“You pick your nose, you scratch your ass….and the world goes by.” wrote Ted Williams in his book My Turn At Bat. It’s been one of those days for me. If I could make “Contemplative Laconic” a paint color, I’d be in the mood to do a lot of painting.
Yeah, I did get some things done, grocery shopping, a LOT of reading. I’ve been loving all the thoughtful comments in the post previous to this one. Huh! I just thought how rarely I refer to a post as “previous”, even though it does make some sense.
The phone! Be right back…..and here I am. Was it a long call for you? I hope not!
On this Mothers Day, I am thinking about my mom, but I’m also thinking of a friend whose relationship to her parents was close to my own. This has been a big bonding point with us ever since. It’s funny that we often have family conversations that many of our mutual friends don’t understand. This bond means even more to her than I, and we share confidences about other things because of that relationship. On her mother’s deathbed, her mother asked my friend to take care of her siblings who struggle more than she does. I had a “deathbed scene” with my mother too….which was just trauma topped with sadness. I still suppress remembering it; I’ve got enough other reasons for trauma and sadness.
I sat out on the lawn drinking Watermelon Cucumber Cooler (thank you, Trader Joe’s!) watching traffic go by. I’ve always loved watching traffic; spotting car models was the Detroit equivalent of identifying animal tracks for outdoors types. There are a couple of car magazines here and you’ll see an exotic or two because of that. A gold Lamborghini Aventador! There’s a rare bird….but the rain drove me back indoors.
I could talk about life….but why not just live it and let the chips fall where they may?
Hi all, Ron here….Sunday I went with my friend Mike Perini to the Ark here in Ann Arbor to see Altan, an Irish band I’ve seen for a long, long time now. How long? I’ve managed to get them over time to sign all my disks!
They’re enormous fun….I strongly recommend seeing them if you can.
I also got an interview about the new album with lead singer Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh, seen in this pic with Mike and I
And here’s the interview!
Hi all, Ron here…..yes, yesterday I turned 57! I had a fine birthday dinner with my old amigo Mike Perini, at the Zingerman’s Roadhouse. Any and all Ambioids who get up here to Ann Arbor…we’ll go and have a great time.
What was birthday dinner you ask? Andouille sausage Mac ‘N Cheese….luxurious cheddar cheese with Z’s house made red-hot (spicy hot) sausage….it was sublime. Plus a side of their fantastic mashed potatoes. And of course aided and abetted by two Old Fashioneds. one with Rye, one with Bourbon…for taste testing! You do get a free desert on your birthday, and I chose the raspberry white chiffon cake….
Sorry I haven’t been around much…things are looking poorly for me at the moment, and soon I will have no where to live. (long story) But I haven’t quit, and am trying to make things better. My OT, Jodie, has been my strongest support of late. She is convinced that this will be my year. Me…I wonder. Also the Noble Karen from this watering hole, has been both a support…and a delight. She channels the power of Cow Luck, through the phone to me. There are many disadvantages to getting older….but one of the many advantages is that you know more who you are and what has meaning to you. I’m surprising happy with me, despite a life of one damn disaster after another. This is not a trivial thing. For example I recently found out my younger (of two) sisters died at age 65…and she died in December 2012! No one told me, and I wasn’t even in the obit. I went the website of the funeral home she was in, and found 15 family pics…that I have never seen… I enclose one taken in 1960 with Baby Ron looking like Bismarck sitting on Mom’s knee…the late sister is on the far left, Diane. Grandma is in the middle.
This led to a very ugly confrontation with the older sister…but it was good for me to get all that anger out, and I’m now done with scant family I thought I had.
It’s funny to say, but my online friends, many of whom I’ve never met, including Amba, mean much more to me than many of my “real world” acquaintances. Thank you all for just being there and being yourselves. I’m a better person for that. Let’s add some ketchup to this year and make it better than the last…well, too many!
It is December 2nd….a leading holiday in the Ron Calendar….Austerlitz Day! Some celebrate it for personal reasons, some for a bigger, nobler purpose. But rather than merely celebrating eating or the glories of ones faith, Austerlitz Day is intended to bring out your greatest awareness and empathy for the self you have been honing and crafting your whole life! Rout what foes you have in life, send them into chaotic retreat! Drag out your Chandler’s Campaigns of Napoleon and put yourself in the point of view of the emperor himself, at least for this day!
It’s 4:30AM and I can’t sleep….and Karen has been up for half an hour already. It’s the Day before Thanksgiving …. is that Green Wednesday? Whatever did happen to Mauve Monday? or Ecru Shrove Tuesday?
Who here in the Fortress of Ambiance is having a NON traditional holiday? Sushi? Lasagna? Cajun Popcorn? Just curious…
What do you do when you can’t sleep? Something unusual? Do you just give up and wake up and do something?
Folks are already gone around here…Is anyone traveling?
Many people I know kind of tie Thanksgiving and Christmas together in some fashion. Some go to one parents family for one holiday, and the other for the other. I have several friends that work one holiday but not both!
My Occupational Therapist has just had a beautiful baby and shared sweet pics with me…no posting though, unless she says OK.
Die Hard is usually my Christmas movie…but Thanksgiving….hmmm…do you have a Turkey Day Film?
At any rate…Enjoy your holiday, eat too much, maybe watch football, maybe do lots of snoozing….it’s good to have traditions!
Your Ambient Friend,
Well! Halloween has arrived and Ron is clearly in fine fettle….well that was me back in the day….these days…
But we soldier on, don’t we?
Go out there and have fun…and if it gets a bit messy….take a shower!
Karen and I were discussing various things on the phone, and mentioned these two….and said I’d put the YouTube videos up for them!
Thing 1: Nixon’s Piano Concerto
Thing 2: Gilmore Girls! A brief sample..
I’ve been a bit feverish lately, and trying to work through it…by sleeping. But when Ron sleeps….he dreams….for your amusement here’s two.
1.) My artist friend in northern California and I have been discussing her many bureaucratic struggles with healthcare, and a certain group is in the news lately…
So I dreamt that I was her “ISIS Benefits Coordinator”, and I called her to tell her what she was eligible for. As a “daughter of jihad” and for the sacrifice of having “married an Italian”, she qualified to receive “12 million barrels of sweet, light, unrefined crude oil.”
“Oil?”, she said.
“Of course! We are ISIS, what do you think we have, dental?”
2.) She invited me out to NoCal for a special cookout. For some reason I had to drive there in a ’58 Impala.
I brought an entire barrel of Vernor’s Ginger Ale ( a Detroit favorite!) and a large version of the Vernor’s Gnome as a lawn ornament.
I had made my millions by inventing a piece of software that would take any photo and turn it into a file for a 3D printer to make a lawn gnome out of it….You know, we could use this! We need the AmbiGnome, am I right?
When I got there she told me it was the time of year that the wind currents would pick up a certain type of California squirrel, carry them out over the Pacific, and back, sort of a squirrel Jet Stream.
My friend and her spouse were out there with butterfly nets snagging these squirrels as they flew by. and they were just flinging them in a pot of hot oil!
“What about the fur?”, I said, and was told the California squirrel has a fur that turns into a breading like fried chicken when put in hot oil….
And feast we did…
Back to bed…
Extra: The old Vernor’s plant, right downtown in Detroit back in the day…
So…what are folks doing for Halloween? Anything special? Parents taking out kids? If so….dressed as what?
I have several Halloween avatars …
Which do you like?
Ron here….I’m having puter troubles, so I’m on another persons computer for now. If anybody has a Windows 7 home edition….let me know!
I need to post more here I know….I will be back!