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.


Definition of crackpot : one given to eccentric or lunatic notions

If the guy out in the woods with the Michigan Militia is a real estate negotiator, instead of some crackpot, and has a normal life, that’s unnerving. You don’t want to think it’s as normal as the guy next door, hedging his lawn. It’s easier to demonize or separate them off from ‘us.’ –Michael Moore

British slang.  First known use of crackpot, 1883. “mentally unbalanced person,” 1898, probably from crack (v.) + pot (n.1) in a slang sense of “head.” Compare crack-brain “crazy fellow” (late 16c.). 


Examples of crackpot in a Sentence

Some crackpot in a clown suit is out there directing traffic. everyone is tolerant of the town crackpot, a man who never hurt anyone


  • character,  codger, crack, crackbrain, crank, eccentric, flake, fruitcake, head case, kook, nut, nutcase, nutter, oddball, oddity, screwball, weirdo, zany


And when you look long into an abyss, the abyss also looks into you. Ahh . . . an educated man. Well, you’re not as stupid as you look. Don’t quote Nietzsche at me, kid. That German crackpot wouldn’t know a real monster if it bit him on the ass. – Larry Correia


The world is full of them:  Obsessed Bird; Fragments of the Unhinged; Grief ~ a crown cinquainGovernment?; SONNET 29: PHALLIC POWER; The crazy -cracy words!; Gleefully Unhinged; Struggling to Be; Unmasked; Musings; lost souls



neologism – early 19th century: from French néologisme . A newly coined word or expression. – Words or expressions used within a profession, industry or group.

Slang is a language that rolls up its sleeves, spits on its hands and goes to work. ~~Carl Sandburg

Slang – The subset of a language.  It’s a type of communication that includes words and phrases that are generally informal and usually restricted to the people of a specific age, group, gender, or location. Secret speak, private coms, military acronyms, etc.  Communications that no one understands but the people within that special group or clan.  It’s the mother tongue of an entire nation down to the the quiet understanding of family that grew up in the same house and often does not even involve words.  

“Hey, you sass that hoopy Ford Prefect? There’s a frood who really knows where his towel is.” (Sass: know, be aware of, meet, have sex with; hoopy: really together guy; frood: really amazingly together guy.)” ~~ Douglas Adams Hitchhiker’s Guide To the Galaxy

The language of sisters is even more private.  It’s a language that started straight out of the womb, through the good times, the bad hair, the break ups, and the births.  Through the rough spots where you stop talking completely to the devastating losses that bring you bring you back together.  From the beginning to the end.

“Sisters don’t need words. They have perfected their own secret language of smiles, sniffs, sighs, gasps, winks and eye rolls.” ~~ Unknown

My sisters

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“Sisters may drive you crazy, get into your stuff and irritate you.                        However, if anyone else dares say so, a sister will defend you to the death.”                      ~~ Unknown

Followed by my daughters – the apples do not fall far from the trees.  Nor, apparently, do the experiences!! 

“We are sisters. We will always be sisters. Our differences may never go away, but neither, for me, will our song.”- Elizabeth Fishel 

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“At this point, none of us are sure why we fight. We’re sisters. We need no good reason to fight, even though we have plenty of them.” ~~ Ken Wheaton 

Pidgin – An amalgamation of two disparate languages, used by two populations having no common language as a lingua franca to communicate with each other, lacking formalized grammar and having a small, utilitarian vocabulary and no native speakers. Restructured language.

Vernacular – Adjective: Used in or suitable for everyday conversation rather than formal or official contexts. Of, or pertaining to, everyday or colloquial language. Limited to a particular area. Of the indigenous inhabitants of a place. From or in a nearby location. Noun: The language or dialect spoken by the ordinary people in a particular country or region. Commonly known term.

Argot – A secret language or conventional slang peculiar to thieves, tramps and vagabonds

“Well,’ said Can o’ Beans, a bit hesitantly,’ imprecise speech is one of the major causes of mental illness in human beings.’
Quite so. The inability to correctly perceive reality is often responsible for humans’ insane behavior. And every time they substitute an all-purpose, sloppy slang word for the words that would accurately describe an emotion or a situation, it lowers their reality orientations, pushes them farther from shore, out onto the foggy waters of alienation and confusion.’
The manner in which the other were regarding him/her made Can O’ Beans feel compelled to continue. ‘The word neat, for example, has precise connotations. Neat means tidy, orderly, well-groomed. It’s a valuable tool for describing the appearance of a room, a hairdo, or a manuscript. When it’s generically and inappropriately applied, though, as it is in the slang aspect, it only obscures the true nature of the thing or feeling that it’s supposed to be representing. It’s turned into a sponge word. You can wring meanings out of it by the bucketful–and never know which one is right. When a person says a movie is ‘neat,’ does he mean that it’s funny or tragic or thrilling or romantic, does he mean that the cinematography is beautiful, the acting heartfelt, the script intelligent, the direction deft, or the leading lady has cleavage to die for? Slang possesses an economy, an immediacy that’s attractive, all right, but it devalues experience by standardizing and fuzzing it. It hangs between humanity and the real world like a . . . a veil. Slang just makes people more stupid, that’s all, and stupidity eventually makes them crazy. I’d hate to ever see that kind of craziness rub off onto objects.”   ~~ Tom Robbins

