So I am currently in London at my Parents place. It’s always awesome to come home and visit! Nothing like a Mom and a Moms cooking 😉 I miss my family including our dogs and cat I love the family pets they are adorable and funny 😀 I’ve also been finishing up the book “Angelas Ashes” by Frank McCourt and if anyone would like a good read then check it out. It especially makes you think of moms and how much they go through… moms of the world oh thank you for everything you put up with and for everything you do! The book is also really, funny but often at the same time, quite sad. It really makes you appreciate what you have 🙂
I have two friends currently in BC for holidays, to Ski and for the Olympics. It looks like they’re having a wicked time and it’s great motivation to go out and try something new again. The pictures of the mountains made me drool! I am not obligated to stay in Etobicoke and I feel like I’m not doing much for myself while there, it’s not really even nice to look at. I mean the parks and the Humber River is amazing but really, thats about it. Not having a car makes it worse. I’m yearning for life beyond Etobicoke.
My brother had to go off to work today. Yesterday we checked out the London Motorcycle Show and it was pretty decent, I got to re-energize my passion for motorcycles! And how much I’ve missed the joy of two wheels and a motor and everything that comes with it. I had a good time looking at the vintatge bikes: recently I saw ‘The Fastest Indian‘ and it made me have a bit more respect for an ‘older generation’ of gas–powered goodness. A particularly interesting chopper that I saw had a machine-gun mounted on it, and I lamented to my brother that it would only be kickass if it worked. Well thankfully I was not dissapointed, the creator of the bike assured me that the gun did shoot .22 bullets and I found the video on youtube thanks to their website. I also got to try out a Trials bike – a little dirtbike type machine but with no seat and made for-surprise-trials! It’s a sport where conquering a course with obstacles is the goal, and putting your feet down or falling ends up costing you points. It’s about balance, technique and style as opposed to speed and I’ve always been intrigued by those funky bikes and it was great being able to get a bit of a feel for them. The other thing that I love about motorcycles is the people – it’s nice seeing various ‘different’ groups of people, all with different tastes, styles, attitudes and from all different walks of life but we’re all brought together by the feeling that we get when we ride, because it is such a feeling. Going on a motorcycle trip is so different than a regular road trip and for reasons greater than just the obvious. This summer I hope to be able to do some sort of motorcycle adventure with my brother, Patrick…. it`s been far too long…
I stumbled across this TED talk on youtube and I thought it was amazing! Philipe talks about the reasoning behind the question “why design” such as whom you are designing for but also mentions the need for us to keep our vision raised. Planet Earth has existed for 4.5 billion years and with the Sun expected to last another four-billion, we are ‘halfway there’ to whatever it is we are to be when that time comes. Though the amoeba along the evolutional chain had no idea that we would be walking the lands billions of years later, we likewise have no idea what life will be like in that amount of time. Or any amount if time, for that matter…
A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
So it is that every person you meet,
each soul who crosses your path and affects you –
wonderfully and terribly, briefly or for a lifetime –
is here for that reason, and every relationship you engage in is but a small scene in a vast, ever-unfolding human panoply that is being endlessly enacted for the purpose of your soul’s development.
When you recognize this, you will suddenly, breathtakingly see that each person has been brought to you with a high and elegant purpose, that each soul has come to touch your soul and teach it,
that each relationship exists to hasten your own soul’s beautiful awakening.
No longer is anyone a stranger; no longer can any of your relationships be seen as failures or mistakes.
Someday even the experts will figure out that crime is not caused by rap music, or even my music.
But by a power structure of self absorbed property owners to brain dead and stupid to realise that if you’re too goddamn greedy to pay taxes for schools and services they’re not going to be any good anymore.
And that uneducated time bombs are very poor investment as a future workforce.
And if you go on teaching people than life is cheap and leave them rot in ghettos and jails they may one feel justified in coming back to rob and kill you, Duh.
Some day, after we have mastered the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness the energies of love. Then, for the second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.