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Every person is in 3D. Nature is a cruel experimenter with variation. The variation is beyond our understanding. In trying to comprehend ourselves, we come up with 2D slices of ideology to try to explain patterns that we see. Then we write and read books about it. Eventually ideologies fail not because they are necessarily worthless, but because of their limitations. Staying open-minded and creating a tapestry of ideologies loosely sewn together can help a person make sense of what may be otherwise overwhelming. Everyone's tapestry is bound to be different. The problem with ideologies is their marriage to certainty. Beware of certainty. If you can understand a theory but not expect it to be the final answer, you can remain flexible and open to other points of view that also have value. They may even seem to contradict each other. Leave some room for uncertainty while knowing it goes against our nature. It's the irony of nature.

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zimmythegeek: "Indeed it is possible to stand with one foot on the inevitable banana peel of life with both eyes peering into the Great Beyond, and still be happy, comfortable, and serene - if we will even so much as smile."

Douglas Fairbanks was born on May 23, 1883.
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RnKris84: Great actor and amazing quote. 👩🏼‍⚕️💜
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MobiusTruth: "banana peel of life"
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chowomanishere: So true .....
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zimmythegeek to Hoople for President: Hoop, I thought you'd like this one.
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chowomanishere: Who is he?
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zimmythegeek: chowomanishere, Jordan Peterson. I was talking about him with a Wireclub friend, and I saw him a few years back and took this picture.
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chowomanishere: Nice my friend ....
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chowomanishere: The song put me in a nice mellow mood with ocean and sky in back round ....Thanks my friend ....
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RnKris84: She is lovely! 👩🏼‍⚕️💕
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chowomanishere: Srch thanks .....
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RnKris84: Her face looks run over! What a hideous, evil woman!
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chowomanishere: I agree Kris ... :O
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zimmythegeek in reply to chickabooms: This isn't mine, but my first car looked exactly like this. Gold 1972 Chevy Nova with a V8 engine.
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RnKris84: Gorgeous! 👩🏼‍⚕️💕
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chowomanishere: Nice car!!
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zimmythegeek: "You got to have a dream,
If you don't have a dream,
How you gonna have a dream come true?" Rodgers/Hammerstein - "Happy Talk", "South Pacific"
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zimmythegeek: One more. Isto & Son - I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch).
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chowomanishere: Baby was rocking and singing with daddy How sweet is that???? Thanks for sending the sites zimmy ...
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RnKris84 in reply to zimmythegeek: Adorable!!! 😄💕
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zimmythegeek: "I have four little boys, so I think a great deal about the kind of example I’m setting and the things I’d like to teach them. Right now it’s about not throwing mom’s homemade applesauce at the dachshund, but one of these days we’ll get around to some of the big issues. For some reason, one of them is on my mind today:

Rocky loses.

There’s some kind of “Mandela effect” thing going on with the plot of Sylvester Stallone’s 1976 masterpiece, a perfect, moody little film that has almost nothing in common with the sports juggernaut franchise it inspired. (Or, rather, had almost nothing in common with those films, until the recent Creed and Creed II.) Some of those later films were pretty good (don’t sleep on Rocky XXXVIII), but they were mostly more conventional sports movies.

The original Rocky is something different, but it has sunk so deep into the cultural bloodstream that the icon has to some extent supplanted the thing itself. On more than one occasion, I have heard somebody talking about the film clearly under the impression that Rocky Balboa, the hardworking underdog, trains hard, beats his hands bloody on some sides of beef, and then defeats sneering champion Apollo Creed in the big fight. But that isn’t what happens at all. Rocky is treated with contempt and condescension, written off as a joke opponent who has no business being in the ring with the heavyweight champion. Then he gets beaten to a pulp and loses the big fight.

And it is glorious.

Rocky’s vindication doesn’t come from victory; it comes from showing up, doing the work, going the distance, and enduring everything Creed throws at him. He demonstrates an important and often overlooked principle: You cannot humiliate a man who declines to be humiliated. You can beat him bloody, defeat him, deny him the fruits of victory—but he decides how to play his part.

It was Muhammad Ali who strutted around proclaiming, “I AM THE GREATEST!” Rocky can make no such boast: Beaten to the point of near-blindness and disfigurement, in the end he thinks of his friends and of the woman he loves. His victory cry is the anguished and exhausted: “Yo, Adrian!” (As with so many actors in Rocky, it is impossible to think of Adrian as anyone other than Talia Shire. But Susan Sarandon auditioned for the role, and was rejected on the grounds that she was too pretty.) Rocky doesn’t beat Apollo Creed; he masters himself and, in doing so, honors his family and his friends. Rocky’s friends are a pretty motley bunch—awkward, unattractive, failures in different ways, accents so thick that parts of the film practically need subtitles—but that friendship is the real subject of the film.

If you don’t know the real-life story of how Rocky got made, it’s worth appreciating. As hard as it is to believe, there was a time in American cinema when Sylvester Stallone was not a big deal. He was nobody when he wrote the Rocky script in three days after being inspired by Chuck Wepner’s surprising 15-round performance against Ali in 1975. Everybody had expected Wepner to go down ignominiously early in the fight, but he held on. (Unlike the fictitious Rocky, who was never knocked out, Wepner lost in a 15th-round TKO.) Everybody loved the Rocky script, and producers immediately started dreaming about making the film … with Burt Reynolds or Robert Redford in the lead. Stallone, who was not exactly independently wealthy, turned down some substantial cash offers and insisted that the film be made only with him as the star and—this part is sometimes underappreciated—the principal writer.

