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It Was Only Just A Dream

I have liked you for some time.
There is an ease with you I have not felt with a woman since I cannot remember when.
There is an innocence to your affection for me.
Yet, sometimes I think I see more in your eyes, in the look you seem to save just for our time together.
Our flirting is innocent, but is there more underneath it all?
Are you waiting for me to make the first move?
That would be your style.
You are not shy, but you are a woman who knows what she wants in a man.
Your man should know your signals and signs and show the confidence that you yourself exude.
But I hesitate. And you walk away.
But I cannot get you off my mind.
I’m talking to my best friend about you and it happens…
I tell him that I am in love with you.
He laughs and I tell him to shut up, this is serious.
I’ve never felt like this with anyone and I think she feels the same.
I tell him, that’s it, I am going to walk in there, walk up to her and kiss her deeply.
I will know from her reaction if my instincts have been true.
I am now inside and searching for you.
I find you, but your demeanor has changed.
You’re upset, troubled.
The time is not right, so we talk.
It’s now later and we’re out with friends.
And we’ve fallen again into our ease and comfort and affection.
Your signs, your signals, your look… have all returned.
They all affect me like a warmth travelling through my chest and tummy, giving me goosebumps outside and in.
I am now certain about us.
And then…

I wake up from the dream.

I realized… it was only just a dream.

October 13, 2019 , 9:42AM Posted by | Love, My Poetry, Poetry | Comments Off on It Was Only Just A Dream

Virtue-Signaling Idiots

NOTE:  This is an anecdote from last year, but it still holds true today…

So I have MLB Network on and they have the CLEvsBAL game on. Orioles players are wearing jerseys with green lettering to “celebrate ‘Earth Day'”.

Celebrating a day co-founded by a convicted murderer. Brilliant.

That aside, if “the environment” was in such danger as the environazis claim, they would be banning professional sports in their current form altogether, instead of paying stupid tribute to a worthless day in the form of wearing green-colored clothing.

Think about all the supposed earth-killing that goes on in just ONE MLB sporting event.

Camden Yards seating capacity is about 45,000. The average attendance for the Orioles in 2017 was about 20,000. Now, not every single person in attendance drove to the game and not everyone who drove to the game came alone. So for the sake of this argument, let’s assume that there is 1 vehicle for every 4 people in attendance. So 20,000 / 4 = 5,000 vehicles driven to the game.

So that’s 5,000 pollution-spewing, earth-killing machines — as the environazis would tell you — out in force for one game. Driving to the park and then back home again.

Now multiply that by 81 home games. That is the so-called earth-killing pollution from just the fans attending MLB games. In just one city in the country.

But I’m not done.

Think of all the pollution and energy used by Camden Yards. For lighting all over the park, for food vendors all over the park, for all the fancy scoreboards and special lighting all over the park. And none of that is done for the players. It’s all for the fans who drove the earth-killing vehicles to an energy-guzzling, earth-killing baseball stadium, to sit for 2-3 hours watching a baseball game.

All the players need is what you have at your average baseball or softball diamonds at your local park or high school. Just something to keep track of the score and the number of outs. That’s it.

Allllllllll the rest of the earth-killing, energy-wasting lights and scoreboards and such are solely to entertain the fans.

But I’m not done.

Think of all the pollution and energy used by the bars and restaurants around the MLB stadiums. The energy needed for all the lights, all the stoves and refrigerators, etc. And all those people in the bars and restaurants? They came in energy-guzzling, earth-killing vehicles in addition to those who attend the games in the ballparks.

All of this is going on in every MLB city where a MLB game is being played. 81 times per year, per city. Of course, then there are the playoffs…

If environazis — and anyone who truly takes “Earth Day” seriously — really were serious about “saving the planet”, they would endorse eliminating fans at all sports ballparks, stadiums and arenas in every professional sport.

In this age of technology, there is no reason to leave the house and risk killing the planet with unnecessary excesses at sporting events. Everyone has the opportunity to see all games on TV. No driving earth-killing vehicles, no excesses in lights and food and special scoreboards at ballparks, stadiums and arena.

The earth is saved!

But hey, I’m sure wearing green-colored clothing works just as well… 🤨🙄

#VirtualSignalingIdiots

April 22, 2019 , 1:11PM Posted by | Energy, Global Warming | 1 Comment

Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Clooney Bird

So it occurs to me that since George “I heart refugees” Clooney and family are moving to Los Angeles, this leaves their mansions in the UK and Italy completely available to house at least 80 “refugees”.

