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Gray Muzzle, reclining.

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No fried chicken?
Gray Muzzle, reclining.
I can barely stand the excitement.....

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male 645,837, fox 136,638, canine 89,714, furry 32,603, vulpine 20,631, m 13,194, fur 8,551, fursuit 3,357
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Type: Photography - Fursuit/Sculpture/Jewelry/etc
Published: 4 years, 5 months ago
Rating: General

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xcar
4 years, 5 months ago
Is that house located in the middle of the forest?
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
Kinda. The house is located at the top of Boardman Mountain, in the Berkshire foothills. Driving up, it looks like a typical subdivision, abet a spacious one. In fact, the home sites are 1 1/2 acres to 20 plus. This house is just unser 4v acres, most of which is wooded. Plus, I back up on MORE woods, plus I have woods on both sides.
xcar
4 years, 5 months ago
If I moved to the forest, there's no way I can have access to electricity, internet and other services.
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
Luckily, I have all of that. The only real drawbacks are that the cell service is kinda weak, and if the power goes out, my well stops working. So does my oil heat. I do have a generator that helps, though.
xcar
4 years, 5 months ago
Still, is more than I could have here.
MightBeFurry
4 years, 5 months ago
Sir, it appears you've got a lovely domicile there.
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
Thanks. I saw it in an advertisement 22 years ago, and fell in love. Even got the developer to partially finance it, so it's like it was meant to be. If you saw the Peteena picture a couple weeks ago, all the streams, wetlands and rock cliffs are on my land.
DarkBlue666
4 years, 5 months ago
Is that you sitting on your ash, or is that pine...?
That sounded much better in my head. Ah well, I tried! *flails*
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
I'm on my ash, though the cones are pine. Wouldn't want to sit on those.....
DarkBlue666
4 years, 5 months ago
Pft, who am I fooling? I can't match wit with a 60-year old. You're way outta my league. ;P
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
(hugs)
You'll get here......
DarkBlue666
4 years, 5 months ago
...That's actually part comforting and part scary. O.O
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
" DarkBlue666 wrote:
...That's actually part comforting and part scary. O.O

It's not as scary as it seems.
When I was a young person, I was scared all the time. Scared I'd never get married, scared I'd never have a job, scared of pain and illness....you get the idea.
In time, of course, all the things I feared really DID happen. But, you know what? I survived them. The longer I live, the more I realize that there are damn few things I can't handle. Plus, with age comes peace, understanding......calm. Deep, lasting friendships. No longer caring what people think. Age is actually a fairly liberating thing.
Don't be afraid of it. The good part is actually ahead of you.
DarkBlue666
4 years, 5 months ago
Hmm... Well, I suppose you might be right. I'm just not sure about friendship. I've never been the most social of creatures... Hell, my only companion is my computer. My greatest fear isn't so much that I'll grow old... it's that I'll grow old alone. And knowing me, it's a fear that might just come true. :(
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
" DarkBlue666 wrote:
Hmm... Well, I suppose you might be right. I'm just not sure about friendship. I've never been the most social of creatures... Hell, my only companion is my computer. My greatest fear isn't so much that I'll grow old... it's that I'll grow old alone. And knowing me, it's a fear that might just come true. :(


