One Caretaker's story of living (mostly) in solitude on a private Island on Lake George in Upstate New York, as told through daily photographs and musings/ramblings (well, daily in the winter; every four days or so in the Summer and mostly just photos in the Summer).
A Very Brief Glossary: GHETTO--Name for the cabin that the Caretaker lives in, a single story structure, about 220 square feet/20.44 square meters.
Living Conditions: End of October to early May, no running water, Island population: 1. Early May to end of October, running water, Island population: ranges from 1 to 20 or so.
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The Caretaker's Concern 2/10/08 Ghetto temp. 47 F. and rising. Island tmp. 20 F. Yesterday's L/H: 28/31 F. Current conditions: Light snow, wind from the South mostly mild, occasional gusts from the West to North West.
The day started out mostly mild, even quite a bit of sun and sky, but then the wind began to pick up from the West shore. Blustery at times. Occasional snow falls, late afternoon there was a snow squall. Dark, thick clouds, high winds, blowing snow, etc. Overall a quiet day for the Caretaker, some outside work in the morning, some inside work in the afternoon. In the morning before the wind picked up, out on the Boathouse South dock in the sun it was rather pleasant, such that the Caretaker decided to engage in some Free-Form T'ai-Chi Ch'uan. This is the Caretaker's own brand of T'ai-Chi, unlike traditional methods of T'ai-Chi; Free-Form is not intended to be meditative, not that it can't be, but the focus of Free-Form T'ai-Chi is activity for both the body and the mind. What is Free-Form T'ai-Chi? The movements of Free-Form are similar to traditional in execution but that is about it. There are no set moves, you continually make them up as you go along. Having to continually make up the moves serves to stimulate the mind, thus not just providing exercise to the body, but also the mind. The Caretaker will expand upon this at another time.
In honor of Valentine's Day this week, the Caretaker has decided to include some "poems" in the posts leading up to the holiday. Some of the poems are from year's past, others will be new. The intent will be to cover some of the many aspects of love, this first one dwells on a cynical view of love. Should you be in need of some nice sentiments for the one you love, and have yet to come up with something, by all means, feel free to make use of what you read here over the next few days--that is if you should find them worthy enough to repeat. If you'd like, use them whole or in part, or as inspiration. If you'd like, pass them off as your own (for personal use only), or perhaps, the more likely, for comic relief. Whatever you do, be sure to have a happy Valentine's day and do whatever it takes to make it special. The Caretaker does not recommend the following poem as a "sweet nothing" to share with your loved one, but being the first of the week today he decided it would be best to dispense with it at the beginning.
"Love Is So"
Love is language, debated. Love is bondage, overrated.
Love is so erogenous, so fluid. Love is so ambiguous, so stupid.
Love is joy, all the anger. Love is coy, all the stranger.
Love is so plenty when new. Love is so much to so many. Love true, Happens so few.