Saturday, June 20, 2015

Traveling Tome

Ahhh so it's been a while hasn't it?

My last post is dated at April 18th, so yeah, I think that's an accurate statement. Very sorry friends. Well I mean I would be sorry, except I have valid reasons to have been late.

Reason 1: I went to New York, New York, for a week. On a trip to go visit my girlfriend, I had the chance to see the big apple itself. I took a walk down by the Hudson river, which is a most lovely river to my eyes. It had nice waves, and sound it made while it went on its way was very expressive. I did learn some interesting things at about the river, such as how part of it will reverse direction based upon the time, and as such, parts of it will alternate from fresh water to salt water.

I also had the chance to go up to the Empire State building and see the city spread out before me. You can choose to take an audio tour while you go, and learn about the construction of that towering edifice, and if you're into that kind of thing like I am, I'd recommend it. In the tour I learned of the absolutely staggering pace of construction, near the height of it, they were finishing a floor a day. Of course, they didn't just work on one floor at a time. They laid the scaffolding, did the riveting, pour concrete, and so on and so forth. I found it absolutely fascinating. I also learned how the iconic spire was a kind of last minute addition to ensure that the Empire State Building was indeed the tallest. They had stiff competition from a neighboring tower.

That poor spire. Meant as a mooring mast for passing passenger blimps, it stands as a monument to bygone dream of the future. I love blimps. I have a few dreams about how that dream could come to be again, but alas, I do not have that kind of funding yet. I'm hardly the first to imagine a future with blimps, as is evident by the existence of the mast itself.

The other thing about New York city that struck me is the feeling of it. I found it all a little overwhelming, but it has an energy to it, a sense of age and massiveness. Even when you are down in the streets where you can't see everything, and you could be convince you were just in any other city, you know you're not. You know that there are millions of humans all around. To me it was at once exciting, and a little bit oppressive. All those people going about their business, going about the business of being human. And yet, if you aren't directly involved in the business you might as well be invisible.

I can't say I really blame them in their choice of zoning things out though. With so many people everywhere, if you opened yourself up to everyone and acknowledged everyone, you would quickly be overwhelmed. You simply can't find a good quiet place to be alone easily.

My brother Brenden once said that a city is a great place to go if you want to be alone. I see what he meant, you aren't alone in the sense that there's no one there, but you can be alone in the sense that there's no one with you.

It was a great experience all in all, and I hope that it might get used in my writing, but I wouldn't want to live there. 

So anyway, that's one of the reasons. I'll bring up the other reasons in later posts.

Huh, there's an odd thought. I'm bringing up the reasons why I haven't writing my blog, by writing in my blog. Crazy.

Till next time people!

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