Here. (pats seat) Come sit down.
Being intimidated around people is something almost everyone deals with. Even though I meet people for a living, do jury trials, and present at Cons, meeting people intimidates me like nothing else. I HATE cocktail parties, where I have to make small talk to strangers. Even GOING to a Con alone kinda freaks me out. This year, I've got four Cons. At Anthrocon, I'll be with Mrs. Muzzle, and we're meeting friends there. FAU will be with Mrs. Muzzle, plus I'll be presenting. Furpocalypse I'll be attending with a friend and presenting as well. That leaves MalteseCon. ....
Well, I'm taking my own advise. First, I'll be a presenter. Second, I've volunteered to work security. Being a volunteer means that you meet people doing whatever you do, and it gives you a REASON to interact with people. At my second FurFright, I worked security for the Friday night dance, and I got to talk to EVERYONE at the Con, including the Dorsai.
Back to you. The fact that we're having this conversation shows that you can have an intelligent conversation, that you're capable of interacting appropriately, and there's no inherent reason you can't meet people. It just takes practice. It just requires one thing. Put down that mouse, and get out and do SOMETHING. Volunteer. Take a class. Get a job. Get ANOTHER job. Take the bus, and talk to someone. I'm not talking about getting a girlfriend or anything, just practice initiating a conversation. Got a dog? Walk the dog. Dog people LOVE to talk to each other.
Look; you weren't born speaking English, or riding a bike, or using a computer. You LEARNED those things. Relations with people is something you learn as well. You'll make mistakes. We ALL do. But, in the end you'll do it. I'm certain of this.
(hugs)
It's a big, wonderful world. Don't miss out because of fear.
DarkBlue666
4 years, 5 months ago
Heh heh, get another job. That's a different world! XD
Na... I'll be straightforward, it's not that I can't talk to people. Hell, sometimes I even enjoy talking to people! It's more a matter of me not really liking people... They're loud, they're ugly, they smell... Most times I can hardly stand being in a public place because of the noise, or with some family friend/relative because of how they smell. And though appearance is something I care little about myself, I can't help but notice how people look... Fat or skinny, uncombed or sleezy slick, bitter wrinkles or sickly sweet smile...
There are some people I can stand, or even like... But finding them is worse than searching for a needle in a haystack! It's like...
You're probably right in that I should do more to interact with people, but merely finding the right person is torture. And then there's the social codex you have to follow... Damn, I hate acting nice when I could BE nice! Geez... It's more complicated than it needs to be.
I must admit though, it's nice talking to someone like this. Honest and no holds barred... It makes me realise why the furry community is so strong. It's a genuine community, not just a pop culture. There are the bad eggs who only care for the suits and/or the weird porn, but there are also some true personalities... Some true, furry beings. <3
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
Of course, any of us can socialize with whoever we chose. Do to the nature of my work, not everyone looks or smells wonderful. Some have psychological issues; others just have 'challenging' personalities. Let me tell you a story.
Last night, my '93 Miata with almost 300,000 miles was down. It's ninety degrees out, and I had no cooling fans. Zero. That made the car pretty dicey in case I were to encounter traffic. I'd pretty much figured out what it was- likely it was the coolong fan relay. Not hard to replace; not even expensive to but. Just one problem- they don't exist! Not one, ANYWHERE. Well, almost. I've got a friend who is always working on cars. Every night, he's in the garage, taking them apart, or fixing his or someone else's. HE had one. Pulled it out of a car he was wrecking for parts, and stuck it in. Wouldn't even take a dime for it. Saved me a tow, a mechanic, at least twenty for the part, plus having the car down for a week or more. Now, he's someone who smells of cigarettes, beer, sweat, and the underside of a hundred cars. Did it bother me? Not one bit! He's not all that hygienic, but he'll get a friend out of as jam, and not charge a dime. There's a moral in there somewhere.
You can set whatever rules you want for your life; it's your life, and you get to make the rules. If you set the standards too high, you'll screen out folks that might have added quality to your life. The most memorable people in my life haven't been the clean, neat, socially acceptable ones. The real fun ones have been wild, outrageous, and crazy as bedbugs.
DarkBlue666
4 years, 5 months ago
Yeah... that sounds like one hell of a friend, even if I'd cough whenever I were near him. No really, I'd probably end up doing that... ^^;
I'm not saying I judge people by their smells and sounds. I'm just saying that I'm are pretty sensitive to that stuff... and it makes it almost impossible for me to socialise like most people. I mean, there's just that amount of discipline which keeps me from punching someone who steps too close to me, that's how bad it is. And if I don't like their smell... Well, if they believe in a god, I hope they've prayed to them recently. :/ Alright, that's a bit over the top, but you get the point. ^^;
...And just for the record, in case I don't catch up on some seemingly obvious stuff, I'm swedish and middle class... with absolutely no interest in cars. XD
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
Well, that could explain a lack of interest in cars; it could also explain a lack of interest in 'eating' LOL
Sorry to tease; I'm half Swedish myself- on that side, I'm a first generation American. Mom was a fastidious clean person- almost OCD. So was I, at least for the first half of my life. We're Swensons and Johansons from Gothenburg.
DarkBlue666
4 years, 5 months ago
...Eating? Is that referring to our surströmming or our, hrm, "beautiful" women? :P
But yeah, I'm from close to that place as well, though I won't go into detail... Privacy regards and all that, I think you understand. :) As for clean... Well, I have a big thing for personal hygeine, but other than that I have a very dirty mind... Interprete that as you like. XD

