It is an awesomely strange feeling when you find out the passing of someone you were close to. Last week I attempted to reconnect with an old friend. A teacher, mentor and the person who is responsible for saving my music career. After searching the college website where he worked I found him not listed. So I ran a google name search to see if he had moved and found that he passed away just a few months ago.
It caught me off guard to the point that it brought tears to my eyes and I experienced such a reaction that I am not used to.
The reason I was looking him up was because someone gave me a bunch of sheet music. In the group was one from 1901 and was a reproduction of 15th century music. I thought it so fascinating that he might want to look at it. Now I regret waiting until this new school year started.
Death impacts everyone differently. I know he will be missed and for a very long time I will continue to think about him.
Ok, cheap pop just to get your attention! Now that I have it; I remember back when I started this blog. It was here for me to vent and just put out everything random that came to mind. Nowadays, I am a business owner and my thoughts are always on what I am doing with my company. It doesn't make it so easy to stay random here. So from time to time you might see a blog post about social media and the impact that it can have on people.
While I am staying random.
I am going to post a link to a youtube video that did a few years back. It was a review of a virtual pipe organ system. I really would like to go back and revisit it again someday.
Just over the past few days we have added many more starter fires to our little area around here. I just wanted to post here to make sure that everyone knows to not take these things lightly. Even if you are miles away and live in the center of your city they can and will affect you. If you have any breathing problems at all make sure your medications are topped off or just get out of the area if you can.
According to Oregonian several new fires have broken out in my state. This has just been in the past few hours. The said thing is according to Oregon Live a 21 year old firefighter has lost his life, the first loss of the season.
This brings me to one of the biggest mixed feelings I've ever had in my life. I was raised to not be afraid of thunder and lightening. To this day I will not hesitate to drive my car into a storm and sit there and watch it move around. My camera will be up and I'll be taking pictures like a mad man. Which brings me to question, how can I both love and yet dislike these storms. I love the rush I get, but on the other hand I know that there is a potential for great loss of life during and long after the storm has past. The fire itself is a necessity of life. We know this to be true as some pines will not drop their seeds until heated to the temperature that a forest fire brings. We also know that they will eventually burn themselves out over time. However because we have chosen to live where we have, people fight to save the lives of those who have chose to live so close to nature. Because of that people will lose their lives.
On to something lighter
I recently started my own company. I had done some research into what it would cost and such, but I had no idea the work it takes just to get something legitimate going. It's no wonder that a lot of people who work for themselves try and keep it on the downlow. I know by the time I was done getting everything set up, website, state fees and the such my company started in the hole. I'm still not done with everything, I need business cards and a few other things, but we are making head way. It's incredible on a local scale how many people do not know how to effectively use social media. So that's what I am here to do. Teach them and help them run the larger accounts.
Thought for the day
If you hear something about someone, validate it before you repeat it. Gossip can be a pain in the ass.
It has been far too long since I've posted here. I think it's time to update everyone on a few goings on. First off, I started my own company. It's small, mostly still half stuck in the planning phase but things are getting off the ground. I started going back to church a week ago. It seems like there is still the same old crap there where someone thinks they know more than they do. This resulted in the loss of one of my microphones. I am sure we will pin down who did it. All we have to do is review a few things and go from there.
We recently spent the weekend on the coast for my wife's birthday. The weather there was so nice that it really does make me want to live there someday. We started off in Crescent City California and ended up a few miles north in Brookings. Just spending time on the beach and holding hands seems to be a very simple way to refresh and recharge the romance. I find it funny how such a simple act as holding your partners hand can transmit such energy. Being near the moving water helps, it has its own form of energy. Most people do not know that flowing water creates an electric charge. But if you take an LED, turn on the water in your sink. Split the stream and then hold the LED wires under each stream, about every 4 seconds or so the light will light up and then fade until enough charge builds up again.
One thing that really does get on my nerves is when people who think they are right, when proven otherwise, will still stand their ground on topic. It really shows just how afraid they are to be wrong. Politicians are well versed in this. They call it the un-truth, which I find funny. They won't even accuse other politicians of lying. They will only say un-truth or mistake. So I guess in a world where we can have an un-truth that is not a lie. We can have un-dead that are not really dead.
So, yeah I'm going to try and get this thing updated more than once a year. Lot's more to write about coming up anyway.
That was my normal response when I first heard that Mr. Sulu was gay. To be honest it never really surprised me one bit. I was actually proud when he came out, about the almost non-event that it seemed to be. This was of course in comparison to the pounding that Ellen took when she officially came out years ago. The ribbing he took at the Roast of William Shatter had me in tears laughing so hard. I was like this guy is even more cool than he was in Star Trek. So why is it that I don’t care that he’s gay? Well for me a persons sexuality has never been an issue. Oh you’re gay? That’s cool. Is my normal response. I found that a lot of people who are gay are surprised by my reaction. Probably because I am registered with the GOP and up until very recently devoutly religious. Because of those my friends and acquaintances who are gay have often held back telling me.
So, why am I posting this? Well it is in response to a blog post by Mr. Takei himself (click here for the blog). It's about the fight of actors and those who are in the “Celluloid Closet” as he put it, have and the hard choice it is for them to come out. Sometimes the choice comes at the cost if a job, a career, a family, friends, and even life itself.
His post changed, or rather, helped to change my opinion on the matter. So I have to say from now on, when a friend or even some one I don’t know comes out as gay, my response will be different. No longer will they get the Oh cool, have a good day. They will get something more along the lines of: Thank you for your courage and trust in me. Thank you for finding me worthy to know more about your life. That it may have not been easy at all to tell me or even to consider telling someone.
We here a lot about the silent majority in this county and I think, if more of us who have no fear of you being gay, gave more support to the LGBT community the fear and repercussions, no not repercussions, that signifies that you have done something to receive it. The fear and tyranny that is associated with coming out will be much less. Remember a bully has no power to bully the one, if 30 people stand next to the one being bullied. The good of the few out way the good of the many? Yes Spock in this case. Yes being a major Star Trek fan I had to work something like that into my writing today.
So I will end my rant today with the follow:
If you have a friend who has come out to you, say thank you to them for their courage and strength to come out. Ask them what support they need from you and be very clear with what support you are willing to give. Remember, if you have a friend who has come out to you, they trust you. Don’t abuse that trust and continue to foster your friendship.