Poem: Barbed Wire

Dreaming of a money miracle with ten million dollars in the bag.

Running toward the finish line and the yellow line in sight.

Growing thick barbed wire on the sides as a full blown nightmare.

Dropping the bag, the only option and such a shameful sight.

Stuffing a few packs down pants and shirt, losing it all.

Waking up from a bad dream with empty hands.

One Coloring Many Times

Journal Entry Type #50: What are Possessions? How Many Do You Need?

When I visited my parents a few years back and got the regular flu, I was never able to go through my past books and recommend some of them. I am able to do it now because my parents are moving houses (surprisingly moving into a bigger not smaller one) and must get rid of some stuff (theirs and mine). I went painstakingly through all my books, two hours worth, stating what I wanted to keep and what I was willing to depart with and have someone else read them. It was easier than I thought as many were past school books and books I will never read again. Karl Marx? Probably not. Sociology? Probably not. Criminology? Probably not. Self help books? Probably not. Feminism? Probably not. Art books? Probably not. If I lived in a large house with a larger study, I would be more apt to keep every one of them. Even though I decided to part ways, these books are still worthy to read. There is no going back except with one of them. It sells for $60 to $125 for a used copy and I’d rather keep it than have no one read it and possibly thrown away. Now, someone else has a chance to read them or horde them or learn from them. I’d say out of all the fiction books, Hitman was the best and out of the non-fiction, Stiffed. It’s a new time for me in a way. I’m learning to let things go (mentally and physically). If you need more proof, I got rid of some Stephen King and Anne Rice books and that’s obscene in a way. Out with the old and in with the new.

Journal Entry Type #49: How Long Does It Take You to Stop Remembering Something?

I posted a blog about made for TV movies. I included most every one of them I saw and remembered. This was back in February 2019. Guess what? About a month after I wrote, I thought about the story of the Stolpa’s. They were a young married couple with a baby and they got stuck in a winter storm. They were rescued after James Stolpa walked 50+ miles to find help. All of them survived minus a few toes on James and Jennifer and their baby, Clayton, suffered no damage. They never made it to Idaho and while they were stranded in Nevada for eight days, they recovered in a California hospital. So, the moral of this blog is two fold. Be prepared if you are going on a road trip especially during the winter in rocky terrain. You never know what might happen. The second thing is if you remember something else, it’s probably best to write about it so then a year and four months later you aren’t writing about it like I am right now. It was made into a TV movie in the early 1990s and while Jean Claude Van Damme and Demi Moore never played the real Stolpas (their picks), Neil Patrick Harris and Kelli Williams more resembles the actual people. If anything, it highlights the will to survive.

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Random GIFs as GIFS

When you’ve eaten too many snacks and can’t fit through the door.

When the wind blows your mouth around and you look goofy.

When you’d rather do it your way because it’s easier.

When the floor is too slippery and you make the fall count for something.

When you have coordination and back it up on the runway.

When runway fashion is different from the rest of fashion and wonder if you’ll ever see it on the street.

When you’re incredibly close to moving objects and still remain alive.

When Tom Petty was a great musician and still is even though he’s gone.

When baby cakes are just as weird as this but not as disturbing.

When you want to be expressive but not like Jim Carrey.

When this reminds you love sculpture and want to do it again.

When you realize you can’t pause or stop time and accept it.

When you just want to go to sleep and actually do it.

More You Know: Astrology

Unlike natural and applied sciences, astrology is thought of as a pseudoscience to some people.  The beliefs of astrology center around information about humans in relation to celestial cycles and astrological signs.  There are twelve Western signs, known as the zodiac, and related to constellations in the sky.

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Western Signs

The signs are in the order of Aries (Ram), Taurus (Bull), Gemini (Twins), Cancer (Crab), Leo (Lion), Virgo (Maiden), Libra (Scales), Scorpio (Scorpion), Sagittarius (Archer/Centaur), Capricorn (Goat), Aquarius (Water bearer), and Pisces (Fish). 

Every sign is linked to the four elements of Water (negative), Fire (positive), Earth (negative), and Air (positive).  Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius are linked to fire.  Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are linked to air.  Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn are linked to earth.  Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are linked to water. 

