Appreciate Your Life

July 20, 2012

Today it was still hot as I meandered down the   cathedral- like covered  Elm-  street I live on …

to the Idiot….which was NOT as packed as it was during Euro 2012….when people were standing outside on the street … peering in through the large screened-in windows (due  to the restaurant being TOTALLY full)…to cheer their teams on…..

but this was always around lunch time as Europe is 8-9 hours ahead of us…..

I have been disappointed that they got rid of my favorite dish …”The NO Face”…a veg thing…so just ordered 3 diff veg dishes….and an Arrogant Bastard (ale)…..

I was in  my usual spot…a stool in the far corner  at the kitchen bar – where you can look out over the kitchen.. the u-shaped bar beyond in the middle of the room…and the dining tables…..which are everywhere

I was reading an article in the New Yorker about Charlie Watts (the drummer for the Rolling Stones)….he was asked whether there was something else he would prefer to do……..(than drum)…

….he said “You sound like Keith (Richards) … I was saying ‘I’m tired, I want to retire’…and he says ‘Charlie….what ELSE would you do’ “????”

…I am sitting literally a couple of feet away from the open spaced kitchen…12 gas burners going..pans a-frying ..a log fire burning for pizzas…..and overhear one chef….saying..

(they both are VERY  White)…..one is quite “ginger”…with his hair in a knot under his cap…and tats all up and down his arms and across his neck…I mean he must be tatted EVERYWHERE…….well one’s imagination does go abit wild….also has a ginger  mustache that is carefully waxed and curled  at the ends …something from Victorian times….

the other one looks like he just stepped out of Downton Abbey…short  sandy blonde hair VERY neatly combed back…..posture Totally ERECT…as if he is waiting  in the kitchen for the bell to be rung from a  far off room in the Huge drafty Manor …

and the Downton Abey one says to the tatted one….”Well we just HAVE to get along…as we will be working aside each other for the next 8 hours…”

I thought….Lord I would LOVE  a cigarette now….don’t know why….I guess it was a flash back to  the younger  years of past…..

which some how echoed back through the decades of how naive I was …….I mean …..not knowing any Jews, Blacks, Muslims…..

I mean I was a child born into this kind of society …where every child (as ALL children do)…. believes  the life that he experiences ….. IS what EVERY other child experiences…..

it is only as one grows older …one realizes …you were born into a microcosm of Life……that there ARE different people with different stories than yours…..

 

I bought the townhouse I live in now….13 years ago….

(I was slightly inebriated)…..

it was in the late evening…..the Realtor showed me one across the street…which I could afford……in an old unattractive building….and the layout  of the floors were just not me…..then he said ..well there IS  the one across the street….which is not in your price range…..

I said LET GO SEE IT…as it is a Gorgeous building….

well I fell TOTALLY in LOVE with it…and said I will take it….not knowing how…but realizing that I would have to rent out a room….which I really did NOT want to do…

but you Know…

it has been the BEST  experience …as all of  my roommates ARE BRILLIANT …and have ALL become wonderful friends…..

the first was a guy from work…who has become one of the heads at work……in the legal department….

then there was a hospital administrator…who is the only one I don’t know what happened to ..as he had to move to San Diego to live with his lover …

then  one guy  whom I TOTALLY LOVE and ADMIRE….

…he is Mexican…0ne of those guys who was pushed by his mother … at a very young age to cross the border illegally….to live with his brothers in Fresno….BUT she stressed to him that he HAD to pursue his education….which he has…it took him like 15 years to become legal..

… he worked at MacDonalds in high school in Fresno  long enough so he could afford a bike so he did not have to walk miles to work at Mac D’s or to go to school

…he now after many many year is Legal…and has just got his Masters in Psychology….

he introduced me to not only the Mexian foods…as he is a VERY good cook…but the Mexican zest for Life…

after he left ….. I had two Indians..live with me..separately  …different years…….who taught me a lot indirectly about Buddhism …

which was something I learned a smattering about  in college through Prof Bardwell Smith…a wonderful man for whom I will always be grateful..as from Buddhism my TRUE beliefs in LIFE were created..

they also introduced me to how addictive the internet is …as they could stay in their rooms forever…and NOT go out….and when they did…try to socialize…well it was usually disastrous….and embarrassing for them…which made them NOT want to leave their room….

and then I had as a roommate this totally wonderful beautifully astute calm  man…

who taught me and made me appreciate Hip Hop…

and made me realize how Beautiful Muslims are….he is one of the top Profs at Stanford….

a man I will always admire, love and Appreciate for the Rest of my Life …

then I had one of the most beautiful women in the world…a Bulgarian….from Yale…PHD..(

she knew the guy who was the first Black boy  at  my prep school ….St Albans in DC….

showing how wonderfully interconnected  life is …he was a Prof at Yale at the time she was there and TOTALLY admired him

she is just one of the most most unbelievably REALISTIC ..honest persons  in the world ..she speaks like 9 languages…and left me to go to Dubai to teach the kids Italian in Arabic …she speaks Arabic (?)……she has a gorgeous sister who works in London for one of the top banks….

Her parents gave her a root of a plant from Bulgaria…well she tried like forever to get it to grow…she either over watered it…or under-watered it…..when she left for Dubai…I took this unknown plant….into Care….

she would be amazed at how Beautiful it is now….

and now I have this most wonderful  man as a roommate…. actually one of  longest in residence ….

when I first met him…well to be quite honest…he could not fill out the financial form I had….as he had no money…was living in “pod city” in Venice …which he said was basically like living with people one step above homeless…

he had been through college and was an attorney….got married…got into experimenting with drugs and sex with his wife…who  eventually left him…..

he rebelled against his life….and that’s when he moved into this commune….and became involved in working for a marijuana collective…..

There was an Electric Feeling of LIFE …when I looked into his INTENSE Blue  eyes…so I said that he could have the room that so many wonderful people have lived in……

well there must be something about that room…as after over a year…he has left the collective…has the most beautiful, wonderful girlfriend that a guy could have…..and has become one of the top “coaches” in our area….

(sigh)

this blog started after I heard Obama speak  about the tragedy of this early morning in Colorado…

how it is SOOO IMPORTANT to APPRECIATE and love those who have made you the wonderful person you are….

and for all of the people whose paths I have crossed over my 66 years..

I TRULY THANK YOU!!!!~as YOU have made MY life so wonderful!!!

(and YES Donna…this  totally means you!!!! among Many others………….(sigh!!) )

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