Considering each mansion likely has about 10 bedrooms and you can probably comfortably sleep 4 “refugees” per bedroom, this means that George “I heart refugees” Clooney can personally take in 10 bedrooms X 4 “refugees” per room X 2 mansions = 80 refugees between his two mansions.

Now let’s expand that to all the celebrities out there who have either been activists for “refugees” or activists against the travel ban.

Let’s say there are 100 such ‘celebrities’. 100 X 40 = 4000 “refugees” that could be taken in by pro-“refugee” ‘celebrities’.

Better yet, Syria is surrounded by Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia. Wouldn’t it be easier to just ‘immigrate’ to those countries?

Well, how many billions of dollars are all these ‘celebrities’ worth? George Clooney alone is worth $500mil. Well, the cost of living in all these Islamic countries is extremely low. Which means they can stretch a little amount of money very, very far.

So let’s say each ‘celebrity’ ‘adopts’ 100 “refugees”. And gives each of them $10,000 to ‘immigrate’ to one of the surrounding Islamic countries. $10k X 100 = $1mil.
Giving $1mil for George $500mil net worth Clooney is the equivalent of someone earning $100k giving $200. SURELY George “I heart refugees” Clooney can afford the equivalent of an average person giving $200 to change the lives of 100 “refugees”?

Not to mention, all the other “I heart refugees” loudmouth ‘celebrity’ activists.

So, what say you, Clooney bird? Put your money and your mansions where your mouth is.

July 10, 2017 , 3:49PM Posted by | Hollywood, Illegal Immigration | Comments Off on Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is, Clooney Bird

Love is… Special, Unique and, Very Often, Awe-Inspiring, Wonderful and Infinitely Surprising

Came across this great comment while reading the comments of this post: “Those who believe in soulmates are found to be 150 percent more likely to end up divorced.”

This expresses my feelings on life, love and marriage even better than I could:

Warren Bonesteel
A few quick thoughts…

Soulmates? That’s a bit like a fairy tale. Nice story, but it isn’t real.

Best result: A couple of good friends who can put up with one another’s numerous…peccadilloes. A few shared interests, with both parties involved in separate hobbies and interests. Decent to good sex…while keeping in mind that it’s really business partnership that you’re involved in, not a porn flick.

Marriage is not a fantasy. Your partner is a real human being. Just like you, they have feelings, emotions, successes, failures, good days and bad. Treat them that way. Always.

Ya gotta be practical, pragmatic and grounded in the real world. Have some fun together and apart, but keep it real.

Start with realistic expectations and you’ll do ok. Anything you go into with phantasmagorical expectations is almost certainly doomed to failure.

Perfection? Nobody’s perfect. Don’t even go there.

That’s with one failed marriage and one successful marriage to my…credit. Seven years invested in the first marriage, twenty-six years this go around. I think I may have a handle on things this time.

Romance? Well, yeah. There’s a bit of that, but it isn’t what the relationship revolves around. It revolves around consideration for one another. iow, simple, common courtesy and treating one another, and other people, as if we were all real, live, girls and boys.

Don’t lie to one another. About anything…except that gift you’ve hidden away for a special occasion.

Humor. Don’t forget humor. A more or less shared sense of humor.

Remember the little things. They count.

If you make a mess, clean it up.

In general, act like an adult, not like a little princess or a spoiled prince.

One last thing. What works for your parent’s marriage, your neighbor’s marriage, or for anyone else you know may not work for you and your partner. Like individuals, every marriage is different.

That’s life, and that’s love. Special, unique, and very often, awe-inspiring, wonderful and infintely surprising.

UPDATE: Heh, of course, half the time I feel the way this guy does:

Gawain’s Ghost

Soulmates? Seriously?

I find it amazing how many people believe in these medieval notions of love. And the really funny thing about it is that in medieval romances, the relationships are almost always adulterous, as with Lancelot and Guinevere. Strange considering the penalty for adultery at the time–castration for the man, banishment for the woman. But, in arranged marriages, I guess a woman has to have something to dream about.

I don’t believe in soulmates. I don’t believe in love. I don’t even believe in romance, which may sound strange coming from someone with a master’s degree in Romantic poetry, and a minor in medieval literature.

