One of the parts of LBD thats coming up for all of us at one point or
another is the loss of ability to communicate in a meaningful
way. Being an inveterate puzzle solver, I am hard at work thinking of
outside-the-box methods of communication that might survive my loss of
One of the avenues of that research concerns less
the attempt to communicate language and more on the idea of
communicating concepts and ideas. Or better stated, I was looking at
ways of communicating ideas and concepts without the requirement of
standard language to do so.
I have some more serious ideas going down this path but one that is
just more for fun is this...I have a pretty decent video library and I
thought what if I used it to tell my story, at least the important
parts? No I am not claiming to be Indiana Jones in real life....try it
like this. I served in the Army in the 80's and 3+ years of that time
was spent in (then) West Berlin.
This is when the wall was still up and so all that was going on but at the
same time, the 80's were an interesting time in Berlin. The modern ideas were overtaking the ideas of the previous generation and going to East Berlin
was like living in a black and white movie. This was the first impression I had
when I over the first time.
The western side however almost seemed to reach
to the opposite, everything was so lively and fun, always ready for a
party, the people were warm and friendly and no one took themselves
too seriously. But now when I try to explain to someone what Berlin
felt like at that time, the words are lost and if the listener is
young enough, the context is lost too.
Now as I said this is more of a fun what-if so don't laugh. Roger
Moore died recently, bet he is bummed but I spent some time going
through my Roger Moore flicks and realized the otherwise-lame
Octopussy was a pretty great snapshot of what Berlin was like at that
time. So when I say a movie can tell part of our stories I don't mean
the spy stuff in this case. Rather, if you watch Octopussy, you will
come away with the general feel of what my world was like then. And
that movie was shot on a number of roads I took to work everyday so
seeing them in the flick brings back memories as well...
What kind of movies could tell your life story?