Stress/Anti-Stress: Based on Master’s Special Message

These are tips given based on Master’s Special Message on “Stress Management”, with thoughts from various characters that I and LM have had the pleasure of knowing, storing and unleashing from the cell of our cranium.

He says:  What worries do you have?  What are you stressed about?

Hug Honor of Modern Histories and Philosophies Magazine replies:  Time is the greatest gift, for it contains in it our brief life and the period we occupy in this space on earth.  When we try to keep up with “the modern”, which is:  AI, computers, apps, phones, watches, cars that go bump in the night driverless, books on a screen, robots, nano-technologies, new space explorers, war by simulator, renewable energy, sleepless nights where we coffee up and work until we drop, DNA tampering, neuroscience, and things we have yet dreamed of, it is no wonder that I as a man can’t keep up.  My silly attempts are futile to assimulate into the BORG, and over-stress for the BOSS/BORG.  Yet, here I write this syrup for man/machine banana pancakes.

I turn the key at 7, and I pour the heart-soul-mind of me into the youth of my class-community-island-state-country-hemisphere-world-universe.  I finish, spent and happy with the day’s effort.  I turn the key at 3 and return home to family.  So the simple answer is, the electronic may hum on, and it may have 10,000,000 volts.  But, I don’t have to wet my temples and sit in the electric chair and be fried for a murder I never committed.  I am innocent, and I have given all.  So, since it is up to me, I choose to not be stressed and/or worried.  McFerrin said:  Don’t worry, be happy.

He says:  They have the same global issues of worry, such as human relationships, monetary, and old age.

Dr. Eir Wang of Sludge-Bot Incorporated and the leader of the (Yi-Er-San/E-R-*/1-2-3) Project says:  Take care of your important others such as husband-wife, kids, parents, siblings, and various close friends.  Work well towards the goal of forwarding your community, be it a homeless patch with your tents, California with the draughts, China with its toxins and pollution, America with its “agenda” to control all, or our own ideas of controlling space.  In other words, take care of those you can while the bastards blow off bombs and try to poison your potatoes and rice.

Say a thank you prayer for the roof over your head, the mode of transportation, the good book you read, the cello you hear, and the whispering wind, sunshine, and slight rain.

Old age?  Why color your hair?  Why slice your face, ass and breasts?  Why take pills to have have an artificial boner and now a female yearning after you have had a beautiful baby?  Why yearn for another time, when this time is so precious and NOW.  Live in the moment, and damn the torpedoes.  Say a nice prayer in the moment, before impact.

He says:  . . .if the people criticizing you are not so remarkable, their criticism could be useful.

Peabody Winston of Peabody Winston and Sons Country Store and Bait Shop in Prescott, Arizona sat in his rocker, took a swig of Schlitz, spit out some Beech-Nut chew, and pondered out loud:  a lot of folks don’t like it when we take a wife beater or a pedophile that the system let sneak through the cracks out back, and belt their skulls and break a bottle off in their ass, yet deep down they admire our strength to not only load the shot gun or bait the hook, but to also pull it at catching time.  You can’t fry the fish, or smoke the venison if you can’t get some guts on you from the splashback.  They may criticize our methods, or our personalties, but, they admire our mettle and ability to pull on our boots and “get it done”.  I’ll take the barbs of criticism if we can rid the community of the human waste.  “Who am I to say who is who?”, asked my church pastor.  I told him, “Why don’t you ask the trembling, bleeding child or woman about that pastor.  You take care of their souls, and me and the boys will take care of their bodies out back.”  Amen.

He say:  Being too sensitive is a type of sin.

Dr, Jack “Diamondback” Veenum, University of Arizona Herpetology Department Head, who has the good fortune to work with Phoenix Zoo, Reid Park Zoo, Prescott Zoo, Desert Museum, and consults with the E-R-*, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University, Mesa Community College, Yavapai College, Grand Canyon University, and Prescott College, had this to rattle out:

When I was a graduate student my professor was telling me that my method of gathering snake venom was too risky.  I didn’t listen to him and continued to milk them the way I had self-taught.  When the inevitable day came when I slipped like he had illustrated, within the beat of a heart, I was struck.  I was so sensitive to his critique of my method, that my pride and my skin was bit.  My sin was my pride, and a poisoned man loses that quickly as he foams at the mouth and goes blurry-eyed.  When I asked him how he knew I would get bit, he showed me his first scar and said, “I had done it that same way back in the day, and my snake wrangler tried to show me the error of my ways.”  We all get bit, then we tell the next fella or gal to be careful.  Human nature and growth will always be the experienced passing the truth to the inexperienced.  Life and venomous snakes have a way of teaching us.

