I’m on a bender …and no not that kind 😊, two espresso’s (maybe more ) and some good music…
With all the debate over to vaccinate or not to vaccinate I cannot help but associate all the many, many ,many songs ,titles and albums that come to mind when thinking about needles and pins (too early ?)
Here goes…freestyling !
Warning: I draw inspiration from archy …who ?…you may ask.. well…Archy and Mehitabel?
Archy and Mehitabel, collection of humorous stories by Don Marquis, originally published from 1916 in Marquis’s newspaper columns “The Sun Dial” in the New York Evening Sun and “The Lantern” in the New York Herald Tribune and published in book form in 1927.
The stories centre on Archy, a philosophical cockroach who types messages to the author in lowercase letters (he is unable to activate the typewriter’s shift mechanism), and Mehitabel, a free-spirited alley cat whose motto is “Toujours gai.”
After initial publication, the work and its sequels were usually published without the use of capital letters.
Archy and Mehitabel consists mostly of free-verse poems on a variety of Archy’s concerns, such as the transmigration of souls, social injustice, life in New York City, and death.
Archy claims to have been a poet in another existence. Mehitabel claims to be a reincarnation of Cleopatra, but now her wild adventures result only in litters of kittens.
I digress already …what’s new ?
Here in the mountains of Limburg we have not failed to notice the furor concerning Covid and what we need to do to isolate ourselves.
I guess that was then …this is now ( ABC album of note !), I have been fortunate to have had both my vaccinations and recently even my daughter has “Done it”. I couldn’t help but notice the ques and lining up…socially distanced of course while waiting to get the trackers implanted (😊 ) JOKE !
That is until I needed to wait to walk the next 10m in which case social distancing became less of a concern as I was swarmed past !!!!
Still , a painless and well managed process so hats off to our health system. So my inspiration for today …well the ques waiting for the jab and The Cure playing in my head , along with several other favorites.
The Cure, Vaccination Street, with apologies for destroying fascination Street 😊
Oh, it’s opening time
Down on Vaccination (Fascination) Street
So let’s cut the conversation
And get out for a bit
Because I feel it all fading
And paling and I’m begging
To drag you down with me
To kick the last nail in
And just for a quick gear change to one of my personal favourite’s …Un-Comfortably Numb by who else but the amazing Pink Floyd …both from the exertion of the walk and the after-effects of said vaccination.
Just a little pinprick.
There’ll be no more aahhhh!
But you may feel a little sick.
Can you stand up?
I do believe it’s working, good….
Of course the full lyrics deserve a re-read as does listening to the whole album…The Wall (of course) !
Next step is the day after …and yes still uncomfortably numb but with overtures of some Neil Young. Not to downplay the seriousness of this song which obviously deals with drug addiction
The damage done
I caught you knockin’
at my cellar door
I love you, baby,
can I have some more
Ooh, ooh, the damage done.
I hit the city and
I lost my band
I watched the needle
take another man
Gone, gone, the damage done.
“The Needle and the Damage Done” is a 1972 song by Canadian-American singer-songwriter Neil Young. The lyrics describe the effects of heroin addiction on musicians Young knew, including his friend and Crazy Horse bandmate Danny Whitten, who would die of an overdose the same year the song was released. The song would preview the theme of Young’s 1975 album Tonight’s the Night, which would reflect on the fatal heroin overdoses of Whitten and Bruce Berry, a roadie for Young and Crazy Horse.
Hopefully NOT the next chapter is the Vaccination journey but rather another of my cynical favourites
The Verve, The drugs don’t work (More of my MS favorite !)
Now the drugs don’t work. They just make you worse. But I know I’ll see your face again. But I know I’m on a losing streak. ‘Cause I passed down my old street (Vaccination Street ?) And if you wanna show, then just let me know. And I’ll sing in your ear again. Now the drugs don’t work. They just make you worse.
Needles and Pins, The Searchers
Of course ,it seems that just about …and I mean it …everyone …has done this or a cover of this at some time or other.
