Lorenzo Pirisino
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Stasis and Obsolescence
[Somewhere in May 2009]

"Day after day, day after day,
We stuck, nor breath nor motion;
As idle as a painted ship
Upon a painted ocean"

Once again I have to borrow one of the most famous passages of Samuel Taylor Coleridge's Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner, to describe the situation that I feel that I am living at the moment.

We moved, as the previous posts boldly states, and the process of settling in was quite smooth to my great surprise. There are some bits and pieces that still have to be settled, but I guess that it takes time to have all perfect and settled.

Knee-wise the move was quite heavy, but with time and rehabilitation finally I have managed to regain a good use of the leg and I am now running (very slowly) and back almost to normality. The rehab was finished yesterday and the guy that followed me said that he was happy of the response and the work done, so I guess I am on the right way to go back to doing sports in the near future.

I have added a new activity, thanks to the Cuban boyfriend of one of Chiara's friends. He's a teacher of typical Cuban music and dances, so I joined one of his classes for percussions, and apparently I am doing very well (although I suspect that he says that to keep me coming), he even asked me to come and play at a CONCERT that he's going to have soon! It's a nice way of spending a couple of hours, just concentrating on rhythm and sound blocking out all the other worries that I have.

Then there is the pending new trip to Asia. This time I get to see two new countries, Myanmar and Indonesia, I am sure that it's going to be interesting, and hopefully it will be a good trip, I really need some boost at work as things have been a bit slow recently and the company is starting to go downhill again. I guess that this is a very common situation now in Italy, but I do not find any consolation in seeing other factories on the verge of bankruptcy, it just makes things worse.

The Maison is suffering a very bad spell of unpopularity, it seems that the message board is completely dead and that the usual dwellers have left the site for other places. I guess that it has to do with the advent of Twitter and Facebook, probably the first is to blame the most for the lack of messages. It's a big shame in my opinion that something like that is happening, in a way MDS has been one of the first social networks on the internet EVER, it's now almost FIFTEEN years old (not many sites can boast such a long history), and it attracted people like Sheri and Nigel that we never actually met in person.
Ok it might need a revamp on the programming side, it might need html 2.0 for more interactivity with pictures and comments, but still I find this site a sort of electronic safe heaven, something I can always rely on. Seeing it a bit forgotten it's a great shame.

May is almost finished, but still there is a very weird sense of feeling stuck that I cannot banish from my head. I do not know what it is related to, but it doesn't make me happy, even if it seems that my life is quite eventful and I keep me busy most of the time. I do not like feeling like that, it makes me feel trapped.

". as an Idle painted ship on a painted ocean".


A new House
[Friday 1st May 2009]

Since the surgery was not enough in April, I also had the great idea of moving to a new place at the end of the month.
Let's say that the surgeon told me that I was "going to walk in 3 days", so I thoungh that 2 weeks from the surgery would have been ok, but the reality is that the pain and discomfort are actually lasting (as now) for almost 3 weeks...

This new house story has been a very big source of stress for me. At first Chiara wanted to buy and I wanted to rent (one year ago). Then when the economy collapsed and mortgages become more interesting I changed my mind, but unfortunately also Chiara did not want to persue her former wish.

In the end we had a 6 month notice to give so we looked both at houses to rent and to buy, but although I might be too "soft", and inclined to take the fist thing that I like, Chiara has been a bit too "rigid" and in the end nothing that we saw was good.

We ended up having to rent a place that it's smaller than the one that we left, in a nicer area, more or less for the same amount of money of the previous place.

Moving was done in one day, of course we had to call some people to help us out because my conditions are not good for lifting weights up and down the stairs.

Now we have almost settled everything there will be a couple of thing that we need to buy because the deal that we were given was really shite, and the landlord left a lot of useless pieces of furniture that are just taking up that little space that we have there.

It's not going to be easy to live in a smaller place, I already do not like it very much, but the idea is that this house is a temporary solution until we buy a place. My resolution is to look for houses to buy anyways, I am sure that I can find some decent place!

I expect the new place to be "finished" in a month's time, after that should be more comfortable to use and to live in!

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A reminder to Myself

Left and right
Like day and night
That's what makes the world go round
In and out
Thin and stout
That's what makes the world go round

For every up there is a down
For every square there is a round
For every high there is a low
For every to there is a fro
To and fro
Stop and go
That's what makes the world go round

You must set your sights upon the heights
Don't be a mediocrity
Don't just wait and trust to fate
And say, that's how it's meant to be
It's up to you how far you go
If you don't try you'll never know
And so my lad as I've explained
Nothing ventured, nothing gained

You see my boy it's nature's way
Upon the weak the strong ones prey
The human life it's also true
The strong will try to conquer you
That is what you must expect
Unless you use your intellect
Brains and brawn, weak and strong
That's what makes the world go round


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