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Friday is for Venus

January 15, 2016 1 Comment

signs in order

signs in order

The days of the week are assigned to planets. Friday is the day of Venus, the goddess of love, known to the Greeks as Aphrodite.  Since it is the final day of work in most western countries it holds special meaning. Thank God It’s Friday, and Piss Off Early Tomorrow’s Saturday are acronym phrases invented to celebrate the arrival the free time on the weekend. Happy hours, romantic dining, and entertainment beckon to workers as they finish the tasks in front of them. The magic of payday often happens on Friday too.  In the ancient world the 40 hour work week was unknown, but the day had meaning as a weekly holiday dedicated to art, beauty and love.  Today I like the idea of setting aside time for art, beauty and love.  In our home I take time every Friday to follow some small but significant rituals.

  • I clean and clear the house of clutter, discarding anything we no longer need
  • I care for all my houseplants and do touch up work on the outside garden area
  • I cook some special foods.  This can vary, but at least one dish is prepared as a treat
  • I workout at the gym and take a long steam bath to pamper my body and mind
  • I come home early in the day to relax and finish the food preparations
  • I watch the PBS Newshour with Shields and Brooks political commentary
  • I drink cocktails of my own creation

That is all it takes to make my weekend start with a bang.  The clean house and the food treats make home feel like a trip to a resort.  Home is where the heart is, gentle reader.  What are your Friday rituals?

planet Venus sign

planet Venus sign

East End Fourth Friday, Austin

July 26, 2014 4 Comments

 

My neighborhood (in Austin) had a party last night which I enjoyed attending. On the 4th Friday of every month many of the businesses around here throw a small festival to celebrate being here. I did not last long enough to go to the free BYOB movie, but I did check out some places I had not even seen during my time here. This neighborhood was once the true home of black music in Austin. Later there were significant crime problems, and some real estate devaluation. From what I hear this was as rough as any scary urban area for a while. Now it is the rising star of commerce of the hippest kind. There are very cool stores, bars, restaurants, and of course food trucks. I started at Hillside Farmacy for a couple of drink specials, then moved on to Sagra for a couple of very personally crafted cocktails and a fried pizza.  The bands were arriving and the whole place rocking when I walked home.  I kind of thought I might go back later for dancing and the movie, but was fast asleep full and happy shortly after I arrived at the Airstream.   I had a great time, and even had a quick dance with Mama Jewel on my way home.  Perfect evening.  If I had any ambition to develop real estate I would do it right here.  Since that is not the case, I will develop friendships for the future.  I think this hood has about 5 years before the rent goes way up.  It is where the action is.  I can only hope the attitude and the available parking will last until I return.  This is a neighborhood business scene with real community support and diverse flavor.  I love it.

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