Goofing Around–6

When I was eight years old, I wanted to start a book of all the interesting facts I’d learned and realizations I’d had. It seemed far too easy to forget the important discoveries of life. How helpful it would be to have them in my own special book. I became discouraged, however, when I realized all the many meaningful lessons from my first seven years I’d never written down. I made up my mind that it was far too late to start and gave up the idea.

Now I know better. Goofing Around—6 asks you to add one item you’ve learned lately. You can add only one per day, but feel free to add more as the days go by and you make new discoveries. Please feel free to add small things as well as big new knowledge. It all adds up!

Here’s something I learned today:

–Don’t try to add new computer programs or hardware when you are tired or only have limited time. Plan to go nuts, weep, and kick things. Computers are like children and have to be treated with infinite patience. They do not like change and will keep secrets so that you won’t know why they are resisting you so mightily.

33 responses to “Goofing Around–6

  1. What I learned today –
    That after four cups of coffee, my coffee cup is 16oz or really 2 cups so I guess it equals 8 cups, that after four cups in three hours I get all tingly and can’t sit still for a couple of hours. I know this wouldn’t have happened if someone had brought me a couple of doughnuts. Sugar always counters caffeine, at least that’s what I believe.

  2. Apparently very few of us have been learning anything lately!

  3. My thoughts exactly. I’ve been trying to figure our how to tell a love story by using coffee as the common thread.

  4. What I learned today:

    Two road converge
    Wise man brakes
    No harm done
    Damage avoided
    How I love the smell
    Of burning rubber in the morning.

  5. Well, other than Walk, it appears you have stumped us dunderheads, Ann.

  6. An observation:
    There are some people, who, even at their worst, will make me feel better. Then there are some people, who, even at their best, make me feel worse.

  7. This morning I realized I had magical powers. But let me back up. Two weeks ago, a wild, stray cat showed up. I began putting a dish of milk and bread out for this poor cat. I thought “I’m going to love this cat” and show her the world is not all bad. Last week, she came up to me and actually let me pet her, however brief. I’d made progress. I felt good about myself. This morning, I peeked out the window. My poor, homeless cat was there waiting for me. And so were four others! Like magic. The lesson I learned? Unless you’re really, really into magic, do not put milk and bread out. Milk and bread turns into cats.

  8. KathyH,

    Thanks for sharing your new knowledge regarding the magical powers of milk and bread when placed on a porch.

    Just think of the mayhem you’d have to deal with if you’d put catnip on your doorstep!

  9. I’m slow at grasping the big concepts and thus I keep having to relearn the wisdom behind words like these:

    Silence is golden.

    Like yourself and then you can like others.

    Patience is a virtue.

    If I’m fortunate enough to learn something fresh and new, I’ll happily share it here.

  10. I haven’t seen another person in more than two weeks, all the result of house-sitting in this remote maritime area of Halibut Cove. My company consists of Gerri the cat, some sea otters, the occasional bald eagle, and the various sea ducks that paddle around in this tranquil area.

    I have but two responsibilities to attend to each day: 1) to open the door so the cat can go in or out, and, 2) walking down to the floating dock to ensure the electricity is still on in the boat.

    A couple days ago on my trip to the boat, I saw that a portion of the floating dock that descends a slope obviously had been under water at high tide. Instead of floating on the incoming tide, one length had frozen to the gravel slope in temperatures near zero. I made a note to myself to check the boat nearer low tide than high, as I wouldn’t be able to reach the boat earlier.

    Coming back from the boat this afternoon, I realized the situation made a good metaphor for dealing with tempestuous situations in life. Instead of jumping into troubled waters and fighting for my life, it would be more beneficial to wait until calmer waters prevailed, and then to wade in.

    And that fairly well described how I have lived for the past forty-five years. In the throes of an emotional meltdown when I was twenty-one, I made a decision and carried through with it, thereby permanently sending away the love of my life. I learned a difficult lesson from that, one that haunts me to this day, but it helped keep my later marriage together for thirty years, until my spouse died of a disease.

    That lesson approximates the metaphor of waiting until the tide was ebbing. Simply stated it is: Never make an important decision when you are upset, angry, or have PMS.

  11. Gully,

    May I interject that “hindsight requires no eyeglasses or vision aids of any kind.”

    Your metaphor is a fine specimen.

  12. I find myself unable to release my illusion that relentless effort to be better is the prescription for achieving self satisfaction.

