Zentraveler takes up kite flying!

“Imagine a sky filled with Dragons, Dragon flies, Butterflies, Cranes, and myriad’s of other whimsical creations.” Weifangkitefestival.com

Every spring around mid to late April folks from all over the world head to Weifang, China to the World’s most spectacular International Kite Festival. More than 300,000 spectators and participants show up to try their skill and enjoy the weeks festivities.

“Kites originated in China. It was the Chinese philosopher of more than 2,000 years ago, who “spent three years and successfully made a hawk out of wood, which was broken after one day’s flight. “This wooden “hawk” made by Mo Zi inspired by the flying hawk in the sky was the first kite of the world as well as of China. Birds were worshiped and loved by man, and kites were made in imitation of birds. This reveals man’s longing for a better life. The Wright brothers used a crude form of a box kite in their early developmental stages of the airplane. Kites have been used to send love messages, send signals in war and as pure mythical entertainment throughout the ages.

Mo Zi passed his undertaking of kite-making on to his disciple Gongshu Ban who made split bamboo clappers into thin strips, polished them, curved them through heating over a fire and shaped them into the form of a magpie. And this “wooden magpie” could be flown in the air for three days. It is recorded in the book Great Documents that “Gongshu Ban once made a wooden hawk to pry into the citadel of the State of Song.” adapted from the writings of Wang Xiaoyu and printed at Shandong Friendship Publishing House.

History tells us that folks have been flying kites at Weifang, China since A.D. 1368. Your never too old or too young to get involved in kite flying. You can get one for as little as a dollar or you can build your own or purchase an elaborate whistle kite direct from China.
Folks from all walks of life are using kite flying for a form of exercise. It’s just a matter of time before Extreme Kite Flying will be an Olympic Sport.

Want to perform a test? If you tune into the media all you hear and see is doom and gloom. When spring rolls around simply head out to a park or a beach or a big grassy field and begin kite flying. If you think we don’t live in a magical world then simply watch the expressions of the small children as they run alongside watching the kite dive and twist. This is magic my friend– you can’t run that on the newswire. Too sterile! Get involved! Take a kid kite-flying or come along for the view— it’s mind expanding!

So if someone says to you “Go fly a Kite!” simply get up from your desk and say thank you very much I think I will. If you have gymnastic skills— this is the time to include the triple backwards somersault as you exit your workspace.

If you are applying for a job in the Banking Industry or are trying to make Senior Attorney in a prestigious law firm you may want to skip “kite flying” as your only interest and activity. They are looking for that good solid football profile, However, with today’s new world of creative hiring, I wouldn’t be surprised if Google and the Chinese gamers wouldn’t snap you up on that skill alone. They can teach a monkey to work a computer, but they seem to have other things on their mind when it comes to kite flying.

Wanting to make a great impression at the Weifang Spring Kite Festival, I headed to my favorite spiritualist (Earth name Mrs Rossi) who specializes in channeling with the great spirits and didn’t say a word. She went into a trance and started shaking her head. With her eyes closed she looked in great pain. Minutes later she reported that my seven American Indian guides were pissed at me and I was to be a Cigar Store Indian and simply observe life as I prepare to enter another dimension. “What’s this China thing— then she began laughing and said they have given you permission to fly the Great Thunderbird of the Sky—- You are heading for the flight of your life. CHOP CHOP!

No strings attached!

QUOTE: “If you are not willing to risk the unusual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
Jim Rohn quotes—–thinkexist.com

THINGS YOU MAY NOT KNOW: “Delphic oracle was ancient glue-sniffer is the conclusion of scientists – writing in this month’s Scientific American – who have found that the oracle chamber was built over a geological fault from which seeped ethane and ethylene gases. As a result, the oracle, the temple maiden who uttered Delphi’s prophecies, was probably in a permanent narcotic state. In other words, the oracle’s utterings, upon which so much of ancient Greek life depended, were not the words of Apollo, the god of prophecy, but the babblings of a drunk or glue-sniffer.”— Buzzle.com I hope they don’t look to close at Anna Nicole Smith’s past— I think it was those boozing, drug popping attorneys, but what do I know— I’m high on blogging!

THINGS YOU MAY WANT TO SAVE: Kemp’s Ridley Sea Turtle They are the smallest of sea turtles and not very many. Turtle Soup is not an option. Write that with indelible ink on the inside of your left hand. Good— now get saving!

Zentraveler says go fly a kite . The more string you let out the closer you are!

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