Just got a lot of down time in the mountains by a river, outside of internet and cell phone range. Walked in the snow under the Giant Sequoia and a bunch of other great spots. Stared at the fire. Pulled a lot of books off of an ancient book shelf, lots stuff from over 100 years ago. Ended up reading Congo kitabu. Really interesting stuff written by an old school braggart Jean-Pierre Hallet. Blew off his hand saving thousands from starvation while swimming away from crocodiles and then had to drive 250 miles through the mountains at night with the bloody stump, and then trained a lion to do tricks but had to let him go when... you get the idea. But there was lots of interesting stuff about the colonial projects and the languages and cultures.
Came back to a pile of books and I'm enjoying this one: The Boxers, China, and the World
Also I got a kick out of this article about pick pocketing: A Pickpocket's Tale, The spectacular thefts of Appolo Robbins. Martial arts and pick pocketing have more in common than I realized. Seems like he'd be an interesting guy to meet. All martial arts have an element of trickery and that is part of what makes them fun.
Don't forget to sign up for my workshop next Sunday at Soja, Rooting and Uprooting!