Languages:  Alexis; Secret Language of Winter; Misky; MjDixit; ContentCatnip; BHW; dragonflypoetry; MSnubutterflies; thoughtsmith; lacaschronicles; FamFriendDB; Family’s secret language; vox; storyreadingape



Sprachgefühl (noun) Origin: German | A person who has the feel for a language.

This literally translates as ‘language feeling’ from compound nouns combining Sprache (language) and Gefühl (feeling). Basically, this does not only refer to a person who has a good understanding of foreign languages but also to a person who has intuitiveness for what is linguistically appropriate.

The truth is, I have no real understanding of foreign languages.  I do have a good understanding and am very intuitive to what people are saying, meaning, or wanting though. I’m perceptive to the needs of others.  Not always accommodating but very perceptive to what they want or need.

I have taken both Spanish and Nepali courses for work.  Nepali was easier for me because it was completely not logical and did not even use the U.S. alphabet but an easier form of Hindi.  I was also able to learn the Korean alphabet when I was in Korea. However, the Spanish language was and continues to be a struggle for me.  There is something about learning a very hard language that makes the teachers a little more forgiving and makes the learning more memorable.  

As you can see, I was a very diligent student.  However, few of the measures I took helped me learn the language.  I just do not have a mind for this type of thing.  I enjoyed the role playing, the music, the movies and I could always get the gist.  But the memorizing of nonsensical words in nonsensical sentences didn’t help me at all.  It was exhausting.

After 7 months of Spanish, a few weeks in Ecuador in a language program, and many folks doing their best to help me out, I was still confusing past, present, future, imperative, gender, words in general.  I think because Spanish is everywhere and you can make out so many of the words, i felt it would be so much easier.

For me it was not.  I cannot tell you how many times I would be telling someone a story about my childhood in Spanish, and the person would look at me and say, “Wait, me?  Wait, you?  Wait, who are you talking about?”  My feelings were that if you did not understand me completely, you should at least understand if you or I had done something.. work it out man.  When i tell you a story about being attacked by a seal…. do you really have to ask “who” was attacked by a seal? I mean, unless you were actually attacked by a seal then yes, that is a great question.  Anyways.  

Once I completed my language classes, I completely enjoyed every country I visited.  I loved being able to even partially communicate in any of the languages of the countries I visited.  It completely changed the travel experience. 

Also, even though I did not quite know all the words, I was able to tell jokes, laugh at jokes, sing along, and carry on broken conversations with just about anyone. I think that having a “feel” for a language is sometimes more important than to be able to speak it perfectly.  Sadly my bosses do not always agree with my philosophy .. and sure they are at least partly right.  I do know that I had fun and I do know that people had fun with me and sometimes at my expense for my communication errors.  In my world, that means total success.

I have been to many countries at this point and in many of the countries I never spoke the language at all.  I think if you looked at all of the pictures below, you would not be able to know which countries I understood and spoke the languages and which ones I did not.  For me, the understanding came with the smiles.  It came with laughing over common states of being.  It came from eating and drinking the same food and realizing that we all had some of the same joys and some of the same sadnesses. 

I am definitely classifiable as a Sprachgefühl … if that is even a classifiable state of being.  See, not even sure if this is a real word, but you feel me, right?

what does the dog say?   Rochelle; Ibonoco; varnika; Rosie; Troy; Debasis; Jim; Rebecca; helen; annette; libertatemamo; albigensia; Cherie; suzanne

Day 12 – Astrology vs Astronomy… hmmm.

