I’ve Battled the Universe and Lost, So I Know When My Efforts Are Futile


Yesterday, my friend Doris and I spent the day walking around New York City. We dropped off my car for maintenance *still cringing at the cost* and used the rest of the day to shop for perfect jeans, eat even more perfect Italian, and pretty much enjoy ourselves for over seven hours.

We took it easy. Ate plums in Central Park, joked with bored police officers on our way to Time Square, watch The Naked Cowboy use his butt to save one soul at the time… it was fun. Easy.

I can’t say the same about the people surrounding us. I know that everybody has places to go. But I will never understand why so many New Yorkers feel that if they don’t reach the place in question right away, their world will end.

Doris and I were in no rush. We were talking, pointing—we went to a store that sold the ugliest clothes in existence, and we roared. In the meantime, people glared at us or cleared their throats to let us know that we were keeping them from reaching their destination a millisecond earlier. At one point, I almost glared back and gave a woman a verbal piece of my mind. Instead, I flashed her one of my mildly psychotic smirks that could say, Am I really on your way? or Wanna see what your innards look like spread out on the pavement?  I’m not sure which message she got, but she slowed down and crossed the street. My friend and I went on.

On the ride home, I wondered about this kind of behavior. Why do certain individuals waste their time and energy battling lost causes? If you’ve walked in New York City, you know that regardless of how many elbows you throw, you can’t move everybody in front of you.

I don’t care for fighting lost battles. I will be the first one—in full armor and weapons at the ready—going against difficult foes or circumstances, but never against things that aren’t worth my time or brainpower.

So… let me take a sharp turn on this tangent, and let you know that I will no longer update Naughty Bits. I’m not sure what’s wrong with that blog. It eats posts, it hides them and then publishes them randomly, and it sends comments to who knows where… Yes, it definitely hates me. I will do with it, what I do with the things that hate me for no reason: I will let it sink into the deep, cold, and lonely hole of oblivion. I hope it likes the looks of its innards ever swirling around the never-never *psycho-grin*
Naked Cowboy has weathered rain, sleet, snow, terrorist and assassin threats fearlessly with only a cowboy hat, boots, guitar, and in his underwear” and sometimes, while holding a sweet sage lady in his arms ;-)


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37 comments:

  1. Well, I will miss you naughty bits ::wink::, but I understand your frustration. Just as long as you are still *here* it is all good :).

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    1. Oh, and I've never been to NYC, but being a Texas girl means I like to take my sweet ass zombie goddess time on some days. Michigan, for as backwards as life in loper country is, seems to constantly move at the speed of light. My thought is, "If you are late, leave earlier" :).

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    2. I just knew you had something for my naughty bits lol. I'm glad you get it, because seriously, it was getting a bit ridiculous.

      And I'm the goddess of leaving early, so when people try to push me I can barely keep myself from smacking them ;-0

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  2. Whoot!! Lucky lady!!! I think blogger is having some"issues" at the moment. It keeps rearranging my photos as I am trying to post :S I love to just kick back and stroll too, today it was a walk in the woods followed by a picnic(even took a sandwich for the dog :D. XXX

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    1. Well, I can only handle this bipolar behavior from one blog at the time lol

      Lucky dog!

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  3. Sounds like Naughty Bits has a virus. I was going to say an STD but thought that might be in bad taste. Unlike photos of the Naked Cowboy hugging an old lady -- LOVE HIM! and YOU GO, GIRL!

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    1. Ha! Debra you are too hilarious. And one of these days, I will record The Naked Cowboy singing ;-)

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  4. The Naked Cowboy sure is a New York character. As a Brooklynite who works in NYC, I do agree with you. Everyone is in a hurry. And the longer you stay here, the faster you move. A country girl at heart, I've been here 40 years now and am finally forcing myself to slow down.
    Mary

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    1. I've lived half of my life in New York and I still don't want to rush, maybe I'm broken lol

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  5. The Naked Cowboy seems to be grabbing the woman's derriere! I have lived in big cities over the years, racing to bus stops, subway stops, getting in traffic jams, people jams. The never-ending battle to get to work. Nowadays I am happily in a much smaller world, where I laugh at myself when I say things like, "there was so much traffic on the way to the store" and that would involve maybe four cars stopped at the stop light! Sorry about your Naughty Bits blog; sometimes we just gotta say, "oh well".

