Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Rarified Air

It is a crisp autumnal day here in Cleveland, just 10 days away from the beginning of winter. Convertible drivers are taking their tops down, kids got away with shorts (or at least some cool clothing), fall leaves could have risen back to their trees. Ah, the sheer delight of 60 in December. The holidays are fast approaching and, in the slick 'snow belt' of America, it's difficult to imagine life without a white Christmas or Hanukah, for that matter. But, all signs point to bright, sunshiny days. That doesn't mean Old Man Winter won't come roaring through in a couple weeks, it just means he has been mostly dormant this time of year. Last year, this time, we watched temperatures dip close to 10 degrees if not cooler. The lowest I can remember this year is about 18 degrees -- a virtual heat wave versus that 10. The bigger question, though, is why should I care? I grew up in this climate. I have suffered for years. I even went to school in Ithaca where finals were once postponed a week because of the white stuff. I lived through a 'white out' in Philly (a joke compared to our 'white outs' here). My only escape was the six or so years I spent soaking in the sun and sands of South Florida. So, the answer to my hypothetical question becomes this: I do care. I would be lying if I told you otherwise. I hate the cold air and the snow. It sucks the wind out of me -- in effect shoving me into lifeless seasonal affective disorder. But, not even drugs can solve that slump. In the end, I just have to grin and bear it. I have to remember how much fun it was making snowmen and having snowball fights during a game of 'King of the Mountain'. I have to accept the fact that -- very soon -- this will be the recurrent climate of my life -- cold, snowy with a huge chance for sunshine.

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Friday, November 24, 2006

New Wisdom I Am Happy to Share

Special Thanks to AskMoses.com, a website I suggest for people of all denominations.

"Dealing with failure can be compared to jumping on a pogo stick. The harder you fall, the higher you bounce."

"Happiness is not an absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them."

"'Enjoy what you do, and you'll never work another day in your life.'"

"Failure may be the step you take before reaching success. Fear of failure will never let you get there."

"People with special needs reveal what is special in us."

"No good deed is too small to count and none too great to accomplish."

"Depression is a ploy instigated by the self-destructive elements within us. Once depressed, a person could do anything."

"Hope -- is when there's some glimmer of chance. Trust in G-d -- is even when there's noting left to hope for."

"Someone made a choice to harm you? Don't get angry, it's his problem. That it happened to YOU -- is between you and G-d."

"There's always hope -- even when you mess up, since you will always be exactly as G-d has planned at the outset of creation."

"Any voice holding you back from moving forward -- however justified -- is a voice of destruction and decay, not of growth and life."

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Quotes That Make You Think Hard

I hope these things intrigue and help you as much as they have me.

1. "No need to worry. Get reliable advice. Make decisions. Be confident that G-d will support them." -- AskMoses.com

2. "Depression constricts the flow of blessing from above. When we rejoice, higher worlds shine upon us in full glory." -- AsMoses.com

3. "There was a time when people did not have careers. People did not live to acquire material wealth." -- AskMoses.com

4. "When G-d sees that you trust in Him to make it good, He will make it good." -- AskMoses.com

5. "Love is an action verb." -- sign outside of a church I just passed by (and the subject of my next blog entry)

6. "We don't love the people we love just because they're perfect, we just love." -- ABC's "Brothers and Sisters" (and the subject of another blog this week)

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Catching Liars

Many of you have asked me here and on Dude Deciphering about guys who cheat and lie. I was just sent this article from WebMD called How to Catch a Liar. It's an interesting Top 10 ways on how you can trap that liar from Day One. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Nigel Gets a New Computer

'bout time. The blog should be back and in full-throttle again since my poor old Sony VAIO has been replaced by an m7500y HP. Amongst other things, my new computer TiVo's. So, you can be sure I'll spend a lot of time near it. Also, it has a faster response time to my 'hunting and pecking' ways on the keyboard... no longer a 'finger jam'. Anyway, it's all good, and I hope it's all good for you, too. More Nigel, more of the time.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Drive-Thru Fuck Buddies

