I stopped talking about Writing!

I did! Well, for the most part anyway!

It was a very painful thing for me, but I have finally done it!

I stopped talking about writing.

You see, it took me a while, but I began to notice that non-writers would go into a kind of bored trance whenever you mention anything about what you are writing.

It doesn’t matter what you start talking about, whether it’s; a new plot you are working on, or a cool character you are developing, or even a fantastic scene you have placed your characters in as part a story you’re hoping to publish.

They just don’t care, these non-writing masses we are surrounded by each day when we go out and mix with people. Once I had realized this, I decided that they were beneath me and I stopped talking to them about my writing.

And OMG, my fellow writers?

They are all so engrossed in their writings that it quickly became obvious they all believed their works are far more interesting than mine.

Such Arrogance!

by Don Bobbitt, January, 2017

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Christmas Thoughts of a Family Elder

Here it is, Christmas Eve, and I just wanted to say something POSITIVE to my family, friends and even those of you who don’t know me.

First of all, I will now be calling myself a family elder. I like the title, it has a nice ring to it, so I have adopted it. You might ask; just how does one become a family elder in this fast-paced world we live in today?

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Stupidity doesn’t age well

As I grow older,

I have found that

Stupidity doesn’t age well.

It seems, the majority of the really stupid people

in my life

have now died off to an acceptable level.

 

by Don Bobbitt, December 4,2016

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I love Sunsets

I love Sunsets.

I always have and I always will.

These random acts of Nature are one of those natural phenomenon we all see regularly, and far too often we just ignore them as we rush through our busy lives.

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Just LAUGH!

Come on!

Just do it ….. Laugh!

It’s not so hard, really.

Look out your window and see something funny.

As you stand there, gazing at that outside world,

tune up your sense of humor, and well, LAUGH!

It can’t just be me.

If I look long enough, even in a mirror,

what I see makes me laugh!

So, I have no trouble at least cracking into a smile.

Look at that tree in you lawn that usually irritates you because it’s in your way.

And, think about how much fun it would be cutting the darn thing down, yourself!

Look at that neighbor who walks his Dog and leaves the Poop on your lawn,

and think about how silly he looks,

bent over,

big butt in the air, picking up Poop!

Or, just look at the sky,

and laugh at the fact that you’re upright, healthy and breathing!

Or, just be lazy like me and remember that it takes less muscles to smile than to frown.

Have a great Day and don’t forget, LAUGH!

by Don Bobbitt

A Veteran’s Answer

It’s Veteran’s Day and I have already spent a good deal of my day going to a few celebrations that pop up on this day, around the country.

A Facebook comment a few minutes ago prompted me to write this as I tried to explain that what we, of my generation felt when we went into the service.

Looking Back, I can say that, to me and so many of my generation who did serve in the military, it wasn’t a task.

Many of our parents had served themselves, and to us it was simply a thing you did because you were taught that it was the right thing to do.

You just stood up and walked over to your fellow Americans who had also taken a stand, and together you formed a line; a line where you were not going to allow anyone to cross that might want to hurt or destroy our American Liberties!

It was just a gut response, but I hope it helps others who might wonder what makes a person join a branch of our military.

by Don Bobbitt, November 11, 2016, All Rights Reserved.

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A Passing Thing, Sad to Say!

Oh, LOOK!

Over there!

What  strange group of people!

Look at them, such a strange and mixed bag of Humanity.

They’re just standing there,

staring at that old memorial with the nasty soldier statue.

How strange!

 

Oh look, they removed their hats,

and placed their hands over their Hearts.

And now they are repeating some strange words that they all seem to know.

How embarrassing, don’t you think?

 

What’s that?

They call themselves Patriots?

And they are repeating the National Anthem?

Oh, and you say this day is actually a national holiday?

Set aside to honor our men and women who served in our military?

Oh my!

 

Well, Come along kids,

I don’t want you to get too close to such a bunch of radicals.

Besides, we’re late getting to the sale at the department store.

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You don’t know me, I’m one of those who voted for Trump

Yeah, here I am, one of those Average Americans that came out of the woodwork to vote for Trump. (Or, was it to vote against Clinton?).

