February 26, 2009

quote of the moment

"topless cafe in maine gives neighbors the jitters"

-- y! news headline

February 25, 2009

quote of the moment

"it's human nature to recruit when you're unhappy."

-- zz

February 24, 2009

poet laureate update

got this email earlier today (my hiptop may have mauled some of the
original formatting) ...

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Subject: Santa Clara County Poet Laureate process

Greetings,

Thank you for your recent application to the Santa Clara County Poet
Laureate program, administered by Arts Council Silicon Valley. We are
excited with the response to this historical initiative, as we received
23 applications.

A panel of experts, who will recommend 2-3 finalists to be interviewed
by an interview committee, will review and rank all applications. Please
NOTE the interviews will be held on the morning of Tuesday March 17th.
If you are selected to be a finalist, you will be notified by Wednesday
March 11.

Thank you again for bringing projecting your voice through poetry and
your commitment to our community.

quote of the moment

"i don't care about the last two years, what i care about is the last 36
hours."

-- middle-aged white man on a cell phone; dallas, TX

wall sign

DFW

quote of the moment

"WHAT!? I'M ON THE PLANE AND CAN'T GET OUT! i love you too, mom."

-- entirety of one side of a conversation of an unseen woman on a cell
phone; dallas, TX

February 23, 2009

license plate

washington DC

trivia of the moment

20% of americans can name all 5 simpsons.

3% of americans can name all 5 first amendment rights.

seared scallops with raspberry purre

bethesda, MD

quote of the moment

"people who work in intelligence live in a world that is between war and
peace all the time."

-- NSA official

quote of the moment

"one terabyte of text on paper is equivalent to 5,000 years of the wall
street journal."

-- ad copy storagetek propaganda from 1988

PACE - 10

(the first desktop analog computer used at the NSA -- probably one of
the first in the world.)

-- fort meade, MD

quote of the moment

"NSA
NEXT RIGHT
EMPLOYEES
ONLY"

-- highway sign; fort meade, MD

February 22, 2009

quote of the moment

"the next time you go bowling without a belt, i'm gonna slug you, got
it?"

-- white mom to her 5-ish son; baltimore, MD

February 21, 2009

sidewalk graffito

baltimore, MD

bicycle rack

baltimore, MD

12" figure embedded in roadway

baltimore, MD

February 20, 2009

quote of the moment

"BELIEVE"

-- entire text on a large sign attached to an abandoned warehouse;
baltimore, MD

quote of the moment

"vision is the art of seeing things invisible."

-- jonathan swift

quote of the moment

"i don't give it up.
and i'm not giving in."

-- billboard; baltimore, MD

quote of the moment

"if you don't want to fight, don't put your hands on people."

-- snippet of conversation heard on a radio set to "scan"

storefront and woman

linthicum heights, MD

quote of the moment

"A SUGGESTION FROM THE MANAGEMENT OF G&M RESTAURANT

'WE DO NO RECOMMEND STEAKS WELL DONE
NOR DO WE RECOMMEND FRIED SEA FOOD'"

-- menu inscription; linthicum heights, MD

February 19, 2009

subway entrance

washington DC

subway ceiling

washington DC

travertine plates

washington DC

"27 scraps of paper" -- arthur ganson

videowashington DC

BEP police car

washington DC

quote of the moment

"united states currency notes can be folded back and forth on the same
crease about 4000 times before tearing."

-- comment on a display plaque, BEP; washington DC

pomodoro -- sphere no. 6

wwshington DC

partial view, marini's "horse and rider"

washington DC

bourdelle statue hand

washington DC

design center of washington DC

tile and marble; washington DC

quote of the moment

"BODY FLUID CLEANUP KIT"

-- lettering on a small white box in a bus, washington DC

February 18, 2009

quote of the moment

"CAUTION:
PLEASE BE CAUTIOUS OF THE SOAP DISH WHILE IN THE SHOWER"

-- sign in a shower, washington DC

quote of the moment

"WITHIN THESE WALLS AND WITHIN OURSELVES ROAM OUR WILDEST DREAMS (A)"

-- graffito on a wall; charlottesville, VA

February 17, 2009

quote of the moment

"PRAY FOR RECOVERY"

-- sign on the side of a barn; staunton, VA

quote of the moment

"why can't you act like you don't hate me and then not make fun of me?"

-- middle aged white mother talking to her teenage son;
charlottesville, VA

monticello -- 2 views, 1 pic -- coin and building

charlottesville, VA

February 16, 2009

quote of the moment

"IN THE FACE OF IMPOSSIBLE ODDS PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEIR COUNTRY CAN CHANGE
IT"

-- sign on a broken door of an abandoned shop; charlottesville, VA

chippendale railing

probably a jeffersonian design.

charlottesville, VA

February 14, 2009

quote of the moment

"poetry is not about history; it's about the romance of time."

-- billy collins

February 10, 2009

mile 1400

gilroy, CA

February 09, 2009

mile 1300

huron, CA

mile 1200

kern lake, CA

mile 1100

sanborn, CA

mile 1000

dunn, CA

mile 900

enterprise, NV

odd sky - 2 views

halloran, CA

odd sky - 2 views

halloran, CA

quote of the moment

"CAN YOU HANDLE THE TRUTH?
expert psychic readings"

streetside billboard; las vegas, NV

February 07, 2009

quote of the moment

"i only gamble with my emotions"

-- t-shirt on a 20-something white male; las vegas, NV

lower slot machine glass

las vegas, NV

February 06, 2009

$250 in 50¢ pieces

las vegas, NV

mile 800

las vegas, NV

mural

las vegas, NV

February 05, 2009

paper cup imbedded in concrete

las vegas, NV

February 04, 2009

visual tour of a flamingo "go suite"

las vegas, NV

elton john, "the red piano," playlist

las vegas, NV

bennie and the jets
philadeplhia freedom
believe
daniel
rocket man
i guess that's why they call it the blues
someone saved my life tonight
goodbye yellow brick road
tiny dancer
the sun going down on me
candle in the wind
pinball wizard
the bitch is back
i'm still standing
saturday night's alright
your song

my current aspiration

i'm applying to be the poet laureate of santa clara county:

http://www.artscouncil.org/grants/grants/2009SantaClaraCountyPoetLaureate.asp

mile 600

February 03, 2009

mile 400

san clemente, CA

February 02, 2009

mile 300

newall, CA

mile 200

kilowatt, ca

mile 100

la jolla ranch, CA

mile 0

san jose, CA