Saturday, October 30, 2010

The moment before the moment

You know, Lewis Black had it right all along when he said, "This moment we are sharing right now...Is as good as it's going to get."

The moment of anticipation. There is no better moment. There's nothing better than the feeling you get right before something big happens.

That's where I find myself. This weekend will, for the foreseeable future, be my one and only weekend where I can do what I want, when I want. I'm going to try to enjoy it. I have determined that it will be either the best weekend EVER or suck on toast. There will be no middle ground. I'm going to get out of my comfort zone. I'm just going to let the night come to me. Where I end up is where I end up.

That's the big issue. As Mr. Black also said, "The moment is reality, and reality kinda sucks". I have no delusions about my luck. I have seen it work for me and against me too many times to be able to properly gauge what is going to happen. Still, it will be worth the effort I believe. I've really only just begun to feel 'normal' (I'm never going to be mainstream normal...I'm just aiming for normal for me) and I'm hoping to keep that going as long as possible.

So, if you are a praying person, say one for me. If you are not, I'll be starting the night at Stonefly, so feel free to join me! :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The Underground Conservative Part V

We all know that sex sells. We see it every day. Every consumer product out there has used sexuality at some point to sell itself. What confuses me is why don't political campaigns do the same?

I've been debating with myself ever since about whether I would share any/all the details of my journey into the absurd that occurred last Friday night/Saturday morning. On one hand, there are many details of my life, past and present, that I will never be sharing online. That's just the way I am. Still, what happened to me borders so much on the insane/absurd/bizarre that it is hard not to talk about it. I've gone over a few details with a good friend (mostly to confirm my own thoughts), but for the most part I've been silent because I still have not fully come to terms with what went on and how I reacted.

However, when the above thought came to me earlier today, I had a bit of an epiphany. Perhaps it is now time to share a bit of my night.

As a part of the unusual night, I met several new people. One of which just happened to be a very attractive young woman. We had a good time just talking for well over an hour. Somehow, the conversation turned to politics. That's when I discovered that she was a rather extreme liberal. Now, normally under these circumstances, I would have had a good game of Tweak The Liberal and call it a night. After all, I had just met her in the most random way and unless the gods of chance have a sense of humor like mine, we would never see each other again. However, this time was a bit different. For whatever reason (Yes all you dirty minded people...That's probably why!) I found myself either being vague about my beliefs or flat out concealing them just to continue talking to her.

Which brings me back to the original point. I do believe that I would be strong enough to avoid the "vote for my guy and I'll sleep with you" invitation, but we all know that there are an awful lot of people who don't vote on a regular basis that would, given the right enticement, go along with those terms. So why don't we hear more about it? I'm sure that if it IS going on that the media in this country would jump all over it. So if it isn't going on, why not? Bribery has always been a part of politics in one shape or another. This would just be another form of bribery with the added bonus that the politician in question could have total deniability.

Maybe politicians hold themselves to a bit of a higher standard. As hard as that is to believe when you look at all the attack ads that are out there now, maybe it is true. Honestly, I think the only reason that they don't do it is that they haven't found a way to get their followers to do it and still keep that deniability...

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Have boombox, will travel...

Ok...Anyone who's my age or slightly older knows this scene well...

Well, in jest, I was taunted with it by a good friend earlier (Now that I think about it, I owe you a bit of payback Denise! :P) and like it usually goes, my mind started chewing on it.

While under my current circumstances I wouldn't consider something this extreme, there was at least one point in my life where I seriously considered it. I never did for several reasons. This always looks so good in the movies, but is it something that translates to real life? Has anyone ever done that? Have any of you considered it and didn't? Why not?

The logical part of my brain tells me that this looks WAY better on the big screen than it would in real life. However, I'm sure that it could be pulled off if done in the right way. I wonder if any of the MP3 player folks have a docking station that big...

Bye bye Tom...bye bye happiness...

Wow....I think I'm living in Bizarroworld.

In a move that nobody was expecting, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel has endorsed Scott Walker for Governor.

How on Earth does the second most liberal editorial staff come to the conclusion that a fiscally conservative Republican is their candidate? Why, when every little perceived flub is blared across the front page of the paper, would they say that Scott is their guy. I can think of only one reason.

The editors may be raging liberals, but they are not stupid. They see the writing on the wall as much as anyone. As far as I'm concerned, the only reason that they are endorsing him now, less than two weeks from election day, is that they want to keep bashing him hard and often. When they are called on it, they can point to today and say, "See?! We endorsed you! You can't attack us for attacking you!"

Way to go Mr. Pimentel...You just made yourselves even more irrelevant that you already are.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Eat right, exercise, and die anyway

I know, with the exception of the one little rambling post the other night, it's been nearly a month since I've posted anything. Sorry. Like I said before, my offline life has to take priority over my online life, and my offline life has tossed me more than it's fair share of brushback pitches. I guess I've been bad, so you will just have to spank me (no, not you...or, the blonde in the back, YOU can come over and spank me).

