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Ruminations

Tis the end of another week!!! but these past five days were very interesting. Mulling about it today - I realized that there was an inherent pattern where past, present and future were juxtaposed simultaneously in few aspects.

First there were interesting discussions on couple of blogs - about past relationships, past mistakes, past ghosts and at the same time there were issues that dealt with what you seek in the future in terms of relationships. It helps in certain ways to heal oneself - get feedbacks - and look with a smile that future is not all that bleak.....(to all those fellow bloggers - thank you) .

Secondly met a friend - discussed the past and future course of actions

Last - I had vowed will not talk about work on this blog - could feel like an ego trip or get boring - but have to take this one instance.
This happened yesterday - in the morning I visited an early 1800 barn and a stable - in Coltsneck NJ. This is a project where we are going to add modern kitchen and living spaces. Also will be restoring parts of the interiors. The trick is to respect the past and be sensitive when adding to it. I have attached few pics below. The house from outside is not very interesting - but interiors are impeccable and maintained very well. The site is 4 + acres - and the owners love horses.





Now to the main reason for this post - during the day I was involved with restoring and loving the past - a history that one likes . I was studying this building - imbibing it.



And then in the evening along with probably most of America I was watching the debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton - one of them possible future Presidents - to help forget the horrific tenure of George Bush.

Isnt it ironic that life puts forth many scenarios, sometimes none for years and sometimes many in a matter of a week. One has to be always aware of these nuances not get sluggish - or else you dont know when such an opportunity might come again.

55 comments:

*~*Sameera*~* said...

Lovely pictures there!

As for them both,they simply rock!I hope either one makes it.

Have a fabulous weekend :)

Cinderella. said...

This is why I love Architecture !!
Do show me the after completion pictures.
Speaking of Obama and Hillary,
I think its better the Americans should go for Obama.
First that will be a strong statement against 'racism',the whole world is replete with it, at the present day.
And secondly,its high time the Americans saw something other than the Clintons and Bushes !

KPs View! said...

well...at least good to see u have interesting job.....:) I wanna see the end result......:) 20 yrs of torture from bush & clinton. I felt that barack won the debate...gr8 sense of humor and smart man...(harvard law school grad)...Some of his points were really good...

To be honest
Obama-Clinton or Clinton-Obama to white house would still be a win-win situation for americans.....)
we can survive sexiest and racist tag...

GIANTS win would add bonus to begining of the week...what say?

Mez said...

So u doing up my house whenevr i have one in states?

Mel Avila Alarilla said...

Hi Ceedy,
I know what you mean. There are certain events in our lives that seemed to have been put together for a certain purpose. We just have to sort out the details to make heads or tails of them. This is the time for you to reflect on the significance of those events. Thanks for the intriguing post. Have a great day always.

Solitaire said...

Its like being stuck on a highway in traffic jam and then suddenly everything opens up and you don't even realize what had gone wrong.

Ashu said...

Cooool pics, i have seen the place. amazing this. being an archi u cud really see this kinda exotic places quite a great deal.

and i wish some day india also witnesses open debates between prime ministerial candiadates on TV...

Anjuli said...

nice pictures, hope u have a nice time doing up this one...

Politics....hmm....no comments :-)

Deepali said...

It's kind of tragic that in remembering the past and thinking about the future, we so often forget the present.

Preethi said...

Beautifully written. I think i read it thrice before commenting :) There is so much in this particular post of urs. Very human and very humble. Loved it.
Going to be a long cmnt. Bear with me :)
Be aware of things .... yes that's very important i think. And i feel this is a lovely group u got here. Very supportive and true. Ur blog roll i mean.
ur work- do talk about it now and then. Amazing architecture here. Will give u a cowboyish feeling right? Morris County is also supposed to house beautiful architecture. I went there a few yrs ago just to take a walk and see those homes. I did not go inside any of them but i'm sure has a personality to it that you wish stays there forever. Do post fotos after the completed work.
Barack!! i was disappointed man. He did not come out strong during the debate. She had more concrete points than he did although, i liked his take on immigration better. It was more realistic. And his ending thankfully came out a bit strong.
Again lovely post.....

