I was playing poker at Harbord last night across the table from a group of 20 year olds. It was fun. They were full of beans, joking around, almost jittery. Like pups. And there I sat, an ex-twenty year old. One who has travelled long and far and seen and done many things they are yet to know. I really felt it last night for some reason. The boys were polite and reverential and not bad players. It was a prolonged final table, with two of them versus me at the end. I kept steady and watchful, used my experience to guide me to victory. It was satisfying and felt fitting. The real joy I got was not in winning, though, it was in the interaction. The poker table is a great place for character to be revealed.
I re-watched Mel Gibson's 'Apocalypto' the other night for the third time. I do believe it is a masterpiece of sorts. It's a dynamic, thrilling film about the eventual demise of the Mayan tribes in the rain forests. Made me think about tribal living, the basics of family, community, friendship, honour. How fragmented we are in this modern society. No big campfires with elders espousing their wisdom, no man vs nature trials of initiation, etc. Of course, there are plenty of great things about living in this present civilisation, but when watching this film, one can't help but to long for deeper, truer connections with nature and fellow beings.