More Cowbell

Sometimes you step into something that becomes a bit surreal.

Last week I tiwttered about listening to an old song that had a cowbell, asking about any other songs that had cowbells. There were some responses with one stating had I ever seen the SNL “More Cowbell” piece. I hadn’t ( if I had I would never have tiwttered that question! ) and quickly found it. In fact there was a fair bit about cowbells. There is even an iPhone app called More Cowbell.

To get the ultimate experience with the tragic little device here is some ultimate cowbell usage. The Olympics are coming here in 2010. Now there will be excuse not to have a cowbell on the downhill races.

The moral of this story, never be afraid to ask a question on Twitter. It will lead you to a mountain of totally useless information.

Just getting there

Had a call today from my nephew up in Williams Lake. He is doing pretty good with his business and enjoying life. At 26 he appreciates his bachelor life. He said he would be coming down when our sons come home for Christmas. So the three of them who grew up together will have time to re-connect. They spent just about every summer together when they were kids. It is amazing when you realize how little they see each other now and how far apart they all live. Then the event of Christmas brings them all together. You begin to realize how important that time of year is for families.

On my way home today I stopped in a light shop and bought two lamps. One for the desk and the other a bedside table light. The proprietor mentioned that as you get older you need twice as much light as when you were younger. That must be the problem with us older people, we live constantly in the dark!

In a book I am reading (Telling the Truth about History by Joyce Appleby, Lynn Hunt & Margaret Jacob) there is this statement in the introduction:

Relativism, a modern corollary to skepticism, is the belief that truth is relative to the position of the person making a statement. It has generated a pervasive lack of confidence in the ability to find the truth or even to establish that there is such a thing as the truth. Relativism leads directly to a questioning of the ideal of objectivity, because it undermines the belief that people can get outside of themselves in order to get at the truth. If truth depends on the observer’s standpoint, how can there be any transcendent, universal or absolute truth, or at the least truths that hold for all groups for many generations?

In today’s world, particularly with the recent financial events of the world, it would seem to be extremely important to understand that maybe we cannot ‘fix’ the basic economic model. It will work in some form or another. Maybe we need to understand that unless we have some absolute or universal truth to understand, those who hold only relative truths defeat the ability of many of us to fully articulate our ideal of objectivity. If the time for change is now then all the reasons for change need to be the constant dialogue of all participants. I am tired of listening to the same old record and drinking the same old kool-aid.

Long time, no post

It seems that the last few weeks have been the busiest I have encountered for a long time. I just look at how many times I have not been home for supper and it sort of freaks me out. Hence the extreme delay of posting anything to this blog.

Tomorrow is a huge day as to what course the most powerful nation in the world will take. I don’t want to state my political persuasion here, not being a citizen it won’t amount to much anyway. What we do need to see is someone in the White House that will begin to deal with the problems that all of us here on Main Street are dealing with. Here is hoping that whoever the winner, the course of history will change and we can look back to seeing this as the beginning of solving the mess we are all in.

In the last month the world has seen some major upheavals in the financial markets. It scares me to say the least. It is interesting to see all those bulls suddenly become bears (barren?). At least no one is saying I told you so. They were all drinking the same kool-aid. There is ample use of the word ‘toxic’. Seems that is the wattered down version of ‘poison’. Poison in the Oxford English dictionary means “A principle, doctrine, influence, etc., which is harmful to character, morality, or the well-being of society; something which causes harm; something which is detested.” It is the last word definition that is beginning to come into play somewhat. But we haven’t arrived at actually detesting this circumstance. If we do then we can manage the change. We seem to only be band-aiding what the poison has done and not necessarily taking the antidote.

I believe that antidote involves sacrifice, hard work (sweat equity instead of just paper equity), gratitude for our station in life (we aren’t going to bed hungry) and re-capturing and living some ideals and beliefs that have meaning in our lives. Maybe we realize now that we can’t bowl alone. That we have become disconnected from family, friends, neighbours, social structures like churches, clubs, sports clubs, community organizations and the like. We are people that live in a larger society and that our values need to go beyond just the physical accumulation of goods. Maybe tomorrow will be the start of something for all of us.