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Still Here. Still Nobody. Still Going Strong!

Still here.  Still here.

Thanks to those of you who have stuck around to read over the course of the last few weeks.  It’s been the best of times and the worst of times, but luckily, the worst of times were very short and are now getting more distant in life’s rear view mirror.

Of course, attitude wasn’t everything, but it was a big part of it, so with that being said, let’s move on in joy into 2013!  Can’t spend all our time lamenting.  Has to be some time in there for the good stuff.  I’m shooting for 98.56% good stuff.

So, the new year has brought some new news, some new surprises, and some of the same ol’ same ol’.  Has yours been the same?  I have a new recliner and a new bookcase.  There’s something for which to be thankful.  Some stones still haven’t moved, while others continue to roll on, even when I try to stop them!

President Obama was sworn in to another term and Vice President Biden also had his swearing in.  The NFL playoffs march on into another week, getting us closer to the Super Bowl which, for those of us who don’t give a hoot about either team, is really just a chance to watch 30 second commercials the cost of which could feed a poor country for weeks.

I continue to meet new people and re-connect with others I’ve not seen in a while.  Meditation techniques grow in new directions, with new techniques that help me to focus day by day.  I’m meeting cynics, skeptics, and believers, all of which only serve to drive home the notion that I am on the right path — nothing set in stone, but just trying to be that ol’ Citizen of the World.

I still dream of India.  I still wake up in my home city at 5:30am for work.  I still believe the yin-yang is one of the most beautiful metaphorical drawings ever created, and I’m finding myself more comfortable in my skin as days go on.

For those of you who care (and, surprisingly, for those who don’t), I want to give you the Nobody message for January 2013: Embrace your Nobody Nature to the fullest.  Cherish your ability to struggle in the daily grind without the benefit of prying eyes and paparazzi.  Know more and more each day that you are the trendsetter.  That fashion is only fashion because you wear it.  Top 40 is only Top 40 because you download it.  Movie starts only make it because you buy the tickets. I had occasion the other day, in my new recliner, to think about that message a little bit for myself.  I realized that when I turn the movies off and go sit for a while to meditate, I’m making a free and conscious choice that is not really informed by anything other than my own will.  Nobody’s watching.  Nobody’s reporting.  Nobody’s counting.

It’s just this Nobody experiencing.

I hope your 2013 is full of your own special brand of magic, your own special choices, and, most importantly, peace.  You are the world and you make it spin, so…enjoy!

Life Is a Lot Like the Kitchen…

I cooked today.  Cooked with a family member.  It wasn’t anything special.  Just something quick that we whipped up.  Lot of vegetables.  Lots of chicken.  Lots of green.  Lots of brown.  Lots of olive oil.  Lots of cheese.

It was fun!

Listened to some favorite music and got the whole thing prepared.  It’s nice to cook and listen to good tunes.  The time just flies by…except when it comes to the dishes.  Still haven’t figured out how to make that more pleasant.

But anyway, you know what?  It came out great.  The stir fry was crisp and the garlic toast was rich.  I mean, I’m nobody special (unlike those famous folks on The Food Network), but all things are equal at the stove, right?

I’d like to start doing more cooking and baking.  There’s something very satisfying about going through a series of steps and having it come out well.  You follow the directions as best you can, use the freshest ingredients, give it the ol’ college try, and enjoy the fruits of the labor.

Then again, what happens if it comes out wrong?  Is that the end of the world?

I donno.  I suppose cooking isn’t always about everything working out perfectly every time.  I guess activity in the kitchen is the same.  We enjoy it when it comes out right, cry a bit when it doesn’t work out, but always get back out there and try it again.  A dash of this, a pinch of that, a little spice, some sweet, a helping of sour.  If we don’t continually try to nourish ourselves, we starve.  And we can’t stop eating just because our appetite is spoiled.  No.  Have to keep at it — whether life is caviar or ramen noodles (especially when it’s ramen noodles).

