Saturday, June 25, 2005

wanted: sm,ns,hwp ...

There used to be this section in the newspaper for "personal ads". I say "used to" because while it still exists, it is very limited in size and scope. I know this because I have been searching the papers to find some good ads to incorporate into an art project. The premise of the piece is that each of us is looking for a definition of a relationship. ( "single white woman, height weight proportional, looking for the same for long walks on a beach and possible long term relationship.") But, that by defining people and categories we become blind to the possibilities that exist outside of those definitions. Abstract. Anyhow, the piece is stuck in a work phase until I am able to actually find enough personal ads to move forward.

Maybe that is the problem for so many people - stuck in work phase until they are able to find enough personal ads to move forward...

Thursday, June 23, 2005

you’re boring me …

Last week I went to see Mike Daisey’s new monologue – The Ugly American. His earlier work recalling his experiences at Amazon was hilarious and made me both relieved I had not jumped onto the bandwagon and at the same time disappointed I had missed out on the experience that will probably define my generation.

I love the way that Daisey is able to weave his life into such a vibrant story. It is not that his experiences are overtly unique, it is that he has taken the time to recognize the absurdity of the moment.

I relish the absurdity of the moment. It is the precise recognition we are not in control that opens the door to so many of life’s great experiences. Unfortunately, while I can often recognize the moment, putting it into words which will be both entertaining and enlightening to someone else is a skill which I have not yet honed.

Thus, my challenge with keeping up a blog…

There have been so many absurd moments this week that finding one to comment on has been almost impossible. Each time I start I am overcome with a dozen equally absurd recollections vying for my attention.

So… rather then choose one, here is my list of topics to consider:

  • naked bike riders in formation – (as opposed to naked bike riders information which is a different category covered I am sure by the Freemont Solstice Parade Association’s website.)
  • seattle mist - if you have to turn on the windshield wipers, should you put the roof up on the convertible?
  • they can’t hear you and I don’t want to – sitting with the fans
  • reality writers – if it is “reality” can it truly be written
  • an egg can stand on its end any day of the year – it just chooses not to
  • and my favorite …“you’re boring me”

Here is the bike riders in formation - let's hope the Shriners stick with their Fez!