>Que Sera…

>Well things have been.. interesting.

Just to give you guys a quick recap of the past couple of months, its been one hell of a roller coaster. Ive realised that I cant do things like a normal person should (Im not even going to begin arguing about what “normal” is right now.. dont have the time.) Lets break this down:
Down side – New jobs been intense and crazy, work pouring in and out and no time for much outside of it (and little mental energy there even when time permits..).
On the plus side my writing career seems to be in the up for now, publishing and some semblance of niche level fame is likely in the near future. πŸ™‚
Now in line with my pendulous fortune, I am on the road to becoming a published comic/graphic novel writer and thus one step closer to getting the life I want, but the artist Ive found who is perfect for me in all ways i can think of right now – including being on a great mental wavelength together – just happens to live in a country far, far away.. and not a place like the US where these things exist and its relatively easy to set up things like this. No, I had to find one in Croatia. What are the odds?
Again, down side – my youngling, my little idiot, my dog died recently. Im grateful that he hung on as long as he did, he had been ill many times over the years – mostly because of a bastard excuse for a vet who put him in a coma and nearly killed him, but thats another story – and had arthiritis but during his last week he had been looking healthier, happier and been more playful than in a long time and Ive seen dogs with arthiritis that have had to be put down and Im grateful that he went quietly in his sleep. In my view thats as much as most people can hope for…
Heres a couple of pictures for the dog lovers among you, this was a dog that I raised since he was small enough to fit in my palm. πŸ˜€
This is him in a standard “Im just gonna use you as my pillow and chill” pose..This one’s a classic that my sis had to use my crappy phone camera to get, my dog and me both on the floor, fast aleep side by side.

Back to more good things now!
I recently went on a self-renewal bender, decided I needed to get the fuck out and find something to do to revitalise my mind and spirit – there’s a great many things I love about the city, dont get me wrong a major part of me is a city boy, but in my heart I love simpler things.
So pretty last minute plans were made and 5 of us decided to just pack our bags and jump ship and so we found ourselves in Kashmir for 2 weeks (thats 2 weeks vacation that I didnt use at all the whole of last year so it turns out my choice to not take stupid little holidays here and there worked!). It was two weeks of utter and total bliss and heaven.
For the first time in a long time I felt home. Just at peace and able to hear the voices in my head again! πŸ˜‰ I read again, calmed the inner me, wrote a little, fished, sang around a campfire, trekked, took amazing photographs.. no phone, no tv, no news, no nothing.. make no mistake, its true what they say when they call Kashmir gods own country.
Three years since my last visit and it took my breath away. I wish I was there right now.. (you could tell? no shocker there!)

But I intend to repeat (hopefully) the success of my last travel journal to Egypt and give you guys a travelogue of my time there, complete with pictures and anecdotes (that I can remember) so stick around in the days to come.

On to other things than my personal life:

I notice that people are uptight, stressed, over heated (well with a heatwave on in most of the country thats hardly surprising) thanks to generally high temperatures everywhere, scared still – and stiff in some cases – by the way things around the world dont really seem to get much better in a case of ‘one step forward-two steps back’ and its not looking to improve anytime.

Between Iran, Maoists in Bengal, recession, blah, blah, blah… I think we’re killing ourselves somewhat and thats really pissing off..
I mean Ive seen some pretty shitty things, but over time Ive started becoming more and more chilled about it, a little ambivilant admittedly and less stressed. Ive reached and crossed over the philosophical hurdle of mortality, I dont really care about it anymore and being more or less an aetheist Im not worried about what comes next – on that Im very ‘Ce la Vei’ kids.
Lifes short and in many ways its cliche but true that life is what it is.

Marcus Aurelius said in his Meditations, “If god exists, we need not worry. If he does not, then we need not be aimless.” (forgive any error in text, this is as close as my memory of it is at the moment, its been awhile..)
But I want you guys to think on this. Life is what it is and you cant change a whole lot of things, but that doesnt mean you just let it happen to you, you cant fight it without sacrificing a lot, but you can also choose to pick your battles, be true to who you are and live simple but happy. To be at the end of your life without regret or sorrow about how you lived and what you were. Can anyone ask for more?

