well it doesn't let me drill down to teeny tiny kalamazoo, michigan but i can get close. as the crow flies:
Distance is 1025 kilometers or 637 miles or 553 nautical miles
04-25-2008 10:13 AM
04-25-2008 10:44 AM
i drew a line with google earth's ruler: 607km.
fascinating that. (to me)
04-25-2008 11:34 AM
aprox. 1905 mi.
04-25-2008 04:54 PM
3,279 mi – about 3 days away by car if I avoid the highways. However, I'm still in the same latitude, and the landscape is remarkably similar. But the culture is as different as the West Coast is from the East Coast.
(It hasn't occurred to me before now to look at my childhood neighborhood by google satillite and retrace trails in the woods that I used to take. My house is still there, with a new addition added where the porch used to be, but my elementary school has been torn down. It wasn't as far away as I remember having to walk. I could stretch the walk home to a full hour if I wanted to, but most of the time I hurried so I could catch the beginning of "Mr. Roger's Neighborhood.")
04-26-2008 01:53 PM
Yesterday a friend and me came upon Zen while we talked and I learned of an aquaintance of her who uses it as an excuse for his ego trip and other strange behaviour patterns (but imo that's just the wrong way to use this teaching :confused:).
As I have never went in much for that philosophy I thought I'd ask me Zemonkeys :)
¿ Is Zen important in your life and what is/means Zen for you ?
04-26-2008 02:10 PM
I'm not very much into religion of any kind. Any religion can be used and abused, I would say.
04-26-2008 05:47 PM
the answer is in the ¿question?
04-26-2008 07:37 PM
I think the idea of being as present and mindful as possible is helpful. Dying to one's own selfish desires in order to end suffering in the world is not incompatible with being a follower of Jesus, so I don't have a problem with it. It can be a lovely, awake way to go through the world. Um... Nirvana was a good band. :) - I'm often amused by Americans who dabble in it without really committing to it, and it's easy for some to lose their sense of humor in the process, but that's a complaint anyone can have about any religious practice.
04-26-2008 08:30 PM
The oak tree in the yard grows into the wind.
04-26-2008 08:45 PM
i'm not familiar with zen so i looked it up, even though i'm not physically able to sit in lotus and do not think about koans, i do seem to live this way, yes. which sucks because i promised not to commit to anything religious. something to ponder, i guess.
04-26-2008 08:50 PM
Originally Posted by Brynn
I'm often amused by Americans who dabble in it without really committing to it
how's the weather up there on your high horse? how anyone can judge another person's spirituality, i'll never know.
i find zen neither important nor unimportant in my life. it just is. it's one ingredient in a big gumbo of spiritual philosophy. each ingredient makes the gumbo richer and more flavorful.
04-27-2008 01:56 AM
The answer to this question would take me from one-night stands to a precious friend, though not on the same track, and would probably ultimately bore you. I am not able willing to write about the spiritual journey in a way you would find entertaining.
04-27-2008 03:26 AM
How would you summarize your use of condiments, particularly in the area of hot dogs? Are you pro-relish, for instance? Anti-tzatziki?
04-27-2008 05:50 AM
ketchup & mayo
04-27-2008 06:16 AM
Originally Posted by zero
the answer is in the ¿question?
:) Ah! Ah? Ah...
Originally Posted by Frieda
i'm not physically able to sit in lotus and do not think about koans
My friend read a book written by a man who spent quite some time in Zen Buddhist monastries and he describes Zen in such a way: you don't sit in lotus and mediate (say about a koan), but go live it.
With regards to hot dogs: I don't eat them often (more the felafel type atm), but spiced ketchup is the condiment of choice for me :)
04-27-2008 06:34 AM
04-27-2008 06:49 AM
only with mustard
04-27-2008 06:50 AM
^^ i seriously hope you don't squirt nivea on your hotdogs..
*that* hotdog! :eek: :D
04-27-2008 11:12 AM
there are only two ways to eat a hotdog.
1) tomato ketchup, yellow mustard, and pickle relish
2) beef chili, cheddar cheese, and on special occasions a dab of yellow mustard
there are no other hotdog options. period. END OF DEBATE.
04-27-2008 11:27 AM
04-27-2008 11:52 AM
Ketchup, mustard, relish, onions and on occasion add some tomatoes.
04-27-2008 11:58 AM
whats relish? :confused:
04-27-2008 12:51 PM
Hot dogs/verboten/Ekeln :(
Sausages/ja with sauerkraut and brown spicy mustard :)
04-27-2008 01:20 PM
Frieda: chopped up pickles in either a mustard or a vinaigrette, revolting either way in the commercially sold versions -- some homemade versions can be edible.
Chili, jack cheese, sauerkraut, and onions overtop a horseradish mustard. Or a Chicago dog with peppers as hot as you can stand it. Otherwise might as well go for a corn dog -- those are the only things good with yellow mustard.
04-27-2008 09:23 PM
^ hot dogs with homemade relish...yum !
tzaziki dogs ? never tried it...sound interesting though...
the last hot dog i had was at Crif Dogs. It was topped with many things including pineapple. thanks to AKH for pointing me towards these new taste sensations.
04-28-2008 07:08 AM
^^^ & ^^^^^^
Lukku & Coffee receive the Bavarian honoury citizenship now! :D
Some ... kinda :o :o ... folk music for you
You get a lifetime supply of ♥-white-blue tape
plus a lifetime supply of the sniff tobacco of your choice (also tabacco-free if you live healthy)
04-28-2008 08:50 AM
¿ question of the day ?
what's for breakfast?
please interpret the 's as "is" or "was" depending on your time zone.
04-28-2008 09:24 AM
2 café au lait & 2 petits pains au lait - oh lait, lait ;)
04-28-2008 09:58 AM
04-28-2008 10:38 AM
04-28-2008 11:13 AM
a slice of bread with cheese, a slice of bread with chocoladevlokken and a handfull of pills, washed away with 3 glasses of water
04-28-2008 11:25 AM
A small bowl of lowfat large curd cottage cheese and a small bowl of old fashioned rolled oats softened in lowfat vanilla yogurt.
Usually I'd have one whole hard boiled egg and one egg white instead of the cottage cheese but I couldn't find my egg boiling pot.
04-28-2008 03:28 PM
bowl of oatmeal and a grilled pork chop
04-28-2008 05:02 PM
04-28-2008 05:54 PM
ginormous chai tea latte, broiled whole wheat bagel with colby jack, and an orange