Anyway, I was up late, watching this very important election and finally the results turned and started going in Trump’s direction, and I must say, the consternation and shock on the faces of the whole world of journalists was, honestly, entertaining.

I got to watch the final end of the thousands of repeated and twisted ads fired at Trump and his supporters.

Anyway, i wrote a pretty good article where I attempted to explain to these opinionated news-mongers, just who I am. I am, simply put, a veteran and a common man who worked his whole life without any superlatives that the liberal press would be interested in exploring.

Me? I am just an Average American, who was finally able to symbolically  “spit in the face” of those who have ignored the plight of us, the Average American over the past decade.

Click on the link below to read my article.

You don’t know me.

by Don Bobbitt, November, 2016

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News Media and the standard BS

I was just wondering.

You see, today I was watching a news network on my TV, you know which one.

It’s the one with over 75% (which seems like 90% after all these months) of their 24-hour coverage being about the Republican candidate for president and what he slips up and said to people 10, 20 and more years ago.

In most states, some of these things they beat to death are older than the statutes of limitations on such crimes as Murder, Rape, Assault, and other true criminal abuses.

But thes disconnected fools go on and on, filling their air time with digital nothings that in a few week will not even rate being stored for posterity.

So, today I made a point of switching back to this network at least hourly all day long and into the evening.

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 A Thought on a Timeline, Love wanderings.

Hopefully, this thought will grow ….. into a train.

(Day-1) You don’t have to Love Me,

Because I already do!

(Day-2) You don’t even have to care,

For the little things I do!

(Day-3) Oh, sure!

You pretend, You hug, You smile,

You, oh so slyly, act

like you do!

(Day-4)
But we both know,

we’re like magnets,

our feelings are stronger when we’re close,

yet weaker when we’re apart.

(Day-5)

Love, like an old car,

takes more work and polish

to keep it looking good.

(Day-6)

 

The News Media and a Jaded America.

Here’s my question. Jus How the Hell did we get to this place where we, the American Public, became so Jaded.

We trust no one! NO ONE!

Accept it, you’re just like me, we don’t believe anything that anyone says, especially the media, or as a result of the twisted news shows, even a Presidential Candidate.

The major media machines have spent so much of their resources  attempting to debunk every word from every candidate, as well as everyone who supports them that we, the people, scoff at everything we see on our TV or Smartphone.

Congratulations CNN, etal, you have done it. You have taken investigative journalism from true journalism, right through common sense commentary all the way over to the point of “giant Killer”. I’m not just picking on you CNN, I did say etal. Perhaps you should look it up.

Admit it, you really don’t care about the truth anymore, only the sensational ound-bite.

Come on, you prove it every day, YOU DON’T CARE!

You know, I remember the day when, in a newspaper or magazine, if a person’s words were quoted they were captured within two quote marks, and looked at by the world as being sacrosanct.

And, if parts of the quote were ever eliminated, there was this little string of dots “…..” that signified a part of the quote was left out.

Today, in our world of instant video presentations, I guess the media doesn’t know how to verbally insert those little dots.

They once meant so much to any educated reader. They said that this is only a piece of the original words, and we have shortened it here, for one reason or another.

Now though, a politician or a supporter can go to a small town for a meeting with voters, and talk for an hour or so.

But in this world of ours today, the media can set up a camera and record the whole conversation and then instantly scan it for a collection of words spoken that they can then present to America.

Typically, the presented words were taken totally out of context and reassembled to present to us, the public, simply “for affect”.

In other words, they do not reflect the actual meaning of that hour of back and forth talks with numerous questions and answers, but rather they are reassembled (or used for “sound bites”) that can then be used to “attack” the candidate.

Oh, and of course, this happens to both presidential candidates. Any slip of the tongue is fodder for a “news flash” across the TV screens of Americans.

In my opinion, it’s really a form of “truth rape” and we, the public have become so used to it, so jaded by it, that we just shrug our shoulders at pretty much anything the news media says to us anymore.

So, I watch as any honest but loose-lipped candidates sit with me, on the sidelines, watching this new form if entertainment. Should in the vein of the old game shows of the fifties and sixties, should I call it “Dare to tell the Truth” entertainment?

