- Always ask â€œwhat ifâ€.
- Follow any idea to its limit.
- Observe things objectively while being immersed subjectively.
- Write down all ideas, no matter how bad they seem at the time.
- Allow yourself to be spontaneous.
I know this seems an obvious interpretationÂ of thisÂ complex painting.Â It is saying Â with an education (the pencil) and hard work (ARGH) one can achieve happiness (heart), money(dollar sign) and good health (cross).Â The manner in which the artist chose to portray these things leavesÂ it open to many interpretations, some very dark and sarcastic, which is part of its greatness. After sifting through various modes I come back to the simple, obvious one which may even by overlooked because of the style.
As I grow older I find I prefer to have my life be comfortable rather than exciting. My drinking habits have evolved following in this mode of thought. Thus when I now mix my special tonic, I make large quantities so I will have a ready supply on hand at all times. And I can imbibe liberally all day with no fear of running out. (Although that does happen occasionally as I take my drinking very seriously these days.)
I also have found that I have grown a little more reluctant to share all my secrets with the world. So even though this assignment is about making or enjoying our favorite exotic mixture, I prefer to hold back several key ingredients which took me years to discover in proper quantity. I leave it to you to follow my path and discover your own adventurous libation.
It does take me a while to mix my drink, which is another reason to make copious amounts at once. I begin with filtered water, poured into a 32 ounce pitcher until it is 2/3 full. Then I add my â€œflavoringâ€ which fills the pitcher and I also add Â¼ cup of sugar, as I have grown to have a bit of sweet tooth. I mix these thoroughly, using my favorite blending tool. My drinks are stirred, not shaken. This then goes into the refrigerator.
Now I use about 16 ounces of room temperature filtered water mixed with my â€œsecret ingredientâ€ of equal proportion. When these are thoroughly blended, again using my blending tool, I heat more filtered water. I add another 32 ounces of hot filtered water to the original blend,using my favorite toll of course, and let it â€œsettleâ€ to room temperature.
Then when I am ready for a nice large mug of drink I take equal amounts of the brew from the refrigerator and from the room temperature one. In case you havenâ€™t been keeping track, I now have about 64 ounces of delightful (slightly diluted) beverage which will last me all day, most of the time. In the evening before bed I have to go through the same routine so I will have libations during my insomniac roaming in the middle of the night.
Ah life is good when one is well lubricated!
When was the last Republican President that didn’t have a Nixon or Bush on the ticket?
This is me 80% of the daylight hours. Note the headphones – they are for listening to meditation or relaxation tapes. Also the towel under my head is to keep my pillow dry from all the moisture leaking from the back of my head – some would call it sweat.