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Vulgar Display of DR: Celebrate

Welcome to a celebration of previous writings.

Since October 2017,  TheDR.World has gifted the universe with over 100 posts (this makes number #115).  So, it stands to reason one or 12 posts might have slipped by even the most dedicated followers and readers alike.  Relax, it’s not your fault.

Lessons learned, lessons to share

Yours truly has learned a great deal over the past year, not just about writing, but also insights on things such as ego, high hopes, crushed spirits, coping with great articles left unloved and unread.  Experience is often a cruel, sweetless, and lovelessly cold bitch. Thank you, experience.

 

The first worthwhile lesson to review comes via To Serve Man.

The moral of the story, it’s all about perspective.  Besides, where else is one going to learn how unethical psychological “tests” would play a role in horrendous consequence?

As fans of The Twilight Zone may recognize, the title comes from one of my personal favorite episodes of the old Rod Serling TV show.  To those that have not seen it, check it out on Netflix.

Please note, like Michael Bolton on Michael Bolton, when it, comes to The Twilight Zone, damn near every  production ranks among “one of my personal favorite episodes.”

To Serve Man:

To Serve Man

As for Rod Serling, despite not knowing the man on a personal level, his words serve as an inspiration.   Moreover, Mr. Serling’s life journey, along with his shared wisdom assist as both a friend and a muse.  It was Serling that helped me through the lack of support of both family and “friends” alike, or as I refer to it as “my darkest hours of writing.”

As an unmet friend,  it was a real privilege to pay homage to Mr. Rod Serling… a writer, in There is More to…  Not That: That’s Too Much.

 

A couple of favorites

Respect and appreciation are essential aspects to living a non-a-holish life.  Reverence, admiration, and primitiveness are vital themes to a couple of the first articles posted on TheDR.World– the first is a love of natural art, known as A Tree and the second is about bravery as a refined form of art: The Tank’s in the Water is a Happening (Performance as Art):

The Tank’s in the Water

Additional respects would be paid to Shirley Jackson in

Rock, Paper, Scissors (a Literal Metaphor) and to Emily Dickinson in

War, Death, Religion:  A DR’s Truth on E.D.:

War, Death, Religion: A DR’s Truth on E.D. #3

Eye of the Beholder

In Comparison: Your Drawing Sucks highlights a lesson on appearance.

The visually pleasing may not be as beautiful as it seems.   Conversely, that which looks like worthless crap might hold more usefulness and a superior value than the rosy overrated alternative.

Common wisdom

“They” say a webpage must have a “niche” to build a following.  Sure, the time-tested conventional thought has been proven to work.   Yet, the niche of TheDR.World is not based on one given area of expertise about growing a splendid garden, or how to browbeat one’s children into conforming to the rigors of parental and societal demands. NOPE.

TheDR.World’s axiom, the niche, is to write about any topic, at an any given time, in both a unique and insightful way.   In a style one cannot find elsewhere, as there is nothing similar or like it, that’s the niche.

Furthermore, a great emphasis from numerous works aims to dispel and remove the stigma of various everyday life experiences.   These include my personal struggles, along with the battles of other’s I have encountered throughout this lifetime.

Thus, it is with greatest of hopes that the following writing on phobias, along with information on how phobias affect women at a higher rate than men ends up being read by at least one person that needs to know they are not alone.

Also, to whoever you might be, PLEASE understand:

  • You are not weird.
  • There is support and help available.
  • Please take care of yourself.

Life is a struggle, but keep putting a foot forward one day at a time, okay?

Phobia: Nothing to Fear

The greatest lesson of all

As a writer, the most critical part of the feedback process is not flattering praise nor is it empty insults.   In full disclosure, yours truly does get a chuckle out of many cases of abuse– especially those that claim something such as a simple, “You suck” or “Your dumb!”  (That’s right– “Your” dumb, intentional or not–that line slays, it’s a zero to laugh your ass off moment, true story– KEEP it up!)

The best part of being a writer is to produce a work that captures a reader’s emotions, attention, and sometimes, praise or ire.

Most of the responses = blah, boring.

