I spent the morning trucking between Best Buy in Raleigh and the Barnes and Noble bookstore across from the Crabtree Mall. The parking lots were filled…people waiting for spaces.
I dropped the girls off at the mall at 7:00 am and was set to rendevous at 10:30. I only had one goal: buy a present for one of my daughters. That goal accomplished, I went to the bookstore, got a Starbucks coffee and headed to the poetry section. I was looking for Gary Snyder books. He’s a poet from the 60’s who was kinda like a zen Witman: he wrote stuff about trailing bear and fox. I think he married a Japaneese girl. And they lived in a log cabin somewhere and heated with wood and enjoyed the uncluttered life. Kinda like Amish but with a distinctive American twist.
Anyway…I think I have about exhausted that subject.
Had Thanksgiving with our kids in Raleigh, NC. It was one of the best. Lots of food, a small kitchen/dining room and several different red wines.
After dinner (it might have been before) we watched “Elizabethtown” on a very wide screen tv. And that is really the substance of this whole entry.
The movie stars Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom and illustrates the dichotomy between realism and romance.
One definition of dichotomy is:
1. a division into two mutually exclusive, opposed, or contradictory groups: a dichotomy between thought and action.
The realism part is that life occasionally sucks. People die and we have to deal with it.
The romanticisim part is that we have the potential to be so much more than what we live out on a daily basis.
The story is that two people meet and connect. We’ve all been there. They hardly know each other and talk on their cellphones all night. They are amazed at how much they have in common. We’ve all been there…right?
He’s dealing with his father’s death and she is a breath of fresh air. She is over the top…more that he deserves.
The movie opens us up to the potential that each life holds. We have the ability to be so much more than what we are every day.
Life really is short. We don’t need a movie to tell us that do we? Enjoy your ride today.