Today

6:10
Waking up to a sunny morning. Spending few more minutes in a bed. Prepared a coffee and chatted on line about a summer adventure. I decided to keep it secret until everything is "ready to go". Another 54 days. A blink of an eye ๐Ÿ˜‰

10:05
In a bus, riding to a first of my two trainings today. It is already warm, sunglasses on my nose. Sword in a bag on my right shoulder, another bag in my right hand, targets (wara) wrapped in plastic on my left. I am ballancing because bus driver seems to be in a hurry :irked: Doors net to me are not working well and sometimes they won`s open in a bus stop. People, nervous, yelling at a driver. He tries better but still nothing. On a next stop doors open like everything is ok ๐Ÿ™„

11:20
My turn to cut. I have two targets, first one I cut perfectly, not a single mistake. With second one I tried something unusual, first cut was good then the second one was terrible. I feel a bit distracted, so a third one was not that good either. Forth one was a disaster, like I have never held sword in my hands ever.
Breathe in. Breathe out.
Fifth and sixth were perfect, again.

12:45
Walking through a center of a city, not much traffic around, then I discovered the reason. First of May, International Labour Day. Several main workers` unions organized protests but not more than a 2000 people around. I stopped for a while to look at them wearing red shirts, transparents with slogans about workers` solidarity; whistling; stopping those few cars that tried to avoid them.
Elder couple standing beside me, she is having compact camera in her hands, making photographs. Foreigners, she asks her husband (?) is there going to be clashes with a police. I laughed in my mind, givin her just a short glance that she noticed. She still believes in a stories of Serbia during 90s. Political moment is not right for that even though a lot of people in Serbia are living on the edge of powerty. Some are over the edge for a long time now…

13:10
Sitting in a shaded patio of cafe-pub "Discobolos", sipping a coffee and mineral water. Waiting for a friend to talk and go to Aikido training. A man on a table next to mine is talking to a audience of four – a woman, two girls and a boy – explaining his viewpoints about things I don`t understand. Obviously he likes the sound of his voice and likes the attention he gets. The way he makes gestures and the way he accentuates his words is slightly annoying. Like he is trying to find perfect words to explain himself. It feels like he is lying to them. After 45 minutes of his monologue (audience were mostly nodding) they split, promising each other to meet again soon. Hopefully I won`t be there ๐Ÿ˜›
I am wondering where my friend is but then he calls me to tell that Aikido training is cancelled and that he has no time to come to see me. Oh, well….

14:15
Bus stop is empty and there is a bench to sit to. It is very warm, they say it is 29C in a shade, but I am not in a shade. Actually, bus stop is on the sunny side of a street and iron plate of a bench is warm under me. I feel I am already sweating, knowing that it will be even worse in a bus. Hopefully it won`t be crowded. Bus arrives in 15 minutes and I know I am lucky, because it is 1st of May and public transport is reduced today.

14:50
A man in a seat near the front door starts to talk loud. At first I thought he is talking to a young man standing in front of him but he is not paying attention at all. Man talks about Petar Koฤiฤ‡ and some stuff he wrote in one of his books. Luckily, next bus stop is mine. On my way out I could hear him apologising to someone….

15:05
Cooked cabbage and beef for lunch :chef: I like raw vegetables so I cut some tomatoes, scallion and red radish. Chocolate cake for a desert. A tea.

15:50
Turned on my computer and started to write this post….

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52 Responses to Today

  1. qlue says:

    Wonderfull insight into your life! :up:

  2. ellinidata says:

    summer adventure,it is in 54 days…………. now the rest of the post it might be great BUT I am trying to figure out the schedule,Italy,Greece,Turkey,Meddeterrenian cruise,back to Serbia….Please, pretty please, tell me more!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :up: :love:

  3. gdare says:

    Thanks Aadil. Saturday is usually a day for a new post so I wanted to use the time I (unexpectedly) got well ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. claudeb says:

    A nice slice of life. You make it sound interesting!Also, you have a good memory. I was to a launch party last evening, and wanted to blog about it, but I forgot most of the interesting things that were said.

