liveonearth (liveonearth) wrote,
liveonearth
liveonearth

Random Interactions

Yesterday afternoon, when I was carrying oars down to the dock, a woman started talking loudly to me and following me around so that she could talk. She never told me her name but she did brag a lot about her willingness to get in the Willamette River. She was carrying a big notebook and was middle aged. She looked like she worked in an office or something. She said she just had to come down to the water because "Water is my god". She said that she grew up on the river, and that she is willing to swim in it now, but she would not open her eyes in it. She went on and on. She told me that back in the 1960's her father and grandfather had the Guiness Book of World Records RECORD for longest water ski distance: from Portland to Astoria. But now somebody has beat that record. She was all right, though I did not know her intentions, why she would come up to a stranger and tell her story.

This morning, on my walk, a couple of bums were sitting in a sheltered spot along the sidewalk. They were in the sun, and one of them was shirtless, soaking up rays. They looked healthier than most bums, though the shirted bearded guy didn't speak and viewed me suspiciously. The shirtless man smiled and held up his hands, and said "The beauty that you possess is a gift from God." I smiled at him and said "Thanks, God." I wished the two guys a good day and kept walking. The shirtless guy kept smiling and the shirted kept scowling.
Tags: flow, oregon, river
Subscribe

  • Naturopathic Notes

    I'm cleaning out my file cabinet and just reached the naturopathic medicine file. It is full of philosophy notes from my first couple years of nd…

  • The College Student Rule for Potlucks

    Bring carbs Eat protein. Dr Paul brings ribs from a restaurant. He's in his 90's and doesn't mind spending his money on food for others.…

  • QotD: What?

    I used to think the cell as a factory full of machines. I now conceive it as a multi-scale set of biased stochastic processes. --Nicolas Le Novere

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for friends only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments