I had a wonderful weekend without work. I visited the family and got to see Anna's campus up in Vermont. Train rides are so much less hassle than airplanes. Just get there on time and have a ticket. We had plenty of space to store our luggage (the infamous Mickey Mouse bag), time for me to read and take a nap on Tad and no security to go through. Security is so stupid at airports anyways, since if they are determined enough I'm sure they will get through. We drove through the mountains to get up to Bennington and it increased my desire to go hiking this summer. I've actually started to dig up information now so I know what I'm looking into.
I picked up a book that I recognized from when I was looking up information about through-hiking the Appalachian Trail (no I don't think Tad or I will ever do this) called A Walk in the Woods. While it had some interesting stuff it wasn't that great and I finished up in about three hours. Very quick.
Spring has finally hit us. I can wear a short sleeved shirt without shivering and the trees have burst delightfully into bloom! Tad and I are planning to go to a hanami festival this weekend and I want to take pictures there. I'll take some, I swear. Really.
Humm, what else has happened? OH! I did in fact finish Walden but I didn't bring it on the train up to Albany. While that was probably a better environment for the novel I only had twenty-something pages left to read. I have less that 200 pages remaining between two other books. I will have gotten through my longest book (597 pages) to date by tomorrow I believe. What should I say about Walden? I can see many of Thoreau's points and agree sometimes with his disgust with society. The many problems he saw then have only gotten worse and more convoluted since. I also find a resounding appeal to his absolute love of nature. He really comes through as very superior and arrogant though especially when touting his peculiarities. Ever listen to some artist or musician who is 'avant garde'? They become so into their own ways since they can't reconcile themselves with society at large that they actually begin to demean the very audience they are trying to garner. I'm sure everyone had that friend who was so sure of themselves that, well, everyone is obviously wrong. Such a childish viewpoint. The love for his land was admirable if not a bit silly. It was moving and I think a base to encourage outdoor exploring that should be nature to everyone in this country.
Supposedly we are getting the internet in the apartment tomorrow. Good, I don't mind having all this time to read and relax but there are times when I want to listen to something or check a fact or just check my emails. Annoying.
Ah, one last thing. A new vocab word: tocsin- a warning bell or alarm.
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