• funksands : Gracias

  • KillgoreTrout : You too funk. I think I’ll do the same. Didn’t want to leave you to lock up.

  • funksands : Keep on keepin’ on

  • funksands : We’ll figure it out. Well have a good weekend my man. I’m going to find a little corner of it and relax.

  • KillgoreTrout : She is somewhere in Portland.

  • funksands : I think that’d be really nice. I’ve always wanted to meet her.

  • KillgoreTrout : Yeah, maybe you and Sally and I could have nice dinner, or lunch.

  • funksands : That’s a pretty good start!

  • KillgoreTrout : Yeah, I met her when they came here for the wedding. Nice looking girl, and quite intelligent.

  • funksands : Well let me know when you get moved out here. I’d love to meet you. That’s cool that she’s finally find someone to share her life with. Some people never do. Some people never should.

  • KillgoreTrout : My daughter has a really good partner, and they may be getting married next year. She’s finally found someone who is sincere. She’s had her troubles with relationships in the past.

  • funksands : Thanks. You’ll just have to take that on faith I guess. ;-)

  • KillgoreTrout : Well, he’s got a good dad.

  • KillgoreTrout : Actually, she turns 39 tomorrow.

  • funksands : He’s the most amazing human I’ve ever met.

  • funksands : Oh that’s right, I remember you bringing that up a while back. Hey you never know. She’s probably in her 30’s?

  • KillgoreTrout : I’m sorry to hear that funk. I bet he’s a great kid though.

  • KillgoreTrout : No, never will either. She’s gay. No grand kids for me. Unless she adopts.

  • funksands : That and other things. Tough being an autistic 14 year old. You’re already crazy when you are 14, and piling on with other issues is doubly hard.

  • KillgoreTrout : Ah, puberty.

  • funksands : Does your daughter have kids?

  • funksands : Portland is a great town. I’m headed down there in a few days to see a good buddy of mine. The boys are an overwhelming handful. The 9 year old is too smart for his own good and the 14 year old has his own challenges obviously.

  • KillgoreTrout : They must be a handful at times.

  • KillgoreTrout : She lives in Portland. You know, land of the libs! ;)

  • funksands : Two boys.

  • funksands : 9 and 14.

  • funksands : That’ll be great. Are you going to be pretty close to your daughter? Where in Oregon is she?

  • KillgoreTrout : How old are your kids?

  • KillgoreTrout : I saw her about 4 months ago. She attended a wedding here in Columbus and we got to have a brief visit together. I will be moving to the North west maybe next spring, not quite sure though.

  • funksands : You in the city or out in the rural areas?

  • KillgoreTrout : It’s really beautiful out there. I spent about a year in Vancouver Wash. Lots of rain though.

  • funksands : Miserable nasty night here. Like most of them are going to be from here on out. You and your daughter see each other much?

  • KillgoreTrout : I do, funk.

  • funksands : Bellevue. 3 miles directly east of downtown Seattle.

  • funksands : And you have a daughter in Oregon?

  • KillgoreTrout : You say, left coast? Where about?

  • KillgoreTrout : Yeah, Columbus. Right in the middle of the state.

  • funksands : You’re in Ohio right?

  • KillgoreTrout : No, not really. all my relatives live in different states.

  • funksands : Got any Thanksgiving plans?

  • KillgoreTrout : I’m good. Looks like it’s you and me now. Haven’t seen murph this evening.

  • funksands : Not much my friend. Long week. Just got the kiddos to bed and trying to unwind. You?

  • KillgoreTrout : Hey funk, what’s up?

  • funksands : Thanks Glenn. Sweet dreams. All good here on the left coast. We’ll take first watch.

  • KillgoreTrout : Sweet dreams glenn. Have a great weekend.

  • glenn : Hey Funk–I’m on my way out the door, but just wanted to say “hi”. Hope all is well with you.

  • funksands : Happy late evening y’all.

  • KillgoreTrout : I prefer to have the book in hand, but it is available online. Very different from Western thought.

  • glenn : And…yes, bizarre is a great word for the last repub convention. They built everything, dontcha know?

  • glenn : I’ll look in the Planet’s archives, too. As for now, I’ve about had it for the night. I enjoyed learning more about one of my fellow Planeteers; it’s always informative. Good night.

  • KillgoreTrout : Oh boy, that was bizzare. They didn’t even invite Palin. That’s how much of an embarrassment she was to the GOP. I like Eastwood’s movies and thing he’s a fine director, but his politics leave a lot to be desired.

  • glenn : KT–Thanks for the suggestion. I go to the public library every week, so I’m going to look for it there. However, I do live in GA, so not sure if I’ll find it there. If not, then I’ll look for it online.

  • KillgoreTrout : I wrote an article about my introduction to it and my interpretations of some of the ideograms. It was about a year ago, but I think it is still in the Planet’s archives. It’s really well worth looking into. The Tao, I mean.

  • glenn : KT–As to your question about the 2008 convention being “odd”, I found the 2012 convention even more odd, what with Eastwood and his empty chair.

  • KillgoreTrout : Thank you for your kind words glenn. You can actually google The Tao Te Ching and get the whole thing online. It’s a collection of 81 ideograms or poems.

  • glenn : KT–Thank you for sharing your story with me. You have had an interesting life, and you have come out as a very strong, wise person. I’m going to try to find a copy of that book to read it. I have to agree with you about the god thing. It never made sense to me, even when I was a kid. Just too many dichotomies involved. I think I try to take a “little of this and a little of that” regarding philosophy/spiri tuality to try to make sense of life. Not that I always make sense myself, but I do try to reflect on my actions, and try to make them make sense.

  • KillgoreTrout : Exactly glenn. I have often said that myself. The last administration biggies were never invited to appear at the 2008 Republican convention. Isn’t that odd?

  • KillgoreTrout : Sure glenn. I was in rehab, for alcoholism ( my fifth attempt) and my birthday rolled around while I was ther, and my daughter bought me a copy of The Tao Te Ching. She had no idea what it was about, but she knew I was always interested in Eastern religions. In every person’s recovery, spirituality becomes a very important part of it. I could never get the whole god thing. It just didn’t make sense to me. But when I really started studying the Tao, it made perfect sense to me. It’s a little mysterious at first, but I read it everyday. It begins to sink in, or like osmosis, you one day start to say to yourself, wow, this is pure wisdom. It may have very well saved my life.