“Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.”
― Frank Zappa
I am leaving for Spain this weekend. I’ll be making stops in Madrid, Sevilla, Cordoba, Granada and finally Barcelona to meet up with a girlfriend. In preparation for my trip, I have chosen to post something I have grown accustom to in the last twenty years here in Seattle and the surrounding areas. Native art has not, until recently, been interesting to me. However, my tastes have changed dramatically and now I think it powerful and beautiful all at once.
“A Native American elder once described his own inner struggles in this manner: Inside of me there are two dogs. One of the dogs is mean and evil. The other dog is good. The mean dog fights the good dog all the time. When asked which dog wins, he reflected for a moment and replied, The one I feed the most.”
– George Bernard Shaw
“Everyone has to scratch on walls somewhere or they go crazy”
– Michael Ondatje
I spent part of my morning on Capital Hill in Seattle chatting with a friend while enjoying both her and the atmosphere at Bau Haus Coffee. I know it’s über trendy and all and typically I avoid such places, but I gotta say, they have damn fine coffee and the art and books made me feel like I was in my own house. Okay, I’m sold – just this once I’ll frequent the trend….damnit.
I also tend to have a small fascination with graffiti. Not the graffiti that has no real meaning mind you, but the words people feel they need to share with the world on the bathroom wall or likewise. I wonder how many other people have lingered on the pot for a few minutes after piddling, just to finish reading the wall….or was that just me?