Pri said...

woww...those are really fantabulous...:)
now i know who im goin to give my home contract when im goin to have one...that is i im able to afford u :-/

anonme said...

i was quite impressed by the house, the way it looks on the outside..
must be a very fascinating job!

i liked the last line of the post..
Cheers!

gunj said...

nice pictures
n totally agree with u on d last few lines thr :)
nice post!

c e e d y said...

@sameera
Thank you....well they are looking at it as a dream ticket - Obama - Clinton....

US need a change

c e e d y said...

@cinderella

Well yeah will post the finished pics - will take atleast 6 months though :(...

the best way to put it - its high time americans saw something other than Clintons "bush"....lol

c e e d y said...

@kps

I agree, liked the poise of Obama...refelected as a stern and focused person....

"you have to be right the Fisrt time won my hear"

yeah man giants.....

c e e d y said...

@mez

sure !!!! plus special bloggie discount how abt that

c e e d y said...

@mel

Yes sir....we just have to keep accepting and assimilating....time will unfold why things happen

Thanks and have a gr8 weekend

c e e d y said...

@solitaire

bloody rubberneckers...

c e e d y said...

@asha

this is not as exotic a place that I have seen - but yes we get to see a lot of em...

Hope you wish comes true and leadership in india becomes transparent....wld not mind then participating in it :)

c e e d y said...

@anjuli

thanks....well any project is fun and challenge - but this because of historical connotations....just have to be careful

c e e d y said...

@deepali

its not tragic....you have to remember the past for its glory....however small it may have been....not cry over whats lost but be happy to have experienced smg....and then live the present.

I dont like to dwell much into the future....this was a week full of open and shut doors :)

c e e d y said...

@preethi

just to be Americanly correct - I read it three times....not thrice (lol)

Like the long comment - makes it special that you took your time to respond.

Yeah blogging has helped a lot - meet like minded people here - and are able to discuss things openly...

let me know if you like to walk around - I can give you some really nice streets/areas in NJ to look at beautiful houses....I drive around a lot....also many a times I get to see the insides and beleive me older houses - are treasures just like Indian bungalows....not like Jersey City or other areas which are all cookie cutters....

well as far as Obama is concerned - I think he made his point - keeping quite and being subdued - shows his confidence...that he is better and does not have to struggle to prove himself....thats the way I look at it....

c e e d y said...

@pri

Sure will design and give you a special bloggie discount and if you get your clinic or hospital done by me - then you can get more...discounts...so please work hard and make that money :)

c e e d y said...

@anonme

Thanks - yes it is an exciting job but does not pay the big bucks like IT...but who cares :)....

This is a simple barn house....there are many around which are brilliant - will post them sometime.

c e e d y said...

@gunj
thank you...

thank you for agreeing...act on it too

and thank you again :)

Cinderella. said...

Lol...yeah...whatever !

Jaggu said...

Aaha...sounds good. Seems you are relaxed by meeting people in the blog here. Its always good to have friends with same mentality to share certain things. And I heard that you are going to NC to meet a great guy. Happy journey...:))

J E E V Y said...

tag done! :)

-Jeevy

(¯`•._.•[Raaji]•._.•´¯) said...

pretty cool pics.
I suppose we all have times when we have to find a way between past, present and future. there are always unresolved issues but i suppose one finds a way... i try to keep an optimistic approach in this matter. Taking helps!
Cheers!

--xh-- said...

lovely place. would like to see itr after you finish restoration work :-D

Mez said...

Dikhaya diya na gujju pana...i thot it would be for free :P

Reeta Skeeter said...

Nice pics!

c e e d y said...

