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The Cherries

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Sometime last week my mom had to ride in the car with my chain-smoking neighbor, Marialena. My mother (true to Cuban form) complained about the smell in the car. Marialena asked for her oh-so-great advice about how to get rid of it and my mom told her to buy this incredibly strong can of cherry smelling stuff specifically designed to take care of any strong odors that might be invading small vehicles. 

Marialena took my mom’s advice despite my warnings about the hazards of the cherry scented car thing. The next night, I was sitting on my porch having a couple of beers with Chris when Marialena pulled up. Before she even opened the door, the smell of incessant headaches and nausea made its way into my nostrils and I knew that she had popped the cherry can. She burst from the car waving her hand in front of her face. She was complaining about what I’m assuming was the smell. I couldn’t hear her because I had already leaped to the other side of the porch. I wasn’t in the mood to re-live my wonderful school days when that “scent” would cling to my hair and my clothes. Quite frankly, I’d rather smell like an ash-tray. 

Today, just 10 minutes ago, Marialena sped into her driveway and just as I was ready to catapult myself across the porch, she steps out of her car smiling with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth. My mom asks her about the cherry can and she says “Oh, umm…it just…fell out of my car!”

Let’s Just Say…

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I got a new job and it’s pretty awesome so far! I am now working for a pharmaceutical company. Honestly, It’s like a really good episode of The Office. Today, all of the new hires were “initiated” and it was hilarious. Apparently, one of the guys bought “The World’s Hottest” hot sauce at a conference in New Orleans and I got to try it. Let me just put it this way, my mouth was numb for like 3 hours after eating it. I have a drug test to look forward to tomorrow morning and I am going to pass it! Hallelujah to that! Aside from that, it’s the same old same old in the city of the Cubanasos.

Amanda and I decided that we want to buy a pooter on Monday so that we can play awesome pranks on people. If you don’t know what a pooter is, then check out Jack Vale on youtube. Trust me, you won’t regret it. Moving on, I’m looking forward to a lazy Friday night hanging out with Amanda and my mom. Maybe I’ll put a good dent in the new book that I’m reading. I have a lot of writing to catch up on, though. I haven’t been very good about keeping up with my blog. Not to worry! I’m going to dedicate myself this time and try not to lull anymore.

Today is Now

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It is time to get my life in order…again. It seems to me that I have a talent for impulsively changing the biggest things in my life and starting over. It is pretty painful, however I did what I felt was best for everyone involved. That said, I need to do some shopping today. A new sketchbook is definitely a must and a couple of new books to keep me from sulking too much. I have been offered a couple of new jobs but I’m not going to cross that bridge until I’m ready for it. A solo beach trip is definitely a must and free yoga at Biscayne park. I have an entirely new day ahead of me and no routine to follow. The sun is shining, the sky is cloudless, and I am going to the beach. 

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The Thing about Henry James

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While I was reading The Portrait of a Lady, I got so frustrated at some points that I literally threw my book across the room. In real life, people will frustrate me the way that Isabel Archer frustrated me in the book. The only difference being that I can not throw a person across the room whenever they frustrate me.

Anyway, what I am trying to say is that I have yet to read a book that develops its characters to be so realistic and so terribly human, the way that James had developed his. I feel like his books are more character driven rather than plot driven. There is a certain psychology that you have to tap into while reading his work. It is so intensely unique to find something like this, seeing as most fiction is solely plot driven. Although his books, in terms of plot, can easily fall into the cliché categories, his characters do not. While reading the preface to this book, I remember him mentioning how he likes to watch people in society and, in his imagination, place them in interesting scenarios, guessing how they would react. When you think about it, it is so simple (and fun)—almost like The Sims, except in your head!

As much as I  love his work, I was frustrated by the ending of Portrait of a Lady. I lost some sleep last night because of that.

Quotes:

“It appeared to Isabel that the disagreeable had been even too absent from her knowledge, for she had gathered from her aquaintance with literature that it was often a source of interest, and even of instruction.”

-Henry James pg. 27

“The finest pleasures in life are to be found in the world of action.”

-Henry James pg. 34

 

“‘But I always want to know the things one shouldn’t do.’

‘So as to do them?’ asked her aunt.

‘So as to choose’, said Isabel.”

-Henry James pg. 60

 

“I try to care more about the world than about myself–but I always come back to myself. It’s because I am afraid.”

-Henry James pg. 205

 

“Don’t mind anything that anyone tells you about anyone. Judge everyone and everything for yourself.”

-Henry James pg 231

 

“The passion of love separates its victim terribly from everyone but the loved object.”

-Henry James pg 324

 

Five years: some favorites from Kahlil Gibran’s “The Prophet”

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“and ever has it been that love knows not it’s own depth until the hour of separation.”
-Kahlil Gibran 8

“and what is fear of need but need itself?
Is not the dread of thirst when your well is full, the thirst that is unquenchable?”
-Kahlil Gibran 19

“when you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.”
-Kahlil Gibran 29

“no man can reveal to you aught but that which already lies half asleep in the dawning of your knowledge.”
– Kahlil Gibran 56

“and knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
And that that which sings and contemplates in you is still dwelling within the bounds of that first moment which scattered the stars into space.”
-Gibran 62

“for what is evil but good tortured by it’s own hunger and thirst?”
-Gibran 64

“even those who limp go not backward.”
-Gibran 65

“and what is word knowledge but a shadow of your wordless knowledge?”
– Gibran 87

“how could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance?”
-Gibran 90

My phone has been turned off all day! T-mobile is being mean again.