Tuesday, February 17, 2009

possessed to skate

We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish literary critic, playwright and essayist

nothing to write about today (well, no time to write is more like it), but really wanted to post this pic from when tut-tut, l, and I were tootling around cleveland. right next to the rock and roll hall of fame and museum is a skateboard park. in the summer the place is packed with people; however on a cold february afternoon the place doesn't seem to get much action. but there was one hardy guy out in the cold (temperature-wise, it was well below freezing!) we spoke a bit with the guy - seems he works in a fairly high-stressed field and likes to come out to the skateboard park at lunchtime as a way to reduce the overall workplace stress, get some fresh air, and a little bit of exercise. I say right on!

22 comments:

musicjunkie said...

Loved this post.

I always say "Getting old is a requirement, growing up is a choice". Unfortunately I don't remember who said it.

I've often been described as an "oversized kid", and I've always taken it as a compliment.

LadrĂ³n de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

So skateboarders where coats and ties in Cleveland. We have them in droves (in grunge wear not suits) in my neighborhood, and the make walks with Bow a bit of a challenge.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

musicjunkie - me too!

junk - first time I ever saw a suit skateboarding, usually grunge is the uniform of choice!

marianne said...

made me smile- and remember to play!

R.L. Bourges said...

very cool. The guy looks like he must spin a few legal briefs into shape while he's doing it, too.

ArtSparker said...

Great photo, your subject has a little bit of an Elvis resemblance.

Saretta said...

It's nice to remain childlike, but not childish!

Megan said...

I have noticed that men I know who were part of the surf & skate crowd as youngsters are often more relaxed and playful as adults.

They certainly are the most active dads!

Lora said...

he's my new hero

willow said...

I like the way his attire matches the background. Very David Lean...a touch of red surrounded by neutrals!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

i especially like the reminder this man provides for integrating play into the workday!

megan - I think you are on to something with this observation, would be a great topic for somebody's thesis!!

willow - glad to see the colors struck you too - the play of color was what pulled me into the moment and why I had to try and capture it, thought it was great how the guy's outfit matched key items in the background - the fence around the park and the ship!

jenclair said...

It really is a great quote, isn't it? We all need that reminder now and then.

Roy said...

LOL!!! I was just gonna say - look at all that red in that shot! I wonder if any of us would have noticed the fencing and the doodads on the ship if his tie hadn't been red? This would be a great experiment in studying selective perception.

Does hiking count as playing? I do a lot of that!

Dot-Com said...

There should never be a reason to stop playing :-)

e said...

Fab posting...I loved the guy's spunk and his red tie.

I don't live in Texas, per your post, but was curious to know where you once lived???

Always important to play!

e said...

As the saying goes,

More will be revealed with time, Mouse!

Thanks for stopping by!

Lover of Life said...

Absolutely, right on!

e said...

Mouse,

E and I have a present for you at her Blog...

Jacob

Merle Sneed said...

I always say that working and goofing around keep me feeling young. But my back still hurts, anyway.

Adam said...

that is awesome!

Squirrel said...

what a wonderful photo--

Michael Rawluk said...

I need to write that Shaw quote where I can see it every day.