Da Count – The Other Talk

September 5, 2014 bits and piecesDa Count  2 comments


Every parent has gone through “the talk” with their kids. For some it can be excruciating and for others a breeze. Then there are others who avoid the talk completely. (Yeah, like your kids are never gonna have sex?)

Well, I have news for you parents… there is also “the other talk”.

(cue: stab theme from “dragnet”) 

It usually begins with a cringe worthy set of words strung together such as, “If anything should happen to me…” We all know that is a soft pedal because this is not a case of “if” but “when”. (Yeah, like you’re not going to die?)

With the recent passing of Joan Rivers there is a video running around the internet about her having “the other talk” with her daughter.

I think this is a good thing...

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Da Count – I have become unhip

August 29, 2014 bits and piecesDa Count  3 comments

uncoolTruth be told this happened quite a while back… and I was quite happy when it did. Relieved actually.

So, what am I talking about here?

Two words: peer fear.

Yeah, we all succumbed to it especially in our teen years. Remember when you were a closet ABBA fan? Or when you participated in a group scoff whenever someone let it slip that they liked that CARPENTERS song? But secretly you melted every time you heard Karen Carpenter’s voice.

Your life was ruled by the “must read” books or the “must-see” films. (Notice it was film… not movie. Right there… that’s what I’m talking about.)

Gravitas ruled… or at least the perception of it. If something did not have that gravitas it was just a trifle… an empty bauble to be tossed into the dirt along with the entire BARRY MANILOW catalog...

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I feel like I’m 9 again

August 27, 2014 bits and piecesperceptions  No comments

13bThis is not necessarily a good thing. When I was 9 it was 1968. The assassinations of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy occurred. Unrest was percolating in the air with no end in sight.

Half a world away, in Malaysia where I was a mere schoolboy… I too felt this rising tension. It finally broke into race riots the following year soon after elections. It was a very dark period all around.

The phrase, “Has the world gone mad?” kept cropping up in conversations. Little did we realize that it would get worse before it got better.

Sad to say but that is what it feels like now. With the levels of polarization edging further up… how can it not? Reasonable disagreements are almost non-existent… replaced by fanatical absolutism.

I was watching a documentary a few nights ago that suggested th...

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there has been a lot going on…

August 18, 2014 bits and pieces  No comments

geekglass… though you couldn’t tell from me.

On my end I’ve been “Geeky Man” as I took on the annual “housekeeping” of my main editing computer. I won’t get into the gory details… but it has taken longer than anticipated. But now it is done and I can once again move forward on several projects that were put on hold because of said housekeeping.

It also seems like the world surrounding mine has exploded. Deaths, riots, killing… and everything in-between. I really have no commentary, opinions or insight (profound or otherwise) to offer on any of these. All I can hope for is this particular cycle diminish just so everyone is afforded some breathing room.

So… yeah… this is just a short post to say that I’m still alive and here.

Here’s to breathing room. Cheers1

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Da Count – the oomph of doing

August 1, 2014 bits and pieces  No comments

rubedomA (well paying) gig falls through. One that was becoming a “regular” thing. The choice is is to despair or shrug it off. Perhaps something else will come along.

You sit expectantly waiting for something to happen. You continue waiting. Restlessness rises. You wait some more. The more you wait the lower your esteem descends.

Now you’ve gone from restless to impatient. You look around for something or someone to blame. You lower your expectations. Still nothing comes.

You decide to get something done. Anything to kill the the excruciating boredom. You decide take on a project that you have successfully avoided thus far. It is not something you desire but you take it on just for something to do.

You grudgingly begin said project. It’s menial busy work as far as you’re concerned.

It is a tough...

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we are better than this

July 18, 2014 bits and piecesperceptions  No comments


Although recent events might be a strong argument against the title statement of this posting. Yesterday’s events alone – a plane loaded with 298 civilians killed via a botched battle point scoring – the murderous back and forth in the Gaza region –  the ongoing border crisis with over 50 thousand children facing ugliness… can easily turn one toward a stagnant cynicism.

It is easy… too easy to slide down that slope. What do we do? Do we rant and rave via social media that ultimately leads to pointless arguing? Do we pretend that all of this is “too far away” and just “get on with it while wearing a blind eye”?

Perhaps we have played those two options for far too long.

“But crap happens all the time… and has since the beginning of time.” History has shown us that.

Tis true...

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chocolate has been taking it hard

July 8, 2014 bits and pieces  2 comments


She has taken to whining… missing Janya. Totally understandable. Poor Chocolate.

Even though she is now “queen of the yard” and has Mr. Dog for company… obviously things are different now.

Some of it (the mournful whining) takes place in day time… but mostly at night. I’ve taken to sleeping outside just to pacify her. It seems to work and at this time of the year is a more than pleasant thing to do anyway. So, I don’t mind it.

In other news:

There was a spider-mite infestation of my vege bed. Yesterday I uprooted the affected plants which constituted half my vege plants and sprayed the good ones with a solution of dish soap and garlic water. (I’ve heard this is effective.)

Hopefully, I’ll be able to harvest veges for the rest of summer. I wish I could grow a Neem tree here as that would s...

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