20 febrero 2006

"Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brothren to dwell together in unity"

thought one:
Something very sweet, very different transpires in the space when a group of people are finishing praying but omit the decisive, linearly-discontinuing "amen." It is not for the self-conscious, so one must rebuke all instincts to break the silence, or to pretend that one has something terribly important to rush off to, or to try to appear busy and unawkward... How hard to sit! But how beautiful, too.

thought two:
multiple ways to spell interesting:
~fascinating (can't be said with a straight face)
~thrilling (sounds sarcastic)
~riveting (almost always used to describe a novel, no?)
~gripping (..."account"..."story")
~fine (more credible when one knows how to pronounce "the louvre")
~delightful (sounds kitschy)
~lovely (oh, i forgot about that word!)
~priceless (wont to be overused)
~droll (i like it... but it's application is limited)
~groovy (hmmmm...)
~aesthetically pleasing (but not all interesting things are...)
~ready for dinner... oh, wait; that's me!

thought three:

"Commandancy of the Alamo, Bexar, February 24, 1836. To the People of Texas and all the Americans in the World;

"Fellow Citizens and Compatriots: I am besieged by a thousand or more Mexicans under Santa Anna. I have sustained a continual bombardment and cannonade for 24 hours, and I have not yet lost a man. The enemy has demanded the surrender; at discretion, otherwise the garrison is to be put to the sword if the fort is taken. I have answered the summons with cannon shot, and our flag still waves proudly from the wail. I shall never surrender or retreat. Then I call upon you in the name of liberty, patriotism and everything dear to the American character, to come to our aid with dispatch. The enemy is receiving reinforcements daily and will doubtless, in a few days, increase to three or four thousand men. Though this call may be neglected, I am determined to sustain myself as long as possible, and die like a soldier who never forfeits what is due to his own honor and that of his country. Victory or death!

(Signed) "W. BARRETT TRAVIS, Lieut-Col. Commanding." [with a south carolinian accent, of course]

my but weren't those men back in the day sincere! and all that effort for texas, too! .... and, as a side note, the men didn't know that texas' independence had been declared; they were fighting FOR mexico, against the vile horrid unsavory dictatorial antics of antonio lopez de santa ana... which is just fun to say...