Saturday, December 16, 2006

An Underpaid Musician

This is the Pied Piper of Hamelin, one in a long line of musicians who have not gotten paid. An old tradition. Worse than slavery, since there is seldom any food offered. Sometimes charity is recommended by the establishment in the form of a tip jar.
No wonder they go into real estate.
Illustration by Drabos Zak.

15 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love you jm. You have so much heart. May you be appreciated for all that you do and paid generously.

Astrid

16/12/06 5:28 AM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I join Astrid in putting love into your tip jar, jm. If you were here i'd feed you, your vegetarian tastebuds would be happy and on the nights i make clam chowder i'd fill your bowl with potato soup first.

16/12/06 9:13 AM  
Blogger jm said...

You two. I'll take love over money any day. I'm richer than I've ever been.

And I'm not crazy! I'll eat the homemade clam chowder any day! I still love it!

Hugs to you, both astrid and teska. You are two real, wise, and elegant ladies.

16/12/06 2:22 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Neith, I hope you are Okay up there. Never know what a day will do.

I looked at the chart of Washington and the Mars/Jupiter just opposed the Neptune/Pluto conjunction in the Washington chart. Gemini/air. 3 degrees/6 degrees.

16/12/06 8:26 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

Well, it has been an interesting couple of days . . . We had no power from 7AM to 5:30PM Friday. And it took all of today to internet service up & running. There are places in Western Washington that may not have power back for a WEEK!!!! Need less to say, I've gained a whole new level of appreciation for what wonders electricity (Uranus) does for us. BTW, remember me mentioning a Port-to-let?! Well, my Aries rented one & it came in very handy . . . being a smart Libra, I told him what a great decision that was!!! :-) The plumbers did get the drains all connected in one day, but then Uranus kicked a**! We have very stable power here, so we're spoiled. It's the lack of decent lighting that gets to me the most. It's time to get more oil lamps tucked away for emergencies . . .

Mercury was squaring Uranus yesterday affecting communications pretty much state wide. And we have more to come with Mars & Jupiter . . . a little gun shy here right now! :-)

16/12/06 9:18 PM  
Blogger jm said...

NEITH!!!!!!!

A Port-to-let! Oh no!

It's amazing how complacent we get about our lives. It's such a complicated web how we've gotten here with all this energy use. It's way too simplistic to blame any one faction.

All of you know right now about the earth and nature. This is why I always say that man is not the boss.

I agree about lights. I'm addicted to the light bulb.

And we have more to come with Mars & Jupiter . . . a little gun shy here right now! :-)

I think things will calm down. Mars/Jupiter is explosive sometimes. The exact aspect to the state chart is interesting....Gemini communications. Mercury in Scorpio exactly inconjunct.

Great to have an Aries around in an emergency. N'est-ce pas?

16/12/06 9:45 PM  
Blogger jm said...

I have a friend in the disaster cleanup field and she says that water damage is by far the worst.

It's overwhelmimg when a weather crisis hits, which they do all the time. There's so much talk about power but the real thing is humbling.

I think we mimic nature in our use of destructive power. It's limited and controlled. Targeted to specific areas.

We've been lucky these years. The dust bowl and floods like they had last century were ongoing and made for a very insecure life. Affected the whole economy.

We never know. People keep assuming modern tech has protected us. Nature is a great equalizer.

It's pressure inequities that cause these things. Many that have been building up for a long time. After something like this a place usually enters an even calmer stretch, but not always, of course.

Some places are disaster areas in general, most are not. I think where we choose to live is paramount.

Same with the geopolitical. Iraq has always been a disaster area. No one's doing in particular.

16/12/06 10:04 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Here also is the lesson of astrology. The Mars/Jupiter caused major destruction some places but most were not affected. Like here where things are calmer than usual. This is the problem with prediction. All the time disaster is going on someplace and connected to transits, but other places are not overtly affected.

Same with the solstice and the Mars/Uranus. Some will suffer, many won't. It will manifest entirely differently. Always have to keep the whole in mind. Like the body system made up of parts functioning separately.

So try to predict and prepare gets complicated. The main thing is past experience which proves we usually survive.

16/12/06 10:11 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

Great to have an Aries around in an emergency. N'est-ce pas?

You know it!!! Would you believe he thawed some T-bone steaks, fired up the charcoal grill, out in the wind & snow & cooked 'em. About that the time the electricity came back on & I was doing a little happy dance & cheering. But those steaks tasted very good!

We are almost scarily complacent about the luxuries electricity brings us. Cell phones are only as good as the nearest working tower but our old land line phone worked fine. We have a wood stove that we use most of the year, so we were warm. This experience really makes one wonder though . . . not being able to access the internet was almost as bad as no light. hmmmm, info addiction?!?! :-)

I'm ready for some calmer times, you betcha! please, please, please . . . :-)

16/12/06 10:12 PM  
Blogger jm said...

BTW, neith. Weather preditions are usually fairly good. This wasn't predicted?

16/12/06 10:12 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Would you believe he thawed some T-bone steaks, fired up the charcoal grill, out in the wind & snow & cooked 'em.

What a guy! Gotta eat!

not being able to access the internet was almost as bad as no light. hmmmm, info addiction?!?! :-)

This is a biggie neith. The whole society is addicted. But it's not THAT serious. When first cut off it's excruciating, but life is a series of adjustments, and soon we do.

I think the fear of what we're doing with ourselves is worse than the minor addictions that aren't life threatening.

But a moment without sure brings the pleasure home when it comes back.

Aren't coastlines always more unstable?

16/12/06 10:18 PM  
Blogger jm said...

We are almost scarily complacent about the luxuries electricity brings us.

I think so. But then people always seem to do well when this happens. Often they pull together community-wise and quickly get philosophical waiting for Public Service to get it all under control!

16/12/06 10:22 PM  
Blogger jm said...

BTW, neith.

While you were gone I couldn't figure out if it was just another Neptunian Waters moment or if you were actively dealing with disaster. No telling without the cyberspace teletype!

Great to have you back!

16/12/06 10:26 PM  
Blogger Neith said...

BTW, neith. Weather preditions are usually fairly good. This wasn't predicted?

I suspect the intensity of the wind was underestimated plus we had a mini-blizzard here locally. This is quite unusual this time of year over here. Western Washington is always having problems with trees knocking down power lines. Think on how people keep building homes up in the mountains in the Rockies . . it's sorta a no-brainer. Forest fires don't respect personal property. Another example is the whole California coastline building where homes fall down from being undercut by the ocean. Seems to tie into the Gemini/Sag axis in the Sibley chart . . an unwillingness to grow up & face reality. Saturn & Pluto keep reminding us the mature behavior & decision making is a good idea . . . or else. Money & arrogance have been the downfall of many people throughout history.

I'm going to have to get some sleep but it's so very good to be back in touch with the larger world again.

16/12/06 10:30 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Well, I hope you get some good sound sleep, neith!

Back to normal soon.

16/12/06 10:34 PM  

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