Picture of a cat looking up from the Bun Karyudo humor blog.

Falling Down and Looking Up

It’s the direction in which I’m least proficient and the one I think least often about. Perhaps it’s not surprising that I regard it a little differently from the rest. After all, compare it to the other directions. I often have occasion to move, say, left or right. The morning walk from my bedroom door to the bathroom would be impossible to survive without my ability to sidestep two frantic teenagers as they race up the hall one way with an undershirt over their head and then hop down it the other trying to put on a second sock.

 

Forward is very familiar too. There are all sorts of things—dinosaur skeletons, huge insects, candy bars—that have always had the power to mysteriously draw me forward as if by magnetic attraction. I barely have to move my legs. And as for backward, it’s a direction I explored not twenty minutes before starting to write this post.

 

“GrRAARGhh, GrRAARGhh, GrRAARGhh!”

 

That’s approximately the noise my wife made. Most of those grraarghh’s were probably words, but if so, they were quite unrecognizable at the speed at which they came rocketing in my direction and exploded around me.

 

I’d been asked to look after the stew for twenty minutes while my wife popped out. I’d definitely given it an outstanding, high-quality stir shortly after she left. But then time had played a nasty trick on me by accelerating massively when I wasn’t looking. I assume the entire population of the world must have been running about at comically high speed like the Keystone Kops, but I hadn’t noticed because I’d been hard at work with my iPad sketching out some keys ideas for this post on Angry Birds.

 

This prank on the part of time meant that when my wife returned, I hadn’t yet had an opportunity to give the stew a fourth, a third or even a second stir. Yet despite this, there was still very nearly half an inch of water at the bottom of the pot and the kitchen hadn’t burned down. As you might expect, in her relief, my wife took careful aim and bombarded me with all sorts of gratitude.

 

“GrRAARGhh, GrRAARGhh, GrRAARGhh!”

 

Sheer humility then forcing me to step backward out of range.

 

Of course, some may be resolutely unimpressed by my proficiency at moving left and right, backward and forward, aware that all four of these directions exist within the same geometric plane. Such an attitude would be rather unfair, however, since I also have tremendous familiarity with down. In fact, it’s probably the easiest direction of all for me since I can get there with virtually no effort on my part, particularly after a heavy frost or a snowfall. I can also truthfully boast that I am able to locate down when drunk, although total inebriation on my part has been a rare state for several decades now, and it’s possible I may have lost my edge.

 

I’m even capable of finding down in pitch darkness, such as at four o’clock this morning when I woke to find an earplug had fallen out and so had to scramble about on my hands and knees over the bedroom floor trying to find it. Failure in this mission was not an option if I wanted to have any chance of returning to sleep, but this left me with a problem. I didn’t want to wake my wife, which meant I had to search for the earplug without making any noise she could hear and without turning on the light. Sadly, my skills in bat-like ultrasonic echolocation were not quite sharp enough for the task.

 

In the end, I dealt with this tricky situation by using my smartphone as a flashlight. Not only did I succeed in finding the missing earplug, but I even managed not to get distracted and start playing Angry Birds while I was down there. My iron resolve on this matter was admittedly made easier by the fact that I don’t actually have Angry Birds on my smartphone, only my iPad.

 

Now, anyone who has managed to follow my ducking and diving, weaving and sidestepping until this point in the post, will notice there is still one direction I have not yet talked about, namely, up. This is the one I obliquely referred to in my first sentence. I think I may have said something at that time about not being very good at traveling in an upward direction, but I’m not sure because I said it way up there at the top of the page and that’s a lot of climbing.

 

It’s true that up requires effort. Perhaps an even bigger issue for me, though, is that it simply rarely occurs to me to raise my eyes that far. In the street, I pay some attention to what my feet are doing. It’s never a happy experience to find myself treading on chewing gum, broken glass or small dogs. I also make a certain amount of effort to notice what is in front, to the left, to the right and even behind me. This is generally how I avoid adorning the front grille of buses, taxis and delivery trucks with my presence.

