The hunt is on...

vette · October 19, 2001 12:00 am

The hunt is on... No, no... not that hunt. ;] I mean the weekly hunt for yes, something once again to write about. Or at least write at... Like I've said before, I never quite know what the heck I'm going to scribble about when I first open up WordPad and start to hunt and peck away. But I always figger out something. ;] Heh heh. We've managed to cover a lot of ground in this column over the past several months. 49 of these things... didn't know I had quite that much drivel in me. *snicker* Pretty soon it's going to be time for an anniversary of column... when we hits a years worth of these. Give or take and allowing for the odd missed column. [Whata ya mean, no one will miss these column? You there - down in front. ;)] Been a lot of changes over the months also. We've seen site feuds, C&D uprisings, the occassional member lynching, policy changes, lack of policy changes [jest can't go an entire year without the occassional dig at the PTB ;)], AOM controversies... and putting it all somewhat into scale, national tragedies of epic proportions. Compared to that, a lot of the other stuff we deal with tends to shrink a bit in perspective for me... But, we go on. I've noticed for me, that time has started putting a bit of welcome distance over the wonds of Sept 11th. Thank gods... you can't sustain that kind of shock and grief over the long haul. Gets to be too much to absorb. Strange in a way for me that the distancing of that is coming as we move into one of my favorite times of year - not fall, but Halloween. Heh. We've certainly seen enough real world goblins and ghouls recently that the imaginary type isn't going to hold much horror for us for a while. Prolly a good thing there... another type of perspective. Don't take that the wrong way - not making light of tragedy. Just an observation that we can get so focused in on the little and petty annoyances and uglinesses of life that we tend to lose sight of the bigger things around us. And likewise, we can get so overwhelmed by the greater horrors, that we forget to see for a while all of the smaller delights in our daily worlds. The small stuff just doesn't weigh up in light of recent events, but it's still important - it's the small things around us that we can actually affect with our lives and actions. To me, this has always been a time of year rich in imagery... something about the symbolic imagery of Smhain and All Hallow's Eve that strikes a receptive chord in me. Maybe it hits the amerind in me - that part deep inside that believes in the things from the medicine world of our legendry. I can spend hours [when I have a chance] browsing our gallery at this time of year and reveling in the expressions of that imagery, and the manipulation of those symbols by our fellow artists... There's just something fascinating about goblins, ghosts, ghoulies, and monsters. Dunno about you folks, but for a brief period between now and the 31st, I'm going to do my level best to put aside all of the events of the recent past... and the horrors that came with them, and just soak up and revel in the colors of the season. The real world will intrude soon enough - it always does. Untill it does though... you're likely to find me wandering the galleries, and the entries in the Halloween contest immersing myself in expressions of a differnt type of horror - the imaginary type. It'll be a nice change of pace... And on Halloween Night, I'll probably be kicked back with a huge bucket of popcorn, and a stack of horror flicks on DvD for the wolf hours. And monitoring the party in the Tavern, natch. There's advantages to haveing the internet machine in the same room as the tube. ;] Btw, if you didn't get a chance to do so already, drop in on the current spotlight and visit with Thee Immortal One for a while. Fantastic way to assassinate the clock for a while, and good for a few chuckles. Til next time... Sherman [Ironbear at Renderosity] Ironbear's Featured Column (click here)

Article Comments


Teyon ( posted at 12:00AM Mon, 22 October 2001

Well said bud. It may be hard for some of us to accept but the world is moving on and we must move on with it. Enjoy our time here on this mudball and try our best not to forget those we loved. I saw a bird today and experienced something I hadn't in a long time...wonder. I actually stopped for a bit and pondered the life of the pigeon at my feet. How it lived every moment for what it was, not trying to live for the next, unpromised tick in life. Made me think that's what I should do. Just enjoy the day I have and let come what may tomorrow. Stop and smell the flowers, folks. There's still beautiful things left in the world and those we lost wouldn't want us to squander what precious time we had with only grief.

Wizzard ( posted at 12:00AM Fri, 26 October 2001

well written Bear... thank ye for the insight mate