Rich Engle

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  1. The header is enough to get it. rde Come, Tool, roll over, get the stick.
  2. OK, I got started back up on this one because I was attempting to joke around with one of my music partners, Lesley--she runs the folk group I play in known as Silver Branch. I have no idea whatsoever as to why this came out of me; perhaps it was the sheer trauma of the situation. So I will hold forth: Back around the late seventies, and extending into the early eighties, I was working at two music stores, one of which I started working at when I was 18 years old. I bounced around the two stores, but the primary one was a small, highly-developed boutique guitar store: Oh, you know, we sold Fender Custom Shop guitars, Valley Arts guitars, and so forth. It was a helluva shop. So, one day I am working said shop and I get this, er, rather disturbing phone call. After I do the greeting, I get a question, with a rather creepy voice behind it: "What kind of socks are you wearing?" Now, I don't care who you are, but when you get that kind of call, off-rip, it creates a certain sort of internal confusion. Should I answer him? It is just that disarming. I looked down, because I actually was not sure what kind of socks I had on. I discerned that I was wearing sneakers, and white athletic socks. So, I answered--"White." He said "OK, fine," and hung up. You can imagine what rolls through ones' head at that point. This, in the middle of conducting business. My boss, owner of the biz showed up to relieve me, and I was clearly remaining in a slightly disturbed state. He asked me what was wrong, and I told him of the phone call. He said "Oh, that's just the Sock Guy--he calls all the time. You just have to tell him what kind of socks you are wearing and then he leaves you alone." Right. As the time progressed, six years, this went on. Actually, the more honest you were about describing your socks, the quicker the engagement was. You kind of got used to it after some time. And, he was quite polite; most times he even thanked you--very professional on the phone. Eventually I discovered that our store was not the only target. There were at least 3 or 4 other unrelated businesses in the area that he was calling. I guess he had a call list, or something. After awhile, we all kind of got used to the routine. And then, it just stopped. I don't know what ever happened to the Sock Guy, but in a certain respect, I admire his artistry. rde Never Looked At Socks The Same Way Again
  3. It's very much OK, I think. It is quite basic, but I find that fine, in that any type of spiritual practice (which this is, accept it or not) that resonates to atheists is a very good thing. I would say this: understand the word "Blessed" when using it. If it is only cynical in application, not such a good thing. It is, in fact, a very heavy word; one of the heaviest ones out there. Very good, though! I like it! In the UU church, I would say that, although the diversity is amazing, more or less you have a very large contingent of secular humanists. And, secular humanists are some of the most reasonable people in the world. I have a lot more fun with the pagans, though. I can hardly wait to play at their summer solstice. The folk group I play in, Silver Branch, is headlining that one. I'm telling you, those people know how to have a good time! rde Blessed Be
  4. Rich Engle

    The Big Fib

    I used to be comfortable with the idea that most myths are based in fact. Somewhere. It serves me well, and often, even nowadays. But, if there were ever a writer, or a movement, or a philosophy that would actually manage to be ill-served by this . . .even this . . ., it has to for sure be the Objectivism. In the end, after all these fucking years, I still see pretty much only two manifestations. One is newly awakened, via the liberation that reading Rand can give. The other is a very blind type of state that resembles religion, while attacking religion. Those are the two big boys. It is like being vaccinated, but also contracting a disease. Humanity prevails in the intellectual world, even, though. When I get so fed up with the writings of the confused, I can go to the great ones. Or the crazy ones. And they will always be there. That is where Reason Prevails. That is where even love, joy, humanity, those things prevail. There are a lot of great ones, but for now I will say that there has been more than one time that Dr. Robert has pulled me out of the fire. And I'm a "religionist." Yeah. Good people do good things. Right? Right? EDIT: And Mike effing K., too. All you sane bastards. Warm Blessings, rde