It’s because I understand romance and medieval literature. The problem here, today, is with the law.

Of course, soulmates get divorced. The law allows it. Some medieval idea of love turns sour, and she can take him for everything he’s got. She can even slap him with child support for children that aren’t his.

This is why I have never gotten married. I do not agree to the terms and conditions of the contract. And don’t quote the Bible to me. I’ve read the Bible, several times, in several different translations. This is not about the Sacrament; it’s about the contract. And I’d rather have the money.

All this talk about love and marriage, soulmates, it’s stupid. I am not about to expose myself to betrayal, abandonment and bankruptcy, because of some idiotic idea of medieval romance. And now she doesn’t like it. I really don’t care.

Love is a fleeting emotion. Romance is a game. Just write some silly love poem, make up some rhymes, throw in the word love, and you’re in. Get real.

The problem here is with the law. She has the absolute right to abort your baby, get knocked up by some boy at a bar, slap you with the child support, leave you, take the house and half of your money, have her boyfriend move in so they can raise their love child together. All on your dime. Why any man would agree to that arrangement is beyond my ability to comprehend.

Change the law. Nothing else matters but that. Change the law. Or stop complaining about it.

Yeah, soulmates, give me a break, they have a high divorce rate. It’s no small wonder. The law allows it.

And the man, what about him? He was stupid enough to marry her. End of story.

October 4, 2014 , 12:58AM Posted by | Life, Love, Marriage, Relationships, Romance, Sex | , , , , | Comments Off on Love is… Special, Unique and, Very Often, Awe-Inspiring, Wonderful and Infinitely Surprising

Sprint Car Driver Wins Darwin Award

I have seen a lot of dumbass commentary going on today about the accident and death in the sprint car race last night involving Tony Stewart and Kevin Ward. The following though seems to be the best intelligent and informed commentary that I have seen anywhere so far. So, sharing (via Ace of Spades HQ)…

Update 08-11-2014 18:17 EDT:  John Ekdahl has a great roundup of his Twitter commentary along with important pictures of context of the sprint cars, helmets and line of sight from the driver’s seat of the cars.  Must read:  My Take on the Stewart/Ward Incident

Update 19:33 EDT:  Another good comment here:

I was going to give this a pass, since there is a lot of misinformation and supposition here, most of it from people who don’t know shit about racing but have decided they do.

I do know a little bit about it. I have been a fan for almost 60 years — including attending more than a few night races on dirt tracks — and, through my day job, have driven at high speed on race tracks (though I never drove in actual races), driven race cars, and spent time with race drivers from all forms of the sport. I even met Tony Stewart once.

What all y’all need to know are a couple of basic things:

1) Race cars are not like street cars. Especially sprint cars. They don’t have transmissions like your Honda Civic does, and instead of differentials for the driving wheels they have what are called “locked” rear ends. Makes a big difference on dirt, and affects even the basics of steering (or going straight, for that matter) at any speed;

2) Racing isn’t like driving on the street. Things happen very fast, and all too often the driver in a bad situation is a passenger. No matter how skilled, he is sitting there watching things unfold;

3) The field of vision in a race car is very narrow (you’re not there to watch the scenery). In a sprinter, it is even narrower. At night, on a poorly lit track (this is not like Daytona, where big-ass lights keep things fairly bright), vision is worse still. A driver in a black firesuit will not be easy to see;

4) Stewart is a hothead, and may even be a nasty prick. I don’t know, didn’t see it. But he is not a killer. The media, who hate anything dangerous like racing, eat that “blood feud” crap up like flies on shit. They have no idea what goes through a race driver’s head, what happens during a race, or even the physics involved with controlling a race car.

I suppose Stewart will become the Man You Love to Hate in racing, and the genius Prius-driving fuckwads at the NY Slimes will howl for Justice to be Done. I have much more reason to pass an informed judgment than they do, and a hell of a lot more knowledge to back it up. That won’t stop them howling to their faithful readers, who will parrot the nonsense. In my case, I can’t say for certain what happened. So I won’t.

Would be nice if those of us who always talk about “sense,” “getting all the facts” and not jumping to knee-jerk conclusions would react in that way here. I don’t expect it; howling mobs are everywhere.

Posted by: MrScribbler at August 10, 2014 04:02 PM

Also see John Ekdahl’s Twitter feed for some good information:  John Ekdahl

“At this point Stewart’s car runs down and kills Ward.”

