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blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Oct 3rd 2011 at 9:42:27 PM

I was watching an episode of No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain. He was in Cambodia and he was doing the "end of episode" wrap-up. He talked about that collision of time and place when all at once, the universe makes sense. That is an event that I know and don't get nearly enough. This thread is for recording those moments.

Here are the ones I remember:

  • Driving down a country road in late October and hearing Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man.
  • Laying on the grass in Grant Park in Chicago during Blues Fest and watching clouds.
  • All flying dreams.
  • One night's conversation with a friend that culminated in a poem and a drawing.
  • The first 24 hour playhouse we did.

That is all.

edited 3rd Oct '11 9:42:43 PM by blackcat

We never go any where without our swords and boas.
pvtnum11 OMG NO NOSECONES from Kerbin low orbit Relationship Status: We finish each other's sandwiches
Oct 5th 2011 at 4:50:18 PM

Those half-asleep moments of startling clarity and understanding and vision that are so strong that you wake back up in an urgent panic, seeking to focus on it more... but it's like trying to shine a bright light on somethig that skitters away in fear of daylight - it's instantly gone, and all you're left with is this unnerving nagging suspicion that you finally understood things for a brief instant of time.

...that or that feeling is normal for falling asleep.

I get this more often when I'm sick.

Happiness is zero-gee with a sinus cold.
Madrugada Zzzzzzzzzz Relationship Status: In season
Oct 5th 2011 at 5:17:52 PM

I had one while out camping one year, in the Western Pennsylvania mountains, up on the the Allegheny Plateau. It was late summer, ferociously hot during the day and deliciously cool at night, and I had needed to go grocery shopping to restock the coolers and the water supply. So I went at o'god hundred in the morning, before the sun was up, since the store was open 24/7.

As I was walking back to the campsite after parking the car, I came up over a ridge and the whole campsite was spread out in front of me, with the embers of campfires and torches in some areas, some tents showing lights, other areas dark and quiet. The air was cool and soft, the sky was dark, but showing purple, rather than purely black, and the stars were sparkling. The moon had long since set. There was a ground fog laying knee-deep everywhere except the low spots, where it was pooled hip-deep or even waist-deep. I could feel the dew on my feet and ankles as I walked through the grass. I looked east, and there was a color change, that was almost more tactile than visual, where the sun was lurking below the horizon. My breaths tasted of wet grass and mist and woodsmoke.

I stopped and stood on that ridge for nearly half-an-hour watching the world yawn, and roll over for ten more minutes and then wake up and stretch and begin its day. And everything made sense, and I had a visceral understanding of "And He saw that it was good."

edited 5th Oct '11 5:18:43 PM by Madrugada

...if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you for it.
LolipodDistortion HIP HOP HIPSTER from Austin, Texas
Oct 6th 2011 at 5:31:14 AM

Usually any time I'm driving in the country, I can just look outside and say to myself "This feels right". It's probably the closest I'll ever come to inner peace.

Underneath the bridge The tarp has sprung a leak And the animals I've trapped have all become my pets
Saeglopur Resident Hipster from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Oct 6th 2011 at 4:51:15 PM

My friends and I went on a camping holiday to North Wales last year. I have travelled a fair bit so far in my life, and I've seen some astonishing places and beautiful views, but for me nothing surpasses the rugged and untamed beauty of the North Welsh highlands.

At about 8 AM on a dreary Wednesday, we went for a walk straight up the path from where we were camped, to try and find a lake high up in the hills. It was steadily drizzling, as the Welsh weather has a tendency to do, and dense grey clouds were so low down that they were shrouding the summits of the hills, and mist crept down their sides. Every few minutes we would pass a spring that bubbled up out of the hillside and tumbled down towards the river, further along to the south. Unfortunately, the lake was further away than we had anticipated, and when we could just about see it on the horizon, we decided to turn back. As we did so, the grey clouds started to crack, and the sun burst through and hit the granite-strewn hillsides in such a way as to make their character change completely. It was a moment in which everything just seemed to click into place. I have never felt more in awe of the world, or felt a moment to be so perfect.

Photographs are never quite adequate for re-creating these moments, but I happened to have my camera on me and I think I managed to capture it as best as I could. I hope you agree.

edited 6th Oct '11 4:51:26 PM by Saeglopur

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randomguy123 Misanthropic Wiccan Nerd
Misanthropic Wiccan Nerd
Oct 10th 2011 at 12:13:39 PM

I hope I get to experience this at some point. I desperately wish for life to make sense.

