Life on the Holo-deck
Trip Start Sep 30, 2005
88Trip End Jun 04, 2006
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I am walking around, not so much feeling like I don't belong, as feeling like this is somebody else's reality which has been created around me. Everything is familiar inside and outside the office but it's so very dislocated from me, or what I think me is.
The scariest thing that takes about half a day to dawn is that things really haven't changed. The people who work here will tell you it's a busy dynamic organisation but it isn't compared to what's going on in other parts of the World. Or maybe it's just that I'm so comfortable and tuned in to what's going on here that I don't notice the change. That's a possibility but I don't buy it. People here are comfortable, there is no feeling of edge, and they aren't living close to potential starvation.
It's nice to catch up with old friends and colleagues and see how they are, and I'm desparately trying to avoid starting every sentence, "when I was in China.." because I know that sort of behaviour from people who've been travelling bores me to sleep. It's more tempting than I thought though because that's my reference point and my reality right now. The challenge is just to let time bring a different reality into being, but at the moment it all feels like virtual reality which is a bit scary.