Here there be monsters (socratic) wrote,
Here there be monsters

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Whoa nelly

I am not even going to attempt to describe all of the happenings of the last week or so. They range from the irritating (my iPod died and my computer followed soon after, leaving me without my Mp3s and having to use my old PC for basic functions like Email, which it performed horribly, and leaving me unable to write because the copy of MS Word I have on that computer is corrupted.) The computer has since been fixed, and to tell the truth there were advantages to not having access to digital entertainments. I curled up on the couch and read the physical newspaper, checking out some articles I might have skipped if I'd been reading online. I read magazines and got to bed earlier. I spent a good deal of time pacing and thinking. I probably should and will move my computer out of the room with the television in it for the good of my writing and my eyes.

As for the other things that have happened, well I'd be hard pressed to detail them in a dozen mammoth entries let alone one that I want to keep at a manageable length. I've really embraced life over the past 10 or so days and it's been full of powerful experiences. Filming has been amazing, just a joy that I can lose myself in for hours or even days at a time. Not all the footage is usable and in fact there are problems with the whole of the project, but none of that matters when I'm out there with the camera working on perfecting a framing or interviewing someone. I wrote a lot about "art" and such in the months before this project, but it tended to be mostly talk. Today I got up at 5:30 AM and was out the door before 7:00 (Only that late because I was hoping the rain would let up.) I got to the park while it was still covered in relatively pristine snow and I held an umbrella over my camera for hours while I shot and shot. At times I had to wipe water off of it while managing an umbrella, a plastic bag, the camera bag and a few other necessary items. It didn't matter. I only ended up coming in from the cold because the space in between the lens and the sensor of my camera fogged up and the picture got too dim to keep shooting. I would have stayed out until my batteries failed otherwise.

I could mention the time that I was shooting with two friends and one of them noted two people on rented bikes and said we should go interview them because they were definitely foreign (we were looking for Germans at that point.) One of the riders turned out to be Daryl Hannah, the actress, who is from Chicago. I turned aside before we reached them but my friend plunged ahead and talked to her male companion, who declined to be interviewed. "Good eye" I said.

There are a thousand other little things I could mention, ranging from being stuck in a cab between two MBA candidates talking about how their friend who buys $1000 pairs of jeans never pays them back when he borrows money to trying desperately to get home before bladder or colon burst after a 6 hour filming session when I lost track of my bodily sensations because I was sucked in to the camera.

It's interesting how many little incidents I can recall from what amounts to just a few days, and how much I've learned and re-evaluated. There's a lot in the way of wisdom and lessons that people tell you when you're young that you can't process until you're older with a bit more experience. That's frustrating, but I guess it's also the natural order of things. Human knowledge is, in some ways, cumulative but human wisdom is not. It's something each person must acquire for his or herself. Others can act only as guides.
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