Basic Biittner : Reincarnation

Thursday, September 3, 2009

I have never been a believer in reincarnation, nor in anything else mystical, magical.To me, "Reincarnation" was just a cute song by the late Roger Miller:

"If I was a bird and you was a fish,

What would I do?

I guess I'd wish for

Re - incarnation, re - incarnation,

Wouldn't it be a sensation

To come back too, like reincarnation."

Anyway - lately, I've been wondering if there might not be something to this concept. Though I have lived in small town Northwest Iowa all of my life, I really don't know much about farming, though most of my friends have been involved in that field (pardon the pun) all of their lives.

I am also not particularly interested in rodeos, county fairs, golf, bowling, and other typical Northwest Iowa leisure pursuits. I am a lifelong baseball fan, but "my team" has never been any of the Midwestern teams, such as the Cubs, White Sox, Twins, Cardinals, Royals or Brewers. No, as most of you know, I have been a lifelong, dyed-in-the-Navy-blue-pinstriped-wool New York Yankee fan all my life, and my favorite NBA basketball team has always been the Boston Celtics.

I'm also not particularly interested in the joys of home ownership, despite the fact that I have been a homeowner for the last 37 years. Mowing? Shoveling snow? Gardening? No thanks. Living in an apartment and letting someone else take care of all that would be my preference.

Driving? I'd just as soon leave that to others, too.

So what does it all mean?

Well, obviously, "in another life," as they say, I was a city dweller. I lived in an apartment in an Eastern US city, and probably got around by cab, bus, or subway.

Though I certainly do appreciate some of the things about my small town life - like my family, friends, and having a pet "house" dog, I am basically a "city guy" at heart - a fish out of water, as it were.

I just returned from a week in the Washington, D.C. area, where I have vacationed 5 - 10 times in "this" life, and I have always enjoyed it. The people there are just regular folks. Honest! They're even friendly and courteous. Well, some of them, anyway... but then again, not everyone in these parts is always friendly and courteous, either.

Bottom line?

I guess I'll just live out the rest of this life here in small town Iowa. But in my next life ...