Thursday, February 11, 2010

getting all the pleasure they can from a given number of snowballs



The videographer says:  February 07, 2010 - Yesterday, I decided to take the new Canon EOS 1D Mark IV for a walk in the snow and head towards Dupont Circle in Downtown Washington DC, where the pre-advertised and planned Snow-Wars was going to take place.



Washington is no doubt the boss town in the country for a man to live in who wants to get all the pleasure he can in a given number of months. But I wasn't built that way. I don't want the earth at one gulp. All of us are always losing some pleasure that we might have if we could be everywhere at once. I lose Washington, for instance, for the privilege of saving my life. My doctor told me that if I wanted my three score and 10, I must go to bed early, keep out of social excitements, and behave myself. You can't do that in Washington. Nobody does.
~ Mark Twain, quoted in interview in St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 19, 1889, p. 20. 


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10 comments:

the watercats said...

Imagine a world where human beings decided to settle disputes like this, or by dressing in those giant inflatable sumo outfits, or by having dancing face offs!
Why is it that the average joe humans on the street have fun, at the slightest opportunity and the blokes (mostly blokes) in power seem to want to kill everyone...?
I've never understood human nature fully!

Indigo said...

That looks like such amazing fun. I wouldn't be able to help myself and would be in the midst of it all. (Hugs)Indigo

Phivos Nicolaides said...

Hi my dear friend Lydia! Hope you have a lovely Valentine's Day!♥♥!

Looking to the Stars said...

How cool, loved it!

Loved the Mark Twain quote, what he said in 1889 still holds true today :)

Lydia said...

the watercats~ I have never fully understood it either. If the "blokes" are so hell-bent on waging war they should fight among themselves or each appoint one warrior proxy to stand in for them. Leave the rest of us out of it, including what we call "wildlife," the poor animals.

Indigo~ It looks like great fun. I bet no one who was there will forget the day. With not one fleck of snow here the best we could do would be to organize a pillow fight...

Phivos~ And Happy Valentine's Day to you and your wife, too! I have caught a miserable virus from Michael, one that he is still suffering with, and we both feel sick. I hope we'll be better by Sunday!

Looking to the Stars~ Weren't Mark Twain's words true for today, for this romp in the snow? It gave me pause to consider the personality traits of Washington D.C., and to think that Mark Twain knew them for any of the same traits we see today.....

流浪汉 瑜伽 Yoga Tramp said...

cool snowball, i never try before,
i hope gt a chance to play it someday

Darlene said...

What a great way to have fun in the snow. If all wars could be as harmless wouldn't it be a wonderful world?

Lydia said...

Yoga Tramp~ O, you would love to play in the snow and have a snowball kind of day! I hope for you that it may come true in the next years...

Darlene~ Yes, it would be. If it only could be. Can it? Will it.

Jennifer said...

Ah, my city. And kind of my old neighborhood. It seems very far away right now.

Lydia said...

Jennifer~ I hoped you would come by while this was on the main page! :)

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