Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Winter Sulking

If you listened to this AM's podcast, you know I am Fraught With Melancholy, which is a poetic way of saying I am sulking because it's winter. I want to spend some time at the range with my .50 BMG Barrett; I want to ride my bicycle (wait...could that be lyrics from a Queen song? Iccccccccky!); I need...need, I tell you!...to spend some time with a 1911 and ball ammunition. Instead, I'm sitting in a hotel room in Tulsa after a day in the studio doing "bumps" for The Best Defense, watching Sean Hannity and downloading software upgrades. Part of it is, of course, is that I'm not looking forward to eye surgery next week, although I think the mandatory eye patch could be cool...of course I'll post a picture! Be interesting to see how my shooting changes after they finish tinkering with my right eyeball. I'm a little bummed I can't get a high-rez camera with a USB 2.0 output. That would be useful.

Anyhow, I mentioned a while back I was a fan of Home on the Range, Brigid's beautifully written blog. I'd like to do a shout-out to today's post, which is eloquent and deserves a read:
Part of what I do is being able to work in the absence of absolutely certainty. And lately, like many other things in life, events transpire to ensure I'm brought back to the reality that things change. Disaster strikes, and though my heart may be my own to give, my time is not. It's not just a job, it's a commitment I've made. I've learned that fate doesn't select only the stupid and the slow, it comes for all of us without a lot of preselection.

Or as the Tao Te Ching puts it: "Heaven and earth are inhumane; they view the myriad creatures as straw dogs".

Sit on your couch watching reality shows and ignore reality and there is a price. Fail to learn how to take care of yourself, your family, and you will soon find there will be a time when no one else will do it for you. Turn your nose up at hard, painstaking work because you are tired, cold, or not the type to get dirty, and you will soon know the meaning of "straw dogs".
Read the whole thing, by all means.

We'll be filming with Stephen Hunter week after next for both SHOOTING GALLERY and DRTV...that will be Big Fun, to be sure.

8 comments:

The Warrior said...

LOL Queen grosses me out too.

Spencer

Anonymous said...

/sings

Are you gonna take me home tonight. Ah....down beside that red firelight. Are you gonna let it all hang out, fat bottom girls, you make the rockin' world go round.

/end singing

Queen rocks... just have to pick the right song. =)

Clark Kent said...

I found Brigid's blog after your previous mention of it here a month or so ago, and now I check it every day. She's incredible.

nj_larry said...

Bane, you produce a TV show dude ! Get in a plane and point it south...Argentina calls...Didn't you see Gilda? Hey I could watch you blasting doves for a couple of shows, and even throw in an IPSC match. Maybe get Leatham to join you...dang, now I gotta go google Rita Hayworth pictures...

http://www.ipsc.org.ar/

Geoff aka Pathfinder said...

When you post a picture wearing the eye patch, can you be wearing your new cowboy hat too? Please?

Michael Bane said...

Larry-Dude;

You scared me! When you said "Argentina," I flashed that I needed to pull a "Governor Stanford" — get a big-dollar mistress in Buenos Aire, use government stimulus monies to commute first class, learn the tango, watch the gaucho swill the pinot...no, that's not right...

Yeah, you're right..there are some interesting options out there...got a handgun hunting show in the pipeline that could get me out of the tundra for a bit...

If I took Leatham to shoot doves, would he be considered a weapon of mass destruction?mb

Clark Kent said...

The eye patch, the cowboy hat, reins in teeth .45-70 in one hand, Vaquero in the other..."Fill your hands...!"

Oh, yeah.

Anonymous said...

Another Haruhi Suzumiya fan!

LOL!