In no particular order… The Searchers, Smokie, the Ramones, Del Shannon, Gene Clark, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Stevie Nicks although originally credit is given to American writers Jack Nitzsche and Sonny Bono.
Jackie DeShannon recorded it in 1963 funfact 😊
Moving swiftly to one of the icons of the reggae world, as foretold by the King …Bob to you and I.
Everything gonna be allright – Bob Marley (three little birds)
Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right.
Singin’: “Don’t worry about a thing,
‘Cause every little thing gonna be all right!”
Rise up this mornin’,
Smiled with the risin’ sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin’ sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin’, (“This is my message to you-ou-ou:”)
No reflection is complete until the mandatory Seth add-in.
Today is no exception, talking of medication, vaccinations and a whole lotta Rosie …no wrong track…it’s about Vaccination and Cure …focus Daniel you’re nearly there …😊
What if …what if we are wrong about the vaccination ☹, can “They” really track us …
Errors are preventable.
But preventing errors requires an investment. Before committing to an error-free production environment, it’s worth calculating the cost.
A typo on this blog is relatively inexpensive. (Thanks to loyal reader Seth Barnes for graciously emailing me when one slips through).
On the other hand, a mistake in calculating the route of a high-speed rail line might cost a billion dollars… And we probably don’t want any errors on the pacemaker assembly line.
If you’ve decided that errors are too expensive for your project, then build a system that doesn’t depend on heroics to avoid errors. Sure, that costs more than just trying harder, but if trying harder was going to reduce errors, it would have worked already.
The pilot who painstakingly works through the pre-flight checklist might not be a swashbuckling Maverick type, but they are much less likely to be the victim of a careless error. The reason that planes don’t crash is because there are countless layers of redundancy and systems to be sure that they don’t.
Spend the time and spend the money and the errors can be avoided. Or accept that errors are part of wayfinding, and realize that your problem is caused by a systemic situation, not a lack of effort.
Which brings us to the Pivotal question…To Vax or not to vax…this is the question !
I’ve done it…even got a QR code to prove it. Should you ?
Am I afraid of being tracked now ….OK, this is a serious post …NOOOOOOOO
Just a little pinprick
- A slight puncture made by or as if by a pin.
- An insignificant wound.
- A minor annoyance.
That was a slight digression…
Second to last contribution, Seth again but a short shot …(yeah , I’m getting espresso withdrawal…)
Freedom has a partner, and its name is responsibility.
It’s easy to insist on all the things we should be free from.
But then we realize that we also have the freedom to act, to lead and to confront our fear and our selfishness. Once we realize our own agency, freedom begins to feel like a responsibility.
The freedom to make a difference.
Life throws many things at us all, it is for each and every one of us to react and deal with said things.
This requires some degree of understanding of who we are, Empathy, Intellect, Compassion, Conviction, Purpose…I could go on all day but I digress (again)
Last comment from Mark Manson…yes him 😊
“Social Isolation Makes Us Stupid” – I suppose one silver lining of the pandemic this past year is that it has created a lot of great opportunities for fascinating psychological research. One such study came out last month that found that social isolation caused by lockdowns makes people dumber.
No, seriously, it makes people perform worse at cognitive functions such as basic problem-solving, learning new tasks, memory recall, time estimation, and more.
We’ve long known that the human mind relies on social connections to function properly. Face-to-face social contact maintains our mental and emotional health the same way changing the oil in your car or cleaning all the crap off your hard drive keeps them running smoothly. It is necessary for our brains to function properly. , thank you Mark !!!!
Social isolation during COVID-19 lockdown impairs cognitive function…. Read it and weep !
The last while has been fuelled by some classics …not those kinds lol
When/If all else fails …Shawn Mullins sing us out !
Everything’s gonna be all right
Everything’s gonna be all right
Rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye, rock-a-bye
Do the right thing !
toujours gai 😊
Now …Espresso Time !