is the new 70. We know how to live longer now: lots of veggies, little
yogurt from the Springfield Creamery, bicycling (oops), naps and cordyceps mushroom powders
from fungi.com. Stay fit by working on strength, balance, agility and endurance. Stay away from
the four killer drugs: alcohol, tobacco, sugar and pork.
was born at a very early age and grew up being imprinted by all the
and thought the game was rigged but I was smart enough to beat it and that lasted until the
Sixties when thanks to lsd and psylocibin and peyote mushrooms which enabled me to trip
up and down the dna ladder. I realized past and present and future were happening all at
once and we put it in a chronological order to think we understand it but that’s a laugh, it’s
too big and vast to understand, but we are blessed to have been given a glimpse of the underlying
truths that are important and try to live up to them and pass them on to others.
So I'm awake but
barely on my 2nd
cup of coffee and something in my head says put
some whiskey in it and I think where in the world did that come from, is that some kind of
thing lurking inside me and it pops up like those ads on the side of Facebook? I tell it to shut
up and go away just like I never read those ads.
Just like we have dual
personalities, one which we think of as the real us, the kind,
person; and the other is the role we play to impress the boss, we have dual voices in our heads,
the good decent righteous thoughts and the getting even doing something different in our pasts;
just like the cartoons showing the person with the devil on one shoulder and the guardian angel
on the other, both imploring the person, do this do that.
is to make room for the good thoughts, don’t deal with the bad. As
“Went through life a balanced man at last.”
Kesey said the most
currency is that of the spirit; be upbeat and of good cheer
no matter the situation, you will come through it in fine shape, but be aware there are also spirits
at work looking down on us and wanting to get into the game on the material plane and the only
way they can do it is to get into a person’s head and be one of the voices, like the one telling me
to have a shot of whiskey in my coffee.
I see them as
and I’ve named their leader, Mal. There are also benevolent
spirits working on us and they are led by Bene. The trick is to recognize which one is working on you,
tell Mal to take a hike and let Bene give us the goods.
So the battle goes on,
not only in
the material world, but inside our heads. We only get one trip
on the material world so we want to make the best of it. Realize we are not perfect beings, we are
going to fuckup but we can’t let the fuckup be a hangup. Someone asked Kesey if he had any regrets
and he said, “Anyone who says he has no regrets is either lying or an idiot.”
So we go for success
in terms of completion
and getting our works out into the world, but we
never caught the golden ring and as Kesey said, this was our saving grace – to always fail and return
home to our family and friends and community. We are rubes, but we are God’s own rubes, born to
be duped, striving for success, destined to fail as we romp through life all in our places with smiles
on our faces what a wonderful way to start each day, our feet on the ground our heads in the stars
our bellies in the kitchen give us each day our daily bread.
Another good Keseyism
is when he
said his best advice on marriage is, “Don’t say it,” speaking
of when you get into it with your other half, for words once released cannot be sucked back in. One
time Paige Browning came over to Kesey’s when I was there. Paige was all in a dither. “I’ve finally
figured it out,” he said, “A woman’s job is to give men shit.”
Kesey said, “Yeah, but it’s a man’s job to eat it.”
I added, “And the enlightened man likes the taste.”
Paige shook his head. “I’m not there yet.”
saved our asses one time. We read about the scientists in Holland
in a guy’s head by cutting a hole through his forehead, thereby letting previously unknown thoughts
and revelations in. Kesey and I decided to try it. We got out the electric drill, flipped to see who would
go first, Kesey lay down on the table, I aimed in with drill and the power went off. We were surprised
but found out quick when Paige came in and said, “Did you think I was going to let you dumb fucks
drill holes in your heads?” We didn’t go overboard thanking him but were nevertheless relieved.
Cassady was the bridge between the Beat Generation and the Psychedelic
foot in each one.
and I fell in the crack between the Beats and the Hippies; too young
and too old
for the other.
we were revolutionaries then and revolutionaries now. Under the
grow some weed.
work for the good, that’s understood, but we don’t seek protection and
We’ll be what we’ll be and what we’ll be is be free.
Kesey was giving a talk one time some guy in the audience yelled, “What
to the revolution, Kesey?”
Kesey thought for a minute and then began to sing:
When you walk the streets you will have no cares
If you walk the lines and not the squares
As you go through life make this your goal
Watch the donut not the hole.
is where the revolution’s at,” he said. “Where people in the know are
They sincerely believe the carrot is better than the stick, that mercy comes before justice, and
that love is the only thing you can trust to guide you down the mean mainstreets of moneymad America.”
27th, Eileen and I went to Portland and the hotel we stayed
free bikes so we
went for a ride along the river on a concrete path. My handle grip came off of my bike
and I fell ass over teacups and hurt myself bad:: my elbow and my head and I haven't
been able to type or do anything since.
accident happened on Tuesday morning, We drove home. I went to my
Wednesday morning. He took x-rays, sent me to the orthopedic surgeon who decided to
operate the next day on Thursday, Oct 29.. He put a big plate in my elbow, grafted in some
bone, put in 8 screws, cleaned out all the broken pieces of bones and put my arm in a big
splint and I've been recovering very slowly.
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