@jaggu
yeah man....waiting for the trip..and also do feel relaxed...dunno how long it will last though :)
i just hope that friend in NC takes good care of me :P

c e e d y said...

@raaji

agree absolutly...the mind dictates half of what one does...so keeping it in postive frame of mind helps

c e e d y said...

@-xh-

will post them once its done - takes usually 4-6 months.

c e e d y said...

@mez

hehe

well the reason i dont do anything free is one that I want to be serious about it - and secondly the person for whom I work - does not feel obliged....

also since you have money to build a house and say i have money to waive the fees - why not say donate half of that to a charity - that way alls good :)

c e e d y said...

@reeta

thanx

vitruvian said...

i liked the pictures...
and yea its happened to me as well..
when you come across posts on other blogs that reflect your life at the moment, it gives you the kind of framework around which people work....
we pick for our solutions in the lint of that fabric...

cheers!

Mez said...

Aree i was just kiddin. U get serious too soon.

c e e d y said...

yeh kya baat hui - joke karo to daat, serious thought do to complain...

i was kiddin too, sometimes making a friend and sharing a coffee or dinner is more important than any fees in the world - and i hope you get out of your rut and are able to "build" that dream of yours :)

cheers

Cosmic Joy said...

Great ruminations from ceedy the cow .. err i mean bull :)

Best wishes for a non-bleaky future, good luck on the new project, and lets all hope for McCain to win .. hehe ;)

Keshi said...

** to help forget the horrific tenure of George Bush.

thats gonna take WAY more than just the memory cells learning to forget...:)

Keshi.

Mez said...

Lol..

Preethi said...

@ ceedy: that'll be a good experience to walk around. Summer wud be the best time for it anyways....
about jersey city, well yes the houses/apartments are too small, but i have an amazing view of the city which just kinda compensates.... maybe i'll make that my post today...mmmmm....
Obama- still not convinced.

c e e d y said...

@vitruvian

yup...you are right on...thanks

c e e d y said...

@cosmic joy

thanks and you are kidding right - McCain!!!!!:)

c e e d y said...

@keshi

it will take an effort but has to begin somewhere rt ;)

c e e d y said...

@preethi
crossing my fingers today....convinced or not - he is good :)
and I know the part of Jersey city you are living in...wid the view and all - but I am talking about the other side....its like a glorified "slum"

Cosmic Joy said...

Well .. I wont be voting in the elections .. so it doesnt matter what I say or joke about :)

vEENs said...

I read an article on Hilary and I must say I like Obama better :)

As for the building.. thats a verr difficult thing! how do u do it?! Ohh my seriously!
I will call u if I EVER need to build a house [ ok lemme put it this way.. I will ask you if you could do this house for me :)]

Wherever present is.. there is a past lurking in the corner making the future look bleak.... but I think it is our will powa that makes past a lil bleak and future more optimistic :)

your new pic.. er!! very different :P

c e e d y said...

@veens

seems Hillary is winning as of now....

will surely be glad to build your house....
its not that difficult :P....if the clients basically leave it on us architects and let us do what we want.....


honestly i dont live in the past...what i beleive and follow is things keep changing...so just keep the interesting memories intact let the others go...but this was just one of those weeks...

and why Er!!!!on the photo - its a sketch - does it look orrible...

Solitaire said...

Hey! I saw your comment on Preethi's blog about the analysis of the drawings. It was only a mere statement I made and am neither trained to do this kind of stuff nor am inclined or interested in interpreting people's drawings. I wrote a detailed description of what projective techniques are all about for Deepali. Are you interested in knowing more about it? Its premise lies in Freud's theory which is not practised much today.

Solitaire said...

Try this site too..
http://serendip.brynmawr.edu/sci_cult/mentalhealth/projective.html#types

c e e d y said...

@solitaire

thanks for the link....it is an interesting subject - can help someone like me to deal with different typed of clients and their aspirations....