An American friend left Japan a few years back and moved back to the US. Guess how surprised I was when I saw him and his family walking in the street. Now, what are the chances of me being in the exact same place as there were on a Sunday afternoon.
Threw away a Polo Shirt with the company logo. Difficult to use as Pajamas since it is a Polo shirt and the Logo area is a bit hard and less comfortable than a T-Shirt.
Overall Summary: Books: I do not include in the summary as less is better. Ideally, will use only digital format Clothing: -2 . Do not have an inventory of number of shirts I have, but I plan to do when I feel I get stuck or in a need to buy
Reading Kafka in Hebrew, probably for the 30th time or so and encountered a quote which I like.
No, I didn’t want freedom. Only a way out—to the right or left or anywhere at all. I made no other demands, even if the way out should also be only an illusion. The demand was small; the disappointment would not be any greater—to move on further, to move on further! Only not to stand still with arms raised, pressed against a crate wall.
The previous sentence discussed how people see Freedom and yearn it, while the Ape is not looking for freedom, just a way out.
I find it quite relevant to our daily lives. We always love to use the word “Freedom”. A few years back I was in Phnom Penh chatting with friends and talking about freedom and human rights in Japan, when my friend said in an almost angry voice “you have no idea what you are talking about”.
We always seek freedom and talk about it, but are we ever “Free”? Shouldn’t we always look for a way? A way to lead us to a better place, a way-out from a bad place.
Realized why I don’t read memoirs . I do not find them interesting. And “Girl in a bad” by Kim Gordon is not an exception.
The writing is not good, and too often it read like Kim is doing a PR for herself, trash other people (Courtney Love) or just rant.
Not interesting, I doubt if I remember reading this book. Oh, maybe just one piece of information will stick in my head. That Jim O’rourke lives in Japan. Other than that, will do my best to forget this book as it kind of destroyed what I thought about Kim Gordon.
Started reading “Girl in a band”, Kim Gordon’s memoir. I do not usually read memoirs, nor do I read book about bands, but I decided to make an exception.
I love Sonic Youth and was lucky to see them live twice, including a close encounter at a record shop. The book starts where my motivation to read the book starts. Of me not being able to see Sonic Youth again. They broke up and will never (?) perform again as a band.
The first chapter mentions the last show by Sonic Youth in Sao Paulo, the emotions that Kim Gordon experienced.
I obviously throw away things once in a while, but as I officially launch my project this is the first time I document it.
Yesterday, May 11, I threw away:
Levi’s T-Shirt. Had a small hole. Shirt was purchased in San Francisco several years ago and was used quite extensively.
4 Books. 3 are Japanese language books which I do not use anymore. 4th is a “Digital Image Processing” book I used more than 20 years ago while studying for my second degree in Tel Aviv University. Knowledge in the book and techniques are interesting, but in today’s machine learning period, it is considered outdated. I actually did not purchase the book, but it was given (loaned) to me by a friend (Ran Makavy). Did not contact him about throwing away this book, but I assume it is ok.
Another good aspect of this project: I have 6 more Japanese language study books which I now plan to use to study. Once I finish with a book it will be thrown away as well.
Been thinking about this for a while and finally reached a conclusion to start this project.
Goal: Reduce ownership . Own only things I really need and use
Method: Work in progress . I have my own ideas and also read ownless tips. Two decisions I already made are: 1. Throw away things I do not use and do not expect to use 2. Clothing related. Do not increase the number of items I own. At least “One in, One Out”
Looking at my home working space I realized I have too many.
Bags: 1. Camera bags – 2 2. Suitcases – 5. different sizes and usages, too many 3. Casual bags, some hand made – 5 4. Golf bag 5. Work related – 3
Ink bottles: 4 – I definitely do not use enough of these Notebooks: 3 on my table Cameras: 4
Could continue and write more about books I own, leather I bought for my hobby, but I will stop here.
I think it is clear that we live in a period which encourages ownership. That we buy to own, to show and sometimes just “to feel Good spending money”.
Will do my best to document the process as well as an equilibrium that I hope I can reach