  13. What I learned today:

    That it gets dark when the storm clouds roll in.
    That wind makes the trash cart roll
    That there really is a calm before the storm
    That weathermen love this type of weather
    That my fraidy hole has some water in it
    That tomorrow is another day.

  14. Hey Walk,

    Wow! You really learned a lot today. You must be fatigued.

    I really, really want to learn something today as well. Please help me do so by telling me what a “fraidy hole” is.

    Is it a place you go to when you’re afraid? If so, I’m gonna dig one for myself and I’ll need to borrow your blueprint.

  15. I think a ‘fraidy hole is a place where someone in Oklahoma goes when the tornadoes roll in. Good luck, Walk. Keep your head down….. Your butt, too.

  16. The storm is over, the worst at least.
    Some hail and high wind,
    Radar made my head swim.
    OK City hit by a twister
    Glad I’m not there, I tell you mister.
    I’ve shut the door on the fraidy hole
    I won’t be need it, I’m told.
    Thanks for your concern

  17. Dear Walk,

    I’m glad you didn’t need to go down in your fraidy hole. We need you here to goof around with.

    Now, I’ll say a prayer of thanks that all is well with you and yours.

  18. What I said I learned yesterday:
    “That tomorrow is another day.”

    What I learned today:
    For a toll of at least eight people, tomorrow never came. Hit while suppers on the table, the twister dropped without warning from a cell that was just forming. Searching will go on this sunny morning for others that can’t be found. Makes a person wonder what’s going to happen when tornado season arrives. This town that was hit, Lone Grove, is about 40 +/- miles east of me.I remember one of Ann’s exercises in BWW was to rewrite some sentences and one had to do with bad weather. I wrote something like this, “The tornado came through the front door and didn’t bother knocking.” Guess I’d better watch what I write.

  19. Picture me, stealing time away from ed2go to come here. Several hundred people are about to write to me about the sun glaring in their eyes, red leaves, violent tornadoes (does Walk have ESP?), and the love John has for Martha.

    I get an email everytime somebody goofs around here, and although I can’t respond each time, I get such a kick out of your words. You guys are so good!

    Shaddy proved something I’ve always suspected. Those old sayings actually mean something. Here’s my favorite–a teaching truth I relearn daily: You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make him drink.

    I guess my strategy is to keep floating rubber duckies and those rubber band-driven paddle boats in the water so everyone (including me) wants to dive in and splash around.

    Keep in touch!

  20. Yes, Walk, those were the infamous Fearsome Four sentences. We had a lot of fun with them. One unfortunate typo-ed her sentence and it came out “tornatoes.” Shaddy immediately went on a late-night rant about “tornadoes or tomatoes” that had me laughing all night. I still giggle about it.

    I think the one I liked the best was by Sandra Dee aka Dee-Dee, whose sentence I will try to recall: “The congregation bowed their heads in prayer while little red devils skittered about the courtyard.” Something about that. It was fantastic, as was her line about the glaring sun. Can only remember a few words about that, like “dude, cigarettes, Red Bull.” I have it at home.

    I wish Sandra Dee would join us here. Which reminds me, we haven’t heard from Shy for a while.

  21. Ann,

    I first heard the line “you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink” from Mr. McDonald, my high school algebra teacher. He was full of sayings and used them constantly. Others he used that I can remember are:

    -You can’t use your bootstraps to get you over the fence.
    -Absence makes the heart grow fonder, of someone else. (The last three words were his personal thoughts on the matter).

    Darn, that’s all I can recall.

    Thanks, Ann, for stopping in and goofing around with us.

    Oh, before I forget–

    Today, I again learned that running 3 miles during my lunch hour makes me tired as the day goes on, but it’s a good kind of tired, that is, a satisfied feeling of fatigue. And so, I’ll do it again.

  22. Gully,

    Thanks for remembering my crazy story about tornadoes and tomatoes. I should try to find it because I don’t remember much of it.

    When will you be back home again?

  23. Ok, I’ll be the first to say it.

    I kept waiting for someone else to finish the quote: You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink; you can lead a horticulture but you can’t make her think.

    I can’t think of anything more to learn in my life because I made every mistake possible to man-kind and, unfortunately, that’s how I learn.

  24. To Shy,

    Mistakes can only be made by doing. If we don’t do anything then we can’t screw up.

    I’m thrilled to be in the presence of someone who goes out there and lives her life, learning as she goes.

