Posts Tagged With: The Princess Bride

Day 559: Go Back

I’ve titled this post “Go Back” for many reasons. “Go Back” is …

  • What I’m doing tomorrow, to work.
  • The fall-back plan, in a favorite movie, The Princess Bride.

(found on YouTube here)

  • What dear reader Mark Bialczak is doing tomorrow, to a 9 to 5 job, for the first time in over a year.
  • What I wish some ants would do, right now, to their home-based nest, wherever the hell that is.
  • The “big moment” of Diane Court’s graduation speech, in another one of my favorite movies, Say Anything.

(Found on YouTube, here, at the beginning of lots of clips from that film)

  • What is difficult for me to do, to sleep, after I’m awakened by light, unless I’m wearing this:

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  • What Oscar likes to do, on our balcony bannister.

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… which, this year, will  include my stand-up-comedy teacher from the 1980s, Ron Lynch.

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(I found this photo of Ron here)

  • Something I and other human beings do, in our minds, into the past.
  • What I did, yesterday, with people I love, to Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.

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I want to go back, for a moment, and say something about that last photo. After boyfriend Michael, son Aaron, and I spent some quality time, yesterday, at the Arlington Alive Summer Arts Block Party, Michael pointed out a personal wish to us:

Buildings under five stories should not, under any circumstances, be called “Towers.”

Here’s my own wish, this morning:

When we go back (no matter how, where, when, or why), we all go without regret, anxiety, or fear.

Thanks to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to Arlington, to everybody who helped make this post possible, and to you — of course! – for going back here, today.


* These are just a few of the photos I took, last year, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, appearing previously in posts herehere, here, here, here, and here.

One more footnote: When I go back to an old post, I sometimes find things I need to change. Here‘s the commencement speech from Say Anything:

 

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Day 409: Panama City and Boquete/Usual and Unusual

We are in Boquete, Panama!

And I have photos!  WordPress, the internet, the Powers that Be are all aligned, so I can bring them to you, without fuss or muss.

Why waste time?  Here are some photos I took yesterday, as I strolled around my environs:

Boquete, Panama

A Photo Essay (minus the essay)

Wait!  I now realize that I have other photos of My Winter Vacation to Panama to show you, also.  Let’s rewrite that title:

Panama City AND Boquete, Panama

A Photo Essay (minus the essay)

Part I: PANAMA CITY (and little bit before)

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Wait!  I have to say something about THAT photo.  That’s Richard, who drove us to the airport, to catch the plane to Boquete. The tilt of the photo reflects hurry and … amazement, because check out the license plate, people.  Richard’s hero is David Ortiz. Words exchanged during the trip to the airport included “Big Papi” and “Yay!”

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Okay. Now I’m in a chatty mood.  The above photo shows the size of the plane I thought we were taking to Boquete. There were many reasons for that assumption, including prior information and the evidence of my eyes.

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This is the actual plane in our immediate future. I was informed as such by a woman named Connie, who was quite hilarious (and who will appear in a blog post after I get home and can access the photos on my iPhone without risking thousands of dollars in roaming charges) (it could happen, people!)

Part II: Boquete

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Now that I’ve shown you some images, I think it’s about time that I explained the title. During my trip to Panama,  I have encountered the usual and unusual, including:

  • taking two POUS  (Planes of Usual Size)1 and getting to each destination, in one piece.
  • letting go of expectations (a usual thing for me to work on, every day).
  • unexpected obstacles (usual, when I travel outside my comfort zone).
  • encountering people who were unexpectedly impatient as well as those who were unexpectedly kind. (Also not unusual.)

So for me, dear readers, my time in Panama, already, has been both usual and unusual.

Okay!  What do I need to do, before I end this post? Not unusually for me, I have yet to mention one of my main inspirations for today’s post.

So, before I go to breakfast and the adventures ahead of me today (including a tour of a coffee plantation and a “Mardi Gras Like Parade” through the center of Boquete!), I want to tell you this:

When I woke up this morning, around 5:30, here were my thoughts:

  • It’s time to start writing, and
  • OMG!  I bet there are lots of stars outside!!!

