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“Watching the Wheels” John Lennon: All Too Clear…

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

When I was growing up, my mother would play “Double Fantasy” by John Lennon and we would do puzzles in the afternoon.  Those were great memories.  From time to time, I would listen to this album for more sentimental reasons, than to listen to the songs deeply.  Lately, I listened to “Watching the Wheels” and I LISTENED to the song numerous times.  It was amazing, after all these years listening to this song, I finally feel like I get his message in the song.  I truly never paid attention.  Why?  Maybe because I was always in a place where I did not feel I could understand his sentiment when he wrote the song.  But now that I think about it, he was nearly 40 at the time of the song and his life was changing. Music was changing.  He was now the elder of the new generation listening to Punk and pop.  The 60’s/70’s revolution was over.

I really was not a John Lennon fan at all.  I still can’t listen to many of his 70’s albums.  Nothing specific, I just did not feel I could equate to his philosophy.  I was never one to be as liberal and hippie like as him (hate categories).

Double Fantasy was a great album.  He was changing his writing, but he was no longer trying to make a message to the world, instead he was just saying what he felt, and did not care if you liked it or not.  It is like he was the brightly colored dressed man on a rocking chair and people walk by and stare or make comments and he is just smiling and waving like there was nothing wrong in the world.  He had nothing left to prove at the time of the recording.  It is all just my opinion, I could be wrong, but that is what I see from that recording.

This song could not be more clearer to me than it is now.  I really don’t feel like being in the rat race anymore.  Let the young folk play that game.  I just want to watch the wheels go round and round…

 

Turning the Page in Life. Youth to Elder.

Saturday, May 4th, 2013

So lately, I have had many life moments where I am realizing that I am no longer that young kid who wants to conquerer the world.  Now I am that old guy who is grumpy and wants to be left alone.  When did this all change?  It happened very quietly.  I know things were starting to become different when I use my computers.  I notice, i don’t want to install software and experiment as much.  I just want it to work.  I noticed that I am now very reliant on consistency in my daily routine.  I no like surprises or interruptions.   I notice when my teenage boys are posting online, half the lingo, discussions they have, I can’t even decipher.  I am now,  “Mr. Lepre” to my sons’ friends  and I am accepting of that name.

Amy and I love our Saturday routine and I am frequently wanting to take naps on a Sunday afternoon.  I am territorial now.  I don’t like my things being touched if it is mine.  Nothing worse than buying a box of batteries for my gadgets/accessories and then going to recharge them and have NOTHING left in the box.  I prefer a good intelligent movie over a movie with lots of violence and sex.   When I am driving, I would prefer to listen to a talk show pundit or a comedy channel.  I constantly think about how fast the day and time goes over the course of a week.  I have more friends or people I know suddenly dying.  I look back at my past and think.  My God, it was nearly 25 years ago when I graduated!  I now think of how to get to $1 million dollars in Retirement funds before I get to 55 and how bad the medical coverage is getting.  401K is no longer some old fart’s concern, it is MINE.  The Dr. is going to be my next best friend.

So, it all sound morbid.  It sounds like I am sad this is happening.  Actually, the funny part of it is, It’s not that at all.  I would not trade the world for being the young kid again.  MAYBE 30.  I think I would like to do the last 12 years over, but there is a certain satisfaction in my new chapter.

I say this a lot.  I am in at the sunrise of my old age.  I am just starting to see it coming over the horizon.  The quicker I accept it and move on, the more I will come to enjoy it.  See, I have been an “A Plus” personality for all my working years.  I wanted to get ahead and be the best in what I do.  I think I still have that ambition, but it is different now.  I don’t want to be number one.  I just want to be respected in my field and be able to accomplish things without the politics.  I am no longer wanting to work overnight for 3 days straight to prove I am not like most people.  I want to work normal hours and still get things done.  That is working SMARTER.  But one thing I have to say.  I want to enjoy each minute of my time off more and more.  I completely enjoy sitting in my backyard every chance I get and enjoy the birds, the sunlight and the feeling of being alone to my thoughts.  It is truly something I cherish.  All my youth, I have been so quick to get things accomplished and not sit around (I will sleep when I am dead) and take everything in.  It is so funny when I sit here and stare out into the yard.  I notice things now.  I notice each day the differences in the season. How the yard was gray and muddy and in a few short weeks, it is vibrant with greens and yellows.  The smell in the air is more pleasant.  It is truly a miracle.

