Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Lazy Day


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We walked the six blocks from our house to the waterfront today. We had taken books, thinking we might sit in the late afternoon sunshine and read them, but then were too lazy even to do that. We just took a seat at a little outdoor spot where they served a hot chocolate (for me) and an espresso (for Demetrios) and we watched the freighters coming in and out of the harbor.

A flock of pigeons landed near us, so Demetrios tossed them some of the dry cat food I always carry in my purse, and it was gone in an Augenblick – the blink of an eye. We especially enjoyed one pure white bird with black eyes and a yellow beak. He had fluffy feathers all the way down his legs to his ankles and looked like somebody’s lost fancy racing pigeon.

After a while we got up and walked along the promenade about a third of the way to the White Tower, then turned back and walked home through the city streets, for a change of pace.

Came home and read, lying down! Demetrios is reading The Israel Lobby, a most enlightening book, from the passages he has read me aloud! It’s an eye opener every American ought to read. We are such an ill-informed nation! I’m reading The Life in Christ of St. Nicholas Cabasilas.

We turned the TV on for the first time since we got here. After the news, guess what showed? Zorro! With Greek subtitles. Anybody remember that, from about 1959? We watched it just for fun. Now, as an adult, I can see that the theme is, “Those nasty, mean, stupid Spanish v. the reasonable, sane, good, oppressed Americans in Spanish California, championed by Zorro, the single good Spaniard.” Sigh…

I cooked us a little dinner, first cooking I’ve done since we arrived here, which we ate on our balcony. We watched a woman in the park below introduce her new puppy to some of the neighborhood children. It appears to be a Beagle, but with all-white head and ears; the brown and black are only on its saddle.

Here is a picture (from the Internet) of the White Tower.

Anmerican to Greek: “What form of government does Greece have?”
Greek: “An hereditary democracy.”
American: “Oh, same as we!”

50 comments:

DebD said...

The book Demetrios is reading sound very interesting. Please ask him if he'll be a guest blogger on your site and give us a review when he's done.

Hugs to both of you.

Anastasia Theodoridis said...

Nope, he won't do that. I don't know if he's just shy about it or whether he thinks it may be too controversial.

In any case, read the book! It is all meticulously documented; otherwise it would be quite beyond belief. Interesting is putting it mildly.

Another book to read if you want to gain a lot of insight into American foreign policy is Brzenski's "The Grand Chess Board." The first sentence of Chapter 2 says (I may not have this verbatim, but I think I do): "The prize, for America, is Eurasia." The whole rest of the book is about how to gain control of THAT. And you will see that what he outlines (very clearly, concisely, and in a well-organized fashion, making for easy reading) is pretty much what has been or is being done.

Anastasia

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