The Relativity BlogThe difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.
At least now, when I spend a couple of hours in my self-induced Purgatory I can actually tell that I was there; whereas previously, hours upon hours of labor resulted primarily in musculoskeletal aches and pains and assorted soft-tissue injuries, which of course still...read more
I am definitely in part three now, one month later during which my sole focus has been this ridiculous obsession with digging trenches, pouring pre-mixed concrete down cinder blocks stacked on each other after pounding three-foot sticks of rebar into the...read more
Stone landscaping a garden on a slope, between a fence and a waterfall: Part Two (C): Planting a Tiger-Eye Sumac
As I lay my 70th or 80th concrete block today, I recalled Mark Antony’s soliloquy from Julius Ceaser: “The noble Brutus hath told you Caesar was ambitious: If it were so, it was a grievous fault, And grievously...read more
Stone landscaping a garden on a slope, between a fence and a waterfall: Part Two (C): Passing through doubt
I lead a simple life. I get up in the morning, make the exact same thing for breakfast, drink 8 cups of coffee (I'm sure they're small cups--it's just what it says on the coffee pot when it's just past half full), go to work, come home, work on the project at the work...read more
I still feel like I'm on part two, aesthetically I mean, and I don't know how much of the alphabet I'll get through before emotionally moving on to part three. My nightmare is that I'll devour the 26 characters and have to start over with a Part Two A(a) or some such...read more
I've stopped keeping tract of the time. At first, I thought it'd be kind of cool to see how quickly I could knock this out; alas, it goes not so quickly, and one afternoon seems much as another, and day follows day, each ending in a pile of dirty clothes and sweat...read more
In an effort to decrease my yard maintenance in my out years; I've decided to expend a tremendous amount of energy in my ?in? years, or, at least while I have the requisite muscle mass. I am converting a sloping garden on the side of my house to stone--the...read more
I stopped by Econofoods to pick up a dozen eggs for Sue. I was in a hurry because we were having a few guests over for Mother's Day and so when I thought I heard a faint "Dr. Melarvie" and couldn't identify the direction it came from, I kept walking; but then it was...read more
My first thought about The Alchemist was that it's like The Secret for smart people; but then I thought that all those people who liked The Secret would be insulted at the perceived implication that they might not be smart, but then I thought that that would be...read more
Fie on’t! ah, fie! ‘Tis an unweeded garden that grows to seed; things rank and gross in nature possess it merely.