Saturday, Sept. 24, 2005
Contrasts and Cartoons
Hopefully this weekend I can get some things done. With the trip to Globe and the next day sick, I didn't accomplish a heck of a lot last weekend.
I tried to get ahold of my friend LR to see about either visiting her there or having her visit here, but got no answer at her phone number last night and haven't tried to call her this morning. Oh well. I think later today I might go to the movies or else rent a movie. There are three movie rental places here in town - a Blockbuster plus a couple of others. I finally spotted the Blockbuster place last night. That doesn't speak well of my powers of observation, given that it's right on the main highway, across from Wally World.
There is a surreal quality to the morning, to my sitting here writing what I'm writing. The television is running - I'm listening, rather than watching, because it's in another room from my computer. It's tuned to CNN's coverage of Hurricane Rita. So I've got the juxtaposition of my inane references to renting a movie, vs. the audio reports of devastation from Rita and Katrina. The reference is that assessments of Rita damages are probably being downplayed because it's being compared to Katrina; that the extremes of Katrina shifted perspective.
Of course with the onslaught of Rita, there is renewed flooding in New Orleans. Thank goodness at least this time it's pretty much assumed that everyone had evactuated the areas now being inundated there, and officials are more confident that this time around they can repair the levee breeches and will be able to pump out the water. I guess after you've dealt with total chaos and overwhelming disaster once, you aren't going to be fazed when there's localized chaos and disaster.
The art show last night was an experience. There were some stunning works up for sale - all way too rich for my wallet even if I had a place to hang them. The paintings I loved ranged from about $1500 and up. Well worth it, just more than I could justify spending on artwork, even if I had that much in my bank account. If I had more discretionary income and a nice home, though, there were a couple of paintings in the collection that I probably would've considered purchasing. There were some gorgeous oils, with colors so vibrant they fairly leapt from the canvas; others were equally beautiful but more subtle and moody. There were also some pieces that I thought were just tacky - they were totally out of synch with the other works.
This was actually about 100 pieces (including paintings, sculpture, pottery and glass) from a private collection, with the owners planning to donate proceeds to the recovery efforts for Hurricane Katrina victims. I hope that they sold some of the pieces and that the money will be channeled where appropriate.
I think I may go back and take another hour's nap this morning. I got up, fixed breakfast (Atkins-compliant, as I am re-starting the diet) and now am about to doze off. The past couple of weeks have seemed interminable.
I did win a couple of things from eBay this weekend, including a DVD of my favorite movie. (Hooray for having a DVD player at last!) I also got a matched set of azurite/malachite cabochons I really would like to turn into earrings. The picture at right doesn't really do this stone justice; azurite is a rich royal blue and malachite is an equally-saturated shade of green. The combo of azurite and malachite creates kind of a mini-planet-earth effect. I love the colors, which are my favorites to wear. I will probably instead get one or both turned into a ring or pendant (you can get the 14K bases online from places like this, or obviously can take to a jeweler to have things set.)
I might've been able to buy azurite earrings for $8, but the only ones I found were set in silver, and I am not really a "silver" person. What little jewelry I do have is gold and I prefer yellow gold when I wear jewelry at all.
Before I call it quits on this entry, a quiz lifted from Wenchie and Chaosdaily:
You scored 56 Kindness, 40 Morality, and 35 Wisdom!
The lovely princess Jasmine is who you identify with. You have a high sense of kindness which allows you to befriend most anyone, even a large tiger. Your morals are average which allows you to accept others who are different than you, or may be considered social outcasts. This acceptance mixed with kindness attracts people to you and allows you to empathize and listen well. A fiery romantic like Lumiere would be best for you.
My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
|You scored higher than 80% on Kindness|
|You scored higher than 60% on Morality|
|You scored higher than 0% on Wisdom|
|You scored higher than 99% on Gender|
Well that makes me feel just wonderful about myself; I apparently am wholly without wisdom. Since both Chaos and Wenchie got a "0" reading in different aspects of this character test, I think it's safe to say that it's not designed to recognize nuances of personality. Was it designed by President Bush, where everything is black and white and there's no room for interpretation?
Of course I hope that no one really takes these online tests too seriously, especially not one where the end result assigns you a Disney movie cartoon character.
If I am going to take any test at all seriously, it's an enneagram test, which is based on slightly more scientific principles. But even an enneagram test can be manipulated and I don't think it's healthy or realistic to define yourself by any test. We are all individuals, with unique experiences and views. Broad-scale testing, no matter how detailed, pigeonholes us into broad-scale categories, dismissing that very individuality.
All right, stepping down from my soap box now.
Before - After
In the grander scheme of things, no soul can truly be replaced. Each one of us has a place in the universal tapestry. We each contribute our own color and texture. When one thread is snipped too soon, it distorts all the threads around it. Other lives can unravel and tear. If the wrong thread is ripped away, the whole fabric of life becomes dangerously fragile.
- LeiLani, aka Radiogurl aka Bright Opal (1957 - )