“SOMETHING GOOD THIS WAY COMES….?” zuki has a bad feeling

Good Morning Sons & Daughters of Perdition,

An old axiom says, “There’s a time and place for everything.”  Unfortunately I’ve never found the time or place for my pay-off.  That said I do believe something ‘unique’ is headed my way.  I can’t tell you if it’s good or evil, right or wrong, or even if it has a purpose, but its coming.  I don’t fear it nor do I look forward to it with anticipation.  It’s just coming.  Looming large whatever it is will no doubt be holding a briefcase.  It will either be a load of cash or a summons to visit with a grand jury.  I prefer the former but expect the later.  Is that wrong?

The sad but all too real part of this is the fact it will cost money!  Being a little restricted cash flow wise these things most always put a dent in my struggle to stash money away.  I think its best described as “one step forward, two steps back.”  That said it’s not always the fucking cloud above my head!  Sometimes I’m pleasantly surprised when I’m rewarded in unexpected ways.  While not as prevalent as bad news, good news happens just enough that it gives me hope.  But as a wise man once said, “don’t let hope overcome reason.”

So in the meantime I keep my head down, worship in my own way, and utter silent prayers (thanks Margo) in the hopes of getting a fair deal.  Some of you are mumbling under your breath that the above is first degree hypocrisy!  I’m hip.  It’s more or less my own ‘Pantheon’ for just in case.  I even consulted a Rabi.  Look don’t read too much into this as there is no way to prepare, you just have to roll with it; pleasant or unpleasant.   

A few years back Rhonda Byrne wrote a book called “The Secret.”  I was forced to watch the video as part of my training to sell steel buildings.  Essentially the author explains we bring both good and bad upon ourselves as a result of our ‘real’ expectations.  Of course all wealthy people understand ‘the secret’ while we poor schleps struggle just to stay employed.   Ironically I only lasted about a week when I realized the ‘fresh’ leads I was calling had been recycled many times over and were beating these good people to death!  I also found it funny that in spite of “The Secret” the business went under shortly after my departure so I assume they expected that.  Byrne tells us if our goals involve fabulous wealth we in turn should ‘expect’ and be prepared for it, and if we are, the fortune will arrive.  Shit I’ve been expecting to hit it big for 30 plus years….still waiting…

The problem with expectations is if you tumble off Maslow’s pyramid enough times one tends to become cynical if not all together suspicious putting a chink in our blind faith.  I’m not sure I’m capable of that level of faith.  Instead of simply fully believing, I’m predisposed to poke holes and ridicule which according to Byrne will NOT bring me the treasure!  I bought a Powerball ticket though, just in case.

I’ll keep you posted.

zuki

  • fez

    Zuki it really sounds fun!  Should we bring guns?

    • Bagwan

      fez, it usually is a pot luck event and people are encouraged to bring tacos, burritos and covered dishes.
      It is probably not a bad idea to something other than ceramic guns. Zuki always has a lot of putty bullets, which so far has held the local thugs at bay. 

  • zuki

    Things change gentlemen.  Maybe because of your collective fears you didn’t notice the 4 block area from 6th through 10th known as Denver’s “Art District” have installed lovely blue street lamps very similar in form to the pawn shop configuration that designates if not separates we ‘artists’ from the knife wielding thugs that surround us.  Not since the killing last month have I felt safer.

  • Always ANONYMOUS

    CORRECTION:  The F-ing BARRIO!

  • Bagwan

    Zuki, I really would like to take in one of these First Fridays in what you reverently refer to as the “Art District.”
    I realize you are not a native of Denver and are at times unaware of some of the subtle nuances of various neighborhoods in the city. Do you know what we called the “Art District” and it surroundings for the last 50 years — the fucking ghetto.

  • Always ANONYMOUS

    HEY!… NOW YOU JUST WAIT A GOLL DURN MINUTE!!… I didn’t mean that LITTERALLY!!!… Not that there’s anything wrong with it… Jus’ Sayin’!

  • Always ANONYMOUS

    Touch THIS!!!

  • zuki

    Next Friday November 4th is ‘First Friday’ and my phalluses will be erected and put on display.  Why? as the Bagged One has asked.  Given the ‘Art District’ and the ‘lost’ souls looking for meaning and direction I don’t think gender matters much.  If you’d bother to witness as opposed to speculating, you’d quickly observe the people taken with the masonry laden phalluses spend too much time stroking them.  Only then do they understand.  C’mon and touch one.

