January 21st, 2003

Heart

"Marianne"

Before I forget it.. I have been reading the journals of most of my LJ friends today.. since I were way behind on it..

But..

I heard the mailbox being shut earlier today.. went and got it, and.. I found a gift from gwendoline in it..

A really nce card, and "Marianne" (Which is candy)..

Sure made my heart smile today!

Hugs! You're so great!!!
Beatles

Well.. some questions are mine, after all.. :P

Survey/Quiz created by anniz :)

1. Left or right?
Right handed. Left when it comes to politics. Prefer walking on the left side of someone..

2. Silver or gold?

Gold.. even if I'm not that hot about it.. kinda prefer brass (colour)

3. Coke or Pepsi?
Pepsi is my choice, for sure..

4. Day or night?
I love nights.. it's so relaxed and "comfy"

5. Long hair or short hair?
I prefer to have it long myself.. I'm not that hot about it, as such.. in women tho.. not really long, at least..

6. Baseball or American football?
Baseball!!!

7. Water or alcohol?
none of them, really.. but.. i don't mind drinking alcohol.. wine with dinner.. or a couple of beers etc, when going out.. Not as if I would say I'd take water instead (unless I'd be driving).

8. Smoker or non-smoker?
Smoking, even if I'm working towards the other..

9. Dog or cat?
Cat!

10. Pale or tanned?
Delicate pale skin.. love that..

11. McDonalds or Burger King? I suggested this, I think..
Burger King.. At least their burgers are juicy.. not some dry, tasteless excuse..

12. Bra or braless?
Not that I care that much about it.. Sure.. it's nice if women goes around bra-less, but.. well.. it's nice to take them off too..

13. Laptop or desktop?
Desktop.. Cheaper, and more power.. and when I'm out doing stuff.. I'm doing stuff.. don't have patience etc, to sit down and use a computer..

14. Pie or cake?
Cake

15. Beauty or personality?
Personality, but it's a bonus if that personality comes in a nicely wrapped box..

16. Nice or comfortable clothes?
depends.. at home I don't like clothes, not much anyway, at all.. and then, what I wear, should be comfy..
At the same time.. when I go out etc.. I do think about it.. and try wearing something that looks somewhat ok..

17. Movies or theater?
Movies! I do love theater, but rarely see it.. I'd love to see more dance/ballet..

18. Paper or plastic (bags)?
I love fancy bags.. whatever.. I love those see-through plastic ones with a great logo on... I did love the plastic bag I got at Harrod's with a "rope" you could close it with.. but generally, I prefer paper.. so I have to say paper..

19. Chocolate or Vanilla?
Vanilla I guess.. Even if I do prefer chocolate ice-cream before vanilla etc..

20. Wine or beer?
Depends.. but... beer when out.. wine for dinner..

21. Pen or pencil?
Fountain pens.. nothing else if I have my choise..

22. Red or blue?
Red! Dunno.. just don't like blue.. except if you mix in some red, and lots of white, and get violet..

23. Star Wars or Star Trek? I suggested this one..
Star Wars!!!

24. Hairbrush or comb?
Comb, but a huge one..

25. Make-up or natural?
Depends.. natural do look a touch pale.. but.. most sucks at putting up make-up properly.. a nicely done make-up do look great.. but.. it should be "natural".. I do have to put on make-up on a lot of the models, because of the lights when photographing..

26. DVD or VHS?
That's a stupid choice.. Of course DVD..
(I suggested a question.. Movies or DVD, thinking that.. sure.. movies are the best with the big screen etc, but.. it's kinda nice being home and see it too..)

27. Sneakers or nice shoes?
Comfortable shoes that look good

28. Thriller or drama?
A great, emotional drama..

29. Sex or love?
Love always comes first.. and I'd say sex should be a way of showing love..

30. Sport or art? Suggested this..
Both can be entertaining to watch, but at least with art, there's a chance it's enlightning..