Anyway, now to the issue at hand. There has been some debate over whether the Wisconsin Food Share program should limit the kinds of foods that are purchased with taxpayer funds. Soda, chips, and other junk foods are most often cited as things to be restricted.

At first blush, I tend to agree with this. There are healthier options out there for food. The more my mind mulled this over, the more confused it became. I mean, what exactly is healthy? The obvious answer is to be healthy. When I asked my Facebook minions why we should eat healthy, most of the responses I got were health related. With the exception of Faith, who seemed to think the only reason to eat healthy food is to make the bad stuff taste better, Everyone agreed that healthy eating habits can keep you from having problems in the future.

The big sticking point is that word healthy. It seems so vague, yet so limiting at the same time. Take a person who eats right, exercises frequently, has a well toned body, but has a genetically inherited disease that will limit their lifespan significantly. Is that person healthy? What about a person who, by all current medical standards, is in perfect health but eats what would be considered by most to be equivalent to rocket fuel. Is he healthy? Are we ready to tell tens of thousands of people that have genetically passed diseases that they are never going to be healthy?

What about the foods themselves? In my own lifetime, the following foods have both been considered healthy and unhealthy: Eggs, soybeans (and other soy products), dried fruit, most dairy products including milk and sour cream, and even water for crying out loud! If doctors can't agree what is healthy, how can the rest of us?

I remember hearing somewhere (I can't remember if it was a medical journal or Lewis Black) that a craving is your body's way of telling you that you are deficient in something that the food you crave has. Can't drink enough milk? You could need the calcium or vitamin D. You won't rest until you get that perfectly grilled T-bone? Probably you need a bit more protein. If that is the case, the only one that truly knows what is best for you is you. All the advice from doctors and nutritionists won't mean squat.

So, if the doctors can't tell you and the only one that can is your own body, why does a bureaucracy like a state government seem to think it knows what's best for you? It doesn't. It's another overreaching thought by politicians in the greatest nanny state of them all. Just another way of circumventing your freedom of choice by scare tactics. They all tell you that if you don't do this, you'll die earlier. What if I don't want to live a long life? As with everything else, quantity is rarely trumped by quality. If you don't accomplish anything in 75 years, will it make a difference if you don't accomplish anything in 100?

Our culture has an obsession with what's next (save for retirement, eat well for a long life, pre-planning everything). The problem is, we spend so much time looking ahead that, when we get there, most of us look back and realize that there's nothing there. I'm no different. Granted, I have only one regret in my life (no, you can't ask because I won't tell you), but I also haven't accomplished much either. Everything was always about the future. Perhaps if we spend a bit more time enjoying the present, maybe when the future does arrive we can look back and at least have a little smile. So go out, splurge, and enjoy the jumbo rack of barbecue ribs with the side of chili fries. Make that trip to the Red Dot and grab a plate of poutine. We only have one go-around in the mortal coil (unless you are Hindu) so you might as well enjoy the ride.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Late night musings

As I sit here, it is 2:21 am and I am in an odd mood. As you may have noticed (or readership is a bit on the thin side), there hasn't been a lot of new writings. There's a good reason for that. As I stated quite some time ago, my offline life at this point has to take precedence over my online life. Lately, it has really overrun me.

However, for some reason, I'm in an unusually good mood and feel like writing a bit. This will go in whatever direction it wants and will be quite random, so hang on!

Well, the NHL season is now upon us and whatever fears I had before are still with me. The Antti Niemi signing has helped a little, along with the minor miracle of Thomas Greiss clearing waivers and being assigned to Woostah. The whole thing seems a little same-y though for my liking. Here's a team that, on paper, should be able to run with any team in the league. We've heard that before of course. It's become so bad that the writers are refusing to consider the Sharks Cup contenders anymore. I don't blame them. It looks like it will be another cruise control season until April. Then we'll see where they are.

The midterm elections are just a few weeks away and things are definitely looking up! By now, you all have heard about the unreal strength of Rebecca Kleefisch. Also, the DNC has just recently announced that they are pulling out of the WI-8 race. Not good for Steve Kagen. Great for Wisconsin though! Now if we can only get them to give up on Feingold....

Speaking of Maverick...
Thanks Charlie!

I've been considering doing some of my own exit polling. It would be interesting to see how my numbers would stack up to the actual results. Problem is, I doubt that Milwaukee county would like a conservative getting any numbers at all. Maybe a call to the election commission is in order...

I've been meaning to rant on this for a while, but I didn't have enough for a blog post, and it's too much for a Facebook status post. Ladies...It's a drink...not a marriage proposal. There's nothing wrong with accepting a free drink. Maybe it's the Wisconsin in me, but free is free regardless of the source. I would even take a free drink from a gay guy if it was still offered after I would explain that I'm straight.

Ok, time to sign off before I fall asleep on the keyboard and you all get a unintelligible string of characters. Check back soon though. I have another blog post forming in my brain that may just shift a few paradigms without a clutch...Stay tuned!