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Fabric of Life - Wrongfun

Been awhile since I did a Fabric of Life piece.  I am overdue for real.  If you had your heart set on some reading material focused on soft little kitties and magic ponies, you hit the wrong place today.  Just sayin’…………

My maternal grandparents. Stern stock

My maternal grandparents. Stern stock

I do not think there has been a day go by lately that I read or see or hear something about goings on out in the world that don’t make me wonder “What are those people possibly thinkin’ ??”   This week seems to be a standout in that regard. Muslim refugees are over-running the EU in toto.  Putin put planes and troops in Syria and those actions raised a hue and cry around the world.  Yet, we do the same same and media spin it as the Sword of Righteousness??   A mentally troubled young man lashes out and murders a bevy of his peers. I am struggling to figure out why smart healthy adults stand there and answer questions about their religion and wait to be shot in the head. Are we truly that conditioned beyond self-preservation?  I am not being judgmental here, understand that; or even political for that matter.  I am just trying to figure out if anyone else is left that finds this mighty upsetting in regards to what the collective mindset is these days.  Evidently, I just don’t get it or somethin’.  Is it just me?

Some kind person pointed me toward this article in the NY Times as way of explanation…..   27 Ways to be a Modern Man. This fella starts out pretty damn good and I am sayin’ to myself “Self, the veil is about to be lifted from mine eyes and I will finally be truly enlightened.”   He says to begin “Being a modern man today is no different than it was a century ago. It’s all about adhering to principle. Sure, fashion, technology and architecture change over time, as do standards of etiquette, not to mention ways of carrying oneself in the public sphere. But the modern man will take the bits from the past that strike him as relevant and blend them with the stuff of today.” 

Right on my brother!!  I can dig it!!  Lead me to the light!!

Oh bother!  The rest is simpering pap. Most notably:

16. The modern man lies on the side of the bed closer to the door. If an intruder gets in, he will try to fight him off, so that his wife has a chance to get away.

25. The modern man has no use for a gun. He doesn’t own one, and he never will.

In between those two self-canceling statements we find this:

17. Does the modern man have a melon baller? What do you think? How else would the cantaloupe, watermelon and honeydew he serves be so uniformly shaped?

BFF Cait would be quick to label this fella a douche canoe – perhaps even a double douche canoe.   I try to learn a new word several times a week and I especially enjoy learning a new word or phrase whose definition is self-explanatory.  Hey, if you are not as hip as me ( 🙂  ) check out the definition here.  I am proud of BFF Cait.  I raised her up to think with her brain and nobody else’s and she knows if that damn cat has kittens in the oven, you don’t call ’em biscuits.  Christ on a cracker!  What is up with these kids?  Some of those other kids are going to believe the latest Facebook or Tweet just because it is and they truly believe they are s’posed to.  God Love ’em.  Folks like that are gonna live in fear of exploding shower doors their whole lives most likely.  Me — not so much.  Ditto on BFF Cait and My Boy.

WPA men in boats hauling sandbags to a levee in south Memphis during February, 1937 flooding. (National Archives)

WPA men in boats hauling sandbags to a levee in south Memphis during February, 1937 flooding. (National Archives)

I come from strong and stern stock;  undoubtedly that colors who I am today.   Let me tell y’all a story.  My maternal Grandparents were living north of Memphis in Dyer County, TN on the delta floodplain close up to the Mississippi River.   They were farmers and the land there is rich from eons of overflow.  They say the topsoil is 40′ deep and that is why they were there, cropping on the shares.  When they got married,  my Grandmother brought 2 place settings of dishes to the union.  She stored them carefully in a wooden peach crate.  That was it; nada mas.

The Mississippi River come out of its’ banks pretty bad in 1937 and historians would later write it down in their books as The Great Flood.   My Grandmother told my Grandfather in no uncertain terms that when she could throw a rock off the back porch and hit water, she was going to town with the babies to stay with friends.  He got home from work one evening soon after and the family was gone.  Him and his brother took the kitchen table and turned it upside down.  They nailed the legs to the ceiling and proceeded to put anything of value they couldn’t carry out with them on this elevated platform.  They then commenced to walk the several miles to town as they did not own a vehicle at that time.  He said the water was chest deep when they started to walk out.  When the water receded, they returned to their stilt house shack, swept the mud out and carried on with life.  There was not a mention of the GOV or waitin’ on the GOV to come get ’em or expecting the GOV to help ’em out.