Jaded but still watching,

Don Bobbitt, 2016

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A Summer of Camping, Links to our ADVENTURE, Days 0 thru 49

Our adventures as campers this Summer are available online on my other site Rvandcamper.org..

My wife and I have been doing this for many, many years and we would like to share our experiences and knowledge with our fellow campers.

These are our personal experiences, of course, but we have also included a lot of TIPS for CAMPERS, as well as some useful information about the areas we visit and things we find to do. We provide these Tips to help you when you go camping.

As we travel, and camp, I am recording our travel days and what happens each day in posts on my blog RV and Camping. You can just click on this link and go directly to all of the articles about our camping adventure, or you can just scroll down this page and click on a link to a specific days story.

To make it easy to go to each of these specific blog posts, feel free to click on the appropriate days link and a page will open with the post on that specific day of our travels, what we do, and what we see.

I hope you like this approach and enjoy our travel dialogue.

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Camping Adventures, Days 0 thru 49 and the end of the trip.

 

High Points of our trip:

  • It must be Rainy season here, or so it seems with the constant showers.
  • I took my camera downtown and got a number of pictures of some of the remaining old architecture on Main Street Lynchburg that I used on a Hubpage article. Worth checking out, I think.
  • I get some writing done during the rains and we both read some books when the weather was at its worst.
  • I spent some time concentrating on cleaning up my Satellite TV connections in our RV.
  • More Days of Rain and the occasional storm, interspersed with July Fourth Fireworks,
  • cookouts at our campsite.
  • Visits from family, and a trip to the City Market for fresh vegetables.
  • Making Jalapeno Poppers,
  • A gathering of family and friends,
  • A visit to the Appomattox Surrender Grounds.
  • Much running around town, trying to get in those little things on our bucket list for our Lynchburg stay.
  • Alternating between; Just Chillin’ at our campsite, visiting friends, and doing a little research on the area we will be traveling to next.
  • Campgrounds a growing flock of Geese.
  • A great dinner with my brother and his wife; homegrown tomatoes and mayonnaise on white bread. Yum!
  • Preparing to leave Lynchburg the next day.
  • Travel to our next camping site near Williamsburg. Making our camper safe for the trip.Unhooking from our Lynchburg Campsite, dumping tanks and driving to our next campground.
  • Site selection at the Williamsburg campground, coping with a poor site selection, setting up in  one that was very narrow and poor satellite service.
  • Camping is often about making concessions, and making the best of what we had.
  • A day of exercise in the Pool and just being lazy.
  • Some experimenting with our satellite TV reception.
  • A fantastic Dinner before relaxing in our campsite.
  • Days of sporadic rains, and still searching for thing to do in the area.
  • Visitors to our Camper, entertaining them and seeing the sights.
  • Fresh Produce stands, and the lack of entertainment information.
  • Restaurants, Tiki Bars, Flea Markets, first visit to Old Towne Williamsburg VA.
  • Lazy days of just wandering around the Williamsburg area.
  • More heat and more things to do, in Williamsburg, VA, after some serious searching.
  • We finally figured how to take advantage of the heat itself and the very next day the weather changes.
  • And, we ended up spending one afternoon making a nice visit to a local Winery.
  • The last days in Williamsburg VA and our hops back to Florida.
  • Then, once at home, our shutdown  of the Camper before putting it into storage.
  • Then, of course, the beginning of our planning for our next adventure.

 

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Again, Muslims, Heal Thyself!

After the latest senseless killings in our country by a self-avowed follower of ISIS, I spent a few hours over my Coffee, earnestly trying to think of how this kind of “Islamist Radicalism”  can be eliminated or at least reduced.

Oh, I know, there are a lot of people around the world, much smarter than myself, who are also spending sleepless nights on this same problem. But, the personal concern doesn’t go away just because this is a recognized problem for the world.

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Twenty Years ago Today, and I Woke up again!

Twenty Years ago today, my brother gave up a Kidney to save my life.

That’s right, twenty years. His gift has kept me alive and functioning for this extra time so that I could; keep watching new Sunrises, travel around the world and see new sights, and live these extra days with my wife and family.

You see, twenty-three years ago, I was been lying in a hospital bed and was told I had an almost incurable disease and the probability was that I only had days to live.

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