I attribute this in part to all the talent-challenged, would-be artists and would-be writers who do not paint and do not write and who have washed up here. As usual they are accompanied by hangers-on awash in harmless new age bullshit and the occult. These in turn are accompanied by the lunatic fringe of dangerous new age cretinism and potentially lethal homeopathic healing; unreconstructed, aging hippies with lavender lenses in their shades; impotently angry Marxists; folks holed up here awaiting the Mayan millennium in 2012; incense and tie-dye merchants; bell ringing Zen masters; bra-less chanting nymphs; spiritual nymphos; tarot card readers; and the generally whacked out and fucked up, all with that glaze in their eyes. In short, that portion of the human bell curve of normal distribution is a lot fatter here than it usually is in cities of this size. The mentally lame and the psychologically halt definitely contribute to the atmosphere of the city.
And they all encourage each other in the madness.
You will recall that I have mentioned the Civil List_SMA, a members only Yahoo Group catering to the expatriate community here. The folks to whom I refer are thick there with their postings.
And yet. . . . And yet. . . .Every once in a while one of these people passes along an item of valuable, nay, vital information. When that occurs, I am determined to pass it along to y'all as a kind of public service. In that vein I encountered the following exchange in the Civil List_SMA this morning over coffee.
Re: [Civil_SMA] houija board
THIS CAN SOUND A LITTLE RARE BUT I LIKE TO SAY IT ANYWAY: THE USE OF SUCH AN INSTRUMENT (IT'S REALLY THAT) IS KIND OF DANGEROUS AND IT DOESN'T MATTER IF YOU BELIEVE OR NOT IN LIFE AFTER DEATH, IT'S LIKE OPENING A WINDOW TO A STRANGE FORM OF ENERGY AND YOU DON'T KNOW IF IT'S GOOD O BAD THE ONE YOU POSSIBLY LET ENTER (UNLESS YOU ARE PREPARED AND EXPERIENCED). I SUGGEST NOT TO TAKE IT AS A GAME OR A PLAY....I DID RESEARCH FOR SEVERAL YEARS WHEN I WAS IN ITALY. FELL FREE TO ASK MORE ABOUT.
Re: [Civil_SMA] houija board
Ciao is right-on!! I think it is an invitation to dangerous entities. Beware. This is really not a chidren's or novice's game.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...IT'S ABOUT LEARNING TO DANCE IN THE RAIN!
Now I admit that it does sound a little rare at first blush. But goddamnit, in these times we live in, you cannot be too careful. Dangerous entities abound. Why invite trouble? If you have been experiencing any phenomena in connection with playing around with your Ouija Board lately, perhaps you should reconsider all that. Or perhaps telephone Bruno and get some additional information as to just exactly what the hell may be going on.
Unless of course you are no novice, in which case I guess you would already have been fully informed the hard way as to what the hell is going on.
Betse is a certified space cadet. We will be hearing more from her.