May 17th, 2006

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You know you're a geek when your graduation presents from your friends include the movie version of the Mahabharata and the first volume of the immense University of Chicago translation of it. (Which reminds me, I keep meaning to make a post about the stuff I read in myth class this spring; I should get to that.) lycantras, rao, and rhiannonstone: y'all rock. :) [Side note as to why this is geeky: the Mahabharata is the second or third longest poem in world literature (depending on who you ask; the U of Chicago says second, Wikipedia says third), and it's perhaps the epic of South Asia, long with the Ramayana. It's long, and dense, and lovely. The short version we read in class this past semester is 216 pages, not counting notes; the long version, with all the side stories, is eventually going to be ten volumes; the first, which I got today, is 431 pages + notes. It's a story about Life: right action, making the best choices you can under less than ideal circumstances, the role of kings and how to rule well (and what happens when you don't), how to make war, how to love, how to obey one's parents. It's history and myth and the two mixed up together [actually, one of the things we spent a very long time in class this semester doing was defining myth.] I'm not being terribly coherent, but it's lovely.]
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Yesterday, one of the little old men across the street (this is mostly a neighborhood of families and retireds; we seem to have hit just far enough south of the school to avoid student-ville, for which I am grateful) was out on his porch while we were out on ours, discussing tomato plants. He hollered "hello" at us, and after a "who's on first"-esque attempt at exchanging names, we trotted over and sat in his living room with him and his wife and chattered for a few minutes. They seem like nice folks.

This afternoon, there were a couple kids playing out in our back yard. I looked at them out the window, but they weren't doing any harm, so I didn't say anything but went back to doing dishes. A couple minutes later, there was a bang on the door. It was the kids, asking if we minded if they played in the back yard. :) So we told them no, go ahead, and they did for awhile. I was finishing up supper in the kitchen when someone banged on the back door. It was one of the kids (I ought to ask their names.) "We need to go home now. We'll be back tomorrow!" "Oh-kay. I hope you had fun." *scuffle scuffle looks down* "You don't have a PS2 so I can bring games over, do you?" Ahha, that's what this is about. Hee. "Nope, I'm afraid not. We're boring." "Game Boy Advance?" "Nope, sorry." "Okay." "Be careful walking home." "Okay." And that was that.
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