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Strange Encounters of the Wheeled Kind

So we just drove back from dinner at Faryab in Bethesda (the Young Lady's choice: the Mr. pointed out that come this weekend, fresh from having her wisdom teeth removed, she probably won't want to eat much of anything), and turned onto our street, and had to dodge a cyclist who had no reflectors, no helmet, no nothin'.

Including no second wheel. Yes, we had to swerve to avoid hitting a unicyclist at 9:20 p.m.

Gee, I love my town!



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Jul. 30th, 2008 01:37 pm (UTC)

What, no unicyclists in Glasgow?


(Didja want to talk about SDK 29? I had a post on it a couple of days ago.)

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Jul. 30th, 2008 04:23 pm (UTC)

Awww ... what's up?

(The SDK write up is here.)

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Jul. 30th, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)

"Hopeless" - dare I ask in what way?

You are at a very intense stage of life ... everything feels very strongly. I am often still that way myself, and have to sit and just breathe and remember that that what I am feeling is not necessarily what is - that I'm "seeing the world through sad-colored glasses."

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Jul. 30th, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC)

I don't know that anyone beyond my grandchildren will remember me, but I am hoping that the things I do will have an positive impact on those with whom I interact, and that the impact will be passed on, and so I am doing my little bit to be part of the functional human race (as opposed to the dysfunctional human race - those who are harming us all). The other day, I taught someone on my f-list how to do relaxation breathing, which I thought would help her chronic pain issues. And it is helping, she says, and I feel very, very glad that I did it. That's the sort of thing I mean.

I still have my daydreams of being famous. But only a very few human beings will be. And that's no reason for despair.

The reason for any living thing's existence is to be the best creature of that sort that it can be. Human beings - even introverted ones - don't exist in a vacuum. Fame has its purpose in the human community, but so do many other things. It should be possible to satisfy yourself and be an effective member of the human race. (And that's what really matters - not "satisfying other people.")

Hikari, you have not even left school yet - why are you limiting your future so tightly? Only 2 jobs, out of all the careers in the world? I am now in a job that did not even exist when I was attending uni. You can't see ahead to tell what will catch your drive and imagination 4 years from now, let alone for the rest of your life. Only dead people don't change - your outlook will grow and evolve. Mine still is.

It would be nice to have everything settled, but it can't be so. All you can do is try to position yourself to catch the winds - if they should happen to blow.

What are your fallbacks? If there are no jobs for Hollywood-type famous screenwriters or actors, would you work in making educational films? Or online multimedia, which is a fast-growing field? If you study psychology, could you write advice columns (even online), or become a journalist who covers that area for technical publications or mainstream newspapers?

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Jul. 30th, 2008 01:42 pm (UTC)

Oh, it has been weird for some time - we moved here because it's weird:

Now it is a vibrant satellite city with a "small town" ambiance and a reputation for post-1960's era counterculture political activism ... Takoma Park is sometimes known as the "Berkeley of the East", although it is much smaller than Berkeley (California) ... Hippies fleeing Adams Morgan were attracted to Takoma Park in the 1970s by its reputation as a health-conscious, Victorian Village populated by eccentric artists such as John Fahey, the founder of Takoma Records.

- Takoma Park, Wikitravel

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