From Kayemess, still gestating, a diatribe/manifesto about perceived obsolescence and making stuff:
But here, unbidden, a new phone which needs a new charger system, a phone-book thick manual, pages of warranties, two boxes - another endless pile of Stuff so I can be Upgraded. Which sent me off on one of my patented rants to AH. This one about Making Do - and how that spirit is utterly lacking in the modern world and is the cause of most problems. Later at a coffee shop, I scribbled my thoughts down on a my bookmark, reproduced whole cloth here:From Kickpleat's end-of-year meme:
A Way of Life
Get by with what you have - resist the urge to upgrade.
Embrace a Depression mentality.
A good kitchen sink dinner is more praiseworthy than the best ingredients shopped for and assembled by rote.
Make do - but also Make! and Do!
Limit options and it will expand your creativity.
32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2007?From Melinda, whose blog posts WILL NOT be permalinked, an excerpt from her resolutions:
39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.
I got 99 problems but a bitch ain't one.
I swear like a sailor. It is most unattractive and yet fully, fully satisfying. Cletus the Former Fetus is like a large adorable parrot. It is only a matter of time before she asks me for a fucking bottle. And while I will admit that such a request would make my heart secretly laugh like it has never laughed before, I am not prepared to accept the societal consequences of being That Mom.From Violet, who is always funny, but somehow this description really got me:
This morning, on my way out of the gate at the top of the ramp, I met Laughin’ Ed, a fellow sailor who has tanned himself the same rich reddish-brown shade as a Beggin’ Strip. He talks like his chest cavity is filled with asphalt and laughs at seemingly random times. He is the Doctor Hibbert of our marina. “Hey, Ed, how’s it going?” I said this morning, and he laughed and laughed. I think he’s on pills, but at least he held the gate for me.You know the rest of you delight me too.