• Ou Ming
  • Thursday, October 04, 2007

    a shallow evaluation of yrs passed

    5 years, 5 boys, 3 flatmates, 2 counsellors, a few good friends, many more acquaintances. 4 flats, w6, sw1, n7, nw8. 2 part-time jobs, 1 full-time, 3pcs, 4 cameras, 930 photos on flickr, 11,000 on cds, 223 books (half of which barely read, 1/4 barely touched), same number of recycling bags, some tetras of music/films/Lost/Scrubs, 10 series of Never Mind The Buzzcocks and Have I Got News For you?, 1 recording, a few vinyls, 3 next morning pills, 2 parking fines, 3 bday parties, £4000 on tfl, thousands of airmiles but only 1 transatlantic flight, 3 gym subscriptions, 3 magazine subscriptions, 1 and 1/2 phd proposal, 2 blogs, some dozens plays and concerts, 12 conferences, 400 hours in BL, double in friends’ houses, quadruple walking around London, 3 guilty pleasures, 1 ton of hot&sour soup, 550 espressos, 1 million emails, 1 zillion hrs on chat, 1 gazillion hrs looking for “that song”, 55mins of sudoku, 1785mins of pc Taipei, 300hrs of lying awake at night, ??? mins of feeling happy, xⁿ hrs of feeling analytical etc, etc.

    still don’t feel the urge to ask why I am here.

    a month ago, I found myself seriously considering leaving this island for good. First it was for Berlin, then Spain and Athens as a last resort. The thought only lasted a few hrs, it soon dissolved in my mind; it would be like running away, and I still haven't finished with what it is that I’m doing here.

    here’s to 5 more

    Photoshop and portraits



    Blogger Μαρκησία του Ο. said...

    Δεν μπορείς να φύγεις!
    έχεις ακόμα 2 χρόνια μέχρι να αρχίσει η φαγούρα ;-)

    [there was nothing shallow about your evaluation ...]

    εύχομαι τα επόμενα πέντε χρόνια να είναι γεμάτα με όλα αυτά που επιθυμείς και να σε φέρουν πιο κοντά το what it is you are doing there :)


    October 04, 2007 7:12 am  
    Anonymous G.I said...

    same wishes as stated above

    ps. whatever you do, don't stop blogging

    October 04, 2007 1:52 pm  
    Anonymous lady d said...

    kiria mou,

    afto me to sudoku..... akoma na to katalavo pos paizetai.

    ego pistevo pos oi ores mas se to kentro dierxomenon einai metrimenes. den iparxi pio asexuel poli san to Londino. leo na tin kanoume, alla oxi gia athina. oxi akoma toulaxiston.

    October 04, 2007 5:00 pm  
    Anonymous sophia said...

    emena pantos mou leipeis edo stin patrida! kai alloste to domatio (sou) etoimazetai..! xxx

    October 04, 2007 5:58 pm  
    Anonymous The Passenger said...

    I would call this a full life.

    October 04, 2007 6:14 pm  
    Blogger Xilaren said...

    ευχαριστώ πολύ για τις ευχές, Μαρκησία και G.I.

    lady d, για το ασεξουελ (;) τα έχουμε ξαναπεί, διαφωνώ αλλά ναι, σε καταλαβαίνω. 11 χρόνια είναι πολλά. πάντως και η μόνο η σκέψη της μετακόμισης με αποθαρρύνει. θα μείνω για πάντα εδώ γιατί σιχαίνομαι το πακετάρισμα :Ρ

    σοφάκι, :))) γμτ, ξέχασα πρέπει να έρθω να επιθεωρήσω το παρκέ και τα πλακάκια δαπέδου!

    passenger, i would just call it life.

    φιλιά σε όλους

    October 04, 2007 8:05 pm  
    Anonymous The Passenger said...

    That would be doing it a great injustice.

    October 04, 2007 10:12 pm  
    Blogger Aντώνης said...

    Υπάρχουν κι αυτές οι λεπτές στιγμές, σεβαστές δίχως άλλο, αποπροσανατολιστικές το πιό επικίνδυνο. Είμαι της γνώμης να τελειώνεις ό,τι αρχίζεις. Χαιρετώ...

    October 05, 2007 1:25 pm  
    Anonymous Daniel Lobo said...

    I told you 5 was my cutting point. It sounds pretty familiar. Keep it up and best wishes (Any of the other destinations you mention sounds good too, always handy to keep them in the horizon as you navigate London)
    Un gran saludo,

    October 05, 2007 3:10 pm  
    Anonymous The Passenger said...

    Besides that, you are here because your blog is here


    October 06, 2007 1:35 pm  
    Blogger silent stelios said...

    Only a few records in 5 years? : P
    And no East postcode yet..!
    That guilty pleasures bit sounds good.
    Good luck with the PhD proposal anyway.

    October 06, 2007 6:15 pm  
    Blogger Xilaren said...

    :)), ppl!

    thank you, antoni. filia
    gracias, daniel, cuidate.
    haha@the passenger!

    ss, i know! i leave the vinyls for the real collectors ;) and im really working on the east postcode (so incovenient jobwise), thanks for your wishes but for better or for worse, the phd is dead in the water.

    October 07, 2007 6:56 pm  
    Blogger silent minority said...

    το μότο μου για εδώ είναι 'somewhere better than here, nowhere better than here'

    ξέρω ίσως δε σε βοηθάει σαν οπτική όπως δε θα σε βοηθήσει αν σου πω ότι προσωπικά είμαι ριζωμένος εδώ κι ας πήρε χρόνο κι ας φαινόταν δύσκολο κάποιες στιγμές. είμαι σιγουρος όμως ότι the right choice for u will somehow turn up.

    καλή δύναμη για τη συνέχεια και καλό χειμώνα κουκλίτσα.

    October 07, 2007 11:07 pm  
    Blogger mourga said...

    how nice...
    "it would be like running away, and I still haven't finished with what it is that I’m doing here"

    taytizomai ligo...

    mhn fygeis...ola ayta den tha ta exeis edw...

    polla filia

    October 08, 2007 10:30 am  
    Blogger Xilaren said...

    ambroooooose!!! χαθήκαμε, i have really really missed you!!! καλό χειμώνα και σε σένα, αγόρι!

    γεια, μ. σε φιλώ πολύ

    October 08, 2007 2:16 pm  
    Blogger WinterAcademy said...

    εγώ πάλι αυτό αναρωτιέμαι κάθε μέρα. κυριολεκτικώς και μεταφορικώς..

    October 09, 2007 4:57 pm  

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