dumpster life lessons

If you see something (or dare I say, someone) that you or others would label an “eyesore” or pain-in-the-ass.    Look again.   I dare you to find beauty and meaning in those things.   It is difficult; but, it can lead to new understandings, acceptance and maybe even appreciation.   My interest in dumpsters or what others may call containers (or whatever you use to collect rubbish, trash, garbage) is well known and long standing.   Dumpsters are not only utilitarian but can reveal a beauty that was forged within their utilitarian function.   This morning (2/14/21) I decided to head out with my camera (my valentine – LOL).  I came across this large dumpster at a building where construction was being done.   I almost never ever pass up a dumpster opportunity and this was no exception.  You can see from the first image – the setting.  Unimpressive, maybe even documentary.   But that doesn’t stop me.  That’s just the entry point for my imagination and creative thinking.   I somehow am inspired by suffering, difficulty and challenges and find they are signposts along the road of life to happiness.   I don’t seek them out but when they present themselves I do seek to turn around those situations into something worthwhile or worth living for.   

Hinge:   It all hinges on seeing that difficulty as an open door to something better.  Unexpected – most likely.   But a door or pathway revealed that I may not have considered before.

Overview:  When we are confronted by such a door we must take a step back and take time to look at the details.

Details: These details offer clarity, understanding and unapologetic saturation and texture that makes it possible for us to complete the transformation from repulsion to acceptance and maybe even a sense of beauty.  Art.  Life is art – from beginning through to the end – and after the end, in memory and spirit. 

*to view larger individual images in order: click on the first image below showing the dumpster in it’s habitat.   Then click on the arrows to navigate through the complete set of images.

ice and fog

ICE AND FOG 1
ICE AND FOG 2
ICE AND FOG 3

I’m looking at clouds from the inside and asking questions in a world of blue.   Floating in the icy ether of wonder and amazement. I feel the cold harshness of ice yet am comforted by the blanket of fog wrapped around my body and soul, satisfied by the question when the answer eludes me.

The song Sung by Julee Cruise, Questions In A World Of Blue from the TWIN PEAKS: FIRE WALK WITH ME film soundtrack.   Written by master song stylist Angelo Badalamenti.  A beautiful song of loss.   The musical essence of saudade.  Like ice and fog.   

In Winter Snow Is Beautiful

SNOW BLOSSOM MC 1

Since Winter has long been a favorite time of year – because this old bear enjoys hibernation – and I had “need” to go out and see what snow cover there might be – I decided to head out this morning, with my camera,  as the sun rose slowly in a clouded sky.   I went to one park where I’ve been spending a lot of time the past few months and I went someplace I’ve never been to in Winter.   And since the Winter Solstice is just around the corner I decided to post a couple of snow photos of the place I’ve never been to in Winter.  Over the Summer and fall this location is used as a popular outdoor music venue and is also the site of an outdoor theater where plays are staged over the warmer months.   The areas you see in the photos would be the grassy fields where cars park and concert goers would then walk to the main venue.     The music venue has hosted all the major rock and pop acts over the years.   I’d seen a few shows here but ticket prices were normally out of my budget.  I actually prefer it as you see it here – empty.   Never really got used to the large drunken crowds that tended to populate these events.    So enjoy my version of “winter fest” at Blossom Music Center in Cuyahoga Falls, OH.  

SNOW BLOSSOM MC 2
SNOW BLOSSOM MC 3

Hop On The Bus, Gus

SHORT BUS TO NOWHERE

A couple of weeks ago I decided to drive onto private property to see “What’s UP with this bus?”.    No one was around so I took a couple of shots.  Was expecting, you know, standard bus interior.  I was not prepared for what I found.  Best view was through a hole in the back door.

STOP – AN OPENING

I mean, I’ve met and known a lot of cool “chicks” on buses but I wasn’t expecting to find a hen house/chicken coop. Yep that’s exactly what this was used for.

(warning – not the best photo)

ROLLING HEN HOUSE?

And now a favorite song that mentions buses.   The album this came from brings back many fond memories. Specifically of a youth outing in the summer of 1976 (I’m banned from releasing details.  LOL).  And the drum riff by pan-disciplinary drummer Steve Gadd is sheer perfection.   Go ahead, “Hop on the bus…”  and enjoy.   If you have a favorite bus song or if these images bring to mind a specific song feel free to post a link in your comment.