Beginning to inhale, the Winter Solstice moment has passed. Yang is rising. I was restless all day yesterday, maybe too much yin. Couldn't work in my office because some ADA-required modification to the building is underway and it is unsafe to walk through the corridor. How ironic. I should have taken the free time to do some shopping, but that was just too dreary and depressing.
At home, after monitoring business email, I succeeded in a technological challenge. I managed to hack the settings of my new alleged all-region DVD player which came ready to read only U.S. region DVDs. But I watch and acquire a lot of Asian media. How to correct this is not documented in the manual or officially on-line. But, you can find anything on the Internet, and in less than a minute, I discovered instructions on how to accomplish this. Well, five different methods for the Coby 514; eventually one of them worked. I am so proud of myself (and grateful to the video geeks who posted the information). This should probably be a topic for the yin Tao 61, but the activity seemed so yang. I will not review here the truly awful movie that I used to test the modified region setting. (How can Andy Lau stoop so low?)
My old Christmas cactus is clearly ready to bloom, the miracle that re-occurs without my intervention, despite my neglect. I would post a photo of the delicate new buds, but my camera connector is in my office. I am disabled.
The kolea are busy in the yard and patrolling the street looking confident and at home. They are not concerned with the discussions I have been over-preoccupied with on several Taoist forums; they are simply Tao manifest. I watch them the way Zhang San Feng observed the snake and crane. How can I be more like them, and the cactus, and my cats?
And we honored properly, our solstice wedding anniversary, a true celebration of yin and yang. Our favorite table, at our favorite neighborhood restaurant, a crisp Bombay martini, a table-side-constructed Caesar salad, a perfect glass of Cabernet, osso buco, shrimp and scallops, linguine, zabaglione. But the restaurant was very busy, very crowded, very noisy, waiters were rushed. And the inevitable heartburn at 3 a.m.
But today, the morning after, all is well. Except I still must go to shop, plunge into the Christmas frenzy. Why didn't I do more on-line? If only it was as easy and natural as the kolea snagging bugs in the grass.
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