  • Bagwan

    I think some of you are missing the point with the movie references. The fact is that Zuki can pull this off and I have rented space near his art studio to start the movement. Think about it for a moment, every first Friday there are people down there who are so just so simply lost that they willing to look at a ceramic phallus, hand sculpted by Zuki as art.
    Just imagine if they could actually hear the cry for help behind the “art.” 

  • Always ANONYMOUS

    The movie was a “football” movie based on Dan Jenkins’ “Semi-Tough.”
    As far as a name for this “enterprise” (which, I’m guessing, will NEVER get off the ground)… “Lame-ass Liturgy of Latent Leadership Lectures for Lazy Lemmings!”
    Enroll MOI, Enroll MOI very much. 

  • fez

    Wasn’t there a movie about that time that spoofed esp?  Bert Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Claybourn?  In what turned out to be a lively discussion for ‘accounts receivable’ we came up with Z.U.B. “Zuki’s Unabashed Brainwash”  You are spot on with your comments!  From the little I’ve seen Zuki in action I’m sure he could do this! 

    • Bagwan

      fez, I think I like ZUB (subject to AA’s approval) and instead of “est-holes” they would be zub-holes. We are also going to have to tweak the rules. Instead of not permitting smoking, eating and drinking during the workshop you will not be permitted to stop smoking, eating and drinking — which will also necessitate a change in the bathroom visit rule as well.

    • zuki

      I think the movie you’re thinking of was a football movie, not North Dallas Forty, but similar.  If we’re throwing around acronyms let’s consider Z.O.T.  zuki’s Ossuarian Temples.  I needed something with an O so the Russian reference is a bit obscure, but I like it.

  • Bagwan

    I have been racking my brain (or is it wrecking) trying to remember a popular self-help guru of the ’70’s and Zuki’s post today somehow shook loose the answer — Werner Erhard, founder of est. It turns out that one of his influences was Abraham Maslow who Zuki referenced in today’s post.
    I was never exposed to it first hand, but I remember that est was wildly popular on the West Coast especially with celebrities like Cher, John Denver and Zuki’s favorite Cloris Leachman.

    The following gives you a flavor of what it is all about. Warning — pasting does not always work in this box but here goes:
    “est”, short for Erhard Seminars Training, offered intensive communications and self-empowerment workshops.[17]:384 Their purpose was “to transform one’s ability to experience living so that the situations one had been trying to change or had been putting up with, clear up just in the process of life itself.”[17]:384 Participants at est workshops had to adhere to strict rules and were given designated breaks for bathroom visits and one meal break.[17]:384 They were not permitted to smoke, eat or drink during the workshop.[17]:384 Sessions lasted from 9:00 AM to midnight or the early hours of the morning, with one meal break.[17]:384 Participants were frequently referred to as “estholes”; they had to hand over wristwatches and were not allowed to take notes, or to speak unless called upon, in which case they had to wait for a microphone to be brought to them.[17]:384 The second day of the workshop featured the “danger process”.[17]:384 Groups of participants were brought onto the stage and confronted by est staff, trying to provoke a reaction; afterwards, participants were asked to “imagine that they were afraid of everyone else and then that everyone else was afraid of them.”[17]:384 This was followed by lectures on the third and fourth days, covering topics such as reality and the nature of the mind, ending with the conclusion that “what is, is and what ain’t, ain’t,” and that “true enlightenment is knowing you are a machine.”[17]:384 Participants were told they were perfect the way they were and were asked to indicate by a show of hands if they “had gotten it”.

    Now what does this all have to do with today’s offering you might ask.  This is the man with the briefcase full of cash. If Werner could do this then why not Zuki.
    Look at this description of Werner and tell this could not apply to our boy”
    The psychiatrist Marc Galanter described Erhard as “a man with no formal experience in mental health, self help, or religious revivalism, but a background in retail sales.”
    Werner’s resume was exactly the same as Zuki’s and he made millions conducting sessions which sound very much like a typical afternoon at Curmudgeon Corner.

    All we need know is a name for this new venture — suggestions please.