More specifically, what percentage of people who’ve achieved a lot – in any field, but I’m especially curious about the arts, since I always thought that was an area in which you need sharp thinking at most times (I guess I’m naive) – do you think smoke?
I ask because a close friend of mine gets high frequently – about 10 times a week. He’s altered my outlook on stoners, since prior to meeting him, I’d assumed that anyone who’d smoked or vaporized for 20 years, as he has, would seem slow or simple in a stereotypical way. Instead, he’s bright and on top of his game (during the work day. After 7 pm he collapses into a video gaming high potato).
Beverly, one of our Yomyomf crew, recently lost someone dear to her. I’ve always enjoyed and admired Bev’s raw, touching and hilarious posts about her adventures and search for love. It was heartbreaking to hear that her fiancé recently passed away.
I can’t do anything to lessen the pain or grief, but I’m wondering what you all find healing or even the least bit helpful in dark times. It can be anything – a painting, song, dance, story, quote, kama sutra position (ok maaaybe not this one), Youtube video made by a magical dragon, etc.
I don’t know how to answer this myself. Part of me wants to suggest funny stuff, but I don’t know if that would be ineffective or tactless. So for now I’ll share a photo that I find comforting.
Another part to this question is: if you’ve gone through a period of mourning, what would you have liked people to say to you? To have done for you? How did you want them to interact? Did you want to be left alone? Did you want to be asked about the person? I’ve always thought that people would want to share stories and talk about their loved ones, but I’ve usually refrained from asking because I didn’t want to make the bereaved feel uncomfortable. Obviously everyone has varying preferences, but maybe sometimes I was mistaken not to ask.
Anyway, I just want to say that I’m thinking of you, Beverly, and we’re all here for you. A big hug.
The Monkey Buffet Festival
(Lopburi, Thailand, also known to Thai folk as Monkey Town)
4000 pounds of delectable goodies are laid out for 2000-plus local macaques. The tradition stems from Hindu lore involving an honorable monkey warrior.
And what are some intriguing societies that you may not like, but find very interesting?
I love fairy tales. I don’t actually want to live inside one, though, since they seem a little superficial and there are probably a bazillion mosquitos wandering the woods.
Re: societies, I’m interested in Kowloon Walled City (in Hong Kong, demolished in 1993-94). According to a 1987 survey, 33,000 people populated 6.5 square acres (.01 square miles). This translates to a population density of 3,249,000 people per square mile. WHAT????
Residents living in lower floors of the city received no sunlight.