getting to the seller was tricky because it was on the 20th floor of a building that was designed originally as a residential tower, but is now filled with offices. i made it OK to it despite lacking instructions on how to get there. these buildings where not intended to have the traffic of people up and down elevators that they have. so i noticed that if you want to descend 20 floors, people catch the next elevator going up seven more floors. that guarantees them a space in the elevator to descend later. actually that hapened to me also when i went to the eye doctor in a big hospital. after waiting 20 minutes for the elevator going down, which never appeared, several people and I rode it up so we could descend. this contrasts highly with the super sophisticated office building i visited where you punched in the floor you were going to and you would be instructed which elevator would take you there. six elevators took people randomly to their selected destinations, and only there.
my teeth are almost perfectly straight now after six months of braces. today they added more teeth to the ganging up. it's hard to chew, though, and difficult to floss.
i learned today also where to take the bus to the ferry of the fast boat to PutuoShan. actually, i have been learning a lot about how to use buses around the city. in addition there are new metro lines, so getting around is really easy.
Susan wrote something with respect to my new digs/shala/work that I think is useful to people who balance life, yoga practice and a demanding professional career. when the important things in your life can be close together, it makes life nicer. i'm quoting it here with her permission.
Hurray! Congratulations Arturo, great news. That's the set up I have in London, home/shala/office all in walking distance, and it has improved my life immeasurably. I'm sure it will yours too!
I later went to see a flat where someone is willing to let me take a bedroom. It has a little loft space that could be used for yoga practice and possible storage for all my stuff. However, the person leasing the apartment may be moving in three months if her new job is in another location in the city. So this could be just another temporary place for me to "crash". It happens that her apartment is in a luxury condominium and it is actually right behind the office that is considering me. I don't know if it makes sense to pay a mover to move me if I would have to move again within 3 months.
While pondering things like this at a coffee shop, I had to use the restroom. Someone tried to open the door. When it did not open, the person tried again. I mumbled something. Then I heard constant tapping with high heeled shoes as if Dorothy was clicking her shoes, or as if she wanted her flamenco tapping tell me to hurry. But you can't hurry the bowels.
Tough stuff, isn't it? I woke up with a back ache. I'm sure stress plays a part. But I think the backache is from sitting in the wrong position on the bed while ticking away in the computer. At least that is what the massage therapist who I went to in the afternoon thought. So I'm sitting in a meditation pose on the safuton now while writing this. At least my spine is straight and not hunched over. Besides everything that went on today, I have a date on Monday. That would be my first date (laugh) here.
Sorry for the mind dump, but life feels a bit topsy turvy at the moment. In the morning I'm going to a meditation where I'm supposed to sit uninterruptedly for 2 hours. ijole. They think I can do it because of yoga. Yes, but in Zen, we sit 45 minutes, walk 20 then sit another 45 minutes. Two hours nonstop while chanting is what I'm expected to do tomorrow.
what do you think about this article on new sites that go beyond social networking sites? are people revealing more than a tweety bit? the phonebooth site idea, where people post a self picture daily, is something some of us do already sometimes with respect to yoga practice.
i'm temporarily renaming my pelvis Elvis. so Kai said that Kino said, "and then you take your pelvis forward" on almost every asana. so, i'm taking Elvis forward. i also remembered Boodi saying that Guruji said to concentrate in back bending asanas to bend at the waist because it's where the psoas is. so i concentrated on all those things and took Elvis forward. my laghu vajrasana was strong. my kapo was better, but i have lost control of it as i descend.
my midmorning snack, after an Americano from Costa Coffee (why do they call it that?) was a macha green tea bread stuffed with sweet red bean paste and cream cheese. it was delicious. i don't have the picture to prove it. they don't have these in Kansas anymore. here is a wordle based on this post, using wordle.com:
edit: i went to see another apartment of the landlady. she explained that she asked me to move because she has a contract with the agency that brings interns here and they need a room. my agreement was month to month so she is giving me enough time to find another place. she didn't ask me to leave because one of my roommates hates me. (and clarification, he does not hate me, he just hates my guts.) she does not care whether people like each other in a share situation.
the new place she showed me is not adequate for two roomates. however, she has a friend that is renovating a flat in an old house where for about the same i pay now i could have double the space. she's an angel. so is another friend who found a friend willing to let her extra room to me.
an ancient wood carving
my teacher's teacher's teacher, an old monk, died last night. so my teacher asked me if i wanted to join him in a visit to pay our respects at his hospital room. he had wanted me to meet the monk while he was alive, but i met him today, as he was resting peacefully in his bed, covered with a beautiful yellow satin blanket. his room was on the 11th floor on the wing of a hospital that is going through renovation. whenever the elevator opened, you could see construction workers milling about unfinished rooms. in the monk's room, people where allowed in groups of two. we offered some incense, and bowed, always holding our angeli mudra. as he laid there, the monk was smiling in his sleep. this afternoon, his body will be cremated. in my prayers i asked him a little favor :)
on Sunday i got together with my Mandarin teacher, followed by meeting with a colleague for a chat over a healthy drink and dinner. she needed advice on her career. at the apartment my flatmates are angry because i asked them to smoke in the terrace, not inside the apartment. the landlady asked them this as well.
i went to see the Academy of Sciences in San Francisco last week. I went to the inauguration a year ago but the crowds to get in where too long to make it possible to visit it then. on the way, i saw birds frolicking at the fountain at Civic Center.
the Amazon Forest exhibit. despite large crowds on the day of my visit around noon on a weekday, the experience was very pleasant, with a nice flow of movement through the exhibits.
view of the giant fish tank below, the largest fish, and the people walking under the tank.
after you climb to the top of the forest exhibit, you take the elevator to the basement, where you experience the various fish tank exhibits up close.
a sea horse
view of the DeYoung museum across the park, from the roof garden of the Academy. those are the PVC panels over the canopy of the entrance to the building.
the interesting live plants green roof, which is supported by an equally interesting structure below.
the maid in the apartment comes in once a week. she is charming. she had patience in listening to my Chinese, since i process and deliver slower than native speakers. she engaged me in a few conversations.
there's a grocery store on the first floor of the building. neat, huh? i have learned now to put the clothes to dry in the exterior of the building. people typically wash on days when the weather is good.
today i delivered the huge amount purchases to my colleagues at their place of work. i didn't want to hang out then but will meet them for dinner. i think they appreciated that i brought the stuff.
last Saturday i went hiking in the Palo Alto Foothills Park with my friend V. only people who live in the city can drive into the park, although the public can access it by foot or bycicle. V. likes macro photography of nature, so i took some photos in his style. this first one is of a mushroom, which looks like a perfect geodesic dome structure.
V. took the photo of the bird and the lizard. in the distance you can see the Stanford University tower, Palo Alto and the bay.
my friend can do a movie star pose. i moved a little bit so as to not look like a sac of potatoes with arms dangling. haha. that's my new D&G hoodie - $17 at Ross Dress for Less. i bought it to have something scrungy in which to rummage through the storage unit. then i ended up feeling so confortable in it that i wore it every day (between washes, of course) for the last two weeks. i sampled D&G's cologne called The One. it is really clean and nice. but i have several colognes to go through before buying another.
somebody's manse being built. in that house people will repair rather than move from one room to another.