Random simple things…….

Chris Abani, speaking at TED in 2008 makes a statement I largely agree with;

The world is not saved in grand messianic gestures, but in the  simple accumulation of gentle, soft, almost invisible acts of every day acts of compassion..

In the last month I,

  • Saw a bottle of palm wine explode: The chic was taking some palm wine to her father for a traditional wedding. She failed to consult knowledgeable others and left the bottle of palm wine corked. 67.5mm Hg of pressure (that is the saturated vapour pressure of ethanol at 20  deg C) ripped the bottle to pieces, and showered us in palm wine!
  • Met @medianemesis — dude is really cool, smart.. and everything I imagined he was and more. Y’all need to follow him on Twitter and read his old blogs – fabulous!
  • Attended Chill and Relax. Been a long while I chilled and listened to sublimely intelligent minds speak the language of poetry. I should attend when next I am in the vicinity. Thanks to Cerberus for sending a timely reminder.
  • Went on a ‘date’ with my friend EC: It was her birthday, I was in town doing nothing so she dragged me along to go grab a bite and just catch up on old times. This was just old friends hanging out after a year of us both zipping around the world without actually seeing each other.
  • Got recruited as a husband finder, so send in the resumes for your brothers, nephews, uncles and (gulp) good ex- boy friends for consideration. The chic in question is uber smart, pwreeety, focused, – world class in short….. and she needs to sort this out in 2010 unfailingly…
  • Discovered I miss my campus bistro: My morning breakfast bun – the white bread + bacon + sausages + a hot cup of coffee has grown on me in the last 13 months..
  • Saw a rainbow – and it actually lifted  my spirits. Was up since 2.30am, it was wet and windy, and then suddenly as my train came out of the tunnel just north of Edinburgh the sun broke out and the rainbow appeared – Priceless!
  • Thought I liked her enough to jettison the 5-year plan, then thought it was a passing fancy and then ultimately decided to fast track certain portions of the plan as opposed to whole sale changes.. Oh, and this is not one of the usual suspects……
  • Was reminded of the one we lost to the genes. She would have been 29 today!
  • Saw a different spin on love: They have been married for 55 years, she is now confined to a wheel chair, but each day, he takes her for a ‘walk’, he pushes the wheel chair and they chat as they ‘walk’. That in my mind seemed like true for better for worse.
  • Watched Imagine That, yes it’s kinda mushy, its cheesy, it runs against belief, but I liked it. Sue me! I need me my twin daughters already