I do not expect hardy anybody to pay a whole lot of attention to much that I have to say. According to most, gauged against their own lives I reckon,  I live a life of wrongfun.  I am the Crazy Uncle.  I am the one people guardedly ask for input in social settings because my response will more than likely be considerably less than PC.  I give newlyweds a stack of American Silver Eagles,  graduating seniors get a Leatherman.  I fret rattlesnakes and rabid fox or skunk more than exploding shower doors.  Maybe even I am on a list that some alphabet agency compiled.  Like I would care…….  The two kids I raised know madness when they see it or read it and moreover, they do not add to the madness.  I could ask for no better legacy.

There was a time, well back in the day, when I was a part of something that we actually thought would change the world. We believed way down deep in out hearts and The Force was strong Luke.   Well, we changed it alright.  Us Baby Boomers blew it big time and how;  all the time honestly thinkin’ we were advancing the American Dream and truly making The World a better place.  (sigh)   Nowadays I focus on the little slice where I can make a difference.  It is just an itty-bitty of influence;  nuclear and gratifying,  yet it is satisfying enough to fill the years on the downhill side.  It is sad to think I mighta/kinda/sorta/maybe  figured it out around my half-century mark.

Haven’t had one of these in awhile.  My gross oversight to be sure.

Colonel Jeff Cooper says:

jeff-cooperFrom David Westerhout in Mugabestan we hear with sadness of the demise of Colonel Dudley Coventry, late of Rhodesian SAS. You will remember Dave Westerhout as one of the founders of IPSC and the operator of the World Shoot in Rhodesia in 1977. Dave was SAS and served directly under Colonel Coventry, whom he admired extravagantly.

Colonel Coventry was killed in his bed in his house in Harare. His head was beaten in with the butt of one of his own rifles by an intruder who broke into his house in the night. With all due respect to a great man, we must ask ourselves what he was doing with his guard down? All of us, from Harare to Hollywood, have a duty to the God who gave us life to look out for it. The war is never over, and peace is an illusion. Those of you who attended the old Orange Gunsite will remember the Shoshone refrain:

“Over here, over there, everywhere,
today, tomorrow, always:
Bad men there are.
Hate you they do.
Kill you they will.
Watch out you better!”

End Note:  One Way Out by the Allman Brothers Band from the cd Live at Fillmore East.

Douche Canoe admonishes the Modern Man in me (from the list noted above)

13. The modern man listens to Wu-Tang at least once a week.

Aw, hell no!  This is wrong on every level.  When the grand kid(s) say  “Pops, tell me about the good ol’ days?”  I can tell you right now Wu Tang is not gonna be on my radar.  I will  try my best to describe the magic that was Duane Allman and Dickie Betts.

 

 

 

 

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15 comments to Fabric of Life – Wrongfun

  • Joel

    Glad you could find some time to unburden yourself of some personal philosophy.

    I’ve taught myself to remember the good things that have happened during my life as well. Here are three:

    1. When we were growing up, the USSR seemed a permanent fixture on the planet. It was widely believed that the USSR could not be destroyed without WWIII. In fact, it collapsed, not with a bang but a whimper.

    2. When we were growing up, black folk were fighting for the right to choose where to sit on a bus, at a bus station or at a lunch counter. Not to mention the right to vote or to marry someone of another race. It was unimaginable that the US would have a black president in my lifetime. In fact, we did, and he was re-elected by a wide margin.

    3. The grotesque racist regime in Rhodesia seemed a permanent stain on the planet. Now that ugly monument to 20th century white supremacy is but a dim memory.

    Those are just my top three. In times of trouble, they remind me that the seemingly impossible has happened.

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    • Andy

      I agree Joel with your pointing out there was good with the bad. Unfortunately, On your #1 and #2, we reached a zenith where we could say “Man this is REALLY good stuff happening!” and then we couldn’t hold on to it. Both slid from the top down into something I cannot accurately define. Maybe the present permutation of both your points is far worse than your initial start point of ‘when we were growing up’. I don’t know.

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    • Wallace

      “…he was re-elected by a wide margin.” Wait… what? In 2008, he was elected by 52.9% of the popular vote; in 2012, he was elected by 51.1%. Call me old-fashioned, but I simply don’t see 51.1% as “a wide margin.”

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  • Rob

    Not “The Modern Man”, but the “Modern Western Man”. In a lot of the world firearms are part of life.

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  • Joel

    “then we couldn’t hold on to it. Both slid from the top down into something I cannot accurately define.”

