Coffee Conversation 43, Elephants and Tattoos

2
Everybody loves elephants, you know.

1
What has that got to do with taking pictures?

2
Well, since you don’t do as much ‘as expected, from past history’ photography, your likes are down.

1
Well, it really doesn’t matter, you know.

2
Oh sure, everyone looks at their numbers and if you would Photoshop in an elephant or two, in an empty space maybe, your ‪likes would skyrocket.

1
Listen, it really doesn’t matter, though yes, I have seen the numbers go down over there and go up here, at least sometimes.

2
Not every post, true. Our most liked post here was called ‘Shaped by Participation’ or some-such. People are still liking it and it was #19 and you are on #43 or something.

1
I know, it was just something I dashed off one day. I didn’t put a lot into it. I could have made it read better. Made the point better.

2
Yes, but it hits a chord with some, apparently. We do so many things because others expect us to. In personal relationships, families, groups, WP, everywhere.

1
I think we should just be ourselves, pursue our ever-evolving vision (whatever that may be) with respect for others.  That is what we do here all the time, you know.

2
Yes, I think so too. Now, about this New Mexico thing.

1
Remember when we moved there we were awed at how many people we met that had never crossed the state line, some not even gone out of county on purpose (pretending Sandoval and Bernalillo counties is one big county, seeing as how Albuquerque butts up to the line and it would be hard not to cross it occasionally, accidentally).

2
Yes, I remember and we meet very few people who are from there anywhere else in the world. But today – ta da!

1
Yes, he had a Zia sun tattoo on his arm so it gave him away. (The Zia Pueblo sun symbol is also on the state flag)

2
So we chatted for a moment. He told me he and his mom went together and got them, which is cool.

1
Yes, that is more likely in some cultures that are not uncommon in New Mexico, a sense of family as an organic being.

2
Good old New Mexico, comprised of three different cultures which are considered important. Woe to the politician that forgets that. Haha on them. Oh! I got a photo too, but no elephants because we don’t have Photoshop to begin with.

1
Well, that’s alright then.

Coffee Conversation 42, Where Y’at?

2
Where y’at?

1
Pardon me?

2
Where y’at? You know, it’s just like ‘Good afternoon sir (or madame, as the case may be). How are you today, I hope you and your significant other are well and your children all get straight A’s in school and will being going to a major university on scholarship’.

1
It means all that?

2
Well, more or less. It’s really Where are you at? meaning How are you and what’s up? all at once.  And, sort of like Que tal? in Spanish.

1
So that’s why the working class white residents from the ninth ward are called Yats in New Orleans?

2
Well, yes, though I suspect it is a bit more underground than it once was, as those working class jobs are now mostly washing dishes in a restaurant, as opposed to working on the docks and such, making a good wage. New Orleans has many and varied dialects, almost one for every area, at least traditionally.

1
I thought that changes brought on by computerization were supposed to create a better educated class with more free time, to make differences smaller.

2
Any other jokes you want to tell? Remember they told us it would save paperwork too?  Hahahahahahaha.

Now the poorest buy a TV by smacking down a hundred or two and turn off the brain, watching ad-sponsored, free TV. (No annual tax like some places!)  Don’t even need cable!

1
So why isn’t the internet similarly free? They’s just as many ads there.

2
Well, that’s easy. The‌ internet is ‘open’ and you might learn something or worse yet, build a consensus that challenges business as usual. That, they are gonna make you pay for though some would rather just take it away or create a two tier system with their buddies getting high speed and us, the crappy speed.

(Some just watch Fox news and sports and reruns of just about anything that was remotely popular at one time, plus music and videos on their phones, of course.)

1
But, but, PBS is educational!

2
Hahahahahahaha. Go ahead, convince me those travel shows are educational. Hahahahahahaha

1
So you are saying that PBS is almost the same except they don’t have ads during the program, just between programs?

2
Yes, you got it in one try. So, I repeat, Where y’at?

1
Uh, well, um-

Coffee Conversation 41, Like Sand Through My Hourglass

NOTE:  8 years on WP yesterday.  OMG!    🙂

2
(singing) It’s now or never, come hold me tight, kiss me my darling, be mine tonight-

1
(interrupting) Puh-leaze, stop! Btw, do you know Elvis did that song 57 years ago? We were (mumbling something that sounds like cough, cough, then 10) years old.

2
‘So are the days of’ our li’-

1
(interupting, again) Stop that too! Quit quoting soap operas from the 60’s and 70’s. Next you’ll be using Dark Shadows or General Hospital. Or All My Children or One Life To Live or dread the thought, As The World Turns.

2
Dark Shadows was way cool, vampires and werewolves and ghosts and zombies in a soap opera in the 60’s. Plus paranormal stuff. It’s a gothic cult classic.

1
Yes, yes. If you remember, we never watched any of them. Let’s get to the reason for this post, OK?

2
How can we remember something we didn’t do? And you mean there is a reason for posting, like a ‘Guiding Light’? That sounds serious. I mean, usually we are just fooling around.

1
Look! Just pay attention. Let’s talk about the topic at hand. TIME!

2
Well, when Mickey’s big and little hands point to 12 it’s time for lunch and then a nap, the rest of the day is ‘like sand through’-

1
(interrupting, 3rd time) Not all the time, the time goofing off. I mean, should we be doing something as opposed to just sitting around?

2
Well, that is why we committed to that 8 week deal, no? I mean, we have only ‘One Life To Live’.

1
(rolling eyes) Yes, and that nudges us toward other changes.

2
Gosh, I didn’t know anything was better than goofing off. Well, maybe chocolate. Besides, isn’t that one of the benefits of being retired? Goofing off these remaining days, until ‘The Edge Of Night’.

1
Stop with the soap opera stuff! Retirement is the time to pursue our passions. Besides, we had choco exactly twice these last few months. No, we have some thinking to do. The 22nd is Earth Day too. Do you have a picture for us, btw?

2
You know, Mexican soap operas (novelas) were started to teach history to a poorly educated populace and their early comic books were teaching tools too. And yes, I think I can find something to post.