Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Big Squeeze and The Antidote

As a society, and an economy, it seems like we are past The Big Scare.  It's The Big Squeeze now, with budgets tightened at home and at work, more work for less pay, fewer and more demanding customers in every field.  Nothing to be done about it, certainly not on an individual level, except to appreciate legs that pedal the bikes, eyes that see beauty, friends who want to hold hands and tell bad jokes.  The real irony here is that we will get through this happier, stronger, leaner, and more vital.  There is no room for fat, or for fatuous people, either. 

The first time I sat back and smiled, happy in the moment, was when I was living on Samos. My little house, Pirgalaki, had no heat or electricity.  Sometimes the outhouse has running water, sometimes not.  There was a shower, all cold, and when I showered in that cold water I knew that I was alive because the cold hadn't killed me.

We don't need much.  God help the fakes out there when we all come to realize how little we really need.  Land, sunshine, water, clean air, and people who want to share it with us. I came to Samos after a stranger walked up to me and said, out from the blue "you must go to Samos, to Kokari" and she walked on.  My angel.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

More pictures from the fun weekend.

My goodness...what a great time!  Nobody would go in the outdoor shower except me, so I used up all the hot water and stayed under that shower for just as long as I felt like looking out at the world.

Saturday, May 1, 2010

So we are having an '89 Rieussec for dessert along with a zurracapote I'm cooking on the side burner of the barbecue. If this isn't good enough to get somebody dancing then I'm useless. Dancing? No, coupling in the weeds!  "Coupling?"  Man, you can take the boy out of Cambridge, but you can't take the Cambridge out of the boy. "Coupling" Fuck me!