> Dear Ninaji,
> Very cool to have been a girl boy scout! I'm wondering if that
> experience led you to architecture, or was your interest in
> architecture what led you to that troop? The Spiral Scouts are, as
> they used to say in the pool halls of south Philly, double
> interesting. I had never heard of Pagan scouts before. I witnessed
> myself thinking up some far out merit badges like spell casting,
> hex's, changing enemies into warthogs, etc:-) Thanks for the unique
> Peace and blessings,
The spiral scouts are an interesting and sweet phenom. I picked
up that link in my perusings of 'alternative' childbirth/parenting
sites. Go deep enough in that direction, and the pointings become
quite interesting and mind-boggling! It is amazing to see how
some of these parenting 'movements' tie into various religious
and political affiliations... even tying into the NRA and some
of the groups that would find knife-making an important part of
'unhindered living', so to speak. It might be possible to plunge
the depths of parenting sites as a basis for a comprehensive
treatise on the state of all things in the USA... if you think
about it, parenting is the point of departure for a lot of
idealistic fantasy about how to influence and alter the state
of all things. A lot of shoulds and shouldnt's. A lot of desire
and hope... utterly unselfconscious desire and hope, all laid out
in 'how-to' and case-studies, to boot. It's fascinating.
I suppose it was an interest in architecture that led to
joining that troop, though we all know the fallacies of
having an interest of one's own, when it comes to participating
in the familial intrigue over deciding a life's path and
choosing a college. It was around the time that we were
using #2 lead pencils to fill in the "career interest"
bubbles on the scantron sheets we were given at school.
Architecture fell within the "acceptable" range of careers
per my parents because they were under the impression it was
some sort of engineering. I suppose it could have been industrial
design, or maybe interior design if I had been pushy,
but certainly not painting or art. Painting and art were
probably less likely as acceptable paths by their standards
than english literature or history. A very nuts and bolts
tribe I hail from.
Now, if I had it to do over again, knowing what I know now,
I'd unravel the threads back to the beginning of highschool
and begin weaving again where natural sciences, biology and
anatomy left off. Ah, 'it is never too late' and 'no
experience wasted', right?
Too bad I can't get anyone to pay me for being my naturally
inquisitive and inventive self. How do you get someone to pay
you when your most prolific product is ideas and you can't seem
to tame the shrewish mind long enough to carry any of them out?