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Updated on May 21, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Did you know that little children get the blues?
Did you know that little children get the blues? | Source

Get The Blues -- Curing Them is Great

Does humankind ask how are you doing enough with sincerity? Nope. Just pause; How are you doing. Don’t Answer, ask it. Around here there was some dumpy feelings going on. So I keyed up the old thing that lets you talk with others anywhere around our world. We called them phones now they are called Cells. And I asked “How are you doing”. To each call the response was “How are you doing”.

No one believed them when Spock and the captain used the “them” to call up from planet Upside Down. When the landing party got lost. And check it out; some of those planets gave them diseases that they had no cure for. But by next week they were on another planet and this time there were dinosaurs.

Me, I used mine to cure the blues. My youngest daughter still claims they are the blews. Here are some blues for you baby. I done got orders not to boogie woogie.

On to my blues – we will deal with that phone deal later. I turned on some real blues. And I slipped on (sans socks) my 40 year old dancing shoes – only resoled once. (I call it resouled) I was going to polish them but they already were spit shined and hung up dry so I just boogied. My young son came into my office and asked me “Dad do you have drums?” And I ‘splaned to that child that it was just my feet on the floor. “Oh I know dad you are ‘taken the cure’”. Get back here boy you are insolent and mal-behaved. And off he ran to tell mom and giggle away.

Well I am here to tell you that that did not cure my blues. Shucks alrighty it made me happy but the danged blues hung over me like horrible rain cloud on sad sack. So I took off my shoes and went to my bedroom. And somehow out of the closet were two pointy things. I did not put them there so I yelled at my fine lady, just what they was a doing in plain sight. She simply said that that was where they belonged for now, “unless someone got up and put them on.”

Hmmph. I laid down in the bed and stared at them pointy things. And then my pillow got real hard. My hip hurt and I had some dark thoughts. Oh, this old boy here put his feet on the ground, lit a cigarette, to a swallow from his whiskey*. And near crawled to them old pointy cowboy boots.

Some Times It Comes Hard

Let Them Dance! You Already Are

I Know The Blues So I Know Happy!! Whahoo!

Not so good as they are hard to put on. Armadillo. I call one Tony and the other Lama. I plugged in boot scoot boogie and danged near put a boot through a wall. Don’t you worry my peoples. My wife doesn’t really dance, except like square dancing. Which I love, the Tennessee Waltz. But this is swing and line dancing on steroids. I am not breaking a sweat I am pouring. I make real cowboys weep and bar cowboys line up to have me teach their gals how to do it. The key to line dancing is to leave the ground, the key to cowboy ballet is to never leave the ground.

Do not worry this old boy is still in the blues. And it is getting down right nastier than a political debate. Time to pull off those old boots and go back to bed. Strangest thing happens on the way. In my socks I slip and slide on the hardwood floor. Oh deary that calls for some sock hopping. If my young wife got that it would throw me for a loop and then some. So I dance in the hall way and let them slide back and forth and imagine and imagine and then some imagine.

Headed back to bed, the blues are not cured. For some ungodly reason the Bee Gees start blowing into my brain. I got no platform shoes. Funny but uptown funk is pulling on me but I know it is the Disco scene. John Travolta, I will take your lady with my ball room globe slide city. Just to take you out I will do some swing dancing stuff. Ok I have those double knit pants somewhere. I even still have a white belt.


I Am Quite Sure I Saw Reality O'er Der.

Laugh at Me!

Take What You Will

Hasn’t helped a bit. Then it is off out to the living room hard floor. Socks required and my son’s eyes get wide as I pump out the moon walk. Ain’t no big thing just about 10 hours of learning sometime in the last century? How about some of that mumbo robot dancing stuff.

Not quite over the blues yet. But not eying going to that bed yet again. What am I missing? Uh oh! Put your hand in the hand of somebody. That gospel just put a hurt on me. So I went to “Oh Happy Days”. I started feeling the love baby and that bed just kind of dissipated like a puffy cloud on a good dry hot day.

I went outside and trimmed my roses to my whistling to Amazing Grace. Got to hot, returned to my office and took a blow on my clarinet. Quickly I stopped and looked all around and then hollered at my young son man. “Where did they go, they were right here?” I kind of filled my boy full of weird early. He just looked at me and said that I chased them away by singing, whistling, dancing and playing. How did he know it was the blues/blews I was looking for?

