Friday, 13 June 2014

leaving aspirations behind

Fuck It List (to be amended)

weigh 8 1/2 stone
travel to every continent
live in a yurt
own livestock
rid my face of freckles
hike the Appalachian trail
take up the piano again
learn a new language
grow my own food
own less than 100 items
War and Peace




15 comments:

anexactinglife.com said...

Awesome; everyone should have one of these lists!

Shelley said...

Beautiful hair! Great list, particularly W&P! You do weight in stones? I had to learn the system when I came to Britain; I'm really not very good with multiples of 14...

pao said...

Soooo much better than a Bucket List.

Gam Kau said...

I agree ExactingL!

Thanks Shelley, lots of grey in there though. I'm not so good with multiples of 14 either, but I love the idea of a "stone" being used as an lingering measurement. Echoes from days past.

Yes Pao, much better! I don't even have a bucket list. :)

laura said...

I love it.....and your hair beautiful!

Yuko Jones said...

I love your graying hair! Do you have lavender highlights? So pretty. Love the ideas of living in a yurt and growing your own food! I need to make a list like that.

Gam Kau said...

Thanks Laura!

Thanks Yuko, I have purple, teal, blue colour in my hair at the moment, but it changes now and again. Yes, the IDEA of living in a yurt and growing my own food is good, implementation, not so good. :)

Shelley said...

I'm so glad you like the posts about Theory of the Leisure Class. Most people - well, my friends - just seem to see them as hard work to read! They were darned hard to write, I'll tell you, nearly as tough as reading his book. But you nailed why I was so fascinated by it: the current day relevance; how it explains the opposite of frugal and thus informs and encourages my efforts at frugality. Another thing that really fascinated me was about the upper class lifestyle and history - it explains an awful lot of things here in Britain, where the class system was very rigid until at least the second world war. I'm able to pick up on a LOT more signals since writing those posts. It was my way of 'studying' Veblen's book. Thanks so much for your comments!

Gam Kau said...

Shelley, I've spent an full Saturday engrossed in your series on Veblen (and have many days reading yet to come). You've done a fantastic summation. Veblen is hard going and I'm grateful you've taken the time to read him thoroughly enough to provide such good insight. Once educated in some basic behavioural economics it is so easy to see examples all around us!
It really is good stuff!
Have you seen BBC Edwardian Country House?
Worth watching, entertaining and informative both.

http://shelleyshouse.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/Theory%20of%20the%20Leisure%20Class

Shelley said...

Wow! Finally! A Veblen fan! No, I've not seen Edwardian Country House, but it's on my Amazon wishlist. I've been enjoying (sort of) re-reading my posts as you make comments. I always want to edit old posts, which is a headache. Unless it's just too embarrassing, I'm trying to leave them alone! Thanks again, I'm really chuffed.

Gam Kau said...

Shelley, I come from a long lineage of conspicuous consumers and my somewhat "alternative" ideas (according to my family) are often out of step with modern society. As a naturally introspective person I often ponder what drives people to make the choices they do. So while my family thinks I'm odd for buying 2nd hand goods (and buying as little as possible), I think they are odd for buying multiple Birkin bags.
And if Veblen doesn't go a long way to understanding the Birkin bag, then I don't know who does.
Edwardian Country house is on Youtube! My favourite part is the end, when they say good-bye. The acting head of household, well, oh my. No irony lost there. In fact, just recollecting it makes me want to watch it again!

silkpathdiary said...

Excellent list! I saw some chickens in someone's backyard the other day and they looked so content. I know a neighbour sort of diagonally behind me keeps them and I really wanted to try! But I know it would be like having a pet and I would have to clear up the mess and put out the food, clear up mess and repeat ... maybe when my kids a bit older? lol!
Your great looks fabulous from here!

Gam Kau said...

SilkP - chickens actually make lovely pets. We used to have four of them until they were eaten by a fox. Explaining this to a 5 year old was not easy. But the chickens were lovely! They would peck on the door and come into the house. You're right though, pets require work and the kid rarely do any of it.

silkpathdiary said...

Oooh dear, poor chickens! Sorry I meant to say your HAIR looks fabulous from here!

Gam Kau said...

Thank you SilkP. My hair actually looks like a rats nest, I've been feeling a bit Helena Bonham Carter lately - and not intentionally! I have to do something with it.