S1 E93 — Why is it easier to Hate than to Love the other Half?

Here’s the problem.  Sleep disturbance. Between digging into our 500-year history detailed in “Fantasyland” in which Kurt Andersen explains why 50% of us hate the other 50%, and then binging on the whistleblowing impeachment inquiry where it all unfolds, I’m dead tired at 4:30 am.


“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Note the problem, and then determine if a solution is even possible.  If so, the next step is a brainstorm.  And if not, you don’t have a problem so much as a reality to accept.” Leo

The Tau of Steves: What You Don’t Know Could Fill a Book

Yay! It’s Saturday again and welcome to Episode 93 in the first season of ”My 1-Year Natural Experiment” on this 28th day of September in the fall of 2019.  

And, of course, returning from a three-week vacation forces time zone reckoning that lingers and lingers.

In the days following  vacation, reestablishing a schedule is always a challenge when you’re exhausted.

So I ignored the challenge and followed my intuition instead.

I surfaced a thread I want to pull on in Kurt Andersen’s work — heroes like Daniel Boone who left Tennessee for Missouri just like my great, great, great grandfather did — and Buffalo Bill Cody who turned a short stint in the Pony Express delivering mail from Independence, Missouri to stops on the way intended for California residents.  

Cody figured out how to mix real — Sitting Bull, with fantasy shows to bridge the coming industrial age. And a little later on that string if you pull hard enough you surface PT Barnum, the Donald Trump of his time.

And, then there’s another thread connecting the KKK, beyond the Confederacy to include Baptists, and so much more.

I feel I’m about ready to circle back and close loose ends across many of my open passion projects.

But, instead I asked myself, “What would Leo da V do?” There’s just no accounting what he’ll whisper at 4:30 am when I could sleep no longer. 

    • Flashes about launching a Patreon campaign with a dream-like Marc Marin-style interview of me as a typical Steve. 
    • The LA Times interviewed Zack Galiflianakis in kinda that way.  I guess I’m after the kinds of humorous questions to ask which would draw in supporters of the whimsy project and prompt them to recommend Steves to be considered for email interviews. 
    • Maybe answering just one question at a time is more inviting than filling out a survey of questions. 
    • Kinda like the when the Writers Cooperative announces a monthly topic for all writers to address. Should that be a MailChimp campaign-like thing?  
    • A new Steve signs in and gets question one to respond too, while others who have been around get their 10th or 11th, depending upon where they are in the time sequence of signing in.  
    • Each week, then they’d get a new question to answer and hopefully look forward to, and want to share, and see in Patreon — behind the wall, of course, unless they’re already a member.

I couldn’t let Leo da V off the hook, or maybe it was the other way round.  In an “If that, then this …” spirit I continued:

    • So I need to write a Maron dream and answer my first of 10 weekly questions as a Steve would. 
    • I have to set up MailChimp or a campaign like that to send out the questions with a deadline (?) for a response, before they can receive their next question.  
    • Maybe, write invitations to women who have Steves in their lives to recommend them as new members.  
    • Play off of what’s in a name? Again, the first-time parents considering names and what they mean.  What they represent, right?  
    • Maybe directed to mothers of Steves soliciting why they named their sons Steve. 

Shh, Emma the Baroness is still sleeping.  So, no need to wake her about our lack of Holiday Tau — again.  How many day in a row has it been? Never mind. 

Random ones that make me want change my sign.

Sometimes, turning to Leo da V helps me avoid what needs to be done. Other times it’s my super power. But this Holiday Tau for CC&W reminds me of a workable approach to most things in life, especially when it comes to launching a new venture.

“5”  Steve Carell, 57; Steve Martin, 74; Steve Wozniak, 69: “Note the problem, and then determine if a solution is even possible.  If so, the next step is a brainstorm.  And if not, you don’t have a problem so much as a reality to accept.” Leo

Yeah, I guess so, especially for us introverts in an extrovert world.  But I’m not feeling your Holiday Tau today, specifically after beating the sun up at 4:30 am.

“3”  Steve Howey, 42: “If you find that you’re not the master of the way you think, feel and behave, it means you’ve given your power away and need to get it back.” Cancer

Well, I’ve filled my days with stuff I love to do, but at what cost?  I’ve got other passion projects at various stages of completion and they aren’t on my list of things to accomplish yet,

“3”  Steve Greene, 34; Steve Guttenberg, 61; Stephen King, 72: “You manage your emotions well now, partly because you’ve made it a priority to fill your days with the things that make you feel good.” Virgo

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Inspired by Holiday Mathis – Creators Syndicate