The Thoughts of a Frumpy Professor

............................................ ............................................ A blog devoted to the ramblings of a small town, middle aged college professor as he experiences life and all its strange variances.

Tuesday, October 04, 2022

Helter Skelter


The term "Helter Skelter" has three known meanings for me:

1.  Mostly I associate the term with Charles Manson and his followers who committed murder in the late 1960s where they referenced the Beatles song by that name as some sort of "inspiration" for their horrible deeds. In this case the term is used as a noun.

2.  But, the truer, original meaning I also learned from the Beatles, where in an interview with Paul McCartney, he talked about how "Helter Skelter" as HE meant it in the song, was some sort of British euphemism for a ride that was some sort of tall winding slide associated with a pole or a tower at an amusement park or fair.   Also, in this case, the term is used as a noun.

3.  The third meaning is how I most often USE the word when I speak, although when I HEAR the word spoken by someone else, I actually immediately think of definitions 1 & 2 above.  This third meaning is using the term like an adjective or an adverb where things are disordered and chaotic.  

My life is unfortunately in "helter-skelter" at the moment.  Things have been all out of sorts for the last few days.  My wife has been grumpy.  I have been grumpy.  Kids have been grumpy from afar and from "a-near" as well.  Work has given me several things to also be grumpy about.  

My wife is not taking some of her health goals seriously, and this alarms me and gives me quite a bit of anxiety.  I worry because I see a trajectory that may easily occur by looking at the health profiles of her older sister and my MIL. 
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I do not know what the hell is going on with "Blogger Bullets" but they do not currently work like they did.  So, I am using a "+" instead:
+ I ran 11 miles this morning (~16 km.)
+ Lots of rodents to measure this week (lots of new pups).
+ PCS - 8.   It exhausts me to be at an "8" because it is at a point where it takes significant amounts of physical energy to keep diligent in refraining from my pipes.  "8" - "10" (of course) are the most difficult PCS numbers, so that makes sense.  


Blogger Margaret said...

Sorry for the chaos and the grumpy moods. Too much anxiety and activity on everyone's plate! 8 is a very high number...

Tuesday, 04 October, 2022  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Although I know the Manson usage, I only think of the chaotic meaning. I didn’t even know the Beatles had a song of that title. Yeah, I know . . . 😀

Wednesday, 05 October, 2022  
Blogger peppylady (Dora) said...

Interesting fact my son father in law. Ran into Charles Manson.
Coffee is on and stay safe

Wednesday, 05 October, 2022  

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