Coping: Is Life an “Escape Room?”

Woo-Woo: A reader was wondering what I thought of this idea.  Of course, you need to know what an “escape room” is, if you don’t already know.

“An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using clues, hints and strategy to complete the objectives at hand. Players are given a set time limit to unveil the secret plot which is hidden within the rooms. Escape rooms are inspired by “escape-the-room“–style video games. Games are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons and space stations, and usually the various puzzles and riddles themselves follow the theme of the room.”

Here lately, escape rooms are evolving into interesting “mixed rooms” – some of which include a murder mystery as well as food, drinks, and who knows where the evolution will end.

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But, the point is, the “escape room” is a neat metaphor for where the world is.

Think of it this way:  We are all “in the room” – that’s clear since the furthest we have gotten so far (if you believe the escape room narrative) is “the moon.”

Even those few who escaped that far had to return to the “room” here on Earth to get fresh food, water, and air.  Side of gravity with that, too, please.

Like the “escape room” there’s something – likely in plain sight – that most people miss.

Moreover, it is likely something cultural because when you study escape rooms, you’ll find there are certain mindsets, ways of seeing, thinking, and following logical pathing that work better than others.

In fact, the logical pathing most of the civilized world is trained in now involves looking at a screen 20-inches from your nose and doing things like swipe this and tap that.

Here’s a shocker (and seriously, this isn’t apparent to a lot of people- impossible as it sounds):  Tapping and Swiping is NOT going to get us out of the present Room (Earth).  It probably won’t even HELP.

That’s because whether you call it Great Evil, the Nahkash, Devil, Azazel, dungeon master, PTB, Elites, Banksters, or Rothschilds…everyone has a model… it’s NOT IN A PHONE OR DROID.

This isn’t a HUGE thought for this hour on a Monday, but it’s something better to think about today than the same-old same-o.

Organizing a Search Party

If you’;; acquiesce to the idea  “OK, so Earth is an Escape Room…” the next step is to come up with “How to Solve for an Exit” before game time is up.

(Game time is up when you die, and to keep the room exciting, everyone’s time’s up will happen at unpredictable moments.)

Since I’ve been reading on mudras again – the Indian discipline of finger power signing, which purports to be Reality slightly through hand signals –  the topic came up around 3 AM Saturday morning as either one of us could sleep.

Do you think it’s possible that some big breakthrough is just waiting to be found – hidden on some part of our bodies?

I mean think of it!  What if you could touch the little toe of your left foot to your right elbow!  That’s something that would almost certainly never happen, right?  But maybe – and this is just a far out idea sure – maybe when that Religious Fellow was off wandering around the desert for 40-days a couple of thousand years ago he got bored and connected two unlike parts of his body!  Can you see how that could complete a circuit at some cosmic level and then bring forth this outpouring of all that followed in his life after that?  Amazing thought, huh?”

“…go back to sleep…”

Then think of all the breakthroughs that could happen between humans.  I’ve been thinking about that, too.

Take you and me.  We’re simpatico…so what keeps us from doing something like the Vulcan mind-meld from StarTrek?  What is it about the nervous system that let’s consciousness level the brain – travel down your arm to – let’s say your hand – and then back up to the brain again?  Hit your hand with a hammer…and you’ll feel it…your CONSCIOUSNESS moves to the pain.  So why can’t it move further?

Is it possible that there are different body parts – ones that aren’t usually connected, even between consenting adults – which are build so that consciousness can flow from one person – into another and back again?

Think how long we’ve been alive – almost 150 years between the two of us – and never in all that time have I heard a word of research on this.  Not one!

Maybe it’s hidden in some non-obvious way.  Like the little toe to the right elbow…you know…statistically improbable, right?

When was the last time, for example, that you put your left kneecap behind my left earlobe, for example?  Or, have I ever placed you big toe on my L-4/L-5 spinal segment?  See what I mean?

Why, telepathy could be right there waiting to be discovered!”

Would telepathy wake me up?…Leave me out of this.  Go back to sleep…”

OK, so the conversation was maybe a bit onesided.  But, and this is weird, like the book I just wrote on the lack of continuous broad-spectrum wave interaction research from DC to daylight, is it possible that because of curious cultural blinders we have missed actually doing a computer-generated COMPLETE inter-human connectivity study?

The idea is, if nothing else, novel.

And given how we will all be watching the silly numbers run our net worth up and down this week, it seems like it’s a useful question to keep handy in case some mental-processor clicks come up free, with nothing to keep them busy.

I’ll get to work on the algorithm for this right away.

