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2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate bridges. From here to there one way or another.

I do not know much about gods;
but I think that the river is a strong brown god–sullen, untamed and intractable,
Patient to some degree, at first recognized as a frontier;
Useful, untrustworthy, as a conveyor of commerce;
Then only a problem confronting the builder of bridges.
The problem once solved, the brown god is almost forgotten
By the dwellers in cities–ever, however, implacable.
Keeping his seasons, and rages, destroyer, reminder
Of what men choose to forget. Unhonored, unpropitiated
By worshippers of the machine, but waiting, watching and waiting.
T. S. Eliot, Dry Salvages, The Four Quartets







Sometimes, if you stand on the bottom rail of a bridge and lean over to
watch the river slipping slowly away beneath you, you will suddenly
know everything there is to be known.
A. A. Milne, Pooh’s Little Instruction Book



 Don’t cross a bridge until you come to it. –“Papa” (Grandfather Abraham Lincoln Turner)

Marco Polo describes a bridge, stone by stone.

‘But which is the stone that supports the bridge?’ Kublai Kahn asks.

‘The bridge is not supported by one stone or another,’ Marco Polo answers, ‘but by the line of the arch that they formed.’

Kublai Kahn remains silent, reflecting. Then he adds: ‘Why do you speak of the stones? It is onlyt the arch that matters to me.’

Marco Polo answers: ‘Without stones there is no arch.’

Marco Polo and Kublai Kahn – Italo Calvino
Invisible Cities, 1972




2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate THE HILLS. They live for this time on a HILL. A Hill which looks out to sea and over the Valleys. They think about life from up where God can see everything.

There is a sacred HORROR about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills;
but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a
masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
– – -Victor Hugo

Up leaps the race of Earthmen,/Out, far, and onward yet–
–Robert A. Heinlein The Green Hills of Earth

May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you
– Irish Blessing

Albert Schweitzer:

Joy, sorrow, tears, lamentation, laughter — to all these music gives voice, but in such a way that we are transported from the world of unrest to a world of peace, and see reality in a new way, as if we were sitting by a mountain lake and contemplating hills and woods and clouds in the tranquil and fathomless water.

I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
William Wordsworth

My old bones ache
my joints are stiff
An ant’s nest could bring down a hill. Japanese


2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate the completion of this birthday on a dark and stormy night with the almost full moon. The Cottage Doors are closed. There is a Palmer spider out the back wanting to come in out of the cold and wind. The Star Wagon ain’t going no place till the driveway dries out a little. The Girls are making Phone calls to say Happy Birthday and Plan visits in May. They consider the pulse of the life lived on The Hill and the passing of the years. Some birthdays are MELLOW.

A true man does not need to romance a different girl every night, a true man romances the same girl for the rest of her life.

Someday I would like to
stand on the moon, look
down through a quarter of a
million miles of space and
say, “There certainly is a
beautiful earth out tonight.”
– Lt. Col. William H. Rankin, American author

An autumn night… don’t think your life, didn’t matter.

Better to sit all night than to go to bed with a dragon.

I pray the gentle hands may guide my feet; I ask for kind commands from
voices sweet; At night a stable warm with scented hay, where, safe from
every harm, I’ll sleep till day.

“If you play with the vultures at night, you can’t soar with the eagles at dawn.”

I love thee – I love thee,

‘Tis all that I can say

It is my vision in the night,

My dreaming in the day.

~Thomas Hood


2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate A BIRTHDAY spent at home in the rain. Wild and cold and near flooding with trenches to be dug and not a pair of gumboots between them. They ache in their waters for the gifts that they would like to be able to give.The vortexual stocking fillers. Hold hands. Dive into deeper and far darker waters. Somewhere below the surface is the essence of a BIRTHDAY at home in the rain.

How do I love thee?
Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and
height my soul can reach.

Happy Birthday, my Darling

Elizabeth Barrett Browning


Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be.

Happy Birthday, my Darling

Robert Browning (1812-1889)

You know you are getting old when the candles cost more than the cake. – Bob Hope

We advance in years somewhat in the manner of an invading army in a barren land; the age that we have reached, as the saying goes, we but hold with an outpost, and still keep open communications with the extreme rear and first beginnings of the march.

Chronologically gifted!

59! I demand a recount.

Because time itself is like a spiral, something special happens on your birthday each year: The same energy that God invested in you at birth is present once again.” Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Middle age is when you’ve met so many people that every new person you meet reminds you of someone else.” Ogden Nash




2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate The quietness of the evening before a birthday. The Quietness of thinking over 59 years. They consider separately before sleeping together.

Stand Tall and Proud
Sink your roots deeply into the Earth
Reflect the light of a greater source
Think long term
Go out on a limb
Remember your place among all living beings
Embrace with joy the changing seasons
For each yields its own abundance
The Energy and Birth of Spring
The Growth and Contentment of Summer
The Wisdom to let go of leaves in the Fall
The Rest and Quiet Renewal of Winter
– Ilan Shamir, Advice From a Tree

Geese appear high over us, pass, and the sky closes. Abandon, as in love or sleep, holds them to their way, clear in the ancient faith: what we need is here. And we pray, not for new earth or heaven, but to be quiet in heart, and in eye, clear. What we need is here.
Wendell Berry

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.
Helen Keller


2 Tough and Crazy people get together and consider life through the Oracle of the Animated Gif. They contemplate TURNING 59. He is turning 59 in 2008. April 18. Born in 1949. That’s heading into 60 years of age and this is the REHEARSAL. He is a fulltime Muso PhD Student at 59. They both have long hair and the original dropping out seems to be upon them again.

So let’s make a deal together
We’ll use the same party line
You’re a smidgin’ over 21 (You’re a little under 21)
I’m a tad over 39 (I’m not quite 39)

And bringing Granny into the ruse

I heard about your mother’s deal
I’ll go along with it, that’s fine
Now, raise your arm and swear this oath
“My Grandma’s 59”

For all the advances in medicine, there is still no cure for the common birthday.

William Shakespeare
Have you not a moist eye, a dry hand, a yellow cheek, a white beard, a decreasing leg, an increasing belly? Is not your voice broken, your wind short, your chin double, your wit single, and every part about you blasted with antiquity?

Lewis Carroll
There are three hundred and sixty-four days when you might get un-birthday presents and only one for birthday presents, you know.

Enough of all these insults
I do hope you realize
How highly you’re respected
How kind you are, and wise

The day which we fear as our last is but the birthday of eternity.

Those who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.

Just because you’re 59,
Don’t despair, oh no
Overnight you won’t discover
You’ve lost your get up and go.
Nor will you become all wrinkled,
Nor ache from head to toe.
So even though you’re ripening
Don’t regard it as a blow,
You won’t suddenly look decrepit ….

…Cos that happened long ago!!

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