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Rudolph the social outcast and those judgmental reindeer


As children we are all shown and smothered with the legend of Santa and his magical reindeer. We are lead to believe in a mystical, if not judgmental, being who brings toys and goodies to those children who he had determined are good enough. But that’s not what I was thinking about today. We can tackle that another day.
Rudolph! We all know who and what I’m talking about. For as long as I can remember, I have know about this special reindeer. The one with the red nose. All of us have seen the special on television. And we have all recited the song without fail. A show and song about this reindeer letting us know about his birth and his struggle and the pressure to fit in. because he was apparently born right after a nuclear disaster causing a very bright birth defect. This by itself is strange. I assume maybe one of his parents was one of those bioluminescent jellyfish from deep in the ocean. How a reindeer and a jellyfish met, still not sure. Online dating possibly… However, the particulars of “how” he came into “existence” us not what I’m on about. What I’m really concerned with is the fickle nature of the other reindeer.
Dasher, prancer, dance, all those jerks. That’s what this is really about. I am upset by the fickle nature of these “greater-than-thou” reindeer. First they don’t want anything to do with Rudolph and make fun of him mercilessly. I’m not sure how Rudolph still wanted to be friends with the other reindeer after he came to favor with Santa. I guess this does show the good nature of Rudolph. After all of this I’m not sure I would want to hang with the jerks whose opinions are so easily swayed and could just as quickly fall out of grace. In any case I think we can all learn from Rudolph that it is ok to be different and have a flash light for a face. Happy holidays!
-Cindy

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You are lucky you aren’t alive Ben Franklin


I have been reading about Ben Franklin. I read his autobiography and enjoyed it all, except when it ended. I am not entirely sure what I was expecting. But it wasn’t exactly what I thought it would be. Not to say it wasn’t very a interesting and quick read. Because I very much enjoyed the way it was phrased along with the collection of stories He thought would be important and worth leaving behind. Of course history tells us that so much more happened than what ol’ Benny boy told us.
I get the impression of Franklin that he would have been a real jerk had he not actively worked on being humble. Mostly because that’s what he said about himself! He loved a good debate and lively conversation. He studied ways of debating so as never to be proven wrong, in fact. As someone who also likes to argue and lively conservation: I completely understand.
He also talks about being frugal and pinching every penny. This he was very good at. As many of his successes would be contributed to his ability to manage his funds. He often wrote about being smart and thrifty. I think to myself: if I could manage my money half as well as he suggest I would be twice as well off. Of course along with being thrifty is being diligent with work and behavior. Infact the reason we have day light savings is because of Franklin. He was on a trip to london once and noticed how the people would sleep untill many hours into day light and burn candles into the night. At the same time complain about the tax on candles.
He had such a reputation that almost no proposition he supported failed. He had so much influence! To this day he is well known and respected. Yes, there are always idiots who will not know who he was or have a completely inaccurate view of who he was.
In reality there could never be another like him. No one person will be able to have so much influence and industry as he did. He is definitely one of the top five people in history I would want to meet. I hope you pick up a history book or his autobiography and learn a little about this interesting man who still has so much influence in our day to day lives.
-Cindy.

Kinda like My favorite poem….


I get so stoked when it comes to winter time! It’s probably the romantic I am at heart. It makes me think of warm cider, scratch scarves, and twinkling lights. It fills me up with the urge to cuddle and bake!
I have never had to shovel snow. This is probably why I live it so! I love watching a soft snow falling on bare benches of a long asleep tree. The crunch it makes under snows boots, and when it makes my fingers so cold that they burn. But I am a fan of when the sky is gray and white.
The first time I heard “Stop by a wood on a snowy evening” by Robert Frost, it caught my imagination. Plus I know and love how it’s not just about snow and woods. How it’s about so many things including seduction, suicide, temptation…. And how the man resist the allure of the “woods” when he is reminded of his prior commitments. There is just so much I love about it because it is a rich, well written piece of art.

Stop by a wood on a snowy evening

Who’s woods these are I think I know
His house is in the village though
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods full up with snow

My little horse must think it quear
To stop without a farm house near
Between wood and frozen lake
On the darkest evening of the year

He gives his harness bells a shake
As to ask if there is some mistake
Thee only other sounds the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake

The woods are lovely dark and deep
But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep
And miles to go before I sleep

-Robert Frost

As you can see it is an awesome poem and a great question maker. It works on so many levels. Thought provoking. I hope you think about it, if you have any questions ask! I would be happy to discuss thid in more detail!

-Cindy

What if I were a Billionaire?


Let’s say, I had a billion dollars. What would I do with it? Well, I would probably spend it. First, I would probably get a nice house. Second, I would travel. Third, I would set up my future just in case. After all you never know!
Now, don’t get confused. I would give to charity as much as I could. The only reason I would buy a house is to have a place to keep my stuff. Probably, the stuff I bought on vaca. Nothing to assuming. Small and cute. I would have it decorated to be peaceful and cozy. A warm place to rest my head.
Travel!!!! I love to go places. I would probably start by making a list of interesting sounding places. I would enjoy every part of every place. My goal would be to live every place more than the last. Because everywhere you go there will be something beautiful that you can’t have anywhere elts!
Now I’m no fool. I know that money melts fast as ice in the dessert. I don’t really know how to make money grow but that’s what they have professionals for. And they would probably get alot of business from me.
I know its only dreaming. But sometimes tough have to say what if? I have decided (just now as I was typing) I am going to make mondays “What If Monday” besides monday can be hard. A little dreaming and pondering is called for! Not all of life can be serious.
-Cindy

I can’t decided if I’m indecisive or not…


    I have come to realize that when faced with decisions I have a hard time making a choice. I just always want to consider all the possible options. For example last year I bought a coat. I tried on every coat in the store! And ended up buying the very first coat I tried.
    I know that some people are very decisive, and know with in seconds if something is for them. The irony is that this is what I do for a living: help people decide quickly what they want.  Often I know what the customer will choose before they do.
    The real problem comes when it is small things like what I want at a restaurant or which color to paint my nails. But real life decisions can take months to act on. This has caused problems in the past.
     The Robert Frost poem comes to mind: “The Road not Taken” Which is often referred to as “The road less traveled by.” (wrong…)  The author talks about wishing they had taken the other road. Now I have, on a few occasions, wished I had made a different choice in life. However, I know that my life is what makes Me.
     Some might say that making choices with the first answer that comes to mind would be the solution to this problem…. I have tried this too. It only works about 50% of the time. The real struggle is finding a happy medium between these. The struggle that I should really deal with is the questions of: “what if?”
    You can’t always wonder. Maybe just go out and try that other choice!! Add adventure and cure the ills of coulda, shoulda, woulda.
    I have always thought of myself as an optimist! But I realize now that life had made me a pragmatist. That’s the core of my decision making process. Make a choice then be prepared for the worst possible outcome. That way if I’m prepared…. It won’t be so bad. And I can still be happy with the choice.
    At least that’s what I’ve decided for now.
-Cindy

For you….


So, I’ve gotten it in my head that I am going to blog. About everything and anything. Just about “life and the universe and everything” I am very exited about it. Just so you know I’m a terible speller, if this bothers you then… Stop reading now. MISTAKES will happen and will insult your obvious superiority. (ugh…) For the rest of you folks please enjoy the silly and interesting and sometimes serious posts. 🙂
-Cindy