Monday Morning~ 9 A.M.

The First time I met Sting he was kicking the Crap out of a Stage Monitor as he was angry….His Mix wasn’t what he Wanted and he was a Young Man, having recently found Fame as a member of the “Police”. We were at the Hartford Civic Center and at that time I was working with the Moody Blues, the Headliners.

First Impressions tend to stay with us and the sight of him Destroying that speaker cabinet stayed with me for quite some time…close to a Decade in fact.  I liked the Music he made and the way he played….but I didn’t Trust him because in MY Mind I knew he had a Short Fuse and a Nasty Temper. I Judged one Man on a 30 Second Span of his Actions in Time.

The Years went by and Time Changes us however.  My next meeting with him occurred on 9/10/2001.  That date is now curling around in your mind and some are trying to place it…..For me, it was a night of Celebration…..as it was for Sting and many others attending various Musical Functions…..none of us knowing that in just a few short hours…..the Entire World would Change…..Forever.

Sting ended up becoming one of my Very Favorite People…..an Intense Artist and a Gifted Singer / Songwriter….a Bass Player, a Hopeless Romantic and one who Knows who and what he is. If you listen to this Song as I do, you might find yourself doing some rather deep thinking….especially if you hear the Words accurately.  I see Myself in almost every phrase of this Song because Time has Changed me just as it has him…and Probably You….and while I see the World with Different Eyes than I had in the 80’s, a large part of MY Change has to do with HIS Music.  While I certainly don’t view him as a Prophet, ……years before it actually happened he nailed one “Vision” with a 1,000 pound Hammer…… Our Politicians being “Game Show Hosts.”

Change, while not always what we want or Expect, is Part of our Lives……and although I try to Flow with it as best I can, there are now Days when EYE want to kick in a Speaker or a Screen. Why? 🎩 🍎 🎧   #frustration  #rednecks  #greed  #manipulation #ignorance

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When Life becomes too “Techno”…….

We Make Choices in Life …….. We can Choose to Relax and Enjoy ……or we can Choose to be Sucked into the Mayhem.  My Observations tell me that the Suckage is Clearly Winning.  Where’s Your Phone right Now?  🍎

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You’ve left home without your Phone……

You’re 30 minutes from home and you realize that your phone…your Blessed Companion …is sitting at home on your desk.  What do you do?  Right this second, and as you read those words, your Heart begins to pick up the tempo just a bit. You can’t help it cuz your phone has programmed you to freak when you get too far away from it. We’ve reached the point in our lives where, before you go to the Bathroom, you look around to bring your phone with you…”Just in Case”. It’s subconscious.

How exactly did we get here?  What is it about our tiny friend which DEMANDS that it be by our side every second of every day?  It’s very similar to Linus and his Blanket……or Charlie Brown and his Never-ending Book of Dreams.

I mentioned the Bathroom scene after seeing a report from Verizon stating that in the United States alone over 7,500 devices EACH YEAR somehow end their lives by way of “Drowning”…in a Toilet Bowl….by Accident.

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The first time I left my iPhone on my desk I was late for a VERY important gig and turning around to get it was NOT an option. I’ll admit that I was uncomfortable for at least a half hour and would unconsciously reach into my pocket…while driving…to check my messages. At one point I began to “LOL” as I realized what I was doing and I had to Force myself to settle down. Then a funny thing happened… I became strangely Calm.

Don’t get the wrong idea here as I actually USE my phone very little. I entered the Smart phone world with a Galaxy 3 and almost never used it. I had my iPhone 6 for years and as my sight was rapidly diminishing the phone became a bit of a problem because I couldn’t see the screen well… but was in PERFECT working order when the ad came out for the iPhone Plus…..in RED!  I actually used my diminishing sight as the rationalization for NEEDING the New phone and purchased the Clear Otterbox, the one that slides off of the seat of my car at the mere tap of the brake peddle, just so I could see Big Red.

