Emily Lam

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Dining Alone

If I was normal, I'd probably blog about my adventure to the Arnold Arboretum yesterday — it was awesome! But instead I'm going to tell you how albeit getting bitten by dozens of mosquitoes, I'm still sitting here, at the edge of BU beach, staring at a constant flow of cars on Storrow Drive and the Charles River.

See, today, I had dinner by myself. I don't usually eat dinner alone. Lunch yes, but not dinner. But everyone had their own plans tonight. And well, I was hungry and didn't want to deal with or think about the work I have to do — there's a lot of it. So I grabbed a sandwich and dined alone at BU Beach. Normally, during the day, I pick a spot where I don't see the cars. But tonight I'm sitting on the bump, and staring at the cars and the Charles River. It grew dark quick, and the mosquitoes wasted no time coming out and targeting me. But nevertheless, I sat through the mosquitoes, doing the fending mosquito jiggle, and ate my sandwich. And I realized I wouldn't mind just sitting here alone for the rest of my life. Just me, my thoughts, and the world. I know, it's not the ideal sanctuary: that mountain peak or stream in the woods, but it's still really nice. The noise of the cars driving by really isn't bad. There aren't any obnoxious horns. And you basically just experience the Doppler Effect over and over again. Occasionally, there will be an ambulance, and that's when you really get to experience the Doppler Effect. And the Charles! It's beautiful, especially for such a polluted river. The reflection of the headlights of passing cars on the other side of the Charles just glimmer so prettily in the Charles. And I am at peace.

Sigh, back to the real world. Ahh! I'm so itchy! I'll be sure to bring incense next time; mosquitoes hate smoke. Oh, and if you're really interested about my adventure to and at the Arnold Arboretum, I uploaded several pics and wrote a short post about it on my google+.

Update: On my way home, I stopped at COM Lawn and just laid down next to the fountain and star gazed.  And I figured out a phrase that I think will always bring me out of a slump. It's an action phrase. I won't tell you what it is though. This is for myself. And if you can guess it, I think you might actually know me better than I do, which is definitely possible since I don't know myself well at all. Maybe I should get it engraved on a river rock . . . so I won't ever forget. =]


Chansoriya said...

Oh I usually eat all three meals by myself! I have yet to make some friends >.< BU beach sounds like a nicer place to eat than in a crowded dining hall.

emily said...

Don't eat at a crowded dining hall then. I'm pretty sure you guys have WAY more grass than we do. And the friend thing, as long as you're making an effort, it'll come.

Chansoriya said...

Yeah the weird thing here is you can't eat outside :/ or you can't bring the dishware outside so technically you can eat outside unless you bring in your Tupperware lol

emily said...

OH! I see! Yeah, same for us, if we eat in a dining hall. But often times, I will not eat at a dining hall.

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