Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Merlin once told me that there are two kinds of people, spectators and players

During a nap dream yesterday, an old Birmingham friend named Merlin (first name) showed up and said he wondered why I had not been to see him? I said something about my blog and he said he did not read it. 

I woke up, wondering what that could be about?

Then, I recalled that he had told me shortly after I met him, which was shortly after I had started practicing law in Birmingham, that there are two kinds of people, spectators and players, and he aimed to be a player.

I'm slow on the uptake sometimes, when something is hidden in plain view - that blogging is spectating.
In that regard, something from yesterday's Citizen's Voice section caught my eye but did not seem to fit into my post yesterday, so I didn't use it. 
“If you are thinking about running for office next year, please have a thick skin and ability to handle criticism. We have too many in there now that think they are wonderful because the dozen people they grew up with tell them they are. Get off Facebook, quit whining on the radio, and actually get out once in a while and talk to actual citizens. You might find out a few things. Or stay in your privileged circle and get beat next year. Your choice.”
I think I can say, as a 9-time candidate for local office, that I get out and about where I live and talk with people on the street and restaurants and sports bars and elsewhere, and pick up news and stories and rumors that elected officials tend not to hear, nor want to hear.

I think I can say, as a 9-time candidate for local office, that I caught more public flack in any one of those 9 races (5 for mayor of Key West, 3 for county commission, 1 for school board), than all the other candidates in all 9 of those races caught combined. 

I think I can say, in any one of those 9 races, I caught more public flack than 5-term Key West mayor Craig Cates and each of the 6 city commissioners combined caught during all their terms in office.

I think I can say, 90 percent of the public flack Cates and the 6 city commissioners caught came from me.
If I were mayor, the people of Key West and the Florida Keys could get up in the morning and read online that day's "state of the union" report, for free. They would not have to use their credit cards to pay 50 cents to read it online, which is what the Citizen charges, if you do not have a paid subscription.

The daily state of the union report would reveal what goes on in city government and during city government meetings, which is not reported by the Citizen and other local mullet wrappers.

The daily state of the union report would contain a praise and bitch section similar to Citizen's Voice, but far more comprehensive. Citizen contributors would not be limited to just a few words. Their words would not be massaged to suit my tastes. My replies to them, and my other musings, would not be massaged to suit their tastes. 

Contributors real names would be in plain view, unless that would put them in jeopardy. For it has been proven over the years, nay, over the decades, that whistleblowers are an endangered species in Key West and the Florida Keys. And in America. And beyond America.
Perhaps the daily state of the union report might gain attention on the mainland and beyond U.S. borders. The daily reports might draw comments from far and wide. And might draw visitors from far and wide, who otherwise might not have given Key West any more thought they they would have given an armadillo in Antarctica. 
Up here in political hotbed Alabama ...
former Alabama Supreme Court
Chief Justice Roy Moore

From a childhood friend, moderate Republican, who voted for Hillary Clinton last year:

Sloan.  Go to Today.com and see today’s interview with the first accuser.  She is quite believable, so much so that Kayla Moore should be puking her guts out.  

I replied:
She's believable. 

And, she votes Republican. 

How do Moore, his wife, the high and mighty evangelicals, and the moral majority Republican Party dodge this one? 

God is watching their response.

Where Donald Trump failed to destroy the Republican Party and the evangelicals and the white supremacists in America, Roy Moore just might have succeeded.

From a life-long Republican living in Key West:
Did you read the three major Alabama newspapers today endorsed Moore's opponent. Don't see how he can win

I replied:

I see how he can win, but I hope he doesn't.

Same reason Trump won.

Same voters.

Maybe if Moore is elected, that will destroy the Republican Party.

But then, maybe not. The Republican Party would rather have the Devil elected, than a Democrat. They proved that last year. Although, the Devil was the Democrat candidate, too.

A win win, for the Devil..

Facebook post from the New Age yesterday, 
We all know that spending time outdoors is good for you on both a physical and mental level, but the benefits of spending time specifically at the beach have just been revealed.
That incredible feeling of peace and calmness that you experience at the beach is now being referred to as “blue space.” That’s what scientists have dubbed the effect that the combination of soothing smells and sounds of water have on your brain. The blue space is enough to make you feel at ease in a hypnotic sort of way.
When you notice how relaxed you feel at the beach, it’s not just all in your head. Science says that it’s a change in the way your brain reacts to its environment leaving you feeling happy, relaxed and reenergized.
Overall, this blue space effects you in four different ways.
1. Going to the beach reduces stress
Water is nature’s cure to life’s stressors. It’s full of naturally occurring positive ions that are known for having the ability to make you feel at ease. So whether you jump in for a swim or simply dip your toes in the water, you’re sure to experience a feeling of relaxation. That’s one instant mood booster we could all use from time to time!
2. The beach boosts your creativity
Feeling like you’re in a creative rut? Well, scientists now believe that the solution to this is the beach. Being in blue space allows you to clear your head and approach problems or projects in a more creative way. Much like meditation, the beach triggers a feeling of calmness that allows you to tune everything else out and reflect on what it is you’ve been needing to focus on.
3. Going to the beach can help reduce feelings of depression
Much like the effects that the beach has on feelings of stress and creative ruts, the beach also provides some relief to feelings of depression. The hypnotic sound of the waves in combination with the sight and smells of the beach can put you into a meditative space. In turn, you can clear your mind and reflect on life in a safe space away from the chaos of your daily life.
4. Overall, spending time at the beach will change your perspective on life
And that perspective is going to change for the better! Nature in general has always been a factor in healthy happy lives, but the beach in particular is so good for the soul.
So grab the SPF and pack a picnic, because it’s time to head to the beach!
Or perhaps it was from a local Chamber of Commerce member:
Sloan Bashinsky
Sloan Bashinsky I myself feel more at ease, peace, swinging in my lightweight hammock strung between 2 Australian pine at Fort Zachary Taylor State Park in Key West. But that beach, and all the other well-used beaches are artificial sand and the shore waters contain MRSA bacteria which finds its way into open skin scratches, wounds, and then becomes life or death battle.
Sloan Bashinsky
Sloan Bashinsky Don't know if it interests you, or the journal in which that article was published, but there is a powerful earth energy vortex under Key West, comparable to the Sedona, Sangre de Cristo, Andes, Himalaya vortexes, but it seems to be inverted and draws in entirely different kinds of pilgrims and it energizes and enhances that glitter to draw in even more of same.

moi at Fort Zach



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