    It sounds like you’ve much to write about all that you’ve learned and how you’ve learned it. I urge you to put as many of your experiences as you can into words. It will be good for you and for all of us who have come to be your friends.

    I, for one, will welcome your words here.

    You go girl!!!

  25. Shads, I’ll be here in he Cove for at least another month. Not sure if you know, but the lady who lives here had brain surgery for two frontal lobe aneurysms, and now is in therapy to encourage her brain to find new connections.

    Shy, nice to see you here, but I’d like to challenge you to a “who made the most mistakes” duel. One good thing about mistakes–they make great writing fodder!

  26. HEY! I didn’t learn that thing about writing fodder today, but at least it’s something I leearned!

    Oh, and Shaddy, the tornatoes/tomatoes was a reply to someone’s sentence with a typo in it–not a story you wrote.

    Walk, glad to hear you dodged the tornado.

    Poor Ann. Reading hundreds of pathetic tornado, red leaves, glaring sun, and John and Martha at the busstop sentences has to be cruel and unusual punishment.

  27. Here’s something I’ve learned. Doing nothing is the biggest mistake of all.

    Shaddy: you inspire me everyday with your physical training.

    Walk: Glad to know you are okay. And I’d never heard of “fraidy hole” before. So I have learned a few things this week.

    Shy: Guess I’m a slow learner. It took me a few seconds to get your addition to the “you can lead a horse to water…” When I caught on, I had myself a great laugh. So you’ve learned from your mistakes? Since I’ve had trouble posting things here, looks like I need to take off, go crazy, pile on the mistakes, come home and see what I can learn from them. And then write about them. Yeeehaaaaa! Well, can’t do it this weekend. Going to see my five year old granddaughter for Valentines’s Day.

    Gullible: you say you have to let the cat in. And let the cat out. He sounds lonely to me. How about I send four needy cats up there to keep him company? When the owners come back and question you, just shrug and say you don’t know what happened. All you did was sit out some milk and bread and they all showed up! Just give me a nod and I’ll pack their little bags and put them on a bus heading northwest.

  28. Kathy H,
    That sounds like the beginning of a great story!

  29. In the online writing class I’m taking, I’m learning to “just do it.”

    After each lesson, there is inevitably, the assignment. I read the assignment, roll my eyes and think, “oh my god, how am I going to pull this one off?”

    I reread the lesson, underlining what seems important and jotting down ideas of my own. Then I again find myself faced with the request from the instructor to do the assignment.

    So I pull myself up to my computer, click on Post a Message and start writing. By pretending that I know what I’m doing, I get a start. I can revise and rewrite and delete for as long as I want before I actually submit my work. I’m safe here. None of my classmates or my instructor can see me–here in my room, floundering around and flopping up and down like a fish out of water.

    Inevitably, just doing it (no matter how unattractive the process may be) rather than dreading it, brings results.

    The instructor hasn’t exactly been thrilled with my work, but he has given me a thumbs up for my assignment submissions so far.

    And so once again, my friends, I encourage you to go forward–though you may be sweating bullets, shaking like a leaf and/or quaking in your boots–and JUST DO IT.

    Go, in peace, calmly and with resolve.

  30. Today I learned that if I ask my 12-year old when I pick her up at school how her day went, she’ll say, “Okay.”
    But if I settle myself down into a steaming hot bath to soak away the aches of this cold I’m fighting, she will find her way into the bathroom and proceed to tell me exactly what she did all day, down to
    the very last most minute detail.

  31. Maureen,

    It seems we’re all more prone to share our lives with others when it’s quiet and peaceful and there are no distractions.

    By simply being available to your daughter, you give her the opportunity to talk to you when she feels moved to do so. While you were relaxing in the tub, she knew she’d have your undivided attention and although you missed some quiet time, your daughter loves you for listening.

    We can all learn from what you shared here today.

    Thank you, Maureen.

  32. I wolfed down 3 Hershey’s Special Dark Mildly Sweet Chocolate fun-size candy bars this afternoon within a matter of a minute. It’s 3 hours later and my stomach hasn’t been the same since my bingeing.

    I’d like to report here that I’ve learned to take it easy on the chocolate treats. Yet, to be honest, I know I’ll have moments in the future when chocolate will again taste SO good going down that I’ll be blind to anything beyond the ooohing and ahhhing dancing of my tastebuds.

    Have you had your chocolate today?

  33. Gosh Gully,

    You’re house sitting for quite a long stretch of time, my dear. Who’s house sitting at your house while you’re house sitting elsewhere?

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