Seldom, if ever, do I like to come between friends (calm down Amber, in Colorado). Yet this morning I came down the stairs having had a refreshing shower to find Sylvester shaking Sebastian vigorously by the neck. I leaped in, interposing myself (phrasing) between them, my colorful summer swing dress swishing about me.
“Calm down, boys!” I said, as I struggled to hold them apart.
“I will not calm down!” said Sylvester, still fuming. “He said he wants me in a three way!”
I glanced at Sebastian. I’d always had my suspicions. He glared at me, Sylvester’s grip loosening.
“Sylvester, I think you should put Sebastian down. He’s gone a funny color. Besides, you might enjoy…”
“I was trying to explain three way calling,” chimed in Sebastian, as the color came back to his face. “All I said was, “would you like to join Max and I in a three way?””
“Well, I think I see where the confusion’s crept in,” I said. “Perhaps Max and you could help Sebastian get a little more utility from his smart phone. You know, Sylvester, I’ve seen your messages that end with that quaint little expression, “Sent from a phone that’s smarter than I am.” I think in your case it might well be true.”
Thirty minutes later Sylvester was being watched by three of us marveling as he attempted to open a Soundcloud song that had been shared over Watsapp.
“It’s quite remarkable,” I said, shaking my head. “It’s like watching a monkey try to operate a type writer.”
“Come on, Sylvester. You’ve got 999,999 more tries to go! Given enough time,” said Sebastian very softly, “some people believe that enough monkeys would type the complete works of Shakespeare.”
You could almost feel the gears inside Sylvester’s head grinding. He frowned again, and prodded the file in the Watsapp window.
“999,998.” Said Sebastian softly.
Max moved toward the fruit bowl, so kindly made by one of my members, and reached for a banana.
“Don’t,” I said to Max reproachfully.
But that’s not the main reason I’m writing to you today. I thought I’d share a rather wonderful BBC article with you. In this piece about the people of Guna Yala, their unusual lifestyle is examined. As a child develops they are allowed to move toward a more male or female orientation. While this is still essentially binary in nature there is clearly a more equal approach to gender. There is also a greater choice in how the Guna present themselves. It’s a fascinating read and I hope you enjoy it.
As summer moves toward its close, you may like to think about a lovely swing dress. You can find some ideas here. There’s also an opportunity there to help out Sebastian’s sister, who’s got herself into a bit of a bind. Maybe you’ve got an idea how to help her out.
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Have a lovely week,