Enough lecturing, Im going to leave you guys with a song Ive grown very fond of by one of my favourite bands ever that I hope you will all like. Sorry the music player is gone but it was a pain, if you guys want me to put up more music, let me know and Ill do so more often in the future. Enjoy the music and get a laugh out of the smart-ass epigrams I collected for you guys that have been posted below – if it makes you laugh, its always a good thing! πŸ˜‰



See, the problem is that God gave men a brain and a penis, but only enough blood to run one at a time.
– Robin Williams

I believe that sex is one of the most beautiful, natural, wholesome things that money can buy.
– Tom Clancy

You know that “look” women get when they want sex? Me neither.
– Steve Martin

Having sex is like playing bridge. If you dont have a good partner, you’d better have a good hand.
– Woody Allen

Bisexuality immediately doubles your chances for a date on saturday night.
– Rodney Dangerfield

Sex at age 90 is like trying to shoot pool with a rope.
– George Burns

My mother never saw the irony in calling me a son-of-a-bitch.
– Jack Nicholson

Clinton lied. A man might forget where he parks or where he lives, but he never forgets oral sex, no matter how bad it is.
– Barbara Bush (and you didnt think Babs had a sense of humour did you?)

Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place.
– Billy Crystal

According to a new survey, women say they feel more comfortable undressing in front of men than they do undressing in front of other women. They say that women are too judgemental, where of course men, are just grateful.
– Robert DeNiro

Instead of getting married again, Im just going to find a woman I dont like and just give her a house.
– Rod Stewart

Ah, yes, divorce. From the Latin, meaning to rip out a mans genitals through his wallet.
– Robin Williams

8 Comments Add yours

  1. >Wow , that's alot in one post – I'm still catching my breath. Well done on getting a step closer , to making a dream happen. Sorry about your dog – loyal friends are few. I'm totally jelous about Kashmir and the spontaneous trip – I hope you share pics soon πŸ™‚

  2. Shadowthorne says:

    >:) Thought you were dead or tired of blogging. Welcome back from where ever you creep from.Sorry about the dog too. If I were you, I'd burn the vet's clinic. I got a male ferret in your absence. He's a riot! :)And what are these sex jokes for? Are you trying to tell me you cannot find good sex in Kashmir? lol

  3. The Dude says:

    >@desert demonsI know its a lot but then again its been a while since Ive posted so I guess a long post was in order. πŸ˜€ Thanks, Im trying to be cool and patient and let it all develop but patience is truly not an easy thing to maintain. …And yes, as I said, I will be putting a small travelogue about my trip up here starting with the next post and as you might see from my earlier travel tales, pictures are included. ;)@shadowthornewell I wasnt tired of blogging, just been a little tired in general and I would keep thinking of things to post about but it was a procrastination thing.. something you like suffers because of all the stuff you have to do, you know? I was very tempted to do something to that damn vet, but restrained at the time, it was many years ago but these things take their toll. And congrats on the ferret btw, I think they are real fun!As far as the sex jokes go, well yes you can find good sex in kashmir but its bloody hard given that its a relatively more low key and conservative in some ways and its got the small town vibe where everyone knows everyone so.. But that aside, basically sex jokes are always funny, I found a bunch of these that amused me and middle of the week I was feeling like a laugh – figured anyone who reads the blog could use one too. Cheers..

  4. >woah that is long and many things included! First things first, I'm so sorry about the dog, I can't imagine how you feel. And ya you should totally burn the vet's clinic, which reminds who is training the goddamn vets in this country? THey give medicines by trial and error, and most actually make the pets suffer more. I've heard so many freak cases, its pissing off. Kashmir sounds kickass, I've been dying to put together people who'd want to go there, went there as a kid and don't remember anything. Ya I saw this thing on Discovery about people in tropics being more stressed and hyper, there's some data on how more road rage happens in delhi during summer, can't blame the junta I guess, I know I'm close to killing someone whenever I step out in this weather ;)And great luck for the novel! Sounds kickass…and Croatia is good, know a lot of freaks from there. He'll be good for you

  5. Utopia says:

    >:-). I liked the long long post. πŸ˜€

  6. The Dude says:

    >@lostlittlegirlthanks, means a lot.. some time has passed but I still have moments where I forget he's gone.If you get a chance, definately go to Kashmir, if not all of it, see as much as you can, worth it. And thanks, I hope everything works out and I can retire from the 9-5 sometime soon. :D@Utopiathanks! πŸ™‚

  7. Su says:

    >The problem with sex is, those that are good at it are busy honing their skills while those that aren't good at it, I wish they honed their skills – elsewhere.

  8. The Dude says:

    >Nice one Su!

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