May 18th, 2007


an evening stroll

you should travel to prague when the days are long, so you will be rewarded by a fair view as the train passes the placid river vlatava. you have had your first glimpse of prague. and it was beautiful. so, you set about endeavoring to enter into the spirit of the place, to absorb its atmosphere and to study its character. for every ancient city that has stood up against adversity and overcome it has a very definite character of its own. and it is a mysterious and wonderful thing, this character, this cache of a great city.
BG Baker From A Terrace in Prague, 1923

and the days are growing long. at 9pm it is still light here and very difficult to resist the call to wander as the sun sets. people are having dinner, lounging in front of their favorite evening programs, and unwinding from their day. i sneak peeks into their worlds as i pass on the cobbled sidewalk outside.

behind every window is a story. in prague, it isn't difficult to catch a glimpse of the pages within. perhaps analogous to the fall of the iron curtain, residents of prague have a sense of openness when it comes to windows. there are no curtains here, at least not those that you can see, only white lace sheers (záclony) between the lives of inhabitants and the outside world. there are curtains (závesý) open on the inside, but no one actually closes them. sills, also, are sort of a shrine to passersby adorned with dusty plastic flowers and stuffed animals faded by the sun. outside are wood or iron flower boxes, here are the real flowers, bright and sweet, now appearing under every window....quite the contrast against concrete still pocked with german bullets and scattered plaques bearing names and memories of those who fell there.

until prague, i don't think i had ever been to a city that so clearly, yet silently, reveals its history.
don't fear death

friday five

Have you ever gone skinny-dipping?
uh yeah.... (winks at eric)

When you're home alone, do you strip down to get comfortable? Do you ever go out without underwear (bra and/or panties) because it's more comfortable?
i rarely go out with panties and not always with a bra either. i am convinced both were inventions of sadistic men. my body likes to b r e a t h e ....

Have you ever/Do you use the bathroom with the door open? Are you comfortable using public facilities?
i close the door and i hate public potties. i usually am about to pee all over myself before i will use one.

When getting intimate with your significant other, lights on or off?
i am so not thinking about lights then.....whatever ;)

How comfortable are you with body exposure/nudity of others? Group shower rooms?, topless/nude beaches?, breastfeeding in public?
probably typical female...not really comfortable with my body, but i'm also not one to care much what others think about me.
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