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Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #90 on: October 06, 2013, 12:58:24 PM »
Aldous...Just when I think you can't delight me anymore...I frikken adore you. (not to sound woo woo yogi goo like). When I read 'know what I mean jellybean?', you blew me away and the biggest smile on my face! Love that expression. And, indeed I do know what you mean.

This morning was really crappy. Just...well, started with a funk and nothing working. (bs issues with siriusxm). I was telling Onan that in the short time being a member here, I'm so grateful for this forum and all our unique voices.

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #91 on: October 06, 2013, 01:05:46 PM »
Heh. Happy to assist a smile somewhere. Have a joyous day when possible kind person.

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« Reply #92 on: October 06, 2013, 02:36:57 PM »
(snip)...
Know what I mean jellybean?

That's a big 10-4, M&M... :)


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« Reply #93 on: October 23, 2013, 04:42:15 PM »
I started accordion classes ..i played a real song today !

Im giddy as a skoo girl

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« Reply #94 on: October 23, 2013, 04:43:55 PM »
I started accordion classes ..i played a real song today !

Im giddy as a skoo girl

Lady of Spain, I adore you.

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #95 on: October 23, 2013, 05:09:16 PM »
Listening to Art Bell

Drinking coffee from my new Art Bell mug

Hearing my children laugh

My dogs

A well made documentary

Good biographies

Really cold beer on the first hot day of summer

Finally paying off a debt

Someone being kind to someone else just because they want to

Accomplishing in one day everything I set out to do that day

Playing Grand Theft Auto V Online with my grown son who lives out of state

Seeing the first snow of the year (just the first, after that I've had enough)

The rare day when I don't HAVE to do anything

Live Grateful Dead recordings

Trying to learn not to worry so much and letting things go

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #96 on: October 23, 2013, 05:12:44 PM »
Being in the great outdoors with my wife and four children. I love the sound of crickets chirping, owls hooting, the crackling of a campfire, the running water in a brook or stream. I love sleeping under the stars on a cool autumn night with my family. I love wade fishing in the bays adjacent to the Gulf of Mexico. I love a cold beer and a nice cigar playing poker with my buddies.

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« Reply #97 on: October 23, 2013, 05:30:10 PM »
Once right after a really bad blizzard in NYC, I was one of a few people out walking the streets – I think I was walking to St. Patrick's Cathedral. It was difficult walking because there was so much snow and ice everywhere. A little bit up the street making her way toward me was an elderly black woman all decked out in a very expensive-looking coat, hat, big sunglasses, etc. She started to slide around and stumble, so I picked up the pace and got to her right in time to catch her and help her. But then we both lost our balance and ended up standing there clutching each other and laughing for a minute or so, trying not to fall. I remember thinking, "This is how it should be and this is a really cool moment – two (very different) strangers holding on to each other, trying to help each other and laughing together." It was a really great human connection at an odd, unexpected moment and I still think about that memory when I need a smile. It brings me joy. :)

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #98 on: October 23, 2013, 05:31:39 PM »
I need to make a list like this every day (not here, haha!). It really helped lift my blah mood. :)

My nieces
Big awesome thunderstorms
That first cup of coffee in the morning
Finding a book that's so good I never want to put it down
The show "COPS" :D :D :D
Stouffer's Fettuccine Alfredo :D
Waffles
The ocean
Finding something cool in a musty antiques store
Flannel pajamas and big fuzzy socks
Walking the dog in the evenings when it's just turning fall and people are starting to burn fires in their fireplaces
October and all things Halloween
Occasionally landing a $1K freelance writing gig will also make me dance with joy and relief
Laughing with strangers
And I know this sounds weird, but waking up from a hellish nightmare to find my two cats curled up on the bed next to me and the comforting sound of a familiar voice on the radio

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #99 on: October 23, 2013, 06:14:02 PM »
Love these, Seraphim. Was this the NYC blizzard of 96? Living in the West Village and it was serene and lovely. Quiet and a calm. Except for my attempting to tackle giant mounds of snow. But it was fun.

This morning:

My husband and I had errands to run. All kinds of silly mishaps and all we could do was giggle. He is truly my best friend after almost 20 yrs of marriage. We still have such delight and joy in simple things. Cracking each other up, etc.

He listens to Art at work and he has the silliest commentaries when he gets home. 'Omg! #9! Art is so excited about #9! '  Last night he asked 'Are your forum people making silly jokes because your witch isn't on?' Ha. MY witch? ...then he asked 'Do they think George is behind it?' Ahaha.

I'm so frikken lucky. Few people make me bust out in laughter and he always does.

It just makes even mundane daily 'must dos' enjoyable.