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Origin

Origin

“I can show you how it was bounced off computers from private homes, to businesses, to universities.  It was sophisticated.  It’s why the cyber-criminals don’t get caught captain.”

“You know for sure that this went on?”

“Oh yea, it has all the tell-tale signs.  We know what program or pirate of the program it was too.  But, you can’t link anything to anybody.”

He was the “bad cop” when they used to interrogate guys.  They knew how to shut down cameras just when a guy would slip, or spill hot coffee on himself.  Internal affairs said there was a pattern in their interrogation methods, but the guys who hit the switch were never the tech guys themselves.  These guys weren’t on the take for money or drugs, they were out to get results.  They were one of the most decorated units in the L.A. area for getting the worst of the worst out of the human zone.  They took out the guys that needed to be in places like hell.

There was something about the vent professor.  He had dealt with the white collar creep-aholics before.  They were usually dealing on a different plain, and were brought down by the mundane.  They usually hadn’t thought of that simple thing, or they went into patterns were they thought they could play games.  We also had Link, who had gone to Stanford and Cal.  He took psychology and sociology courses, and dabbles in the brain.  It was always funny to get him and the clever criminals to say they hadn’t thought of that.  He was a natural; classes, IQ tests, and studying be damned.

Dr. Tier left a taste.  The tennis pro confirmed it.  Dr. Wang said that he had a type of personality to get what he wants with charm, but had to take off the mask while working in these circumstances.  She had not read him well, and would not have hired him.  She has gone over their interviews in her head many, many times.  The E-R-* leader would still have hired him based on what he presented.  Dr. Wang should have done better background on him.

The captain got some coffee and eggs,  said hello to some of the usual workers he saw in the morning, looked at the news on the TV, and prepped to meet the vent professor in his lab.

He signed in.  There was a lot signing in as safety was of the utmost concern.  There were two places he could recall hearing about accidents and catastrophes, and the difference between the two.  There were the autobahn accidents in Germany.  The police he talked to said that these were like aircraft disasters, or military planes crashing.  Another one that hit close to him was in the Phoenix Metro area.  You would think that a guy from L.A. would say California Highway Patrol had the worst stories.  While they did have some gruesome tales, it was the police and firemen of Phoenix, where they had boulevards where people were often going and coming in opposite directions, hitting at 50+ mph a piece, where stories of jaws flying into swimming pools, eyeballs popping out and rolling down the road, and stuff you wouldn’t believe abounded.  The freeways had dividers.  The Phoenix boulevards had painted lines or none at all.

Accidents at the bottom of the ocean were not accidents, they would be catastrophes.  They would be enough to turn a co-worker to chunky soup.

He was brought into the heart of the beast of vent and volcanology.  It was strange lights here, and artificial pressure there, with poison gas baths for the colorless beasts that they did manage to keep alive.  They had to mix and match the water and the spew that came from the vents just right.  Everyone used gloves to work, as you didn’t want to get scalded or get the skin exposed to it on a daily basis.

The professor sat in a raised platform where he looked out on all the activities, plus screens that surrounded the room.  They had permanent cameras keeping constant watch in night vision hues so as not to disturb the creatures that lived there.  If you were to constantly shine a light on them, then changes would occur.

He followed the professor into this office, and took a seat as there was not much standing room.

“We want to cooperate in any way we can captain.  He was our colleague, and the foremost expert and idealist on the vent culture.”

“What does an idealist on vent culture mean?”

“A man can have ideas about how things should be done.  A perfect way to do things.  A Utopian ideal of how to work with and use the vents.”

“Are you saying you and he differed on what was to happen at the vents?”

“Oh no, no, no, not differed at all.  We were like birds of a feather.  We got along quite well.”

“Maybe you wanted to exploit the vents for more profit?  Maybe you had some people to show or some to prove something to?”

“How so?”

“Maybe you are an alpha male in a place where it is best to be symbiotic.”

“Please, I have shared the credit many, many times on projects.”

“Have you ever had a project of this magnitude and importance?”

