Monday, September 06, 2004

Eve Of Destruction, Tax Deduction

There was a show on when I lived in the states called 'Connections', showing how a bunch of seemingly isolated inventions and events were in some way connected. A lot of their dots were connected rather tenuously, others were glossed over because to fully explore the interplay between ideas and influences would take hours to connect just two dots. Cool show, hope its still around.
One of my favorite hobbies is trying to find similar notes between whatever books I have recently read. Two or three unrelated books will all touch a common topic or theme in some small way. I like to look at these as little messages. Some of these connections may be the effect of the "classics" or an earlier writer who influenced many after. While three unrelated books may have a reference to The Lord of The Rings simply because it is a part of the culture, the fact that i read these three in a row is enough for me to call it a dot.
For about a week and a half CCR was at the top of my playlist, playing "Have You Seen The Rain?" daily at least. For the last few days The Temptations have been in constant play. The seven minute "Poppa Was a Rollin Stone" always gets my dorky ass movin, thankfully most often while I am alone. "Ball Of Confusion" has a few lines in the 'unshakable jingles' part of my brain, one being the title of this post. Yesterday I realized what they meant to me. We are in the same position as a planet as we were back then.(The names have been changed to protect the guilty...) or (SSDD). But where I am right now makes the destruction seem more personal. My location also negates the tax demon from my bonus for reenlisting. They wanted to have me recommitted on Sept 11, but I know a publicity stunt when I see one. I am sure they will have a group there, and a crowd, and I would just as soon re-up in a dark room with no hoopla. I understand that bringing attention to who is staying in is used to encourage others, who always hear everyone talk about "F#&% That!, I'm getting out" (most of whom end up signing too.) My nature is to keep a low profile, and I will be reenlisting with a friend and an excellent young officer.
The other line is "...people all over the world, are shouting 'End the war!', and the band played on." Yeah the band could be the politicians and other players who keep on with their oily practices with no regard for the Peoples cries. But from where I stand, the band is me, my fellow soldiers, and the people over here who believe their efforts will result in a better Iraq. The band is also the Iraqi people, the police and defense force we work with, the students and teachers, the mothers and fathers, who know the value of their new situation, and realize that with hard work and responsibility they will once again be a country that others seek to emulate. I look at my maps and dream about these names... Babylon, Nineveh, Shanidar, Nimrud, Ur...
I've got to thank 91Ghost, I am sure that putting my link next to CB's on his post has tripled my visitors. I will try to post more often to return the favor.
I have a lightheartedness today, that comes from surviving personal trials (or possibly from watching Kate Hudson prance around in "Almost Famous"). We are all surrounded by creatures of evil and malice. I have recently survived a bout of their attention. May you survive your ordeals and be kissed with awareness and appreciation while in the peaceful eye of the storm.


At 8:13 AM, Blogger ~Jen~ said...

Ahhh...Almost of my favorite movies...DON'T DO DRUGS!!!!!!!


I've got Ball of Confusion stuck in my head....that's what the world is today...uh hey hey...

Paint it Black by the Stones always gets me moving. So does Pinball Wizard by The Who.

Did you see CB posted again? Very excited about that.

Very excited to see you posted again too!!!

At 8:31 AM, Blogger exfbonnie said...

Could you send me your e-mail?


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