Monday, March 20, 2006

A Dinghy in the Fleet

Since the Armada has set sail I have been popping around visiting the shipmates on the blogroll, checking the cut of their jibs. Sometimes I say Hey, most times I'm just so humbled by the quality of the writings that I just row away, without a word.
There's some heavies out there that make me ashamed to be even piddling around with this stuff.

Sig 94 comes readily to mind, he just started and his rantings are beautiful. I use the word rantings in a positive sense, here, folks. He's an asset to the fleet.
Pure Gum Spirits is an artist, literally. He posts pics of his work. Wow.
Beth of The Blue Star Chronicles and subject of the recent idiocy of Blogger that was all over the blogs last week was kind enough to pay lil' ol' me a visit...I must return the favor. Maybe I'll bring her a cake!
Misha over at The Rotweiller? Oh Lord...the guy's pure genius with obscenity as a verbal artform. Enough so that one truly never ever wants to be on the receiving end of his ire.
Even my fellow inhabitant of the Hillbilly Ecosystem, HillbillyWhite Trash cranks out a good one now and then.

These are just the tip of the iceberg. There's just so much brainpower out there. And not just with that blogroll, it's everywhere.
And it all makes me feel stupid. I just barely graduated from high school almost 30 years ago.
I read some of these blogs and think 'Damn! I shoulda been paying more attention!'
The well thought out opinion and carefully crafted sentence is a thing of beauty to me. A rational argument presented in print is like porn to me. I love to read it, can't get enough. I don't know how they do it.
Yeah I do...they be edjucated. Me? The grey matter is going stale. Frittered away pursuing other things, other thoughts, other interests for all these years. Having kids late in life don't help. That'll cook what brainpower you have quick. I don't have the analytical mind for politics, at least enough so to ferret out the facts and present my opinion in an intelligent way. I just know what's right and what's wrong. And even then I can't tell you why. But oh, how I do enjoy and admire those that can and do!

I started doing this just as vent, nearly 2 years ago. Politics wasn't to be the focus of this c'here place. I actually didn't have a point. Just wanted to ramble about life in the hills, local crap, any funny family stuff, some national events and how it would or could effect our lives here in the land that time forgot. Just stuff. Also, if anybody thought it was slightly amusing, it was a big plus. I tend to attempt to treat things in a flippant matter. Even if it's something I'm dead serious about. (some sort of character flaw any garden variety shrink could readily explain, I'm sure. Dangit, there I go again!) Yes, I'm an aging former class clown. Which might explain just WHY I can't write worth a crap most times-I was too busy cracking jokes about 'conjugating verbs'.

Friends around here encourage me and say I'm smart. But, considering just exactly where I live, the compliment is relative. As the saying goes: In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is King. We ain't skewing any IQ stats around here, so to say I'm smart is probably the same as average anywhere else in this country. About the only thing I do know about my smarts is that they are a 'different' kind. 20 years out here has gave me a gob of arcane survival skills, pioneer knowledge, if you will, beyond just knowing how to handle a firearm. I can take some comfort in the fact that IF the shit ever hit the fan I just might be able to eke out a life for a wee bit longer than my big city cousins.

Well, that's about all I wanted to blubber about. Just feeling a little stupid in the presence of smart folk. That happens to me alot. I just don't usually write about it. If you've even got this far, you truly have too much time on your hands. Ok, enough wallowing in all this 'I'm not worthy' self pity.
I will say this- I'm inspired to attempt to get better at this. I don't aspire to be among the big dogs, I just don't want to be an embaressement to them as I trot alongside. Heck, one day I might actually be able to tell you what a conjugated verb is!


Blogger Lemuel Calhoon said...

"A rational argument presented in print is like porn to me. I love to read it, can't get enough. I don't know how they do it."

And porn, to me, seems like a good idea.

Seriously, you do a good job.

I think that a conjugated verb is one of those spicy Indian dishes involving ground lamb, but I could be wrong.

3/20/2006 6:25 PM  
Blogger sig94 said...

Thanks for the compliment. The praise of peers is really appreciated. And don't ever sell yourself short. Some of the most gifted writers spend their time generating nothing but crap. A clear head and honest perspective is more valuable than a Pulitzer.

3/20/2006 6:41 PM  
Blogger sig94 said...

Cookie over at Cookshack left this message for me

"would you contact, or leave a message with White Trash Republican to take a read at my site. For some reason I can't post a comment or get a track-back at her site....thanks amigo...."

I don't see an email link up in your site so I'mdropping off the message here. :-)

3/20/2006 9:26 PM  
Blogger Lemuel Calhoon said...

Like Sig94 I heard from Cookie at

He says that he has been trying to post a comment here but can't.

he has a message for you on his blog.

3/20/2006 9:39 PM  
Blogger white trash republican said...

Copy all that!
I've gave Cookie a shout over at his place.
Thanks, guys.

3/20/2006 10:47 PM  

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