“Of course.  We were some of the committee that put together initial reports on the feasibility of this project as part of this Yi-Er-San project.  Without our initial reports that were checked and rechecked by other experts and computers, there would not be the seat you sit in now.”

“Very comfortable.  It must have been hell to see your co-worker vaporize into mush.”

“It was traumatic, and it made me ill.”

“How did it make you ill?”

“I was sick to my stomach immediately, and I have had nightmares since then.”

“Do you know that one of the first hires we made for the police on this project was to get an expert in technology?”

“I see.”

“We hired him away from the government.  They tried to match his pay and we played back and forth with the numbers.  But, it was the adventure that got him.”

The professor studies the face of the detective.  No reaction to his story.

“He tells me, that so far it has been a bore.  The usual hackers and etc. trying to get in.  But, we have the best walls and security, and constant changing codes.  He was chomping at the bit for something to do.”

“Of course, he thought the adventure would be a romanticized version.”

“So finally I gave him something to do.  He takes care of the usual, which is really being done by the computers themselves.  But, he has found that someone might have changed the numbers and calibrations of the vent sheath.”

“I don’t understand.”

“At the exact time your co-worker was in the suit, a program or something changed the calibrations ever so slightly.  But, with the extremes in temperature and pressure, the result was Campbell’s Chunky professor.”

“Please captain, a little respect.”

“Respect?  Like fake gagging and pretend dreams you tell a shrink?”

“Look captain. . .”

“Pressure?  Try this on for size Johnny English.  You are going to get the young gun as an assistant.  You could have gotten along with with a guy you came up in the trenches with, but the new breed will see new things and have the tech to do the new things.  Pretty soon they will be the favorites of Dr. Wang, and you will the be the new soup.”

“No one understands the vents and what we can do like me.”

“Pressure Dr. Tier.  Every day my tech guy is working and the computer will backtrack.  If you fuck up once, then the pressure is on.  For now, I leave this case open because I think you or someone you hired pulled your co-workers plug.  So I am not putting this down as a simple accident.  We can’t prove it yet, but something will give under so much pressure.”

The professor stares out from the pod.

“I’ll see myself out Tier.  Thanks for the interview.  I’ll leave my card on the seat.”

The professor continues to stare out from the pod.  He leans forward to watch the policeman being escorted to the door.  He was right, the pressure is giving him a terrible headache.

The captain makes his way back to the snack bar to get another cup of coffee.  After he drinks it he will make arrangements to get himself to the surface.  It reminds him of the ride at Disney.  It was a hybrid of Captain Nemo and The Little Mermaid.  You don’t see shit but black ocean for the most part on this ride though.  It would not have a long line, and it had no action on it to warrant a height requirement.  The villain on the other hand, was not flamboyant enough for a movie, but a villain all the same.

The Father/Daughter Singles Event 2015

What is it?  This features former #1 ranked Men’s Open Singles Player (Hawaii 2012), and former #1 ranked Women’s Open Singles Player (Hawaii 2014).  The catch?  While a team, they were the #1 ranked Open Mixed Doubles team in USTA Hawaii Pacific in 2012-2013-2014.  But, all good things come to an end.  After losing a contentious battle to the Aloha State Games champions, they are retiring to their respective singles corners.

They go out the way they came in when the kid was 9 years old.  They lost 3 setters in Kailua to the Open champions at two different events.  That first year they lost three 3 setters, but dad thought, “If she keeps it up, we are going to be #1 in the opens.”

Upset?  No way, after three #1 rankings, 4 Aloha State medals, a parent/child USTA championship, a GLTA championship, a few HPTF championships, and having played in Kailua in the Turkey Open and a fund raiser for special needs folks.

When we were not at it playing, we were coaching together at Diamond Head for Friends of Diamond Head, coaching together at Kaimuki Christian School, Special Olympics, and Hongwanji.  The kid is an apprentice PTR coach.

She won team championships with her school in the ILH and Northern California.  She took home Little Mo, Hawaii State Junior, and Nike Summer Sectional Championships to boot.

Now, we warm each other up and root for each other.  Our mom/wife is our player coach, nutritionist, doctor, and real estate agent.  Between the 12-13 generations of doctors in the family China, and the 10th tennis champion from the other side of the Arizona family (grandpa, grandma, granddad, cousin, aunt, great aunt, dad, uncle, and mom), she has quite a legacy and quite high standards to live up to.  No sweat, just pass the Gatorade.