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Topic: Luggage (08/15/05)
TITLE: The Travel Paradox !?
By Edmund Bennett Durell
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Contribution: The Travel Paradox !?
What unassuming, ordinary subject these fine fellows from FW picked up for week´ s entry. Luggage?? How about that! As a novice in this here tournament of sorts, I figured these well intended judges picked up the choice from a Dic-tion-a-ry. I decided to write it out on sylabes, so there´s no way to mistake the dreaded word. It looked plain to me that these wise fellows from yonder internet were using a "Dictionary" as an orthodox working device, I wondered how often judges resort to this easy way to choose words. I reasoned that if such was the case, then it was fully justified that I look into one of those, called by scholars Dictionary. Don´t look surprised, you ought to know those bulky, overloaded with words literary tools, since I was forced by circumstances to figure out what spun the wheels of our judges´ minds. I seriously advise my fellow colleagues on checking on them intentions beforehand, specially with tricky words just like this week´ s choice, luggage.
Fighting a growing sense of worthlessness, which soon overcame driven by a worthy purpose, I set myself to find me one of those heavy books from a hard-to-reach way up high book-shelf, cumbersome as any NYC phone guide you can lay your hands on. After shuffling several pages found the quite common and frankly overused word, especially in this full of travelers country of ours, and found it were I figured it would be, right under the "L" section. I was expecting to land on some description like, "Set of devices made of wood, canvas, leather of diverse sizes used to contain in a portable manner, clothes or objects for everyday use of travelers". Guess what ?? Just as I thought there was a similar explanation which didn´t come to me as a surprise , however in addition to that straightforward description, there were a couple more intriguing definitions typed into that cumbersome word catalogue for that unpretentious word, luggage.
Then it hit me like the proverbial ton of bricks, as my eyes were affixed on the little print. Surprise! Surprise! I said to myself, these smart cunning judges weren´ t actually leading us to the material object itself, NO SIR !! Their sights were aiming way upwards, YES SIR !! And as I stood perplexed like deer under searchlights, a thought flashed in the upper reaches of my mind like a revelation,… You can always tell a geese hunter from a quail one the way they aim their weapons, the former always aims skyward,. Aha ! The judges were indeed a source of inspiration, ´cause the more interesting descriptions for luggage in said Dic-tion-a-ry, were of a spiritual kind. Lord, was I taken this time, and by folks I don´ t even have a clue of whom could they be, presiding undet the cover of internet, and worst of all with so unassuming word. So beware of them Judges intentions because they´re really shrewd and can easily outsmart us in a blink of an eye. For instance, have you noticed that the "L" word rhymes with Gar-bage. Can you now see were I´ m heading to ?? Lug-gage.
And that´ s exactly how many of us folks down here keep misplacing one for the other, overburdening ourselves with grudges, passions, vices, hatred; real garbage carried over like luggage. So there in plain daylight I fully understood their wisdom while unraveling the mystery of the Travel Paradox,… "In order to travel the furthest and the swiftest, make sure you carry the lightest burden". Just like the first followers and our Lord did. Now the simple word makes a lot of sense. Luggage, the less the better.
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