Finally, someone who ran away to join a circus

August 2, 2009

P8020040.JPG The picture is sunset at the Deep Creek Conservation Park south of Adelaide. Mike drove me down by way of Port Elliott and Granite Island this afternoon so I could see something of the area, and we could talk about tomorrow’s all day session of my recording video clips. All the stories, the history of the Cynefin Framework, how to use it properly (five domains, not four quadrants) and as much else as we can fit it.

For me the magical parts of the day are dawn and dusk, both replete with potential that simply is’nt there at other times. These are transitionary periods in the daily cycle of our lives that punctuate with wider patterns of out existence.   When you spend some time with people. especially on a journey of any type you learn something about them in fragmented episodes that intertwine with your own experience. I never ran away to join a circus (still impressed that I have finally met someone who did), but we both shared politics and communes in common as well as other concerns. I’ve never won awards for films however! and Mike’s experiences with National Geographical were fascinating.

We ended the day with a Schnitzel that must have been a whole chicken, watching the rerun of Aussie Rules game between Port Adelaide and Hawthorn (I now support Port Adelaide). The Schnitzel owed everything to Australia with only the thinnest of genetic threads to Vienna and it was sufficient for me to vow to to avoid breakfast in the morning.

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