 

Up, on the other hand, is a direction I’ve often struggled to see as relevant. Obviously, I am not making the extreme claim that I never look upward. I may glance at the sky before I leave my apartment, for example, to check if I need an umbrella. Similarly, on the way back home in the evening, I’ll occasionally walk along the street while gazing at the moon. It’s safe to do so at that time; the dogs have all gone to sleep.

 

In general, however, I don’t look up nearly as often as I look in other directions. There are some advantages to this. For one thing, it explains how it is that I can happily type out this post despite being sandwiched between my wardrobe and my bookcase. It’s because I only ever seem to notice what is in them, but remain strangely oblivious to what is precariously balanced on them. Thus, the prospect of my inevitable doom under an avalanche of child artwork, forgotten certificates, photographs, Christmas wrapping paper and old Amazon boxes has never interfered with my productivity as a blogger.

 

Yet although up has never meant very much to me, I had a surprising thought about it recently. You see, ever since I was old enough to be aware of politics, and regardless of whether I personally agreed with their policies or not, I’d always regarded the presidents of the United States with a certain awe. All of them, even the frankly second-rate ones, were in a sense representatives of certain powerful ideals, like democracy, tolerance, liberty, opportunity and equality. It was a kind of looking up I’d been doing for years. I only realized it for the first time last Tuesday when I finally stopped.

 

© Bun Karyudo and the BunKaryudo Blog (2016)

(All Rights Reserved)

 

 

NOTE: I’m afraid a family health situation has arisen recently and it means I’m not going to be able to spend nearly as much time on WordPress as I’d like. With any luck, everything will be back to normal by about early January, but until then, I’m going to be pretty tied up much of the time. I intend making a real effort to continue posting once a week, and of course, I’ll definitely respond to all commenters and stop by your blogs. Much of my other reading is likely to be unavoidably curtailed for a few weeks, though. I sincerely apologize, but it’s really beyond my control. (This message is likely to be hanging around for a while, so please feel from to ignore it from now on.) 

194 replies
  1. joliesattic
    joliesattic says:

    I had wondered where you had disappeared to. Missed you, even if our politics differ. LOL
    Actually, I didn’t like either, but am more hopeful of something different with this one, provided he be given the opportunity to do his job. Whereas the other choice would have been the same ol’ same ol’.
    I hope everything goes well for you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much for the kind wishes. 🙂 It sounds like we may have different perspectives on the recent election result, but I’m sure we’ll both agree on hoping everything works out for the best. I guess we’ll all just have to wait now and see what happens next.

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      • joliesattic
        joliesattic says:

        I know, huh? I didn’t vote for him either, but I think he’s got potential and I think this election may have been a growing up experience for him because it could easily have cost him that. He appears more sober now, I just like giving people the benefit of the doubt. I see we’re on the same page there.

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  2. Robert Parker Teel
    Robert Parker Teel says:

    “Lowering” has been a keyword for this election. Stormy, threatening weather. Sullen anger. Dropping standards.

    Keep your chin up, anyway (I mean that as encouragement, even if it sounds annoying) and I hope things are looking up soon. Very best wishes for good health for you and your family.

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  3. Samantha
    Samantha says:

    You always manage to squeeze a giggle or two out of me with your posts, Bun 🙂
    I hope the stew turned out okay in the end. And hopefully the family situation you mentioned in your NOTE will soon improve.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thanks, Samantha. I never thought of myself as a gigglesqueezer before, but I love the concept!

      Incidentally, despite my best efforts, the stew turned out to be delicious in the end. 🙂

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you for the good wishes, Kristine. 🙂 I hope you’re right, incidentally, about the only possible way to go being up. Recently, just when I think politics has finally reached the bottom, I always seem to discover there are hitherto unsuspected depths into which to plummet.

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  4. joylennick
    joylennick says:

    Hi Bun, Chin up, and the rest of you…Upwards and onwards, and that applies to you and all your family members. We’ll miss your humorous nonsense and zany take on life, but do keep taking notes! .

