I will take a pride of lions over a pack of opportunistic, ugly, shrieking hyenas all day, any day. Stealing a kill by outnumbering with a mob = dishonorable:
(Feel free to ignore the interstitial commentary, but notice how the female lions take down a full grown wildebeest in the first clip. Then, compare that to the hyenas targeting a baby zebra in the next clip and targeting a baby rhino in the next video. When the male lion shows up it is not about stealing food, it is about taking care of business by eliminating the matriarch. In the final clip, the female and male work together to destroy the enemy.)
I usually like to start the day listening to classical masterpieces. For example, Rostropovich performing Bach Cello Sonatas:
Absolute virtuoso! This stirs my spirit and stimulates my mind in ways that cannot really be expressed by words. I started thinking, “What happened to music? Why is there so much of it being churned out these days, and why is so much of it so uninspiring?”
For example, Bruno Mars performing The Lazy Song:
Sure, there is some excellent modern music out there, not always easy to find. What do you think? Is music evolving? Is society evolving?
P.S. Did you notice the hand gesture that starts off the Lazy Song and then the shape the performers are arranged in? Just an interesting, perhaps meaningless detail for those who pay attention to things like that to take note of.
Something wild, majestic, mystical and awe-inspiring:
I would rather watch that 1000, make that 10000, times in a row rather than any of the programming spewing out of the thousands of channels of television network broadcasting. Compare to, for example:
Are you kidding me? MSNBC interrupts a discussion regarding ending the NSA for breaking news about a Justin Bieber DUI arrest? “Lean forward” my ass! TV has become almost 24/7 crap, shoved down the throat with some commercial intermissions to break up the raucous monotonous menagerie with more heinous loudly subliminal programming. May it all drown in Gullfoss.
Another fire broke out in the Santa Cruz area. This fire started near Trabing rd, where it burned several buildings, and it is now burning around Watsonville and Larkin Valley. I was also in close vicinity to the Bonny Doon wildfire when it started. My friend and I had to evacuate and he was not able to return to his house for several days. Yet another wildfire and another mandatory evacuation. Apparently somebody was seen starting spot fires in the afternoon. Hopefully, the firefighters were notified early enough to contain this blaze. Freedom Blvd is jammed with bumper to bumper traffic as people have been forced to leave their homes.
I walked outside around 4:00 PM and could see the smoke rising over the ridge. Ominous black smoke. I rode my bike down a back road with a friend of mine to get a closer view. We were able to see the smoke rising up from behind several houses and there was a helicopter dipping into a pond nearby to douse the flames. I took some video footage of the fire and will be posting that soon. They have cut the power at my house and the cops just stopped by to let us know that there is a mandatory evacuation. I’m currently on my laptop with my cell phone tethered for internet. As I look over the ridge near my house the smoke seems to be clearing. The fire is probably heading in the Watsonville direction at this point. I’ll be posting the videos of the fire as soon as possible.
Trabing, Watsonville Fire Video
Here is some video footage of the Trabing fire that spread to Larkin Valley and is still burning in the Watsonville area. You can see the white smoke rising just behind some of the houses. Thirty minutes before I rode my bike to this ridge and shot the footage, the flames could be seen rising above the trees behind the houses. Thanks to the swift response of the firefighters who put a damper on the blaze with helicopter drops, these houses were saved. The fire in Trabing burned more than nine houses and over 2000 people have been evacuated. Watsonville was not in imminent danger and the fire is fifty percent contained at this point. I packed up my important belongings and left the area, not wanting to risk waking up to a house in flames. It is looking hopeful that people will be able to return to their homes on Saturday. Many thanks to the firefighters who are working hard to stop the fire.