In the next 15 years or so, I want to start to wind down.  Let the young people run around and be conquerors of the world.  My time has past and I want to enjoy it in my early “retirement”.  I want to go fishing with my best friend Kevin and talk about how the young whipper snappers are out of control…. watch our kids get married and have their own kids.  I want to spend time with my wife and fall in love all over again and travel the world.  That is my desire, and that is what I am going to focus on in the next chapter of my life.  Because the difference between my youth and where I am today, I know all too well today, we all are on borrowed time.  Enjoy it while you have it to enjoy!

Pacific Northwest (Day 3)

Saturday, April 14th, 2012

Hey yo! Cage here again. Our agenda for today will be to see Mt. Saint Helen and Mt. Rainer and then head on over to Spokane for a photo op with a building that has a huge milk bottle attached to it. Afterwards we’ll hit Idaho for yet another mission to get a bell from that state.

Lets see how the weather is today…

OK, not too bad, nice and cool and the sky is looking clear. What about you folks in Philly…

Oh wow, better, but…. really not gonna miss that scorcher on Monday. Oh well, we’ll stay cool in Washington.

So, we go towards Mt. Saint Helens and stop at the visitors center. From there we noticed the clouds getting thicker (figures) and covering Mt. Sain Helens (dang it!!) SO… I did the next best thing…

I walked all the way up the mountain and took a picture….. HA! Just kidding (obviously). This pic was taken in the visitors center’s monitor that takes live pictures throughout the day. This one was taken on a better clear day.

They tell us that even though the clouds are covering the top of the mountain, we should still get some good pics down the road.

SO…. on down the road we’ll go.

Hey, looks like we found a friend!

Hey there!! Of course I had to tell him that he left his underwear in Seattle.

Yea…. he wouldn’t let me go after that. (I don’t think he appreciated that news)

Rage talked him into letting me have my crushed hand back by letting him know that I was a mental patient on leave.

So…. of course…. now THEY’RE friends….. sigh…..

Welp, we say our goodbyes (and appologies) and continue on our way. I mean we ARE looking for a mountain of a lady Saint who already popped her top! (yes, Mt. Saint Helens)

I spot an opportunity to take a pic that expresses what we ALL know…..

RAGE ROCKS!!!

 As we’re cruzin on down, we stop at a viewpoint that had a Helipad for tours. I would have LOVED to catch a ride with that but they were not available at the time. We snapped a couple of shots towards Mt. Saint Helens.

 

 

It’s WAY back there in the distance. (and I guess I was still looking for it)

 

Again we cruiz on down and just go in awe over the wonderful sceneries!!

 

We drive around a bend and go OH WOW!!

There she is!! We’re getting closer!

We stop at a viewpoint and strike some poses….

 

 

 

 

We finally made an executive decision to stop the cruze here and head on back. The clouds just were not our friend today and it seemed that it wasn’t going to let up.

SO…. our next spot? We’re going to see Helens’ neighbor, Mt. Rainer.

We make our way to the road that will take us quite close to the mountain by way of it’s park.

As we drive on in the park, we’re quite disapointed in learning that the way through is closed due to ….. snow….. ARRRGGGG!!! (Cage was NOT a happy camper)

So, we had to do some double backing but we took the second best route going around the mountain on the south side.

Yea, we can ALWAYS head back to Mt. Saint Helens right?

 

We were not able to get the best view of Mt. Rainier but we still managed to get some good shots in.

 

We also had a great time with the mountain views all around…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So we drive up to a Mt. Rainier viewpoint but the funny part of it was that it was snowed over!

 

Meanwhile as were looking around here and taking pics, I kept hearing the pebbles falling down the mountain side behind us.

It was both disturbing yet quite fascinating.

 

Ok, continuing on….

Another fascinating thing was just how deep the show was along the road and what they must do to keep the roads clear.

Cruzin…. on a Saturday afternoon… (Quicktime)

 

So as we’re cruzin along we spot this wonderful lake called Rimrock Lake and we just HAD to stop.

Just looking around this great lake. WOW. (Quicktime)

Just one of those places were you would find me camping out….