There are three modalities Cardinal belongs to Aries, Cancer, Libra, Capricorn.   Fixed belongs to Taurus, Leo, Scorpio, and Aquarius.  Mutable belongs to Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius, and Pisces.

As you can see below, each element has three signs and each modality has four signs.

What are the dates and ruling bodies of each sign?  Here they are and will start with beginning of Aries and end with Pisces. 

Aries is from March 21 to April 20 and ruled by Mars and opposite is Libra.

Taurus is from April 21 to May 20 and ruled by Venus and opposite is Scorpio.

Gemini is from May 21 to June 21 and ruled Mercury and opposite is Sagittarius.

Cancer is from June 22 to July 22 and ruled by the Moon and opposite is Capricorn.

Leo is from July 23 to August 23 and ruled by the Sun and opposite is Aquarius.

Virgo is from August 24 to September 21 and ruled by Mercury and opposite is Pisces.

Libra is from September 22 to October 22 and ruled by Venus and opposite is Aries.

Scorpio is from October 23 to November 21 and ruled by Pluto and opposite is Taurus.

Sagittarius is from November 22 to December 21 and ruled by Jupiter and opposite is Gemini.

Capricorn is from December 22 to January 20 and ruled by Saturn and opposite is Cancer.

Aquarius is from January 21 to February 19 and ruled by Uranus and opposite of Leo.

Pisces is from February 20 to March 20 and ruled by Neptune and opposite of Virgo.

Other cultures follow astrology a little differently and the most notable ones are Mayan, Vedic, Celtic, and Chinese.  The Celtic and Chinese animal signs are below.

Celtic Signs

December 24 to January 20 is a deer or stag.

January 21 to February 17 is a cat.

February 18 to March 17 is a snake or adder.

March 18 to April 14 is a fox.

April 15 to May 12 is a bull or cow.

May 13 to June 9 is a seahorse.

June 10 to July 7 is a wren.

July 8 to August 4 is a horse.

August 5 to September 1 is a salmon.

September 2 to September 20 is a swan.

September 30 to October 27 is a butterfly.

October 28 to November 24 is a hound or wolf.

November 25 to December 23 is a hawk.

Chinese Signs

There are twelve signs and are based on year.  The signs are Boar, Dog, Rooster, Monkey, Sheep, Horse, Snake, Dragon, Rabbit, Tiger, Ox, and Rat.  Every sign is linked to the five elements of Metal, Earth, Fire, Water, and Wood.

Tiger is from first lunar month, from February 4 to March 5, and no match with Monkey.

Rabbit is from second lunar month, from March 5 to April 4, and no match with Rooster.

Dragon is from third lunar month, from April 5 to May 4, and no match with Dog.

Snake is from fourth lunar month, from May 5 to June 5, and no match with Pig.

Horse is from fifth lunar month, from June 6 to July 6, and no match with Rat.

Goat is from sixth lunar month, from July 7 to August 6, and no match with Ox.

Monkey is from seventh lunar month, from August 7 to September 7 and no match with Tiger.

Rooster is from eight lunar month, from September 8 to October 7, and no match with Rabbit.

Dog is from ninth lunar month, from October 8 to November 6, and no match with Dragon.

Pig is from tenth lunar month, from November 7 to December 6, and no match with Snake.

Rat is from eleventh lunar month, from December 7 to January 5, and no match with Horse.

Ox is from twelfth lunar month, from January 6 to February 3, and no match with Goat.

As you can see below, each element has three signs and each modality has four signs.

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Poem: I Give You a Promise

(Before you read my newest poem as it came to me as I was revising my old ones, does anyone know how to select everything on a post in order to make the words black not gray? I’m having one hell of a time with this and it’s highly annoying when I write in Word. Maybe, I should just upload it like a normal person, but I’d rather not do it that way. If anyone has any pointers, let me know because I use copy and paste. I don’t know why it transfers this way, but I’m much too tired to change every line right now. First world problems, right?)

Show yourself to me.

You wicked one who hides behind the trees.

Hear my words, I give you a promise.

My sword shall not be drawn until I see your yellow eyes.

I will slay your ugly face in the bellies of the shadows.

We will battle once more when they appear.

Beast and man as my father did many times before.

