20 Apr 2006

very illustrated lifestyle

when Grant McCracken was invited as a visiting professor to the APSotW and formulated his more than challenging assignment, whose task was to be build a lifestyle, the first thing i remembered and thought about was a very small neighbourhood, somewhere in Bucharest, close to the place where my grandparents used to live. As well as arguably one of my favourite relaxation spots in the city. The reason why the above-mentioned task made me think about this place is that i've always admired and wondered about the lifestyle of the people living there. I'm talking about a very small number of short streets, isolated between the normal Bucharest view, blocks and all that. The place slightly reminds me of the village in "The Prisoner" series, being an extremely quiet and peaceful environment, with small colourful houses which people keep opened (meaning they actually leave the door open), with plenty of small playgrounds for the children, as well as plenty of toys, with lots of flowers and birds singing, with garden tables and lots of old Dacias and so on. In other words, an atmosphere which seems taken from other times rather from the middle of a nasty, polluted big city of this century. People seem awfully relaxed, children awfully happy. In such a way that life itself seems really different there.












3 comments:

abredross said...

"People seem awfully relaxed, children awfully happy." For once, I think you're wrong - there's nothing awfull in those people's and children's happiness.. in fact, I envy, and to some extent probably you do too, their "awfull" happiness, their sincere happiness.. when was the last time you were really and utterly, 100% happy? When was the last time happiness was the only feeling you felt? I wish I could be happy like that for even a moment.. I wish I could be able to just not mind worries or concerns or whatever and enjoy happiness, be it even by reverie in religion, alcohol, drugs, or lust, or whatever.. anyway, this is too weird a comment for a planning blog, but heck..

diana said...

alex, that "awfully" was used precisely in order to express my sheer admiration for these people's at least apparent state of mind [you know, "al naibii de" :))]. not even for a second did i think that there could be something awful in them being (or seeming)happy or in anybody in general being happy; on the contrary, this is one of the reasons why i sometimes go there just to relax.

as for your question...i think that the last time i was really, utterly, 100% happy was about one year and a half ago. however, i might say i get about 99% happy many times, strangely as it may sound.

and don't worry about such comments on my blog; as i see things, this is much more like a planner's blog, than a planning blog :).

ago said...

just don't say this it the area between Dristor and Titan Park (you know, left as you come from Muncii, between the blocks).

if yes, I enjoy it too. very very much. was thinking about a walk around there days...