Bora Bora 2005.10.24

Bora Bora 2005.10.24
Bora Bora 2005.10.24 ©2005 Mark Phillips

Friday, December 18, 2015

Missed Connections

Eye lock on the dockside, my hands filled with ice cream, hers with beer, my brain filled with loyalty and consternation, hers with the movable party she's on with her mates. She smiles, I smile, and that's that. Except I feel the need to be true, to a relationship which fails definitively within just a few days of my homecoming.

Eye lock outside the pub, where I light up, and she lights up, and I have no loyalty to navigate. This time it's depression which intervenes, the voice which whispers I don't deserve this, or I'm not attractive enough for her, or I'd rather be alone.

These are the lost opportunities for adventure, the experiences you surrender from conflicting motives, the regretful memories you later swim around in as if they were water.

Where each lost experience is like a door that closed off a world. What universe would this be today if only...

Mark Phillips, 2004.03.18 Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia
Mark Phillips, 2004.03.14 Woolloomooloo, Sydney, Australia

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

"It's all so amazing!"

Woman with oxygen gushes, delighted: "This is cool!"

My neighbor on the train. Carries oxygen in a thin backpack slung over one shoulder, clear tube held in place just below each nostril. She wears a waterproof wilderness parka, hiking boots, tights, and her oxygen tank.

Sparkling enthusiasm. Says to her husband, "Did you hear me giggling when we rode those ATVs!" They're on adventure holiday. She's in love, absolutely in love, with each and absolutely every moment.

It's a treat for their seventh anniversary. Another couple celebrates their 40th. "I don't know if we'll live that long," Mrs. Oxygen says, shaking her head wistfully. "I gotta thing," she says. "It's a helluva thing," her husband adds.

Later as we pass through a beautiful rocky gorge with waterfalls on the left: "It's all that you can process in one day, you know? It's all so amazing."

Mark Phillips, Durango & Silverton Railroad, Durango, CO, 2013.05.19
Mark Phillips, Durango & Silverton Railroad, Durango, CO, 2013.05.19

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Thursday, December 27, 2007

Cold

Cold. Sting of disappointment.

Immobile, unmoved unmoving.

I feel the way the chessman must when the opponent says of it, "This piece cannot be moved."

Mark Phillips, 2007.12.27 Gila Cliffs, New Mexico
Mark Phillips, 2007.12.27 Gila Cliffs, New Mexico

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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Eden

The European assimilation of Tahiti with Eden makes perfect sense based on the scriptural narrative. Adam and Eve lived without labor; the earth was bountiful of itself.

Labor as the consequence of rebellion.

"As [Joseph] Banks explained, a Tahitian who planted ten breadfruit trees, a task requiring about an hour's labor, did as much for his family's food supply as an English farmer who labored the year round planting and harvesting crops. For Europeans, a society so devoted to pleasure, where work was scarcely necessary, raised profound moral questions."Lynn Withey, Voyages of Discovery: Captain Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific.

The Tahitians as a people who had not fallen.

Mark Phillips, 2005.10.18 Shark feeding, Huahine, French Polynesia
Mark Phillips, 2005.10.18 Shark feeding, Huahine, French Polynesia

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Wednesday, August 9, 2006

Te Ao Maohi

Think about the impressive things which humans accomplish. They climb huge mountains, they build machines that fly, they go to the moon.

To my mind there's nothing in all of human accomplishment as impressive as the colonization of the vast Pacific by the Maohi people. Sailing the open sea for thousands of miles without compasses or chronometers or written records. Navigating by stars, by ocean currents, by clouds, by objects in the water, by birds seen on horizons, by lore handed down by word of mouth. To settle Tahiti, Rarotonga, Aotearoa, Rapa Nui, Hawaii. Thousands and thousands of empty miles, weeks and months at a time, carrying whole villages with their crops and animals inside floating houses lashed between two enormous canoes.

Astonishing.

Mark Phillips, 2005.10.18 Huahine, French Polynesia
Mark Phillips, 2005.10.18 Huahine, French Polynesia

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Friday, December 30, 2005

Gila Cliffs

Illuminating Plato's cave. Where the shadows are thrown by Heisenberg and Nikon, and we make do with what we've got.

Mark Phillips, Ted at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico, 2005.12.30
Mark Phillips, Ted at Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument, New Mexico, 2005.12.30

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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Land Where Hiroshima Began

White Sands, and the socially awkward circumstance of Japanese Tourists.

I’m sorry we incinerated two of your cities with the technology that was developed here.

Not that Tokyo was morally superior.

Mark Phillips, 2005.12.28 White Sands, New Mexico
Mark Phillips, 2005.12.28 White Sands, New Mexico

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