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4:01 on the truck clock

tcr! · Sep 29, 2017 at 4:01 pm

4:01 on the truck clock

I don’t waste any time leaving work on Le Friday 🏁

#photos #worknews

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Head Over Heels by Tears For Fears

tcr! · Sep 29, 2017 at 12:47 pm

Peeps, here’s your you-keep-your-distance Friday jam.

While going down your own Tears For Fears rabbit hole, do yourself a favor and DON’T listen to any live version of this song from 2000 or later. Your bum hole will be ruined for life.

But back to the video… I was happy that Roland and the librarian were together in the end. Without the chimp. Animals really shouldn’t wear clothes.

#musicvideos #tearsforfears

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 29, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Also, since it’s CD Friday, please enjoy the Donnie Darko footage.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 30, 2017 at 4:06 am

Donnie Darko didn’t happen for me in real time. i caught up with Donnie LONG after the fact on a DVD with extras that i bought.
a woman i worked with was the age appropriate for Donnie when Donnie happened and she was in love with him from those days.
i watched it, maybe 10 years late, and i fell in love with all of its surrealism.
i wonder why surrealism is called that? not the history of the word. just that more of life fits in the surreal category than not for me (ok, at least half the time) and i’m happy with those numbers. divided by zero and multiplied by green.

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tcr! tcr! · Oct 1, 2017 at 4:18 pm

Ya, I didn’t watch Darko when it first came out either. Maybe 2-3 years later. It was one where too many people I knew hyped it and then I was all smug, like it couldn’t be that good. And then it was that good.

And plus one for surrealism is more everyday life. Me, two.

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Fire hydrant flushing on the east side of Geneva

tcr! · Sep 29, 2017 at 9:06 am

Audio (MP3): 20170929 - Fire hydrant flushing on the east side of Geneva

This post originally appeared on the Facebook group, What’s happening in Geneva, IL. I’m reposting here just in case someone decides the writing isn’t as exceptional as the Campana flame wars. I mean discussions.

Hydrant flushing sign

Guys, they’re doing fire hydrant flushing on the east side of Geneva today and from what I gather the happening is primarily in neighborhoods around the Fox River.

This is important because I’ve never actually seen a hydrant being flushed. I’ve always felt they were akin to the elusive Sasquatch and Yeti up north. Signs for this city event, sure, we’ve all seen them. But a horizontal fountain spray? Never in all my time spent living in this wonderful city.

Wait! This story doesn’t end there. Low and behold I did see water gushing from a hydrant on my way to work, in all of its bubbly, watery glory. I almost wanted to stop and splash around but this particular hydrant was in somebody’s yard on Division Street. I’d rather splish, splash, parade around on concrete cement like they get to do in the inner cities. Now that looks like fun. And I don’t like mud on my feet.

It’s a little chilly this morning, too. 57°F according to my weather app. If I hadn’t been almost late for work I’d have at least stopped to hang out with the city worker and his wrenches. I doubt if he’d let me actually hold any of his tools so I’d just get a stick, poke the mud, and chime in with “Yep, good pressure. That looks about right. Valve turn okay?”

I’d have taken a photo or two to share with you guys, but “hands free driving” guys. It’s the law.

In conclusion the guy doing the flushing didn’t look nearly as enthused as I felt while driving by. This is probably just day-in and day-out stuff for him. Another thing on his work to do list. I been there.

I, however, was simply delighted with what I saw. Another thing off my bucket list.

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 29, 2017 at 4:49 pm

I snapped a picture of the Division hydrant on the way home from work. It’s not the best since I applied le zoom but I was quite pleased they gave her a fresh coat of red paint after the flush!

Hydrant on Division

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keamoose keamoose · Sep 29, 2017 at 5:24 pm

If that story doesn’t make people’s days better, I don’t know what would.

keamoose keamoose · Sep 29, 2017 at 5:26 pm

Although, I wouldn’t really want to splash in that water. There’s a reason they flush it out. Stagnant water in the lines is a breeding ground for all kinds for gross stuff. (This is the downside to being a water treatment engineer.)

