Posts Tagged With: Scotland

Day 1446: Safe places

What are safe places, for you?   That’s the question I asked people in the safe place of my therapy group last night.

WordPress is a safe place for me to share how I answered my own question:

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Are there safe places  in any of my other photos from yesterday?

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Today, even though the temperatures are SOOOO COOOOLD  in  New England (where they hate us because they ain’t us), I’m going to safely visit many places including cardiac rehab, the clinic where I get my INR blood levels tested, my workplace, and the south shore of Boston (which may be a safe place to relocate to).

YouTube is a safe place for me to find music and musicians I love.

 

Your secret’s safe with us if you comment in a safe place, below.

Safe-placed thanks to all who helped me  safely create this post and to you — of course! — for making this place safer, here and now.

 

 

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Day 225: Reasons why I should move to Edinburgh, Scotland

Reason #1:  Because humor is really important to me.

After spending just one full day in Edinburgh, I saw lots of evidence that this place would be a good match for my personal sense of humor.

For example, I like a good pun:

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I really appreciate visual humor, too:

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Also, my son and I went to several comedy shows yesterday, at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, (and we plan to go to more today).  By far, the funniest person we saw yesterday was Tom Joyce, apparently a non-professional comic and student at Edinburgh University.

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I want to say these things about Tom, after seeing him perform yesterday:

  1. Tom’s humor appeals to many ages. My 15-year-old son and I both started laughing as soon as Tom started his set and we didn’t stop until he did.
  2. Tom was very smart.
  3. I’ve never seen anybody quite like him, and I’ve seen a lot of comedy shows.
  4. Another time I had a thought like #3, above, was after seeing Steven Wright in a local Boston comedy club, when he was starting out in the late 1970s.
  5. People in Edinburgh must be REALLY funny, because Tom tied for 1st place as Edinburgh University Stand Up of The Year, 2013.

Reason #2: People in Edinburgh seem to be very modest.

After the comedy review show where we saw Tom yesterday, which included comics performing on their own during the festival, Tom was very gracious as he told us the disappointing news that he did not have his own show at the Fringe. When we asked Tom his last name, and told him how much we admired his act, he was kind and appreciative, but also wanted us to know, “I’m not really famous.”

And, nobody mentioned Tom’s recent stand-up award; we had to find that out by googling him.

I’ve seen other evidence, in Edinburgh, that the people can be quite humble here. And even though I’ve written, previously, about how bragging can be a good thing to practice (especially if you are working on self-esteem issues), I still value authentic humility and modesty.

Here’s more evidence of that, in Edinburgh, where people recognize the value of the little things:

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Reason #3:  There are so many amazing things to look at.

I wrote about photo opportunities in London, a few days ago. And while London is a truly beautiful city,  in Edinburgh every moment is a photo opportunity.  Here are just a few of the ones I was able to capture yesterday (in reverse chronological order):

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I wanted to end with that last image, above, because of my final reason, this morning:

Reason # 4: If you look more closely at anything in Edinburgh, you’re likely to see something else.

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Thanks to Tom Joyce, to the other wonderful people who live in Edinburgh, and to you, for looking today.

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Day 224: Reasons why I shouldn’t spend too much time in our hotel room blogging this morning

Reason #1:  What’s outside the room.

Edinburgh and the Festival Fringe!

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Reason #2:  What’s inside the room.

This might be yet another example of the Cognitive Distortion of mind reading, but I think this creature, which I discovered in our hotel bathroom, is trying to tell me something:

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You may read something else into that expression, but I see this:

Ann!  Go out and enjoy Edinburgh, as soon as you can!

And who am I to argue with a purple duck?

Thanks for reading, everybody.

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Day 151: Fringe

This is the definition that just came up for “fringe”:

Fringe (frinj)

Noun
An ornamental border of threads left loose or formed into tassels or twists, used to edge clothing or material.

Adjective
Not part of the mainstream; unconventional, peripheral, or extreme: “fringe theater”.

I am planning a trip overseas this summer, with my son.  It’s his first trip out of the country, and we’re planning on visiting England and Scotland.

I’ve started discussing the details of the trip with my wonderful niece, Laura (who is also a terrific travel agent).  She’s been asking me great questions about what kind of trip we would like to take.

Based on past experience, I would love a trip that had some structure, but also allowed room for improvisation.

And I was thinking about trips I’ve taken in the past with my friend Jeanette.

Jeanette and I took several trips together, in the 80s and 90s, and our blueprint for these adventures was establish a beginnning and ending point, and to make up the rest as we went along.

One of our trips, many years ago, started in Edinburgh, which was so beautiful.

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We also had a great time attending the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

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(I love Google Images, I have to say.)

This morning, when I was writing  my niece Laura about the priorities for the upcoming trip with my son  (including theater, museums, music, architecture, history and literature, food, fun, interacting with people who live there, walking around, etc.), I included the Fringe Festival as an example of something I would love to do.

Later,  I googled the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.  And this is what I found out:

  1. The official name is the Edinburgh Festival Fringe (check out that non-mainstream word order).
  2. The festival, this year,  is happening when we’re traveling.
  3. Yippeee!!

So that is really the major point of today’s blog post.

Sure, there’s more that I could write about the word “fringe,” including:

  • I’ve always liked the unconventional, over the mainstream.
  • When I’ve felt bad about myself, I’ve used the word “weird” as a self-critical label.
  • For a long, long time, I’ve loved “Beyond the Fringe” (and Peter Cook and Dudley Moore).

But I don’t want this post to get too peripheral.

Thanks for reading today, everybody!

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