Monday, July 28, 2008

Pilot bearing

I am sitting here waiting for time to go by so that I can pick up the Volvo clutch parts that are being delivered to the parts store.

Then the rest of the day will consist of straining my back and getting very dirty.

I invited an old friend to become a facebook friend, but because her middle name is GAY, they gave her a ration.

Why does the lowest interpretation have such power?
GAY means happy, cheerful, light hearted.
It also refers to homosexuality.

None of these things is offensive.

What is offensive is making something ugly out of it.

It's these "moralists" who make the world ugly.

I remember an interview with some porn hater who compared "legitimate" (church approved, I guess) sex with porn.

He said that porn was like a "sewer" and the other was like a "beautiful fountain"

Obviously didn't have much experience with either.

What can turn a fountain into a sewer?
How about covering it up and pretending it doesn't exist.
How about calling it names like "dirty" "disgusting" "evil" or "immoral"?

Clean your mind uptight moralist, and free your head.

Nothing is ugly but that you will it so.

At the book group discussion last evening, we discussed the book "Crossing to Safety"
by Wallace Stegner.
Because of the books subtlety, the discussion was quite deep and animated

Death was one of the subjects talked about.
Being as we are all "senior citizens" there were many moving personal accounts.

So I didn't feel it appropriate to recite the following.

Ahem...

Santa Clause...
The Easter Bunny...
The Tooth Fairy...
God, Honor, Justice...
Love...
I'm half afraid that when I get to

Death...

That'll turn out to be bullshit too.

As Pete Seegar once said (probably)

So long, it's been good to know ya.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Lane!
Maybe "Lane" should also fall victim to the internet cousins of Benaroya Security, for a lane is a small street, too inconsequential to be respected.
What such "guardians-of-'respectability" also forget is that "Lane" and "Gay" are also names that are given one by one's parents and not only adjectives.
My sympathies go to you and to the person discriminated on the basis of the name her parents gave her!
Tschuess,
Anonomann

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hallo, Glenn!
Come to think of it, "Butch" is also a term used to describe someone's sexual self-image, as well as a given name or nickname with no sexual connotations.
Tschuess,
Anonomann (no known sexual attributes pertaining thereto)

2:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey kids!
What's the ugliest part of your body?
.............Uncle Frank

6:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ummm....is it your nose?
.............N. Parker

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know! I know1
It's your toes!
.............Miss Piggymarket

6:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is "pilot bearing" a part of your body?
........Smilin' Jack

6:55 PM  
Blogger butch said...

This is so damned odd actually. I was nicknamed Butch because I was a husky toddler, built like a bulldog or a bulldozer, they say. Oddly even when a woman is called "butch" it generally refers to the fact that she is more manly than most women, so if a man is called Butch, there is no negative connotation, enit?

I am aware which friend you are referring to, of course--just how did Facebook give her a ration of bull? Did they state or imply that no one would actually have that name. Actually, Gay, is a man's name as well. It was Clark Gable's character name in one of my favorite John Huston films, THE MISFITS.

The world laughs at our American prudishness; a world where nudity is used often in TV commercials, where nude beaches and public nudity is hardly noticed. Japan is still tickled, as a nation of nudists, that American GI's used to pay good money to see it's women naked.

As a child of the 50's where we had to sneak into the Rivoli Burlesque Theatre to see some old broads wearing pasties and tassels swing their jugs around, it was quite a shock to be immersed in the 60's where so many women burned their bras and nipped out in all their outfits, and total nudity was offered in clubs, barbershops, and gas stations. I remember the first time I tried to eat a cheeseburger with a naked woman standing on the stage above me. It just didn't seem right. But like the young man in BRIGHTON BEACH MEMOIRS said, "My wish is to see a naked woman while eating ice cream."

Lane Savant is quite a moniker too. Lane can be small and inconsequential, as well as pastoral and quiet, and savant can be connected with the word idiot. Buttkus has its own problems in many minds, and those who called me Butch Buttkus really had a good time with it. But do you remember the kid at Sealth in 1959 who was named Harold Buthol, and called Harry Butthole?

Lea is so lucky to have someone as expert and caring as yourself tinkering with her underside, reaching inside her and putting in shiny new well oiled parts, and cleaning off the years of grease and dirt with your own hands and face. She will be very grateful.

Glenn

5:48 AM  
Blogger Lane Savant said...

I'm forwarding her email to you, Glenn

11:14 AM  

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