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Blowing and Drifting - Christopher Tassava
Life in and around Northfield, Minnesota.
Updated: 4 days 9 hours ago
Seen on my trip to the Bay Area: numerous Chinese guardian lion sculptures, including this small one on a table at the hotel
and this life-sized beauty in front of the art buildings at Mills College – one of a pair:
Even though our vacation came at the start of summer, we saw lots of firewood for sale in the UP. Every other rural house or small-town gas station seemed to be selling camp wood for sale, always on the honor system. $4 a bundle was the normal rate, but I did see some priced to move at $3. This appears to an unexploited marketplace inefficiency. Someone should buy all the cheap wood, then sell it to desperate tourists at campgrounds for $6.
Here and there, I also saw bigger quantities for sale – by the cord, by the pile, or even by the truckload, albeit through a raffle.
That the hardship facilitates a shared solitude, an utter isolation that has been experienced before by others and will be experienced again, that these others are present in spirit even if the wilds have tamed or aged or brutalized or otherwise removed their bodies.
A little song that Vivi made up and has been singing for a few days:
Here they come down the street
Marchin’ their robotic feet
With a motorized computer in their head
With snapping jaws that snap shut ev’ry time you touch ‘em
You don’t wanna bite your finger offffff………