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1) I’m happy that I’ve found something new to enhance my gift-giving this year. It, (this thing), is so terribly clarklike, so I will refrain from saying any more until next week, when this ‘hop will have already, just, sorta already occurred. (ok, one hint: you know how last year I awarded myself a prize for ‘The Worst Christmas Wrapper-of-Presents-and-such’?  this is even better….)

2)  (previous entry deleted for being too ‘late-night-stupid’ sometimes I write things and, if I come back and read it, I realize that it was not nearly as clever or funny or insightful as I thought as the words were appearing on my computer at 11:35 pm… totally grateful for when that happens.)

3)  vidchats small or large, many or few, these slices of the life in the 21st Century are very cool… last night it was zoe and val and Jean stopped by, talk of books and writing, the internet and the Gravity Challenge

4)  Blogdominion… working on Chapter 10 (we’ll be hearing from Tom Fearing and Sister Margaret Ryan and, once again, Chicago is the center of the intrigue for our intrepid band of nearly-imaginary people..)

5)  Una who, as I mentioned to zoe and val on the chat, has reached the stage in maturity where she has learned to bark quietly… sort of out of the corner of her mouth. Bella, and Ola before her, all had this pleasing ability.

6)  Book of Secret Rules (aka Secret Book of Rules) which allows anything that (a) participant would like to try, on the condition that they are willing to convince a certain group of virgins, (the SGV), who stand vigil on the Book. Not a frivolous undertaking, and you know how virgins can be, half of them are impatiently annoyed at their status and the other half wonder what all the fuss is about (while knowing fully well, but persist in the delusion that we don’t know that about them)

7)  The weather that continues in it’s moderate ways and the approaching solstice when Winter will end

8)  Six Sentence Stories… for me, they are enjoyable exercises in my ongoing effort to learn to write better.

9)archives of old Posts… specifically this TToT from a Year Ago (I liked it ’cause it ties into Item 1…. which is a good thing, because re-reading this list upon waking this morning I was starting to get the ‘oh-sure-clark-how-very-clever-at-11-pm… but then I read through the Comments (of this Post from last year and I was all, ‘dude! where did you find the time! that was a lot of work) speaking of faux secrets of the universe and stunning, yet metaphorical insights into life, and such…. ayiiie (clarks are warned: ‘The Following may be too Disturbing to Read Please look away or, as a gift that may save your mental health below this Item is a youtube of an artifact from the late sixties, early 70s (1971 to be precise) I hesitate to think how many of you were not yet present on this planet… go and listen to an example of what might be seen as the roots of the ubiquitous rap/hip hop music of the current day… to…who knows. Have we interrupted the momentum of ‘what?! there’s something I shouldn’t know??  tell me!!’  see below at the sign of the *


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*my Saturday semi-epiphany is simply this: we all share the experience of time passing faster and faster as we grow up and older. When I was 5 years old, today, this very day might be the Saturday before Christmas and it, (this Saturday, not Christmas), would take forever to pass by….from the cereal (in plastic bowls, certainly long since banned from homes as unsafe as food storage, never mind serving bowls!) in front of the TV (Cherrios or Rice Crispies, more than likely unless my mother happened to be feeling especially exuberant the previous week, in which case it might be Frosted Flakes or even Sugar Smacks) and then, around 11:30 getting out of pajamas and into real clothes and spending the day…. sad to say, I can’t remember how I would pass the Saturday before Christmas but what I’ve getting at is that the day would take forever to go by for this 5 year old clark. Today, right at this moment, I’m looking at this clock (yes, pun implied) and wondering if I have enough time to finish this post and get some editing time in on Chapter 10 before I leave for work. If there is some, as yet un-discovered calculus for measuring subjective time (sort of like the age of dogs, relative to the human lifespan, but sideways), then the Saturday that took a week to pass will be over in 4 hours today. But… but what I’m getting at is suppose this subjective acceleration continues… we all joke to old(er) people, ‘oh my! for you the years must pass by like months’    suppose the rate of acceleration increases.   The Science channel has been running several ‘different’ shows with black holes as the topic. Very interesting, how as an object is drawn in, it’s speed of falling increases to the outside observer and yet, the opposite is the case to the one falling in… for them time slows down. Suppose time (or the subjective experience of it) speeds up to infinity. Then our very last moments would last forever.


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  1. Denise says:

    Frist! by golly!

  2. Jen @ Driftwood Gardens says:

    Good list. I wish you and Phyllis and Una the happiest holiday season. Remember, it’s not the wrapping that counts, it’s the thought!

  3. Denise says:

    You can’t tell me Gil was not a major influence for David Byrne LOL You know exactly the song to which I refer :D

    Nice post today. I will go and re-read post from a year ago….


  4. valj2750 says:

    I forever love your take on the Winter Solstice being the end of winter. Days getting longer and such. Vid chat was fun, Jean an interesting woman I’d like to meet again. I will catch up with you in the week at Blogdominion and the Gravity Challenge. That photo is great – I thought it was of two old souls (you and I perhaps?) until I realized the musical muchachos.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      I actually didn’t not see the interior figures (within the drawing) for an embarrassingly long time! Jean is very cool. vidchat… always enjoyable given the people who come to visit, small surprise there!

  5. Ooh…bark quietly….am in the process of teaching Cloudy that! Not easy indeed. Merry Xmas, Clark!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      same back atcha hey, you need to set your alarm clock (or, given that you’re clear on the other side of the planet) or your calendar! lol and stop in on on of the vidchats soon…. (it was you and me and Lizzi who were original hosts, afterall)

  6. Kristi says:

    Time has always fascinated me. And because it will take me too much time to try to adequately express my views on that subject, I will just leave it at that, but I am intrigued by your black hole analogy.
    Merry Christmas! Curious about #1.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      lol (I’ll take a chance and suggest that there is a delightful irony in you statement. I am surprisingly uncertain sometimes about analogies versus metaphor, irony versus…. non ironic(?) lol
      same to you and them!

  7. Christine says:

    At least the winter solstice means longer days, if not warmer temps.
    Your paragraphs on time flying brought two thoughts back.
    1. One of my favorite movies, The Jerk, has a scene where he goes through the length of their relationship. Something to the effect of, “the first day seemed like a week, the second day seemed like two days, the third day was just a day, cause you were visiting your mom…”
    2. I once heard it said, “life is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end, the faster it goes.” I hate that very true statement.
    My dogs, though aged 11 and 8, have yet to reach the mature age of quite barking.
    A jolly Christmas to you, Phyllis, and Una!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      as artificial and therefore imaginary the comfort I derive from the length of daylight increasing, it still somehow helps and, in combination with the accelerating passage of time….maybe spring is just around the corner (..or not lol)
      hey! speaking of scotts, you probably already know this, but of the three worldviews, scotts are the most susceptible to Season Affective Disorder, you should head south, even if only a long weekend. All the scotts I talk tell me that, even a short time in a place with proper amount of sunlight makes a huge difference.


  8. Carin says:

    9. Reading past TToT. I should do that to remind me about some good things in my life.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      indeed, a view to the past can sometimes provide a perspective that has a different effect than it had ‘the first time around’

  9. lrconsiderer says:

    Hahahah I do like how the 7GV’s little characters are developing with time.

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah… even though they have official names (as well as personal names) there are a couple that I think I could be fond of

  10. I just love the SGV and the BoSR/SBoR. Truly.
    Can’t wait to hear about your wrapping solution – I hate wrapping gifts with all the force of a hundred demons.
    Merry Christmas to you and Phyllis and Una – and happy end of winter!