593. February 13, 2012……..Manifesto…Can’t live with…can’t live without them….

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"G" Marks the Spot and the Edge", ©2012, Robert Redus

“If I had nine of my fingers missing I wouldn’t type any slower.” – Mitch Hedberg

The word… “Manifesto” is defined as… “a public declaration of intent, policy, aims, etc, as issued by a political party, government, or movement” … I dare say “Person” was omitted…by accident….some say the Communist Manifesto is the “Most Famous of manifestos….but that’s like saying Pistachio Almond Fudge is the “Best” flavor at Baskin Robbins 31 Flavors…

Here are 15 brilliant manifestos…and I have to agree with Geoff McDonald…that the movie “Easy Rider“…is clearly in the top 10 of modern day manifestos….not to mention the Panhead ….Dennis Hopper is riding is really a sweet bike…

back to the manifesto thing…manifestos are a mental colonic…a way of purging all of the completely unnecessary stuff that has collected in your brain since the last…mind flush…or a lifetime of dis-information….writing a manifesto can be a long drive in a really small car with no air conditioning across Nevada in July or 1st class…you decide…which really is true about everything….we decide….

I’m starting on a manifesto today…earth shattering…probably not…but for me it will shake the ground I walk on…and that counts for something….

Let me know how yours come out….

“Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking.” – Albert Einstein

460. December 21st… “Mana Sale”….out on Highway 61…2 days only….

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“My Own Blue Velvet” 2010

“There are many dying children out there whose last wish is to meet me.” – David Hasselhoff

every morning…my cat Elvis and I go through a ritual that I haven’t really known to be a ritual until this morning….

Elvis is a brut of an animal…a gene portion away from his wild predessesors….unpredictable…completely untamable…socially inept and basically a one person cat…and I adore that about him…

Elvis who was originally named Poki…was a born a rogue…an ugly duckling….his eyes were so infected with conjunctivitis the vet warned me  that he may not ever see…my girlfriend laughed at  the straight nub that was a tail…but for some strange reason…I saw all of it differently…each morning I bathed his eyes with warm water and a cloth…put medicine in them until one day they cleared up…he was not blind and could see perfectly…I was elated…as was…he…and so for the first few weeks of life…my face was the first thing he saw every morning as I pried his eyes open…Elvis was determined…he forced his presence on my other cat Traffic…who would sit at the top of the stairs…watch young Elvis…climb laboriously for 30 minutes to the top then with a series of well placed  head strkies…he’d send Elvis back down the steps…to start the process all over again…until the day Elvis developed his…Mana…his cojones…and the household changed…he became the Alpha Cat…and life has pretty much been that way for almost a decade…

Elvis sleeps at the foot of my bed…he wants affection when he wants it…and anything out of his desire is likely to produce a bite or scratch…why put up with that you ask…”It’s just Elvis“….so our ritual is simple…when I sit down in my chair first thing in the morning….he rubs up against both of my legs…his back is arched high…and he is purring loudly…I rub his back until he licks my hand…which basically says…”that was great but stop“…I then pick him up put him over my shoulder for a few rubs…set him on my chest and rub his back again until he again licks my hand….and we are done…

I love Elvis….he is his own cat…doesn’t pretend…if he likes you terrific…if he’s uncertain…about you…he’ll keep his distance…if he doesn’t like you…you’ll know….clearly….

Elvis’ personality

that being said…I like the idea of it all being straightforward…all of the frill…and bs to make it sound like it is something it is not…bothers…me…it’s like the ingredients in hot dogs…”Unknown”…sure everyone’s opinion is different…as are their truths…but deep down we know…or should know our truth…and when we compromise that truth…because we’re lazy…can’t find anything better…give up trying or for any reason that we ignore  our truth…in hopes some alternative to our truth will fill us….we have lost our…Mana…and we have become no one….and will remain no one until….we either change that or accept it….

Mana = “the stuff of which magic is formed,” as well as the substance of which souls are made.”…

no Mana= no magic….no soul….

“Once conform, once do what other people do because they do it, and a lethargy steals over all the finer nerves and faculties of the soul. She becomes all outer show and inward emptiness; dull, callous, and indifferent.” – Virginia Woolf