Have You Ever…

Here’s a flashback post from 2014. 

What can I say? I must have been in a mood when I wrote it ( wink ).

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Have you ever touched a dead person?

Seen a dead person?

What’s it like, you may  one day get the chance to ask

someone like me

who has  prepared the dead for their

last visit with their nearest and dearest.

Well. It’s like this.

Have you ever walked up to a house

doesn’t matter if it’s a new house or an old house or the remains of a house

and you’ve stood there and knew, in your bones, that nobody was there.

That the house was empty.

Whatever it was that made that house a home was gone.

So that’s what it’s like to touch a dead person.

That’s what it feels like.

It’s not to big of a thing and after a while you actually get used to it.

But when the dead touch you…

You never do get used to that.

Friday Morning

RDP Friday: TENDERFOOT

Photographer Unknown

Seattle, Washington

June 24, 2022

Friday Morning- 8:29am

There’s a homeless woman outside my warehouse door ( which is always locked nowadays), she’s smoking drugs and is having this conversation with herself:

” F*&^Y Nazis, trying to pump their drugs into me and why? It’s been seven years and that’s to long to be a science experiment. Not my fault they found ‘cain ( cocaine?) in my system. I didn’t put it there they did and why? Cause I’m their f%$* science experiment that’s why.

I’m not taking their drugs. I’m not their experiment. I’m not taking their drugs.

I should get a gun, fucking Nazis and then they’d know what it’s like to be an experiment.

How’d they like that? How’d like to get told you have meth or ‘cain in your body and it’s not my fault it’s there. They put it there. Like Covid. They put it there. Not me. They did it. ”

Fucking Nazisfucktheirdrugsfuckfuckkkkkkk!”

Source-Internet-Photographer Unknown

She’s been talking non-stop for a half hour. She isn’t even taking a breath. I can’t go out there because she’s crazy and nobody pays me enough to deal with a drugged out homeless person who thinks that the medication she’s supposed to take is a plot to get illegal drugs into her system and  she’s just waiting for a ” Nazi ” to show up and hassle her.

I guess what is wearing on me is when she talksandtalks and doesn’t take a breath. How does she do that?

I guess I should go to the side door pretty soon and see if she’s dead.  I always check on the ranters when they go quiet. Sometimes they’re passed out and sometimes they’re gone. Sometimes I think they’re dead but they move around a little or when their eyes are closed I can see them swinging under their lids from side to side.

That’s my life now. Dealing with people like this and the people who don’t want to do anything about this situation that we are all in together.

Photographer Unknown

Welcome to Pioneer Square- and much like it was in the Gold Rush days, it’s a dangerous place and no place for the Tenderfoots of the world and if you’re not careful this place will drive you mad.

 

From A Little Window I See- The Night Watch

I love Flash Mobs- some are better then others but for the most part they’re just great no matter what the skill level is. 

One of my friends brought this clip to my attention and I just fell in love with it!

I’ve included some interesting facts about the Night Watch, a copy of the painting itself and below is a clip showing how the Flash Mob was choreographed. 

I hope you enjoy this post- it’s a fun one to noodle around in!

“The Night Watch” Rembrandt van Rijn

Note: I n 1715, upon its removal from the Kloveniersdoelen to the Amsterdam Town Hall, the painting was trimmed on all four sides. This was done, presumably, to fit the painting between two columns and was an all-too-common practice before the 19th century. This alteration resulted in the loss of two characters on the left side of the painting, the top of the arch, the balustrade, and the edge of the step. This balustrade and step were key visual tools used by Rembrandt to give the painting a forward motion.

Interesting Facts about The Night  Watch:

The Night Watch is not happening at night.

That little blonde girl isn’t military—she’s a mascot.  Her presence proves to be indeed very important to the entire composition. Attached to her dress we can see a dead chicken with its claws raised to the sky, a bag of gunpowder and firearms – all symbols of the guild. Rembrandt thought of her as an imaginary mascot of the civic militia.

Photobombing  before photobombing was thing: In the middle of the painting, behind a man in green and a guard with a metal helm, you can just about spot a man. Only his eye and a beret are visible, but this guy is believed to be Rembrandt himself. After all, it was not unusual for him to smuggle his self-portrait into his other famous works here and there.

I Still Wonder

RDP Monday: COLOSSAL

From the Colossus of Rhodes  to the statue of Zeus at Olympia, of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient world only one remains…

The Colossus Solis Artist: Philip Galle Date: 16th–17th century

Olympian Zeus in the sculptured antique art of Quatremère de Quincy (1815).

The Great Pyramid of Giza is all that is left of the Ancient Wonders.

Great Pyramid of Giza -The Last Remaining Wonder of the Ancient World

I don’t know about you, but when I was a kid I memorized the Seven Wonders and read every story I could find about them. I even wrote my own stories and vowed that one day I would visit the places where they once stood.

Well. You know. Maybe I will one day.

Ad Deir (“The Monastery”)- Petra

I’ve chosen pictures that I’ve liked from the New Wonders, not necessarily the image of the sites voted on- and I’ll explain why-

From what I understand there are now 7 new sights that have been declared The New Seven Wonders and though I don’t disagree that these new wonders are magnificent in their own right, I can’t help to feel that-

because

they’ve been logged, recorded, and their images have been used in political photo-ops, travel commercials and backdrops in countless movies

there isn’t a lot of room for ‘wonder’ to take place- which I guess is a little sad to me.

Chichen Itza -The Jaguar Throne inside the Temple of Kukulcán (“El Castillo”) pyramid is red and inlaid with jade

On the other hand, the two New Wonders that I’ve pictured above do have a little magic and maybe- if I’m lucky I’ll hear a story or two coming from their way.

After all, a million people voted  on these sights and made them our new Wonders and a million people can’t be wrong, can they?

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NEW 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD

Chosen by over one hundred million votes- HERE