Journal: Monday: Working with Wet Dynamite

May 28, 2012

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Hammer - the only tool I know how to use | Photo: RV

  • Time Marker:  It’s Memorial Day.
  • Project:  Working on ride loop for the Rialto event.  Trying to come up with something special.  Thanks to David Nanian for providing inspiration – and the basic route.  I’m also working on a mini Sul Posto Cafe for the ride; that’s a lot of work.
  • A friend’s father has cancer.  It’s looking bad.
  • Moving slowly today.  Slept more hours in a row than I have in many months.  Starting work later than I can remember.
  • Poison ivy showing up from the ride on Thursday.
  • Don’t confuse loyalty with integrity.

Quotes:  From Empire of the Summer Moon:

“One name […] was Koh-mats, sometimes given as Komantcia, and meant “anyone who is against me all the time.”  The authorities in New Mexico translated this various ways […] but eventually as “Comanche.””  – P.  35, first edition

“Since discipline and athourity were lacking at the tribal and band levels, one might expect that the power of the families or clans made up for this.  But here, too, the Comanche was remarkably free of the usual social fetters. Though the family unit was […] clearly the basis of the band, the bands were never organized around a family group, nor were families even the main force in the regulation of marriage.  There were no clan orgaznitions of any kind.  A family could not prevent a daughter or son from marrying outside his or her band, and could not even prevent a family member from leaving the band.  There was no principle of heredity leadership, which was based entirely on merit.

“The Comance make was thus gloriously, astounding free.  He was subject to no church, no orgaznized religion, no priest class, no military societies, no state, no police, no public law, no domineering clans or powerful families, no strict rules of personal behavior, nothing telling him he could not leave his band and join another.”  – p. 51, ibid.

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