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  5. nananoyz
    nananoyz says:

    Great post, Bun. Just think, pictures of Trump will be in classrooms and airports, courthouses and post offices. I’m going to go throw up now.

    Sorry to hear about the heath thing. Sending positive vibes your way.

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  6. Fijay
    Fijay says:

    Thank you Bun ….I didn’t know where this was going at first but it hit the laugh out loud button of a Monday eve:D:D:D
    Poignant ending too ….genius post …Thankyou

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  7. Sue Slaght
    Sue Slaght says:

    Bun I am very sorry to hear about your family health situation. Please don’t feel you need to come to my blog. Use the time to be with your family. Truly! I’ll be watching for you here and hoping for positive updates.

    Living next door to the US well we are looking up to see if we can see a wall in our future.

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  8. In My Cluttered Attic
    In My Cluttered Attic says:

    Ah Bun, I know exactly what you mean about that old prankster, time. Many is the time (excuse my being punny about it) that my wife has gotten into a stew with me too, simply because time decided to play a joke on me. And as for the direction of up… I just won’t go there, because it either requires that I take the stairs (exercise. are you kidding?), fly (which, although, I must do, I truly abhor… WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU’VE LOST MY LUGGAGE AGAIN? THAT’S THE FOURTH TIME THIS MONTH… AND I’VE ONLY FLOWN FOUR TIMES!), or float, which (after learning that illusion from David Blaine) resulted in my violating air space over Area 51 and being taken into custody. So, I just don’t recommend the direction of UP on principal—and because you might wind UP (ha, ha) with a lot of explaining to do. Sorry to hear (read) about the family health issue, and I hope Obamacare—or the Affordable Care Act—hasn’t been completely repealed before the health issue is resolved—provided it’s necessary for correcting said health issue. Only good thoughts on this end, Bun. :O)

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  9. arlingwoman
    arlingwoman says:

    I look up all the time, Bun. Birds are up there, clouds, rainbows, falling leaves, sometimes bears. It’s a good idea to scan at least. The other kind of looking up, well, ugh, I’m with you there…

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Now you mention it, there are a lot of great things to see if we look up, although I’d hesitate to agree about bears. I guess it depends on how far away the tree is and whether or not I’m on a motorcycle. 🙂

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  10. Vicki
    Vicki says:

    You’re not the only one who has stopped ‘looking up’.

    We, ‘down under’ here in Australia, have also stopped looking up (and around in your direction) and started looking inward in the hope that the ‘winner’ starts listening (before speaking), and thinking (before acting).

    Everyone deserves a chance, but with a poor record in the past, we are hoping for miracle to occur and a certain someone starts to keep his mouth shut until he has a chance to understand that all our lives are interwoven in a vast network and we all feel the repercussions of the thoughts and actions of public figures in the media, and more importantly, in the house of power.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      I certainly agree with you about the interconnectedness of everything in our modern world. The presidential election in the USA, the Brexit vote in the UK, the alarming centralization of authority under Xi Jinping in China, things like this end up affecting all of us, and so I think it is right that all of us should pay attention and make our views known.

      To take just the most obvious example, if a political miscalculation or a presidential temper tantrum ends with the world economy being trashed in a trade war or world civilization being trashed in a nuclear one, the effects will be felt in Peru, Latvia, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Korea…

      Remembering the classic Neville Shute novel “On the Beach,” I think it’s worryingly possible you may find yourself with a lot of visitors down there in Australia at some point in the future.

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  11. YellowCable
    YellowCable says:

    I have not put too much thoughts of these directions around me. Up is not always on top of my mind as well as backward for me. Mostly forward 🙂 I guess I must be quite narrow about where I am going or hoping to get through than side way or back away. Down does not sound good and only concerns me when I am going down stairs or ensures that I am not falling. Definitely, down is the what I would prefer to see when I am high up 🙂 You can guess what I mean.

    I hope your family health situation is getting better soon. I am looking up for that…

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you for the kind wishes. 🙂 As for directions, I guess it makes a lot of sense to be mostly concerned with forward. I guess evolution must agree since it put all our sensory apparatus facing in that direction.

