Good Morning Sleepy Bears.
My life can be compared to the beds in the fairy tale - Goldielocks and the Three Bears. Sometimes it’s too hard...sometimes it’s too soft... and sometimes it’s just right; sometimes it’s just Baby Bear right. Those are the days you live for, those are the gravy days. I can divide my day even further: good mornings - bad mornings - good hours - bad hours. I could keep on going, but you get that point. The worst of it all is that I never know which bed I’m gonna lie down on, or more accurately, since the bears are home, which bear I will be sleeping (and waking up) with. Which bear you wake up with can influence your whole day.
Monday night I slept with Papa bear and woke up feeling pretty bad. He snored and his bed is as concrete. Life pretty much sucked. Nothing looked right - nothing tasted right - nothing sounded any good - nothing was any good. It was all just too hard, but I made it through. Then Tuseday came along and I woke feeling GREAT, Baby Bear must have been my bunkmate. I even enjoyed my trip to the dentist. Life was "Just right”.
The Momma Bear metaphor is a little bit more complicated. I can see where my life could be "too hard" and “just right” but “too soft”? Sounds like good problem to have. I welcome any “too soft" days to step forward - let’s get our calendars out and book as many nights sleeping with Mama Bear that we can. But if you think about it “too soft” might not be a good thing. Even though she smelled real good and was very attractive, When Mama bear layed down in her too soft bed she sunk into the middle forming a canyon which walls I had to hold on for fear of falling down onto Mama Bear and REALLY sleeping with her, something 400 pound Papa bear I’m sure would frown upon.
Too soft can be worse than too hard (again I am talking about the 3 bears and their beds, used as a metaphor - get your mind out of the gutter) If your life is too easy you never develop the calluses needed to protect yourself - you end up with a lot of blisters. Very painful.
Life is balance - Yin/Yang. Baby Bear’s bed symbolizes that balance, it means things are just as they should be. Day will follow night, spring will follow winter, death after life - same as it ever was. The lesson I take home from this is that you never know which bed you will sleep in; you never know what life will hand you. All I can do is accept every day as a gift and say “Thank You, this is gonna be just right! - Baby Bear right!
Amateur Night in 5-Points
Last night (St Paddy’s Day) was “Amateur Night” in Riverside. I am not referring to my “stand up comedy” set in the back room of RAIN DOGS (my new favorite place, with my new favorite club owner - Christina Wagner.) I’m talking about all the kids out having their first drink. I was probably the oldest patron there, but that didn’t bother me one bit. I’ve developed a Silver Back Gorilla attitude - where I can look at some kid and see someone still using training wheels, they look at me and see the rugged old face of a soldier who may or may not have killed (in sanctioned battle) more men than they have even met. I let them think that, as I shoot a slightly insane smile directly into their eyes. But that’s not important.
What’s important is that I can add to my lists of firsts another item... PERFORMING A STAND UP ROUTINE - ALONE - IN A COMEDY CLUB. I, not planning on it, hopped up and told a couple of semi funny stories. I wasn’t that good; I wasn’t prepared. Next time I will be. They do this every week and I plan on going a lot. Come out and see me - I’ll keep you posted.
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just say yes!
meet Andy Ward King, a professional musician and artist until a diagnosis of parkinons dsease at age 49 forced him into an early retirement., he now uses his music, his art along with the whimsical world he has created in this blog as therapy to ( as he puts it ) outsmart his brain and make the daily battles with parkinson’s a little bit easier, to give him that all important reason to get up on the morning, to make his life worth living. Andy has learned how to say NO to gving up \ NO to depression and apathy \ NO to following willingly the road of decline that stretches before him. he learned that to say no to all of these things all one has to do is say yes. Andy has learned to just say YES to life/\\