Moving is not really anything to write home about. Perhaps this is why Beckett says of his people in his play, Waiting for Godot, “they did not move.”
AFTER: JUST LEAVING VERSAILLES, FRANCE
Here are two pictures, one after a life lived in Versailles, and the other, before a life about to be lived in Rochester. I like changing the cause and effect from before and after to after and before. After looks neat, tidy, contained. Before looks like hell. Which do you prefer?
BEFORE: MOVING TO ROCHESTER, NY
Does your choice suggest something about your temperament? Messing with the chronology is fun: having after come first is somehow satisfying, absurdly, perhaps?
MR. ROGERS, WHERE ARE YOU?
At the new place in the arts district in Rochester, parking is interesting. I thought, when I arrived this morning, behind the movers, oh, I will park closest to the house. Later, after another trip, I noticed that everybody was parked across the street. Oh, I thought, I will join them. Later I saw an orange paper flapping around on the windshield. What is this? Yes, a parking ticket. Fifty dollars! I had briefly parked on the wrong side of the street, putting me on the wrong side of the law. Welcome to the neighborhood.
In the interest of sanity, on my part and yours, I will send you to this link. It’s a pretty page, with a featured image of all the blog posts so far. Look at the pretty pictures and catch up on a post you haven’t yet read, or re-read an old favorite.
When I think about moving, I think of a jewel of a book by Natalie Goldberg, called The Long Quiet Highway. I might have mentioned this before. She tells the story of her relationship to her Zen teacher and his illness and death. Perhaps it sounds grim, but it is a beautiful testimony to a friendship.
OH, AND WINES, TOO
Wines like this are a must, especially after a crime such as parking.
Nineteen Crimes is a wine from Australia, celebrating the various crimes which got you transported to Australia in the first place.
See you next week!
PS. New York Times crossword puzzle clue: “Who said, “I will arise and go”?