Cruising for a Bruising


That's an early 1950s Lincoln Cosmopolitan. My rich Uncle Phil owned one like that. It brings back memories.

A vivid memory about that car was the time I was seated up front between him and Aunt Gene. It was a long drive from Detroit to the Port Sanilac area in Michigan for a weekend at a family cottage compound on Lake Huron. I fell asleep, and my foot accidentally fell on his. He made a big dramatic display. I was chagrined.

Phil was always a scary guy to me. Blustering and overbearing. Rude in the way some adults could use their size and age to try to get over on a kid. He would typically greet me with a withering handshake, rubbing the cut stub of his middle finger into the palm of my hand. Yuck! 

Once at the cottages when a bug flew into my ear, I was panicked. Never forget how on the sidelines of my distress he commented on how it would probably fly out the other ear. I laugh now on remembering that. As children we are at such a disadvantage with our lack of experience.

In high school I worked at Uncle Phil's bakery. Went right after school on Friday mid-afternoon and worked straight through to 6:30 AM Saturday morning. Now, remember I said Phil was rich. And, tight. He paid me back then 75 cents an hour. I worked diligently and did a good job. Asked for a raise. My next pay envelope was just a little heavier; but, not by much. He gave me a 10 cent an hour raise! I quit. My parents were concerned that I should anger "rich" Uncle Phil. F#ck him, was my unstated firm position. Very soon after I landed a Saturday job starting at nearly $2 per hour. That's the kind of bread a kid can do something with.

As an adult I visited Phil and we had a nice friendly man to man chat. I'm glad we found some common ground after all.  

The other memory with that car was sitting in back next to a girl cousin. She was, as they say, "budding". I stole several side glances into the forbidden territory inside her sleeveless blouse. Secret thrills of my errant youth. 

She's also the one I embarrassed on a later public occasion. She was going into the water for a swim at a crowed beach. I noticed that the back of her one piece was unzipped. I made a big fuss, yelling at her to, "Quick, get into the water". Naturally, everyone saw her. She took it that I was stupidly naive. Never suspected my devilish intent. 

Oh, there was payback. Once at lunch with her at her home I was served Lemonade. In one of those colorful aluminum drinking cups. It tasted to high heaven of dish washing liquid. I drank it; or, some of it. Didn't say anything. It took some years to figure out that she spiked my drink.



The Prez Sets the New Sartorial Tone


In the Trump nation you will be best dressed if you wear your tie in the new fashion. 

This not only displays the finery of the material of your cravat, it also let's others know where you stand in the pecking order. Pecker order?

Tie your tie so that the bottom point meets the level of the tip of your flaccid penis. Is there another explanation for the too long tie?

Here, as in all manly endeavors, a certain integrity should be observed. No tugging or pulling. Just as it falls, au naturale. You can let the bits warm up after a swim or a cold shower. That's permitted. Also, whole body shaking. Whole body, as in head to toe. But, not the dangler itself.

By this metric Colbert is obviously ahead of the President.

Vagina!


Is That What You Want to Call It?

Since when did it become commonly accepted to call the female external genitalia ... "Vagina"?

As an trained Anatomist and Health Professional it doesn't seem to me to fit. [That's what she said.] But, seriously. It doesn't.

Of course, the technical term is "Vulva". Not something that nestles nicely on the tongue. Term-wise. "Pudendum." That one also lacks the erotic flavor one would be looking for. 

The P-word is to only be used by big shots riding on private buses. Or, in the privacy of your own home. Women who want to be bold in public, or to make a splash, use the P-word. But, if you're a guy, the women folk don't like you to use it in public. Behind closed doors, work it out between you two. OK. Or, three. The C-word should not be used unless a large amount of invective is required. And, only if it applies.

Admittedly, there's a Vagina in there somewhere. But, also, an Urethra. In fact, since it's used by far more often than the Vagina, so I suppose a case could be made for calling that whole bunch of dangly bits ... the Urethra. Using similar logic, naturally.

I guess we want to have our cake and eat it too. Let's have an agreeable name, but let's not take the sizzle away from the steak. Vagina does bring the sexy. Urethra would be a wet blanket. 

I get it that "Vagina" is now the accepted word for it. The whole shebang; external genitalia and the actual anatomical Vagina. Seems in our Post-Modern culture if enough people agree on something, then that's what we go with. So, let me ask, who decided that? And, how come everybody gave it the thumbs-up. Pun intended.

I also get the there's the need to take the word "Vagina" out of the shadows. Free the Nipple? Let's go the next step. Free the V. I'm led to understand that it's still a shocking and intimidating term. To some. To me it's just a clinical term.

And, maybe, that's why I have the problem with the word. It just doesn't say it correctly, nor does it have the allure factor.

