalence is a hard position to take.

Don’t get me wrong, I have opinions, and most people that know me know that I’m not afraid to share them with you. I’ve just become more accustom to listening and observing. I’ve also come to realize that just because I don’t agree with a person on everything doesn’t mean everything they say is void or lacks incite. Far too often we throw people into a box and say that because they believe X then Y and Z can never be looked at and that person must always be defined by X, a mindset I find appalling.

In politics today we are always on the look out for the hypocrite or what is known now as the “flip flopper.” I can see someone being disgusted with a person like Arlen Specter, who for one reason, to keep his political career going, switches parties. The guy is a creep and doesn’t deserve to be a servant to the people. But we have to be careful that we are not pinning the hypocrite label on someone that just simply changes their mind.

This post is geared more to those young people that want to get involved with politics, the best thing you can do is listen. Form opinions, and don’t try to convert people, just understand them. Let people know that you understand their point of view and make sure they understand yours.

Comedy for Dummies

Posted in Humor, Life with tags , , on May 5, 2010 by raingeg

I remember being in third grade, grabbing the dictionary off the shelf, looking up the word “sex” and laughing with a classmate. That was followed by stern punishment. But when it comes to comedy it seems our taste has sunk to that low rung of the comedic ladder.

Now a wink and a nod or a jab of the elbow paired with just about anything one says, can be turned into an innuendo of some kind, though its usually sexual. Its difficult for one to speak or write for fear that ones words could be turned around and used to the advantage of a corrupt mind. I must admit, at first it was a bit funny and fun, laughing at the expense of another, but then is just got repetitive and old.

I remember one time I was sitting in a restaurant with some friends and one of them stated that just about anything can be made to sound bad. We then spent the whole night laughing at the fact that no matter what you said if you added an “if you know what I mean” or a “oh, sure that’s what you meant” to the end of a sentence, anything could be corrupted. But is that where we really are? Are we really to the point where we’ve corrupted common speech? The unfortunate answer to this question is a resounding yes.

Twenty years ago on The Cosby Show you would see Cliff and Claire always hinting at the fact that they were going to have sex. There would be a wink and a nod between Cliff and Claire at the end of an episode, and when you saw that you knew that they were going to make love. That was cute, it was also funny, but now we have a totally different situation on our hands.

Today in a regular old conversation you’ll hear about 20 “that’s what she said” comments. I must admit that I’ve said it before in my life, and it might have been funny at the time and it might be funny again someday, but its slowly getting old.

I was talking with my friend Gerry Cross at work about comedy and what is now thought to be funny, and he mentioned that new comedy is just too easy. And I agree with him. Reading into another persons words and twisting them around to make them sound crude or absurd is easy, its not difficult, and not honorable or desired. That email that you get at work of a crude picture or a person acting like an idiot is not difficult, nor is it noble or beneficial. There is a time and a place for stupidity, and sometimes it may very well be funny, it just seems that the amount of stupidity has grown to be more than we can take.

Charlie Chaplin:

“Cruelty is a basic element in comedy. What appears to be sane is really insane, and if you can make that poignant enough they love it. The audience recognizes it as a farce on life, and they laugh at it in order not to die from it, in order not to weep. It’s a question of that mysterious thing called candor coming in. An old man slips on a banana and falls slowly and stumbles and we don’t laugh. But if it’s done with a pompous well-to-do gentleman who has exaggerated pride, then we laugh. All embarrassing situations are funny, especially if they’re treated with humor. With clowns you can expect anything outrageous to happen. But if a man goes into a restaurant, and he thinks he’s very smart but he’s got a big hole in his pants – if that is treated humorously, it’s bound to be funny. Especially if it’s done with dignity and pride.”

But no longer are we dealing with actors like Chaplin, we are dealing with real life. Just visit Youtube and you’ll see what I mean. I unfortunately have to keep telling myself “people really are that stupid.” No longer is our entertainment “a farce on life,” this farce is life. We get a kick out of everyday debauchery. We, like me in the third grade, are basically laughing at the word “sex” in the dictionary. We’ve replaced honorable amusement with cheap and inane entertainment.

I Have Writers Block

Posted in Life with tags on February 18, 2010 by raingeg

In this post I will attempt to break a case of bad writers block. I don’t know where this will go and I don’t know what I am going to write about. Generally I write about politics and religion or something along those lines, but now I intend on writing about what is keeping me from writing. Oh, hang on I have to go put my clothes in the dryer.

That must be it. Life is getting in the way. Putting clothes in the dryer, washing the dishes, cleaning the house, all of those things that get in the way of sitting down and writing about what is going on in the world. Not to mention the stress that goes along with everyday living.

There is this other issue that I’ve been dealing with, my health. I went to the doctor and she basically said that I really need to exercise so that I can stay on a regular sleep schedule. I wasn’t sleeping enough during the week (4-6 hours per night) and I was very tired during the day, so she put me on some vitamins and told me to exercise, and by golly it worked! I’ve been sleeping better and staying awake at work better ever since.