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    1. Robin, that is too funny. I would pay money to see you make faces because there are five cars in front of you lol

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  6. The closest I ever came to living in a big city.....was San Francisco. Never went into the business district though. Always stayed on the outskirts. Crowds plus rude plus in a hurry just makes me cranky sooooooooo I live in the land of manana....
    It is getting more rushed around here too but nothing like our time in CA or in Denver.
    The naked cowboy is a kick. How funny.
    Sorry about your "Naughty Bits". Just start another....says the woman who has 6. wink, wink, Oma Linda

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    1. Rudeness has never rubbed me the right way. It makes me want to poke eyes and things of the sort... wait a minute, "six" blogs! my goodness, I'm slacking ;-(

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  7. So...the Naughty Bits has been especially naughty?

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    1. It might need a spanking ;-)

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  8. The Naked Cowboy is excellent! So much fun! I will miss your Naught Bits, but I know, you will make everything great with us! You always do! I don't understand when people say they are so busy or they look like they are in such a rush? Maybe they want to look important? LOL!

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    1. He has been around for quite sometime, and you should see all the faces he makes they are freaking fantastic.

      And you might have a point with the whole pretending to be important bit ;-)

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  9. I don't like being rushed either.
    I have allowed people to rear end me because I've slammed on the breaks because they were tailgating me.
    Please don't rush me.

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    1. Tail riders really get on my nerves. I'm not a brake slammer because I love my car, but I would probably be just like you if Perlo (my MINI) wasn't a delicate queen. Seriously, my car is totally gay and proud ;-)

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  10. Yes...rushing people drive me insane!! I try not to sink to their level...it is not easy to keep calm. LOL!!
    And what really drives me up a wall is those who feel justified cutting into a line of people...because they don't have time to wait. Grrrrrrr!!!
    Glad you enjoyed your day! Sounds delightful.
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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    1. I once broke up with a guy because of he kept on flashing his badge to get everywhere. I used to drive me nuts. I told him about it, and he would say things like "Well, I don't have time to wait." I wanted to strangle him lol

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  11. Gee that doesn't sound like my favourite city, Magaly. I've been to NYC twice now and each time I have been absolutely bowled over by how nice everyone is. We just had to stop and look puzzled and people would stop and ask us if we needed help. One woman even went with us on the subway to our stop. On the bus back to our hotel in new Jersey we had the most fun conversatins with the people on the bus - who although dog toired were ready to smile and joke with us. I LOVE New York City!!! And sorry about that blog. Best to let it go, I guess.

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    1. Oh, but that is how we get you. We act nice until you move in and then we attack! lol Just kidding, people are usually nice in NYC, particularly to tourists. But when you are walking around any place with a lot of working people (the ones in suits tend to be the worst) it leaves you wanting to punch someone.

      I love what the city offers, and while I was leaving away, I used to miss the fun. Then you come here and have people's elbows on your face every day of the week... somehow the cuteness goes away ;-)

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  12. I never understood it either.

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    1. I wonder if they know why they do it. And if they do, how they can get it to make sense?

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  13. Oh my sweet jesus... I'm trying to look at my keyboard and not up at that hot guy holding gramma. *snicker* Let me know if you change your mind about that blog ~ I'm happy to take a look at the settings if you like.

    It's funny about NYC, when I lived in Brooklyn we used to go upstate for the summer with the kids. Driving back in at the end I could literally 'feel' the tension build as we got closer and closer. I think the energy just feeds off everyone and fuels them at the same time. Either that or the old story about sending a riled up 5 year old into a classroom of kindergarteners will only prove to insight a riot is true. Whatever the case I'm glad you got to enjoy your plums, cops, and hotty!
    ♥Sharon

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    1. The Naked Cowboy is a hoot! I'm just letting Naughty Bits have her moment, but thanks so much for offering. You are such a sweet and kind soul, Sharon.

