I Love You, Honey Bunny #SoCS

Buns, Dudes, and Bunnys Stream of Consciousness SaturdayI love Pulp Fiction.

It’s one of my all-time favorite moves. I’ve probably watched it – in whole or in part – 50 times by now. A favorite memory is watching it stoned out of my gourd at Bethesda Draft House (I think that was the name, closed now) and loving the Travolta driving seen because I was feeling about like that.

And how cool was it seeing John Travolta in the Jack Rabbit Slim dance contest? From the Sweathogs to Danny and Summer Lovin’ to Staying Alive and the white disco suit to Urban Cowboy, he had a great run. Then there was Look Who’s Talking and Two of a Kind with my childhood crush, Olivia Newton John (saw that in the Sulphur move theatre, just next to the poop plant and about a 5 minute bike ride from Meme and Pawpan’s, with Lee) and assorted other bad films he kinda tapered off. Continue reading I Love You, Honey Bunny #SoCS

The Beginner’s Mind – So Hard to Keep

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I’ve been a fan of @gapingvoid for years. Love this drawing for today.

As you develop any sort of knowledge, it’s hard to keep a fresh look at an old topic.

I find this especially hard when it comes to writing sometimes.

It’s easy to become jaded and think, “ugggg, people should already KNOW this stuff, damn, it’s common knowledge.”

But many technical topics aren’t common knowledge, or new people enter into new responsibilities and need to learn the basics — of document management, or inbound, or whatever.

I’m not sure I agree with the baggage concept here, but the idea of a fresh look and a “through the eyes of babes” (children babes, not hit chicks babes) is one we should cultivate as we continue our own professional journeys and as a reminder not to get aggravated or roll eyes when someone asks a “basic” question or has a nutty idea.

I know that this is something I struggle with, that, when I get out of my own way and use what I know to inform an insight instead of blocking an idea or insight that good things happen.

Beginner’s mindset is also good for reevaluating those, “but that won’t work” or “we’ve done that before” statements we too often fall back on as an excuse not to reevaluate an old opinion in light of new experience or evidence.

Keep an open mind and new ideas can keep walking in, or something.

Or, don’t let the bastards beat you down — especially if the bastards is your own cynicism.

So Far Away — #SoCS

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Why I thought of this and Carole King nearly instantaneously, I have no fucking clue.

So far away.

Isn’t that a song?

Far away, but you’re so, far away . . . by Carol, oh, shoot. Dammit. Refusing to look it up. From the album Tapestry. Shitshitshit. Grrrr, damn memory.

It’s Stream of Consciousness time and today’s prompt, via Linda Hill is: so far.

Now that I’ve got that fragment of a song stuck in my head.

I’m also thinking, for no apparent reason, about the land of Far, Far Away from Shrek. Those first two Shrek movies are great. Ogres are like onions, they have layers. I have layers. We all have layers. Continue reading So Far Away — #SoCS

It’s All Fine – #SoCS

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Yep. Any chance to stick a photo of an attractive woman in a post. I’m on it. Sue me.

“Fine.”

Any married man knows that the tone in which this word is uttered means a world of difference between “all is OK” and “the pits of hell are about to open beneath your feet and devour you.”

It’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday and, yep, “Fine” is the word prompt o’ the day.

Fine is one of those words that carries a lot of weight in the English language.

Fine Dining.

Fine China. Continue reading It’s All Fine – #SoCS

Unadventuresome Doors – #SoCS

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The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings are still awesome. Note to self: about time for a re-read.

Come on baby, light my fire

Break on through to the other side.

People are strange, when you’re a stranger. Faces look ugly, when you’re alone.

Love me two times! [mmmmm, hmmmm, like the sound o’ that!]

I’ve had The Doors songs running through my head ever since seeing today’s prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday. You guessed it, doors – specifica

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lly a door you walked through this week that wasn’t your own.

Given I work at home and we’ve been getting Hello, Fresh deliveries (generally, pretty good – and has probably saved us money by not ordering out and we’re eating a bit healthier), the only strange door I walked through this week was our regular booze store last night. Continue reading Unadventuresome Doors – #SoCS

Tales of Tails and Tall Tales #SoCS

https://lindaghill.com/2018/02/09/the-friday-reminder-and-prompt-for-socs-feb-10-18/

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Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox; I LOVE a cheesy roadside attraction. This one is in Minnesota. Photo: Dwayne on Flickr.

The first thing I thought of was something definitely inappropriate – I had read “tale” as “tall” and then there was “tail” and, well, I’ve got a filthy mind.

Draw your own conclusions.

Then I thought of puppy dog tails. There’s a shortage of those in the house, given Knox and Oscar are boxers and don’t have tails.

Thank God in the case of Knox because we’d constantly be bruised and battered given his ability to wag his nubby at 1,000 miles an hour.

Then I thought of “Tall Tails” but in a G-related way. Continue reading Tales of Tails and Tall Tales #SoCS

Beware the Inbound Marketing Carnival Barkers!

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Barker at the Grounds of the Vermont State Fair, circa 1904. Library of Congress on Flickr.

Step right up!

Step right up!

And look at the wonder of the modern marketing machine.

SEO, blogs, automation, all in one space from one provider.

Never have to do anything yourself

Turn it on and watch it go.

Leads for you.

More leads than you can handle.

All you have to do is sign right here. . .

I’m sure this happens in every industry, but it seems especially pernicious in the two I’ve spend my working life in – IT and marketing.

What “this” am I talking about? Continue reading Beware the Inbound Marketing Carnival Barkers!