But that time period that I now spend sleeping is the time that I would have normally spent blogging. You know how it is, 2am and you just want to keep writing, not anymore. Now its 12am and I am tired as heck and ready to hit the sack. I’ve got to start adjusting to my new schedule and making things happen.

I hope this didn’t bore anyone, I probably have something to say about current events I just don’t know how to say it. I guess that’s why they call it writers block. I sure hope this worked.

Conservative Nihilists?

Posted in Life, Politics with tags , , , , , on January 23, 2010 by raingeg

I’m pretty sure that when I started to write this one there was some kind of philosophical idea or something that I was trying to convey, but it just turned into a bunch of words, not really accomplishing the goal of being concise, so I started over. Ever happened to you? Well its bound to.

For the last couple of days I’ve just been reading multiple blogs and columns and not really posting anything. I think after sitting for eight hours at work thinking and hearing about politics drains me, then when I get home and try to write something nothing comes out. But that’s enough about me, on to other stuff.

Republicans in congress, conservatives and libertarians alike all stood fast against most of what the current administration is proposing. And it seems that they are making a new name for themselves. Conservatives are being labeled nihilistic and anarchistic by left wing pundits. The question that we’re forced ask is whether this stems from the conservatives desire to go against the Democratic party establishment or bad their legislation. I can tell you for sure that it is the latter. Right now the Democratic party is the party of big government and Republicans just simply can’t stand for that. The other problem that the Democratic party has, is a lack of unity. The Republicans are almost 300-esque, standing strong against the left wing Obama administration.

The leftists in the party are running the show and the more conservative congressional Democrats, who are concerned about re-election, have been forced to fight with them. How does this look to the American people? Not good. Especially when you’re looking at the party that is supposed to be run by the “post-partisan” and “not a Washington insider” president and all there is within the party is partisan bickering and behind closed doors Washington insider politics.

It is now the job of Republicans to start coming up with solutions and presenting them to the American people. If Republicans refuse to do that I believe that they too will be on the ropes. We cannot stop fighting, we have to continue to take the message of small accountable government to the people.

Last week was probably the best week for conservatives that I’ve ever seen, mostly because I’ve only been politically active for a short period of time, but still, it was still awesome. Lets hope that we can keep the fire burning and not let victory go to our heads.

Dear Life

Posted in Life with tags on January 25, 2009 by raingeg

Life. It is an interesting thing. My life is changing a lot lately! I feel like I’ve been in an in between world for the last month or so and now I am beginning to see what the future holds. Especially with work, things are very interesting and I have real opportunities that I need to take advantage of. I can’t help but think back to where I was in the past. I can’t help thinking about having 6 days of the week off, then it was 5 days, then 4, then finally three, and then I made it to two. Now I am contemplating a real life of my own, as I slowly peel my self away from familiar ground and make my way into the uncharted territory of life.

The future is uncertain, but its bright. Options, I have options, and by properly aligning myself with Gods will and making practical decisions in life I think I will make it out alive. Without God and His grace I would be nothing, just a person seeking nothing but myself.

So right now I will live my life knowing well that I don’t know where I’ll be a year from now. I don’t know what my job will look like, I don’t know who I will be hanging around with, and I don’t even know where I will be living. All I know is that I am confident that I will be heading in the right direction.

Through the past years after high school I’ve made my way through many tough times and emerged victorious, not by my own strength, but by the grace of God. I know that more tough times are sure to come and I will try my best to prepare myself mentally and spiritually for those times.

For now I will be looking straight into the future and pondering what life has in store for me next.

Ode To October

Posted in Life with tags , , on October 2, 2008 by raingeg

October is a great time of the year. You start to smell the fall air even more fervently than you did in September, Fall becomes less of a prayer and more of a reality. Temperatures start dropping and festivals start popping up. The radio industry starts to really pick up and life for me will be hectic over the next three months or so. Kids are all jazzed up for Halloween and parents are starting to think about holiday plans. People start pulling down boxes of clothes made for cooler weather, and in Arizona you can roll down the windows and actually enjoy it.

For me it’s the knowledge that we are entering the most heavily family oriented time of the year. Aunt’s, Uncle’s and Cousin’s will be coming down to visit and the family will convene, as families do on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ah Christmas, did I mention that I love Christmas, I’ll start dusting off my Bing Crosby White Christmas vinyl and start making my Christmas play lists. And prepare for the Holiday with some early shopping, though I am a sucker for the hustle and bustle of the Holiday’s, so I’ll most likely punish myself with some last minute shopping just to get all the sites and sounds during the Christmas season. There’s nothing like walking through the mall listening to the distant HoHoHoing of the mall Santa Clause and to faint Christmas carols over the speakers planted high in the ceiling. Running into shopper after shopper with the knowledge that under any normal circumstances you wouldn’t stand for this crowd for a minute.

That’s what October is to me, it’s the home stretch and at the end of this cumbersome road that we walk there is happiness, hope and joy. Keep reading cause I am done with my break and back to writing again.