On one of my proudest writings (it is on Quora), some dude took the time to state:

“Ok, thank you for explaining. Your work isn’t very good if nobody “gets it.”

FYI, I love that dude’s insult attempt.

To which, as a sign of admiration, yours truly took the time to respond to said dude:

That is one way of looking at, I do suppose. Another view could be that some readers seem to have a willingness to pre-judge without even bothering to absorb the written words. As for what classifies as good, bad, boring, exciting, etc., well, classifications seem to be within the eye of the beholder. However, if telling me how terrible I am makes you feel superior or something, by all means, have fun at my expense, it’s cool.  Just as long people take the time to check out anything I’ve created, they have the right to judge said works anyway they choose, that’s their right. Yet, in truth, I only take constructive feedback personally to heart. Also, it is my hope that you will check out TheDR.World, read more of my stuff and tell me all about how terrible I am. Thanks again for taking the time to voice your opinion, sir.

Yet, it would be one of my responses to another fellow that took time to tell me how much I suck that, in part, reads my greatest truth, which is:

Sure, it’s easy to criticize, but if I’m such a chump, why not just write a better answer?  Apparently, to some, such an achievement should not be all that difficult.

I do appreciate your time spent reading my answer.

My view, as a writer, the best part, is that I write to satisfy the feelings within me. Honestly, one person enjoying, learning, or thinking with a different perspective from a writing equals, again to me, a success.  Based on the feedback, good and bad, this particular answer has given some people in the world-at-large something to think about. So, I’ll take whatever comes my way, because I achieved my given goal. If the writing was perceived or called boring, I would then feel a tad bit disheartened, otherwise, I’m cool.

  • Writing is not about popularity.  
  • Not everyone is going to “get” or understand a given work
  • AND that is okay. 

What really matters, what defines a “good” writer is to possibly help another human being out or to give the world something new.

 

 

To the reader that has made it this far, a few insider gifts:

The name, TheDR.World derives from yours truly making fun of all the insert team name NATION!

Years ago, I thought the oversaturation was, well, frankly lame.   My first joke meme creations would be labeled with the “DR World.”  The way I saw it, there were too many nations, and the WWE had the term universe locked down, but World?  Never heard anyone use it, so… why not?  I stuck with using the name, and the “THE” was a natural addition.

As for my darkest writing experience, so far, the harshest period stemmed from the personal desire to impress one person.  Needless to say, said one was not much of a fan of my writing, nor apparently, me as a human.  This struggle for approval was the closest I have ever come to quitting.

Well, sort of.   

It was not my intent to quit, but the distress of rejection was so strongly overwhelming, yours truly temporarily “lost” my creative ability and confidence.  As for “the story” it does not end well.  Frankly, it sucks, but the hollowness of the experience did toughen me up.   Since then, no longer do I care about impressing anyone with my writing.  Turns out, that freedom equals total liberation.

My sincere thank yous & dedications to the following:

25 Nov Cover DR

Thank you, Dan, Dana, William W., and Leslie.  My appreciation is limitless, THANK YOU ALL!

  • Infinite praise to the platinum-tongued “Dickish” Damn Yankee for the elite crash course in Chinese fluency:  谢谢
  • Props to the 1959 Mike Wallace Interview featuring Rod Serling.
  • Mad respect to Pantera’s Vulgar Display of Power.  One of my favorite jams from the album and a personal life motto remains– Unscarred by trials– A New Level.  #DimeForever
  • To my friend Debbie, not a day passes without thinking of you.  You shall never be forgotten, my friend AKA “baby.”

Here’s to another year, I promise to keep on keepin’ on– Until it Sleeps… So tear me open but beware

Check out ALL the friends of TheDR.World which include:

The Devil You Know by Evie

and

Phoebe M.D.:  Medicine and Poetry

As Xmas approaches, remember it’s the thought that counts, as such, do yourself or any of your friends a solid and give the gift of “Sleeping with The DR”:

Sleep with DR Pillow Case

Also, consider doing me a favor– if any of TheDR.World articles are helpful, interesting, or worthwhile to you– by all means, share ’em far & wide to friends, foe, and strangers.

