Many of you have been to my home (referred to as “The Tree-house”) in Honolulu, but not all of you, yet.  I look forward to meeting and feeding you in the not-too-distant future, though, as soon as it quiets down around here.

Point is, for coming up on 5 years now, the guy next door (who shall remain nameless) has been “working” on his house, day and all-freaking-night; banging, drilling, sawing and jack-hammering every G.D. day.

My body, mind and spirit has been bashed into itsy-bitsy particles of eternally-violated cosmic Matthew-dust.  Prayer does not work, by the way.

I’m not a bar person, so escaping to the neighborhood pub is out of the question.  Besides, who could hang out at a bar all day and night?  Drugs to escape?  Definitely an option, however, after years of traveling alongside rock & roll bands like Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, the Stones, Led Zep, and others, well, let’s just say drugs will not be my savior during this construction from Hell era.

After all, it’s quiet we’re after… right?

What I truly am now, is one big `ol mellow trucker, something I always aspired to, but now, genuinely, have morphed into.  But it’s often challenging…

Where was I?  Oh yeah, pondering Eternity, that’s where…

Ok, so, still here in Barcelona.  Loving {almost} everything about this place, and have spent countless hours staring and studying and trying to understand La Sagrada Familia, the longest-running show in architecture, at least during the past 130+ years.

From the outside it’s just the oddest, strangest, most stunningly unusual building you’ll ever see.  There is scaffolding all over the place that can be seen all around the exterior of the building.  But, do not visit Barcelona without going inside this place for a truly mind-blowing hallucinogenic experience.

The stained glass is extraordinary, allowing light, from sunrise to sunset, to gift you with colors only available here, in more hues, tones and densities than ten-thousand imaginations, or artist’s palette’s could ever conjure.

Gaudi’s work is all over the Barcelona area.  You must see as much of it as possible.

La Sagrada Familia, to this very day, is actually a work-in-progress basilica, a cathedral, a Roman Catholic church, designed by mega-genius and engineer Antoni Gaudi, dating back to 1882 when construction commenced, leaving no doubt whatsoever in my mind that my neighbor must share some distant DNA with Gaudi, at least as far as job deadlines go.

 

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