Charlie's Blog: March 2017

3.26.2017

SOC 14


If it is not right do not do it; if it is not true do not say it.
MARCUS AURELIUS

I have been away from the blog for awhile. My day job has been demanding more hours from me as a large group of people have left my company for greener pastures. Part of this is due to an improving economy, but I also see it as a consequence of the demographic cliff as Baby Boomers now exit the workforce. The cost of labor will rise as workers decrease. This will lead to price increases and a push for greater automation. Of course, the only prediction that I have ever made that was right was the one where I predicted that my predictions would be wrong. So, this is my speculation about future trends. Take it all with a huge grain of salt.

In the short term, my time is being eaten by the making of money which is OK. I don't make money from the C-blog, so it is a lower priority to me. Producing any sort of internet content takes some resources, but the biggest resource has to be time. There would be more time if the C-man didn't have to pay his own bills by the sweat of his brow, but I have never figured out the trick of making a living from my writing. In the world of writing, you are either a billionaire like J.K. Rowling, or you are destitute and on the dole like J.K. Rowling used to be.



Writing to me is akin to playing guitar or hunting ducks. It is a hobby. Some years ago, I made a conscious decision to focus my hobbies on what I thought was profitable in some way. I am good at writing and not so good at music. So, I write. That's about it. I do not own a Harley-Davidson motorcycle. I do not go sea kayaking down by the shore. I do not own a Les Paul or a Gibson though I could afford both at this point in my life. When it comes to the hobby and leisure thing, I am a minimalist.

I have gone back and forth about the difference between what is work and what is a hobby. For instance, I do not consider gardening to be a hobby especially if you grow your own food. Some people may dispute this, but I have yet to see anyone consider mowing the lawn to be a leisure activity. That is work. Gardening is just an extension of mowing the lawn. You grow food. You grow plants for aesthetic decor. It is work though it can be enjoyable.

A job is always work because it pays the bills. A hobby is not work because it eats resources. For instance, my guitar playing would be a hobby. Eddie Van Halen's guitar playing is work. This is why I got rid of my guitar a long time ago, and I don't waste my time playing it.

There are certain activities that occupy a place between a job and a hobby. Housecleaning is one of those. No one pays you to do it, but you would pay someone to do it. Likewise, the same applies to cooking, painting the house, and other activities that support your life. Then, there is exercise which is definitely work because no one wants to do it. Martial arts and firearms proficiency are also work in my book. They keep you alive.

Anything that promotes, extends, and enhances life in the physical realm is work to me. Everything else is leisure and hobbies. Watching television is a hobby. Reading books of a fictional nature is a hobby. Writing this blog is a hobby. Since hobbies consume instead of produce, you have to minimize them to a sustainable and reasonable level.

I don't like hobbies that require a lot of equipment. Golf would be a prime example. I'm also not interested in having one of those giganto jumbotron TVs in my living room. I do not own a bass boat which is the supreme status symbol where I live.


The writing thing is a ridiculously cheap hobby. The only regret to writing is that it takes time away from working. I could be making money working a second job washing dishes at Olive Garden. But life is more than work. I'm just not going to feel guilty about indulging my reading and my writing in the few leisure hours that I have. Life should not be reduced to the utilitarian.

I would write more if I didn't feel such guilt about it. But it does make me a better person. Writing makes me think better. This is why teachers outside of the English department require you to write all those term papers. The process of writing is the process of thinking. Writing paired with reading is a doorway to many worlds. At the very least, I believe I am smarter for being a writer.

I get asked every so often about other platforms. This would be podcasting and making videos for YouTube. Those avenues have intrigued me, but I have to admit that I don't have the voice for audio and certainly not the looks for video. I know my limitations, so I major in writing with a minor in art. The art thing comes from the fact that novelists benefit from a handsome dust jacket. I make eye candy to go along with the writing. I see it like the artwork in illuminated manuscripts.



In other news, I am nursing a turf toe injury. Unlike other injuries I have had, this one is a low grade nagging pain. It never leaves me. It is also a slow healing thing involving a joint and ligaments. I am now in my third week with this thing. I walk with less of a limp now, and I ask myself the obvious question. How did I do this to myself? I would chalk it up to old age except I remember having the same types of injuries in my twenties and thirties. To this day, I have no idea how I fractured my wrist back when I was twentysomething. It remains stiff to this day.

Injury comes from activity. When you are young, people just tell you to take it easy. When you are old, people just tell you that you are old. I've learned to just ignore people. If you want to get old fast, just stop moving. I don't intend to stop moving before I'm dead.

