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Oh, I forgot to mention about yesterday: at Oblation, they also have a set of old letterpress machines. Old as in circa 1910, I'm guessing, but it's hard to tell with those sorts of things; if they'd made them today, the look probably wouldn't change much, so married to the function is the form. Black-painted iron, the big wheel turning, the patient, metronome-like cadence of the click-thunk, ink pressed against paper, over and over. Makes me wish I knew more about the technique. "Hell," he thinks to himself, "is there any reason that I couldn't learn?"

Ponder...

I'm a sucker for old machines, for industrial apparatus. Like I've said before (yes, I know you've all heard it), there's something strangely wonderful about those sorts of tools. I guess I'm attracted to the sense of craft. The same sense that causes a great admiration for the works of Frank Lloyd Wright. Of things crafted by tools wielded by the hand. Pens. Mechanical watches. Film cameras, and the processing of silver-gelatin prints. Manual typewriters. In fact, there's an old Underwood mechanical of mine that's in storage in Wisconsin somewhere. I'd love to get it out and restore it.

Today's neighborhood forecast: hot! And not so dusty this time, but noisy, thanks to the construction. Quite a contrast to last nights minimalist blending of crickets and freight trains rumbling in the distance. (Insert thoughts of travel, of journeys not taken, and those still to come.)

On this afternoon's menu: Iced chai. A tonic to soothe these burning thoughts, the inner conflict, of things so very good and others so very... well, not good. Polarization. It seems to happen in cycles, these sudden seasons of sea change. Closures, new beginnings.

Check it: I've got three, yes three songs running through my head in tandem: the one that I'm listening to right now (...'cause soulmates never die...) as well as ...a friend in need's a friend indeed... and (this is the good one) ...kick! punch! it's all in the mind!

What the hell? Yeah, I'm a bit scattered today.

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jilesa
Jul. 29th, 2003 05:11 pm (UTC)
If you ever come to Baltimore, remind me to take you to the Museum of Industry. Cool place, with lots of vintage machinery. :)
crayonbeam
Jul. 29th, 2003 05:24 pm (UTC)
Parappa?
byronium
Jul. 29th, 2003 11:22 pm (UTC)
Yeah!!

Ya gotta believe!!
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