About rfljenksy

Just a little girl in a big world. I've been saying this about myself since I joined the Navy back in 1984. Someone once asked me if I stole this quote from Marilyn Monroe. I was naive enough at the time to think that I could have come up with anything that original and said "No, I made it up." “I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love.” ― Marilyn Monroe I am once again in the middle of starting a new career path. I am loving life and just want to share a few of my travel adventures with some of the people I love the most.

Hardcore – 80s



Though punk rock ‘s first wave was a strictly ’70s phenomenon, the form most certainly bled into the ’80s, primarily on America’s West Coast, where scores of bands forged a more concentrated, speedy and aggressive form of punk called hardcore.        
I never got into punk rock when I was in high-school back in the 80s.  I liked a wide variety of music but I was more of a bubblegum pop kind of girl.  I also did not enjoy metal.  I think that’s why I find it interesting that I currently am surprised by all of the music that I now really like.  What sounded like metal to me in the 80s, is now classic rock!! What was punk, is now, well still punk.. but I enjoy quite a bit of it.  Though I am still a bit of a bubblegum pop kind of girl..
(I really searched long and hard for a slang phrase to end my thoughts on the subject of punk… as you can imagine… there were not a lot of counter-culture words or phrases associated with that genre and era.  Likely that is largely due to slang for groups would have sort of been the anti-thing to create for the punk groups.)
I was walking through the neighborhood today and ran into the below window display.  Despite not being into that genre for sound, I have always loved the style.
“My eyes burn with tears, and I’m so tired. So tired of holding back everything I feel and want to say. So tired of being someone I’m not and making mistakes that I didn’t have any fun making.”  ― Penelope Douglas

“She smashes her knuckles into winter
As autumn’s wind fades into black
She is the saint of all the sinners,
the one whose fallen through the cracks…  ~~~(iViva la Gloria!)” ~  Billie Joe Armstrong

“Dont test me,
Second guess me,
Protest me,
You will DISAPEAR!

(East Jesus of Nowhere)” ~~~ Billie Joe Armstrong

“Punk rock should mean freedom, liking and excepting anything that you like. Playing whatever you want. As sloppy as you want. As long as it’s good and it has passion.”
― Kurt Cobain

a sort of spirit.; The Smug Pistols: Posh Anarchy From the Upper Class Punk Band; Wheels!; Favourite of the month #75; Various – Johnny Hanson Presents… Puck Rock Vol. 1 Alternative Rock, Garage Rock, Punk Music Album Compilation; The Blue-Haired Lady; THE WHO: Hooligans (1981); London’s Lost Music Venues; Fischer & Forde : It’s Just Business; Rebellion 2022 – Friday;  End of the Road 2022

punk  [pəNGk]  ~~ NOUN ~ punk rock (noun)

  1. a loud, fast-moving, and aggressive form of rock music, popular in the late 1970s and early 1980s:    “punk had turned pop music and its attendant culture on its head”
    • an admirer or player of punk rock, typically characterized by colored spiked hair and clothing decorated with safety pins or zippers.

diurnal course


The period of light between sunrise and sunset
daylight ~~ daytime ~~ aurora ~~ cockcrow ~~ dawn ~~ daybreak ~~ morn ~~ sunup ~~ bright ~~ waking day ~~ broad daylight ~~ light of day ~~ hours of light ~~ mean solar day ~~ hours of sunlight ~~ dawn-to-dark ~~ early bright ~~ dusk to dawn ~~ first light ~~ crack of dawn ~~ break of day ~~ dayspring ~~ day peep ~~ first blush ~~ peep of day ~~break of dawn ~~ wee hours ~~chasma ~~forenoon ~~ half-light ~~ flush of the morning ~~dawnlight ~~ cockcrowing ~~ broad day ~~ the crack of dawn ~~ polar light ~~ morningtide ~~ cocklight ~~sparrow-fart ~~ reveille ~~first brightening
“And yet day and night meet fleetingly at twilight and dawn,” he said, lowering his voice again and narrowing his eyes and moving his head a quarter of an inch closer to hers. “And their merging sometimes affords the beholder the most enchanted moments of all the twenty four hours. A sunrise or sunset can be ablaze with brilliance and arouse all the passion, all the yearning, in the soul of the beholder.”
― Mary Balogh

“HEARTWORK
Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate
ART.”
― Suzy Kassem

zzzzz ~

fantastical


fantastical ~  adjective – – US    /fænˈtæs.tɪ.kəl/ UK 
Strange and wonderful, like something out of a story:
Fantastical Buddhisttemples and medievalcastlescling to Bhutan’s mistyvalleys.
So strange or extreme that it does not seem to be true or reasonable:
Nobody knew what to make of the fantastical claims she had made to police.
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living.”
― Dr. Seuss
Every place I go is more interesting than the last. Every place I leave makes me long to just go back.  So many people, places, cultures.  It’s all so fantastical.  Never in my wildest, childest dreams could I have imagined my life as it is today.  Here I am and here I go.  Oh the wonderful places.  All of the wonderful places.  With so many more in front of me.
Every day presents to me a new and delightful surprise.
“Fantasy is escapist, and that is its glory. If a soldier is imprisioned by the enemy, don’t we consider it his duty to escape?. . .If we value the freedom of mind and soul, if we’re partisans of liberty, then it’s our plain duty to escape, and to take as many people with us as we can!”
― J.R.R. Tolkien
fantastical worlds:

vantage


van·tage  [ˈvan(t)ij]    NOUN
vantage point (noun)
a place or position affording a good view of something:
“from my vantage point I could see into the front yard” · 
synonyms:
point of view · viewpoint · standpoint · stance · stand · view · opinion · position · way of thinking · frame of mind · outlook · perspective · angle · slant
“The fact that we live at the bottom of a deep gravity well, on the surface of a gas covered planet going around a nuclear fireball 90 million miles away and think this to be normal is obviously some indication of how skewed our perspective tends to be.”
― Douglas Adams

View from my hotel room.  Only thing changed was zoom, time of day, and angle. I was mesmerized by the view.  Simply said, a different vantage point completely changed my perspective of what I was looking at.

“There are no facts, only interpretations.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

I had to change my room but they only moved me one floor down and same side of the building but over about 5 rooms.  Again, same view but slightly different view point.

“One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.”
― Tim Burton

A tiny movement of your body can show you things you never saw or hide things you want to ignore.  The same rationale should be used when looking at people.  And in my opinion it is how we should look at life in general.

“We’re so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody’s going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don’t even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven’t learned how to care for one another. We’re gonna save the fuckin’ planet? . . . And, by the way, there’s nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin’ great. It’s been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn’t goin’ anywhere, folks. We are! We’re goin’ away. Pack your shit, we’re goin’ away. And we won’t leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we’ll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake.”
― George Carlin

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“Look again at that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every “superstar,” every “supreme leader,” every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot.

Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.

The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.

― Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

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It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
― Carl Sagan

Perspectives and viewpoints:

From an Interesting Angle; Loose change, or: Nothing changes; Freezing torrents, or: Hope’s bud; Musings; All About Perspective; Fungi perspective; Road Trippin’ USA; Gaining Perspective;  work-life balance; ChangeLive Today!; Viewpoint; The best ideas come as jokes…; Silence; Burning Fall; Stance; Change on Change; RDP Thursday – Distorted Wide Angle Style;  An old writer’s day: angles and reflections;

Landlubber


land·lub·ber
[ˈlan(d)ˌləbər]  NOUN
informal ~~~ a person unfamiliar with the sea or sailing.

Extension (with land) of earlier lubber. Compare also landloper . ( nautical, derogatory) Someone unfamiliar with the sea or seamanship, especially a novice seaman .

We are tied to the ocean. And when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch – we are going back from whence we came.  ~~John F. Kennedy

It’s what we call… people afraid of the sea or unfamiliar with the sea or those who are very easily seasick or someone who has never been in the open ocean.   People who do not respect the power, beauty, and awe of the ocean and even those who love looking at the ocean from the safety of the shore.

The fishermen know that the sea is dangerous and the storm terrible, but they have never found these dangers sufficient reason for remaining ashore. ~~Vincent Van Gogh

I accept and respect that it is not for everyone.  Even if I do not understand it I respect it.  It just means more ocean for me.  To truly enjoy being in the middle of the ocean, you need a vessel.  A ship.  A boat.  Whatever you want to call it.. you need something to float on.

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea. ~~Antoine de Saint-Exupery

I mean you got to start somewhere right?  Ok, I didn’t buy it but was completely mesmerized with it.  Along with these other boats spotted on the water in Doha.

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.”  ~~ Henry David Thoreau

The sea does not reward those who are too anxious, too greedy, or too impatient. One should lie empty, open, choiceless as a beach – waiting for a gift from the sea. ~~Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Other boats, floaters, ships, kayaks, and rafts, in other places.

“I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living.”
~~ Anais Nin

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.  ~~Jacques Yves Cousteau

“I have been feeling very clearheaded lately and what I want to write about today is the sea. It contains so many colors. Silver at dawn, green at noon, dark blue in the evening. Sometimes it looks almost red. Or it will turn the color of old coins. Right now the shadows of clouds are dragging across it, and patches of sunlight are touching down everywhere. White strings of gulls drag over it like beads.

It is my favorite thing, I think, that I have ever seen. Sometimes I catch myself staring at it and forget my duties. It seems big enough to contain everything anyone could ever feel.”
~~ Anthony Doerr

Oceans, Landlubbers, Boats:

My Little Boat; Arr, Matey;  The ship; A Week in NorfolkAnd the landlubbers lie down below, below, below.  Oceans; Ocean Sunset; LANDLUBBERS; BOAT ON THE ROCKS; From Bimini to Space; Bula Bula from Savu Savu; Ahoy me Landlubbers; Ocean; Mid-Week Monochrome #95 – Boats; Sailor Speak of the Week – BlockAn Ocean Adventure ; The Story So Far – A Pirate’s TaleA Real Pirate?  Packet Boat on the Monongahela; A boat with a view