Misanthrope Supreme
Jimmmyman10 cannot into space from polan Relationship Status: Armed with the Power of Love
cannot into space
Oct 10th 2011 at 5:37:05 PM

A couple of times:

Sitting on a friends front lawn with their dog, all alone, just lying there.

In the woods on a camping trip, ignoring everyone to be by myself.

Lying in a hammock spending 4 hours singing worship songs.

Debating the basic truths of Christianity with my friend on the same camping trip as the hammock.

I really like the outdoors, especially the mountains. Things just stop being so complicated when you are by yourself in the woods.

Go play Kentucky Route Zero. Now.
sabrina_diamond iSanity! from Australia Relationship Status: LET'S HAVE A ZILLION BABIES
Oct 19th 2011 at 8:20:06 PM

When I was absorbed in playing a game When I watch tv or read a book I like When I was drawing. When I dream.

In an anime, I'll be the Tsundere Dark Magical Girl who likes purple MY own profile is actually HERE!
InverurieJones '80s TV Action Hero from North of the Wall. Relationship Status: And they all lived happily ever after <3
'80s TV Action Hero
Oct 23rd 2011 at 12:37:19 PM

Heheh. The universe always make sense, if your view of it is wide enough.

'All he needs is for somebody to throw handgrenades at him for the rest of his life...'
blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Nov 2nd 2011 at 6:45:28 PM

Today was a beautiful sunny day with just a hint of a breeze and I was walking the dogs and I was right on the cusp of the universe making sense and then there was a squirrel. I hate squirrels.

We never go any where without our swords and boas.
blackcat Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Feb 1st 2012 at 8:11:32 PM

I've been having these curious bursts of deep happiness very similar to falling in love. I'm not arguing with this, and I don't want to think about it too much. But there it is.

We never go any where without our swords and boas.
MrAHR Ahr river from ಠ_ಠ Relationship Status: A cockroach, nothing can kill it.
Ahr river
Feb 9th 2012 at 8:54:17 AM

When I'm writing, I guess. Or brainstorming. Life makes more sense then. But I don't know if that's what you meant.

Read my stories!
johnnyfog Actual Wrestling Legend from the Zocalo Relationship Status: They can't hide forever. We've got satellites.
Actual Wrestling Legend
Mar 1st 2012 at 11:10:24 AM

Boy, has it been a while. Now that I've read The Sheltering Sky, even the blue sky doesn't make sense.

I'm a skeptical squirrel
MarkVonLewis Too Strange to Live, Too Rare to Die from Somewhere in Time Relationship Status: Too sexy for my shirt
Too Strange to Live, Too Rare to Die
Mar 3rd 2012 at 4:36:53 PM

Strangely enough, whenever I'm watching the Local on the 8's on the Weather Channel. Something about the graphics, the narrator's voice, and the music just combine to relax me. No matter how bad a mood I'm in, all I need to do is watch the Local on 8's and I feel calmed and at peace, and I know things will be alright.

Medusa strippers, where the phrase "my eyes are up here" is a dangerous phrase.
Grimview Catalytic from British Columbia
Mar 4th 2012 at 8:36:18 PM

Only one springs to mind immediately.

Last summer, I went down to Vancouver, staying with friends and family alternating throughout two weeks.

One night, my friend went to bed early, as he had to do a bunch of stuff in the morning, so I was hanging out with my usual insomnia, puttering about in his living room at about 2 AM. Ended up just listening to my iPod and staring out the window at Vancouver for a while, and somehow, a lot of the things that had been stressing me out around that time sorted themselves out in my head. Made a few decisions, figured out what I was going to do about them, and everything just clicked.

The rest of the trip was like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, as well as the rest of the summer. It was amazing.

"Lock up your girlfriends, lock up your wives, Grim's on the loose so run for your lives." - Pyrite
DaeronEl I am a typical pony from The place where all points converge
I am a typical pony
Mar 9th 2012 at 12:36:33 AM

Lying next to my wife after being away for months and not being able to think that I have to return to the states, nor that even if we have said goodbye so many times now, it still hurts as if it were the first, and just being happy, with no stress or worries.

Do normal ponies do that? I don't want to do that unless it is what normal ponies do.
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