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2/01/08

4:59 PM Walked 8.16 miles (13 km) today, in approximately 2 hours, in the rain. It was awesome, even though my legs got tired by the end and I was soaking wet when I arrived home. I couldn’t have done it if I didn’t have music with me.

While walking I thought about rules of thumb. Just earlier I heard one on TV and it reminded me of two others I’d heard before. I have no idea where they came from (although I know where I got them from), and I have no clue how credible they are, but they’re told with such conviction that you can’t help but remember them after hearing them just once. The three I refer to are:

• You only truly love three women in your life (Haruki Murakami short story)
• Average time from a project’s inception to its publication is 7 years (stated in an interview by a soon-to-be-published author, who was in turn quoting her mentor/teacher)
• Men fall in love with the woman they’re attracted to; women become attracted to the man they love (movie Sex, Lies, and Videotape)

5:52 PM Interesting factoid on everyone’s darling Mahatma Gandhi from the book I’m presently reading (square brackets mine):

…But serious dissent was caused among even the most loyal of them [Gandhi's followers] by his “brahmacharya experiments” during 1946 and 1947. The aged Mahatma had been “testing” his vow of celibacy by sleeping at night in bed with a naked or partially clothed woman. The object of the experiments was to transcend physical arousal. One night, when the police turned up to arrest him, they found him in bed with a girl of eighteen. The British authorities decided that discretion was the better part of valor, and hushed up the police report.

…According to him [a distinguished anthropologist], several women were involved, and many among them became personally possessive of Gandhi, some to the point of emotional crisis. Gandhi’s grandniece, Abha, who started sleeping next to the Mahatma when she was just sixteen and he seventy-four, spoke of the experience in later life. “I don’t remember whether he had any clothes on or not,” she told an interviewer. “I don’t like to think about it.”

…Bose [Subhash Chandra Bose] remembered that “if anybody questioned Gandhiji’s purity in respect of sex, he could fly into an anger.” Along with several others, Bose felt he had no option but to resign from Gandhi’s service. The Mahatma was unmoved. “If I can master this,” he is supposed to have said of his experiments, “I can still beat Jinnah [founding father of Pakistan].”

Indian Summer, Pgs. 125-126

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