  5. Nothing like statistical density.

  7. You never experience the universe unless it flows through your body. And you have to notice when that happens. So, pricky Objectivists, go be miserable. Be miserable bastards, by trade. rde
  8. Yep, great book. Some weird Rand loving musician from Florida recommended that I read it! Thanks again. Rich. By the way, the Roku box with Netflix is phenomenal!!! Adam Oh yeah, she gets it done. r
  9. Well, I don't even find good words, but I will try. Michael is one of the most beloved, brilliant, kind human beings I have ever met in my life. I love him dearly. And, he's funny! Belated though it be. I kind of waited. Celebrate, Maestro! Namaste, rde
  10. If you read the Dali's most recent books, it gives you a better perspective. His unique position. There are so many, but I like this one a great deal: The Universe in a Single Atom His anecdotes alone are worth the read. Blessings, rde
  11. Mike Hill just shared this on Facebook. Sort of a recap of the whole thing on Lake Erie. I remember when this first started. You'd go out in Mike's back yard, sit on lawn chairs, and wait. All about 5 minutes from my former home.
  12. Fuel, fire: Worst Country Song Titles * If You Don't Believe I Love You Just Ask My Wife * Timber, I'm Falling in Love * You're the First Time I Thought About Leaving * Love Will Beat Your Brains Out * You Can Tell the Man Who Boozes (By the Company He Chooses) * I Think I'll Drink Myself Into the Past * I Got Tears in My Ears From Lying on My Back Crying on My Pillow Over You * Sleeping Single in a Double Bed * The Pint of No Return * Your Negligee Has Turned to Flannel Nightgowns * Guess My Eyes Were Bigger Than My Heart * It Ain't Love but It Ain't Bad * Thank God and Greyhound She's Gone * I'd Rather have a Bottle in Front of Me Than a Frontal Lobotomy * Don't Let That Doorknob Hit You (on the Way Out) * You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without * This Time I'm Gonna Beat You to the Truck * You Blacked My Blue Eyes Once Too Often * Walk Out Backwards Slowly So I'll Think You're Walking In * I Forgot How Bad My Good Woman Could Be * You Done Stomped on My Heart (and Smashed That Sucker Flat) * Let Me Love the Leavin' from Your Mind * Somebody Shoot Out the Jukebox * My Legs Won't Walk Away From You * What's a Fool Like Me Doing In a Love Like This * I've Been Roped and Throwed by Jesus in the Holy Ghost Corral * If You Can Live With It (I Can Live Without It) * She Got the Gold Mine (I Got the Shaft) * Hell Stays Open All Night * I'd Be Better Off in a Pine Box * I've Got You on My Conscience But At Least You're Off My Back * Bridge Washed Out, I Can't Swim and My Baby's on the Other Side * The Worst You Ever Gave Me Was the Best I Ever Had * If the Phone Doesn't Ring It's Me * I've Got a Funny Feeling (I Won't Be Feeling Funny Very Long) * Does My Ring Hurt Your Finger (When You Go Out at Night) * How Can a Whiskey Six Years Old Whip a Man That's 32? * I Knew I'd Lean (But I Never Thought I'd Fall) * She Even Woke Me Up to Say Goodbye * We Used to Just Kiss on the Lips But Now It's All Over * You're the Reason Our Kids Are So Ugly * If You Keep Checking Up on Me (I'm Checking Out on You) * It Don't Hurt Half as Bad as Holding You Feels Good * I Don't Know Whether to Kill Myself or Go Bowling * I'm Gettin' Gray From Being Blue * I Keep Forgettin' I Forgot About You * Mama Get The Hammer (There's A Fly On Papa's Head) * Heaven's Just A Sin Away * She Made Toothpicks Out Of The Timber Of My Heart * If Fingerprints Showed Up On Skin, Wonder Whose I'd Find On You * I've Been Flushed From The Bathroom Of Your Heart * She Feels Like A New Man Tonight * Velcro Arms, Teflon Heart * The Last Word In Lonesome Is "me" * When We Get Back To the Farm (That's When We Really Go To Town) * You Stuck My Heart In a Old Tin Can and Shot It Off a Log * He's Been Drunk Since His Wife's Gone Punk * I Bought the Boots That Just Walked Out On Me * Ever Since I Said "I Do," There's a Lot of Things You Don't * The Next Time You Throw That Fryin' Pan, My Face Ain't Gonna Be There
  13. Yes, yes, and yes, I think. I saw the Starland Vocal band open for John Denver--many years ago, don't ask. They were a nice little band, but yeah, on silliness.
