“Need a troublesome tooth removed? No problem. Just stand by an open window and smile, fully exposing the tooth that you have clearly marked with a large red X. Do not move your head. Do not stop smiling.”
Photograph by Christopher Griffith.
This might be equally or less scary than an actual trip to the dentist.
“Just to mess with people. I told them that on the West Coast we have another peculiar tradition of removing your top and giving it to the person on your left to wear during the meal. It was hilarious, people bought it, including some of the East Coast Americans! We all removed our tops, and the men in women’s tops made the meal a constant state of laughter. We still do this each year, as there are always newbies with us.”—
“Realizing that you’re not really sure what “home” is anymore, because even though this is technically where you come from, you’re not sure you fit into the shape of the puzzle piece that you left behind. In a lot of ways, your time abroad felt much more like home, and maybe you won’t ever really feel settled until you can actually call it that — even if you’re all too familiar with how difficult immigration is. Being where you belong, maybe not today but someday, is something you’re willing to work for.”—The 23 Hardest Things About Moving Home After Living Abroad | Thought Catalog
“Getting so frustrated when people tell you how “lucky” you were to live abroad, when you know intimately how much tedious paperwork, hard work, and trying in the face of rejection it actually required. You know how little of it actually has to do with luck, especially when you’re actually working in your adopted country.”—The 23 Hardest Things About Moving Home After Living Abroad | Thought Catalog
“The good is always going to be rare. It just is. The good is rare. The valuable stones are rare stones. The valuable elements are rare. Really good comedy is always going to be in very short supply. It’s the way of it. And, when people get all upset that there’s 900 channels but there’s not much good on, I always think, what the fuck did you expect? Why, just because we, in the last 40 years, invented technology that enables everyone to constantly be entertained on 600 different platforms, did you think humanity was suddenly going to get 600 times funnier and more talented? No. This is what we have. Truly great movies are always going to be in short supply and look how now you have all of these movies available to you all the time, but I’m still going back and wanting to watch The Godfather and Godfather II. I’m still wanting to watch the few movies that really mean something or speak or me or the novels that you’ve read. How many really funny American books have there been? There’s so few…. That’s the nature of it.”—Conan on the scarcity of good, on one of my favorite podcasts, By The Way, In Conversation with Jeff Garlin (via wearethedigitalkids)
“The Internet likes snacks – simple, focused products that capture an atomic behavior and become compound only by linking in and out to other services. This has become even more so with the shift to mobile. People check their phones frequently, in short bursts, looking for nuggets of information.”—The Internet is for snacking - Chris Dixon (via adamkatz)
“Travel isn’t always pretty. It isn’t always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that’s okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.”—Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations (via kateoplis)
“It’s just an accident that we happen to be on earth, enjoying our silly little moments, distracting ourselves as often as possible so we don’t have to really face up to the fact that, you know, we’re just temporary people with a very short time in a universe that will eventually be completely gone. And everything that you value, whether it’s Shakespeare, Beethoven, da Vinci, or whatever, will be gone. The earth will be gone. The sun will be gone. There’ll be nothing. The best you can do to get through life is distraction. Love works as a distraction. And work works as a distraction. You can distract yourself a billion different ways. But the key is to distract yourself.”—Woody Allen Interview - Woody Allen Blue Jasmine Quotes - Esquire
Just catching up on articles I didn’t have a chance to read earlier…but this statement is terribly true to North Korea and frankly - every group I have ever worked in. Business and North Korea have so much in common!