Saturday, June 2, 2007

Still in Hong Kong Int'l - the world's most pleasant airport


Greatings from the most pleasant airport I have ever been in. If one needs a nap or is delayed...this is the place...

I am still waiting for my plane (can you find waldo?)... so far the Kathmandu (Royal Nepal Airlines flights 410 is 8 hours late and still no gate listing... ahh the adventure of travel...)





The pic below is the list of the flights… when I got here there were about 100 flights listed in various stages of departure…





Lonely Planet Nepal says of Royal Nepal Airlines,





“The notoriously (we like that word) unreliable Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation has a limited number of international services, currently to Hong Kong, Delhi, Bangladesh, Shanghai, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Dubai, Bangalore, and Mumbai(Bombay), but nothing to Europe (I suspect that they only have one plane… maybe that is why it is so late… but I digress). A chronic lack of aircraft (I must be right) means that even these skeleton services are frequently subject to delays (the check in people said 8 hours was early) and cancellations (eek).





Here’s the best part… and why Lonely Planet is always right, even when I forget to consult them first in this case…


“It is worth flying with any other airline than RNAC if at all possible, and in fact only a limited number of travel agencies abroad will book RNAC (lucky me) flights. When King Gyanendra embarked on a tour of Africa in 2005, half of the Royal Nepal’s International flights were cancelled on short notice!”

Yeah I have a gate… number 21… it just came up… the King must be home in Kathmandu!

Soon I will be there as well… lets hope they don’t serve last night’s dinner for breakfast…

My body says "lets go to the gym"... "lets work in the yard"... the clock says it is 1am sunday morning...

I think I will go for a walk... almost there...

I think the flight crew is here having tea... I rather think that is a good sign as well...

Namaste!

from Hong Kong airport (from my diary en route)

I am flying the Great Circle Route I guess…

I raised the window shade and it is all white outside. It is blinding as I am sitting on the sunny side. We are cruising at that place between sky and clouds, so it seems we are neither here nor there.

Such an odd place to be. I set my watch for Hong Kong time as we took off from SFO (1030am Friday to 330am Saturday). So I am following the map on the seat monitor in front of me. We are flying the great circle – going north to go south – Such as it is. (I am posting this in Hong Kong as I wait for my plane for Kathmandu which is going to be at least 7 hours late – we flew north over the Aleutians, then over Tokyo, Mt Fuji, Taipei… en leu of a pic just visualize a pic of Mt Fuji from 32000 ft… it was great, but the camera was stowed…)

To enter a plane, especially one this large is a marvel (777) – it is another world. A really long flight like this is really a time machine transporting me to another world. Even the more so as it became another day as I changed my watch ahead even before we cleared San Francisco’s runway. Such power one has to give and take time like this. The simple act of moving the watch ahead, I erased a day of my life… and so did everyone else on the plane.

So what is time? (I have 14 hrs to think about it) I never seem to have enough of it, and here I am giving a whole day of it away to the ether. As I write I have spent about 5:49 of it in the air. Daily each of us bumps along (I will make free use of the turbulence metaphor for obvious reasons) we grow older, we love, we change…

My father has been going through chemo and found out that he has beaten it for now and his cancer is in remission. He has been given some extra time as well!

I am writing this as we have turbulence… I looked at the map there was a bump as we crossed the international dateline (now what day is it?) curious… I wonder what happens on board a ship… So it is a new day, after all this is where it starts…

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Thanks Eric!


http://www.wildparrotsfilm.com/PressKit.doc

"In Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind, Suzuki-roshi tells a story about a trip he took to Yosemite. While there, he stopped to watch a waterfall. It was one of the very tall ones, and he noted that when the stream at the top of the ridge hit the cliff, it split into many individual droplets on its way to the bottom. There, the individual droplets came back together in one stream. I'd read that story many times without comprehending his point. It's simple: There is one river until it hits that cliff which is life. The one river then breaks up into many individual living beings—humans, animals, and plants—until we hit the bottom of the cliff and become one river again. Each droplet loses only its identity as a single drop. But nothing is really lost. It's all still there. I'd encountered this idea in different ways many times over the years, but I'd never grasped it. It's an elementary idea, and not so difficult to understand. But my problem was that I'd been thinking about consciousness solely in human terms. It wasn't until I considered the minds of the parrots that my outlook broadened. So my problem was not with anthropomorphism; rather, it was with anthropocentrism, which is seeing human beings as the center of the universe. The parrots broke through that illusion. The understanding that ultimately came to me from looking in the parrots' eyes - was that their consciousness is one with mine. We are all one consciousness, and each finite being embodies a little piece of it. This is the preciousness of all that lives."

(also see: http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/wildparrots/bittner.html )


The foundation was poured today. It seems strangely metaphorical, at the same time a dear freind wrote me: "From a documentary about the wild parrots in SF, the "parrot guy" is apparently a Buddhist. He said that the Zen master in SF went to Yosemite, saw a big waterfall, and said that it was just like humanity. The river is one as it approaches the top of the waterfall, then becomes a cloud of individual drops, and then becomes one again at the bottom. Hope you enjoy the madness of the trip and get a chance to contemplate love, beauty, truth, the good, etc."






Sunday, May 27, 2007








Joe the amazing contractor has made great progress on the new bathroom... by the time I get back from Nepal it should be ready for use... this week besides packing, I have to pick out all the details... tile, faucets, fixtures...
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