Tuesday, November 01, 2011

BLOK, 021111


BLOK, 021111, 'One Tree Point,' Jorge's house

Shakespeare defined life in 7 stages -- and from 'As You LIke It!' paraphrased:

"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players.
They have their entrances and exits.
And one person plays many parts, his 'acts' being 7 ages:
At first, the infant mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whirling school child with their books and morning faces!  They creep to school hardly wanting to.
And then the lover, sighing like a bellows!  This, a wonderful ballad composed for the desired's delight.
Then soldiers, full of strange oaths, dedicated to honor, quick to quarrel seeking courageous reputations!
And then justice, now overweight from too much good food.  But, now full of advice from experience.
And so they play their parts!
The sixth age shying into the lean and comfortable, spectacles on the nose. The clothes of youth now put away.
Then, from loud and knowing to childish treble, sounding like pipes and whistles, the last scene of all, that ends this strange eventful history, is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth!
Sans eyes!
Sans Taste!
Sans everything!"

In which stage are you?  I think I'm in the penultimate stage, sans sexual desire...

And in that 'stage,' at Jorge's with Alvaro, resting, eating, and writing, as Jorge has WIFI.   We're 'high,' if we have 'Fi!' 

Tomorrow, on to Paul Doherty's in Whangarei, some 40KM to the north.  Paul operates a tour cycling company in Whang, and we look forward to all of that.  

In the meantime, dinner with Juan, Jorge's friend!

P.S.  Yesterday, Alvaro and I cycled up here in the rain and a strong headwind (but only 23KM).  This in three hours, with two stops.  The first, at a food market to buy wine for Jorge.  The second, for Alvaro to admonish a driver that had almost killed us.  But, great fun all!  The harder, the more difficult, the better I like it!  

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