      You know, I love NYC... when I'm not living here. I might be suffering from a city overdose lol

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  14. Out of all the times I went to NYC, I've never seen the Naked Cowboy. That's something that might have to get remedied lol. If I had to choose between being here in Las Vegas or NYC, I'd take NYC in a heartbeat.. No one here is willing to help you and everyone is so disgustingly rude, it makes me want to puke all over them. And it's not like there are a million places to get to, either. I've never been more excited about Jersey in my entire life lol.

    I'm sorry Naughty Bits is being so naughty (and not in a fun way either!). I guess Blogger's mania helps reinstate the idea of slowing down and just going with the flow, even if it does feel like a roller coaster heading for a steel wall...

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    1. I've spent long periods of time in both places, so I will have to agree with you. There are very few cities where someone can get beat up in the streets and people just stared without even calling the police. I've seen it in both cities.

      I hope you enjoy your Jersey visit!

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  15. I'm disappointed by the Naughty Bits news, but the Naked Cowboy makes up for it. :-) Down here in the islands is the first place in my life that I'm not late! Seriously, the joke about Sarah used to be that she would be late for her own funeral. And some people say that means that I am "not respecting their time"...really? They just don't get it. So many things can pop up in the course of a day, if you let them. I remember being late to work one day because a bear-sized dog showed up on my porch and rather than ignore it I picked it up put it in my car, asked around until I found out who its owner was, discovered it was fated for a dog-fighting ring, promptly took it to Friends Of Homeless Animals(the director adopted him herself), then got told at work that I needed to reexamine my priorities if I was willing to be late for a stupid dog. Flash forward to island life: many clocks on the island are the ones that have numbers in a heap at the bottom and at the top it says: Does it really matter? Folks around here will drop their whole day to ride 30 miles West to tow back a boat that has radioed in because they are out of gas. No payment expected. The local nurse will come in on her lunchbreak to help me with my dog...not even a human, So um...I forgot my point, but people should slow down and chill out. Rushing only gets you to your grave that much quicker.

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    1. The Naked Cowboy seems to have that effect on people lol

      People would do well to analyze their own priorities. A job--maybe not the best in the world, but a job nonetheless--can be found with a little work, but it takes a lot to find a home for a ginormous dog. That soul will never forget what you did for him. Neither will the ones who see with more than their eyes ;-)

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  16. Wow, I had a similar experience walking in New York with my daughter. But, mine was made worst because it was my first time in New York so, I stopped and stared at stuff like every 2 min because it was my first time being in New York. HaHa.

    Add to that, that I'm a straight up country girl who is never in a rush. I really, pissed some people off.

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    1. I stop and stare all the time and I've been living here for a long time lol. I guess I miss the country, where the only thing rushing you is a goat trying to ram you or a some geese trying to bite you ;-)

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  17. Honey, I guess some people are just so angry inside that they can't stand the sight of anyone else who is relaxed and content. That or they are just assholes. ;-) I have heard about that naked cowboy and I LOVE this picture of him and that lovely lady. What an adorable human being he is. lol!

    I'm so sorry to hear about Naughty Bits blog. What's up with that??? (growling at blogger...big hug for you.)

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    1. Many of them are jerks, and I don't even think they know about it. We were walking by the UN and this guy almost ran me over. I moved to the side, but I had the urge to poke him in the eye. Hard.

      *Bad, Blogger! Bad, Blogger!"

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  18. I think you living in NY and not rushing is just like me living in So. California and hating the beach. I just don't like cold, smelly water and endless sun....haha! Oh, and don't get me started on bathing suits!

    I can't believe I just clicked on the Official Naked Cowboy website!

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    1. Your Naked Cowboy comment made me roar. I know the feeling. I think it's a compulsive thing... just like staring at him when he is half-naked in the middle of the street.

      That is sooo true about NY!

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