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  12. adsunsri
    adsunsri says:

    So I can never ask you ‘how is the air up there’?
    Never up, for the fear of cobwebs dangling too close to danger, for the fear of dust on the ceiling fans, the overburdened tops of shelves ready to crash down like an avalanche..all chores which are conveniently dodged and the consequence is never look up!

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Up can be a scary direction to look at times. Actually, someone told me yesterday that she visited Nepal during the summer a few years back and was plagued by leeches dropping from trees to suck her blood! When I checked on Wikipedia, there seemed to be some debate about whether the leeches really dropped from trees, or just happened to latch on to bare flesh as hikers brushed through undergrowth. It all left me feeling very worried and confused. Now if I go to Nepal, I’ll have no idea which direction I should be looking in.

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  13. eths
    eths says:

    First of all I am sorry to hear about a family health problem and I wish you or whomever is suffering, well.

    Secondly, I’ve been in shock since last Tuesday and have barely had enough focus to think about my blog. I didn’t think it possible for a country to change overnight. Knowing Trump’s picks for different positions has not helped my mood. What a sad state of affairs!

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thanks for the good wishes, Beth. The result on Tuesday sent shockwaves right around the world. As I mentioned in an earlier comment somewhere, I’m hoping that things work out for the best in the long run, but just as you say, some of the initial picks have seemed rather ominous. 🙁

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  14. Diane Holcomb
    Diane Holcomb says:

    I’m quite familiar with up. That’s where I’m usually looking, which makes me quite familiar with down as well. On my way to an interview this week I managed to trip over something in a parking lot and I went flying, wrenching my wrist. Now, if I had been looking down…

    I was wondering if you’d go anywhere near the political mess on your blog. As usual, you did it with a well-aimed sense of humor. I wasn’t going to address it on my blog, but I couldn’t stay silent. I just couldn’t.

    Thanks for the laugh. We all need it right now!

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      I’m sorry to hear about your unwanted business trip, Diane. I hope your wrist wasn’t too badly injured. 🙂

      As for politics, religion and the like, I have opinions, but I try not to be too overt most of the time. I want to have an open, inclusive blog, so as long as people are polite to the other commenters (and to me, of course), everybody is welcome, whether or not they agree with me.

      Having said all that, it would have been very difficult to remain completely silent on the result of the recent presidential election given the genuine alarm I feel. I sincerely hope I’m wrong and my fears come to nothing. It’s really to no one’s advantage for me to be proven right.

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  15. Dahlia
    Dahlia says:

    Wishing you and your family the best of health and soon Bun! An awesome post as usual and by time you got to a ‘high-quality stir’ – I was ROFL 😀 :D. As for looking up, I am frequently chastised for looking up too often that too with my mouth open – the trees they take me to a different world away from the pettiness and daily woes. Take care.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thanks for the kind thoughts. I appreciate it. 🙂 With a bit of luck, I may be able to keep my posts going or at least not miss too many of them, but it’s difficult to be certain. In any case, I’m hoping things will have returned to normal by January.

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  16. Hira
    Hira says:

    Well you are still better. Am horrible with direction , navigation , maps and all such geometry inducing real life use cases.. Some days I have to find my right hand to know right is on right side . It’s even more embarrassing when I say to cab driver “Go right” but my hand is gesturing left! Am learning to do this right-hand-is right conversation in my mind before instructing cab driver such that my mouth and hand are in sync , hmm I haven’t even started left-hand-is-left. Phew!

    Now that am writing this comment , epiphany moment , “The cab driver doesn’t really need my hand gesture to turn right. Saying “Turn right” should be enough” . Isn’t it? A cab driver should surely be well versed in all direction – comes with occupation.
    Here , another enlightenment as am writing ..
    Thank God , I never have problem with upward , backward , downward, forward .. I hate to imagine butt-is-back conversations in my head!

    Thanks for the laugh , and enlightenment!

