Thursday, May 28, 2009

(the suitcase song)

To name oneself is the first act of both the poet and the revolutionary. When we take away the right to an individual name, we symbolically take away the right to be an individual. Immigration officials did this to refugees; husbands routinely do it to wives.
Erica Jong (b. 1942) writer and educator

The bourgeois prefers comfort to pleasure, convenience to liberty, and a pleasant temperature to the deathly inner consuming fire.
Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) novelist and poet, 1946 Nobel Prize for Literature

I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small bright pebble to content myself with.
Plato (428 BC-348 BC) philosopher and mathematician

True change takes place in the imagination.
Thomas Moore (b. 28 May 1779 - 1852) poet, singer, songwriter

Why it is that of all the billions and billions of strange objects in the Cosmos-novas, quasars, pulsars, black holes - you are beyond doubt the strangest?
Walker Percy (b. 28 May 1916-1990) writer, winner of the National Book Award 1962

The dog may be wonderful prose, but only the cat is poetry.
French Proverb


suitcase - now brian, what were you thinking? once again I thought 'oh no, no way' -- but then I started thinking of my cache of photos and I realized I do take photos of everything! turns out I actually have lots of photos in which suitcases figure in; who'd have thunk it! believe it or not the above are just a few that I was able to quickly unpack.

notes on photos
  1. mural celebrating some of the immigrant groups who came to find a new home in the united states. snapped in washington heights during a wander with bud squirrel. new york, september 2008.
  2. I don't know what caught my eye initially in terms of this picture which I snapped last august in nyc, but if you look closely you will see a rolling suitcase on the sidewalk. remember life before suitcases with wheels? we may have been stronger, but it sure took a hell of a lot longer to get around town!
  3. last month I traveled around texas on a bit of a wander. I just happened to snap this exciting portrait of my suitcase on the platform of the san marcos train station. actually, this is the san marcos train station - if you are taking the amtrak north or south you have to purchase your ticket on the train, the platform is it! but it is a lovely platform, a bit lonely, but lovely none-the-less.
  4. a random queque waiting to board the long term parking shuttle, hopkins international airport, cleveland 2008
  5. a piece of art representing a suitcase for a human - this is part of the big bang exhibit at the centre georges pompidou. the big bang exhibit remains one of the most exciting displays of modern art I have experienced. alas, I did not write down either the artist or the name of the piece. anyone know? detail of human suitcase shown on right. october 2005
  6. tsuki in one of his favorite resting spots. if there is a suitcase open in my house, beware it is just a matter of time before a cat jumps in! this is a universal characteristic of cats - evidenced by this amusing google find.
aaron marsh of copeland singing the day I lost my voice (the suitcase song) from their album you are my sunshine

33 comments:

Brian Miller said...

hot pics! love the first one, so colorful. change begins in the imagination, so true. wonderful as always.

mum said...

aw, kimy, of all your great posts, this one is...(oh, I said the one before that was the best, didn't I?) No, really, this is great - pics, quotes, links, song, the woiks! Material for tons of great explorations. Love the 'body in transit' thingie, wish I could help you with the name of the artist. Should I come across it, you'll be the first to know.

Ronda Laveen said...

What strking colors in that first photo. Loved the art piece suitcase. That was the funniest video clip!

Candie Bracci said...

Great post!The pic with the cat is so cool!

Baino said...

Spectacular as usual. I really must fiddle with my html and get those gorgeous wide pics. I have a friend who moves a lot and her cat has taken residence in the suitcase . .safest place in the event of a hasty retreat. They's smart them felines!

subtorp77 said...

Strange that I would remember that Plato quote. I thought I left it "packed" away. I do like the French proverb; hadn't heard that one before! Nice post mouse :)

Mrsupole said...

Hi kimy,
I love all the pictures you have here and I am not sure if the first or the last are my favorite, so I have to say they all are. I have never had my cats climb in one before, so now I am curious to see if they would do that.

As to what a Coffee Crisp candy bar is. I post a picture at the bottom of my post so you see what it looks like in the wrapper. If you type in Coffee Crisp candy bar in the search engine, you can pull up all kinds of sites where people from Canada and Americans who drive over the border to pick some up will sell them to you. They are a light crispy wafer cookie with a fluffy nouget filling inbetween the layers that has a slight coffee taste. No candy bar in the US comes close to this. Once you try one you have to have more. That is why there is this whole Coffee Crisp bootleg market that goes on in the US.

