Mosquito vs. Driver

Driver loses!

Pardon the lag on these posts. Life has been pretty hectic with work and family having one thing after another happening, plus with this weird weather we’ve been having lately, it’s been a whirlwind of a month…but fear not, dear readers, I’ve returned to grace cyberspace with my words of wit!
Now that it’s October, I thought that I’d be finished with the warm weather annoyances of mosquitoes. Nope. Warm weather here and there apparently resets Mother Nature’s clock and it’s mosquito breeding season…in October. What a nuisance these things are…I’ll share a recent experience which I hope you can learn from. One warm morning, unusually warm for the fall, I was settling into my car for the morning drive to work and a few mosquitoes had managed to hitch a ride into the door before I was able to shut it.
Note: to all the distracted drivers out there, it’s REALLY DANGEROUS to even consider driving when you have little insects flying in your ears or attempting to bite you through your work clothes. Get rid of the bugs BEFORE you hit the road if you can. Driving and being distracted by a mosquito biting you or a fly crawling up your nose is not worth your life!
Anyway, I must’ve had ninja mosquitos in the car that day since they were unusually quiet and I didn’t know I had about 3 bites on my ankles by the time I was midway to work. Tolerating this was idiotic and driving me nuts, so I pulled into one of those vacuum-equipped gas stations and spent the 50 cents to use the damn vacuum on the mosquitoes. They wouldn’t leave the car interior even with the air conditioning on full blast and I wasn’t about to keep driving with the risk of getting ZICA or West Nile or whateveritis-numerous diseases that are carried by these winged pests.
Main points of this story:
*Keep mosquitoes and flying insects out of your car to keep your concentration on the road
*Vacuums can effectively solve almost any flying pest problem if it’s an isolated area and you have no other solution.
*Warm humid weather is a perfect breeding environment for mosquitoes, so make sure to either dump or put a few drops of dish-washing soap in any standing water around your house.

Safe (and bug-free) driving out there, fellow commuters!


Discussing Discourse…

Isn’t this a fine topic?  We might as well say, “Let’s have conversations ABOUT conversations!”

But it’s really more than meets the ears, the eyes, or the brain. According to how I understand it, Discourse Analysis is a constantly changing compiled study of the “meaning” behind what we consider as regular speech.

“See you later!” is an interesting phrase to analyze since it could be a literal sense of meaning that you’ll be “seeing” the person at a later time, or it could mean an offhand “eat my dust” if you say it a certain way as you’re beating a friend in a race.

Desk Job

Lovely sci-fi drawing by Jean Giraud (aka Mobius)

“Beating a friend in a race” is another phrase that we can put under our discourse analysis microscope. You’re not actually going to assault your friend with say, an egg beater (frisk them with a whisk?). But where was it coined that the phrase “beating someone in a competition”  would specifically indicate that you were out-doing them?

Double-meanings are a large portion of discourse analysis since those are historical, political, perpetuated by pop culture and societal use (or non-use) with street language and slang thrown in for good measure.

I’ll go into the cooperative principle of language in another post but I’m guessing that this principle is related to symbolic understanding since they both involve how the majority of people understand what the EXIT sign or a left arrow mean.


Visual Prompts

It’s been a few years since I’ve had to write a short story about a picture.  You would think that it would also be less difficult to write something about a picture that I had to choose…nope, you would be wrong.  It took me the longest hour of my life to choose a picture. (see attached image) toubster

Then, it took me a few hours to draft and refine my short story -_-;;

The “hours” passed quicker when I had a based my fictional narrative on snippets of sci-fi.

I’ve attach the short story to this post.  Feel free to browse and provide constructive feedback!


Art and Music


This is a preview of one of my acrylic paintings.

The name of this piece will follow soon but I just wanted to share how it incorporates my love of art and music.  I’m also showing how we digest “new” music like hungry fish only to be hooked with certain songs.  There’s a cyclical nature to art and music since we have our waxing and waning moods that change what we like and dislike, but we will always have that pattern of criteria that makes a specific piece (whether musical or artistic) touch our mind, hearts, and soul to make the world seem like a better place to be.