Thank you for your time and consideration,

Darrell

One final puzzle

As Xmas approaches, Did Santa F*ck Charlie Day’s Mom?  Yes or no?

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All Bleeding Stops… Part 2

The Right Tattoo design; Straight outta OZ

To read Part One

Welcome to part 2: 

How to choose a tattoo

Regardless, purity of selection comes not from selecting the “right” design, instead, it comes from the right design choosing you.

To prove this point

Please consider the story of Tobias Beecher.  For those are unfamiliar with Mr. Beecher, his tale is a classic route of how alcoholism overtakes his white-collar life to end his career as a lawyer.  One day, Mr. Beecher would make an unwise choice and drive drunk.  This intoxicated lack of wisdom would result in a crash that would take the life of an innocent child.

Unrepentant and without realizing or caring about the ramifications of his actions, Mr. Beecher would make a horrible choice of refusing to accept his responsibility.    He would turn down a plea deal that would see him serve a few years in a minimum security prison.

Instead, Tobias Beecher would opt to take his chances via a friendly criminal trial.   Mr. Beecher made an unwise assumption that his family’s longtime connection to the judge would ensure a conviction would result in nothing worse than a slap on the wrist.  Beecher anticipated, a friendly hook up would allow him to escape prison time– but he was wrong.

The judge had her own problems, so she chose to make an example of Mr. Tobias Beecher.   Not only would her sentence include more prison time for Beecher, he would be welcomed to the rough and tumble world of a maximum security prison.

Welcome to Oswald State Prison AKA Oz

Out of his element, Tobias soon learns that he is living in a new, foreign world.   A fearful Beecher befriends a kind older man that offers not just friendship but also to be his new, safer, and nicer prison roommate.

The sweet man, Vern Schillinger,  would prove to Beecher, not all incarcerated folks are bad people.   In no time, Beecher learns a hard lesson as his new best friend, Vern, is raping, tormenting, and tattooing his ass.   That’s right, not only is Vern not a nice guy,  he’s also more than just a bad person– Vern Schillinger is a horrible fellow.

Turns out, Vern is the leader of the prison’s Aryan nation “club.”   Of course, as part of the Schillinger indoctrination– Beecher must be properly branded with a “Vern was here” mark that is commonly known as a swastika– engraved upon his freshly broken prison ass.

Along with the tattoo, Vern’s continued cruelty would serve to change Beecher.   The swastika would serve a permanent reminder to Tobias of his transition between the person he once was to the one he will become.

Over the following years, Beecher and Schillinger would fight, kill each other’s family and friends.  Ultimately, their feud would culminate in Beecher taking Vern’s life.  In the grand finale, Mr. Tobias Beecher would find himself receive an additional prison sentence that would claim the remainder of his days.

The moral of the story is that the tattoo will always serve as a reminder of Beecher’s transition from a selfish white collar drunk driver into a cold-blooded killer spending the rest of his life in prison.

Of course, Oz was a fictional TV show, Tobias Beecher and Vern Schillinger never actually existed.

Advice on watching OZ

To those that never watched OZ but might be curious now to check it out, be warned, the first few seasons are great and feature a then-original storyline. However, somewhere during the shows run, the man-dick would be introduced.

At first, the introduction of penis seemed to be a natural part of the storytelling. Eventually, the practice seemed to be a way to attract audiences to feast on famous guest stars (such as Luke Perry) showing their franks and beans (no show should center around the big revelation of man-cock, that’s just weird, but for the interested ladies or dudes– no judgment, here is an NSFW link to so much, if not all, of OZ’s man nudity).

For the TLDW crowd or those wishing to avoid an overabundance of visual dude dongery:  a quick synopsis of the Beecher-Schillinger feud.

As a gift to those that wish to read more atypical comparisons between the significance of a tattoo versus a fictitious account of prison violence– enjoy reading “Tattoos, Desire, and Violence: Marks of Resistance in Literature, Film, and Television.”

At the end of the journey, here’s to hoping the never tat’d but curious crowd have a better understanding of the individual significance of their choice.

