Saturday, April 07, 2007

A Cockytoo on a Fruit Crate

This is a concept that has traditionally been associated with the astrological sign of Aries, which many of you know is being traversed by the Sun right now. There is sound reason for this connection, of course, since natives of this segment of the zodiacal pie are often brazenly self confident. They sometimes strut in a very recognizable physical fashion. Yes, indeed they do.

Metaphorically speaking, these lines from that old tune, Sixteen Tons, express it well:
If you see me comin' better step aside
A lotta men didn't, and a lotta men died.
This particular bird was perched on the side of a fruit crate carrying grapes from California early last century. Those crates were wild.


Aries on an orange crate

11 Comments:

Blogger Tseka said...

Or the title for this could have been: The Cocky Two on Fruit Crates.

Those fruit boxes of our childhood were so beautiful. And they always served a million purposes after the produce was gone.

I love things that can be re-used. Refilling soda and beer bottles for example. Remember how some of the bottles were so worn they looked sandblasted? The only way you knew what you were buying was by the bottle cap. Re-using seems like such an easy alternative to recycling which is often more expensive than making new.

We mostly have the guidelines, we've done this, did you grow up with plastic bags, plastic wrap?? Flour sack tea towels served as wrappers and covers for a lot of things at our house.

Gradual progress....

Maybe an Aries grandmother knows the way...

7/4/07 7:12 AM  
Anonymous chrispito said...

I wonder of all these things you wonder of, Tseka. All over the world from Asia to Africa and Europe South America people resuse bottles and boxes, countless of times.
I find the faux-old used stuff that's 'made in China' for nostalgic purposes the strangest

7/4/07 10:08 AM  
Anonymous juno jones said...

I'll be back to read, but I found this and I had to share, it was too cool!

http://www.nypost.com/seven/04072007/news/regionalnews/railroad_apartment_regionalnews_jeremy_olshan__transit_reporter.htm

It's just so ERISIAN! (i'm so glad she has a planet now....

7/4/07 10:25 AM  
Blogger jm said...

Those fruit boxes of our childhood were so beautiful.

Always comes back to art, doesn't it?

Re-using seems like such an easy alternative to recycling which is often more expensive than making new.

Very very good point.
I've been re-using as long as I can remember. I tried to get others interested in swap parties, but they aren't. There's a stigma around used goods here, while people around the world re-use their boxes to make houses. Paper shacks with TVs.

On to Eris in a mo.

Gradual progress it is. I especially can "re-use" that phrase today.

7/4/07 3:17 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

guerrilla art! oh i love it!
Just what we need.

Imagine the shock of beautiful, clever and imaginative. What a concept.

7/4/07 7:33 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

Yes!
It always comes back to art.
Forward progress is highly aligned with beauty.

7/4/07 7:34 PM  
Blogger jm said...

Tseka, so glad to see you. As a result of last week's conversation about art, I've made some decisions, and something is up. I'm seeing so much from these tete-a-tetes.

Imagine the shock of beautiful, clever and imaginative. What a concept.

It IS shocking.

Forward progress is highly aligned with beauty.

I also see this clearly. Last week made me ill when I checked what they were doing in the arena, and I know more than ever this beauty is called for. This is a great thought. Progress and beauty. Forward movement had fluidity and grace.

I see the importance right now of the artist in a shimmering way, and I am about to act.

7/4/07 7:55 PM  
Blogger jm said...

The fruit boxes spoke loudly to me when I just came across them. no matter how hard whatever it is tries to snuff out this expression, it never works. It's part of life's blood, really. It will flow in the collective veins no matter what. The important thing is to remain loyal to IT.

7/4/07 8:01 PM  
Blogger Tseka said...

I see the importance right now of the artist in a shimmering way, and I am about to act.

I'm all ears, eyes...can't wait.

The important thing is to remain loyal to IT.

Really no choice on my part as i am IT and It is me.

The joke in our family...i never (fortunately) suffered from PMS, however, not painting made me noticably cranky and my guys were quick to point it out- er how long has it been since you last painted?

7/4/07 8:10 PM  
Blogger jm said...

LOL!!!!

That's what I've got and about to recover from.

7/4/07 8:19 PM  
Blogger jm said...

One of the main triggers was the realization last week when we talked that I needed to change completely my approach to fitting in. I'm not going to do that. They are going to fit into my plans. I will outline the proposals, and they can decide themselves. I'm going to take the lead and understand that I have the talent. I am in charge of the show, and if they want to make some money, they can. It will be done my way.

So trends, rooms, people, political waves, and everything are secondary. It will all boil down to sales, proper marketing, etc., which I can do well if I put my mind to it. I will no longer wait for their approval as an indicator of my actions. I know full well I'll get it if I do my job well.

7/4/07 8:49 PM  

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