I write, therefore I am

I almost always write about what is currently mostly on my mind. But not always. Sometimes I sense readers need a whale or a raven tale, an intrepid Sally story or maybe a ‘holy cow’ chore like wrangling a forest of logs. You know, setting and character development-type stuff?

Of course, my mind naturally inclines to politics, economics, construction and sometimes an amateurs examination of the human condition. I love living OTG but some of what I love is that it is relaxed and stress-free. And relaxation (and napping) is not the usual fodder for writing much of anything. Living OTG is fabulous but is not a story every day. And the older I get, the less I do, and the less I do, the less OTG’ing there is to report……ergo I may have to change the title of this blog to Napping OTG.

I just do not have much for you lately……

Some of the summer folk are readying to return to the city. I find that odd. Who would want to rush back? Still, there are social obligations and habits, not to mention a dark and gloomy season ahead out here. By the end of the month the summer ‘force’ will have basically left. By the end of October, it will be getting dark earlier. Already most of the marine traffic has stopped. Summer is definitely on it’s last legs.

On the plus side, plenty of water is now back in the ‘giant sponge’ semi-swamp which is our water source way back up in the hills. That natural sponge keeps us in water all year long and even during the heat dome times, it was was still trickling. That is a huge natural blessing.

The whales finally came back. Not so much in the early or mid-summer but, in the last few weeks, we have seen them more frequently but that is somewhat offset by generally seeing less of all kinds of other wildlife this summer. This year was not a banner year for wildlife encounters.

It was not a banner year for our garden, either. We have cherry tomatoes up the wazoo and volunteer potatoes like never before but so much of the standard kitchen produce was underperforming this year. Mind you, we had giant cucumbers – a real surprise. But lettuce and broad leafy stuff was way down.

Fish and shellfish were also down but that’s mostly because I can’t catch fish and can barely catch oysters (they are quicker than they look). We kinda rely on the kindness of friends to give us fish in exchange for Sal’s baking. But this has also been a less than social year. Covid, ya know?

Sal got off the rock and went to Victoria for family a few weeks back but I stayed behind. I haven’t been off the rock in a long time. Maybe three times in the last 18 months? And I am perfectly OK with that. So is the rest of the world.

What is on my mind today….? Not much of anything…not really….stunning and stubborn stupidity showing up all over the damn place from Covid to politics, the surprising phenomena of a Trump or a Trudeau succeeding at anything; private space companies headed to Mars; the desperate longing for normalcy for some people to the extent of risking one’s health to attend a restaurant or a stadium? I suppose the thing most on my mind is how little of what’s going on I understand. People protesting vaccines outside a hospital? I am feeling like a student of the human condition failing the course.

If I have anything new to say, it is this: there have been articles about the changing attitudes of those generations coming up (the generations listed below in bold type are the ones most often referred to):

  • Baby Boomers: born 1946 to 1964. …
  • Generation Jones: born 1955 to 1965. …
  • Generation X: born 1965 to 1980. …
  • Xennials: born 1977 to 1983. …
  • Millennials: born 1981 to 1996.
  • Generation Z: born 1997 or after. …
  • Generation Alpha: born 2010 or after.

It seems the writers of the articles have detected a shift toward socialism. The X, Z and Millenials are not satisfied with the rigors of Capitalism (especially when it comes to housing) and they are somewhat less driven to compete. They are a bit more selfish and self-centered but it is showing up mostly as insisting on ‘having a life’ outside the simple pursuit of filthy lucre. Hard to argue with that.

Why mention that? Well, I am not a 100% bona fide socialist. I appreciate the need for incentives and motives and I know that all men and women are NOT created equal even if they should be treated as equally and as respectfully as possible. But ideals are not realities. Greed, ambition and aggression are also human conditions and, without those traits, would we have Elon Musk, the Rolling Stones, Amazon and Costco? Probably not.

I guess what I am saying is: If the planet survives (or better put: If WE survive) then the future generations are likely to be more cooperative, less greedy, more peaceful, less materially driven. Maybe. Or maybe they will just be easier to conquer by the next horde of greedy pigs. Hard to tell.

9 thoughts on “I write, therefore I am

    • The generation pre 1946 is of an exalted, ‘elder’ status and includes virtually anyone 75 and older (at least two generations in there). They are Hall-of-Famers, not generations.
      Well, that is true for the most part but, when I looked up the ‘generation-list’ on Google, they simply started with the Boomers and so did I.
      Regarding the dustbin? If you are currently residing at home and not in a dustbin, then I would go out on a limb and say ‘No! Not yet relegated to the dustbin’. Think Hall-of-Fame. HoF.


    • That’s very sweet…I did not know that you had submarines. What kind? Do they come with torpedoes? Or are they like the few Canada currently has that have been sitting on land for years ’cause they sink but can’t float back up.
      Waddya mean, ya have a submarine deal?


      • Working submarines? Holeeee! Ours are just lawn ornaments. Maybe we can buy your old, used, non-working ones? You know, to complete a set? I can’t really see OZ defending themselves……against who? The Chinese? This seems to be the era of the indiscriminate drone and the attack of AI or diseases. I am not so sure that being underwater is a first line defensive move. Why shoot missiles when you can just send diseased tourists?


  1. I hate to spoil your day…but “congratulations” are in order? I heard this morning that Trudeau won some pre-elections? And in his speech he said that Canadians have gathered under his r$leadership to stand united against Covid and climate change…sorry if I sound a bit sarcastic. So a new blog is in the making with your comments on this victory?


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