Stallone was fortunate to be friends with Henry Winkler, who at the time loomed large in American pop culture as the star of Happy Days, and Rocky was shepherded through to production by the Fonz himself. They kept the budget low—right around $1 million—to make the film they wanted without having to go through too much studio greenlighting. In a way, Stallone’s success as a filmmaker paralleled Rocky’s career in the ring. He held out when the people in charge thought he didn’t have it in him to be in the big show, did things the hard way, and persevered. But unlike Rocky, Stallone won in his first outing: Rocky won Best Picture at the Academy Awards that year, and it was nominated for a total of 10 Oscars, winning three. That’s what Stallone got for not taking the six-figure offer to sell Rocky to somebody who was going to have Burt Reynolds running around Philadelphia in his shorts.

But Stallone’s win and Rocky’s loss both were testaments to the same virtue: perseverance. And that is a virtue available to those of us who are not heroes: The guy who gets up every day and goes to a modest job and does good work because good work is the only kind of work worth the time is in the ring, too. Time and circumstance didn’t ask him to storm Omaha Beach. All anybody can ask is that he perseveres in the life he has.

It is important to the story that Rocky loses, but equally important is WHY he loses: Rocky loses to Apollo Creed because Apollo Creed is the better fighter. There isn’t any suggestion that Rocky was cheated or that he was treated unfairly or that the contest was—how do they put it?—“rigged.” (Part of the Rocky lore is that there is a secret final fight between Rocky and Creed to establish once and for all who is the superior boxer—and Creed wins, again.) Rocky wasn’t some overlooked gem. (The character gets shined up in the sequels, of course.) There is a reason Rocky came into the match as an underdog. He’s a small-time criminal (a collector for a mafia loan shark), an unglamorous man living a lonely life in an unglamorous city (the film’s urban geography was famously screwy, but few people have ever seen Philadelphia with as much sympathy and clarity as Rocky cinematographer James Crabe). The great transformative opportunity of his life was given to him by people who thought, not without good reason, that he was a chump, a forgettable piece of meat fit only to be abused for spectacle.

So Rocky’s stated ambition is modest: “All I wanted to prove was I weren’t no bum.” It’s a small thing. And it’s not a small thing."

- Kevin D. Williamson, "Rocky Loses" April 30, 2024

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chowomanishere: I kind of like the guy but then he says some dumb things ... :O
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zimmythegeek: Terry
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chowomanishere: You guys are the greatest thanks so much....
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zimmythegeek: You got to have a dream. If you don't have a dream, how you gonna make your dream come true?
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MobiusTruth: cute. nice little video.
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zimmythegeek in reply to MobiusTruth: I just recently discovered this guy. His name is Chris White. Beautiful voice and amazing guitar player. He sings everything from George Gershwin to Nirvana.
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zimmythegeek: My friend and former coworker Becky taught deaf and autistic children at the school where I work. She and I were members of a group which taught long-distance running to some of our older students, and we ran a ten-mile race together. I saw this song and thought of her.
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perplexing: I will take stupid over a meanie,any day. Now a stupid,meanie,is another matter, yikes! 😉
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zimmythegeek: My online friend Mikal bought this cup for his wife, and I've conversed with his wife, so I get it.
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perplexing in reply to zimmythegeek: I'd like them ; they have my kind of sense of humor
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chowomanishere: Always thinking my friend ....
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zimmythegeek: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.” The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.”
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China888: Yep, agree! ♥️
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zimmythegeek: My friend's cat giving the photographer the stinkeye.
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China888: Putty Cat ♥️♥️♥️
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zimmythegeek: "You didn't have to be so nice. I would have liked you anyway." YouTube
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RnKris84: Omg how adorable!! Both of you!! 👩🏼‍⚕️💕
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chowomanishere: Thanks Kris to you and zimmy
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chowomanishere: Love always from me to you zimmy and Kris ....
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zimmythegeek: I am sharing these thoughts from a beautiful online friend:

I think that's the problem....this life matters, that life matters.... stop dividing ourselves, damn it. Why isn't it ALL lives matter? No, really. Stop looking at the past....picking out all the injustices and seeing all the differences. Why not celebrate the differences, instead? Then come together, bringing our all individual qualities to the world. Black lives DO matter. Native lives, white lives, brown lives.... ALL life matters. Even Mother Nature's life matters. The animals, the ecosystem...."LIFE" matters. Not just the humans. If we start applying that sentiment to everything we do, and everyone we encounter, we truly will change the world to a better place for all. We will evolve into something wonderful. Using hate and division to fight hate and division, isn't just a waste of time. It's downright stupid! Useless. We are all different....embrace it. Grow from it. Just a thought.
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zimmythegeek to chowomanishere: chowomanishere, how are you doing? I haven't seen you in a while
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zimmythegeek: So though I'm not a great romancer,
I know that you're bound to answer
When I propose.
Anything goes. YouTube
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zimmythegeek: My online friend Libby Glover, who is an amazing musician, participated in this fundraising event for Ukraine, which among other things, raises money to rebuild the destroyed homes of the victims of the war. You can see her perform in this video at 14:30. If you have some money to spare, please follow the link to the donation site. www.facebook.com/mustardsretreat/videos/1256136858446073/
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zimmythegeek: Southern Florida, New Year's Eve 1999. Last day of the 20th century.
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