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The Usurper

Posted on 2010.11.22 at 20:15
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As someone who grew up spending time in more classical enjoyments of ideals expressed through opera, fine whiskey, and conversations of ideas over the more pedestrian pursuits of my peers, even back then I often wondered what was in store for me when I mellowed, as so many others have done before me. For if I were already where other's eventually followed, what metamorphosis could someone such as I expect?

In the same breath, some of the contemporary things I'd missed I discovered weren't necessarily mundane, nor out of their time, rather I was out of mine; I'm not better than my peers, I'm simply marching adjacent them as they meander down theirs.

Marching is, with the guidance of cadence, knowing exactly where your next step is going to land, the distance of the step, and perhaps more importantly, the timing of those steps for a repeatable metric. You minimize all detractors by keeping your mouth shut and your eyes and head forward - hands curled as if at "Attention" swaying in metronomic meter by your side. It is, to me, the pinnacle of self-ambulatory efficiency. When everything surrounding you is used for a singular purpose, with no wasted movements, it can be both empowering and calming.

So what's wrought from the passing of ages and all which follows with it? Appreciation of subtlety. Gentle nuances of breakwater against the unchanging pillars of those who cling to prohibitively inflexible opinions.

I've missed out on a lifetime, but I've inherited enlightenment.

You know who you are. Won't you join me?

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CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-23 02:33 (UTC) (Link)
"pedestrian pursuits of my peers" When we were younger I never had pedestrian pursuits, I always preferred riding my bike to walking.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-23 06:21 (UTC) (Link)
pedestrian

4. lacking in vitality, imagination, distinction, etc.; commonplace; prosaic or dull

You were never dull. However, had that Penthouse slid to the vice-principal's feet face up, our lives - all of them - may have turned out very differently. In retrospect I should have refused to carry them for plausible denyability. Alas, live and learn.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-23 13:18 (UTC) (Link)
plebeian

3. Unrefined or coarse in nature or manner; common or vulgar: plebeian tastes.

I prefer the phrase plebeian pursuits to pedestrian pursuits it just sounds better.

In retrospect I should have insisted that I carry them so no one could have possibly gotten my ass in a sling.

Edited at 2010-11-24 02:06 am (UTC)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-24 02:05 (UTC) (Link)
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-24 04:52 (UTC) (Link)
Of course you did - but you weren't commended by Oxford, rather an article about the prestigious college by an online rag. As far as I'm concerned they vilify others through use of the word (and accurately so in the article's context) while I prefer a less direct dressing down.

:P

Edited at 2010-11-24 04:53 am (UTC)
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-24 13:20 (UTC) (Link)
Actually I liked the title most of all. But in referring to people like Luciano don't you you think plebeian is the most fitting choice of words.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-24 17:30 (UTC) (Link)
Luciano = Yes. And the title reminded me of this: http://ehowton.livejournal.com/236797.html

Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2010-11-23 04:48 (UTC) (Link)
Appreciating the myriad shades of gray, and confusing oneself by embracing two seemingly opposing emotions and/or logical constructs simultaneously. Although I admit that sometimes I want to take my brain out and play with it. :-)
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-23 06:24 (UTC) (Link)
Sleep annoys me. Such an inefficient use of my time.
catttitude
catttitude at 2010-11-23 11:18 (UTC) (Link)
My experience is, you must have sleep. Over time the human body will make you have sleep. That is how our bodies rejuvenate. However, I do wonder why do we have to sleep for so long to get that rejuvenation.


ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-23 15:33 (UTC) (Link)
I do wonder why do we have to sleep for so long to get that rejuvenation.

In the future Felicity Shagwell, everyone has their own flying car, entire meals come in pill form, and the Earth is run by DAMN DIRTY APES!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-23 13:07 (UTC) (Link)
How so exactly??? Since you have such vivid and entertaining dreams.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-23 15:34 (UTC) (Link)
Only when I'm sleeping soundly on my absurdly expensive mattress.

Not now. Not here.
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-24 03:37 (UTC) (Link)
You didn't have to travel to Wichita, you could have stayed in your comfortable warm bed at home.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-24 04:56 (UTC) (Link)
I'm often tired, and there is no wine for these lips this trip. But given the position in which I have been placed, and my overall unwavering outlook on life, I am exceptionally overjoyed in entertaining myself and intermittently feeding oft-sought desires which are rarely fulfilled.

Its left me in a state of wonderment.

Isn't that worth future dreams at the expense of today?

Yes. Yes it is!
CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2010-11-24 13:23 (UTC) (Link)
Do you not have wine because Wichita is dry zone???
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-24 17:33 (UTC) (Link)
No, because I'm "on the wagon" for a lack of a better term. No weekly box-o-wine for me this trip.
Michelle1963
michelle1963 at 2010-11-25 01:40 (UTC) (Link)
Ahem...I believe I did introduce to a somewhat acceptable guest bed? However, we could put a pea under the mattress to make sure. ;-)
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-25 02:13 (UTC) (Link)
I think about crawling into that bed every single night. Wistfully.
Missus Emm
missus_emm at 2010-11-23 14:36 (UTC) (Link)
Or you could go completely backwards like me. In my late teens and early twenties, I would only read philosophy, politics or modern or post-modern literature and corresponding plays and films. Now I watch nearly every single trashy television series out there, my books are as trashy as they get and I prefer horror and thriller films to award winning Cannes offerings. :) I like to see it as growing down.
ehowton
ehowton at 2010-11-23 15:43 (UTC) (Link)
That sounds entirely acceptable :D I read a piece once which detailed why it would be more practical to be born old and grow into an infant as we completed our lifecycle - there are many out there to be true, but this one particualrly stood out to me with the most accurate justifications.
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