Hmmm…Test #739:  Place right ring finger in left nostril.  Test #740:  Place right pinky finger in left nostril.

This could take a while.  But if I get swept up in a cloud and get tempted, I’ll try and get some pictures.

Meanwhile, enjoy your time in the other escape room (work) today and…

Write when you get rich,

OOPS.  Almost forgot.  Time for Test #741:  Remove tongue from cheek.

Coping: Trapping Unlimited “Personal Energy”

Self-Improvement:  This is a topic that is near and dear to my heart because several times recently, readers have asked “Where do you get all your energy from?

For one, I suppose they look at my “Lst of S*t To-Do”  [LoSTD] which I share every so often and are amazed at how much is “on the list” and then, next tine I mention it, how so much (usually all) has been accomplished.

The fact of it is there are a handful of hacks – that anyone can employ – that will not only unlock what feels like unlimited personal energy, but can be used to massively magnify how much you get done both in your personal life and in the work world.  Thought this would be particularly useful this being a Monday morning, and all…

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Here are the Personal Energy Hacks

  1. Live in both brains.

Did you ever notice in school – when the teacher was droning on and on about something you didn’t give 2-cents about – that you could daydream?  That’s an example of your inner personal world.

Of course, you don’t have to daydream there.  You can plan, assess, engineer, design, outline, even paint there.

The other world is the physical one.  That’s the one you remember from being pulled out of a daydream when suddenly the teacher calls on you.

The trick – and I learned it because I was very ill at times as a child – was to remember that there’s a “body’s world” and there’s a “mind’s world.”

The difference is simple:  The body runs on calories.  It needs food for energy.  At some physical level, so does the mind, but in a much wider range.  It can be crystal clear, even if your body is starving.  In fact, I know some people who are on various fasting diets and they have even remarked on how clear their thinking’ has become.

What has happened to them, in a nutshell, is that they are differentiated mind world and body world.

This is what makes for people in elite military forces a bit “different” than those who haven’t been schooled:  Exceptional physical demands will breed it into someone: this toughness of mind (which has unlimited energy) and with it they rules the physical body to do things all but impossible to others.

2. Manage Your Self-Talk.

When you realize – whether through serious health issues, military, and some religious disciplines – that you can at will tap into unlimited personal energy (and power) –  an odd thing happens:

Every has a “voice in their head.”  You can program this voice to either roll with you into the land of unlimited personal potential, OR that damn little voice will tear you apart – wrecking even the most-carefully laid plans.

I can tell pretty quickly when I meet someone whether they are a “hitter” or a “loser.”  It reflects in their conversation; the topics they talk about.

When someone is engaged in a “oh, poor me” conversation, or they waste your valuable time “complaining about things they can’t help, or change” you can bet this isn’t a Person With a Plan.  People with goals, you see, make things happen.  They don’t have time to hear tales-of-woe,  unless there is some way they can help by solving the problem.

I’ve had people tell me this is a typical male characteristic – and that women are not so focused on either managing their two minds.  They just go with the flow.

Sounds OK, but I’ve met lots of highly successful women who think exactly like I do.  So, I don’t think it’s a difference between the sexes.

More, I think, has to do with how someone is raised.  If you grow up in a  “family of doers” then your odds of becoming a “doer” in your life are a LOT better than if you have to stumble around half your life figuring it out.

There are books on managing self-talk.  It’s a hardcore mental discipline.  But, when you master the voice in your head so that it comes a coach, not a petty tyrant, it’s a major move toward claiming ALL your powers.

3. Value Your Time as a Millionaire.

Imagine for a moment that you had a good-sized bank account.  Let’s make it $10-million dollars in checking, how’d that be?

But there’s one catch:  You can’t spend any of it YET.

The fact is, even if you can’t spend it, that much money will change how you value your time.

People are always says stupid things like “When I get rich, I’ll do XX, YYY, and ZZ different.  Yes sir, you just wait and see…”

These people will always BE poor.  They don’t know that to be rich in power and energy is to be rich in ALL things.  Money’s just a symptom of great inner wealth; at least among people who have made it themselves and who are therefore successful people at their core.

4. Expect a Rich, Healthful, and Bountiful Life.

If you have not visited the website provided by our Chief Financial Astrologer,  you should.  The site is

There is a single teaching on this site but it relates to the Self Talk and it is simply this:

“This Week I WILL Experience a Miracle                     Having to do With Money.”

Simple, huh?

And it works.  Amazingly so.  Yet, like so many of the other grand truths of Personal Achievement, deniers sit around (broke) all day long and says “It ain’t so.”

