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That's A Funny Name for a Song

December 13, 2010
No Diet 4 Me
The year was 1970 and I was sitting in a bar in Warrington, Florida having a beer.  I had just gotten out of the army (for the first time) and was figuring out what to do with my life.

It was your basic little neighborhood bar in a Navy town.  The bartender, Leona, was married to a crew member with the Blue Angels.  Many of the customers either worked at Pensacola Naval Air Station, as my father did for 30 years, or were retired from the Navy.

I was ex-army but, having grown up about four blocks away, I felt comfortable there.  In fact, the home of one of my childhood friends was right next door.  I had eaten in the diner across Barrancas Avenue, bought gas at the Pure Oil Staion on the corner, and had gone to church at St. Thomas More, a few hundred feet down the road.

However, I did feel a little ill-at-ease, but not because of anything that the neighborhood had to offer.

A song was playing on the juke box.  It was catchy.  It had a driving rhythm.  No real melody, but I kind of like it.

"what's the name of that song?" I asked Leona.

She looked at me like I was a little strange.

"Hawaii 5 Oh," she said.

"Funny name for a song," I said.

"It's the theme song."

"The theme song to what?" I asked.

Now she really looked at me like I was from the planet Zorg.

"From the TV show!"

She sounded a little strained.

"What TV show?"

"Hawaii 5 Oh!"

Now she was beyond strained and into exasperated.  She figured I was having some fun at her expense...or was too dumb to waste time on.

"That's a funny name for a TV show", I said.

Leona was a good bartender not because she mixed drinks well, but because she really liked her customers and really cared about people.  She looked at me a second, decided I was harmless, and asked, "Haven't you ever seen it?"

"Seen what?"

"Hawaii 5 Oh!"

She was losing it again.

It was my turn.

"Leona, I have been in Europe for the last three years.  The only show I watched with any regularity was 'Bonanza', and you ain't seen nothin' until you see Ben Cartwright, Hoss, and Little Joe talking to each other in German."

As it turned out neither Leona nor I were crazy.  We each had our own little patches of information, knowledge, and expertise, I guess you could call it.  Together, those, and other things, make up our "paradigm" or basic understanding of life and the world around us.

Each of us has a different one.  Sometimes they fit nicely into those of others, sometimes the junction is mindful of a balloon coming in contact with a hatpin...or worse.

Sometimes we are significantly different, and perhaps the divide is too wide for most of us to cross.  Sometimes, however, if we can just take a moment and discover what lurks within the paradigm of the other, we might be able to see some spot where what they believe can fit together with our own beliefs, or at least rest comfortably side-by-side.

Sometimes it isn't that we don't know what we are talking about or they don't know what they are talking about.  Sometimes we don't know what they are talking about...and that's a different thing entirely.  Both can be right, and still completely wrong.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Donovan Baldwin is a 65-year-old accountant, amateur bodybuilder, freelance writer, certified optician, and Internet marketer currently living in the Dallas, Texas area. A University Of West Florida alumnus (1973) with a BA in accounting, he has been a member of Mensa and has been a Program Accountant for the Florida State Department of Education, the Business Manager of a community mental health center, and a multi-county Fiscal Consultant for an educational field office. He has also been a trainer for a major international corporation, and has managed various small businesses, including his own. After retiring from the U. S. Army in 1995, with 21 years of service, he became interested in Internet marketing and developed various online businesses. He has been writing poetry, articles, and essays for over 40 years, and now frequently publishes original articles on his own websites and for use by other webmasters. He has posted a series of articles on The Law of Attraction , and other self-improvement issues at xtramoney4me.net/internetmarketing/reviews/law_of_attraction_articles  
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Donovan Baldwin is a freelance writer currently living in the Dallas - Fort Worth area. He is a University Of West Florida alumnus (1973) with a BA in accounting. He is a past member of Mensa and the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, and has held several managerial positions while in the military and in civilian life. After retiring from the U. S. Army in 1995, he became interested in Internet marketing and developed various online businesses. He has been writing poetry, articles, and essays for over 40 years, and now frequently publishes articles on his own websites and for use by other webmasters. He has a website on health, fitness, diet, and weight loss at http://www.nodiet4me.com/ .

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