*sigh* But speaking of America, the supposed flagship of the western world... I'll admit, I have no problem with its people, but just about everything else makes me irritated, if not outright upset. The political scene is especially disturbing to me. I mean... I live in a place where socialism is more incorperated, but even so I can see the advantage to capitalism. But the way the US has been using it... It's shameful! It's almost like watching communist propaganda coming true... And it didn't help when Obamacare became a debate. "It's outrageous! Giving everyone free healthcare!" Who speaks like that other than Ebenizer himself?
I don't know how you feel about these things as an owner of a law-firm, but me being a young idealist and hearing about all those cases of corruption, income inequality and outright disregard for anyone without the means to support themselves... I'm obviously biased, but I think the US needs to at least overlook itself, do some soul-searching. Maybe they'll find a different cause than we all thought, but I have a feeling that whatever happens it oughta be good for something. I mean, anyone can see that the current system is working poorly... It could hardly get any worse, could it? *crosses fingers*
...Be warned, I go on random rants from time to time. Nothing personal. ^^;
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
In fact, I agree with a great many of your thoughts.
Sometimes, a country gets off track. I think we're off track right now. We're struggling with a number of things at the same time. There was a Supreme Court decision allowing corporations to dump unlimited money into the electoral process. The 'Tea Party' movement has swept across the country like the American Taliban. The Republican Party is beholden to the corporate money, and scared to death that the ultra right will challenge them.
I'm a Democrat. I was elected to my town's Democratic committee. Things are improving. The state where I live is completely Democratic. Increasingly, both coasts are. The likelihood of the Republicans making big inroads are small. They've been in gridlock for six years now. Things may change with Hillary Clinton, but she's a corporate Democrat. Our party has a divide as well. The Liberal democrats vs the corporate Democrats. Then there are the 'Blue Dog Democrats' ; we call them DINOs. Democrats in name only.
Socialism has been sold as the big boogeyman, even though it would benefit most of the people who oppose it. Hell, 'Medicare' and 'Social Security' are socialist, but everyone loves them. I don't get it.
DarkBlue666
4 years, 5 months ago
Well it's good to hear that there's still some sensible people amongst the crazies in charge. :)
The Tea Party, huh... Well, let's just say that most of what I know about them comes from the show "The Newsroom", and they don't paint a pretty picture... As far as I can tell, there's no reason to disbelieve the more appropriate name for the American Taliban. :D
Meh, there's a divide wherever you go. There's no such thing as a perfect system or a spotless political figure/party; all you can do is find the one with the ideas which suit you best and improvise as you go. There's nothing absolute, except the rule that there's nothing absolute: That's the rule I live by, and it sure seems to work for me. :)
I really don't get the big scare about socialism either. The closest I can get to understanding it is a mix-up between socialism and communism; which would be like mixing up muslims with islamists. They adhere to the same ideas, but with a huge difference in extremism and practical effect. I can see why the uneducated would be inclined to mix it up... But surely the public couldn't be that stupid, could they? :/ There's some sort of propaganda here I feel. Some demonisation... Point fingers somewhere it doesn't mirror back, perhaps? *rubs chin*
graymuzzle
4 years, 5 months ago
Essentially, with nothing else to offer, the Republicans offer 'fear'; Fear of terrorism, fear of socialism, fear of immigrants, fear of minorities, fear of religions, other than Christian fundamentalism. It's distraction so that hopefully people won't see that the Republicans and their rich friends are robbing us blind. In America today, the top 1% are worth the same thing as the entire bottom 50%. That, to me is pretty sobering.
First, we should stop being the world's policeman. Second, we shouldn't spend 66% of our budget on war. Finally, the Conservatives should come up with a plan to actually govern. Then, let the people decide.
Tea Party? Basically, the Tea Party is the new KKK. There was no 'Tea Party' until we elected a black president. There doesn't seem to be a lot they agree on, other than hating (in no particular order) Barack Obama, taxes, and government in general. They're radical Christians who push for a religious state, anti Gay, anti abortion, and wildly pro gun. The whole gun thing here is insane. Did you hear about the gunman who killed 20+ children and teachers at an elementary school in Sandy Hook? That's here where I live.
nelson88
4 years, 3 months ago
Another awesome shot and the place looks peaceful!Love it!^^
graymuzzle
4 years, 3 months ago
Very much so! I've been here 22 years; the night sky is majestic, and I've never been anyplace so silent.
nelson88
4 years, 3 months ago
Niceee!Love to live in a place like that!Away from the cit,here where I live it's to much noisy!^^
graymuzzle
4 years, 3 months ago
It's nice to have neighbors, too. I'm a short walk from the Appalachian Trail. Still, it can be lonely.
nelson88
4 years, 3 months ago
Maybe one day I can have a place like that!Enjoy it to the fullest!^^
graymuzzle
4 years, 3 months ago
It's been fun; twenty two years!
nelson88
4 years, 3 months ago
Epppiccc  win!^^
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