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Monday, July 31, 2017

Glitter . . .

. . . Many and new contemporaries and adults were introduced into my life with the addition of formal education to my daily routine. These new experiences did not so much teach me that everything and everyone on this earth were not always good, honest and sincere people, but it did confirm that. But I still managed to retain a certain optimism, in spite of it. Deep down, bullies who punched me in the stomach and ran (brave, huh?), nasty classmates who whispered and giggled to each other in my presence, the abrasive girl on the schoolbus that made fun of me, the guys that would never choose me to be on their team (I was NOT athletic) and the teachers who scolded the entire class for something obviously perpetrated by one misguided soul - could not dissuade me from the notion that the world was still a good place and that most people within it were still very much good. I firmly believed that.


All That Glitters

©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Ditty . . .

. . . abides. . .
On your mark get set
Disconnect that internet
Every girl and boy
Breathing in the joy
Not a care at last
Sit outside and bask
In rays of summer's bliss

Crabs and fish and shells
Feel your tensions melt
Fries and pizza pie
Smiles won't be denied
Everything is cool
in 2 1 8 4 2
Feel the sparkle in your eyes

Catch a wave and ride
Cars and motorbikes
Bikini babes in the sand
Vibin' to rockin' bands
Ocean City

From Memorial to Labor Day
We beckon you to play
To a boardwalk beat
Miles and miles of beach
Your memories to take
Currents dance and sway
leave your footprints in the sand

Fireworks at night
Give your love a kiss
Sail and fish the sea
Here life is a beach
in Ocean City

Now is the time that's right
For you only live once
Time does drag when it's all work and no fun
The ocean gateway calls you
Sport your shorts and shades
It's so divine to dine at life's buffet
It's almost heaven and
There's so much more we can say

Catch a wave and ride
Cool cars and motorbikes
Bikinis on the sand
Dance to rockin' bands
Ocean City




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Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Wheel . . .



(from http://www.nbcnews.com/politics/white-house/bipartisan-group-shares-voter-data-shames-trump-panel-n783206)
". . . “There’s no reason to re-invent the wheel when we’re already here…and we do it very well,” said Shane Hamlin, executive director of the Election Registration Information Center, also known as . . . ERIC is a non-profit group currently made up of 20 states — both red and blue — and the District of Columbia that shares large amounts of sensitive voter data to root out possible fraud, ensure more accurate voter rolls and encourage registration. . . Hamlin, a former election official in Washington State, said he was stunned when he read the letter from Trump's commission seeking voter information from all 50 states. . . "It wasn’t clear how they were going to protect the data and generate results that were actually going to be usable,” he said. “If you have garbage in, you’re going to get garbage out.". . ."




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Friday, July 28, 2017

Striving . . .




In a pocket-neighborhood sandwiched between the rolling hills of a 100 acre cemetery and a can manufacturing factory stood the rows upon rows of little brick houses joined at the hip, providing shelter for a multitude of lower, middle-class and mostly blue-collar families, straddling the border of the 'big' city to the west. It was here that our protagonist lived the initial twenty-two years of his life learning about the world, in general, and learning about music. It's only now, after the passing of an additional thirty-eight, and additional learning about the world, in general, and about music, that he speaks through the music, as if it were second nature or even purely instinctual, about events, observations, people, places, emotions, wants, needs, pleasures and pains that have transpired throughout the entire period. Only now, the process of codifying, recording or documenting, if you will, the vignettes of music and lyrics, has somehow become more difficult whether due to a dearth of uncommitted hours or simply an impediment brought about by advancing years or even waning talent. It's not that a desire does not lie beneath the surface of a, what some may label, mundane existence, because surely he does not view his presence on this orb mundane by any means.  It seems that the entire process is interrupted, more often than not, by other things and that although the intent is to return to that divine pass-time to complete individual, pre-meditated works, the reality is that only on rare occasions is completion now actually accomplished. He does, however, spontaneously create constantly and prolifically, telling tales of bold, juvenile adventures, characters of shady as well as honorable reputations, encounters with wonders of nature, lessons culled from a multitude of days now spent an memories which elicit a gamut of emotions both mature and not. 


Way It Is

©2016 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Thursday, July 27, 2017

Complexity . . .

Childhood is so gloriously simple, for those fortunate enough to have caring, loving and providing parent(s). I was fortunate. I can still recapture, or should I say remember, that carefree feeling that was my life for, what now in reality was, a few short years. There is no deep-seated desire to return to those times.  They were wonderful for what they were. . . a beginning.  An introduction. A primer. I recall a time when I perceived all adults to be 'wise' (for lack of a better word) simply by virtue of their years.  And rightly, thanks to Mom and Dad, accorded them the proper respect that adults were due as a result. I'm not certain when, but at one point, most probably shortly after entering school, I realized that things would not remain as easy going as in the past. The status quo was about to be shaken.  There would soon be additional responsibilities, or complications, in my simple, carefree life. Again, rightly so. Now, in addition to having to decide in which direction I would ride my bike, whether I wanted grape or cherry-flavored bubblegum and what television program I would watch upon my arrival home, I had to integrate several hours of school, some homework, new friends and a social component to which I was quite simply not accustomed. 


