Friday, July 29, 2005
Inspired by your blogs and comments, here is another bit of me
It always amazes me that you are amazed by the amount of things about me I share in this blog. I read a lot of blogs and online diaries. They are weight loss or cooking related. And in many of them I read at times that "if you don't like what you read stop reading this is my blog and I write it to manifest/monitor my feelings".

I write for the same reason too. When you are in any situation where you need to work on feelings and see their relation to patterns of behaviour, such as weight loss, or need to go back and see how things worked in the past and what might be the things that cause any kind of different outcome now, a blog is a magnificent tool.

But really, so is a little Moleskine notebook. So why I traded it for an internet blog?

But for the interaction of course!

Truth is I have been always amazed by other cultures. I had my first pen pal at the age of 10. An irish girl named Fiona. Back then my communication in english was very specific:

" Hello Fiona. New boy. Me love new boy. He red bicycle. You new
boy? My mom stupid. You mom? Swim too. Summer good."

Then, at around the age of 14, with a lot more words in my vocabulary to share, I was well into pen palling. George from Boston. Gina from Milan. Belen from Madrid. Jaquelin from Nice. Guy from London. I not only was writting to them at least every couple of days, but I slowly introduced them to each other and we became a group of friends, scattered in all corners of the globe.

Then at the age of 16 I begun my island hopping. My friends would gather sea shells, I would gather foreign friends. I was always drawn to the unknown. I was always amazed by different ways of eating. I was always intrigued by the different ways of expressing feelings. I was always curious about the way families functioned in different places of the world. I wanted to know how boyfriends treat their girlfriends in America, Australia, Italy, Germany, China, everywhere! I was even trying to see how people from different countries peel an orange. Such a thirst for knowledge for "the others".

And then, in 1997, I discovered chat rooms. I, of course, spent my first couple of months in all the sex related rooms. I was stunned at both the possibilities and the sickness. I was moved by the loniless. I was paralysed by the psycho's. And most of all, I was really very shocked about the lies. Then I spent a bit of time in different religions rooms. There I was shocked by both the strength in one's beliefs and the fanatism.

And then I got into a truth or dare room. Where I met my friends. My wonderful Englishman. My Danish sister. A wonderful Australian girl who spoke Greek and Indonesian and was brighter and more intelligent than any woman I know. A weird and lonely boy from Plymouth whom I cared a lot for and who hated me cos I called him Cornish. A wonderful middle aged man from the village of Elvis Presley who gave me his wife's secret recipe of Missisippi Chocolate Mud Cake. Liz from Newscastle who taught me how to make Pavlova. A gorgeous young man from England who lived in South Africa. A lonely boy from Ireland. A spunky woman from Lake Tahoe. The sweetest single mother from Canada. I begun to easily distinguish the poms from the aussies from the yanks. I learned different dialects. I used y'all with the southerns. I greeted the aussies with G'day. I could really spot a redneck in a minute! I was drooling over crumpets I never had. I ate vegemite. I made a danish mushroom pate. I have my Englishman's secret recipe for the most devine cheesecake. 42 grammars of butter. Such precision *smile*. I learned to drink and adore Guiness. In room temperature. Me, the ice cold drinks freak. I was sent several parcels. I was preparing more to send back. A magnificent new world with so many different colours, feelings, ways of life, smells.

Interaction. Interchange. Interrelation. Interdependence. Reciprocity.

This is why I started blogging. Not because I just miss all this. But for me, besides the support, the encourangement, the comradeship and the new information I receive on a daily basis, the most important thing I get from you all is the curtain you leave half open for me to see into the window of your hearts and lives.

I have been lucky to have grown up in a house where the curtains were wide open most of the time. Surely there is the closet with the sceletons..hehe. But the curtains are open. I just want you to know a bit more of who I am. Because I value your openness. I value the time you take to help and support me. And because I been a terrible weightloser lately (though a brilliant maintainer thankyouverymuch ;) and I still need to read from you and give you some of me to read, I been writting here about general stuff. Yesterday I actually started a new blog for more general things, like cooking and personal stuff, but I am certain I have such bad syntax in the title that till I work it our, you readers and frieds of 25 to Go will have to bare with my tendency to open the curtains of my windows a bit more and more.

After is summer here :) Enjoy your weekend!

Posted by Argy at 12:30 pm
Blogger Catesa said...

your energy for the unknown is overwhelmingly contagious, i also want to know brilliance from every corner of the globe. Surely you want to adopt a feral little Dutch girl? *blinks big eyes*

i teach you all wonders of klompdansen en nieuwe maatjes met uitjes lekkerrrr

3:41 pm

Blogger Balloon said...

You said it all really, about what blogging and the internet in general is all about. But it also takes a good, open and generous person to appreciate the complexities of opening up to such a wide audience and you're the quintessential internet-age woman.

4:40 pm

Blogger Allan said...

Started reading, looked to my right and realized you had lost almost 100 pounds. Damn good show !!1 Now I have to read the rest..

10:38 pm

Blogger Denise said...

You are just the best, dear Argy! I wish I could run away from home and end up on your doorstep just in time for dinner - LOL.

Friday hugs and happiness!

12:52 am

Blogger Mary said...

LOL, thanks for your comment on my blog hon. It made me laugh so much.

I agree, if you don't like it, don't read but if you do...great! I like keeping a weight journal because it helps me and helps others. I like the Moleskine notebooks too. They make good presents also :-)

You write so well Silverella and I love this post! I look forward to reading more (and catching up with previous posts) very soon.

10:17 am

Blogger Shannin said...

I love reading your posts! This only makes me want to meet my fellow bloggers even more. I'm amazed at how close the world seems, connected by the internet...

5:02 pm

Blogger - u said...

i absolutely agree. that sums up perfectly my views of both the cons and pros of websurfing/chatting/blogging! :oD

10:56 pm

Blogger ms ralph said...

I also believe that keeping a very transparant internet diary for over 3 years (not my current blog) was a very big open door to a new world, also meeting people on the internet from around the world (as well as travelling) is a wonderful way to open up your mind. You are right in the way you think, and such a beautiful person. Hopefully one day we can meet up!

12:06 am

Blogger M said...

It is through this interaction with people from around the world, and people right next door, that I have had my mind opened to new and different ways of doing things. My way sure wasn't working so I let the other ways in. And now it works. Would I have had the same openness with people in a face to face situation. No. The blog world allows me to take down all my barriers and get to know myself. I think it is great. It allowed me to meet you. And Cat, and Mary, and the list continues ;)

1:36 pm


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I have spent all 36 years of my life loving life itself and this will never change. I am a great lover of the smallest things. I am addicted to smells and I attach them to people and events. It is impossible for me to wake up without ice in my coffee.

Age: 37
Height: 1.68 cm
SW: 130kg/286lbs
CW: 86 kg/189.2lbs
GW: 69 kg/151.8lbs
Lost: 44 kg/96.8lbs
Left: 17kg/37.4lbs

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