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where medals are made ( just a thought)


You see them on t.v., whenever there is a marathon. Or maybe come Olympic time.

They run without cease,everlasting. They usually win. Some poor guy from some poor country, burning-calories that he never consumed.
That he never dreamed of consuming. If long-distance running is as all about pain threshold(and it is), then most of these men have suffered enough to make these competitions look like a day at the beach.

They've traversed further towards the horizon than you and I can imagine.Long-distances run by night and by day, with only the sun and moon for company.

Most people who see them on t.v., people like you and me, they joke about this. A sliceof pizza in one hand. A coke in the next. "HAHAAHA!"


Which brings me to Haiti. Some time ago, I read about how many Haitians (the lucky ones) were living off of cookies made of sand (exactly what it sounds like). They are not sustaining the body, rather, they are atttempting to fool the belly. All the billions padding the bank account of some corrupt !@#$ of some faux charity organization. The Red Cross. UNICEF. We all had our part, you and I, going through the motions. Showing off our donation slips. Waxing sympathetic over the morning coffee. Attending, watching, some celebrity showered concert. A souvenier album. "All in for Haiti". Swell. Until the next news-cycle, anyway.

I think, if Haiti can get her !@#$ straight, maybe they can win a few gold medals. I will be watching. So will you.
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Strong piece, Alkiviades. The "you and I" approach makes this work in a way a strictly "you" or even a "we" approach would not. You got me thinking about how the medals themselves get made, how you and I come to have gold, silver and platinum. The details you use (the sun and moon, the slice of pizza and a Coke, a souvenior ablum, etc.) are non-negotiably effective.
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Everything Kat says. I don't know if it is intended but your thoughts bring to mind something some expert said soon after the Haiti earthquake. He might have been an environmentalist. He said the disaster was not a natural disaster but man-made. Comment took me by surprise even as the comprehension was immediate. No earthquake yet has completely obliterated the infrastructure of San Francisco. Same can be said of the more recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan. And cholera in Haiti? Disaster man-made.

Your thinking is welcome here, Alkiviades. Do I understand correctly you are a long distance runner? If so that might be a good angle from which to develop the piece.

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Hey,
I think you all for reading my little thought.

It is the image of an over-fed belly
next to an under-fed skeleton with flesh that I was thinking of while writing this

I think politicians and all those that they serve have a bllod-lust that would make even Dracula blush. That comment on Haiti fits in well with what I have in mind.

I wish I was a long-distance runner. I run as much as I can, mostly in a bid to stave off chronic-insomnia. Ugh. I will say this, though, my thoughts are much more lucid after a good jog.

alkibiades
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So which is it? Alkiviades or Alkibiades? Either way your moniker always puts me in mind of Alcibiades, one of the more colorful politicians, generals, statesmen, strategists and opportunists of the Peloponnesian Wars. What a smart scoundrel he must have been. Ancient history to some. To me it just happened yesterday.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alcibiades

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Alkiviades would be phonetically correct, I suppose. I just get the Greek and Latin alphabet mixed-up at times and that, coupled with my propensity for typos, accounts for the variation.

Alkiviades was quite a "scoundrel", as you say. He may be the definition of "scoundrel" in my mind..hahah. He was just so multi-faceted. He was truly a character.

It is said tht, once, he broke into a lovers house during a dinner party, uninvited. Alkiviades made quite a display of hystrionics while demanding half of his aforementioned lovers valueables (Alkiviades claimed he was owed that much). After,Alkiviades had made his exit(with what he came for,of course), the guests, shocked by the brazen act, turned to the host(Alkiviades lover)with inquisitive-eyes. The host began to cry as a smile formed on his lips. The guests where aghast! The host explained :"You don't understand, now I know he (Alkiviades) loves me, otherwise he would have taken everything!"

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I figured you had the same persona in mind. Good story. Have you ever thought about what scoundrels and scallions they all were in the "fertile crescent" of Democracy? I have.

Tere
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