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wise words are like family and a comfortable old blanket

March3

this post is inspired by daylight savings time.

however, the following (the quote, not the preamble) was shared with me by one of my “Uncle Bob’s“, via email recently.

Bob roehrs copythis particular Uncle Bob is the husband of my Mom’s (Mom is currently deceased) best friend, and my Godmother, Phyllis. he is certainly an inspiration with his commitment to riding and charity at the age of eighty-seven (87). he travels around the country riding for a number of charities.

Uncle Bob is relevant, and current.

wisdom just tells.

this particular and unique Bob is not to be confused with my other two storied Uncle Bob’s you might know about.

that short list includes, Robert “Sonny” Cork /1 ↓, my Dad’s brother, whom is also currently deceased (relative to my Mom), and Bob Cork, from the “other side of the family” (I call him my “Earth-Two” Uncle), whom is a great story-teller, but currently losing a battle with dementia. NOTE: Dementia, in this case reminds me of a Muslim maxim, “the punishment is in the promise and the promise is in the punishment”. Bob can recount, and often does, his stories – which are rich and meaningful – but he is forgetting almost everything else.earth two

I can’t tell you this was actually said, but I do think it sounds reasonable:

“When told the reason for daylight savings time, an old and wise Indian allegedly said, ‘Only the government would try and lead you to believe that we could cut a foot off the top of a blanket, sew it on to the bottom of the same blanket, and some how have a longer blanket’ “.

Uncle Bob, whom was a very successful financial executive, added one comment:

“and then embark on a 10 billion dollar media blitz to try to convince us that it really does make the blanket longer”.

north point mosaicI wish I could call my Earth-Two Uncle Bob and share all of this with him. I know he would pause only for a moment and then come up with some corollary Indian tale that weaves all of this together in a brilliant tapestry that adds to life. we are all part of that.

that made me think of a series shared at North Point Community Church called Mosaic. this image is from that. look at the pieces. each separately told it’s own story. together, they told a completely different one with a whole different, and much richer, t meaning.

peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

brian patrick cork

NOTE: the reference to “earth two” is relative to the DC Universe, and not to be confused with a past and ill-fated television show, that was lame.

1/ ↑ In my Dad’s family, all the kids were nicknamed, “Sis”, “Sonny”, “Bud”, and “Babe”.

Movies, Life and Stuff

January6

Obviously I am never short on opinions.

But, you – like my clients (and, bored people) and, apparently world leaders and decision-makers alike (but, few others) seem to care. We had 25000 visitors yesterday.

So, keeping lit light – but culturally relevant – today I decided that two movies are important in your lives. Mostly because they are stories about relationships and how people fit into society.

I like Fandango.  The cast is great and the story line has always fascinated me. I have had many of my own “fear and loathing” road trips; grappled with angst; and survived (some times those with me did not).

Facing death by growing up is/ was a transitional point in almost all of our lives.

Me?  I still Fandango.

I also like  The Darjeeling Limited. Owen Wilson is brilliant (But, so, are his cast mates). He might be underrated for his unconscious wit and elegant ability to help us observe the absurd and make us realize it’s normalcy (what the hell does that mean?).

Apparently this movie gives us some insight around streams of consciousness around many Indian (as in Bollywood) movies.

But, I am currently struggling through my relationship with my own brother Greg. So, this movie just hit home – and, reminded me of our extended European trek in 1987.

So… Along an unrelated train (ha!) of thought, why do Americans (How ironic – I should say white settlers) despise Indians so much?

It’s true.  We do.

We really hate them when it comes to Call Centers and Help Desks. But, we seem to have a love-hate relationship with that part of the world. But, we also hated the American Indians when we invaded their lands.

Never mind. Just a thought.

Go listen to “You” by Buckcherry.  But, only because I said so.

Peace be to my Brothers and Sisters.

Brian Patrick Cork

What’s All This About?

"What am I looking at?", you might wonder.

Lots of stuff.

Meanwhile, here, I discuss events, people and things in our world - and, my (hardly simplistic, albeit inarticulate) views around them.

You'll also learn things about, well, things, like people you need to know about, and information about companies you can't find anywhere else.

So, while I harangue the public in my not so gentle way, you will discover that I am fascinated by all things arcane, curious about those whom appear religious, love music, dabble in politics, loathe the media, value education, still think I am an athlete, and might offer a recipe.

All the while, striving mightily, and daily, to remain a prudent and optimistic gentleman - and, authentic.

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