You see, I have a long-time longing and wish to see a star-filled sky.  This morning, I got my wish, so beautifully, that I was moved to tears.

That experience is also not unusual for me, these days.

Okay!  Time for breakfast.

Thanks to the people of Panama, to ROUS2 everywhere and to you — of course!


1 This is a reference to one of my favorite movies, “The Princess Bride” and the ROUS — Rodents of Unusual Size.

2 Readers of Unusual Size AND Readers of Usual Size.

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Day 365: End of Year (Big Deal!)

I’m looking at the title of this post, people, trying to decide what to tell you about it.

I’m looking at this entire year, people, trying to decide what to tell you about it.

Here’s a relevant quote, from a movie I love.

“Let me explain. No, there is too much.  Let me sum up.”

Here’s a short clip, including that quote:

(thanks to angelofcaine69)

I wanted to find a clip that included JUST that quote, but I couldn’t. So time to move on … to summing up.

Perhaps I avoid summing up.  Why? Maybe because summing up can involve numbers*. Or maybe because summing up means conclusions and decisions, which I can also avoid, because I LOVE …

  • Creating space for people to come to their own conclusions and decisions.
  • Opening up possibilities, rather than restricting them.

And yet, today is a traditional day for summing up and for conclusions. To get closure. To let go of the past (while still respecting its gifts). To move forward.

I’m now looking at the title of this post, again, with a critical** eye.  I’m asking myself, “What is true in that title, and what is opinion?”

Well, it’s an undeniable fact that it’s the End of the Year, right now (at least where I live).  But … is it really a Big Deal? And if it IS a big deal … to whom? To me?  To you?  To other people?

I’ll tell you what I love about “Big Deal!” in that title.   It implies “Yes” AND “No.” It contains authenticity AND irony.***

Yes, I love that.

Okay!  At this point in today’s blog post, ladies and gentlemen, I would like to re-visit my “About” page, which was written a year ago, to see if I have fulfilled my commitments.

ABOUT THIS BLOG

This blog is part of my creative process.

It’s also a way to work on my growing acceptance and appreciation of life, and to share and develop some of the wisdom I’ve been slowly accumulating. My commitment is to start on January 1, 2013 and to blog once daily, throughout 2013.

This blog is also another way for me to take risks, to venture out into the world in new ways, and to embrace and express all my different human feelings– joy, fear, sadness, anger, the whole Emotional Enchilada. I plan to engage in my well-developed sense of play, and approach some painful material, also.

So this blog does a lot for me!

Hey!  You know what?  I fulfilled those commitments.   I shall now take a moment to celebrate that accomplishment, by asking for “New Year Fireworks” from my old friend, Google Images.

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(thanks to  dailymail.co.uk)

Because celebrating what I’ve done is a skill I continue to work on (and encourage in others), I would like to extend this celebration for few more minutes, via the same request —  “New Year fireworks” — from another old friend, YouTube.

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I’ve learned a lot this year, my dear readers.

What have I learned?

Well, I guess you’ll just have to read those posts I wrote, every day, to really answer that question. But, to emulate Inigo Montoya, let me sum up:

  1. I blogged.
  2. I learned many things, from myself and from other people.
  3. I have a lot more to learn.
  4. Therefore, I will continue to blog, as long as I have ideas, and as long as anybody wants to keep reading.

Since I’m continuing on this blogging adventure, what to do about the title of this blog? I mean, it’s “The Year of Living Non-Judgmentally” and that year is coming to a close, today. So, obviously, I have to change it.

(sigh)

That’s been another thing on my friggin’ to do list, y’know?

Well, I highly recommend taking the easy way out, whenever possible. Keep it simple.

And every change, no matter how small, still counts. Every change is a Big Deal.

So without further ado, I shall now unveil the new title of this here blog:

The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

Yep, that’s it!

I don’t know what YOU think or feel about THAT.  However, I do know this:

I LOVE it.

Thanks to all my readers for a year of living, loving, and learning; of disappointment and hope; of fear, sadness, anger, and joy; of all those big deals and more. See you tomorrow, in 2014!