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« Reply #100 on: October 23, 2013, 08:47:01 PM »
I started accordion classes ..i played a real song today !

Im giddy as a skoo girl

You have to rent the Italian movie 'Bread and Tulips'. I have a feeling you'll like it. Hint: great characters and key accordion playing.

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« Reply #101 on: October 23, 2013, 08:48:25 PM »
You have to rent the Italian movie 'Bread and Tulips'. I have a feeling you'll like it. Hint: great characters and key accordion playing.

I'll try it !

I love foreign moobies !

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« Reply #102 on: October 23, 2013, 08:49:19 PM »
Love these, Seraphim. Was this the NYC blizzard of 96? Living in the West Village and it was serene and lovely. Quiet and a calm. Except for my attempting to tackle giant mounds of snow. But it was fun.

My son was 5 at the time. We have these great photos of the snow piled up in the driveway way taller than he was, and he remembers it being like snow walls.

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #103 on: October 23, 2013, 08:58:13 PM »
Listening to Art Bell

Drinking coffee from my new Art Bell mug

Hearing my children laugh

My dogs

A well made documentary

Good biographies

Really cold beer on the first hot day of summer

Finally paying off a debt

Someone being kind to someone else just because they want to

Accomplishing in one day everything I set out to do that day

Playing Grand Theft Auto V Online with my grown son who lives out of state

Seeing the first snow of the year (just the first, after that I've had enough)

The rare day when I don't HAVE to do anything

Live Grateful Dead recordings

Trying to learn not to worry so much and letting things go

My kind of Cat.  I am going to add you to my buddies.  I dont know if you would be interested or not but I have a DVD of the David Grisman Birthday bash that I went to back in 96. 1st set David Grisman Quintet and the second set was The Old and In The Way reunion minus Jerry of Course. Its a must see for most heads :)

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« Reply #104 on: October 23, 2013, 09:27:14 PM »
My kind of Cat.  I am going to add you to my buddies.  I dont know if you would be interested or not but I have a DVD of the David Grisman Birthday bash that I went to back in 96. 1st set David Grisman Quintet and the second set was The Old and In The Way reunion minus Jerry of Course. Its a must see for most heads :)

That sounds awesome!

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« Reply #105 on: October 23, 2013, 09:41:01 PM »


It is Audience recording but pretty good quality
I will rip it to avi files,  put it in dropbox, and hook you up with a link after I  format my computer.

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« Reply #106 on: October 23, 2013, 11:03:57 PM »
Thunderstorms.  1970's movie of the week scary movies

Hell yeah. Can we add good chocolate cake to that?

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« Reply #107 on: October 28, 2013, 03:29:03 PM »
Once right after a really bad blizzard in NYC, I was one of a few people out walking the streets – I think I was walking to St. Patrick's Cathedral. It was difficult walking because there was so much snow and ice everywhere. A little bit up the street making her way toward me was an elderly black woman all decked out in a very expensive-looking coat, hat, big sunglasses, etc. She started to slide around and stumble, so I picked up the pace and got to her right in time to catch her and help her. But then we both lost our balance and ended up standing there clutching each other and laughing for a minute or so, trying not to fall. I remember thinking, "This is how it should be and this is a really cool moment – two (very different) strangers holding on to each other, trying to help each other and laughing together." It was a really great human connection at an odd, unexpected moment and I still think about that memory when I need a smile. It brings me joy. :)

I love that story, Seraphim!  I know it's a bit schmaltzy, but here's a bit from Thornton Wilder's Our Town:

Emily:  I can't.  I can't go on.  We don't have time to look at one another.  I didn't realize.  So all that was going on and we never noticed...  Good-by, Good-by, world.  Good-by, Grover's Corners... Mama and Papa.   Good-by to clocks ticking... and Mama's sunflowers.  And food and coffee.  And new-ironed dresses and hot baths...  and sleeping and waking up.  Oh, earth, you're too wonderful for anybody to realize you.  Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?  -- every, every minute?

Stage Manager:  No.  (Pause.)  The saints and poets, maybe -- they do some.


Along another line (Cynnie), another great Italian movie is Cinema Paradiso

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #108 on: November 01, 2013, 07:18:36 PM »
An unexpected 'ride' on the old hoss tranquilizer. Giddyup!

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #109 on: November 03, 2013, 10:05:28 PM »
Adjusting to my new place.  New sounds, new stove, new everything.  All the good and bad that go with it have been entertaining me for days now.

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #110 on: November 03, 2013, 10:26:51 PM »
Here are a few of mine..

