Monday, November 20, 2006

Sabbath day

Yesterday was such a weird and wonderful day. We started out the day like we usually do, me making some coffee, spending a bit too much time on the computer, and then making lunch for my girls to take to school. But Mondays being Raquel and I's date day and our Sabbath, we tend to take it easy from there on out.

We were going to go to the beach for the day as it was supposed to be quite hot, and it actually was, but it was also very cloudy with a few rain drops. So we took Winston to the park for a run around. Winston hits the park and just starts running non stop till he is completely worn out. Then a woman walks by with one of the most beautiful little girls you have ever seen, my wife has taken some pics I'll try to put them up later. The little girl is terrified, and enthralled by Winston. So Raquel sits with Winston so she can pet him without being knocked over by his enthusiasm. We begin to speak with the woman who is from Sweden. It was a nice conversation and she tells us of her doctoral thesis, which is a study on "anti-Americanism" which I really would like to talk to her more about. We exchanged numbers and as they live around the corner will hopefully see them again.

Then we came home and did some planning for our Thanksgiving celebration. Just a chance to share our culture with our new friends and family. There will be about sixty eating with us this year. Lots to plan, three turkeys, three hams, and lots of recipes to be given out (aussies don't even know how to make candied yams with marshmallows).

Worn out by this we took a nap (sleeping too long and resulting in a bit of insomnia later)

We had a talk about our relationship and both decided we need to work on a few things, being on the computer less is my main objective.

Then we had a simple dinner.

And we watched Factotum, a movie based on a Bukowski novel. It was actually much more realistic than Barfly, with Matt Dillon playing a more subdued Bukowski than Mickey Rourke does. It was probably much truer to life but as such, was also a bit boring, and a bit depressing. But towards the end a poem is shared that I just love.

roll the dice

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
otherwise, don’t even start.

if you’re going to try, go all the
way.
this could mean losing girlfriends,
wives, relatives, jobs and
maybe your mind.

go all the way.
it could mean not eating for 3 or 4 days.
it could mean freezing on a
park bench.
it could mean jail,
it could mean derision,
mockery,
isolation.
isolation is the gift,
all the others are a test of your
endurance, of
how much you really want to
do it.
and you’ll do it
despite rejection and the worst odds
and it will be better than
anything else
you can imagine.

if you’re going to try,
go all the way.
there is no other feeling like
that.
you will be alone with the gods
and the nights will flame with
fire.

do it, do it, do it.
do it.

all the way
all the way.

you will ride life straight to
perfect laughter, its
the only good fight
there is.

Bukowski

Then we watched my favorite show on television, "Boston Legal" where there was an interesting line, "I almost died once, and at that moment I thought about who would miss me, I thought about who would be sad that I was gone, I wondered who out there loved me, at that moment I wondered if I was loved"

I know many of you who read my blog personally, and incase I haven't said it enough:

You are loved

rev

5 comments:

Keith Lowell Jensen said...

I LOVED Factotum. I thought it was SO great, really captured the Bukowski magic. One of my favorite movies of the year for sure. Good stuff.

No Tofurkey? Aren't there any vegans in Australia?

And hey, you're way behind in the commenting on yer brothers blog category, get to it.

The Rev said...

did you even read the bit about me needing to spend less time on the computer?

rev

The Rev said...

Oh, and email me I have a few questions for you.

rev

Keith Lowell Jensen said...

Ha ha.
Hey, I used to complain about Bryna being on the computer too much until she got me a laptop. Now we're each on our own computer, together. We're the perfect modern dysfunctional couple. When you've had a flame war with you girlfriend who is sitting two feet from you, you really know you're a geek, except that having a girlfriend means you're not THAT much of a geek, or so I tell myself.
So, go get Raquel a laptop.

Angry and Shallow said...

Hi mate. I like your style!