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;

Hobnobber


Hobnobber – noun –  hob·​nob | \ ˈhäb-ˌnäb  \   hobnobbed; hobnobbing.  A person frequently seen in the company of another.

Definition of hobnob  – intransitive verb   1:  archaic : to drink sociably  2: to associate familiarlyAnother word for the same thing that I did not know was “compeer”.  However, upon further digging, to “hobnob” actually means attempting to frequent yourself with those of a higher class or status while “compeer”  signifies associating with one that is equal to another in status, achievement, or value. To me the difference between the two is exemplified in the below quote.

“Fitting in is about assessing a situation and becoming who you need to be to be accepted. Belonging, on the other hand, doesn’t require us to change who we are; it requires us to be who we are.”  ― Brené Brown

I have been fortunate enough, more often than not, to be surrounded by compeers rather than to be stuck hobnobbing with those who either were (or felt they were) at a higher class or status than I.

Hobnobbery can be snobbery but can at times be fun.  But life in general should be more about being completely yourself.  This is an opinion of mine that is not often accepted or respected.  I do believe that in the end all we are left with is our one true self.  Being myself has really created, for me, a safe place.  A place where I know who I know and I am who I am.  I have reached some of the highest heights but eventually, I always land back in the comfortable place and in the comforting arms of those I love and understand the most.  And I really think (or at least I hope) that “mostly” they all feel the same about me.

“My peers are my role models, and my role models are my peers. Which is extraordinary.”  ― David Levithan
peers, friends, hobnobbing

Be You and find true friends; Reminiscence: NaPoWriMo 2022, Day 21; Accepted; hobnobbery; Hobnobbing with Henry; What is a peer?; true friends will make time; You’re a Good Friend;  You Don’t Lose Friends, You Lose Frauds; Bates Motel Day #17 – Piglet Visits Again & I Re-Take Stock Of True Friends;  A true friend;  TRUE FRIENDSHIP

Badassery


Badass. (vulgar); (slang) A badass is someone who is very tough or mean. Don’t mess with him, he’s a real badass! (slang) A person who has extreme attitudes and behavior and is admired by others. In this sense, calling someone a badass is a compliment.

After three years of life kicking my ass, I feel like I need to visit some of my more outstanding personalities for a change.  The personality that did not allow my ass to be kicked.  The personality that permitted me to jump back up no matter what laid me down.  The personality that assured me that I was not the weaker link and that I mattered.  I am slowly regaining my smojo!!  (Yes, I did just make up that word and that is A-O-K.  That is because I am:

Savage, not Average.

That’s the only way to bounce back up.  Find the attitude, don’t need to be rude, just know that those who mess with you are likely to be less than you.
I rarely take pics of myself but of all of the ones I have taken, there is something about this one from my time in Lagos that just makes me smile every – single – time.  First off, I think we all look a little badass. I am NOT tough or mean but this picture makes me feel like I could surely play the part if needed.  Personally, I think it was more the company I kept.  Cool group of people and full of life and fun.  And yes true badasses.  A time I will never forget.  This picture.  Nothing more needs to be said.
“Don’t wish it were easier, wish you were better.” – Jim Rohn
“The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain
Best Badass quotes & Savage Captions
  • If you don’t like me. it’s because I don’t want you to.
  • The Question Isn’t Who Is Going To Let Me: It’s Who Is Going To Stop Me. – Ayn Rand
  • They play the game I change the game.
  • Tough Times Never Last, But Tough People Do. – Dr. Robert Schuller
  • In A World Full Of Copies, Be An Original.
  • Don’t like me? u*k off Problem Solved
All I can say is that it takes all kinds and anyone can be one.

Gadabout


Gadabout (noun) Origin: English | gad·about A person who travels often or to many different places for pleasure (and for me for work)!! 

For now it’s a gad-about for work.. but in the future, I hope to live through some of the same opportunities but only for pleasure!!!

A common gadabout who freely wanders over the landscape with wanton disregard. His days are spent picking up all the stray free words he can handle and squirreling them away for later use.
Subsequently, (days, months or years later) working by candlelight and hidden away in his dank, musty secluded lair, the rogue simply rearranges the collected words on yellowed bond with a sharpened quill ink pen fashioned from the tail feather of a bald-headed vulture.
Once finished, the dastardly cur audaciously attempts to sell those assembled pages for fleeting fame and profit.”

― Leopold Throckmorton

Superannuate


Superannuate

Meaning:

  • (Verb) The formal slang of letting someone go professionally and with a pension.

They said I was too young.  They said I would get bored.  They said I would not have enough money to live comfortably.  To them I say,  I think not!

Random Misadventures of a not yet retired grammy.

Still working.. though it sure didn’t feel like it today!

Cheers!