"Do you have important missions that you need to accomplish at this time of year? Do you find yourself wanting to be inconspicuous in large crowds? Would you like to be able to blend with the sites of the season?
Then you need a... *also appropriate for obligatory work and family gatherings."
"But so far is he from having any desire for a more accurate knowledge of the earth's surface, that he said he should prefer not to know the sources of the Nile, that there should be some unknown regions preserved as hunting-grounds for the poetic imagination." - Casaubon, Middlemarch
I've been noticing people recently. Noticing the people around me, and wondering about them. I wonder, "to where is she walking so quickly?" I wonder "why is his brow furrowed so deeply?" I wonder, "how did he break his arm?" I wonder, "Why does she wear three belts - with none of them through her belt loops?" I wonder, "does he kiss his mother with that mouth?"
I wonder about these people, these strangers. I see countless people everyday - people I know nothing about and probably never will. I wonder what makes them move, smile, work, sing, grieve. I wonder what makes them get up every morning and breathe in.
Sometimes I pretend I know them and am familiar with their stories. I imagine who their friends are and what they do together. I narrate what's going on in their heads. I picture how their houses are decorated and what cars they drive.
the girl who served my tea drives a red saturn. she has a new tabby kitten. she prefers pencils over pens and for her coffee to be milky and sweet. she dances whenever she can, and she knits. her family is small, and she likes it that way. sometimes she still confuses her lefts and her rights - but never for long and not when it really matters.
on the sidewalk i passed a lady who has two children. she does pilates tapes at home and she always cooks breakfast for the family but forgets to eat her own. when she smiles, she never has lipstick on her teeth. she does arts and crafts with her children; she lunches with friends at cafes with complicated sandwiches. when she's uncomfortable, her hands are what give her away. and she never knows quite what to do with her hair.
when the man with the beard lets his mind wander, he imagines himself as the main character of one of the many novels he's read. he has big dreams and finds contentment in simply having them. babies make him smile and he always bends to pet a dog on the sidewalk. he sketches glorious inventions that are so innovative they're inconvenient. he enjoys brussel sprouts and bicycling. in highschool he dressed up as the school mascot. and everyone knew - because he wasn't ashamed.
...But usually I don't take it this far. Usually I just shake my head and smile in wonder at these strangers and their lovely peculiarities.
These are s'mores stuff! Alright, now pay attention. First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the 'mallow. When the mallow's flaming...you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover it with the other end.
Then you scarf.
Kinda messy, but good!"
Took my brother to see The Sandlot at The County Theater this afternoon -- priceless.
Haley made a list of things that helped her survive after college. Thanks to her I've found Howies. Man, do I dig this company's philosophy.
When I checked out "our way" I found the brilliant 'rocking chair test'... "This is something we use to guide us along the path we are taking. So when we are old and grey and sitting in our rocking chairs, we can look back on the company we created with a smile."
And a lesson on patience..."In Finland the temperatures get real cold. During winter it gets down to -45 degrees. Even if you're a tree, you tend to feel it. When the temperatures hit this low the trees just stop growing. They conserve their energy and just wait for the weather to change. Come Spring and the warmer weather breaks, they start growing again. This quirk of nature makes for an interesting story. It also makes for strong wood too. Wood that will last longer than wood from faster growing trees found in warmer countries. Appropriately, it's this patience that gives the wood its real strength. And sets itself apart from other wood. We could all learn a lot from a Finnish tree."
And two golden rules... "Everything's better after a cuppa"; "Man shall not steal another man's bike."
AND, last but definitely not least, a hilarious story about how Howies fought a multimillion dollar corporation and its ridiculous patent.