That's it for this blog post. I am just trying to get back into the swing of blogging after so much time away. I will try and keep this gig up. And, as always, thank you, Gentle Reader, for taking the time to read the ramblings of an injured old man.


3.04.2017

Random Thoughts on Various Subjects 43


I had a parrot. The parrot talked, but it did not say "I'm hungry", so it died.
MITCH HEDBERG
1. TRUMP

Trump had a great week. The address to Congress was awesome and even caused some of his opponents to change their views of the man. Meanwhile, Obama is looking worse by the day as reports come out about a shadow government being directed by him and possible wiretapping of Trump's phone prior to the election. If that last charge is true, this would put Obama on the same level as Nixon.

Trump and his people need to clean house. I've said that before, so I shouldn't have to say it again. But I am going to add that there needs to be a criminal investigation of Barack Obama. That man needs to spend a decade or so in prison.



2. FRANCIS

Pope Francis is a material heretic. The communion for adulterers makes that obvious. Now, the pope is calling for birth control for the sake of population reduction. As someone on Twitter put it, Pope Francis is to the Roman Catholic Church what Barack Obama was to the United States of America.

The Holy Father stops just shy of being a formal heretic which is what the rest of the Society of Judas does. and the rumors are swirling that a sizable portion of the cardinals that elected him to the papacy are now experiencing buyer's remorse and would love to see him resign. As for the faithful, they'd like to see the man repent or be struck down with a lightning bolt.

Pope Judas is God's chastisement on the Roman Catholic Church. He is a wicked pope, and I expect things to get worse before they get better. But they will get better.

3. SOCIAL MEDIA CENSORSHIP

This disturbing report comes from Jihad Watch. It is not news that both Twitter and Facebook are censoring the viewpoints of those who do not agree with their leftist lunacy. This has been developing over the past year. I wonder how long I will be able to continue to post on Twitter or even here on Blogger which is a Google property. Google is also guilty of being part of this left wing conspiracy to silence opponents.


I've already signed up for an account at Gab.ai which bills itself as a free speech alternative to Facebook and Twitter. The project is in beta and by invitation only, but I anticipate that being my new social media home in the not-so-distant future. The sign of the apocalypse will be when Twitter bans President Trump. That will happen. I totally believe it.

4. TAKEN FROM A COMBOX

Very! Interesting blog, I am a new reader from Argentina and I am glad that someone from Europe can actually see and understand the kind of evil rat that Bergoglio is, here we are very aware of the evil nature of this beast, his inmense greed, his resentment against the developed world and its people, his hatred of anything that incarnated refinement and grace. when I first heard about him becoming the new pope I almost faint, I thought ” they have put the fox in the henhouse”, Bergoglio has been a disgrace without equal for the Argentine church, he has undermined the fragile veener of catholicism that existed in this still semi-pagan region of the world, he has condoned, tolerated and even celebrated the most immoral antics from the enemies of Christ here, he was (and still is) the eternal friend of the heathen, the pagan, the sodomite, the pro abortion, he always has the stench of dirty sheep on him. As for Pope homo this is nothing surprising here, we have heard stories about Bergoglio being a pervert for years, I would not be surprised he has always been sorrounded by them, whenever there was a scandal like a priest found in a dark alley with another man (Monsignor Ricca in Uruguay the most egregious but not the only example) invariably the priests in question were close to Bergoglio, when Benedict denounced the gay lobby and then Bergoglio was elected new Pope I thought that everything made sense, there is a pink swamp that must be drained in the Vatican. God bless the author of this Blog for speaking the truth for us who are silent and ignored down here in the south, Bergoglio obsession with gossip is nothing but fear of his country men telling the world the kind of trash he is.

5. QUOTABLE QUOTES

Nobody can fight properly and boldly for the faith if he clings to a fear of being stripped of earthly possessions.
ST. PETER DAMIAN

It is critical to the Christian life to accept the fact that whatever happens in your life is God's will. It's half the battle. The other half is learning to embrace suffering and uncomfortable situations as they arise.
GARY ZIMAK

We shall never learn to know ourselves except by endeavoring to know God; for, beholding His greatness, we realize our own littleness; His purity shows us our foulness; and by meditating upon His humility we find how very far we are from being humble.
ST. TERESA OF AVILA

6. ODDS AND ENDS

--Joe Biden has one screwed up family.

--Why do we tolerate this filth?

--I think Medjugorje is a massive fraud.

--Taxi regulations are crony capitalism. They need to be repealed, so Uber can decimate the cronies.

--It's not California anymore. It's Californistan.

--I prefer #winning to the Benedict Option. That Dreher book is DOA in the Trump era. What a waste of energy.

7. LINKS OF INTEREST