Let me see your battle scars under the blue sky.

Hear my words, I give no respect until I see your yellow eyes.

Don’t delay your revenge for those who killed your kind.

Let our encounter speak for itself.

Your wickedness has tormented my heart long enough.

I don’t desire to slay your ugly body anymore than you do mine.

My hand is on my sword ready for battle.

Hear my words, those yellow eyes of yours will soon be mine.

Photos: Sand and Pine Cones

Instead of devoting the whole day to writing, I put sand in bottles and liked how the light was coming through the blinds so I took a picture. I also colored after work yesterday and now, I’m going to return to my rewriting but wanted to post these. It was mighty hot outside and it’s finally going to be in the 90s this week instead of 100s. Getting ready for another busy week, but at least I will get the next three weekends all to myself.

TV Episode Recommendation: World’s Biggest Great White?

One of my dreams is to swim with sharks especially Great White sharks. Whether that actually happens remains to be seen, but it will probably just play out in my mind how awesome it would be for a while. This episode was part of Shark Week on National Geographic in 2019. The footage of three female Great Whites off the coast of Hawaiian island, Waikiki, was amazing to watch even on the screen and the photos the divers captured were what I’d call crispy clear. The divers/photographers were Kimberly Jeffries, Mark Mohler and Andrew Gray with Dr. Christopher Lowe who spoke of the eating behaviors of sharks among other things. It’s not hard to believe, but there is a pecking order when eating with sharks. After the encounters, they realized one of the sharks was Deep Blue based on her markings. She was around 20 feet or 6.1 meters and about 50 years old. She didn’t move as fast as other sharks due to her size and the divers thinking she was pregnant. People often think the Great White is the most aggressive shark but that belongs to the Bull shark. It reaches 7 to 11.5 feet or 2.1 to 3.5 meters and weighs 200 to 500 pounds or 91 to 225 kilograms and unlike most other sharks, they don’t mind freshwater and live in highly populated areas. Therefore, the chance for increased attacks on humans but all in all the chances of getting bitten or killed by a shark is 1 in 3.75 million chance. Putting this in perspective, you have around a 1 in 3.02 million chance of winning the Mega Millions and 1 in 2.93 chance of winning the Powerball jackpot. You basically have a better chance of having an extra finger or toe which is around 1 in 1,000 so there you go.

Now that you watched the short video of Deep Blue, here are the five largest living and prehistoric sharks ever to swim in the oceans.

LIVING SHARKS

  1. Tiger shark can get up to 16.5 feet or 5 meters and weighs between 850 to 1,400 pounds or 353 to 635 kilograms. It feeds on fish, mollusks, jellyfish, marine mammals, turtles, sea snakes, and other sharks.
  2. Pacific Sleeper shark can get up to 23 feet or 7 meters and weighs between 700 to 1900 pounds or 317 to 861 kilograms. It feeds on fish, mollusks, and squid.
  3. Great White shark can get up to 20 feet or 6.1 meters and weighs around 5,000 pounds or 2,267 kilograms. It feeds on fish, marine mammals, and seabirds.
  4. Basking shark can get up to 33 feet or 10 meters and weighs around 35,838 pounds or 16,256 kilograms. It feeds on plankton.
  5. Whale shark can get up to 33 feet or 10 meters and weighs around 41,000 pounds or 18,597 kilograms. It feeds on plankton and small fish.

PREHISTORIC SHARKS

  1. Cretoxyrhina or Ginsu shark could get up to 24 feet or 7.3 meters. They had long sharp teeth and ate fish, marine animals, and dinosaurs.
  2. Pychodus shark could get up to 33 feet or 10 meters. Their teeth were flat and ate mollusks and shellfish.
  3. Otodus shark could get up to 39 feet or 11.8 meters. They also had sharp teeth and ate mainly whales.
  4. Helicoprion shark could get up to 39 feet or 11.8 meters. Their teeth were coiled in order crush prey easily.
  5. Megalodon shark could get up to 59 feet or 17.9 meters. Their long teeth ate whales and their bite force was projected to be 40,000 psi. Putting this into perspective the Nile crocodile has a bite force of 5,000 psi and the Tyrannosaurus Rex had a projected bite of 10,000 psi.
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