So, let me make a suggestion.

Let's call it ... "Queen." Yes, Queen. 

To be used thusly: "The Queen is hot." "The Queen will receive you now." "Bow before the Queen." "The Queen is [is not] pleased." 

I can see a porno movie entitled ... "She Opened with Her Queen ... and He Saw It!"

PS My Lady doesn't like the term "Queen". I've been advised to find a new one. In the meantime the working title I use is Pudendum. Maybe with enough use it and that vulgar sounding "Vulva" word will become more cuddly. 

Maybe I'm on to something. "Cuddly." How about naming it "The Cuddle"? I'll try it out tonight and see if it has traction. 

I do foresee there might be some misunderstanding if she asks me to cuddle. Maybe I can get an alternative to the usual meaning for cuddle?

All My Relations
Woytek Kohotec ... Wronski


Have you heard of the Wronski Gene. It's been isolated. Ones who have it all look alike. Dead ringers. Similar mentality too. To some extent. 

This will go far to explain how long lost ancestor Woytek Kohotek Wronski, who hails from way back to the Dynastic Period in Egypt, could be assumed to look like all the recent history Wronski's.

Believe it or not, above is an actual photo of ancestor Woytek Kohotek. If you think that it's impossible that they could snap a photo in the Dynastic Period, then the building of the Pyramids and all those other mysteries should not be all that impressive to you. The snap was found sandwiched between two slabs of perfect Lapis Lazuli planed to an exquisitely perfect tolerance to mate with one another, one etched precisely enough to hold the photo. In other words, air tight. Which photo itself, by the way, was on papyrus. How we in modern Wronski time have come to possess such a relic, I am bound to not reveal. Let's just say ... 

No! 

I can't!

In the family he is referred to as The Egyptian. Some put it, That Egyptian. Seems our W-K was a bit of a rapscallion. Totally against the Wronski genetic grain. The story is that he ran away with the secret to the Pyramids. Probably other stuff too. There's a barn on the Wronski Family compound in Upstate Michigan where all the brick-a-brack, ephemera, and what-not of the whole Clan Wronski from day one of the Wronski history is kept. Where Babcha Wronski insists, "It's [all] there somewhere in all that mess." Maybe one day some one of us will rummage around and then the world will know how they did it.

Don't hold your breath, though. A Wronski would go to the ends of the Earth for a good Pączek or a plate of Mama's homemade Pierogi. For such as what the Woytek Kohotec might have left ... not so much. Don't ask. It's a Wronski thing. We favor small endeavors. Particularly tasty ones.

CLICK on this to learn about the whole Wronski lineage. Well, not thewhole damn mess of them, but enough to give you a hint of the wonderful Wronski's. 


Some Box You Got There



Only now am I hearing about some boxes discovered in Egypt in 1850. 

Some boxes!

Known as the Serapeum of Saqqara. 24 of them underground. 100 tons each. The hollowed out boxes weighing 70 tons; the perfectly fitting lids, 30 tons. The hard granite stone quarried from a source some 500 miles away.

Believed to predate the Dynastic Period in Egypt.

Each of the lids is cut from the same block of stone as the boxes. The lids are precisely level covering the boxes for an air tight seal. Overall, the boxes with their lids measure 15 feet long, 7 feet wide, and 10 feet high. 

The insides of the boxes are hollowed out square cut all with precise 90 degree angles. The wall surfaces of some have been measured to be precisely plane to a few ten thousandths of an inch. Can we even do that now?

The connecting corridors where the niches for the boxes are located, at some points seem to be too narrow to turn the box(s) to fit inside.

If you subscribe to the idea that it was sheer human muscle power which built the Pyramids, it doesn't seem possible to have the kind of numbers of men needed to carry 200,000 pound boxes (!) to fit inside the close spaces containing the boxes.

I don't care to speculate on how they pulled off that magic. Some believe the boxes themselves were made to hold the remains of sacred bulls. Yet no bull remains in any of them. Or, that classic go-to ... extraterrestrial aliens. 

All we can say for sure is they had some knowledge and ability which we in the 21st Century are clueless about. In short ... a mystery.

There's plenty to search about this subject. Here's a video with a clear look around the archaeological site.

After the video CLICK on the link to my excellent story Imhotep's Secret. If you think the Pyramids or those boxes are something, Imhotep will not disappoint.

 
Exceptionalism. America, etc.


You know the term "exceptionalism". Mostly nowadays it's typically associated with "American". But, it covers a lot more than the great — make that soon to be great again — USofA.

American exceptionalism has something to do with how our dear motherland is uniquely blessed. Natural resources, of course. And, as the cradle of democracy. Since we are special, we have certain duties. Noblesse oblige. Who would argue with that?