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  17. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Marje @ Kyrosmagica says:

    Which ever way I look at the moment sends me shuddering. We are all connected and the politics of now is not of my choosing. Hope your family illness is soon in the past, and that you are all well. Take care. Marje

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  18. tric
    tric says:

    Brilliant. Loved this clever post.
    Don’t worry too much Bun, hopefully the world will keep turning and that eejit wont damage it and your country too much before the world moves on again.
    Hope all is okay within your world shortly.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you for your best wishes, Tric. I appreciate that. I also hope things work out okay and that this period will eventually become little more than a weird footnote in world history.

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  19. patriciaruthsusan
    patriciaruthsusan says:

    I hope your family responsibilities work out okay for all. This is the first election I’ve been aware how much others in the world care about the U.S. elections. I guess this one startled everyone. I also hope everything works out well. It does worry me a leader doesn’t give a darn about climate change or even believe in it. That’s really worrying. All the best, Bun. Good post. 🙂 — Suzanne

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thanks for your best wishes, Suzanne. Just as you say, dealing with climate change is something that effects everyone everywhere and has to be sorted out. It’s tragic that this problem will probably not be addressed by the USA for at least another four years.

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    • Ellie P.
      Ellie P. says:

      “Startled”?! How about stunned, shocked, gobsmacked, thrown for a loop, killed? Worse than the OJ verdict by FAR. I mean, your *president*???? Some people are saying “too bad Bernie wasn’t the opponent.” I’m not so sure it would’ve made a difference.

      Good luck to you all – and us, too!!

      xox
      a Canadian

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  20. Ally Bean
    Ally Bean says:

    In general, however, I don’t look up nearly as often as I look in other directions.

    Me, too. Somehow I feel safer that way… but perhaps it’s time to give UP a look-see. Just in case I’m missing something.

    Hope your healing goes smoothly and that the new year brings you back here better than ever.

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  21. scifihammy
    scifihammy says:

    Quite an unexpected serious (but funny) twist at the end there, Bun. 🙂
    I hope your family health issues resolve themselves all right and don’t worry about visiting and commenting on other blogs – we’ll be here when you’re back on track. 🙂

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  22. nrhatch
    nrhatch says:

    Up, up, and away . . . In my beautiful balloon!

    Hope things start looking up for you on the home front. We’ll leave the light on for you . . . Hurry back once the health situation is under control.

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  23. dave ply
    dave ply says:

    Despite everything, it’s probably still a good thing to try and look up. Nothing like a positive attitude to help you through your day. Although looking up is more of a challenge since we’ve got a new pee-elect that makes you shake your head from side to side every time he says or does something. I fear we’ll start seeing too many people looking up – praying for sanity and a reality check for certain leaders.

    I hope the family heath situation resolves itself quickly, and with a minimum of pain.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thanks very much for the kind thoughts, Dave. 🙂 I guess a lot of people have been looking rather down recently (including me), but you’re absolutely right about looking up. A little positivity can go a long way!

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  24. Jason
    Jason says:

    I guess while the right and the left battle it out and the world seems upside down, we can only remain hopeful that common sense will prevail and people will turn their backs on the politics of fear and hate. You may be saddled with a president who makes Idiocracy’s President Camacho seem reasonable, but whatever happens in the months to come, you’ve got family, friends, a job and a wonderfully funny blog to keep you going.

    Keep your chin up, as they say. Apart from the boxing coaches who confusingly insist on the very opposite course of action.

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  25. Ann Coleman
    Ann Coleman says:

    What I enjoy most about your posts is your ability to write about the most mundane topics in a way that is both funny and rather poignant. You really are quite talented, and I hope you know that. As for looking up these days, it is rather difficult, isn’t it? Personally, I stopped looking up to Presidents a long time ago, so that helps a little bit.
    I’m so sorry to hear there is a health issue in your family! Please know I will be thinking of you all and hoping for a speedy recovery. And don’t worry about your blogging friends…we’ll be here to welcome you back when you are ready!