I’ve not once ever put the phone in my back pocket as I see so many do. That seems a bit dangerous and MOST disrespectful to me so it lives in the pocket of my Denim jacket…. the jacket I wear even when it’s 110 degrees in the shade.

The Camera is Spectacular and  when going to a Shoot I’ll often use it along with my Nikon cuz it’s faster to grab the iPhone than it is to change lenses. 958c36291dc2e8e-a-nw-p.jpg

The application I TRULY enjoy about Smart Phones is Google Maps. It makes me wonder how I ever actually arrived at a destination before although I do CLEARLY recall opening a gigantic magazine-like printed book and trying to figure out where we were on MANY occasions. It’s much nicer listening to this Woman tell me that there’s JUST been an accident 2 miles ahead and she’s Re-routing me so I should get into the right Exit lane and exit the highway right Now!  How cool is that.

And speaking of Speaking, Siri is the Woman you see just to the left. She’s English, well mannered, drinks Oregon Chai and always ready to be called into action with a mere mention of her name.  However, being the realist that I am, I test her constantly…..just to see if she’s listening. Anyone who thinks that their phone doesn’t listen to you just for the fun of it is a Total Dreamer. If I’m with someone and the conversation is “Private”, my phone is shut down….as is any other phone in close proximity. Paranoid?  Nope.  Safe.

Bottom Line.  My phone sits right next to my Keys and I’ve now become quite comfortable grabbing said keys and leaving Red right where it sits…..and leaving the Loft for an entire day without missing it a bit……Why?  Because I can.  🎩  🍎  ❤️

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This WordPress thing is Pretty Intense.

Well, nice to meet you Catherine, Katie, Elizabeth, John, Paul, George and Ringo. 🎩 🍎  It was nice to receive your note last night. I’m NEW to the WordPress thing…a recent Convert from the “World according to Zuckerberg”….so kindly excuse my mistakes made as a “Newbie” learning the Ropes of Blogging here on WordPress

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If I may, you’re not a Screw-up. We need to work on that one Straight Away. Low self esteem comes hand in hand with Clinical Depression….something far different than “Being Depressed”…or “Feeling Blue”. The biggest hurdle I’ve found is that the vast majority of “Normal People” think those two things are one in the same when, in fact, they’re as different as experiencing a mild headache and having your leg amputated with a dull chain saw. There are slight differences between those two things….. I’m fairly certain of that.

If I may, this worked for me……

 

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#1. Turn OFF your American Television shows. and stop the friggin’ Texting 24×7. They’re both addictions and designed for people with an IQ of 20 points and below. How do you know if your a “Mindless Moron trapped by American Programming”?  If you can watch an entire Episode of “NCIS”, you’re a Moron and need immediate intervention. 🙂 You’ll Love yourself Forever after that first day you kick those habits. 🎩 Try British Television and Netflix instead. Think of your mind as a muscle…..it needs to be used…..or it dries up like a Prune.

#2. This next one is MUCH bigger than I expected and comes in two parts.

A: Get off the pharmaceuticals…..You know….all those drugs advertised on Television as “Side Effects which include thoughts of Suicide”. “Suicide” and “Thoughts” are the two key words there.

B: Stop drinking Soda/Pop/Caffeine That’s HUGE in getting control of your mind back.

I quit pharma and drinking 4 liters of Coke EVERY DAY ….on the same day. I called my Doc, told him what I was doing and he STRONGLY advised against it…but he knew there was no stopping me and stayed by my side during withdrawal. Said withdrawal was quite similar to living in a bad episode of the Twilight Zone for almost two weeks. Is pain involved? Nope. Just Creaking sounds in your head as your Mind readjusts. Be not afraid. 🍎 It soon gets better. …. and once it begins to get better, it just keeps rolling.  Please decide on a single “name”…preferably your own…or a “Pen Name”…. if there are consequences to using your own….but know who and what you are.  Have a purpose in life.  YOUR purpose….not someone else’s.  🎩  🍎

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