Friday, May 16, 2014

Camouflage...Part I

My Son, Andrew
in his Ogden Nash-style-humour writes:

I've never heard of Camel Fudge before.
You could have Caramel Fudge or Hot Fudge and Caramel.
Some people might think
a flood was “bad Karma”...hence Karma Floods.
At the Kamloops Zoo, camouflaged cameras
kept camels fudged for caramel.

Daily Life Camouflage
(submitted by an interested reader)

When Johnny Carson hosted The Tonight Show (1962 to1992), it was stated that in the privacy of his property at Malibu Beach, he walked evenings in silence and quiet meditation alone.  This apparently was his “therapy” for insecurities that he had about himself. Many entertainers suffer samely.

A neighbour friend told me that recently when it became necessary, she bought brown carpet which would camouflage coffee stains.  Smart idea!

Sometimes, when I say, “I'm okay,” I want someone to look me in the eyes and hug me tight and say, “I know you're not.”   Now, that's a confession, I've told few. Flippant attitudes often camouflage pain.

A few weeks ago I read, “A smile is just a camouflage that makes people think you're having a perfect life (even though you're dying inside). One never knows what goes on behind closed doors.

My aunt, visiting in Indonesia, stated that shopping is super cheap and generally high quality.  If you see anyone wearing “camo” holding a machete, don't be scared.  They're probably selling coconuts.

In a gardening magazine at the hair salon, I read... “Life is a Camouflage” by Diane Benson. It reads:
They know, they just know where to grow, how to dupe you and how to camouflage themselves among the perfectly respectable plants...they just know...and I concluded...weeds must have brains!

Last October when I attended a Hallowe'en party, I surmised that being unable to identify the person, the mask could hide both good and evil...and therefore, what is a truth and what is a lie?

I comment on your statement, Merle, that animals, birds, reptiles and insects have inbred clever knowledge of camouflage.  So I ask, “Are they smarter than we humans?”

Bluffs and Blunders by Politicians
(by Raymond, an ardent follower of my blogs)

Politicians are known to camouflage their actions with sole purpose of enhancing their personal lives.
Forgetfulness when being questioned or testifying.
Misquoting intentionally an opponent's facts.
Taking words out of context to misguide listeners.
Truth misconstrued to sway the public.
Publiclly attacking another party's representative.
Misrepresentation with knowledge that it is false.
Violating rules of professional conduct.
Lying for strategic advantage.
Deception by omission of the truth
is as bad as a lie.
Bribes, kick-backs, scams...whatever you want to call them...are all prevalent in the  political arenas.

Ted Nugent stated, “The government is so out-of-control.  It is bloated and infested with fraud... and  with deceit...and with corruption....and with abuse of power.”

“You may fool all of the  people some of the  time.
You can fool some of the people all the time.
But you can't fool all the people all the time.”
(Spoken by Abraham Lincoln)

Tom, a faithful supporter of my writings sends this illustration:
One Hundred Dollar Bill

It's a slow day in the small town of Pumphandle and the streets are deserted.
Times are tough, everybody is in debt and everybody is living on credit.
A tourist visiting the area drives through town, stops at the motel
and lays a $100 bill on the desk,
saying he wants to inspect the rooms upstairs to pick one for the night.
As soon as he walks upstairs, the motel owner grabs the bill
and runs next door to pay his debt to the butcher.
The butcher takes the $100 bill and runs down the street
to retire his debt to the pig farmer.
The pig farmer takes the $100 and heads off
to pay his bill to his suppler, the Co-op.
The guy at the Co-op takes the $100 and runs to pay his debt
to the local prostitute who has also been facing hard times
and has had to offer her “services” on credit.
The hooker rushed to the hotel
and pays off her room bill with the hotel owner.
The hotel proprietor then places the $100 bill back on the counter
so the traveller will not suspect anything.
At that moment the traveller comes down the stairs,
states that the rooms are not satisfactory,
picks up the $100 bill...and leaves.

No one produced anything; no one earned anything.
However, the whole town now thinks that they are out of debt
and there is a false atmosphere of optimism and glee.
And that, my friends, is how a “government stimulus package” works!

(Watch for Part II in a few days.)

Merle Baird-Kerr...compiled April 10, 2014
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  1. MEG Writes:: "That was so true. I think that everybody does it (camouflage feelings) so others won't pity them. We all say we are fine, when in fact, we are not. But, on the other hand, I don't really think most people care one way or the other...they don't want to be involved."

  2. Thank You, Meg for your insight. One shouldn't pity another person (although most do). Instead, we should understand, show care and interest.Quite possibly, it will open a dialogue between them...and hopefully easy conversation will ensue.

  3. DILU Writes: " Merle, I enjoyed reading this blog. So True ~ we all try our best to camouflage (when necessary). Many a times and once in a while, I personally need someone to recognize my grief or sadness. Looking forward to your Part II."

  4. Dilu... a very thoughtful message! This is what personal friends are for...shoulders to understand, to cry or weep on, to be there in times of need. And as reward, to share good and happy times together which strengthens the bond of friendship.

  5. ABA Comments: "This should be in the news papers so everyone can read. this is the best one!"

  6. Great suggestion, Aba. Amazing how affected readers are about the "messages" given through my written material. It enthuses and encourages me to long continue with Life's Concepts!

  7. SHERRIE Writes: "Thoroughly enjoyed this new entry on your blog; looking forward to Part II".

  8. You'll enjoy Camouflage Part II which I'll be posting on Thursday, May 21. Thanks for your continued interest.