I have been signed up for this Astrology Newsletter for years now.  There is something about the vagueness of many of the weekly readings that I am drawn to.  This one is also packed full of very interesting and affirming quotes and ideas. I do not read the entire newsletter every week but I will always read my horoscope.  It comes out on Wednesdays and this week sort of nailed my emotional state.
Years ago I was required to take an astronomy (not sure at that time that I knew there was a difference) class and the professor started asking all of us about our astrological signs.  We all proudly shared “what” we were and he started laughing and jokingly started chiding us.  To be honest, he started, most of you do not really know what you are.  In order to be exact, you would need to know the exact second of your birth and then you would need to go to a special book or website and search to find the exact star alignment at the time of your birth to determine the exact astrological sign.  It’s likely you are the sign ahead or behind the one you think you are.
At that point I decided to simply start claiming 5 star days as my own.  It’s worked out nicely for me.  However, sometimes my exact sign really puts out a reading that speaks to me… in it’s utter vagueness as if it was actually written for me .. and only me.
I give to you a sample of my flavor. Maybe it’s just the tons of quotes that are spread throughout this rambling newsletter.  So here is one of my habits and I think if you read it, you will either think I am a loon.. or you might actually go on to the site and sign up.
See a pretty version of this newsletter:
“The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the
old, but on building the new.”
—Dan Millman.
“You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change
something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”
—Buckminster Fuller
ARIES (March 21-April 19): An anonymous blogger on Tumblr writes
the following: “What I’d really like is for someone to objectively watch me
for a week and then sit down with me for a few hours and explain to me
what I am like and how I look to others and what my personality is in
detail and how I need to improve. Where do I sign up for that?” I can
assure you that the person who composed this message is not an Aries.
More than any other sign of the zodiac, you Rams want to *be* yourself,
to inhabit your experience purely and completely—not see yourself from
the perspective of outside observers. Now is a good time to emphasize this
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Imagine that the whole world belongs to you. The birch trees in New
Hampshire’s White Mountains are yours, and so are the cirrus clouds in
the western sky at dusk and the black sand on the beaches of Hawaii’s Big
You own everything, my dear sovereign — the paintings in all the
museums of the world, as well as the Internet and the wild horses and the
eight-lane highways.
Please take good care of it all, OK? Be an enlightened monarch who treats
your domain with reverent responsibility.
And make sure you also enjoy the full measure of fun that comes with such
mastery. Glide through life as if all of creation is yearning to honor and
entertain you.
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Dear Gorgeous Genius: You possess exceptional capacities that are
absolutely unique. You’re a masterpiece unlike any other that has ever
lived in the history of the world.
Furthermore, the precise instructions you need to ripen into your genius
have always been with you, even from the time before you were born. In
the words of psychologist James Hillman, you have a soul’s code.
You might also call it the special mission you came to Earth to carry out;
the divine blueprint that contains the open secret of how to be perfectly,
unpredictably yourself; the master plan that is your heart’s deepest
Would you like help in deciphering it? The Divine Intelligence Formerly
Known as God is always on call, ready to help. It’s your birthright to ask
Her a specific question every day about what you need to do next to express
your soul’s code; it’s also your birthright to receive a response.
The divine revelation may not be as unambiguous as a little voice in your
head. It might appear in the form of a TV commercial, an odd dream, or an
encounter with a stranger. It could be demanding and difficult, delivering
information you’d rather not have to deal with. Or it might show up as a
clear and simple feeling of knowing exactly what to do, and it could be easy
and fun.
What question will you ask the Divine Wow today?
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“There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through
you into action, and because there is only one of you in all time, this
expression is unique. If you block it, it will never exist through any other
medium. It will be lost. The world will not have it.
“It is not your business to determine how good it is, nor how valuable it
is, nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to
keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open.”
—Martha Graham
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Like all of us, you have desires for things that you don’t really need and
aren’t good for you. But you shouldn’t disparage yourself for having them,
nor should you conclude that every desire is tainted.
Rather, think of your misguided longings as the bumbling, amateur
expressions of a faculty that will one day be far more expert. They’re how
you practice as you work toward the goal of becoming a master of desire. It
may take a while, but eventually you will get the hang of wanting things
that are really good for you, and good for everyone else, too.
“The only way anyone is ever cured of desiring nonsensical things is by
getting the nonsensical things and then experiencing the unpleasant but
educational consequences.”
—Ann Davies
“When I hold you, I hold everything: crones praying in the foamy sand at
low tide, a shocked waterfall gracing a new housing development, the
foxglove by the fence sipping the fragrance of distant blue straggler stars,
my dream of the white crow dreaming of me. In your eyes I see everything
that lives.”
—mash-up of Pablo Neruda and Rob Brezsny
Imagine it’s 30 years from now. You’re looking back at the history of your
relationship with desire. There was a certain watershed moment when you
clearly saw that some of your desires were mediocre, inferior, and
wasteful, while others were pure, righteous, and invigorating.
Beginning then, you made it a life goal to purge the former and cultivate
the latter. Thereafter, you occasionally wandered down dead ends trying to
gratify yearnings that weren’t worthy of you, but usually you wielded
your passions with discrimination, dedicating them to serve the highest
and most interesting good.
The dangers of life are infinite, and among them is safety.
Two dangers threaten the universe: order and disorder.
—Paul Valéry
Without order, nothing can exist. Without chaos, nothing can evolve.
—Oscar Wilde