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I had a uneventful week in Manali, by design, as I need rest - until I met this young Tibetan guy at my morning breakfast place...

He traveled to Dharamsala (more or less where the lama lives) in 2001 for an education he couldn't get in Tibet. He tried to go home in 2006 and 2007 and was turned back at the border. Apparently those who are unlucky get shot, those that are lucky spend an indeterminate time in Chinese prisons before being released. He spoke of a friend that has been stuck in one for several years after returning from India. I don't know how he managed to turn back.

He's read a ton of American history, and he loves the US so much that I decided I'm not going to infect him with my bullshit rich man views. Instead I've brought up the challenges that have arisen for democracies since the early 20th century. Uh, if I see him tomorrow I'll go over systematized propaganda (what Edward Bernays popularized). I think I've covered the rest.

He was extremely excited to meet me - he says he has not met an American before (seems odd, although in this town it's 90% Israelis along with a smattering of English and Canadians).

So last night, after cooking me this nice Tibetan dinner, he asks me to go to this party he heard about. Ok, cool, I haven't been socializing much.

So we get there and it's 15 people smoking weed and listening to psytrance. Well, I can dig it, the mood was fine. As a Tibetan he lives clean - no booze or drugs. I immediately forget this, and order "special tea" for both of us.

So he drinks it and gets all giggly and dances a bit - everyone else is too stoned to move and laughs a bit - and I think...fuck, I'm going to hell for this.

Of course - he's too - sophisticated? to be mad at me. It seemed to amuse him. I think for him the idea of getting mad doesn't extend beyond truly contemptible actions, such as the fuckers whose savage behavior makes his mom and sister cry on the phone on the rare occasions he gets to talk to them.

Maybe I'll see him tomorrow at the cafe. Now back to my beer.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 10:55:39 AM EST
Millman writing in the tradition of Henry Miller.  even if you go to hell, young man, don't stop sending reports.

"Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage." - Ana´s Nin
by Crazy Horse on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 12:01:16 PM EST
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well I think you'll not go that far

A friend of mine  let the Jehovas witnesses in and went to get dressed, having just got out of the shower when they called. told them to make themselves coffee.  

Came down to find they'd found a full coffeepot put away in the cupboard, that had been made with those special mushrooms. They had reheated it and drank a fair bit before he got to them.

needless to say a day full of Hallucinating Jehovas witnesses wasn't something he'd been planning on.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 12:19:59 PM EST
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Now, that must have been quite a sight... :-)

"What can I do, What can I write, Against the fall of Night". A.E. Housman
by margouillat (hemidactylus(dot)frenatus(at)wanadoo(dot)fr) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 01:52:01 PM EST
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Wow.

Did they come back?

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 02:23:51 PM EST
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they always do if you ask them to, they're not trained to escape. they are trained to get their foot in the door.

so if you ask they nearly always come back, as they are trained to say yes if invited. and lieing is a sin. ;)

This was the root of a long term  Jehovas Witness game where you had to keep them  talking as long as possibly.  Multiple sessions count. but while they're talking to us, they're not converting anyone else. (Strategy is divided between the discuss religion and their literature camp, and the pretend you're almost willing to be converted faction)

and yes they did, every week for another six months.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 02:51:19 PM EST
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Did they ask for more "mushroom coffee"?

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 04:50:42 PM EST
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by all accounts, they had a lovely afternoon sat round a campfire, and plenty of orange juice.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.
by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 04:53:26 PM EST
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some of the nicest, most brainwashed people...

fatal mistake to encourage them, they'll always have more time.

lotsa o.j, right...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty

by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 06:28:17 PM EST
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lol, that'd be a hilarious movie scene...

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun May 31st, 2009 at 06:06:37 PM EST
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