I am visiting the folks and this morning my mom screamed, “oh my god, what is that?” about the same time my father was mumbling while cooking his egg on the new stove, “#*R*) @!($ stove!” it turns out, despite NEVER seeing a ferret in the wild as a kid, there is one wandering the neighborhood in the snow. my guess is it escaped and/or was released by some pet owner that left the cage open and/or was too lazy to realize you have to spend time and work with pets. the stove? well, that was simply a case of American work ethic where the installation group either was too lazy, forgot, has a broken level and/or bad eyesight with seeing?
mind you I just got a message from Switzerland where it appears you pay top dollar and/or have too much money to spend versus the cost of common sense. it is a bit odd to see the cultural difference on the planet…I guess that is the biggest “why?” I have in understanding the human condition and probably being an idiot to think that people can change and create a world where a planet is a decent place for most, not a few.
it is like the ferret. he was adorable, half white, have brownish grey and he looked like an escaped convict from a jailbreak who experienced freedom for the first time in ages. I will take my folks down the new tractor supply store later, as it is one of those places I can simply walk into, wander around, buy nothing, and have 10 new ideas for building solutions to something. in addition, they usually have chickens, ducks and other critter foods and perhaps are the fuel for me wanting to live in nature and build that greenhouse home/lab where you live off the grid, anywhere on the planet, and have a really cool space – in nature. (anyone have a great solution to internet connectivity via satellite or dish that is fast? that part is the one that is still not ready for prime time unless you are a military, NASA and/or giant corporation)
I digress. so I joke about getting my folks some baby chickens so I can make some great crème Brule and mousse au chocolate as the reason they need them. “you can’t beat the flavor, richness, and taste of a farm fresh egg!” the sad reality is like the ferret, there will be plenty of Americans that buy the “cute” or “adorable” baby chicks and bunnies for kids, much like there is a trend that whatever popular dog you have in a movie gets purchased and then abandoned as people somehow come to the realization that a pet requires, time, energy and money to take care of. my guess is since the ferret had no collar, someone thought, “gee it is snowing, he has fur, he will like living in the wild, despite me taking care of him since he was a baby!”
it is like how the python and anacondas have invaded the Florida Everglades. too many people dumped their pets thinking it was “humane” and what it did was bring an invasive species with no natural predators into what was a system that worked pretty well without man’s help (aka- “this pet is too much work!”)
look at me ramble with words about nothing. must be the snow. as for the stove/oven and dad – well, last time I was here, I mentioned, “did you pay to get this installed?” and was told the story of how nice and cordial the people were that did the work, hooked up the gas line and how mom and dad tipped them.
“did they bother to take the time to level the stove?”
that moment of change happened not then, but today when dad could not fry his egg in the new frying pan and/or level stove. he was frustrated that he could not flip his egg to over easy – easily.
i looked at him and joked, “sounds like operator error, dad?”
that was it. and up came back up with crowbar, wrenches, pry boards, pully's and his old level I will nickname "trusty."
I simply turned on a laser level out and said, “woah it is off about ½ and inch. (amazing no?)"
it didn’t take long, and the spiffy old school bubble level matched the laser and everyone was happy, sans the “need a new frying pan for my eggs.” and the universe came back into one glorious balance where not much makes sense to me with life and humans. I think my mistake in life today is being an entrepreneur and realizing the value of a dollar and how much it costs to make new ideas - one would figure people would appreciate you not spending their money and being frugal. I don't think this is the case? "if it costs more, it must be better!" is something i will have to look at again - even though it goes against all the time, effort and work I had to do to be able to solve lots of problems for folks. maybe swiss people have too much money and inherited vs. made it? in the usa, we have destroyed a group that can make things because it became too easy to make money trading paper?
I think the ferret might be the wise one today, he will learn to live in the wild, although he might be a bit lonely, he will experience actual freedom while humans will simply live in the burden of the external image. is it better to have a day of actual freedom or to never actually experience it in life?
when you find your passion in life. you are "alive." you wish everyone can experience this. the irony is everyone can, but fewer want to take a risk or a chance in life. there is a great difference between living and being alive.
I will write more about that another day. now, I have to do some actual work and shut off the noise of the world for a bit and continue on the path where I can’t worry about what other people think, keep my mouth shut, focus, and build out the ideas to help others.
seems simple, no?