Sunday, June 7, 2009

Kinetic Kindness 6/07/09

We are incessantly moved by the stream of time, and the change of sensations resultant from it.

Immanuel Kant
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Hi. If you were affected by that awful Tagged scam yesterday, I am so sorry it happened to you. I had nothing to do with it. It was sending out messages all over the world, without my knowledge. Know that if I invite you to join some social network as my friend, or whatever, it is probably not from me. If, by some remote chance it is, I will let you know that ahead of time. This is about what snagged us:
Tagged.com Email Scam - "Your Friend Tagged You" - Phishing for Your Identity
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Be sure to checkout the Weekend Puzzle below. It is legitimate.
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I was just thinking this morning about how much I have changed over the years. When I reflect on certain events and recall what my behavior was at those times I can feel regrets. But I find that knowing I will not do those things anymore is a partial treatment for those regrets. I have done a lot of things in my life I'm not proud of. Who hasn't? Today, I take no particular pride in knowing that I won't do those things again if the opportunity occurs. It's more a matter of feeling cleansed from much of the sarcasm, judgmentalism and negativity of the past. In short, I'm a nicer guy than I used to be.

It is also a satisfaction, and somewhat of a surprise, to find that a person can float on "the stream of time" into senior citizenship, even with illness. pain and trouble, without becoming curmudgeonly nasty with a basic distaste for life, as has happened to some guys, unfortunately.

I ignore the evil angel that talks of dissolution and decrepitude. I feel as much alive as ever but with a whole different set of sensations. The challenge of making a living has been replaced by the one of walking down the street. That's where the humor is. As I wrote to someone recently, I write because I think and I think because my mind is just about the only part of me that still works right.

I have come to not taking for granted many things. I know there is a future and that things change. I look forward to it.

"He's a tough old bastard." You betcha.

DB
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Let Springdom Ring
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WEEKEND PUZZLE

Okay. Here you go.
Without cheating (i. e. Googling), how many of the following can you identify with their full titles? Warning, they get progressively more difficult. The correct answers and winners, if any (heh, heh, malignant chuckle), will appear after 9 p. m. EST on Sunday. So get busy. No cheating.

1. PIN

2. NASA

3. CORE

4. FAA

5. ASCAP

6. AFL-CIO

7. AGVA

8. LASER

9. EDGAR

10. CARD

Good luck. You'll need it.

1 winner so far.

6 comments:

Rose~* said...

Just stopping in for a short break, DB. I received (in my spam folder) the following:
"DB sent you photos on Tagged :)
Click Yes if you want to see the photos, otherwise click No."
But you have to click!
I block pictures and files in my email and they are directed to my spam folder, where I can check out the source code and investigate before I open. I usually expect someone to tell me they are sending pictures or I will ask, as that is a common way for nasties to usually get through. (((HUGS)))

Bucko (a.k.a., Ken) said...

Hmmm, hope clicking the link does not come back to haunt me. I did think it peculiar that after clicking, I did not really see many photos.

Beth said...

I never click through on sites I don't know, no matter who sent it to me. If something strikes me as peculiar, I leave it alone.

I agree with you about change and regret. It IS comforting to know that we've learned enough to not make the same mistakes again. At least after a few tries. :) Beth

Big Mark 243 said...

Not affected by the scam, but I like your quote by Kant, and can appreciate your attitude.

I like to think of Sinatra's 'My Way' when it comes to these kind of moments ... and that is how I am doing this, man! My way!!

Gerry said...

I do feel that our passions keep us feeling alive no matter our age or state of decreptitude. And that can be a passion for life, for nature, for grandkids, a lot of things. I know I have a passion for good or highly entertaining writing and I am rejuvenated by it I just got through reading a book called Down Among the Wild Men by John Greenway about two aging anthropoligists taking a trip into the outback to study aborigines, one with a camera to film it. What a chord this book struck in me! My biggest fear is that writing will die out because not enough people do it! DB, I have not sent you a book. If you have an address I would like to send you this one. If someone writes well I always want to give them a book as a gift and inspiration. And I also love your constant tributes to writers in quotes and ideas they have espoused. Gerry

FrankandMary said...

I did receive them(3) from "you," and I was going to email you, but stopped here instead. Problem solved :-).
I haven't been by in a while, so it was a good reason to read; I love Kant.~Mary