ABOUT MY SKYE ...
I heard second hand that Tim Russert's son said his Father told him every day that he loved him. Good deal, and I will do that with my oldest girl.
The phrase, 'glory and doom', is borrowed from a Thor comic book, when he was faced with super terminal odds ... that was the best he could hope for. My attitude regarding my girl is similiar. I don't think she will ever forgive me, but I hope to just be allowed in the back of the hall of her life. Everyday that I can, I will either write, call or text her with those words.
She hasn't called me, but it is very early yet. It is going to take effort for me to win favor in her eyes, and I want to do what I have to in order to make that happen.
THIS ISN'T ANYTHING NEW
Libraries and me have been friends for a long time. I can remember feeling lucky when I was stationed in Taegu, because the library was right next to my barracks! When I was in college, for a little while, I was LIVING in the school library, as it was always open, and I didn't have a place to stay (for a semsester ... I just WENT to Greensboro ... I didn't get enrolled until I showed up ..!).
In fact, one of the things that I measure places by, is their library and places of art. It isn't that I am highbrow, but a certain amount of culture and how accessible it is, says a lot about a place.
The thing that REALLY drags down Detroit is that the libraries aren't kept up by the city nor treat well by the patrons. Magazines are often torn or stolen right after they are set out, and the borrowers of the books return them at lesiure.
The music scene can't be beat though. Everywhere else is running for second place. Even with the social lines, the fairs and civic functions are alright, though as for that, I have seen better. It is an ok place, I reckon. Guess I am saying that because I grew up here. The look on Pecan Sandie's face the first time she hit the D, was priceless I tell you, priceless!
Yeah, I have been 'depressurized'. I am home.
THE WORK YOU DO, THE PERSON YOU LOVE ...
... and the place you live. The three biggest choices a person makes in their lives, and when it comes to choosing the places you live, more thought goes into the car you buy, than the place you live your life.
I like to think that my Mom made sure that we thought outside of the Metro Area when it came to settling and living our lives. For me, it was a given, as I always was either fighting WWII battles in the woods behind our house, or talking about boxing in Italy (ooh, there was a cat from there in the '80's ... can't catch his name ... it was a brother, and he fascinated me ... Europe is/was sooo cosmopolitan!).
Hopefully, in about five years, I will be up for going somewhere overseas. I have went back and forth about it, because I have real worries about being somewhere that America isn't on good terms with, and right now, it seems to be most of the world. The Yukon and maybe Mexico, is about as much of the world I want to see.
But I don't know what a potential partner would want. Maybe a trip to Europe is something that is a gleam in her eye, and to make it happen would just be priceless. (Nebraska, are you listening? LOL!!) I am SO NOT ever going to want to go to Africa, or the Mid-East ... or the old Soviet Union ... any of Eastern Europe ... not to mention parts of Southeast Asia ...
... hmm ... I did say I am not inclined to go anywhere, didn't I?
But I really wanted to talk about the places we live. I remember one comment about 'why Nebraska', and I sorta replied that I know how to stay inside when it is cold. But it is a lot more than that. There are things in Nebraska that appeal to me beyond the weather. I can remember the feeling I had one of the last weekends I spent at Ft Riley, and for a little bit, I felt like staying in Kansas City ... it came and it went, as I was really looking forward to ETS, but I didn't forget, just like I never forgot how Nebraska came and beat Ohio State in Columbus, with a barefoot kicker.
The radio show, 'Talk Of The Nation' did a piece the topic of 'Where you live' being more important than either who you love or what you do. The thinking is, that the 'where' factor influences the other two more often than not.
Lets use Nebraska and I for this part of the discussion. And I hope she doesn't get all uptight about it ...
For me, the state will be the right place for me. The kind of person that I am will find a spot to cultivate and grow in that environ. Nebraska, as sweet as she is, I don't think is appreciated in her current surroundings, and could prolly use someone with a different look on life, secure enough in themselves to allow for her 'whatevers' as well as to provide the stability and unconditional emotional support that she needs.
Me, I would need somewhere I can feel safe and secure, where I don't have to be 'Detroit' (as she calls it) all the time. I also know that between Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and St. Joesph (!?!), there is going to be enough 'big time' there for me. As to places like Lincoln, Omaha and Kearney (I guess ..?), I thrive in college towns. Is Detroit a college town?
But the provencial town the Mook's live in is essentially an college-ish environment ... but that is a digression. I am trying to get to Nebraska (the place).
I think the point of the show, was that the place we live effects the choices we make more than anything else. Would I have chosen to box if I wasn't in Detroit? The kind of things that I really enjoy are unfairly maginalized here in MoTown, and they aren't in other places, in fact, they are mentioned in a way that shows how much they mean and are valued by the community.
I have been in those kinds of places before. Nebraska has that 'smell'.
As for Nebraska the person ...