Jimmy Cracked Corn  

SunneyOne 43F
2146 posts
2/11/2006 9:07 am

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Jimmy Cracked Corn

Jimmy cracked corn, buddy; Jimmy cracked corn.

I had an early lunch today at a sushi bar on the beach. It’s a new place, just opened, and is actually outdoors on the sand. Cool idea, sushi on the beach, the smell of salt in the air, mixing with the soy sauce scent. As we all know, I’m a huge fan of sushi, and I love to be near the water. Because I will be moving away from both very soon, I wanted to take the opportunity to dose up on them.

I ran errands all morning, all jacked up on a toffee latte. The sun was out. The sky was clear. There was a soft breeze, and it was just cool enough to be completely comfortable. By the time I sat down at the sushi bar, I was so relaxed and just plain happy. My mind and conscience were clear. I wasn’t planning out the rest of my day, making lists in my head, running my budget in my brain.

I just sat there, listening to the wind and the water, kids laughing and playing, the soft chatter in Japanese of the sushi chefs and some reggae from the bar next door filtering over. It was complete bliss. As I sat there feeling every muscle relax, every care drift away, I was so in the moment, so alive and happy in that moment that I caught myself just smiling.

Then, the couple next to me changed the tone of their conversation. They didn’t get louder, but their voices became more tense. Shoulder to shoulder at a sushi bar, you don’t have to try to listen to hear every word, you just hear it. They were in a heated debate about something political. But, it had gone from an exchange of ideas and opinions, an open dialogue, to having a personal edge, both being offended and lashing out. Their plates of beautiful sushi were sitting unnoticed. Neither watched the sunlight dance on the water, or the two little girls concentrating on their sand castle. They didn’t even see each other anymore because they were so blinded by their own opinions.

I looked over, watching a moment, and it was apparently just long enough for the man to decide he could recruit me for his side of the argument. He whipped around with a smack on my arm and, “What do YOU think? You know I’m right, right? I mean, how could they…” And he went into his point, as if I hadn’t heard it. But at that moment, I didn’t hear it. What I heard was the edge in his voice, the terseness, and the defeated sigh of the woman he was with. What I saw were two people who had taken a discussion too far to be able to enjoy their day.

So I looked at him a minute and just smiled. I waited until he was finished and just said, “Jimmy cracked corn, buddy; Jimmy cracked corn.” He stopped, silent, and looked confused. “What the hell are you talking about lady?”

“What I’m saying, man, is Jimmy cracked corn, and I don’t care. I don’t care which political party is right or wrong right now. I don’t care if the governor is going to run for President. I don’t care if you’re right and she’s wrong. Look at this day, at where you are, and how perfect this day is. Then, if you can look me in the eye after honestly doing that and tell me you care, well, I’m wrong.”

He was kind of shocked, and truthfully, so was I. I wasn’t sure where those words came from, they just spilled out. But he did look around. Slowly. And then he took the hand of the woman and gave it a squeeze. The chef set my sushi down, and I dug in, savoring the rich buttery flavor of the salmon. I had almost forgotten the whole thing, lost as I was in some scallops, when I saw them pay their bill and stand up. He touched my shoulder and smiled a little, looking like a different man, and said, “Jimmy cracked corn. I like that.”

That’s pretty cool. Completely made my day. When stuff gets crazy today, maybe just think, Jimmy cracked corn, man. Jimmy cracked corn.

CantonOhCouple 60M/59F
553 posts
2/11/2006 11:21 am

Balance, there's a type to "care", and a time to "live", to enjoy life. Very thoughtful, and thought provoking post.

slim1691000 67M

2/11/2006 11:53 am

Bravo...my dear you are one smart lady. I think you handled that with great style. Where and when are you moving? Hopefully somewhere you will still have access to your computer...would miss your blogs

hereforyou6217 43M
912 posts
2/11/2006 12:05 pm

You know, you told me about this earlier today, and now I've read it in your blog. Now that I've had time for it to digest (not to mention two yoga classes to refine my focus and bring me back into the moment), I think "Jimmy Cracked Corn" is my new personal philosophy. You're awesome.

oldman1776 78M
3164 posts
2/11/2006 3:47 pm

Great post and I will remember "Jimmy Cracked Corn."

SunneyOne 43F

2/11/2006 8:07 pm

Canton - Thank you, and you're exactly right.

slim - I'm just moving out of Florida, and will definitely still have computer and blog access. There will be a few days "off" while I wait for the small town cable guys to hook me up, but I'll be back.

oldman - Thank you.

hereforyou - As you know, your opinion means more to me than I can express. I so love that you like hearing it and reading it. I just think that's so cool.

heavensent1123 52F

2/12/2006 3:29 pm


The beach is the ONLY place I feel totally at peace. I went a couple of times last week, just walking, thinking, but I was TRULY happy, even smiled ALOT to myself. If wishes were horses I'd live on the beach. Was able to put everything except those happy thoughts you mentioned out of my mind.

People get so caught up in their lives that they don't take time to appreciate a truly beautiful day. I'm glad that guy thanked you for making him realize that.

LustyTaurus 48M  
21253 posts
2/12/2006 10:13 pm

sushi bar??


Man, I love my home, but I gotta get out more...


rm_Rickslovely 44M/50F
401 posts
2/12/2006 10:24 pm

Sunney, if I was ever lucky enough to live by the beach, you can bet I'd never take it for granted. Going to Florida next month on vacation and sooo looking forward to the sand and surf.....

*Salty Kisses*

rm_mo_tom 66M/60F
45 posts
2/13/2006 3:41 am

Excellent-I love it.

NatchuralGuy 63M

2/13/2006 11:03 am

Sunney, what's to care about is your new photo. You're SUCH a babe!

SunneyOne 43F

2/13/2006 5:05 pm

Natchural - Awww, thank you! That's very sweet of you.

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