Thursday, October 31, 2013

I'm Left Behind on Halloween

Four of my grandchildren prepare to haunt the neighborhood in my absence.

No, you're not seeing double. Two brothers both wanted to be Spiderman. The two daughters are a pirate (above) and a parrot (below) because every self-respecting pirate has a parrot.

They will be out harvesting candy with gusto.

I'm hanging out in Hawaii, doing very little beyond being a beachcomber.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Halloween Warm-Up

Are you stuck for ideas for a Halloween costume? Here are some home-made suggestions that utilize items that you may have laying around the house.

And for the kids

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

Passing Time on a Commercial Aircraft

It's interesting to see what people can do with a couple "ass gaskets", some paper towels and imagination.

Nina Katchadourian whiles away long plane journeys by locking herself in the lavatory and pretending to be a 15th century Dutch painting. The project began spontaneously on a flight in March 2010 and is ongoing.

Mind numbing travel can be entertaining when applied the right way.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Sisyphus Revisited

Some days I feel like Sisyphus - being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this action forever. The problem with aging is that to some extent, the rose-colored glasses are off and you understand that it's the human condition. 

After the first of the year I'll be commuting through Los Angeles traffic to a job of my own making - to a company that I own in part. I haven't commuted for nearly seven years now, having earned my daily bread in a more bohemian lifestyle. But it's back to the blue suit, white shirt and power tie. Part of me dreads it. Being the boss is nice, but it's not as nice as everyone cracks it up to be. There's something to be said for joy of being an anonymous drone. Alpha males can't manage the slavish mindless drone thing very easily, but that sort of thing does have its own joys. 

The weird part of all this is that I don't really have to do it. I could simply sit on a beach for the rest of my life on an island somewhere and beach comb, gazing up at jet contrails instead of sitting on the jet eating plastic food (back to Sisyphus). I have the means to be that beach bum and live on my life's laurels and money. 

Albert Einstein defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.

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