Wednesday in the Park

Stafford Park, Redwood City, during the free weekly concert (Every Wednesday evening through Aug. 15)

The band yesterday evening was called “Caravan of Allstars,” and they were just fabulous.  Self and The Man had hot dogs, soda, and potato chips.  It was cooler than it’s been lately.  There must have been at least 20 dogs, drooling at all the food and making goo-goo eyes at sympathetic bystanders.  Saw one that looked almost like Gracie:  that is, it had her face.  But its body was very long and low to the ground:  a beagle crossed with a bassett hound?

“Only three more concerts left,” The Man said, in a tone of regret.

Self didn’t think about it until she was getting ready to fall asleep.  She must have been in denial because she didn’t respond, earlier.  But indeed, counting off the weeks in her head, she realized The Man was right.

Summer always ends too soon.

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

More From the Jesuit Baltasar Gracian (1601 – 1658)

Our good friend Baltasar Gracian puts in another appearance on p. 88 of The 48 Laws of Power, by Robert Greene:

He who has slaked his thirst, immediately turns his back on the well, no longer needing it.  When dependence disappears, so does civility and decency, and then respect.  The first lesson which experience should teach you is to keep hope alive but never satisfied, keeping even a royal patron ever in need of you.

Robert Greene’s Interpretation:  You should create a situation in which you can always latch on to another master or patron but your master cannot easily find another servant with your particular talent.  And if, in reality, you are not actually indispensable, you must find a way to make it look as if you are.  Having the appearance of specialized knowledge and skill gives you leeway in your ability to deceive those above you into thinking they cannot do without you.

Self doesn’t know why, she finds the above hilarious.  Absolutely hilarious.  Especially this:  “…  if, in reality, you are not actually indispensable … ”

Stay tuned.

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