It does not matter why one chooses to get a tattoo. 

Nor does the specific tattoo actually matter.   Here’s a great truth– for the most part, nobody aside from the individual cares about anyone else’s’ tattoos.  So, if you get a tattoo, either by choice or as a result of bad life decisions, remember the work should serve as a reminder of who you were or have become.

Here’s possibly the best part of this writing, but it depends on– YOU!

TheDR.World wishes to hear your stories, ideas, or motivations for getting or not getting tattoos.

PS, with enough interesting stories, quotes, or opinions (and consent to share), I, DR, will include personal decision-making behind my tattoo choices.  Yes, I do have a real-life ritualistic system that throughout the years grows even more important.

Please check out the forthcoming unrelated related conclusion that will feature a real-life DR story.

 

 

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All Bleeding Stops…

Tattoos hurt; life scars tell individual life tales.

Although tattoos have become a modern-day phenomenon that has seen a rapid rise in the number of people that seek and often, proudly display their prized scar collection, the practice traces back thousands of years.   It is one misunderstood but appreciated custom that remains shared across both time and history of the world’s existence.

It is us. 

Tattoos, on one hand, present a logical argument that supports the idea that evolution is bullshit, which might claim humanity is and has long been a dumbed down collection of tribes that stand together to disseminate their hedonistic groupthink visions.  Nowadays, few ever make that argument.

Once upon a time, tattoos tended to have a different meaning than they do today.    For some, depending on local societal mores and norms, the permanent artistic markings represented allegiance to their tribe, their crew, or gang.  For others, from a not so distant past, skin-art may have been reserved for sailors and prisoners, it was an identifiable trademark tag.

Advice to untattooed but curious

The only great advice to the untattooed but curious is this:  WHEN one wonders if a tattoo is right for them they are nearly certain to ask THE following question:  “Do tattoos hurt?”

The answer to whether to get a tattoo or not is 100% unscientifically dependent on who one asks.   IF asking the friend with 37 beautifully unique designs that are proudly worn and displayed– they will say, “You are ready, willing, and should have no problem with the process.”

Conversely, if ya choose to ask the “one” friend with a gag tattoo that they now commonly complain how their Garfield with a boner was much funnier back in 1987, the answer will be, “No, do not get a tattoo.”  Sincerely, the decision or “truth” one receives is really that simple.

However, if one wishes to verify, by all means, check out the statistics and advice from Should I Tattoo?

For the TLDR crowd, the “Should I Tattoo” dude mainly uses a bunch of statistics that confirm old people have fewer tattoos than today’s youth.  Going on to add, some will regret their tattoos while others will choose to get many more.  Then, the essay concludes if one has excellent life ambition, they should not get a tattoo.  As for those with low-life expectations, the lower one’s forecasted purpose– then go on, get as many on your hands, face, or anywhere– it’s cool, the more, the merrier.

Tattoos hurt; life scars tell individual life tales.

The real answer to the initial question

So, do tattoos hurt?   The commonly accepted explanation is something such as, “No, they do not hurt, it’s nothing.”

 

It is essential, one should understand the motivation for such a dismissal of the pain concept.   One’s friends will likely wish to appear non-wuss’ish.

And the tattoo artist?   

Come on, the artist’s motivation is directly linked to a ratio of monetary desire versus having to deal with someone that might cry, move, or run away (i.e., this fellow).  Enough with toying with reader emotions:

  YES, tattoos hurt.   

The degree of pain is dependent upon multiple factors, which include but are not limited to, the location of the desired work, individual pain tolerance, the amount time and complexity, and the tattoo artist’s desire to inflict pain (just kidding, kinda).   In truth, the pain can register anywhere between a slight sting to: “OH MY GOD this sh*t really burns, but I’m cool, it’s cool, there is nothing to see here.  I will never, ever admit to anyone how much this hurt.”

The easiest way to understand tattoos is to follow one’s own motivation.  The person that chooses to be tattooed, especially more than once, is doing so for an underlying individual reason(s).   Some as a sign of loyalty, some as a desire to fit in, some as a desire to not fit in, and then others seek a permanent reflection of their own life adventure.

