Saturday, August 13, 2022

Overheard at Table 1: Quote by Eric Hoffer


 The quote just completed on


"Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do. "

— Eric Hoffer 

... took me awhile to understand it, but then it became clear, when I thought about this Saturday, in which I spent from 9 in the morning until 7pm just now replacing the cabinet doors in the kitchen.   My wife had been working every weekend for the past several weeks on refinishing the cabinets and my job is to put the new hardware on the doors and mount them.  It should be an easy job, but "guy things" are rarely easy for me, and so, it took all day, preparing the new hinges, installing them, mounting the doors, adjusting them to the correct height and depth, and putting on new doorknobs.  

All the while I am frustrated, as always, because every weekend, I am taken away from the things I want to do.  We're to be going to Ireland next month, and she hasn't even looked at one thing she wants to do there, and so I need to find the time to arrange every single thing.  So I'd like to be looking at Ireland.

Also, I'd like to be working on my songs, songs that I'm composing on the computer as well as the acoustic guitar.  I also need to practice the songs we are playing at church tomorrow.

And so ... as always, another weekend is spent doing what my wife wants to do and not what I wish to do.

If I complain (as I am) it sounds like petulant whining.  She will, of course, have the best argument: that her projects are to improve our home and are something that everyone in the house benefits from.  My writing/creative exploits are something that only I benefit from.

And for that, the sacrifice is justified.  But it does not make the quote any less salient, or poignant.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Overheard at Table 3: The Raid

Billy: Looks like the FBI raided Mara Laga

Joe: Did they find the pee-pee tape?

Jim: Seems like they just found themselves an empty safe.

Bob: Pulled a Geraldo Rivera, huh?

Billy: They might have gotten back some of the docs from the White House.

Joe: Heard they'd been ripped up and taped back together.

Jim: That the copy of the Constitution?

Bob: Naw.  That's been ripped up, but it ain't been put back together.

Saturday, August 6, 2022

Overheard at Table 4: SlamWords #61st Edition - Saturday Morning


Aug 6

#SlamWords #61stEdition er6



Perfect Moon that night

I was hunting on the opposite slope from where

the avalanche plowed

the side of the mountain,


from across the valley

I could hear the quiet

whimpers of

all creatures

buried in the snow,


and all asleep

by sunrise.





Aug 6

#SlamWords #61stEdition er7

Don't Look Down


She was riding beside me,

singing, "Don't look DOWN

a new day is breaking,

been so long since I

felt this way..."


but she was cute

and made the long road

seem shorter,

so I didn't correct her.


Now, that's how

I sing

that song.






Aug 6

#SlamWords #61stEdition er2

Vertical Cliffs



Cliffs of Moher.

There's a reason they're a

screen saver.


Straight drop a skyscraper down

into the frothing sea, that

churns to chase the sun

all the way


to America




Aug 6

#SlamWords #61stEdition er1 Rugged Terrain


After a Full Moon,

I never know where I'm gonna wake up.


One time, middle of the

Sonoran desert:

30 miles of rugged terrain.

Shoes ripped to sht.


Some migrants shared their water.


When I found my rig,

I brought em in.


Fk La Migra





Aug 6

#SlamWords #61stEdition er5

Howling Winds



I know y'all just wanna

hear about the Change,

the Moon, the Hunt,


I love it

It's all I live for.


But I gotta say, y'all'll

never understand






all the other nights feel

when the only thing howling

is the wind




Aug 6

#SlamWords #61stEdition er3

Harsh conditions/icy fear


Harsh conditions

is the nicest way to

describe the

brutal bitch

that is Saskatchewan

In Winter.


Even the sky is frozen.

Your every breath,

icy, Fear

will get you killed


Just pedal down,

keep yr rig


on those roads.