Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Nothing New!


I need to take a hiatus. Not that I want to, but I need to take break to get other things done that are becoming more and more pressing. So, rather than post slowly, or take great gaps between posting, I thought that I would just tell everybody that I won’t be posting until February 2nd (Ground Hog Day) That will save you endless trips to see if I’ve come up with anything new.

When I return, I hope my blog will take a more serious historical bent. I have a few ideas, that take some research, that I will be posting on at the culmination of my rumination. As you might have guessed, my blog will never be totally serious, I find too much humor in life to let humorous issues slip by without notice. Of course, I will still engage in “Bullshistory”. I can’t resist the opportunity to put twice told tales out there, just to see what other folks might know about it, or what their take on it is.

What I would like is to do, is put more thought in the things that I post, to make them more pertinent and meaningful. I also will try harder to encourage those people that type with two fingers, like me, and that can’t spell, like me, and that have poor grammar, like me, to be more brave about saying what is on their minds. Some of the most interesting people in my life have always been people that have learned everything that they know the hard way, like me. It is difficult to encourage people that have been put down because of their poor language skills to make comments, like me. That is why I have a rule that nobody’s poor language skills should ever be corrected on my blog. Their concepts are another thing entirely, I encourage honest debate, because no two people think alike, if we did, there would be no reason to have a conversation.

I intend to try to get people to make comments on my blog. By “comments”, I don’t mean sniping, name calling and bitterness, but openness and honesty, presented in a fashion that might make you understand their position. I will always accept anonymous comments, because some anonymous comments are very well thought out. I fully understand the reasons that someone might want to remain anonymous. However all anonymous comments will get the “Smell Test” to see if they remain. If it smells like crap, it probably is, and it will go. Try to bear in mind that you should think of all of your comments as representing you personally.

In the mean-time, there are some new and interesting blogs out there, SoHumBorn is new to the blogophere, and is becoming a “must follow” blog. She has some interesting ideas about Southern Humboldt culture. She claims to be writing about made up stories, but it is obvious by her tales, that she is well steeped in the culture of So-Hum.

Indie has a new blog. Indie is the person that started “The Independent” newspaper in Garberville. She has moved up to No-Hum and has gone back to school, to pile her education higher and deeper. Her blog is very cerebral. If you are a “thoughty Person”, you will appreciate her blog. I go by and read it all the time, but ashamedly, I don’t comment often. She is more into life around her right now, but I expect her to start solving world problems any day.

And of course Eric’s Sohum Parlance is always a interesting read. He delves deeply into politics, sometimes to the point of minutia. He is educated on all of the workings of the political world, beyond what much of us could ever understand. He is also a lawyer. Sometimes I disagree with him, but I can’t give him a cogent argument so I acquiesce. I have no choice but to give in, that’s probably why he is a lawyer. A person doesn’t care about what they are charged with, as long as Eric gets you a good verdict. I would hate to be up against him in court. His blog has a fair share of people that like to argue, and it doesn’t seem to bother them that they lose. Some of his commenters have left the path of rational sustainability to the point that he has started, wisely, banning some comments. His blog is a much better read now.

Cristina’s “Nocturnal Nomad” is a very well written and interesting blog, but she has spurts of great productivity, then lapses of nothingness, leaving you to want more. More dammit!

Redheaded Blackbelt is one of Southern Humboldt’s most pertinent blogs. She writes about things that have great meaning to So-Hum, like diesel spills, pollution, neighborhood problems, and so on. It is plain to all, that she loves this canyon and the people in it, and she takes a proprietary interest in the canyon's details. Her photography is in the beginning stages of photography. But, she is a natural photographer, and knows well the things that she loves. My fear is that she may someday set aside her roots, and delve too deeply into the art of photography, and forget her real passion for this canyon. I fully expect that she will always return to capturing the real things that are around us here. Art is everywhere, but this is the only place on earth that has what we have. I hope that she will continue to express that for us.

Carson Park Ranger can delve into local annoyances with rapier wit and stinging intellect, while using several languages at his immediate disposal. Always a must read, but take the time to look for the deeper meaning than you would normally expect a person to present.

I don’t know what to say about “Heraldo” at the Humboldt Herald. First, We don’t know if it’s a he or a she, we suspect that more than one person is posting, or Heraldo is suffering from “Multiple Personality Disorder”. Herado’s posts are always important to Humboldt County in some fashion. Heraldo’s blog is the “Eight Hundred pound Gorrilla” on the North Coast. Heraldo attracts many comments and much bickering.

Rose is out to “Get Paul”. She is usually very conservative in a realistic way. If you talked to her she would probably say that she doesn’t see herself as a staunch conservative, but a realistic person. She has a very heavy blog that requires much thought.

"Chocolate covered Xanex" is our naughty little secret. "The girls" are often risque', but their writing ability is stellar. They make you feel life as it should be felt by everyone.

And last but not least, “299 Opine”. My old buddy Ekovox. His blog was the first to shake me out of my reverie and make me realize that there was an interesting Blogosphere out there. His blog is interesting, humorous, intelligent, and has a decidedly historical bent to it. I like tales about the good old days, mysterious north coast places, and the things that he posts in general. I understand that he knows a little bit about music also. Must Read!

