Something G-d Intended To Happen
In truckdriver code, ten twenty four means you don’t have any more stops to make. It is time to return to the base. What that means to a slack blogger, sitting in an outdoor office with nothing to say, is a good question. Maybe you just need to narrow your focus a bit.
There is a story in the first part of Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. A writing teacher is trying to get a class to write, and he asks them to write about the coins in their pocket. This got no response, so he asked them to write about a penny. This got nowhere, so he asked them to write about the letters on the head side of the penny. This is what got the class into action. (This is close to the story in the book, but not an exact copy.)
There is no penny handy at the moment, but there is a nickel. Once, PG was in the kitchen of the Sea Haven Hostel, in Seattle WA. A gentleman, whose primary language was not english, asked PG “do you have a nig ga, a five cent piece?” PG did not have the requested coin, but he did tell the gentleman to be very, very careful how he said those two syllables.
The nickel is fatter than the other coins, and has a smooth edge. On the head side, there is a man with a ponytail, who we are led to believe is Thomas Jefferson. The third POTUS enjoys a good reputation in history, which would be rather surprising to some of the other “Founding Fathers”.
Arguably, Mr. Jefferson is not an FF. While he did transcribe the Declaration of Independence, he was in Europe during the Constitutional Convention. This is about the time when Mr. Jefferson first hooked up with Sally Hemings.
On the left side of the coin is the phrase IN G-D WE TRUST. It is in all caps, and the G word is spelled out. The ponytail man is looking at these words. The mouth is beside the space between G-D and WE. His nose is pointing at WE. (How typical of government to have it’s nose in the middle of WE.) The eye looks at the first T of trust.
On the wig side is the word LIBERTY, a five pointed star, 1998, and a capital D. The four digits are the date the coin was produced, and the D means it was coined in Denver. The star is in the middle, parallel to where the ear is covered by hair. The middle on the left side is the upper right serif of W. Perhaps the third POTUS is looking down his nose at W.
Having the innertubes on your writing machine is both a blessing and a curse. In the last few paragraphs, the browser corrected the spelling of Hemings, and confirmed the whereabouts of Mr. Jefferson during the Constitutional Convention. The down side is the loss of concentration. Facebook is a constant temptation. Today’s sensation is a Repub with the curious name of Mourdock.
The gentleman was pandering to the Repub obsession with abortion. The lips were moving, which is never a good sign for Republicansduring an election. “The only exception I have to have an abortion is in that case of the life of the mother,I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen.”
The sun is moving into a place where the light bouncing off the background is making the screen tough to see. Perhaps the work should go inside. Before it does, there should be a review of the Zen Motorcycle book. Don’t waste your money October 6, 2012 RichP I’ve been wanting to read this for years. I’m both a MC rider and a “child” of the 60′s and early 70′s. A harder reading bunch of crap I’ve never seen. Either write a true MC manual or true “this is my philosophy” book.
PG actually had his eyes on every word in “Zen” at some time in the early nineties. The story of the book is fairly easy to follow. When Mr. Pirsig starts to talk about Aristotle, Plato, and quality, it becomes incomprehensible. Maybe someday another try will be made. There is a library full of books that are more fun to read.
Pictures are from “The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.
This was written like Gertrude Stein.