Really don’t think that’s an accurate description.

Stewart’s rear right tire made contact with Ward. The big question is why that is.

Stewart’s car only turned to the right after making contact with Ward, that’s because Ward’s body got caught up with the wheel.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 02:56 PM

Drivers on foot confronting other drivers who’ve wreck them on the racing surface … is actually somewhat common. Dumb, but something that happens with some regularity.

Nascar actually advertises with a famous highlight of Stewart doing it at Bristol when he gets out of his car and throws his helmet at the guy who wrecked him, bouncing the helmet off the windshield. The crowd loved it.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 02:59 PM

The headline “runs down” is misleading, Ace. That’s not what happens.

It’s not clear that Stewart even saw Ward before the last second. It’s dark. The track is poorly lit. Guy is wearing a black firesuit. The car in front of Stewart swerved to avoid Ward. They are coming off turn 2.

The phrase “runs down” implies Stewart saw and aimed at Ward. There is not evidence to support that.

Ward made contact with Stewart’s right rear tire and was dragged/thrown/entangled. Kinda unclear.

As I said in an earlier thread, Ward took purposeful action to get dangerously close to Stewart. That’s clear. Did Stewart then take purposeful action that resulted in his tire striking and killing Ward? Impossible to tell at this point.

I do think the phrase “runs down” is irresponsible and not supported by the facts or the video.

The bad action that Stewart may or may not have taken was likely revving the throttle as he passed Ward, possibly to intimidate him or spray him with dirt. In that scenario the backend might have kicked out and struck Ward.

It’s not clear at all that that happened. Ward might have slipped. Also, you have to accelerate to steer these cars. the cars slip and slide, that’s the attraction. If Stewart saw him at the last moment then he would have accelerated to get traction to swerve — which would look nearly identical to a purposeful revving to intimidate/spray Ward.

It’s really quite difficult to tell what happened from that video. But I think that video does rule out the claim that Stewart “ran down” Ward.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:10 PM

The best evidence we have that Stewart took purposeful action and gunned it, which threw the back-end out and struck Ward, is the eyewitness account in the initial news report. But that driver is a personal friend of Ward and it’s not clear how he could have seen it since it was on the backstretch. Maybe he had the perfect eyeline, but there’s no indication of that at this point.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:13 PM

he did run him down

No, he didn’t. That’s not the common use of the term “runs down”.

Runs down implies hitting someone with the front of your car. Also implies intent.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:14 PM

Yeah, clearly his back tire struck and, I think, ran him over.

I actually can’t really tell what happened with that video. I think his arm or leg got by the wheel and he got dragged. Not really sure. He was horribly twisted by a powerful force, though.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:17 PM

I think it’s possible that Stewart intended to scare/spray the kid as he drove past. I’m just not seeing any clear evidence that that’s what happened.

Saw this elsewhere on the interwebz. The “because sprint car” line refers to the fact these cars race in a state of a constant controlled slide and you have to accelerate to get traction to turn. It also assumes the “gunned the engine” reports in the media are accurate. I think you hear it in the video, but I’m not positive.
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I don’t think Stewart intended to hit him but I see two possibilities:

1 – Stewart gunned the engine as he went past to try to intimidate Ward, the back end kicked out (“because sprint car”) and accidentally hit Ward.

2 – Stewart gunned the engine as he went past because sprint cars are like jet skis or boats and don’t turn real good unless they have throttle (“because sprint car”), trying to miss Ward and accidentally hit Ward.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:24 PM

There are reports that Stewart destroyed his helmet cam and changed the tire that hit Ward after he got back to the pit.

Only “report” I’ve seen claiming that was some random poster on Deadspin who screamed it in ALL CAPS a few moments after the Deadspin report went up and could not have possibly known that.

I haven’t seen a single legit media source claim that. An anonymous Deadspin commenter doesn’t count as a “report”.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:26 PM

Big question for me is whether Stewart really did gun the engine and, if so, why?

There are perfectly innocent explanations, from Stewart’s perspective, for what happened. There’s also a damning explanation that would seem to raise the possibility of manslaughter. Both explanations fit the available evidence.

Hopefully they have another camera angle from the back or side. But even that might not be able to clarify things.

