“Ulysses” is a poem in blank verse by the Victorian poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809–1892), written in 1833 and published in 1842 in his well-received second volume of poetry. An oft-quoted poem, it is popularly used to illustrate the dramatic monologue form. Facing old age, mythical hero Ulysses describes his discontent and restlessness upon returning to his kingdom, Ithaca, after his far-ranging travels. Despite his reunion with his wife Penelope and son Telemachus, Ulysses yearns to explore again. Continue reading “Ulysses – Alfred Lord Tennyson”
My Apologies to Ransom in getting this out late.
The eleventh day of November 2018 marks the centennial of the end of the Great War – known today as World War One, putting to lie its one-time designation as “The War to End All Wars.” Continue reading “Veterans Day — A World War One Centennial”
5. If you’re staying more than one night, unpack.
Same goes for other things. Take the 10 minutes to establish yourself. Pick up your mess and get yourself settled before you go on your job. Whenever I have to work on something, I will bring out my toolbox and get myself established first. It makes it more comfortable, and less confusing. Be deliberate in your actions.
I can’t tell you how many times I have to yell at the kids when they come home from church and instead of putting their church clothes away, they just flop it out on the floor. It ruins the clothes as it gets trampled on, and it makes them difficult to find when Sunday rolls around again.
4. You don’t have to keep every secret, just the important ones.
Keeping too many secrets will only create tangled webs. On this rule, I would change for “you don’t have to”, to “You CANNOT”. People learn things, whether you want it or not. If you are holding on to everything or putting up a false front, you will be outed as disingenuous, and possibly be ostrasized (GOJ comes to mind). However, airing your dirty laundry is not a wise idea either. Know the secrets you can keep (which are few), and pretend they don’t exist, to anyone.
I don’t have any secrets….See how that works?
I have a coworker who is divorced. I carpool with him and he tells me about his situation. He has two daughters who live with him. I am surprised, here in UT, divorce law almost always gives child custody to the mother. He rarely talks about her, so I just assume she is some druggie that cannot have custody.
Later on, he tells me he is moving, so I offer to help. I get my three oldest kids and take my pickup over. While there, his ex is there with her boyfriend, helping move. I find this odd. Then it dawns on me, his ex and boyfriend have a separate bedroom within the house. He has that couple living under the roof that he is buying. I kept my mouth shut about the whole situation.
It got me thinking, why would he put up with this? If I were in his shoes, I would throw them out so fast. But then it dawned on me. It is because of the family courts. He knows if they moved out, the kids would go along with them. Despite she being extremely irresponsible and bringing this other guy in their house, the kids would be under her care.
In other conversations, I know he has zero desire to remarry, but he wants to remain a part of his daughter’s lives. So, he does what he can to maintain the status quo. It sucks that family law has reduced men to this.
3. Ignore the boos. They usually come from the cheap seats.
I was horrible at this as a kid. You hear derogatory comments, and you internalize them. Usually the most negative comments come from the most negative, unhappy people. If it is not constructive criticism, best to ignore.
We are going to start what is called the “No shitposting Rule”. Shitposts on these more lengthy articles are going to be deleted. We put too much work in these articles to appreciate irrelevant crap spewed out everywhere. Today, there will be a second “open thread article” which you may use as a toilet or grapefruit dumping grounds.
This is a repost from WB Fitness that he did awhile ago. One of the better articles I read, it brings Red Pill Philosophy into self improvement. – Applicable to almost all areas of life. Continue reading “Freedom – WB Fitness”
Victim blaming is a touchy subject. The snowflakes view it as people siding with the enemy. The thing is, it it is trying to stop a bad situation from happening again. “Teach men not to rape” is an insulting and dangerous stance. 99.9% of the men do not rape, they go about their days and try to do what is right. The remaining 0.1% already know it is wrong, but they don’t care.
What is more, the “you didn’t do anything wrong” message when she put herself in compromising situations takes her autonomy away. If she did nothing wrong, she cannot do anything right, and will live in fear of that “random chance” happening again. The people who spread this message are effectively paralyzing the victims for the rest of their lives, telling them that their actions are useless.
Being an open thread, feel free to shitpost here, just not on WB Fitness’s article. Much appreciated.
6. A suntan is not bought, it’s earned.
If you are the type that goes to a tanning saloon, you just earned 3 points on the gay scale. Laying out on a beach, 1-2 points depending on the beach (unless you go to certain ones, which will earn you 8 points or more). However if you get a suntan by pounding fence posts or digging ditches, you lost 1-3 points.
2. Never cancel dinner plans with a woman by text message.
This one, I would agree with. I am not the sort to weasel out of a situation in a cheap fashion. Disrespect in others will eventually lead to disrespect in yourself. If something comes up, talk to her directly and reschedule, or you shouldn’t have made them in the first place.