April 30, 2006 @ 2:33 pm by sean
Many have now graduated. I am very proud of them.
I was gone, and now I have returned. The places I saw include Aire-Sur-La-Lys, Liverpool, Edinburgh, Venice, Florence, and all the places necessary to get from one to the other. Instead putting in boring details and pretentious contemplations, I will just copy the quick statements I wrote down in the sketch book given by the wonderful Maria Sierra. Maybe some explanations or expoundations with them. Actually, forget the pretentious contepmlations, because that is what they are. So this really just has no boring details.
So far, in the UK and France there is a much more helpful attitude towards customers. In France a ‘Bonjour’ and ‘Au Revior’ are expected both from patron and clerk. In the UK, when a business cannot provide the service one desires they will often direct one to where the service is available. This is often before the patron can ask and to a competitor.
I am surprised and ashamed to see what a beautiful girl can do for a business. I did not expect myself to be susceptable to it, and I feel a need to justify it, but I find myself wanting to spend more money because -somehow- of the beauty of the girl serving. Perhaps because it gives me a reason to stay longer. I have finished my book and soup and coffee and have no real reason to sit here any longer, unless I order more.
Honour peace | Respect quiet
Guidelines for loudness:
Do no interupt others unless it is for their benifit
Do not be loud simply for the sake of being loud
Acceptable for: uncontrollable joy
warning others of danger
jokes/stories; but this is rarely necessary
Not for attracting attention if the sole purpose is to make one’s presense known.
Not for selfish pleasure.
The journey is also a destination.
Modest is beautiful.
Liverpuddlian works for Ferrari Formula 1 team.
Is my non-boredability just indolence?
Not a single person is immune from toilet paper stuck to their shoe, not even the cool.
Florence|Detroit: what is the difference? Both old buildings no longer used for original purpose.
Florence: Tourism, beautiful
Detroit: Abandoned, impoverished refuge, ugly
Rule 1: Do not accept anything as true that is not clearly known as such.
Rule 2: Divide difficulties into as many parts as possible.
Rule 3: Conduct thoughts of parts beginning with easiest.
Rule 4: Make enumerations so complete and reviews so general to be sure nothing was ommited.
Maxim 1: Adhere to laws and customs of country, and adhering firmly to faith, and regulation by moderation.
Maxim 2: Be as firm and resolute in actions as able in taking them to their end. Then, consider it true and certain if action was based on greatest probability.
Maxim 3: Conquer oneself rather than fortune, change desires rather than the order of the world, accept that besides one’s thoughts nothing is absolutely in one’s power – thus preventing desire for that which is unobtainable; if we consider all external goods equally beyond our power we will not regret the abscence of such goods.
Florence, Venice, Italy etc. are beautiful but for some reason undesireable. What is the reason?
Alessandro Martini (Martina?) – we talked to him from 1 am to 4 am in the McDonald’s patio while waiting for the bus in Milan. He moved to Spain without knowing Spanish, then to Ireland without knowing English, and learned each language within a year per country.
Philippe(?) from Brazil. Spoke Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, English, French, and intends to learn German and Dutch soon. I am mostly sure he is younger than I am.
Grand Teton was discovered and named by the French. Put yourself in the mind of an immaure, perverted 9 year old boy and guess what they had in mind when they named it Teton. Apparantly it is French slang. Two French people are the source of this information.
On my way back from the train station I saw a matress in the field and it reminded me of a night when I was nearly someone I would have admired. I was never that person. I still am not that person. I did a lot after that night to be far from that person. I want to be more than that person.
The journey being the destination, lack of boredem vs. indolence, and the ramifications of Christianity being reactionary instead of progressive are things deserving of more thought. I have heard others speak on reactionary Christianity and I think it is something I would like to hear more opinions about. An article in the most recent New Scientist about the origin of the universe talks about Hawkings current explanation, or lack of one, considering that we are part of the experiment and not viewing it from the outside. That is similar to the thought of the journey being the destination. I think there was a BMW ad that said that once also.
Carley being in France and Angie in Liverpool provided ways for me to be more than a tourist this break, and I am really thankful for that. I do not like tourism, as I find it fairly useless in an age where we can see anything we want. It is no longer enough for me to see some beautiful church building, I want to learn about it. We did not have the facilities to do that. Nor am I that interested in a church building that is more of a monument than a radical advocate for the expansion of God’s Kingdom.