Back to the phone. I don’t get it. Call me at 858-736-4432 (USA) And I will ask you how you are doing and shut up and really listen. Wow! Asking is better than saying. It will make you lose them blues – oh by the way I did find them, hiding in the closet with my hiking boots and basketball skids. They were getting good and kicked around. I called a sister, I called a brother, I called two best friends and they were all having minor issues but not a one had the blues or had danced in days. My sister said she had sang in the shower and she should be a 70 year old rock starlet.

Do me a solid here. Tell me how you are doing. I penned off to letters yesterday, yes some of us still use a pen and snail mail. I started both off with “How are you?” Do you realize that I will get responses in the mail about how they are doing? So cool.

I have to go now it is time for my son’s spoons lesson. Yes that is real, it is a cool sound that can go with anything and chase those old blews away!

How is your best friend doing today?

Of course that brought me to Old Man River and he just keeps rolling along. I have it bad? The river just keeps rolling along with or without me. Which took us straight back to Amen by Portier.

Now all of this takes us to “How are you doing”. A good question we should ask those around us. That phone/cell deal and now face time. I don’t do face time except for a little with my children. We took out the handwritten letter and now we are taking out saying things with words rather than pictures. Something well written or spoken is worth 10,000 pictures I say.

*Not really the cigarette and whiskey. But 40 years ago yes.

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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Denise, I will keep getting them and keep getting rid of the them. Good we could keep them at bay here.

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      Denise McGill 

      14 months ago from Fresno CA

      I understand the blues. I had to watch the Pharrell Williams Happy video twice and now I feel like a room without a roof.... happy!

      Blessings,

      Denise

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mel we are now having marital problems. The boy can go grocery shopping with mom but not Home Depot with dad!! Ok I have to budge on this. He does do all the lifting and carrying for mom.

      As for the Sweetwater, it is great nobody is hiking around it.

      As for dancing -- he brought me "Final Countdown" and challenged me to dance to it. Silly boy had never seen "Air Guitar" dancing.

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      Mel Carriere 

      14 months ago from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado

      A Profit said "Get rhythm when you get the blews." I could hear you stomping across the lake, I thought it was the dadgum San Andreas again. Glad you are using good old snail mail these days. A lot of people have taken to that. I bring back a bucket of letters everyday. You just do it so that cute mail chick will stop at your house even if she doesn't have anything for you. Keep boogying Preach.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Dora, I know just who to call and "bug" today. This is late sleep Sunday morning here. The family will arise soon and then watch a church service on line and then go by for communion.

      I am missing some stuff also so I am trying to make things new and exciting -- about 50/50 I would say.

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      Dora Weithers 

      14 months ago from The Caribbean

      Thanks for asking, Eric, and for sharing how well you are doing, chasing away the blues. I miss some of the old life, but I won't complain. I'd do what you do: find out how other people are doing. Thanks for the tip.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      HI Bill, Thank you for coming by and leaving a note. We just keep thriving around here. Yes you would laugh your sneakers off watching me line dance. My son is really developing a fun sense of humor and that is great.

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      William Kovacic 

      14 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      So, Eric, how are you doing? I must say I would have loved to see you line dancing, I'm sure that would chase any bless away. Have a wonderful week, my friend

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish that is a real tough story. It is so hard to not be there. I hope all is starting to work out for you. I am sleeping very much too much and sometimes I end up awake at 2am. But hey I went to bed at 8pm and will take a nap.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Nythia I truly did get over them. But later snuck into my office and listened to some blues clarinet style. Too much fun.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda Crampton it is good to hear from you. You are so right about connecting. I am definitely not real social, so I have to make an effort. Which is just silly as it is a great thing to do for everyone.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda it is so cool you can sit at home and just push buttons and watch any animal you want for as long as you want. The Baboons and Hippo were great to watch.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      14 months ago from USA

      I’m doing semi-fabulous. I sleep a lot these days but sleep is wonderful. My husband is away a lot so it’s the cats, my college age daughter and I all chilling together here at home. We try new recipes, watch documentaries, crochet, and of course, I write and sleep a lot with the cats. It’s heavenly. We don’t go out much because our area has a surge in cases right now and even old people often don’t wear masks. Next a Tuesday there will be a mandatory mask requirement in my area. I don’t know why they’d wait. My 89-year-old grandmother was in the hospital with several mild heart attacks and an emergency heart procedure but I didn’t visit because I feared the virus. Hospitals are the worst places! I am determined to do all I can to not get this virus. I hope you are also keeping safe. You seem to be keeping your spirits up with song and dance.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      14 months ago from Dubai

      I hope you got over your blues soon. All those wonderful songs and the dancing must have put you in a better mood. I am doing fine, keeping myself busy and listening to lots of music but of course without the dancing!