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  26. Annika Perry
    Annika Perry says:

    Always a treat to read your posts and this one has me merrily laughing! Hmm..who knew directions could be so tricky! As for angry birds they have a lot to answer for – you do realise though that is quite outdated. May I recommend Candy Crush – that will cause even more havoc however! So sorry to hear about illness within the family, hope everything goes okay. No stress on blogging front, everyone will be here. You concentrate on your family first and foremost.

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  27. Susan Scott
    Susan Scott says:

    All good wishes Bun for the health issues to resolve so that things begin looking UP. Really may all be well soon. Other directions to consider would be forwards backwards sideways – walking backwards (in an open space, no other people around unless its family) can also bring new perspectives .. good luck. Please don’t worry about responding …

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much, Susan. That’s very considerate of you. 🙂 I’ll just quickly mention that I may try walking backward through the house later and see what happens. 🙂

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  28. yvettecarol
    yvettecarol says:

    Bun, for the sake of your continued health and well-being, please try to look up! If not, you won’t be able to continue to bring good cheer. ‘The poet’s, the writer’s, duty is to write about these things. It is his privilege to help man endure by lifting his heart.’ ~ E.B.White

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  29. Aquileana
    Aquileana says:

    I like the kinetic approximation of this post … if you have been able to go backwards or forward in time I bow down to you 😉
    Times are hectic… our lives move so fast, even if it is the weekend…. It is mostly an attitude I guess. I like to switch off and go to the river a few times a week… It helps a lot, and I enjoy the silence and peace.-.. I am wishing you the best Bun! Love <3

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      I must admit, I’m definitely better at traveling through space than I am at traveling in time. I’ve always found moving backward in time a particular problem. Sometimes I’ve said or done something that I regret, but for some reason I can never seem to find a way to return to the moment and change it. 🙁

      I’m a bit better at traveling forward in time. I can do it at varying speeds too. Unfortunately, it’s only indirectly under my control. (e.g. Taking a day off work speeds time up. Reaching for a math textbook slows time down.)

      Anyway, thank you very much for your comment, Aquileana. I hope you have a great weekend. 🙂

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  30. Mabel Kwong
    Mabel Kwong says:

    I think looking up is probably hardest of them all because you are literally going against gravity or going against the status quo. In short, going up means you are going into a fight. Maybe even a battle. For instance, imagined if you looked up to the sky and a raindrop fell into your eye. It can happen. Also, each morning I find it so hard to do one sit up and get up and then get out of bed….

    Good luck with the family situation. My best wishes and hope everything works out.

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  31. Sharon Bonin-Pratt
    Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    I have no sense of direction and have always thought north was “up.” Backward, forward, left, right – it all found me going in circles. Not always bad because I usually ended up back where I began, often a familiar if not desirable option.

    After the election, I realize it doesn’t matter which way is up because it’s all down from here. For the first week, I worried mostly about the U.S., as we have kids and grands – their lives will be impacted by this election for decades, not likely in a good way. Not circular progress but backward to a place that is far less than “great.” I’m old enough to know there never was any “great again” back there, but only in moving forward with justice for ALL.

    Then I realized that people all over the world are affected by what happens here. We were looked upon as the leader of the free world and the hope for those who weren’t. Seems we’ve all been left to spin in the wind as there is not much of a moral compass remaining. My apologies to everyone everywhere.

    I wish you good health and well being, Bun. May the season see you and your family through with positive resolution.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much for you kind wishes, Sharon. I’m hopeful the health issues will work out. 🙂

      I agree with you that there may be dark times for a several years and a lot more downs than ups. What you said about the standing of the US in the world is I think very likely to be true, unfortunately.

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  32. Daal
    Daal says:

    dear Bun – so sorry about your relative – & for our horrible election – you put this all so well, in your usual understated clever way – best of the holidays to you & yours

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  33. Peter Klopp
    Peter Klopp says:

    Dear Bun, I normally stay clear of politics at least within the realm of blogging and family gatherings as my small contribution to world peace. However, I cannot resist commenting on the last paragraph of your post on your various abilities with directions. It is my sincere hope that you will have a good chance to look up at the future occupant of the oval office. And even if you are deprived of strengthening your upward ability, it will be at least a consolation for you by taking your least troublesome direction, which is down. I hope that your family health issues are looking up very soon and you can move forward again without being sidetracked to the left or to the right and leave all your troubles behind.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you, Peter. For the most part, I also tend to avoid politics, religion and so on in my posts because I want my site to be inclusive and welcoming of all people whatever their political views, religion, nationality or race. Basically, anybody who is polite and respectful of other people is welcome.

