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11:02 pm: The lives of perfect creatures
Thank you for all your comments on the previous post. It was an interesting exercise; much more in the way of nature and music and travelling, and perhaps less about relationships that I was expecting. Sunlight and the lonely sea, the sound of birds and the scent of pine trees. I don't know if that's a selection effect (the sort of people who still read this journal, the sort of things people are comfortable expressing in a public post) but the sorts of things that make you happy are rather lovely.

I find the contagiousness of feelings interesting. I was going to write something unpleasant about how bedbugs mate and the non-one-to-one relationship between long-term happiness and what gets a species to survive. But having reread the last post comments, I have a feeling of gentle Aww, and don't particularly want to. So hurrah for gardens[1] and spooning-before-sleep, for silliness and high lonely hills, and for the smell of warm blackcurrant bushes. Hurrah for music. Hurrah for pop music, even[2]. I'm sure there will be other days for the bedbugs. I don't know if reading about other people being happy is triggering the whole social group says stuff is good compliance thing[3] but yes. Contagiousness! Jolly good, folks.

[1] This weekend we planted sunflowers and nasturtiums and rhubarb, bay and thyme and lemon catmint. And I wandered out into the garden from time to time and watched bumblebees nestling down into the purple flowers of the rosemary bush, and the blackbirds bouncing around like little bright-eyed avian labradors.
[2] OK, embarrassing digression. As I realised approximately 35000 feet above Salt Lake City, I kind of like Lady Gaga (it was a happy moment. So kind of relevant.) By which I mean that a) I have a little bit of a crush on Lady Gaga, and b) I actually kind of like the music. Yes, I know that pop music is primarily about fun. And yes, my relationship to 'fun' is is primarily characterised by the concepts 'you're no fun any more', and/or 'what's wrong with you, we were only having a bit of fun'. If I hear that an upcoming event is going to be fun, my very being is suffused with a hollow dread; dead ravens fall from the sky, bells toll, bigfoot shambles past in a party hat and flips me the finger, and so on and so forth. But I still like the music. Hey look, isn't that Mary Whitehouse at a disco over there?
[3] I think I have got a social group says stuff is bad effect from some of the times over the past few years when lots and lots of people have been having a hard time all at once (although there being a place where lots of people are comfortable enough to express themselves when things aren't going well is a good thing). And for sadness there are perhaps more concrete effects, because sometimes hurt people react by hurting other people somewhere down the line. Complicated world. Et cetera.


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Date:May 20th, 2010 07:52 am (UTC)
Pop music is generally very hurrah, I find!
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Date:May 20th, 2010 12:46 pm (UTC)
Traumatic Insemination. »shudder«

Odd wee chappies, they are; I'll stick to music, hugs and wild outdoors too.
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Date:May 20th, 2010 02:33 pm (UTC)
*will remember to use the word pleasing or such instead of fun when trying to entice you somewhere*

I confess to liking Lady Gaga too. It took some work. But her music makes me want to move and dance and jump. And she can be so very pretty sometimes.
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Date:May 20th, 2010 08:23 pm (UTC)
To be fair, I think it's a thing I should get over rather than try to work around (and quite often whether an event is described as fun or not does accurately describe whether I'd enjoy it or not, so changing the word doesn't make a lot of difference!). But thank you for being thoughtful.

*icon approval*, BTW.
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Date:May 20th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
You're welcome. I do understand how tricky it is to, hmm, learn new reactions to/definitions of words, if that makes sense.

I'm not going to tell you how long I spent hunting for an icon from that part of that video. Something about her face at that point just haunts me.
Date:August 6th, 2010 05:07 am (UTC)


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