  14. You've shared so much about yourself lately. It all clicks together now, after all these years. rde Wonders about the cruise destination. Intergalactic, no doubt.
  15. It would explain a lot about how effed up Jersey has always been. And before anyone starts, I had to grow up there--'65-'69--so I have rights, dammit. Napoleon's Brother in New Jersey? Is it urban legend? I have vague memories of hearing this before. Dunno but surely a fun read. rde
  16. Well, science has proven the Bible dating (and that is a whole topic unto itself) to be completely wrong. If you want, look at all the scientists that are coming together in the integration work between spirituality and science. Michael Dowd hosts a lot of their work. There is a lot of work being done on both sides of the fence, and it is quite positive. One does not preclude the other! Yeah, the Santa Barbara thing is amazing. Thanks! rde
  17. Just saw this this a.m. --my buddy Mike Hill is getting in the news, again: Article here-Daily Mail
  18. That's because I have a thin skin. --Brant Yeah, I guess that is kind of how it works, if you think about it . . .
  19. I have, as many do, a love-hate relationship with television. I want it, and sometimes actually need it, but I don't have the time to let myself get too involved, which is addictive--you find yourself watching things which, while edifying, really aren't what you should be doing. And you have to watch a bunch of crap to get there. Even if you have a DVR box, you are now a slave to the FF button. The cable companies are savage rapists, and the satellite companies are really not much better. Mostly, I am interested in film, but of course look at many other things. Here in Florida, Comcast runs the game. They are the largest cable outfit, with the worst customer satisfaction. Still, looking around, we ended up bundling our phone, Internet, and TV with these hyper-priced bastards. It finally started coming to a head; service issues, weak programming, and sneaky cost increases. We developed the savage hate, and it was draining us dry cost-wise. During this time, we had set up a simple Netflix account, which we liked--watch a DVD, send it back, bingo, next one in the queue. They sent us a little ad about a company called Roku, and I began to look into it. Finally, Comcast did something or another to us and we ditched the cable. I decided to go for the Roku concept, and have never looked back. Roku is a web-based company. The tiny little box (of which you can use up to 6 of per household) starts at 59.95--a one-time purchase. All you need is an Internet connection, a wireless router, and a TV to go with it. Very, very easy to set up. I had a bit more trouble with my set up, in that I was using a newer wireless modem (Westell 7500), but they stepped me right through it. All I can tell you is that the variety is phenomenal. You really don't have to have a Netflix account, but that is nice, and cheap. Most of the channels are free, and the subscription ones average 1.99/month. There are things in there you just can't find on regular TV--very wide and deep. It is fast, reliable, and you can sport around the channels on your computer as well. You can even integrate your Facebook pictures into it, if you are into that kind of thing. It has been a wonderful experience, and it cut our cost down greatly. I highly recommend this product! rde
  20. A lot of the abduction stories can be attributed to sleep paralysis.
  21. It's a really good series. If you want to review the whole UFO situation, there are ample free resources. Two online over at Snag Films, for instance: Top 10 UFO Sightings The Best UFO Cases Ever Caught On Tape Snag Films is an excellent resource for documentaries, ranging across wide categories. --They have about 2100. rde
  22. Now don't go scaring the fellow, Michael . . .that could happen soon enough. This is great--someone with a fresh degree in international affairs! Welcome! rde
  23. Yeah, it is horrible. By the time I get out of bed, go to the bathroom, take out the dog, make coffee, then stumble back into the office I'm ready to call it a day.
  24. I loathed this. The destruction it caused was formidable. One thing that happens if you are a working musician is that you know you are about to get stuck doing the turd. It causes anxiety. Now, as to the suggestion of the Pat Boone/Crazy Train thing, I think that is a breach because it is Pat Boone that ruined it. As far as rockers go, Crazy Train is as good as any of them. BUT, here's one that might be suspect. I started thinking of it after I got done watching a documentary on Aleister Crowley. On the other hand, you can think of it as a novelty song. Jury out.