Thursday, November 06, 2003
Things that are obvious... but neat
1. That people feel most comfortable in environments they grew up with. A friend and I were comparing notes. He grew up in the east end of Washington state, near the high plains desert. He feels most comfortable in desert environments, because he feels he can see all around him, and feels anxious in forests, because he feels enclosed and confined. Meanwhile, I grew up right near Pinhey Forest in Nepean and always used to walk through it by myself (often I'd cross country ski right from my back step into the forest, and ski until the sun went down). Consequently, forests to me are cozy and comforting, and I enjoy listening to all the rustling. While I was in the Southwestern desert this summer, I found it beautiful, but unsettling. Getting to the forests of Colorado after driving through Arizona was like coming home. Another friend, who I mentioned this to last night, said that while he'd spent a lot of time in deserts and forests and was not too anxious in either, he really craved the ocean. An obvious point, overall, but neat.
2. It's nice to just hang out with friends in their homes, rather than in bars.
2b. (Corollary) You really don't need alcohol to have a good time.
2c. (Corollary) As long as you have coffee.
3. As a straight single girl, it's great to have friends who are (a) gay men (b) married men (c) Jesuits. (and believe it or not, I'm not even being a little sarcastic.)
3b. (Corollary) I'm serious about the Jesuits.
4. No one is ever really going to wake up early in the morning just to go to the library and read Kant. Not even a little.
jane 11:08 AM [+]