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      Linda Crampton 

      14 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for an entertaining article, Eric. The article is a great reminder that it's important to connect with people (in a safe way) at the moment. I'm doing well and hope that you and your family are, too.

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      Linda Lum 

      14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I LOVE the San Diego Zoo, but it's so big you can't really do the whole thing in one day. Zoom sounds like the way to go.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Mrs. Diva give a howdy to Mr. Diva and please remember if you get too happy people will look at you funny.

      Check this one out Linda; My son is on a field trip to our world famous San Diego Zoo. Mom is a parent going along. 20 kids.

      All on virtual Zoom. Gabe is having a blast this summer. (we call the break perpetual vacation)

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika my dear Croatian friend. You really make me blush with that compliment. I am afraid I am such a recluse /except immediate family/ that I have to entertain myself.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Chitrangada this story is true. I decided that God gives me the blues so I remember all the great dancing in my life. Around here we even celebrate the blews.

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill the "otherside" freaked out over a letter I wrote demanding ungodly sums of money. My client a fine attorney just started laughing "Dierker you do stress, not yours, other people's".

      I have this Bougainvillea that is pissing me off. I am definitely taking his name today. Lol.

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      Linda Lum 

      14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Ohmygoodness Eric, you took us through the decades. We did the waltz, a bit of line dancin', splashing with Gene Kelly, staying alive with those brothers Gibb, tap dancing with a Cockney chimney sweep, and who can be sad when Pharell Williams is singing "Happy"? How am I? Fantastic and the day's just begun.

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      Devika Primić 

      14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You know how to entertain your readers and definitely showed that here.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Good question, in these uncertain times.

      I keep myself busy at home, with never ending work. I keep myself connected with family and friends. Gardening and photography is my hobby, and I am fortunate to live in an area with lot of greenery around.

      How about you? How are you doing?

      Thanks for sharing this refreshing article.

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      Bill Holland 

      14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Meatloaf returns! It's a good day!

      How am I doing? Kickin' ass and takin' names, that's how I'm doing. How about you? Oh, wait, I already know. You are riding a high with no fear of fallin'.

      Sending ya love, you big lug!

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thanks Pamela. I remember you were in the hospital. Your articles still come in as though you are doing a lot better - Yahoo!!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      14 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This article was so much fun to read. I am feeling better now that I have been out of the hospital for almost 2 weeks. Great article, Eric!

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi, and thank you Georgiana. You just brightened my dawn morning.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John that is good to hear. We are doing spiffy around here. It is that early evening time when hard work is done but a little getting it just right is going on in the yard.

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Gondwana Land

      I am doing great, Eric. Thanks for asking. How are you doing?

    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      A B excuse me while I shift my fanny in this chair. I lost the sliding contest this morning and landed on my derriere. Gabe thinks I should have soaked it in the kitchen sink. I just can't have a good bummer around here.

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby my grandma taught me a dance I forget but she called it the Illinois (Naperville maybe) Waltz. I will ask my sisters. Something to do with Turkeys??

      Happy Spring into Fun Time

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      A B Williams 

      14 months ago from Central Florida

      Hi Eric, I think we all get down in the dumps at times.

      When we stop recognizing the signs, that's when it becomes serious!

      I still put on my socks and slide across the wood floors, just because it makes me laugh and makes me feel better. Just a thought! :)

      Have a good night my friend!

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      Eric Dierker 

      14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Liz I often get up into my old size huge head and forget to listen. Wow I miss a lot of interesting stuff. Oh well I try. Time to get the boy out of the over sized rain barrel. Who says we don't own a pool?

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      HaHa... You make me laugh, Go baby go. You asked us how we're doing? I am feeling fine and I feel like digging out 'me boots and doing the boogie woogie. Have a good one.

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      Liz Westwood 

      14 months ago from UK

      You ask a very relevant question for times like these. It's much easier to say a quick 'ok' than go into great detail. But people really appreciate it if you take the time to pick up the phone and ask.

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