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* I don’t want people to get the wrong idea, regarding my feelings about numbers. I love numbers, sometimes.  However, numbers are not my native language, so sometimes they challenge me. Hmmm. I don’t like the way I said that. “They challenge me” is too mild, too wimpy a statement. How about this? Sometime, I hate numbers. Nope, too strong.  How about this? Sometimes, numbers make me crazy.  Nope, “crazy” is not a great word for me to use. How about this?  Sometimes they make me angry. Nope, people have trouble with anger.  Arrrghh!  What’s the right word, regarding me and numbers?  Damned if I know, right now. Maybe I’ll figure that out next year.

** In other words, with judgment!  Did you catch me?

*** Or humor or sarcasm or whatever else you want to call that.

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Day 37: Charleston, SC (Love At First Sights)

Welcome to Further Adventures in Blogging. It’s my first photo journal-ly post! (And I can’t quite figure out how to do the captions!)

So I arrived in Charleston, South Carolina yesterday.  Usually when I travel, I am pretty cranky the first day. There is often some disappointment in my emotional mix on the first day of a trip. (High expectations, investments in the outcomes, fears about “wrong decisions” made, all that Judgmental Stuff I do so automatically.). Plus, on that first day, I’m dealing some residual stress from an Airplane-Trip-Which-Could-Have-Killed-Me. And, it always takes me a little while to feel acclimated (and safe) in a new place.

However, even during this Potentially Cranky First Day, I was having a great time as I wandered around Charleston. I walked around, between 3:30 and 5:30 PM, with no real plan or purpose, very quickly falling in love with the place.

I took the photos shown here — with my recently purchased, first iPhone — really haphazardly.  I didn’t take too many photos, because I was so focused on looking where I was going and getting a sense of where I was. But I had to take some quick snapshots, because I saw so much beauty around me.

So I’m going to show most of those snapshots from yesterday in today’s post. (“Snapshots” is a great word for these, all taken in a snap.)  And my captions won’t be particularly illuminating, for those of you who want data and facts about what-the-heck, where-the-heck, why-the-heck, and other basic journalistic-type questions.

However, you will know When-The-Heck: My first day, ever, in Charleston, SC.  I know it will not be my last — not by a long shot.

King Street, near where I was staying.

King Street, near where I was staying (I think!).

King Street.  Lots of shops.

 I originally identified this photo (when I first published this post) as part of King Street, but, as I look at it again,  I don’t think it is. Oh, well!  Aren’t those buildings amazing looking (wherever the hell they are)?

Some random street, where I was wandering.

Some random street, where I was wandering. Look at the colors!  I love the architecture in Charleston.

Another place that caught my eye.

More wonderful architecture I wanted to remember.

This was near a gallery, where an artist was sitting by the window, painting. She waved and invited me in to talk to her. Her art was beautiful and so was she.
This was near a gallery, where an artist was sitting by the window, painting. She waved and invited me in to talk to her. Her art was beautiful and so was she. (I didn’t take a picture of her or her art! Rats!) (Oops!  Letting go of judgment about that ….) (Also letting go of judgment about the fact that I have no idea why THIS caption is the only one in bold print and that I can’t seem to fix that.)

Waterfront Park, as it was getting later.

Waterfront Park, later in the day.

The friendly desk clerk at the hotel (who grew up near my home town!) mentioned the fountain that looked like a giant pineapple as a Must See. And I happened upon it (in Waterfront Park)  and recognized it immediately.

The friendly desk clerk at the hotel (who grew up near my home town!) mentioned the fountain that looked like a giant pineapple as a Must See.  I happened upon it (in Waterfront Park). I recognized it immediately.

A closer view of the giant pineapple.

A closer view of the giant pineapple, at Waterfront Park.

.I took this last photo of the day for my son, because of the graphic in this car window (proliferated by the street artist Shepard Fairey, often with the caption "OBEY"). Also, we love the movie "The Princess Bride" and that image is Andre the Giant.

I took this last photo of the day for my son, because of the graphic in this car window (proliferated by the street artist Shepard Fairey, often with the caption “OBEY”). Also, we both love the movie “The Princess Bride” and that image is Andre the Giant.

That’s it!   Thanks for reading and looking, everybody.

P.S.  I love you, Charleston.

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