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carolkuk

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Bushy,

I don't know who you are, and who cares if you might have a publishing background.  This is my story. ..Until Lebowski......and my pain.  My unique story.... let me be....
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Bowling is new to me but I am learning. I do not have any personal ties to the Bridges family I do like Jeff and his fathers movies besides Lebowski. The other day one with his dad as a motorcycle racer was on. My friend's dad and grandfather used to race motorcycles. The grandpa raced the Isle of Man back in the day and set some land speed records in an Indian motorcycle. My grandfather and all his brothers were pilots during World War 2. My grandfather ended up going to Canada and joining their military because all of his brothers joined ours and wouldn't let him become a pilot also. He became the instructor and one of his brothers got shot down and captured, he was released after the war. Jeff's dad in Sea Hunts reminds me of my grandfather always seeking adventure. After the war he saved up and started a flying business. He had all kinds of different planes over time and helicopters. He hauled freight and did crop dusting. He was also a good bowler and league was part of his winter activities. He traveled everywhere with my grandma and enjoyed square dancing among other activities. He was in the Sheriff's posse and would ride horses in the parade. He always encouraged taking risks and going on adventures. He even let me take the controls of the plane a few times as a kid. My dad bowled a little also back in the 80's. Those were different times when the small town police chief would be at the bar with everyone else in between calls. I bowled a couple times in school but it wasn't until recently I started bowling. To be honest I never knew anything about the Lebowski movie until a couple of years ago. It came out when I was in High School. After a session of the old puff puff pass myself and a couple of friends wondered why we never went bowling. When we got there the smell brought me back to the past. Sometimes I would go in the bowling alley to let my dad know which fishing hole or river a friend and myself were going to ride to. Things have changed you don't see a kid in first or second grade riding a bike 10 or so miles to go fishing or swimming. My friend's dad who was friends with my dad was from the South Arkansas I think. They had their own kind of accent it was kind of Cajun and Southern mix. We would get a bunch of crawfish. Living in the Columbia Basin in the Pacific Northwest crawfish are often overlooked. The Bowling alley reminded me of this but the Lebowski movie got me to go check it out with friends. It's kind of fun to quote the movie "Throwing rocks tonight" and all of that. It helps to be Dude like and forget about everything else going on. After the last time I went I stopped by a friend's just in time for a BBQ. A tractor disc with a propane heat source under it is perfect for frying chicken and potato wedges. Some of the fat and garlic butter adding flower to make a rue or white sauce. Chives added right at the end. Maybe one day I will build a bowling alley of my own. There were many builders in the family. My grandmother's dad built a lot of the big old houses in Everett that are still there. A bowling alley seems like a place where people of all walks of life go. Whether you are a millionaire or someone struggling to pay the rent everyone is on equal ground at a bowling alley. It is hard for me to take myself too seriously bowling.
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No publishing or writing background. I'm just an old gardener. I am not on Facebook or other social media. Wasn't trying to offend anyone or anything. Sounds like your dad died and you are having trouble moving on. That happens people have to deal with things on their own time in their own way. I don't like to write about painful memories but if that is what you are interested in. My Grandfather who I am named after died in 2010 he had a stroke and didn't like not being able to do what he wanted so he shot himself. My grandmother got put in a nursing home and pretty much died from loneliness a couple years after. At the same time my grandfather died a friend I worked with also died. He won his first battle with cancer but the second was too much. His cancer came from working on Navy ships in Vietnam, they stored Paraquat and agent orange. My dad got cancer and had to have a kidney removed. His brother, my uncle got sick at the same time and died from his cancer. Since then some other friends died from similar reasons. The most recent was a cousin who had done many things including being a MMA fighter was decapitated in a car crash on his way home from college last October. I don't enjoy writing about painful times in my life but if that is what you would like to know about. That is why I like the Big Lebowski and bowling alleys it is an escape. A relative I work for has borderline personality disorder and is constantly trying to get under my skin or get my hopes up in order to pull the rug out. I spend most of my time around my dogs and in my gardens. I am poor myself but my business ideas have generated a lot of wealth for people I know. The only writing I have done that has made a difference is from 2008 to 2012 I wrote letters to then Washington Governor Christine Gregoir laying out how to effectively tax and control cannabis for cheaper than enforcing the laws. A lot of what I wrote was included in I-502 or the initiative to legalize recreational cannabis in Washington State. Before that I had taught myself how to grow and breed new strains. I even wrote to Jay Inslee to change laws requiring legislation to change. Now the WSLCB can make changes without legislation. It was the States idea to regulate amounts of retail outlets which is Washington's pitfall. I helped build a few of the recreational farms and turned one around that was failing last year. Seems like the more you do for people the worse they treat you, at least in my experience. Bowling after watching Lebowski was just a way to forget about everything else and taker easy. I don't get out and talk to people too much. My friend I hang out with mostly is a talker so I usually just listen. Going into the bowling alley I notice the diverse groups of people from all different walks of life and wonder who they are and what they do outside of bowling. I don't have a writing or publishing background. I do admire the skills required to write movies like the ones Bridges is in. The attention to detail is amazing to me.
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I've never bowled, but the game and bowling alleys look like fun. Good times. I did have a little fantasy once that I worked in a bowling alley, to get cheered up, to be around people having a good time. I experience "job jealousy" and feel envy of certain people's jobs and careers...probably a sign of being a classic underachiever, like Jeff's amusing character in "The Big Lebowski" but without the pot head and boozing aspect, and I've seldom met anyone quite as weird as the folks he comes across in the movie, to my regret (or perhaps, relief). Perhaps a sequel to TBL should have been made, or maybe it's best it's left as a one of a kind cult favorite--but J.B. was so droll and wryly intriguing and cute in the part, I wondered what happened to him in the future. (Maybe not much of anything as he wasn't exactly a mover and shaker live wire, was he.) Your descriptions of sad and bad things that happened to your loved ones and friends, Bushy, touched a soft spot and reminded me of "Option B," the book I just read by Facebook honcho Sheryl Sandberg, in which she shares utter devastation at her husband's unexpected demise and shares other stories of catastrophes suffered by people she knows and how they were able to survive and go on. Ways they did that. And it seems like a miracle that they did, so it's ultimately life-affirming, inspiring.
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Carol you're lucky to have had such a fun family business while you were growing up even if you didn't get to shoot pool. Am glad for you.
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"more sinned against than sinning"--shall be on my tombstone

"Transpersonal psychology--transcend the self, to abolish and avoid pain...what is the self, anyway?"--Pinkie
"Queen of Pain, I'll Always be Queen of Pain" (laughs)with apologies to Sting
"Yes it's over now, drink your big black cow, and get outa here"--Steely Dan
"I'm just a girl, they think I'm some kind of freak"--Gwen Stefani
"You can beat us with wires, you can beat us with chains;
You can make all your rules but you can't outrun the history train...I seen a glorious day"--Paul Simon
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