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The Pleasure of Walking

In 2006, I quit the vast majority of intoxicants. I don't drink, I don't use recreational drugs, I don't smoke tobacco, I don't drink soda, and I am working on quitting all sweets entirely, and largely succeeding. I am not one for fine dining, and not frequently one for other forms of hedonism.

I usually do not advertise this - I might write about it for people who wish to know what I do, but I do not bring it up in conversation unless it comes up. But occasionally it does come up, and a common reaction is someone saying, half-joking, "Then why bother living?"

I think I understand. Many people do jobs they dislike for causes they feel nothing about. This must wreak havoc on a man's spirit. Most people spend more of their waking time on their work than any other thing - I can only imagine what spending the bulk of my time on something I disliked would feel like. Or worse, not even something I disliked - but something I felt very neutral about.

If a man's occupation becomes a slow crushing of his spirit, then of course he would need high energy, and high impact to free him from it. He needs to fit all of his leisure into his remaining waking time - from 6PM at night to 10PM when he is home from work, on the two days of his weekend, and his vacation time each year. Of course, not even that time is all his own - he still has to commute, run errands, do admin, do necessary little things. The reality of the situation is far worse - most people don't live bad lives, they just move slowly and quietly through things they don't particularly care for.

Of course, if a man only had 5% of his waking time to himself, he would want to maximize this time in the easiest, most surefire way of producing pleasure and relaxation. Who could blame this man? I don't. If I was suffering through a soul-killing occupation and had very little time, I would want to make sure that the time I did have was very enjoyable.

BROMO

On SCHWANNEDGARD

now i'm back to teLL my trip to bromo,, weLL.. in fact i've been to bromo for 3 times yet i never get bored,, am stiLL amazed at how stunning it is.. bromo is Located in north of maLang,, the voLcano itseLf is in proboLinggo to be exact.. bromo is an active voLcano,, yes it is.. aLthough it may seem not so threatening but it is,,

renting a car from maLang, i went up to proboLinggo uphiLL&downhiLL.. the sky was getting darker,, moreover the air was getting even coLder as i got higher.. i arrived at dawn and it was freezing coLd,, you're gonna need a heLL of warm cLothes, jacket, and gLoves if you pLan to go to bromo.. though there're gonna be bapak2 yg juaLan di sana but better prepare so you don't have to spend on things you shouLdn't have to,,

i decided to hike through the pananjakan to see the sunrise up there,, i've seen the sunrise before in pananjakan.. and to get there you must wake up at around 3 and then you either hike or rent a jeep which cost you 600ribu vice versa or an ojek,, if you're without any preparation of warm cLothes, i wouLd definiteLy recommend you to rent a motorbike or share jeep with other tourist aLthough it may cost more..

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