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 30, 2017 at 4:01 am

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. These writings have improved my day (noc) on a day (noc) that needed improvement.

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tcr! tcr! · Oct 1, 2017 at 3:48 pm

keamoose- I yep, after your comments on the retention pond I tend to shy away from public water in this fashion. 😊

jimi- you are most welcome!

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Let the cosmos be your guide

tcr! · Sep 29, 2017 at 9:00 am

Audio (MP3): 20170929 - Let the cosmos be your guide

Just go talk to him
Maggie and I found this note while having gelato at Graham’s 318.

Sometimes life pounds on my door, pounds with both hands to get my attention. But more often than not it’s just few taps, barely audible, just left of center.

When I see those things out of the corner of my eye, the kind that perk my interest, it’s important that I take another look. Stay in that moment and focus. I don’t think that whatever just happened along is an accident. I need to act on those glimmers because once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Time keeps ticking away whether I do something or not. And the odds are against me when I hesitate. If I wait too long it’ll be all but impossible to go back. I can’t rewind and recapture the magic from a moment ago. Magic’s got a shelf life. Unfortunately.

Sure, in almost all cases those left of center taps don’t amount to anything. I don’t always get to find a rabbit in the hat but I never regret at least looking, looking to see what was making that sound.

Ya know what I don’t like? Wondering what would’ve happened, what could’ve been. If I’d just taken a chance, taken a risk, and not necessarily jumped through that window, but at least said, “wait, what was that?”

I’d rather have the thought “well, that was nothing” than my heart murmuring and longing for something that I let slip away. Something that was knocking gently on my door and I ignored. That flicker I just walked by. There’s been too many times where I just kept walking. Just kept driving…

Like those bricks in St. Charles.

Or that guy I only briefly talked to in high school. Or that pirate ship1 I never got on. Or that barbershop I never went in. Or that phone call from Brazil I never answered.

Somebody told me a few years back that I was meek. And it pissed me off to no end. Because it was true. I hate when my submissive, unassertive alter ego holds me back. Ugh.

Anyways, I’m a firm believer in that the more I stop and look around the more opportunities will become obvious. And one of those things will be a home run. A magical rabbit leprechaun. That changes everything.

Like a Taco Tuesday at 7-11.

Sure, sometimes it only changes things a teeny bit, just for that day. Like I only get a brief experience or flash of exhilaration or whatever, but those little rabbits can also change how I see life from there on out. And then when I look back on those pictures I took in the alley that night, I won’t be unfulfilled.

My heart tingles when I remember the time I joined the parade for immigrant worker rights2 only because it was happening right outside my work building. And the time my brother and I shot a scene for a movie in a grocery store on a whim because that’s where the cosmos had led us that night. And a few days ago when I conjured up the goat by the name of Thelma Louise just for the sake of nonsense.

Those three things changed everything. They gave me satisfaction for a life lived.

Even better: I’ll cherish forever the friends I’ve found because I took a risk and put myself out there. Smiled and said “hi” to a stranger.

It’s like all of this I just wrote… I was driving to work this morning and it was a fleeting thought about how I shouldn’t ignore those fleeting thoughts. That I should write about them so it’ll all be highlighted and underlined in my mind. And then hopefully I’ll stay two steps ahead of my own timidness.

The more we pay attention the more we’ll be given the chance to experience and partake in new and exciting magic tricks. We’ll pull them into our lives, pull the rabbits and off-chances toward us. Because that’s what are hearts are crying for. Mine is anyways. Our spirits are little magnets that attract the likeminded…and as such, our internal combustion protons will seek out the cosmic electrons. If you’d like some science metaphors instead.

And if you have kids and take them on your adventures to Neverland, all the better. Encourage perception and exploration.

So to wrap this up… This isn’t anything new. The concept has been in at least ( two | books ) I’ve read. But I do know it’s more than just a concept or a theory. It’s a way of living that opens secret doors and unlocks the handcuffs of every day life. The world is inviting us, softly, to participate. In so much more.