It's Complicated
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak



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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Best . . .

(https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/plum-line/wp/2017/07/17/trumps-made-in-america-week-is-a-hypocritical-joke/?utm_term=.8f4fae4be0d0)
". . . “Made in America” week, a new Washington ritual during which a president who routinely boasts of being the best at everything admits that he is not the best after all. Because if American-made products are the best, then products made abroad, such as many of Trump’s own branded products, are by definition not the best. . . But because the Trump Organization and related companies haven’t seen fit to produce their own goods in the United States, that means either their products aren’t the best or Trump is engaged in a craven manipulation of his fans. Or both. . . Trump’s own clothing and home accessories are produced overseas in countries including China, Bangladesh and Mexico. When he excoriates American companies for moving manufacturing jobs overseas, then, he is including himself in his own criticism — but of course would never admit that. Instead, when questioned about why he manufactures items overseas, his answer was, essentially, everyone else does it.". . ."




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Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The World . . .

. . . was my oyster . . .



. . . as full of wonder and joy; as carefree; as full of potential but more importantly, full of fun. With a bicycle practically a permanent part of my anatomy, the neighborhood provided (what seemed like) endless miles to explore, numerous friends with whom many adventures were undertaken. Safe, secure, content and not a care in the world. . . except for possibly 'in which direction do I ride today?' One day, with some friends (who sometimes possessed less-than-noble motives), my bike and I ventured to the property of a nearby box-manufacturing facility. In the yard of the property, which was not secured by fence, wall or canine representatives, were stored rolls of paper (a necessary component of cardboard boxes) of all sizes and weights. For some reason which does not readily or otherwise come to mind mind now, we dismounted our vehicles and came in personal contact to a relatively small roll which was probably about four and a half feet tall, not very big in diameter, yet quite heavy; a fact which I was later to discover first-hand.  Our close contact with the object eventually involved changing its position from vertical to horizontal. As we proceeded in our endeavor, the roll of paper somehow managed to attain its horizontal orientation upon the tip of the big toe on my right foot. Upon my return home and my walk through the living room where my parents were watching their evening television, I resorted to limping somewhat to relieve the pain of the injury I had sustained. When questioned about my unusual method of walking, I assured Mom and Dad that nothing was wrong.  This for two reasons:  1. I was hoping the injury was minor and would not require any significant attention;  2. House rules said that my wanderings were to be confined to our neighborhood and I was NOT to cross the major thoroughfare to where the box company was located. Eventually I 'fessed-up.'  The nail of my big toe on the injured foot was severely bruised (nothing broken, thank goodness). It eventually fell off being replaced by a brand new one.


My Oyster
©2017 Raymond M. Jozwiak




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Monday, July 24, 2017

43,351 . . .

. . . numbers. . . 



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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Remixed . . .

. . . Ocean City Ditty . . .




Ocean City Ditty

Remix, July 2017 by OHO (Jay Graboski, David Reeve & Ray Jozwiak)




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Saturday, July 22, 2017

WTDF? . . .

. . . Double, that is . . .
(http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/trump-pardon-staff-family-article-1.3343453)
". . . President Trump is asking his advisers about his power to pardon his staff and family as part of a plan to undercut the special prosecutor investigating his campaign ties to Russia, a new report said. . . He even wants to know if he can pardon himself. . ."


. . . when are the ADULTS going to come in to stop this foolishness???. . .



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Friday, July 21, 2017

Wine . . .


Friday, July 28th, 2017

6:00PM
15113 Liberty Rd
Mt Airy, MD 21771
USA
(410) 775-2513 [map]
Price: $5.00
OHO performs original folk/prog/jazz/pop-rock and thought-provoking, sophisticated covers as the serene, verdant grape vines cast their spell upon you at Elk Run Vineyeards.  6 - 9 PM




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Thursday, July 20, 2017

Hope ?. . .


(from http://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/putin-g-20-summit-trump-appeared-agreed-russia-did-not-n780961)
". . . According to U.S. and Russian officials, the two leaders have agreed to create a "working group" that would jointly monitor cyber threats and prevent election interference in future elections in both countries and abroad. . . Putin said he hopes the joint project will quell the allegations of Russian hacking. . . "I hope we'll be able to set this scheme up and this will put an end to all the speculation on this subject," he said. . .'


. . . of-fucking-COURSE he does!!!???




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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Evil . . .

. . . and evil . . .



"Don't be so gloomy. After all it's not that awful. Like the fella says, in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. . . "
-Harry Lime (character in The Third Man)




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