We're super stoked to be home from our trip...
unfortunately, home smelled strange, due to a dead echeveria cactus (boo!!), and was filled with hundreds of tiny sugar ants, searching for things they didn't find and coming from some place that only God knows - how strange to not find the place of entry!
Today is the last day of six days around Florida - corner to corner. We couldn't be happier that it's over! We were so exhausted yesterday that we didn't bother to explore south Miami. Though we did eat dinner at a very nice mall (Dadeland). A quick overview:
Spent the weekend with Kallie's parents in Tallahassee and fished on Saturday with dad for a few hours (pictures to be posted soon).
Had dinner at a restaurant that is dumb enough to staple over 700,000 one dollar bills to the ceiling and walls with Dan Benigno in Pensacola. He let Kallie use his apartment while he (and David) were at work. Loved seeing Dan!
Saw Ron Paul's stretch limo-type thing on I-10: Ron Paul Revolution. Also saw his signs on about every overpass the entire trip.
Were wiped out in Jacksonville but went to St. John's Town Center anyway. They've opened a whole new section since we had been there last. We wish it was a block away from us, we love it so much. Kate Spade is opening soon (Kallie gets twitter-pated).
Almost passed out from exhaustion and full bladders on the way to Miami. The floor of the hotel they had us booked for was flooded so they comped our night (well, comped David's work) at a much better hotel, which was a nice blessing in disguise. We really loved how the girl said it was ten minutes away...ten minutes for 60 blocks one way and then about 40 another. Yeah, more like 40 minutes. We're convinced that Holiday Inn Express is the only great hotel at a decent price. We plan to stay at them from now on.
Lula Magazine is worth the $15 for the British import.
We think guys are more wired for non-fiction and girls are more wired for fiction. In general.
Kallie finished The Great Divorce and loved it. She wishes it hadn't been a dream...though likening it to Revelation and Paul's dreams and visions helps. Some faves:
"But ye can get some likeness of it if ye say that both good and evil, when they are full grown, become retroscpective. Not only this valley but all their earthly past will have been Heaven to those who are saved. Not only the twilight in that town, but all their life on Earth too, will then be seen by the damned to have been Hell. That is what mortals misunderstand. They say of some temporal suffering, 'No future bliss can make up for it,' not knowing that Heaven, once attained, will work backwards and turn even that agony into a glory. [...] And that is why, at the end of all things, when the sun rises here and the twilight turns to blackness down there, the Blessed will say 'We have never lived anywhere except in Heaven,' and the Lost, 'We were always in Hell.' And both will speak truly."
"But Heaven is not a state of mind. Heaven is reality itself. All that is fully real is Heavenly. For all that can be shaken will be shaken and only the unshakeable remains."
"Ye cannot fully understand the relations of choice and Time till you are beyond both."
"The sane would do no good if they made themselves mad to help madmen."
"All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it. Those who seek find. To those who knock it is opened."
"When you painted on earth - at least in your earlier days - it was because you caught glimpses of Heaven in the earthly landscape. The success of your painting was that it enabled others to see the glimpses too." (Substitute "painting" with "photography".)
"Either the day must come when joy prevails and all the makers of misery are no linger able to infect it: or else for ever and ever the makers of misery can destroy in others the happiness they reject for themselves. I know it has a grand sounds to say ye'll accept no salvation which leaves even one creature in the dark outside."
"The passion of Pity, the Pity we merely suffer, the ache that draws men to concede what should not be conceded and to flatter when they should speak truth, the pity that has cheated many a woman out of her virginity and many a stateman out of his honesty - that will die. It was used as a weapon by bad men against good ones: their weapon will be broken."
"All Hell is smaller than one pebble of your earthly world: but it is smaller than one atom of this world, the Real World."
"And yet all loneliness, angers, hatreds, envies and itchings that [Hell] contains, if rolled into one single experience and put into the scale against the least moment of the joy that is felt by the least in Heaven, would have no weight that could be registered at all. Bad cannot succeed even in being bad as truly as good is good."
"For a damned soul is nearly nothing: it is shrunk, shut up in itself. Good beats upon the damned incessantly [...] but they cannot receive it."
"Freedom: the gift whereby ye most resemble your Maker and are yourselves parts of eternal reality. But ye can see it only through the lens of Time, in a little clear picture, through the inverted telescope. [...] For every attempt to see the shape of eternity except through the lens of Time destroys your knowledge of Freedom."
Back to the grind.