  5. PainterWoman says:

    Love these notes of your day! They are like my notes on napkins when I am stuck in an airport or somewhere else. I like how you describe the people….especially the annoying man at the cafe.

  6. Dacotah says:

    Love the photo. Busy day. ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Abbacus says:

    The man on the bus who was talking about Petar Koฤiฤ‡'s writing was more cultured (and better read) than the vocal eccentrics we have here on our buses. Spontaneous soliloquies here usually involve aliens, UFO's, and the impending invasion from the planet Zerox! ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. L2D2 says:

    I always enjoy excursions into someone's life and routine. You make the most mundane things sound interesting, Dare. All in all you had a nice day I think.

  9. qlue says:

    I think that's the planet Zarfox, but I get your point! :p.

  10. L2D2 says:

    I've beem meaning to ask you for ages—-how did you come up with the title of your blog?

  11. BabyJay99 says:

    Hav a good weekend Sir Darko. Love the dandelion. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. gdare says:

    Felix, sometimes I remember even a tiny detail. But when I can`t remember details I think about a context when something happened and the way I felt about it :)Angeliki, you`ve got part of it for sure :DCarol, it was not busy at all – just out of a house :DPam, he was… I don`t like people who just love the sound of their voice; they usually have nothing to say :)Linda, it was nice, though a bit too hot for this part of year.As for the title of the blog, this is an old Ojibwe tribe song. Ojibwe are part of Anishinaabe tribes from around Great lakes in USA and Canada, I think.Abbacus, you know I thought that he read a lot of books, too. I mean, he was just telling some parts by heart. At the same time he sounded like he is "not alone" if you know what I mean. Lea, thank you ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. MirabelaTM says:

    Darko, nice writing, I really enjoyed reading :up: I must admit I'm also curious about your summer adventure ๐Ÿ˜€ Dok sam ฤitala deo o vratima koja nisu mogla da se otvore setila sam se svojih putovanja gradskim prevozom i Lastom. Ako putujeลก Lastom i ne pripremiลก se na vreme da siฤ‘eลก ili te vozaฤ ne vidi, moลพe se desiti da ne stane na stanici ๐Ÿ˜€

  14. sanshan says:

    That's so naughty, taunting us with "I have a secret but I won't tell you…" :rolleyes:And would you please send some of that warm air my way. ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Dacotah says:

    ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. thaodp says:

    Nice post, Darko ๐Ÿ™‚ I like the way you describe your day.

    15:05Cooked cabbage and beef for lunch

    :chef: :chef: :chef: :sst: I would die of hungry if I did not have lunch before 13 ๐Ÿ˜€

  17. gdare says:

    Mira, you will just have to be patient :DDa ta praksa je uobiฤajena kod naลกih vozaฤa. Kao da negde ลพure ili ih mrzi da stanu.San, I will try but maybe it will get lost on its way, you are living on the other side of the globe :rolleyes:Carol :DMit, I ate a lot in the morning so I was not that hungry ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. gdare says:

    Adele, "Sardine Express" is the usual way of transport here :left: It is improving but slowly and rush hours are the worse. Well, it looks like rush hours are all the time :insane:Kimmie, thanks. Actually I think it was a bit boring, especially sitting in that pub alone for more than 2 hours :faint:

  19. Spaggyj says:

    Even your days off are eventful ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. SittingFox says:

    Lovely photo! :yes:Don't talk to me about public transport :faint: On Thursday, I missed my local bus, missed my train, got to London on the "Sardine Express", only to have the bus driver there shut the doors when I was literally millimetres from them ๐Ÿ˜ฅ This is a problem the world over…

  21. Dacotah says:

    I really like the photo a lot. ๐Ÿ™‚

  22. Spaggyj says:

    You think that's boring? People-watching and stuff, it's better than watching paint dry :p

  23. ellinidata says:

    Originally posted by gdare:

    Angeliki, you`ve got part of it for sure

    :happy:I am looking forward to more details when it really happens!!!!!!!!