That pretty much covers my recommendations as “Must Reads”. These blogs, and some more interesting blogs, I have listed over on the left of my blog. That should keep you busy until I return. Start holding your breath!

Please post you thoughts here, I will see them. Again, you can always be off-subject if you want. I expect to be reading and commenting as catch-as-catch-can, but no certain schedule. I already miss my blog!!!

26 comments:

oldmanriver said...

aw shucks, you will be sorely missed and i will have to get a life.
hurry back!

Ernie Branscomb said...

Well, OMR, I really apreciate your participation, and I look forward to next month.

"Til then, Thanks

Rose said...

Enjoy the rest - if that's what it is. :)

Kristabel said...

Ernie, you say the sweetest things. I'll miss you.

EkoVox said...

Ernie, funny you should be thinking about taking a break. I have been slowing down a fair amount. Like you, life has called me a way from posting my thoughts on 299 Opine. So, as you can see, I too can't keep up with it as i once used to. The same can be said for Kristabel and Cristina. Perhaps we all just need A little break from the ills or 2008.

I'll see you when you return.

Indie said...

Ernie, I am already having withdrawals! But I do understand how much time it takes and how other things don't get done.

When school starts in a couple of weeks, I expect to fall quieter myself. Meanwhile, I admire your fortitude. And I'm honored to be included on your recommended list, thank you.

heraldo said...

What? Nobody told me I was an Eight Hundred pound Gorilla! That explains all the screaming.

spyrock said...

this is the 3rd of the kiva moons, the time of going within and dreaming new seeds for our life.
funny you seem to know that.
dove is going on a dreaming retreat next week. all they do is sleep and dream and tell each other about their dreams. i'm not so good at dreaming. i can't remember them too well and too many of them are about people in my past that i've had problems with. maybe i'm making amends but being awake is more comfortable to me these days. i'm not so sure anymore that there is that much difference between this waking dream and those sleeping dreams. sooner or later i'll wake up from all of them.

Anonymous said...

While I was in Israel in '72, my first trip, I worked in a cabinet/carpentry shop. There were men there who couldn't write but were fluent in seven languages. The stories they could tell. I was always humbled by the depth of their life experiences and still am. It is far too easy to come to rapid conclusions about people by shallow first impressions and superficial qualities. It is a human frailty.

Rest well, dig deep and have some fun too. I look forward to your return.

S.C.

ross sherburn said...

i cleaned and vacuumed the condenser coils on our refrigerator today!i think ernie would be proud of me!

spyrock said...

damn, i almost forgot those condenser coils. thanks ross for reminding me. thats the least we can do while ernies dreaming in a new et.

Ernie Branscomb said...

That's funny! My wife just got through cleaning our condenser coils last Sunday.

Spyrock’s speculation about my dreaming is uncanny. I have been thinking about dreams lately, and I am putting together a post about dreams for Februrary.

Anonymous said...

I recommend The Dream Book by Betty Bethards. It's an alphabetically organized glossary of dream symbols. If you dream about a horse, look up "horse" and find out what the animal means when it appears in a dream. Ideally, you would write as much of the dream down as possible on awakening, then explore the symbolism and the real meaning in the dream.

ballast said...

"To see a horse in your dream, symbolizes strength, power, endurance, virility and sexual prowess. It also represents a strong, physical energy. You need to tame the wild forces."

This website has an online symbol dictionary and more:

http://www.dreammoods.com/

olmanriver said...

l-tryptophan (and extra zinc, according to one our area's naturapaths) will help most anyone remember dreams, but take the former early enough in the evening or you will be dreaming late into the morning.
looking forward to the dream post...are you by any chance going to tell us what the groundhog was dreaming...since you are returning feb 2nd?

Ernie Branscomb said...

Yep, I've got a ground hog post as my return post. But, It still needs polish

Anonymous said...

Did all the ol' settlers have "grandhogs posts"?
First I heard of 'em?

ross sherburn said...

ballast,it doesn't look like i'll ever see a horse in my dreams!

sohumborn said...

I love that your blog does not discriminate based on rate of typo's or misspellings! Thanks for being such a great blog friend and for the kind recommendation. I will deeply miss your posts & look forward to your return.
I hold my glass up to you-
To Ground Hog Day!

Kym said...

I knew I shouldn't have posted that tipped sideways photo--now you'll accuse me of being arty on every occasion...

Ground Hog day is too far away!

Anonymous said...

Ernie, you are worth waiting for. You are sincere. You are not like some people who put on an outward show of friendliness, and later hurt the friends who loved them best. You are not a hurter, I can tell. Be careful of your heart, protect it well. See you soon. Get some rest.

Anonymous said...

Aw BS 1am! Have another drink!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"Aw BS 1am! Have another drink!
January 12, 2009 6:23 PM"

My reply: Only a real bore would consider what you said a friendly thing to say. And I should know. I used to be the biggest bore in three counties.

Carol said...

What? A hiatus? Now, no slacking, Ernie.

I know you are around, because I have read your comments on other blogs.

olmanriver said...

is this a case of a "hiatal ernia?

spyrock said...

after watching humbolt county on dvd it occurred to me that the feds would never suspect that flying pigs were delivering the local cash crop to market. i hear that the population over at bear harbor is steadily increasing. i guess all those ucla pre-med students that keep disappearing are all up there somewhere clipping bud.