As above, so below?  Deniers are so actively wanting to denial a bountiful personal world that they actively attack and hate people who ignore their bad counsel and go on to a happy life.

5.  Life is School, You’re a Student.

If you haven’t yet read Richard Bach’s classic “Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah” there’s a wonderful line in there that eases a great deal of pain when even the best-laid plans go awry.

“In the path of our happiness lies the learning for which we have chosen this lifetime.”

I mentioned that in Peoplenomics this weekend in a different context.  But it deserves to be said again here.  Because when you think of this life as a school, the learning becomes tremendously easier.

Try it.

It is Monday, after all…

Electronic Detective, II

Next weekend, I will post the follow-up to our Sunday Electronic Detective case, though it will be less word-smithed and more soldering gun oriented.

I solved the problems of that troublesome linear amplifier – and there is a ton of useful how-to information that may be useful to fellow ham radio “makers.”

The weekend following, we’ll start on the Weed-Reduced Garden exploits in our weekend “Make:” section…

Write when you get rich,

Coping: With the “Artistic Urge”

Every so often, I get the “urge to art something.”  (No “Where’s the f?” jokes, if’ you please…)  Problem is, like most people, I haven’t discovered my “gift” in art, yet.  Writing doesn’t count, lol.

When I think art I think of things like what my buddy Gaye over at talks about in Pursuing Your Passion: Getting Started With Adult Coloring.  Since we’ve been friends since ’73, or so, I’ve talked to her several times about this kind of art – and what she says makes it sound like something that might be worth trying.

Truth be known, I was a pretty good “paint by numbers” guy,  50-odd years back.  Want a million-dollar idea?  Come up with a paint-by-numbers kit that you could project onto your own canvas that would colorize the painting and put in the numbers for you.  THAT would be cool.

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My tastes in Paint By run to paintings like these:

As you will notice, I like rural, mountains, woods, and waterside things in general.

But, like I was saying:  If there was a service where I could send in a picture, like the boat we lived on for the first year and a half we were married, THAT would be fun to turn this into a painting.

Since the “regular” painting kits, in the 16X20-inch range, run in the $15 and under area, I would think a $50 kit with the right paints and the numbers would be a really cool service.

Maybe it’s out there and I just haven’t stumbled into it yet. But, if someone has done it, Paint By Numbers (PBN) is a form of making.  And all making is good.

Meanwhile, Elaine’s got a corner of the guest quarters/gym staked out for her artsy side.  She’s one of those people I envy – not needing numbers of lines to stay in…

There’s actually a forest scene that will emerge from that canvas one of these days.  A big problem painting while looking out at the woods is there’s just so damn much to see.  It’s distracting as hell… deer, owl, hawks, cats…it’s all out there somewhere lurking.

Activity Scheduling for Later in Life

As much as I would love to be working on a painting – that’s just one more time sink in life I don’t need right now.  Still working on web site revisions – which will be done— when they’re done.

Doing a paint-by-numbers looks to me likek something that could be pushed back into late-stages of life.  Assuming there’s not too much of a palsy, of course.  Heck, even if there is, it’s just turning that into a bazillion brush strokes.  Not stippling, but near enough…  Attitude and overcoming is the point of life, is it not?

For now, I can still handle most of the Big Work around here single-handed.  Where I need/or cautiously rent – a hand now is for high work on ladders and such.  Cleaning out gutters, comes to mind.   Sure,  CAN still do it all, but statistics say that’s dumb.  

Lifting heavy weights (much over 80 pounds) seems like an unnecessary strain, so those go onto the “for hire” list.  Painting the house might be on it this spring, too.

On the other hand, gardening seems like it could go on much longer (80 something?) IF you have been studying that weed-free gardening book I mentioned to you recently ( Weedless Gardening by Lee Reich).

Reich’s approach doesn’t involve turning over the soil – and that appeals to me more every year.  Love-hate- with the tiller this time of year.  We have plenty of pine straw around, toss in a few bales of real straw and a couple of 166-foot rolls of Trimaco Red Rosin Builders Paper, should  give us a good start on that Weedless Garden Reich writes about.  Five minutes to a half hour a week?  Pinch me.  More on this as we give it a try this spring.

At some point in aging, it will be time to shelve the power tools, too.  That may be when we get serious about moving to the ideal dream retirement home.

We keep collecting the list of specifications (one level, short walk to store, low crime, inside city, 3-minute medical response times, modest climate but not too cold, low taxes, no HOA ham radio nazis, etc.).