      I was rather depressed about the election result and worry about what will happen next. On the other hand, I certainly hope everything works out for the best. It is to no one’s long-term interests, either in the USA or around the world, for an American president to fail badly.

      Incidentally, thank you very much for your kind thoughts about my family health issues. I appreciate your thoughtfulness. 🙂

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  34. Browsing the Atlas
    Browsing the Atlas says:

    As I read your post I thought about how often I do look up. Very often, actually. I like to lay on a lounge chair or beach and look up at the sky. Even when I’m taking a walk in winter, I look upward. For me, it expands my horizon and makes me realize how small I am in the universe. It’s an escape.

    I’d never equated it with politics, especially the recent turn of events, but maybe I’ll be looking up even more often — just to escape from life here on the ground.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      You give some very good reasons for looking up. Think about things on a cosmic scale does put our lives into their proper perspective. Suddenly it seems to matter less that I’ve ran out of marmalade for breakfast or can’t get a seat on the train.

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  35. Colane Conundrum
    Colane Conundrum says:

    Bun, sending you positive thoughts about your family health situation. I hope things improve quickly!

    I have to to admit, looking up is not something I’m accustomed to doing. People often accuse me of looking down at them, but it’s not my fault: I’m 6’1. When you’re on par with Big Bird, you have to look down to make eye contact.

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  36. maryannniemczura
    maryannniemczura says:

    All the best to you and yours. Thoughts and prayers. North is where my nose points. I can handle right, left, up and down too. Don’t tell me to drive west and turn south. Total waste of time and breath. Take care and hope to hear from you again soon.

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  37. Soul Gifts
    Soul Gifts says:

    If you ever do make it to Australia (for fun or out of necessity) it bears to remember that koalas a known as ‘drop bears’ so looking up could be a useful thing to do in koala country 🙂

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  38. Bespoke Traveler
    Bespoke Traveler says:

    May your family health situation already be on the up-and-up. Having fallen down many a time while hiking/climbing because I was too busy looking up I have learned it is also good to look down some of the time. Sorry the stew worked out despite your interference. On a positive note, hopefully the stew helped energize you for future Angry Bird forays.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you for your best wishes. Good point about hillwalking. With all those cliffs and things, it’s a lot better to look down that to fall down. In that kind of environment, the first time could be the last time! 🙂

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  39. Poet Rummager
    Poet Rummager says:

    Darling BunK, I first want to send my best wishes to you and your family! Hoping for the best with your situation as well as the current predicament here in America regarding an orange neanderthal that grasped the presidency, despite HRC’s win of the popular vote with over 2 million.

    I have been struggling with finding some hope despite the piggish behavior of a supposedly “adult ” male who will unfortunately become a U.S. president. Horror of horrors have been realized. God help us all.

    xo

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much for your best wishes, Rose. I appreciate your kindness. 🙂

      As for the newly-elected president, I have rock bottom expectations, I’m afraid. I’d be delighted to proven wrong and discover that he somehow makes the world a better place, but I’m afraid I see this as being a very remote possibility. His behavior up to now and his picks (particularly of Steve Bannon) have done nothing to make me think things are heading in anything other than a disastrous direction. 🙁

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  40. Sampada Moghe
    Sampada Moghe says:

    Funny how time played trick on you and the soup spilled. Try that with milk; time will zoom past at mach 4 when it comes to checking on milk. 😛 When it comes to looking upwards, sky-gazing is an amazing activity I love doing when I am not in the city. Oh. and I end up looking upwards so many times when people make me roll my eyes. 😛

    I was supporting Hilary, but sadly Trump won. Hope he surprises everyone. Though there is a chance of a recount in some states now.

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