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December 12th, 2005


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06:12 pm - Standing with Giants, Conquering Fear, and Remembering What's Important
Getting through Walking With Fire reviews seems to be a recurring problem :) I'll manage, I promise. Only two left to go.

I went to the 'Shoe today. I haven't been in there in a long time, but I wanted to see it today. I've never been the only person there, and looking at the North and South endzones was eerie and . . . peaceful? Perhaps that's the word.

The difference between that stadium when it's full and when it's empty is shocking. When it's full, you feel the amazing weight (the egregore, if I were trying to sound smart here) of tradition. When it's empty, you hear the whispers of those same traditions.

I don't know: perhaps it's different for a former student athlete who is ashamed of his last few weeks as a letterman here. Perhaps not everyone would feel it.

But I did, and I do.

I conquered, at least temporarily, fear # A-1 today. I did this by seeing how silly it was, and how amusing it could be. That's how I used to conquer fear four months ago, and it was a good return.

I also took back some of my time, figuring that working on a project that no one wanted me on was a waste of time, no matter how badly it needed to be done.

My boys and the girl were damn cute last night. They've been terribly good, not eating any orchids. Infinity, in particular, has been quite good. Then again, she has a new ""Prized Posession".

Tonight, I'm off to be a Boy Scout again. It feels good to think about getting back into that habit.

They're going to laugh at the state of my boots.

"Oh, yesterday's over my shoulder
So I can't look back for too long.
There's just too much to see waiting in front of me
And I know that I just can't go wrong."

Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "We Are the People Our Parents Warned Us About", -JB

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From:_boy_
Date:December 12th, 2005 11:53 pm (UTC)
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The difference between that stadium when it's full and when it's empty is shocking. When it's full, you feel the amazing weight (the egregore, if I were trying to sound smart here) of tradition. When it's empty, you hear the whispers of those same traditions.

I'd go with a Durkheimian "collective effervescence" to describe the "amazing weight" more than an egregore - I didn't think that egregores were a) spontaneously created, or b) dependent on ritual setting (which a stadium would be).

I agree, though, that even an empty 'Shoe is ritually evocative, semi-numinous and all.
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From:perlgirlju
Date:December 13th, 2005 12:07 am (UTC)
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Weren't these boots some $200 with a spiffy warrantee of some sort?
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 13th, 2005 01:28 pm (UTC)
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About that, but the warranty (which ran out about 2 months ago) didn't cover "tears in the outer boot" because it was just a warranty on the Gore-Tex.

Basically, if they leaked in the two years I owned them, I could have taken them back. But they didn't leak, they split wide open. And actually, they still keep out a decent amount of wetness (my feet have yet to get wet in this weather), but right now it's the cold that's causing me issues. It just blows in over the sole and out over the toe :)
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From:prophet_maid
Date:December 13th, 2005 12:09 am (UTC)
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That's a beautiful stadium. While I'm by no means an athlete, I've had a similar experience. The moment I stepped onto the field here my freshman year, I knew I wanted to stay. The lights, the magnitude, the silent crowd; it was one of the most energizing moments in my life, and easily the most intimidating.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 13th, 2005 01:29 pm (UTC)
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I've never been to the stadium there. But I can easily see how it could do that. :) Stadia have a tendency to bring out a feeling like that. If they didn't, no one would bother with them.
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From:qorinda
Date:December 13th, 2005 12:38 am (UTC)
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My kitties have a toy like that. I bought it several months ago, and it is still one of their favorites. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 13th, 2005 01:30 pm (UTC)
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Infin goes through them in about 4 days. If they manage to survive that long, I'm impressed. She rips them apart and all that's left are. . . tentacles.
From:ceolnamara
Date:December 13th, 2005 12:40 am (UTC)
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I dunno why I bothered looking at one of your boot pics, I know what they look like ;-)

The cats = Precious.

And I've never been quite comfortable with that sort of egregore, and I know why :-)

Good luck with your ploys.
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 13th, 2005 01:31 pm (UTC)
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Thankee :)
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From:rhiannon76
Date:December 13th, 2005 02:01 am (UTC)
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They've been terribly good, not eating any orchids.

for whatever reason, this sentence made me laugh out loud. :)

schmendrick has that same tentacle toy! but he doesn't pay it much attention, other than sneak-attack knocking it (and the rest of the bigass pile o' cat toys) off the top of his scratching post. as far as he's concerned, the only toys worth playing with are your plush cherries and the damn feather fishing rod thing. well, and occasionally those crinkly foil ball things if he's feeling experimental. (oh, and he does he does like the catnip pillow you and tina sent last year, but more in an "i must eviscerate it now!" way than a playing way.)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 13th, 2005 01:32 pm (UTC)
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Does he need any more cherries?
From:bloodlikerain
Date:December 13th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
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I love finding deserted places on campus.

and i don't trust a man with shiny boots. not a one of them
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 13th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
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A man with dirty boots has a clean soul.
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From:rfunk
Date:December 13th, 2005 03:24 am (UTC)

Ohio Stadium: The amazing weight of tradition...

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From:singingwren
Date:December 13th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)

Re: Ohio Stadium: The amazing weight of tradition...

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Right on your head.
And it hurts.

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In other words, are you hiking tonight? Or do boyscouts do things during the week besides hike and have banquets? :) Whatever it is, rest assured that I'm jealous, as I have been since the day I became a girlscout in kindergarten (because for some reason girls can't be boyscouts.) ONE day, I will make up for my losses... and the Mountaineers are a good start. Except we never get to have banquets. ;(
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From:unnamed525
Date:December 13th, 2005 10:01 am (UTC)
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... ah, the scouts ...
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 13th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
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Quite. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:December 13th, 2005 03:36 pm (UTC)
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Put the plants on higher shelves. That's about it. :) Or put them in a room with no plants. That works too.

Yeah, my boots are well past the repair stage. Then again, when you wear them as much as I do, they either hold up, or they fall apart entirely one day.

I'm just glad they never fell apart on a trail.

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