With that big picture done, the subordinated task becomes figuring out what hobbies, pursuits, and pastimes will be put into that “some day” dwelling.   Thing is, we know when people either don’t have projects, or if projects get stalled, then ill health almost automatically follows.

I was talking to a fellow who has an airplane for sale  (at the right price we still think about it…) the other day (flying, like sailing is something you never get over).  Gentleman selling a mint Cessna 175 is 80-something and has been retired for more than 15 years.  He’s building what will be his second or third airplane now.  An RV-4, if you’re interested.

Knows he probably won’t be flying it much.  But, as a retired A&P and inspector, he just loves keeping active.   “People die when they sit down” he confided…and we agreed.

It’s like that with ham radio around here.

We will be taking a number of casino trips this year – loading up the memory banks with some of the great entertainers who are still around.  Going to see Johnny Mathis is early March, for example.  Tom Jones in May.

You see, that’s the thing:  We don’t enjoy the cattle call experience or wife-grabbing that air travel has evolved into.  So, we plan to take leisurely drives.  A cruise now and then, maybe….sure.

But our main goals are to fill in all those blanks in life we’d never gotten around to earlier.  Write the Great Novel, find the hidden keys to life, master spiritual realms ahead of time…little projects like those.

Which gets me back to painting.  Even if rudimentary and by numbers.

I told you a good while back about Karl Hansen, one of the last of the real master model builders of sailing ships out of Portland, Oregon, was a friend of the family growing up.  He sailed them all:  Tall Ships from about age 10 as a cabin boy around 1890 on…

As an Able Body Seaman, he’d sailed the last of the big ships – ones used in the lumber and grain trades, mostly.  Knew every line aloft by heart and has been up there in gales around the Horn and more.

There’s a “doing magic” part to those eras.  Like the steam engines. Something more of a “hard contact sport” of life than the sissified world gone virtual, accessible, correct, and boring.  There’s still some frontier land in Texas, and many other states.  But the people are softer now, less determined, lacking the broad vision.  Don’t know how to put it into words.  But seriously, is getting consciousness out of a body and onto a chip a worthy goal or charade – a kind of last act of self-delusion by a world of people driven mad by their own devices?  Bit questions these.

It would be just a dandy decorating project for the “last home” to have something in the den/office that would be a focus on a single ship.  Maybe old Cutty Sark, or Thermopylae would be good.  Bigger?  Sure: something like this Model Shipways USS Constitution 48” Long Wood Kit. Easier to work the lines (shrouds, ratlines, and such) if you’re dealing with larger.  On the other hand, hand-laying the plank on frame models IS more difficult than an inexpensive plastic variety.

Plastic isn’t bad.  Hansen built a goodly number.  Where his genius was he knew better than modelmakers where each line went, what it’s purpose was, and how it was stowed.  Modelmakers who’d never been to see made some stupid decisions on some lines.  You don’t just put up lines for fun and appearance on a real ship, though.  Purpose…focus on that.

Between a painting, a good-sized model, and a writer’s over-active imagination with a penchant for travel, the whole package might be spun  into quite a painting, a finely crafted model, a book, or two, and travel adventure to see the old harbors.

I plan to continue banging on  a Morse key well past the medic unit showing up…and with so many books to read (and many more to write) it isn’t like there’s not having enough to keep us busy around here.

Still, when the sun’s out but still too cold for real gardening work, it’s tempting to eye the “art spectrum” and figure up how to  “stage” some of that into the order of appearance for the tail end of life.  I don’t think any of us every get to sample enough or it, though.

Assuming this smorgasbord doesn’t stay open forever, there’s still empty-space between our ears into which we can all pack a ton more experiences and knowledge – the currencies of the soul that you really can take with you when you go to the Big Sleep.

Busy people don’t die.  People with no goals, on the other hand, seem to be pushing themselves to the front of that line.

Additional Weekend Column?

Hobby and Making discussions:  I’m thinking about adding a column on Saturday or Sunday from time-to-time.  Topic would be Making & Electronics.

There are lots of “moving parts” to this little enterprise, but some of the more interesting ones (to me, personally) are those involving electronic projects.  Ham radio restorations, explaining the fine art of being The Radio Detective – plus I’m well over 100 pages in a slow-motion writing project I’m working on called “The Art of Ham Radio Repair.”

This is aimed at the retro tube-type equipment which is far easier (thus more fun!) to work on than SMT (surface mount technology).

So let me know if there’s interests in the further adventures at the dumb end of the soldering iron, scope, RF signal generator…etc. etc….

Been a ham since 1963 or 64 (memory blurs) but in that time I’ve made most every mistake someone can make…no reason you should have to…

Write when you get rich…