Thoughts @ Large: 71

•  I still find it remarkable how humans developed the means to make and transmit sounds using pulses of electrons — not to mention our ability to comprehend what electrons are.

•  My spouse and I have been homeowners for over 40 years.  After we bought our first home, Mrs. Glassey, the departing owner, graciously left behind several gardening tools, among them a pitchfork, a garden rake, a sod spade and a round-point shovel.  I use them all to this day.  These implements have both heft and history.

Trouble is, I now have doubts about the pitchfork.  The last time I used it to loosen some plants for transplanting, its wooden shaft creaked and crackled, warning me that the next sound I would hear, if I were to strain any harder, would be a terminal snap.

Since then, I have eased off but have not stopped using the pitchfork — nor have I thought about buying a new one.  Because of its heritage, it is now pretty much a ceremonial tool.  Is this not the height of irrationality?  Do any of you have such objects?

•  This week, the J. M. Smucker Company, the well-known maker of jams and jellies, rolled out a new corporate logo and, along with it, an elaborate description of what the logo’s various shapes and colors represent:

“The red berry shape reflects our heritage and the values the company was built on,” said creative director Kara Buckler.  “The green shape is our innovative mindset and ability to pivot to any challenge.  The darker green represents our growth, teal is our people and culture, and purple represents the creativity that … will propel the company forward.”

Hundreds of thousands of people have lost their jobs during this pandemic, but somehow, bullshit artists like Kara Buckler manage to get paid, more so for the bullshit than the art.  For them, it’s just one more thing to jam down consumers’ throats.

•  When it comes to romantic tic-tac-toe / Some people make more exes than ohs.

•  We no longer need to get worked up over hypocrisy by politicians, now that the crime of hypocrisy has been lessened to simple misdemeanor.  As we know, the usual sentence for misdemeanors is community service.  And community service is an excellent resume item if you decide to run for office…   Oy!  This could be a problem.

•  The other day, my spouse came up with a clever idea for a new fashion item: day-of-the-week underwear for men.  Already been done, you say?  Well, what makes her idea different, and more practical, than other day-of-the-week underwear is that every pair says “Saturday” — being that guys only change them once a week anyway.

•  Whether we are with family, friends or strangers, I like asking others what they’ve been doing for fun, their current aspirations, books they’re reading, etc.  Things that touch upon their mental/creative lives and provides them an opportunity to reflect in a different way than the usual, “How’s work going?”

This not only shows care for the other person but often ignites an interesting discussion.  However, as these discussions usually go, (a) I rarely get asked questions about myself, and (b) the conversations generally drift off to impersonal topics like the news, weather, children/grandchildren, television, Netflix.  While my spouse likes to talk about children and grandchildren, she generally agrees that she gets asked few questions about herself.

I have pondered this.  Am I just narcissistic?  Do I already volunteer so much information about myself that I kill interest and leave no room for questions?  Or are people just not comfortable asking personal questions, even of those that they know?  Or does it not even occur to folks to reciprocate?

As Fred Rogers said, “I’m talking to you, so right now you are the most important person to me.  Our conversation is the most important thing to me right now.”  It’s too hard to be like Jesus was, but I don’t think it’s beyond me to be more like Fred Rogers, or at least try.

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3 Responses to Thoughts @ Large: 71

  1. Dorothy says:

    As always, you have given me a reflective moment … I like the Saturday model – but think that “Saturday” is more an example that every day is the “same” with Covid vs only changing underwear once a week … and does that only apply to men??

    You’ve also pointed out that I have no understanding of either modern “art” or corporate marketing/branding … not to mention the fact that I don’t eat jam or jelly! (I do, however, buy it when feeding the Baltimore Orioles (birds – not baseball players)… oh, and I purchase the Wegmans brand – not Smuckers … my birds aren’t snobs! They’ll eat anything (along with the squirrels, bunnies and deer) …

    Since you kind of asked, I’m only reading blog posts, doing crossword puzzles Or watching Jeopardy! … I seem to have lost my ability to concentrate on anything substantive… however, I take out my aggressions on weeds… How about you? 😉

    Hope you enjoy a “…day” … mine has sunshine ☀️ … new underwear??? 😷😘🤣😘😷

  2. Rob says:

    We have old, old tools that have become lawn and garden ornaments, their weathered handled like repurposed driftwood. And my uncle, ever since retirement 35 years ago, had had a pair of overalls for each day of the week, and he washes them all every Monday morning. And what are you two reading?

    • Craig says:

      Hey Rob & Dorothy… hope you both are well and thanks for checking in. I am reading “Elegance of the Hedgehog”, a book suggested years ago by my friend Guy and which I have now only delved into. Sue, meanwhile, is currently on a Joyce Carol Oates spree, and says she has read 25 books since March. I’m not sure I have read 25 books since March, 2010.

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