A lot of this comes down to what Stewart saw and when he saw it and what his intent was.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:33 PM

If they were under a caution nobody should have been speeding

Not sure what the caution speed is on that track. On a Nascar track caution means they are still going 50+ mph. So that’s still running out in front of cars going highway speed.

Caution speed is still pretty fast compared to humans on foot.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:35 PM

The point of the sport is that its slipprier than shit. If control were such a science there would be no crashes at all.

Right, especially dirt track sprint car racing. The whole point and the reason the drivers and fans like it, is it’s so hard to control and cars are sliding all over. This isn’t asphalt. It’s a dirt track which gets watered down on purpose so it’s extra slick and slippery so the cars slide around and put on a good show.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:38 PM

How can you tell he gunned the engine?

We can’t really, but eyewitness reports said he did and the audio on the video sounds like he did, kinda mostly.

Honestly I wonder if that sound could be caused by having a human being sucked into your wheel well like that. I don’t know. I’m guessing no.

As mentioned before, if Stewart saw him at the last second and tried to swerve, he also likely would rev the engine to get traction to swerve.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:42 PM

On the video, filmed from the other side of the oval, you can hear that particular car rev the engine. Interesting.

Good point.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:45 PM

A key element that, to me, points to a non-deliberate action is the fact that car ahead of Stewart had to swerve to avoid Ward. This increases the likelihood that Stewart didn’t see Wart at all until the last moment with is vision blocked by other cars.

In racing cars often hit stalled/stopped cars in broad daylight seeming with plenty of time to see them. How? They just … don’t see them. And you often see that where the lead car swerves in time and then the car behind just plows into it.

If drivers can simply not see a stopped car in broad daylight, as happens with some regularity, then not seeing a man on foot, dressed in black, at night is totally plausible.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 03:57 PM

They both should have known better

It’s not clear at this point that Stewart did anything wrong. Ward clearly took an irresponsible action. Stewart may or may not have. He may have just been reacting to all of a sudden seeing Ward on the track in front of him with only a split second to react.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 04:00 PM

In a press conference shortly after 3 p.m. ET Sunday, Ontario County (N.Y.) Sheriff Phillip C. Povero said, “At this moment there are no facts or evidence that would support a criminal charge or criminal intent.”

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 04:08 PM

I think the non-winged sprint cars are the deadliest form of racing in America currently. Seems a couple guys die in those races every single year.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 04:17 PM

Some stuff I saw on the reddit thread:

Chirp08 10 points 6 hours ago
800hp+, Direct drive (no clutch, no transmission), the throttle is used to steer. It was literally the worst car in the world you could have put yourself in any proximity of unsafely.

LasciviousSycophant 59 points 6 hours ago
Is there any way to prove it was Tony that gunned it?
Not by observations from us armchair sleuths who have viewed that video. We hear an engine being revved. If one pays attention to the video, one will notice that it’s zoomed in to show cars across the infield. There are cars much closer to the camera that we can’t see. It is far more likely that it is one of those cars that we hear.
It’s also telling that when the actual crash happens, we can’t hear it on the video. The audio one can hear at the time of the crash is engine sounds from the cars closest to the videographer, and not the crash sounds from the track all the way across the infield.

TheCatfromOuterSpace 73 points 12 hours ago
I have 15+ years of crew experience mostly with stock cars on short tracks.
From what I know about Tony personally and after seeing the footage, all I can think of is he was either (1) trying to avoid Ward at the last second and gunned it to try and clear him, (2) thought he was clear of Ward already and was just accelerating off the turn, or (3) he was trying to throw some clay in Ward’s face.
Regardless, Ward should have stayed in his car until at least the wreckers and corner workers were there. The field was still cooling down, and to be honest, Sprint car yellow laps are highly dangerous because of everyone trying to keep their tire and oil temps up.
Also add it being a night race on a tiny bullring and nearly 1000hp short wheelbase cars with limited vis due to aero… yeah, stay in your car unless it is on fire, man.
I feel terrible for everyone involved. Best wishes to them.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 04:39 PM

BTW, all-time Nascar legend Richard Petty actually killed a kid in the crowd when he wrecked once. It was a drag race. Lost control. Drove into the crowd. Terrible.

Posted by: Costanza Defense at August 10, 2014 04:48 PM

August 10, 2014 , 5:36PM Posted by | NASCAR, Sports | , , , , , | Comments Off on Sprint Car Driver Wins Darwin Award