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*tap*tap*tap* Is this thing on? *screech*

Eh. (fidgets with mike stand) Sorry ’bout that. Better?

Yeah, it’s been a nice break – three weeks offline, plus another week or so to get back into the swing of things (and boy, it didn’t take long for things to start swinging back). But I think it’s time to get back onto the bloggy horse.

As I said, things are swinging: there’s weird stuff afoot at The Boy’s school (more about that anon), work’s fluctuating oddly (if seasonally appropriately), the house is in total disarray, and there’s a modicum of personal drama at work (which appears to be resolving nicely – the short version is: pregnant co-worker, scary test results, emergency C-section 2 months-ish early, mom & baby seem to be fine). Oh yeah, and I also found most of my notes from our trip, so I’m not exactly lacking for material…

So while I compose myself and my thoughts (such as they are), I’ll leave you with this taste of our trip: a two-story-tall Technicolor Monkey God!

Technicolor Hanuman
(click on image for full-size)

10 Responses to “*tap*tap*tap* Is this thing on? *screech*”

  1. Brian Says:

    Did somebody say monkey?

  2. karen m Says:

    Oooh, pretty! Welcome back!

    Is that on the back of a truck?

  3. protected static Says:

    Why, yes… somebody *did* say monkey.

    No, he isn’t on the back of a truck – the statue is on the far side of a highway, and the truck just happened to be passing through. Hanuman, while revered in his own right, is a guardian of (mumble, mumble, Vishnu I think, but I’ll have to go look it up); if you look behind Hanuman, behind the ladder you’ll see the roof og a blue-and-white building with castle-like crennelations – that’s the actual shrine, dedicated to Vishnu. The shrine itself isn’t nearly as tall as its guardian…

    We saw a lot of beautiful shrines, Hindu, Christian and Muslim alike – I wish I had photos of more of them.

  4. Brian Says:

    Did somebody say monkey?

  5. karen m Says:

    Oooh, pretty! Welcome back!

    Is that on the back of a truck?

  6. protected static Says:

    Why, yes… somebody *did* say monkey.

    No, he isn't on the back of a truck – the statue is on the far side of a highway, and the truck just happened to be passing through. Hanuman, while revered in his own right, is a guardian of (mumble, mumble, Vishnu I think, but I'll have to go look it up); if you look behind Hanuman, behind the ladder you'll see the roof og a blue-and-white building with castle-like crennelations – that's the actual shrine, dedicated to Vishnu. The shrine itself isn't nearly as tall as its guardian…

    We saw a lot of beautiful shrines, Hindu, Christian and Muslim alike – I wish I had photos of more of them.

  7. Doug Says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I read and enjoyed your post on Compassion and Atheism. I suspect the true answer is that there is no relationship whatsoever between one’s religion (or lack of religion) and one’s capacity for compassion. Just as there is a bell curve for a classroom full of students — some will ‘get it’, some won’t — so, too, with religion. Some folks get the ethical message, some don’t. And you don’t need religion to understand and practice the most important ethical rule. And welcome back!

  8. protected static Says:

    Thanks, Doug…

  9. Doug Says:

    Just wanted to let you know that I read and enjoyed your post on Compassion and Atheism. I suspect the true answer is that there is no relationship whatsoever between one's religion (or lack of religion) and one's capacity for compassion. Just as there is a bell curve for a classroom full of students — some will 'get it', some won't — so, too, with religion. Some folks get the ethical message, some don't. And you don't need religion to understand and practice the most important ethical rule. And welcome back!

  10. protected static Says:

    Thanks, Doug…

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