I’ll need to eat again tomorrow.  Who knows what I’ll try?  Probably leftovers — otherwise known as the same ol’ same ol’.

Come to think of it, there’s something special about those too.

7/27 America’s Got Talent – Debra Romer, CJ Dippa, And Luigi Seno Headline

If it’s Tuesday, July 27 it’s the America’s Got Talent performances.

And it’s Tuesday, July 27.

And the talent was on display.

I watched the show with some family members tonight, and they don’t follow the show as closely as I do.  They did their share of tongue clicking as Piers Morgan’s brutal honesty destroyed more lives and shattered more dreams.

Karma sucks, Piers…and I do enjoy it when Howie calls you out.

Anyway, Harmonica Pierre, CJ Dippa, Polina Volchek, The Strange Familiar, Haspop, Luigi Seno, Chipps Cooney, Kaya and Sadie, Jeremy VanSchoonhoven, Debra Romer, and Studio One Young Beast Society gave it their all, and it was strangely…hit or miss.

Harmonica Pierre was certainly on, as always.  The guy is a harmonica master.  However, I’m just not sure America is going to go gaga for a 70-something watchmaker harmonica player.  And, that’s a shame.  But who knows?  Maybe I’ll be surprised tomorrow as I blog the results live.  I’d like to see this guy tour with Bob Dylan or U2.  Awesome.

Polina Volchek put on quite a display.  I disagree with Piers’s buzzer.  Volchek is quite a performer, and quite talented.  I’m sure she is a Cirque du Soleil performer at least a few nights a week!

The Strange Familiar picked a song that, honestly, I didn’t think highlighted them very well.  Cindy Lauper is Cindy Lauper and Time After Time was her genius.  I don’t know if Strange Familiar really could do that justice.  I keep hearing stirrings that she should dump him and go solo.  Argh.

Haspop…what can I say?  Anyone who can make themselves look that much like a marionette certainly deserves some votes.  Tonight he talked about leaving his family behind in his native France to pursue his dream, and I have to say, I think I will see him as I walk through the casinos of Vegas.  He doesn’t really need the show to be famous at this point.

Luigi Seno…Luigi, Luigi, Luigi…you were one of my big pics.  Why, oh why, didn’t you stick with that cool, luscious sound?  I hope you move through just so that I can hear what you bring the next time…just so that I can hold out hope that you will dazzle with that loose and free guitar style America loved, and I wish was in my iPod right now.

Chipps Cooney was another of my big pics.  After he finished his…performance…I looked at my viewing mates and said, “Howie is going to be crushed.  This was his guy.”  And, sure enough…I have felt from the beginning that this guy would have a looooooong career in a casino.  But after tonight?  Someone in the room here said, “Maybe it was just too much for him.  Maybe the spotlight and the moment just overtook him and he didn’t know what to do next after the tricks he did for his grandkids were done.”  Indeed.  Vegas, hear a Nobody now:  Hire this guy to walk around and do his act.  Forget about tonight…

Kaya and Sadie.  What can I say?  I think Howie Mandel and Piers Morgan really told America like it is…

Jeremy VanSchoonhoven continues to step it up.  The Wow! factor is there.  But the only thing I don’t like is that when I watch him, I’m afraid, quite honestly, that he is going to kill himself doing those tricks…and that’s why he’s probably going to move on.

Studio One Young Beast Society also brought the Wow!  Whether or not you are a fan of their genre you have to admit they are something amazing.  And you can tell they really want it.

Finally, Debra Romer.  She is still a big pick for me, but I thought that tonight she picked a…big song.  Really big.  And I’m not sure tonight was her best.  But Piers’s standing ovation?  His heaping praise?  I agree, Piers.  She is terrific.  Her voice and story are incredible.  I want her to move on.  But you sure were animated…for you.  Hmmm…

Tomorrow should be interesting.  I can’t really make a solid prediction, but I’d like to see Romer and Haspop move on.  What do you think?

Join us tomorrow as we blog the show live.

And keep on pursuing your dreams.