Friday, January 13, 2012
this and that
While looking for something else I never did find (isn't it always the way?) I came across a number of little heads I'd sewn years ago for a doll making project. I did make a couple of dozen little ladies as gifts for friends but never used all the heads. Not feeling like drawing I decided instead to see if I could use the faces as part of the design for small hand-made boxes. Using the front and back of a cereal box, some extra pieces of scarf silk I'd dyed, as well as some glue, this is what I've come up with in the past couple of days of sometimes cold, sometimes snowy, sometimes rainy but always winter weather. It's an octagon 2.5 inches across, 2 inches tall and silky inside and out.
While my hands were busy I couldn't help but come up with some random thoughts about this and that in the news and round about. Here are some in no particular order:
Although you can send most anything anywhere it costs more, takes longer and it's getting harder to find a post office or a mailbox.
Some people can't afford fuel to heat their homes but if they're lucky enough to live in a gas fracking zone they can warm up by turning on the kitchen tap and flicking a match.
Cities can be reached by superhighways and space age bridges but neighborhood streets aren't being repaired.
If a good size storm comes along and washes out the road to your town the government might decide your town wasn't worth visiting anyway.
In some places not only are the streetlights out but they pulled out the poles to save on vandalism and people calling to report the lights are off.
corollary: You may buy a new gadget on sale but you could be carrying it home in the dark.
Many cities have purchased folding buses that are almost too big to go around corners. By the time you walk back to your seat the front of the bus has arrived at your stop.
Apartment building common areas are no longer being heated but management tells you the fans blowing cold air in from outside is a 'feature'. Remember to wear heavy clothing while using the laundry room.
On the plus side, zipper technology is better. I remember a time as a kid when I thought I might spend the rest of my life in my snowsuit.
Atlantis - An inconvenient truth from Simon Prager on Vimeo.
Now I have to go and find a box to put my box in.