The thoughts that were thunk and the goings on of my life.

Friday, January 07, 2005

And Your Mama Too!

Just watched the movie Y Tu Mama Tambien. Not really sure if I liked the movie, or for that matter really understood what it was trying to say. (Perhaps it was about trying to get with your relatives and friends before they die?) Regardless of the plot, I really like the story telling in it. One thing really made me think. The movie often pauses to take a little look at the story behind some of the ordinary things that they pass. Like at one moment they pass some crosses on the road, but without even noticing they continue on; however, there is a story behind those, a crash, blood on the pavement, chickens slowly dying in cages scattered across a road, and two people lying there lifeless. Within my own life I wonder what things are around us with so much meaning, but we fail to ever notice them. Perhaps the fallen out bridge near where I go running. Maybe somebody careened off the road and damaged its foundation causing their vehicle to be ruined and sending them into more debt that kept them from pursuing a career they always wanted. Or maybe since it's closed it's the favorite place for a teenage couple to rendevous in the evenings. There they tell jokes and slowly fall into one another's arms. The love they find may only be momentary, but perhaps it changes their lives. There is so much around us that is just screaming to be heard, but will we ever listen? Even if we wanted to listen, would we even know how?

Saturday, January 01, 2005

Vacations...if only there were more

Here's some pics from the snow boarding trip I went on with my buddy Nic over Christmas.

The drive up there was crazy snowy and scary for this Texan driver.

But man, was the snow nice when we got there. And some runs were untouched!

On the way out I saw the most beautiful moonrise I have ever seen in my life.

Quotes of the Night:
"Our society is getting dumbed down. A dumbed down electorate really makes for a weaker democracy. A dumbed down consumer society makes it easier for us to become mindless producer-consumers with materialism becoming almost a religion. And for me that's a problem."
- Rick Steves

“So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future. The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.”
- Chris McCandless in a letter to “Ron Franz”

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
- Benjamin Franklin