Monday, July 02, 2007

art indignation

Normally I would appreciate Monet just as much as the next museum-goer. However, those who know me well might be familiar with my somewhat (ahem...) impatient streak and those who know me very well are perhaps aware that I have a slight (ahem...) dislike for large crowds. Particularly in maze-like enclosed spaces such as Gallery E of the Tokyo National Art Center.

Talk about a terribly uninspiring way to view art; milling about in no discernible direction, just trying desperately to catch a one-minute glimpse before the sea of Tokyoites begins nudging you from all sides, in an all-too-brightly lit (with what I daresay may have been fluorescents) and extremely narrow poor excuse for an exhibition space.

Thankfully we didn't pay for the tickets because Alain won them at work. And of course it serves us right since, while it is Monday and not a holiday here (Happy Canada Day, by the way), Alain informed me on our way to the museum that it was the last day of the exhibition. But okay, end of rant.

On a more personal note, I re-enter the workforce tomorrow, having signed a one-year contract last Thursday to take up the same part-time post I had a few months ago at the embassy. Also this week, I will be signing another shorter-term contract to work mornings in another section of the embassy. There goes my dream of a life outside of the fishbowl.

But alas, it's funny how I always seem to get a job as we are forking out $ on planning a vacation. Two more weeks before our departure for Bali. So excited! We're staying in three different parts of the island during our 9 days there and I have a feeling we're going to love it all: temples, rice paddies, craft galleries, coral reefs, volcanoes. We really are privileged beyond belief and try to remember and appreciate it every day. So don't hate us please...


Je comprends parfaitement ta frustation. La même chose m’est arrivé le mois passé à NY alors que je visitais le MOMA et le Met. Certes, il y avait moins de gens qu’à l’intersection de Shibuya mais l’ambiance était des plus stressante. J’ai l’impression que certaines personnes vont au musée plus par obligation que par choix. Histoire de raconter plus tard, been there, done that. Rien d’autres que des “posers” en manque de reconnaissance qui engorgent les salles de musées alors qu’ils n’apprécient même pas l’art.

Bon maintenant que j’ai libéré le méchant en moi (petit exercice catharcique), je profite de l’occasion pour te/vous souhaiter d’excellentes vacances à Bali. J’espère aussi que tu te plairas dans tes nouvelles fonctions à l’ambassade. Gambatte kudasai querida amiga.
Hola Carol,

Arrêtes de te creuser les méninges. La prétentieuse qui a passé un week-end à NY et qui vient de t’envoyer un message anonyme c’est moi.

C’est la belle Carmen qui m’a expliqué comment m’identifier convenablement. Muchas gracias Carmencita,

Besos y hasta la vista,

we went to the new Canadain War Museum this weekend- fantastic set-up!

DOn't forget to get em something religious in bali!!!

Hi Carol,

I write this message again, don't know why, the previous one didn't register.

I wanted to wish you a great vacation in Bali, can't wait for the pictures.

I know it's not fun to talk about work before vacation, but I hope you will enjoy your contracts with the embassy.

Where are you going to leave the little whitey?

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