Friday, May 31, 2013

Needs Minor Adjustment

There was much mooning about and lollygagging to be had during the three-day weekend at Casa M. And while we're *happily* into the next weekend, I'm still pondering some of the same themes that resurfaced over the last one, foremost among them being the ongoing need for balance. And also, to that end, our efforts to re-route things: our bodies, our thinking, ourselves or others. Ahhh, the corrections~~! Are they pointless? Silly? Or tiny necessary nudges to help you get somewhere better?

1. Minor Redirect: It Has What You Want

                        -->See also: negotiating/selling it

Javier and I were pleased with the brunch fare of Juicy Kitchen, a great -- and tiny -- new healthy neighborhood eatery. The scotch eggs were nestled in zesty turkey sausage and on top of sweet potato hashbrowns, with pineapple chutney on the side. Delectable. "More! Eggs!" said the sprite one table over. She had been avoiding food for most of the meal, but was now suddenly focused. Her hand shot into the air as if she had the answers. Her mother fished from sibling plates: "Eat french toast. French toast has eggs IN it." Gambit successful: child seated on her feet for added height, quietly nibbling on bready triangles.
After the brunch rush

2. Spiritual Redirect: Come Hell or High Clutter

"We need to walk this way so we can get the sign." Javier was bemused, but humored me. Javier's friend remembered a pithier version of the sign's flip side: "Let Jesus do your Spring cleaning." When we got there, it read thusly:

Were I Christian, I could get with that, Spring is a time of renewal, why not extend it to all levels? But it was the other side that was the true lure:

Bring out the fire and brimstone! When I drove past this a couple weeks ago, I was caught between delight and pure alienation. Love the juxtaposition of modern phrasing with the more medieval sense of living better [more Godly] through fear. It wants to jolt you out of the everyday, to make you recognize your ungodly ways and repent. Straighten up and fly right! Heathen firefighters beware! I like to imagine the sign maker's relish over this one. His (maybe her?) step a little spicier, for the sign's cleverness.

But really, how well does fear work as a motivator? If we resist immorality only through threat, really, that doesn't say much about the state or growth of one's soul, does it? Though I guess some of our most pivotal changes come with a jolt: a flipped over car that one emerges from, unscathed; the realization of truly low point, of one's own doing, etc. But rarely, I think, do jolts come from signs. Or bumper stickers. Since I don't believe in a physical (metaphysical?) Lake of Fire or an avenging deity, it doesn't really have the desired effect. The jolt is more along the lines of, "Oh, right. There are branches of Faith that try to marshal people with these kinds of messages."  The idea of someone having a belief so strong that they feel compelled to save people from themselves is fascinating, not that I wish to be the object of such attention. And not only the compulsion, but the belief that they could bring faith into being for other people. Curiouser and curiouser.

Plus, let's be honest, I mostly associate Salvation Army with the local thrift store near Eisenhower which is ONE OF THE BEST YOU COULD EVER HOPE FOR, can I get an AMEN?? Amen. And they certainly have a long history of charitable works. And homophobia. All you have to do is look at their logo, or give a moment to the actual name, to be reminded of their more militaristic side of faith.

In any case, we strolled past just in time. The new sign continues the theme-- "Eternity: Smoking or Non?" Hahaha, points. To balance things out a bit, here we have a lovely, moody print from a Massachusetts-based printmaker, contending that "Hell is Not Hot."  

3. Keyword Search Redirect: We Don't Have What You Want and You Also Won't Want These

Netflix is already confounded by Javier's account-sharing with his daughter: indie movies, Arrested Development PLUS slasher movies. What's a bot to do? Perhaps you'd care for Hostel: Part 3, this evening? No? Keyword search, however, has no problems mixing it up. Why yes, hours of conversation ARE made better by Twilight Sparkle and no-ties sex. Not pictured:  Dinner with an Assassin, Interview with a Hitman, Walking with Dinosaurs.

Of course, we have gotten this far without actually talking about internal direction, the will to focus on what's most important. Another blog bait and switch! Still mulling it over. At its most mundane, it translates into: exercise more, be more in the moment, more creative endeavors within the week. Trust life more. I think this next year of life will be a good one and an important one.

Updates from the basement, near my ever-less firey furnace:


Oversized polka dots new addition.

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