It, however, has also been a justification for our great nation's leaders to roam the world insinuating their agendas on our behalf into what basically boils down to other people's business. Making it a better place, presumably. Perhaps. But, also making sure that what's happening outside our borders is also for sure "good" for our national strategic interests. Would that the folks who go about doing such and thus had brains enough to know when to leave well enough alone. Also, foresight enough to see potential consequences beyond our "Missions Accomplished".

This is not a rag on America, as such. If you have no idea what the foregoing is about, get into your Noam Chomsky. But, be prepared to be deflowered, politically speaking.

Exceptionalism is a term which applies to anyone or any group which considers itself special. We Catholics have a rich history. The Crusades. The Inquisition. Missions. Christians of all stripes too. Think missionaries. The Muslims. There's them, and the rest of us "infidels". It can't go well for everyone when some are the chosen, true believers and everyone else is the devil. The Jews. The one and only God. (I always heard the word "Goyem" as a pejorative slur.) Mormons. Heck, they got it in writing. On gold, no less. Let's not even go into where the terms "Honky" and "Turkey" come from. Alright, chalk those up to Black resentment. Proving, perhaps, that even an underdog attitude can make you exceptional.

Look, I'm not going after religions or races as such either.

(And you Buddhists ... it's not part of the dharma, but you too can be susceptible to the "Holier Than Thou" fixation. Osho, the mystic teacher, was famous — infamous — for rubbing their spiritual hypocrisy in the face of his native India. The phrase "robes don't make the monk" pretty much encapsulates the sentiment.)

I know a group of ardent folks who espouse physical immortality. They treat others (non-adherents) as tools for their use. Maybe the latter is just because of some I know from that group; but you can see how having an elevated sense of yourself and/or your purposes can make others seem less-than.

It just is that the ego will insinuate itself as being special based on whatever grounds are at hand and convenient. But, you should know, I am in fact exceptional. Mother has said so! Besides me, however ... While no one would dare to argue that I myself am exceptional, the idea of exceptionalism other than referring to me is bunk.

Thus, I assert:

Exceptionalism is a damnable blasphemy to the essential inseparable and ineffable unity of God's Creation.

If indeed God's creation is of a piece, whole inseparable and uninterrupted — Don't expect me to make the case. If you doubt, turn to the Wisdom Philosophies for the proof. — then where does anyone get off creating an "us versus them" situation. It seems a lot have in fact "gotten off". Gotten off on their own juices, as it were. Hope you don't mind the salacious insinuation.


I'll leave it there for you all to discuss.

Leave a comment, and I will respond.

And, while we're on the subject of separation and unity, here's something on the subject of divorce.

CLICK for the article on D-I-V-O-R-C-E

A few excerpts:

"I believe my ex-wife and I did ourselves and our children a disservice. It's one thing to decide to not live together. What often gets missed is that in reality the notion of separation, it is an illusion. And, one pays a tremendous price in aliveness and proper care of the soul for maintaining that fiction."

"You see, if your heart is closed anywhere to someone, then that part of your heart is not available to anyone. Including those who you are committed to, and want to, love unconditionally. Conversely, if your heart, or a piece of it, is only reserved exclusively for someone, then your whole heart is not available to anyone. There is a friction there that wants to be resolved. It won't go away until it is settled."




H. H. Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche


One year ago the revered Tibetan Buddhist Master Teacher, H. H. Kyabje Chatral Sangye Dorje Rinpoche, passed away on January 5, 2016.

Thomas Merton referred to him as the greatest man he had ever met. In his most movingly glowing homage Dzongsar Jamyang Khyentse spoke about the accomplishments of so many others, and yet how “… [They] have achieved next to nothing compared to this man who appears never to have done anything except for keeping his meditation mat from ever getting cold.”

I am contemplating how in a world where such things as doing demonstrably great things, garnering incredible wealth, doing wonderful works of charity, loudly decrying the atrocities being perpetrated, earnestly going about making the world a better place, making that significant difference … that these values go without saying, unquestioned and unexamined, and … how all that stacks up to the kind of greatness which is merely to “… keep[ing] his meditation mat from ever getting cold”.

One wonders whether, on the passing of such a man, the platitude “He’s in a better place” is applicable, or even comprehensible. Or, whether to use the shibboleth “RIP” … should it not be considered woefully inappropriate?
Christmas 2016


With friends for a late Christmas Day treat ...

"Let it Snow" Photo: Walter Gryskiewicz

Photo: Walter Gryskiewicz

Photo: Walter Gryskiewicz

Photo: Walter Gryskiewicz

Photo: Carol Grys

Then the music started ... 

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