People I follow are abroad.
How weird does that sound, I mean that thanks to the joys of social media I am able to share peoples adventures overseas. As i write i am listening to this http://kloptbaze.posterous.com/phoenecia-soul-oddity which may explain the surrealist nature of this post.
Theatre Director, Marcus Romer has been having a profound experience in Buenos Aires – quite literally http://marcusromer.posterous.com/i-am-losing-all-sense-of-space-and-time-techw Theatre can do that to a person, take away their sense of normal and replace it with a 'Kafa-esque dimensional fourth wall' reality (there you go – proof! I can't even talk about it in a rational way! Apparently Buenos Aires can have that effect on people). The cognitive responses in Marcus Romers brain have been firing off left, right and centre resulting in some deep and reflective posts as a result of being in a strange place, with very few familiar markers to anchor to.
Meanwhile, Social Media Artist Lloyd Davis has Tuttled off to Texas with social media colleagues Brain Condon and Heather Taylor. Lloyd has played his Ukelele in a gated community for senior citzens, made it to NOLA, made new friends, enjoyed a cultural explosion of new experiences and journeyed on trains, planes and automobiles… http://tuttle2texas.posterous.com/lloyd-plays-in-nola. I was at Drama school with Lloyd, one of our lowest moments was having to perform for our final showcase, a little known number (and for good reason in my opinion) called *Big D* (yes that's Big 'D', little 'a', double 'l', 'a'..) with the memorable refrain "Oil, oil, oil, Dallas, Dallas, Dallas…" I am relieved that his travels wont take him that far.
Via, video, audio boos, live streaming (which really was weird) I get to share moments from these journeys, that's great isn't it? My horizons are expanded beyond my financial, professional and domestic capabilities via virtual connections, akin to reading a good book, or watching a good film I am being nudged and transported out of my familiar territory to taste the larger world. I feel lucky and invigourated having done so. It certainly puts my travels to Oxford and Woking this week into humble perspective.