 

So as we’re leaving, I noticed a house on the mountainside, just on the other side of the highway.

Dang! Would love to live there and have a great lake almost in my front yard!

 Back on the road we go… Now you’ll notice as we get further along, the snow and trees start to disappear…

 

As we’re cruzin along here, we noticed that was a trend starting….

A BUNCH of fruit signs all around! Just made it look like these people were yelling FRUIT!! It seemed that this town had a contest to see who could make the biggest FRUIT sign and then decided to just use ALL of them! FRUUUUUUUUUUUIT!!

 

Ok, anyways, as we’re moving on, we also noticed that we were getting delirious. The wind was picking up quite a bit and combine that with our driving, it seemed that we were moving around 200 MPH! So… of course we had to take advantage of that to make a short video…

WOOO HOOO! Catch us if you can!!! (Quicktime)

My favorite video!!

Yea…. we were going bonkers about that time. We were a little better after that.

 

Ok, now we noticed that the mountains were also disappearing, giving way to farmlands..

 “We’re in the Spirit Mart”

 

Ok, now we’re heading through Spokane, WA

and heading to Coeur d’Alene, ID….

 

and we finally get to Idaho… YAY!

 

HA! He said “I’d da hoe”…. MAN! Wouldn’t Idaho just LOVE to have just a penny for every time it heard THAT dead horse joke?? They would BUY the United States…

 

Ok, so we get into Coeur d’Alene to try working on completing the mission in getting a bell. We made a stop in the local mall called Silver Lake Mall. Would we get such luck that we had in Portland that we would find a store called…. Made in Idaho? Nope.

We looked around this mall and …. boy, I can only hope we caught this place in a bad day because…. it was dead inside…. practically nobody!….. On a Saturday!

 

Rage and I made some web searches and phone calls until one lead had us going to an Exxon gas station with a gift shop. We found the gas station only had shot glasses as their best novelty BUT the lady did point us to the Walgreens across the street could have bells. So does it? YES!! Success!! Qapla’!!

SO, with the bell we’re almost happy about the night. The problem? Rage thinks he’s getting sick! He’s hoping its just allergies but it looks like a cold is coming…. oh boy….

We’ll see how he is in the morning……

 

 

 

 

 

Rage N Cage Heading to the Pacific Northwest!

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Our area of conquest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many of you know we have been wanting to take a trip across the US and just sort of live out our version of “Wild Hogs”.  We want to get away from the rat race of life and just take on the road.  Well….. We sort of ran into a few snags…. Money, time, and approval from the beautiful wives… I mean, how much could three weeks away and $10K in funding set us back??  So we found the next best alternative.  Visit a good friend AND see part of the country!

Rage N Cage  are heading out April 12th to see Dave Rowe, our good friend and a member of Brotherhood of the Griffin.  We are going to visit him and then take him in our rental car and travel the entire Pacific Northwest for a few days!  We have some ideas where we want to go, but we will work that out on Thursday.

Kevin and I will film as much as possible as well as post our pics on Facebook.  Keep an eye on RageNCage.com and see what fun we have up in the Pacific Northwest.

look forward to seeing Dave in a few days!

Just Sayin……

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

I have purposely have refused to read much on the shooting in AZ. It is so gut wrenching to see the media on top of that city like vultures. I did see that Sheriff Dupnik apparently made comments about Rush Limbaugh and other media pundits about the use of violent metaphors or references. I do not disagree with this Sheriff in his thinking. I agree in principal that media ratings = Drama +violence = $$$. But I felt the point is being missed that an elected official that is to serve and uphold the law should not comment or get caught up in the media speculation. He should not engage the media in his opinions. Keep that to you and your deputies or family outside of media microphones. You are to be impartial and just. It annoys me that a Wolf Blitzer puts this guy on TV and asks questions about Rush and Sarah Palin as if his opinion has any credibility.

ok.. Rant complete.

Joshua Tree (Amy Version)

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

I love this f’ing picture.  She is so beautiful in this shot.

Welcome to rageNcage.com!

Monday, October 26th, 2009

When North and South collide, You never know what will happen

Welcome to Rage N Cage.  We are going to announce a launch date shortly.  We are still developing our theme.

Just image when you put a Redneck and a Northerner on one blog, what will emerge?  Stay Tuned.