Sunday, May 31, 2009

Quick Quackery 12/27/08

It is not the same to talk of bulls as to be in the bullring.

Spanish proverb

I can talk about acting because I have been on the stage. But I won't. Instead I will surmise that almost any occupation in life whether a profession or a hobby, is too often looked upon and thought upon as being much simpler than it is.

I'm not much of a sports fan but I will occasionally watch a baseball game. I enjoy watching the pitcher before the pitch because I know something about the thinking going on. It's a battle of brains between the pitcher and the batter. When the pitcher winds up to throw the ball a decision has been made. There is an agreed upon tactic between the pitcher and the catcher based upon observation, study, intuition and the character of the game up to that point. Many factors come into play with each pitch. But most people are probably totally unaware of the thinking that is going on. Don't talk of bulls

If you go to a tennis match you will see everyone watching the ball. The heads all go back and forth, back and forth, great exercise for the neck. My head goes back and forth in the opposite direction, or more likely I look at only one of the players. I like to watch the thinking of the one who is receiving the ball because it doesn't matter so much if he hits it, it's where he hits it that counts. Don't talk of bulls.

I had a nasty neighbor once who said that I looked tired. I told him I was double shifting. He wanted to know what I did. When I told him I was a radio announcer he said "Oh, well, that's not hard work." I wondered if he had ever been on the air in a radio studio. I think probably not. No doubt there are jobs that are harder than broadcasting but don't talk of bulls. It sounds easy because we make it sound easy.

Ballerinas float effortlessly through the air on their toes. Have you ever seen a ballerina's toes? Don't talk of bulls.

One day a building on my block in New York which was still under construction caught fire. Burning pieces of the building were blowing off and falling to the street below. It was a tall apartment building about 50 stories of it had been completed. The fire was on the top floors. The only way the fire fighters could get to it was by the construction elevator on the side of the building. But that elevator stopped two or three stories above the blazing inferno. I watched in awe as those people jumped into the fire, at the risk of life and injury, not knowing what was underneath them, to put the fire out. Don't talk of bulls.

A well kept garden is a beautiful thing, lush, fecund greenery and many colored flowers, delighting the eyes and offering sweet aromas to the air all the way down to the ground. But what's under the ground, where all the work is being done, only the flower and the gardener know. Don't talk of bulls.

The Vagabond


  1. Have to admit that baseball is one of our least watched sports. There is some element of strategy, but all in all, a slow moving game.

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  3. DB
    I do enjoy your writing. I look forward to your posts.

    The first paragraph says the message in this one and a true message it is. I expect to applies to many activities.

    My brother is an actor. I used to be fascinated by one of his characters...a dead man...I would try to do it as he did ....but of course I could not approximate it

    My aunts and Uncles were hearty farm
    born folks who rose at 4:00 am and
    did not really rest until bed time. They farmed...yes sometimes the women also... and they had huge gardens long after they needed them.

    I spent one day with an aunt harvesting, cooking and preparing to freeze veggies....only to end up with about 8 or 10 packages. I had no real understanding of what their work involved until that experience.

    I agree. We really don't know much about Bulls except it seems to me a frightening way to live and earn a living....if exciting :>)

  4. In everything we do, great and small, requires good, estimated, calculated, analytical, logical and lateral thinking.

    Even in the simplest task, if logic is not employed in the thinking, then it probably will go upside down.

    Some do things without thinking though. I can take the Bull out of sight. No joking!