Random Thoughts from a Road Trip


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I had another long drive today, this time without the benefit of a book on tape. So, as I let the radio scan in search of NPR stations to keep me entertained, my thoughts bounced around in a bizarre and random fashion to include these gems:

  • Religion is really just about controlling when, how, and why we have sex.
  • After catching part of  a story about the randomness of the borderline between the US and Mexico: Lines connect but they also separate. If we could only erase all lines (even the invisible ones) maybe we would have more luck getting along with each other as an amorphous mass of living creatures.
  • Why don’t more people understand that most of the problems in the world come from a small group of people who cannot see beyond their own wallets?
  • 5 Hour Energy is really just a jolt of caffeine that tricks you into thinking it lasts longer. For some reason it makes me want to conduct orchestras as I found myself listening to classical music and conducting with my left hand.
  • Who pays for all the Jesus/Abortion signs?
  • Why don’t I like listening to music while I drive anymore? Of course, that changes if it is a truly singable song, but the only ones I want to sing come from my childhood. What does that mean?
  • Do I have a sign on my car that says “slow down in front of me” and drive me insane?

There you have it folks. Random thoughts from someone who has been driving too much lately.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. jgavinallan
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 19:29:32

    Commentary of our times…as you experience what we all do…but it is happening to you all at once.


  2. Barbarann Ayars
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 19:36:32

    You need to put it in park for awhile. If this is your random stuff you’ve been out there too long. My random stuff, to follow yours, would have us talking at high decibels for a thousand miles. Viva la difference! Wanna go for a drive?


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jul 12, 2011 @ 22:22:00

      It would be fun to have someone to talk to on these road trips. My 8 year old daughter doesn’t seem interested in conversations about the deeper things in life. 😉


  3. Tori Nelson
    Jul 12, 2011 @ 19:54:13

    That’s a doozy of a lesson packed into a car trip! I think you’re onto something in regards to your insight on religion… and pointless borders…. oh! and clueless rich folks.


  4. sekanblogger
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 00:48:30

    At the church I attend, we don’t ever focus on sex. Gays attend openly.
    Most of our focus is on helping people who are less fortunate.
    What you do with your hoo-ha is not church business.


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 07:33:25

      I am sure that is true. The only reason that thought popped into my head is that every single Christian station that my radio scanned by (and there are an awful lot of them between Independence and Okoboji, IA seemed to be having some kind of discussion about sex in all its forms. Maybe it was just sex day on Christian talk radio or something. Jeesh! 😉


      • Barbarann Ayars
        Jul 13, 2011 @ 10:30:18

        You do know, don’t you, we Presbyterians are referred to as “the frozen chosen”? We talk alot about sex. We just don’t do it……we don’t suggest that you stip it; we just think we should tell you how to, how not to, when to, when not to, sort of like our government.

        I’m kidding here. What you hear on radio isn’t all of us who attend church, study Scripture, believe we are answerable to only One. Not my Congressman, not my President, not my boss except about how I serve him or her in my job.


        • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
          Jul 13, 2011 @ 10:45:30

          I hope you know that I was just listing the random thoughts in my brain. I do think there is an element of sex control in every religion. I believe that somewhere in the Torah there is some mention that it is a mitzvah (good deed) to have sex on the Sabbath (or afterwards) or something so that everyone has it at least once a week. Obviously, I am not an expert. And, I don’t think that there is anything wrong with certain belief systems, or even the need to believe in something. I guess, though, I wonder why God would have created us with sexual desires and sexual parts that work if he/she did not intend for us to use them, and enjoy them.


  5. Julia
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 02:41:51

    You have really cheered me up today because I thought it was onyl my head that had all these things flying around in it!


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 07:34:11

      Julia, you are SO not alone. If I wrote down all the random thoughts in my head, I think people wold be afraid. 😉


  6. Kathryn McCullough
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 07:56:44

    Wow–I love some of these thoughts, Lisa. I would develop them into individual posts! I especially like the one about lines both connecting and separating. It’s like the word “cleave”–to cling–to cut apart, as in meat cleaver.

    Great post material from a long drive. Keep driving! NPR rocks!



    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 11:26:26

      I followed your advice and tried to make a line post today. NPR does rock when you can find it instead of all the Christian talk stations.


  7. Berna
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 09:10:20

    Gosh, I have similar thoughts just driving to the market down the street (exc for the Jesus / abortion signs – would be like bringing coals to Newcastle; I’m in TX). I think the religion / sex thing is similar to diet / food. People who go on diets are often obsessed about what they’re not supposed to eat.


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jul 13, 2011 @ 09:31:49

      Tee hee hee. Isn’t that just so human, deciding something is not good for us and then obsessing about it above all else?


      • Berna
        Jul 13, 2011 @ 14:37:06

        Paul said something like: if you live by the law, sin really governs you. Somehow folks are still into sin management more than the real stuff


        • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
          Jul 13, 2011 @ 14:48:27

          Sometimes I wish the only rule we lived by was the Golden Rule of treating others as we wish to be treated. The world would be a much better place.


          • Berna
            Jul 13, 2011 @ 19:44:16

            I agree. Should I nominate you for some kind of public office???


            • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
              Jul 13, 2011 @ 21:06:32

              Once upon a time I wanted to be president. Now, I am anti-public office. I means, seriously, much more good is done by people who do it quietly than by the blowhards who do it publicly.


  8. Barbarann Ayars
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 10:26:39

    A whole government is deciding for me what I eat or not, drink or not, weigh or not, what’s good for me or not, what I should be able to earn or keep or give away. A government permeated with its own self-obsessed ideas that we are their possessions. Either they don’t have enough to do or they have no interest in what we pay them to do. Doesn’t matter to me which side we’re talking about; it’s all of them. We’re just talking here about opinions. They are way beyond opinion, aiming for enforcement. Consider your coming new lightbulb and its miniscule amount of mercury….which the EPA website says they are working to reduce, So if it’s so miniscule, how’s come I gotta vacate my house and call a HAZMAT team to clean up a broken bulb? Read the website. Apply simple logic. Got three of them in my famiy room. Can’t readiy see my family…..


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  10. Taochild
    Jul 13, 2011 @ 11:52:15

    Scary how much our brains work alike. Except I have those randome thoughts just eating a snack! Good questions / observations all …


  11. thepetalpusher
    Jul 16, 2011 @ 12:40:33

    Great post–I find myself doing/thinking very similarly and wondering if I have ADHD or have some natural 5-Hr Energy fluid that occurs naturally in my body. My 92-year old father-in-law told me he wanted to try a can of the 5-HR Energy drink–my reply to him was that I think he’d have a heart attack.


    • Lisa (Woman Wielding Words)
      Jul 16, 2011 @ 15:29:32

      I gave into the 5 Hour Energy because I kept feeling myself starting to drift off at the wheel. I’m not going to make a habit of it though. I’m serious that I couldn’t stop conducting. Scary.


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