Thursday is a day that started out being frustrating for no discernable reason; to a bit of disconnection from my higher self; to reconnecting with someone I met recently; to a very odd but satisfying flow - meeting a couple of new friends; like splashing into a nice chill-out session helping with an activity; then ending with a fantastic "energy conversation" that was intertwined with conventional conversation with one of the aforementioned new friends.
So tonight it is going to snow. Wow, I managed to see three days of Montreal without the presence of THE SLUUUUUDGE. So when it snows, there is this grey snow that pervades the middle of where people traverse, and where people drive their vehicles.
No matter how cold it is, this sludge is always semi liquid or liquid. It gets everywhere, on top of white snow, on people's footwear and leg-pants, being sludge-splashed all over the place as cars race through them, and on all sides of all vehicles, including buses, whose windows are often not visible! It even invades the indoors, where when you come inside and take your boots off, it drips into the drip pans that EVERYONE sets aside for your footwear to rest on, or if it is a store, it populates the first 30 or so square feet of the floorspace. Even after it dries off your footwear, it STILL stays there as a dry, powdery grey film that guiltily marks you in order to give you a constant reminder of its DOMINANCE.
Whenever I walk on the streets, I would imagine the grey snow as one big giant slime organism, laying dormant until it has covered the world with its essence, and rise up and devour all who dwell upon in some sticky purgatory. You can slice it with various sharp implements; separate it with tires and footwear; smear it into the ground like an unwanted pest; dry it with blasts of dry frozen air; or sunder it with the intensity of the sun; it remains, ever-present, will always come back together to reform and regroup, and keep going on its indomitable path towards complete and utter world dominance.
It is more of a threat from the fictional liquid Terminator T-1000 from the second science fiction titular movie. As you see, it doesn't use overt violence or guile like the T-1000; nor does it use social engineering to fool you into complacency, then strikes. No, no, no! Its quiet, unassuming in the most obvious ways, but it is there. It is there when you gaze upon it. It is there in your dreams. It is there to vex you as you contemplate the cleanliness of your vehicle. WORLD DOMINATION. No horror movie can capture the full magnificence of its intended emotion; nor properly be made a satire to comfort us in our hour of need.
Yes, my imagination runs wild here; and I do this to amuse myself and to play with the variety of wordplay.
With some help of friends back in California, I was able to get myself unstuck as a homeless person in NOLA and essentially do a fast paced series of transitions from NOLA to Atlanta, to Washington DC, to Cape Elizabeth, and finally to Rockport, MA. Distance travelled is 1,868 miles in the space of two weeks! But that is not the main subject of this entry. Read on to find out more.
One thing I noticed about New Orleans is the unique slang that is widely used by the populace, especially the natives and supporting section - the restaurant and hotel staff. Most of NOLA is becoming full of people from elsewhere, so the use of the slang is beginning to disappear. I was so amused by the slang, that I have adopted a small part of it into my vocabulary; and wish to share them here:
Who Dat - It has several uses from what I witnessed. It is sometimes used as a greeting - Who is that?; but mostly is a noun referring to another New Orlean citizen; and loudly chanted by the New Orleans Saints football team fans as support during the game. The Sainsts fans really love their team!
Wherey'at - Short for Where are you at? Self explanatory. I loved this one quite a bit, so have adopted it into my conversation on the phone, when I need to ask that question. Also spoken with emphasis - Wherey'at!?. This one was hardly spoken anymore but there is a local magazine that adopted that name.
All'right - This one is used very frequently and in a couple of occassions! First, it is used as a greeting, where the intonation is rather flat "Aww-riiite." Imagine passing someone on the street and saying "Wassup". Another occasion is when asking another if they are okay. "Al-riiight?" with the intonation going upwards. If in the positive or giving a default social answer, you repeat the same word with the intonation downwards to indicate that you are okay. This gets asked very often as the culture is very warm. Sometimes the asker will say the same thing with the intonation downwards to indicate acceptance of the situation.
What'cha got goin' on? - Although used everywhere, it is used very frequently to inquire on what someone is up to; or what they have planned for the day. I hear it multiple times a day, even when the answer is known and needs a quick update.
That is it for this post. I am trying to make the posts shorter and more frequent so that it is not such a high cost to do a posting, nor take up so much time, at a time. Until next time, I am in Gratitude!
Hi! My name is Peter Trinh, and I started a spiritual journey in the latter half of September of 2013. I plan to travel across the United States of America, and beyond! I am chronicling this on this website, and I hope you enjoy it!
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