Sometimes anonymity and a hint of mystery are best. We can focus on the details we wantâ€¦ food, produce, markets, etcâ€¦ without the attendant baggage that humans bring to any equationâ€¦ upbringing, education, work experience, sassiness, physical traits, affiliations, etc. It is, in fact, possible to agree fully with oneâ€™s viewpoint of the world from the point of view of vegetables, olive oils or nuts without knowing anything else about the person who espouses that view. When all the details are not apparent, our bizarre minds make them up to suit our own view of the person/ situation/world; in the same way that dotted lines are inevitably connected in our minds to form a better picture of the whole. Thatâ€™s why shadows leave so much more to the imagination and we can fill in the blanks any way we like. But maybe, just maybe, itâ€™s time for a Market Manila reader get togetherâ€¦what do you think???
I have been toying with the idea of a get together in Manila for several weeks. Some readers have actively lobbied for it. So here is the dealâ€¦ First, I am floating this somewhat outrageous idea of interested Market Manila readers getting together for a merienda, market meet or lunch/dinner and seeing what the reaction is like (please leave a comment if you are interested in participating). Second, based on the reactions and numbers, I will or will not set a date and venue and post that information (if it happens, it will be late November before the Christmas rush). Readers will be asked to confirm their attendance and we will work out logistical issues such as time and cost. The goal is a simple get together of like mindsâ€¦ folks for whom food is a major part of their psyche and who wish to meet the other folks who leave such insightful comments on the website! For those based abroad, over 65% of my readers, you will have to buy a ticket to Manila to participateâ€¦or you can just read about it in the post get together write-up!