Monthly Archives: January 2013

Breakfast with the guys

Saturday mornings a bunch of us guys, sometimes gals will join, have breakfast at a location determined by a combination of proximity to where the 905 Walking Group starts their walk and by feedback garnered from the folks at the previous Saturday’s breakfast. There are certain objectives we aim for:

  • Free parking
  • Bottomless coffee [not today, see first proximity issue above]
  • Good food in copious amounts [ideally something with a lot of garlic for one of the regulars]
  • Not too noisy [folks with hearing aids and noisy locations don’t go well]
  • One guy likes cloth napkins and table cloths [a bit to highbrow for this group, in general]

Discussions are wide ranging for a group of divers guys. There aren’t any rules around subject matters, but the garlic lover has a certain disdain for “geeky” topics, unless he needs help with a “thingy” he is interested in buying.

Jokes are frequent and one-liners are plentiful. Today’s one-liner:

You know there is something wrong with society when you can shoot a guy in public but not make love in public … I won’t say why he brought that topic up!

We tell our wives we discuss our feelings. We know they know better.


Deal with reality the best you can and try not to upset other humans in the process

Gandhi allegedly said “Be the change you wish to see in the world.”  That sounds way to cutesy, so if anyone can find a source of it, please provide. My guess it is this

We but mirror the world. All the tendencies present in the outer world are to be found in the world of our body. If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. This is the divine mystery supreme. A wonderful thing it is and the source of our happiness. We need not wait to see what others do.

VOL 13, Ch 153, General Knowledge About Health; Page 241, Printed in the Indian Opinion on 9/8/1913 From The Collected Works of M.K.Gandhi; published by The Publications Division, New Delhi, India.”

That being the likely source, the shortened version doesn’t cut it for me. Seriously, some people wish for stupid things to happen in the world. How about, deal with reality the best you can and try not to upset other humans in the process. Not as cute, but more realistic, I’d say. Or what Gandhi said above.


Don’t forget the 011 if calling international

Yesterday had the hankering to chat with Leah [daughter of mine], who is somewhere in Uganda. I looked for her number in Skype messages, txt messages, email, but no luck. Finally I decided to look at the call log for my home phone. My home phone is with Vonage, and I can go back and look at all my calls. That’s copacetic.

I found her number 256**** and called. “That number is no longer in service” was the reply. Not copacetic. So, a brief moment of sadness washed over me, then I went about my work.

This morning there was an email from Leah with recent news, location, and the plans for the next few days. It included her mobile number. The one I had was correct. Then I realized I had forgotten the 011.

Had a great, albeit short – lousy connection, chat.

Don’t forget the 011.

One thing leads to another

Have you ever started down a particular path and was pretty sure how it was going to end, being quite confident that everything was quite copacetic. Somewhere down that path, things went sideways, askew, not as expected, and left you surprised about the outcome. I have an expression that I often use: surprise equals expectations minus reality. It is the expectations that somehow need to be reset. Maybe the outcome was better than planned for, maybe worse. There’s nothing wrong with keeping the same objective in mind, but the expectations about how you’re going to get there may need to be adjusted as you are moving towards that objective. As goal posts move, so can the outcome. Expectations are that kind of thing that needs to be reset all the way down a path.
Have you ever started down at a particular path with a very clear objective in mind, and totally out of nowhere everything went sideways? But, by the time everything was all over, it ended up the way you wanted, or even better.
Tell us about it!

I’m copacetic, you?

Oh my, the first post on a new blog. Gotta be wise and witty, snappy and smart, cool and “copacetic”.

Here I go.

There are lots of good news sites, and lots of blogs about all the not so copacetic stuff going on in the world. This space is for folks to share their good, happy, wholesome, healthy, wonderful stories. Stories of compassion, warmth, inspiration, and so on.

I’ve added a little tool to stop spammers. Just answer the question and submit the comment. I’m pretty quick at approving them. Copacetic, huh?