Just the title of this post should be enough to grab your attention. I was speaking to my friend the other night. He has this 'friend with benefits'. He loves the benefits but he pretty much can't stand the friend. So, he does his thing... but he makes sure it is over in a matter of minutes, if not seconds. Yeah, he'll take care of her if he has to, but he is more prone to taking care of himself. It made me wonder if the whole concept of F Buddies is really worth it. Who are we kidding anyway? A get-on 'get-OFF' romp that is unenjoyable and last for just a few minutes. Admittedly, I'd maim for one of those right now, but for what price? I'd be labeled unemotional and 'quick'. The sex would suck for both of us. I know it would be like hitting the bottom of the barrel. I know it would drive me wild. That's why 'Drive-thru F Buddies' seems to be the most applicable term here, where I can get-in and get-out.. without worrying about anything but a small price in between.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Women Love When You Notice Their Kids

Women love when you notice their kids, just like I love when people notice Ike. They love the way you might play peek-a-boo with said children. They love compliments about how cute their kid is or how well-behaved they are. Basically, they loved being doted upon because it makes them feel better about the world in general. I should know a lot about this because I am a kid complimenter. I don't know if it's a self-esteem issue or just a moment where I provide happiness and comfort, but whatever the deal -- I always end up on top with a 'Thank You' or a compliment in return.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Lip Kissers

Lip Kissers.

Do you have relatives or friends who just love to kiss you on the lips? Even when you throw your cheek their way, they somehow manage a way to find your lips. It still takes me by surprise most of the time. I don't the understated intimacy of the whole thing, and I don't ever think I could be a 'Lip Kisser' myself.

Thursday, September 07, 2006

A Dating Dilemma

Dating Dilemma: Online romance ends up being 450+ miles away, or 100 miles away or 2000 miles away. This always happens. Why does this always happen to me? I end up meeting a great girl online, and she always ends up being so far away. Why do I find it easy to find women miles away, but no one in my own backyard? Does it mean there are no women left here in Cleveland for me, or does it mean it's just easier for me to attract, maintain and enjoy relationships at a distance? Either way, it's screwed up, and either way I allow it to happen again and again. Maybe it is easier to like someone from a distance, but is it fair to allow yourself to like them so much that you are sabotaging both of you? It's hard to maintain any type of long-distance relationship, especially where it starts out on the phone for endless nights. A what point do you just pull the trigger and quit talking? Do you maintain the friendship? Or, do you go meet the person? If you meet each other and click, then what happens? The logical step is to end up in the same place, but is that easily achievable? This dating dilemma is a huge mess, and one that -- for me -- isn't likely to go away soon anyway.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

I'm Going Gray

My mirror keeps on changing on me like those funky mirrors at a funhouse. Only this is not a funhouse, and the mirror's changes aren't a figment of my imagination. My dark brown lots, always It's subject of great conversation -- as they are so full and wavy -- are turning gray. My brown is turning to salt and pepper and there isn't a thing I can do about it. Hell, some people might suggest I color it. But, that's bullshit. I'd rather see it go all gray in one night than color it. In fact, I think it's kind of cool. It gives me a certain look of maturation that I wouldn't otherwise have. It says, "I am living the life." Or something like that. I'd like to suggest that gray is becoming the new bleach blond. I'm dying to see it fill in. Right now, it seems to be in pieces-parts with no real direction of its own. It's spotty. It's suspect. It's deceiving. It's inviting. It's all of these in one. So I say,

Hooray for Gray.
I can't wait to see you
fill in some day.

About me

  • I'm Nigel Vossap
  • From Cleveland, Ohio

  • I am Ike, a ten-year-old Rottweiler who just relocated to South Florida with my trusty owner, Eric. Together, the two of us are soaking in the sun and chasing some of the finest .... well, you know.


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