Spending time with my wife and two kids
Gunning my crotch rocket from 0-100 as fast as I can to get on the freeway
A good song that I haven't heard in a while
Super Jackpots and getting Scared Stiff or Destroying the Ring (for those of you who know what I'm talking about)
Drawing
Playing a round of golf by myself at sunset on a nice day
Laying in the grass looking at the clouds
The sounds of wind, lightning, thunder and the power going out
Scoring a critical goal in a hockey game, and even though its almost always a miss, the sound of a puck hitting the post
Seeing animals in the wild
Driving my motorhome towards a campground (and the most annoying thing is probably driving it back!  ;D )
I know this is shallow, but when I make a big sale and get lots of money all at once, that is pretty joyous.



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« Reply #111 on: November 03, 2013, 11:37:51 PM »
Finally got around to building the kids clubhouse. Seeing the joy on my kids faces was absolutely priceless.

Next weekend .... Painting.

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« Reply #112 on: November 04, 2013, 01:02:16 AM »
I forgot to mention... reading bellgab and listening to Art Bell

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« Reply #113 on: November 04, 2013, 08:22:46 AM »
Getting through a day without being the object of yelling.

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #114 on: November 06, 2013, 10:10:35 PM »
Communicating/bantering in private messages to a hyper intelligent bellgab member about: The Dung Beatles (aka The Silver Scarabs), how a ball of excrement can be a symbol for the Midnight Sun, the supernatural process of soul transmigration in the state of Arkansas "It's A (super)Natural™", the death penalty, dusty Thelemic doctrine, Ed Sullivan, AC versus DC and George Westinghouse's role in the Edison standoff (and by inference, Tesla's involvement), Science Fiction Author(s) heh, Joseph Campbell and the hero myth, musical chairs, Bill Clinton, Reddy Kilowatt, outhouses, the Ozark mountains and its people, exploitation of exploitation in general, white 1959 convertible Cadillacs,  Otto Skorzeny as whirling dervish of the Third Reich, the Pine Bluff Gazette, school teachers, Catholicism, Jackie Mason, pan flutes, Whitey Bulger's descendants and the effects on society, RFK's assassination and tangential records, the nektonic subject of a porpoise's navigation efficiency, that fatal beautiful Summer of 1975, and Oh, humor. Loads of humor.

All of this (and more) in but eight emails totaling right around 680 words.

Slightly more efficient than the Art Bell Quits Dark Matter thread as far as a meaningful exchange of ideas per word count.

It's great to be back!

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #115 on: November 06, 2013, 11:14:45 PM »
Finally got around to building the kids clubhouse. Seeing the joy on my kids faces was absolutely priceless.

Next weekend .... Painting.

Very nice!

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« Reply #116 on: November 06, 2013, 11:26:41 PM »
Next weekend .... Painting.

Love the clubhouse, jazmunda. Astroturf and all!

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #117 on: November 07, 2013, 05:00:49 AM »
Spending time with my sister, Seeing my nephews and nieces, seeing my sisters paintings and seeing them around town when visiting some office or business that displays one, seeing my nieces photography, talking with my neighbors, getting crazy in the kitchen, reading about archeology, herbs, Ayervedic medicine, Chinese medicine, biodynamic agriculture, horticulture, old books, Minerals, crystals, kites, flying model planes, WWII aircraft, astronomy, yoga, cats, dogs, horses, parrots, migrating birds, old movies, finding new stuff on the web, good beer, good wine, single malt scotch, fresh fruit juice, drives in the mountains, camping, rock hounding, fishing, sailing, flying, ~~~~~

Re: Things that bring me joy....
« Reply #118 on: November 07, 2013, 05:27:36 AM »
Amature Astronomy,motorcycles,woodworking,restoreing old tools,collecting old tools, being creative,camping, fires, going shooting,ham radio, listening to the radio,reading, movies about nuclear weapons(thanks steelbot, trinity and beyond rocks), building electronics, freinds, food and cooking,internet,going speed boating, music, electricty, running water, air conditioning(thank god for air conditioning), cats and dogs,pretty women, history, family(sometimes), internet, drinking water, sleeping, not dealing with assholes, corney old scifi/horror movies ( earth vs the flying saucers FTMFW), classic radio shows, helping people.

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« Reply #119 on: November 07, 2013, 06:55:56 AM »
Very nice!

Love the clubhouse, jazmunda. Astroturf and all!

Thanks guys. It was a build it yourself kit. Took me and my brother in law the better part of a day in the sun. Was well worth it.

I had astro turf put down a few weeks ago because the grass underneath just wouldn't survive there and I didn't want them landing in mud coming off the slide.

Painting it on Saturday. Will post some pics when it is complete.