The only reason one should get a tattoo, ever, is because they can’t live without it.  It is a need, a desire, a calling that without making the sacrifice of time, money, and pain– life would be less fulfilling, more hollow.   Think of it as comparable to the “cutters” that “release the pain.”

If one has that same level of desire, then tattoos are a great way to express the inner self without being as destructive as those that choose to carve “SLAYER” into their arm or perhaps across their forehead, whatever.    The point being, one should never cut themselves intentionally, leave that up to the professionals– that is why they are there, friends.

A real tip, just the tip

When getting a tattoo, one should avoid complaining, excessive moving, or be bothering the artist from doing their work.  Ideally, this might sound odd, but it’s true– the harder the artist will push into the skin– the better the tattoo quality is likely to be.

Unfortunately, there is much more to say, but due to the constraints of too many modern-day attention spans, the work must be broken down into “parts.”   For the avid readers that are interested in this writing, part 2 will be coming immediately– there shall be no break– just for you.  You deserve it.

To read part 2.

 

 

 

 

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Album Review: Ministry AmeriKKKant

The following album review will not feature the usual blah blah blah about the band, the sound of the whatever instrument blaring, etc.    Save such fine rhetoric for the likes of Rolling Stone, I’m just a guy that likes music.   Plus, the band for this discussion is Ministry.

Alright, let us all agree– Ministry is one of “those” bands that one already knows whether you fancy ’em or don’t.   There is not a great deal of gray area, those that enjoy the art of noise commonly known as industrial (with shades of techno) metal, then Ministry is likely one of your favorite bands.

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Black Friday? Nah, I’ll Pass

Each year, earlier and earlier, people line up all across this great nation to get ready to defeat their fellow man/woman in acquiring a bunch of crap they don’t need.

 

Is it commercialism run amok?  Or the competitive spirit…that just does not wish to lose?

 

Since the dawn of time, people have shown themselves to be selfish, self-absorbed, and true haters to those they do not know.  As a wise man once said, “Do you know where you are???????  You’re in the jungle baby!!!!!!!!!!  Wake up, time to DIIIIIIIEEEEEEEEE!”  Unless you are materialistic savage, avoid the malls, the shops, and especially the Walmarts of Doom on the upcoming black Friday–dare to be different.

 

Instead of getting all psyched up to wait hours on end, for crap you do not need, ENJOY Thanksgiving, or try to.   Avoid the lines, and just do all your gift shopping online.   To do you a solid, DR compiled a list of gift ideas for the dude(S) in your life.  Think of it as giving you the gift of knowledge.  Here are my early choices to buy for others, or to those like me, to buy for yourself (some of us are the ever Santa and virtually never a giftee, it happens, man).   Having said that, without needing the courage of liquor, here are my recommendations:

 

Retro games.  The three selected are all fantastic.  You can’t go wrong with the mini-retro games whether be a mini-arcade or mini-system–virtually all choices make for exceptional gifts for the old, the young, and all those in between.

Books.  DR loves to read, so should you.  For my first book recommendations, I went with classics and a new book.  The classics include the likes of Emily Dickinson and George Orwell.  Dickinson’s poetry is remarkable, it makes the reader look classy, dignified, and sorta creepy cool.  Don’t be afraid to start ’em young, as I also included a Dickinson poetry book for children, it’s never too early.   As for Orwell, both 1984 and Animal Farm are true classic tales that seem applicable to today’s world.   Oh, you already read ’em?  Well, read ’em again, pal.  As for the last book, I chose the new release Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win.  Honestly, I am holding out hope to get the Collusion book as it’s the most enthralling, and possibly greatest political scandal in American history, who knows?  That’s the whole point of the Mueller investigation, but this early book (guaranteed not to be the last), will certainly Make History Books Great Again for future generations.

 

Take DR’s advice, save yourself some time, energy, and perhaps blood and stay home, order some much-appreciated gifts.   Tell Amazon that DR sent you.

Oh, and you’re welcome.