31. Winter or summer?
I do love the beuaty of winter.. the thoughts of sitting inside under a blanket, close together with someone dear.. drinking hot chocolat.. when it's dark and cold outside.. only some lit candles.. maybe seeing a nice, romantic movie..
Still.. it's darn comfy and nice and easy to live in the summer..

32. Monsters Inc. or Shrek? another one I suggested
Shrek.. Was really disappointed with Monsters, Inc.. Sure.. it's gonna last longer than Shrek, since it's more eternal, but.. still.. it wasn't that great..
peace

UK

In a poll, only 30% of the Brits supports/wants a war/want's UK to participate in a war against Iraq.


Now.. something that's at the foundation of my belief..

I don't think war solves anything, and can't really think of a war (wens probably could come up with something) that has made any huge difference for the better. More often, made a bad situation worse.. (That doesn't include pure revolts tho, even if some of those hasn't made anything better).

WWII might be an exeption. I'm not sure..

Usually, war creates a hatred that most likely will pop up in some shape later.. War, and/or military power, for some reason has some ability to create new wars..

The most common cause for a hatred, which might create war (or lately Terrorism), is the fact that those who hate, does feel stepped on.. they're shooed away and has no hope, doesn't feel they get any respect, instead of getting invited, respected and listened to.

Now.. this isn't about the war that might come against Iraq. It's about war as such, war as a solution to something considered a problem.. (Even if you always can question why someone has a problem with something in the first place, why they consider it a problem).

I doesn't care who is right or wrong.. I doesn't put any values in it.. To me, war isn't a sport even where you bet who's going to win, and where you're able to cheer someone.. In the end, it's always destructive. At least I think so.

And.. if I'm gonna step a touch closer to the situation at the moment, and have some thing might be taken for a comment. (It's not, really.. it's just an observation that I think is a truth, no matter what side you're on, or whatever country you put it on..)

The best way of uniting a people of a nation, make them walk in one direction, is to CREATE a common enemy outside of that country. To create a "devil" you can share the hatred towards. The boogey man or the monster in the closet.. The more you can make him/it the devil of all devils, the more hatred you're able to create, and a believe that some goverment/ruler actions is justified.. The less questioning that goverment/ruler gets.

It's useful in every single way. If you feel like going to war.. if you want to make your own nations population into willing slaves.. if you want to boast the: Home Sweet Home. feeling.

Japan have a huge average living area.. a lot bigger than UK, about the same as Germany, less than USA. The subway stations in the buisiness districts of New York, London, Stockholm is as busy and crowded during rush hour, as the 3 - 4 most central subway stations in Tokyo is at Rush Hour. That's plain facts, which you can look it up if you want.. Still.. we're fed that myth.. the myth of Japan being the most crowded place in the world. If a TV team goes to Japan to do something about Japan.. They do want to show what is typical of Japan, or.. what the viewers identify Japan with.. What we, in our minds think about Japan.. What's the point of showing a business street that looks exactly like a business street in New York or London or Germany, Sweden, etc.. It's better to show old Kyoto etc.. Old temples, and "exotic" looking signs and other things we identify Japan with. Our myth of Japan. Why the myths? Well.. we want it to be "strange".. to be something different (or at least some wants us to think that), since we need something that feels "strange", that isn't "comfortable and safe here". A collective mind, having somehting we could ridicule.

How come that all "exotic" and dangerous animals live in other countries? Is it because all dangerous animals, plants etc.. is in other countries, or is it because we want to "fear" the outside, and feel "safe" inside? The impression that, as soon as you take one step outside of your own region's borders, you have to be on guard, because you could be dead the very next second.. killed by terrorists, a poisionous snake, by a deadly disease.. ?
Smoke

Switzerland

Now, of course.. it's about being able to own boats etc.

But doesn't it strike anyone as a touch ironic that the challenger in the Americas Cup in Sailing/Sea-race, is a boat from Switzerland..