A Message in a Bottle

A lot of you have seen the cartoon.  A man shipwrecked on a desert island writes a letter requesting help, seals it in a bottle and throws it into the ocean.  The punch line varies based on the philosophy or the humor of the cartoonist.  Maybe a bottle washes up with a sarcastic reply or maybe he is rescued and one day finds his bottle floating up to his home port or maybe his own bottle returns to him unanswered or maybe some pirates or cannibals find it and come to finish him off.  But the idea of sending out a cry for help to the world is a powerful concept.  It appeals to our feeling of solidarity with humanity.

In a way this blog is somewhat like that.  Trapped in my little corner of blue state America it’s easy to feel isolated and trapped.  Of course, that’s not completely true.  I have my friends and family and acquaintances that align with my way of looking at the world (for the most part).  And I can read the right-wing websites and even watch some of the non-leftist content on a few outlets that still haven’t cancelled it.

But in a lot of ways the world I remember is being erased and my world is contracting.  Thirty years ago public radio used to be fairly entertaining.  Now it would be like listening to fingernails on a chalk board.  I used to like watching a ball game occasionally.  Now it’s just another chance to insult me.  They’ve whittled away the things that made life fun.  Even the movies have become unwatchable.  And I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one who feels this way.

So, I had to invent my own game, my own fun.  I look at the world and I write out my thoughts and I put it into the bottle and I hit the enter key and it travels around the world and sometimes I get an answer.  It could be a yep or a nope or a pat on the back or even occasionally a middle finger but it’s an answer, it’s a voice, it’s an affirmation that the rest of you are out there.  It means I exist.  You comment, therefore I am.

So that’s the secret of this blog.  You all are the power source that make this blog work for me.  I get my motivation, my validation from your presence.  Even those who don’t comment but come back every week or every day or even several times a day reinforce my reason to write.  Sure, part of it is that I just enjoy the mental exercise of reasoning about the things going on in this crazy time we live in.  There’s value in figuring things out on paper (or pixels) and I think better when I write things down and I enjoy posting my reviews and my photos.  But I mostly enjoy sending out my thoughts and ideas out into the internet ocean and getting some bottles floating back with some replies.

So thanks to all you folks out there who show up and read my notes on the shores of this infinite ocean.  It’s nice knowing you’re out there and don’t be afraid to say hello if you have the urge to do so.  I can always use the company.  It’s an awfully big ocean.

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Bigus Macus
Bigus Macus
1 month ago

Thanks for your efforts, I enjoy your writing, and the pictures.

War Pig
War Pig
1 month ago

I agree about the movies for the most part. Until yesterday that last two movies I have watched in the cinema were Godzilla King Of The Monsters and Godzilla vs King Kong. I happen to be a big Godzilla fan since childhood. I don’t care for Disney’s Marvel Universe movies. I did, however, go see the new Disney movie Jungle Cruise. yesterday in the cinema. My nice wanted to see it so I took her as she hates to go alone. More on that in a minute. It wasn’t a bad movie, in fact I rather enjoyed it. The Rock… Read more »

Tyler, the Portly Politico
Reply to  War Pig

Whoa! That story is crazy. I wouldn’t know how to handle that kind of insanity if I encountered it in real life. Sounds like you and your hot (uh, I mean, attractive) niece handled it well.

War Pig
War Pig
1 month ago

Oh, she’s hot alright. But she’s focused on her college degree and has no real time for boys. That’s why she asks me to take her to the movies and other places. She’s not into LGBT, she’s straight, just focused. Having me with her keeps the silly boy-men from bothering her and I am not her father so she prefers that. Never thought we’d have to deal with such a Karen, though. My grandson is equally focused. Besides, he says that if you date a girl and break it off before she wants to, you’ll find yourself accused of sex… Read more »

Tyler, the Portly Politico
Reply to  War Pig

Yeah, dating has devolved into a real cesspool. The Pound Me Too stuff just made it even worse. I’m glad I got out of that world when I did.

War Pig
War Pig
1 month ago
Reply to  photog

Actually, I was polite at first, explaining calmly that this was my niece and she backed it up. When Karen did not back down I got my dander up, but still, I had the concession kids call the police instead of pushing her down or something worse. I always try politeness first. Not because I am afraid of others, but because I am afraid of me. I know what I can do because of what I have done and I hate to release the savage berserker from his closely guarded cell in my mind. He is not pretty and cares… Read more »

War Pig
War Pig
1 month ago
Reply to  photog

Her intentions were good, but not her judgment.

Tyler, the Portly Politico

I feel very much the same way about blogging, photog. It’s a creative and emotional outlet as much as it is an intellectual one. We all need to vent, especially in this age, but it’s nice to know others like us are out there.

Chemist
Chemist
1 month ago

Photog, you are correct about the movies. I recently wrote the below to a friend and they are seeing the same thing: It seems that the mega entertainment corporations hate their customers so much that they are happy to commit suicide just to hurt their customers. A crazy statement? Hear me out: The latest Star Wars trilogy featured all female leads (The poor black dude who featured large in the first movie was a tertiary character at best in the second two.) “OK, fine,” I thought. “The force can be used by male and female. No big deal. On with… Read more »

War Pig
War Pig
1 month ago
Reply to  Chemist

Tom Baker will always be Dr Who to me. Just as John Wayne will always be Rooster Cogburn, Bela Lugosi will always be the best Count Dracula and Godzilla will always be King of the Monsters.

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