Just don’t go jump out the window because a red balloon floats by.

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  1. Pirate ship on the Willamette River
    pirate ship on the Willamette River

  2. Parade for immigrant worker rights
    parade for immigrant worker rights

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tism tism · Sep 29, 2017 at 9:13 pm

There’s so much truth in your words.

I grew up better safe than sorry. Stayed that way most of my life.

It wasn’t until I did a whole series of “bad, selfish things” that came up aces for me.

That’s when I started having those “If I’d only….” regrets.

Now I do stop in the middle of a moment to take that mental snapshot.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 30, 2017 at 3:58 am

Thank you, Thank You, Thank you. Both of you.
T: sometimes I hold off on reading your stuff not because I’m too busy or not interested. just the opposite. i’m saving it to savor later.
it’s like Ferris said, “sometimes you gotta…”

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 30, 2017 at 6:04 pm

tism- better safe than sorry, I’ve been there far more than necessary.

jimi- yep, I hold off on commenting sometimes, too, just so I can absorb a smidge.

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Sep 29th, 2017 at 7:14:23 am

tcr! · Sep 29, 2017 at 7:14 am

When I woke up this morning at 6:56 am I somberly smiled while thinking, “ah Saturday how I love you so.”

And then after I fully awoke I realized it’s Friday. I’ll still take Friday over Thursday though!

#pillows

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Panna Cotta + Blueberry Sorbetto

tcr! · Sep 28, 2017 at 9:46 pm

Panna Cotta plus Blueberry Sorbetto

Get yours at GIA MIA, Geneva →

#photos #dessert #giamia

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Sep 28th, 2017 at 7:33:13 pm

tcr! · Sep 28, 2017 at 7:33 pm

I think dividing by zero should work like multiplying by one.

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jimi hindrance experience jimi hindrance experience · Sep 29, 2017 at 1:30 am

Tuesday is green. Lots of numbers, days of the week and months are a specific color to me. I like to read about this.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Synesthesia

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 29, 2017 at 8:08 am

Interesting. I’ve never heard/read about synesthesia. Way cool though, I feel like I’ve been living under a rock and missed out on the perceptual color palettes.

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keamoose keamoose · Sep 29, 2017 at 5:22 pm

Because of the way my mom taught me the multiplication tables, I have this lingering feeling that 7x7=49 is Irish and I can’t remember why.

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tcr! tcr! · Sep 30, 2017 at 11:42 am

That equation is kinda clovery ☘️

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Gay Indiana Jones from Google

tcr! · Sep 28, 2017 at 12:27 pm

Gay Indiana Jones

Google anonymizes most referring search result links these days but every now and then one will slip through.

Like this query for “Gay Indiana Jones” from a visitor in Brazil.

Sadly for him or her my page, Anti-Gay Marriage and Indiana Jones, had nothing to do with a homoerotic Dr. Jones.

#google #indianajones

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Peace out, Hugh Hefner

tcr! · Sep 28, 2017 at 11:56 am

“Godspeed, Hugh Hefner”: Playmates, celebrities, civil rights leaders remember the Playboy founder

A visionary editor who for decades threw lavish parties at his home, the Playboy Mansion, Hefner lived a glamorous Hollywood life, sharing time and photo ops with a diverse cast of celebrities, civil rights leaders and journalists.

The memories, condolences and even some jokes that people shared after Hefner’s death reflect the complicated legacy of the founder of Playboy magazine, who died at 91.

I don’t think Hefner and “civil rights” have ever crossed my mind at the same time. I’m not saying he wasn’t behind all that or that he wasn’t a strong supporter. I guess I’ve just thought more about bunnies when I have thought about him.

But how can one not trust the word of Rev Jesse Jackson Sr?

#rip #hughhefner #civilrights

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Sep 28th, 2017 at 9:48:11 am

tcr! · Sep 28, 2017 at 9:48 am

Peeps, as it is written: be loving and forgiving.

#protip #advancedsoul

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