4. CONVERSATIONS WITH BUMP ONNA LOG

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BEAR:  Do you like this? (indicating a particular hand made item)
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BUMP ONNA LOG: (frowning, looking away, harsh tones) So!! It’s gonna be one of THOSE days!!
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BEAR:  (moving around to be in line of sight)  Are you just politely telling me, by not acknowledging receipt, that you prefer to not have these items that I make?  Many people don’t like this sort of thing and consider it frivolous clutter.  It is possible that you feel this way, also.  It is a lot of time consuming bother to make these for you to use, and if you are saying  “No thank you” with your silence, I would like to know. 
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BUMP ONNA LOG: (shooing hand gestures,  Starting to walk away)  I wasn’t aware there was anything I needed to respond to. 
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BEAR:  It is difficult for me to tell if you actually appreciate the effort that goes into the construction of these items, or if you would rather have commercially made similar things to use,  or perhaps you would just prefer to have the empty space, or …(observing glazed look in BUMP ONNA LOG’S EYES) I’ve slipped into “Wha wha wha wha….” again, haven’t I? 
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BUMP ONNA LOG: Yeah!!  You aren’t saying anything that makes any sense!!!  “Wha wha wha” is about right! You just go on and on and on ….
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BEAR:  Would it help if I asked short particular questions? 
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BUMP ONNA LOG:  I didn’t hear anything that needs answering!! (irritated, sitting down in swivel chair, crossing arms, turning away)
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BEAR:  “Do you like this?” is a specific question.
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BUMP OPNNA LOG:  There you go again!!!! Twisting everything I say!!! (goes out exterior door, shutting door firmly).
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Bear … 02.25.2014
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5 comments on “4. CONVERSATIONS WITH BUMP ONNA LOG

  1. Outlier Babe says:

    Another woman who understands that the greater they understand us only as Peanuts adult-speak. Rather crudely put, but somewhat true, we are all twin bumps on a Wah-Wah-Wah log to most of them.

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    • In this incident, Bump Onna Log only wanted the crafts becuase he knew that other people valued the skill and care and beauty, and he knew that he would be seen as valued if such items were in his possession as gifts. From his point of view, homage. He did not want to admit that he did not actually recognize the artistry, only the idea of ownership. It is much easier to hear wah wah wah or pretend to be harassed or nagged than to actually engage and/or be honest. Bump’s idea is that if he behaves this way, then others will seek with ever more time and diligence and treasures to secure his praise ore recognition and blessings. However, the highest praise he is capable of is to say to someone else “Look what I was given …” so that HE is praised for his ownership. Much like a pawnshop might find merit in the resale value of items rather than in any intrinsic worth.

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  2. Dugutigui says:

    Judge a man by his questions rather than by his answers ―Voltaire

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