  24. Stardancer says:

    Even though there was a disappointment or two, it sounds like a nice day, Darko. Thank you for letting us tag along and share it with you.:smile:

  25. Suntana says:

    Is your sword completely hidden in that bag or can people tell what it is? Otherwise it sounds strange how you so nonchalantly carry a sword around. :insane: :lol:So how exactly does that cutting work?Are there specific slots painted on the target that you have to hit, slice & dice?

  26. gdare says:

    SanEdited ๐Ÿ˜€

  27. gdare says:

    This is what it looked like when my friend was in Japan ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Suntana says:

    Whoa! That's the target? I was envisioning a much bigger, WIDER target. That's a friggin' twig you've got to work with there. :insane: After all, you did say you had to make a cut on the left and a cut on the right. I'd need a freakin' WALL to be able to make a cut on the left and a cut on the right.

  29. gdare says:

    Carlos, my sword is in special bag so no one could tell it is sword. They all think I have a rifle there :lol:Target for cutting is made of rolled straw, soaked into water wor 24 hours. It is called "wara", after a plant they are making tatami mats in Japan. Someone of my skill and experience is supposed to make 5 cuts, two from up to down, to the left and right, two reversed from lower right and left and one horizontal. Every part of wara needs to be the same length when cut and the cut needs to be in correct angles, otherwise sword could stuck in it. ๐Ÿ™‚

  30. Suntana says:

    Ohhhhhhh! That's much better. You wouldn't want to scare people by making them think you have a sword in there. Have them think it's an AK-47! Day-Um! That cutting certainly sounds tough. Do you have to make those cuts in a certain amount of seconds … like may 5 seconds?

  31. sanshan says:

    Sorry to interrupt. Spelling police here. It's "rifle". Only double the consonant if the vowel is short. :angel:

  32. gdare says:

    Carol, thanks. This is a photo I made last year, actually but fit nice here :DKimmie, you are right. When I was younger, me and my friends would sit in patio on some cafe and watch people passing by. That was so much fun sometimes :jester:Angeliki, I will blog about it. As always :DStar, you are welcome ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Dacotah says:

    You are welcome Darko. ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. qlue says:

    Can't help thinking about Crocodile Dundee's knife at this point! :lol:.

  35. Cois says:

    Wow. Interesting. Pulled me in to your world just like a good read should.

  36. Suntana says:

    If I was gonna do those 5 cuts, I'd need a Measuring Tape, a Surveyor's Scope … and at least an hour's time.

  37. gdare says:

    Carlos, we don`t have time limit for cutting as far as it is resonable ๐Ÿ˜† Usually, entire action is over in about 20 seconds :DAadil,"Is that a knife?"

    Clint, thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  38. gdare says:

    ๐Ÿ˜†

  39. AnitaMargita says:

    Darko, thanks for sharing your morning and afternoon with us. It was interesting to read, seems like writing from diary. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. qlue says:

    And for anyone on a mobile, here's Crocodile Dundee on vuclip. :p.http://vuclip.com/w?cid=39907158&z=1102&frm=s

  41. volkuro says:

    ๐Ÿ˜Ž Great post idea :up:

  42. gdare says:

    Ana and Louis, thanks :)Aadil ๐Ÿ˜€

  43. studio41 says:

    enjoyed the post, Darko, and my girl enjoyed your flower: "Fifth and sixth were perfect, again." congratulations! ๐Ÿ™‚

  44. gdare says:

    Thank you, Jill ๐Ÿ™‚

  45. studio41 says:

    you bet. ๐Ÿ™‚

  46. thetomster says:

    :up: that's life! … very much daily life, Darko, great post :up:

  47. thetomster says:

    welcome ๐Ÿ˜€

  48. gdare says:

    Thanks Dirk ๐Ÿ˜€

  49. There2ia says:

    Good Post and nice picture…Maybe You will the perfect cut next… Have fun with the sword!

  50. gdare says:

    Next cutting practice will be in 2 weeks :happy: :knight:

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