delphi calls me
Last night my parents stopped by to pick up some of my old furniture so that I would have room for the new stuff that will be delivered later this afternoon. In two quick trips my old entertainment center and the chair that they had given to me a decade ago was loaded into their van. Once that was done my dad and I decided to tackle my old couch. At first we were going to have the movers move it for us, but he said that we could give it a try and we did. I'm glad that we did. Moving my old couch into the second bedroom went much easier than I thought that it would and it looks good there.
With the couch and chair gone from my living room, it looks as though I have just moved in for the first time, but it won't be that way for long.
Once my parents were gone I saw that there was a program on public television about the historical Spartans and I was hooked for the next two and a half hours. Even though I had missed the opening thirty minutes, I was very impressed by what I saw and was told by the very attractive host. As a people they did some amazing things and I have a hard time reconciling the Spartans with the modern Greek people. What happened to that lean militaristic attitude? Now the stereotype seems to be burly men sporting a big bushy moustache and having a name that ends in opolis.
On Globe Trekker Neil Gibson was making his way through Pakistan and once again that is a place that is low on my list of places to see. Oh, he made it interesting enough, but even he said that very few Western people go there, because of the political unrest. However, that didn't stop him from trying to change my mind and in some ways he succeeded.
Even though there is massive poverty there and diseases such as leprosy, the northern border with its mountains seemed very alluring. Then again if all that I want to see is glaciers, I can do that in Canada and I will in less than two weeks.
What Pakistan reminds me of the most is the old Sean Connery and Michael Caine film, The Man Who Would be King. As the title implies, the two of them set Connery up as a reincarnation or descendant of Alexander the Great. This went well for them up until Connery was seen bleeding. Once that happened everything collapsed.