    Sorry, I missed the slide from escaping nuclear holocaust to something worse. And I missed the slide from escaping Jim Crow racism to something worse. When you get around to accurately defining it, I’ll look forward to the post. Until then, I’ll celebrate the end of the USSR and the end of American apartheid.

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    • Andy

      Joel,

      Check the Doomsday Clock 1991 vs 2015 and they are no even reflecting the latest incursion into Syria.
      http://thebulletin.org/timeline

      As far as Jim Crow racism, let’s just re-write the history books and expunge all reference to the War Between the States. At the same time, remove the Confederate Memorials, statues and change the State flags in a couple of Southern States. Hell, let’s dig up ol’ Nathan Bedford Forrest in Memphis and his poor wife and plant them somewhere where folks won’t be offended.

      http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/07/11/memphis-city-council-votes-to-dig-up-grave-of-confederate-general-sell-his-statue/

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      • Joel

        I disagree. We need to teach the truth about the Civil War. It begins with the truth that the Confederacy committed an act of treason against the United States of America in the name of preserving white supremacy.

        I don’t care whether anyone is personally offended when I say that not a penny of American taxpayer money should be spent honoring treason. You want to fly the flag of treason on your personal property, hey, that’s why I’ve been a dues-paying member of the ACLU for over 35 years. They fight for your right to do that. They also fight for the 1st Amendment rights of American Nazis and the KKK.

        You want to bury the remains of traitors on private property and erect huge monuments to traitors? I’ve paid tens of thousands of my own hard-earned dollars to the ACLU to defend your right to do that!

        You’re welcome!

        Let’s see whether you post this.

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        • Andy

          Joel,

          I agree with you in principal but you cannot re-write history to pacify a vocal minority whether it is the flying of the flag, the presence of a statue,a chapter in the history books or a National Park.

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  • Monte

    I also came across the 27 ways to be a modern man article this week, and found it quite amusing that you chose to comment on it. I read through the article, being completely non-impressed, as you state you were, thinking to myself, that the good times are probably over. I had a chance to be in a discussion on a letter to an editor in a newspaper from the left coast last week, and the attitudes of those who tried to argue my points were so scatterbrained or came from such a coddled mind that I thought deeply of finding myself a place in “the puckerbrush” to homestead and forget the rest of the world! The heartland of our country still has good people, but the seaside parts it appears the crazies are taking over, and causing such a rift in this once land of great opportunity. Hope the cooler weather gets to you soon, and some rain settles the dust without making to much mud!

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    • Andy

      Thanks Monte.

      The dust is still fogging here but it was 62 degrees shortly before sunrise this morning. My favorite time of year in Texas coming up!

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  • Roland Johnson

    Andy, I love the posting. I’ve often felt the same way: “I am struggling to figure out why smart healthy adults stand there and answer questions about their religion and wait to be shot in the head.” I think a lot has to do with an attitude which we MUST decide on before the crisis ensues. For most young people today, I think they simply never imagine they will have to make that live-or-fight choice. Facing almost certain loss of life in that classroom, one would have to adopt a warrior attitude and risk it all to try to disarm and incapacitate the the perp. From my active duty years, I always frequently thought about about what I might have to do in in similar circumstances. I hope that I have the balls to carry out the decision I’ve already made. The quote from LtCol Cooper is right-on.

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    • Andy

      Thanks for the comment Roland. I am struggling to come to grips with the mindset that would prevent any action. Is it the young have been conditioned to accept authority?? Your synopsis is right on of course. The one gentleman that resisted and was shot 7 times was an Army vet.

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  • Ken

    Once again I have to take issue with Joel. The civil war was about state’s rights, although the common mantra is it was about slavery. It was a facet of the conflict, but not the crux.
    Funny to me is that most if not all of the slave importers lived north of the Mason/Dixon line. Of course the south used slaves. That is a fact. However, does that make the self-righteous north blameless? I fail to see where they have the right to point fingers at the south.
    Further, the calling of the Confederacy treasonous is totally outside the bounds of civility. We, as residents of the south, have as much right to history as the self-righteous north. In other words, keep the name calling to yourself. Andy’s post did not go there. We owe it to him to maintain a bit of a standard.

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    • The South denied the right of northern states to refuse to enforce the federal fugitive slave act. Wouldn’t make sense for them to claim their states rights were sacrosanct while denying them to other states.

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  • Fortunately I have no idea what a Wu Tang is? A new protein drink maybe?

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