My husband comes from Canada, and so we can have family ship them down for us. I have about 3 boxes of them in my deep chest freezer for when I get the urge to eat one. On our trip to our Alaska cruise we had a suitcase that we had brought to bring them back along with some other Canadian candy. Nestle will not let Coffee Crisp be sold here in the US. Believe me I have tried to beg them and they say no. There are other great candies that can be bought up there and not here. That is why there is this big bootleg business going on for selling them.

I think I need to get some more of them. But once you try one you will see why people go crazy for them down here. Nestle loses a lot of money by not selling them here.

God bless.

Reya Mellicker said...

LOVE the Walker Percy quote. He's one of my favorite writers.

Luggage frightens me. I'm always dreaming that I have to pack and repack a huge suitcase and I'm going to be late and will probably miss my flight.

You're brave to write about suitcases! Bravo!

John Hayes said...

Great photos & quotes-- I especially like the mural & the cat; & French proverb is right on as far as I'm concerned!

Roy said...

I love that mural in the first shot! And I have to admit that the redhead in the second shot was what grabbed my attention; if there was a suitcase in that shot I missed it because I was too busy with that hair!

Great post, Kim!

Wings said...

Cool pics, as usual. Have to say that 'art' one threw me, was wondering what would go in there!

Merle Sneed said...

Such great pictures and what a cool video.

The Clever Pup said...

I love the human suitcase. It's kind of scary.

We do that thing with the chin. I laugh until I cry or pee my pants whatever happens first.

ArtSparker said...

The cat in the suitcase is classic - it's so funny they way they choose to interact. I put a burned pancake out on the ground and my cat apparently tried to bury it, helping.

tut-tut said...

Once again, you are the master of pairing words and pictures. Lots to think about. I love the quote comparing cats and dogs.

VE said...

Great pics. What the heck is in that one odd-shaped case?

Marianna said...

I loved the NYC pictures lol Thank you (you know I have a thing for New York:)

xoxo

Debo Hobo said...

Awe what a cute little(fat) cat! Mine always seems to want to lay on my clothes as well. LOL:)

Poetikat said...

Mouse - I always love your photos, but that video just put everything else out of my head!
No. Your photo of your cat in the suitcase reminded me of another poem I wrote a couple of years ago. I've added the link at the bottom of my Theme Thursday post if you'd like to read it.

Kat

willow said...

The mural is fabulous. Perfect.

Colette Amelia said...

OK I have to ask just what don't you have a picture of?

wonderful as usual!

Leah said...

As always, it is such a pleasure to visit you on Theme Thursday.

Sandra Leigh said...
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Sandra Leigh said...

LOL - I'm traveling so much today, from blog to blog, that I forgot where I was for a moment. So. Kimy. I love that mural. I want to go to New York. Now.

Jaime said...

great pics and quotes.

The Silver Fox said...

Love the Erica Jong quote. I wish I could take the time to recite it to everyone who looks at me funny when I say I prefer "David" to "Dave."

Squirrel said...

I travel very very light .Some trips I went for weeks without any backpack or suitcase at all. Just something the size of hand bag or a tote bag. Because of this i was detained behind the Iron curtain (no american travels without a suitcase ! you are suspect!) My sister met me at the Chicago airport once and was shocked that I had a change of clothes and a cocktail dress in my small handbag. Simple lightweight stuff that washes easy and dries in an hour.

lettuce said...

i love the first picture (and quote). Especially the naked couple on the plane - i'm guessing they don't have suitcases

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

Now I want to go see the Big Bang exhibit.

California Girl said...

the cat in the suitcase reminds me of one of my cats whom I moved from San Diego to Virginia back in 1983. She was tranquilized and caged and put on the plane along with her male companion who was in a separate carrying cage. She, her name was Boo Boo Kitty after the stuffed cat on Laverne & Shirley, never forgave me. She peed in my suitcase not long after I made my home in Richmond. I never did get that smell out.

reyjr said...

i dun have a Theme Thursday post, but yours reminds me of my touring days with my old choir, lugging around our suitcases all over Europe's cobblestone roads was no joke. haha.

tony said...

hi Kimy.Great Photos & Nice To Hear The Voice of Mr.Hesse again.[I must re-read that Bloke].
Have A Fine Sunday.
Regards

rosedale's 4 head said...

Wow! I'm catching up and freakin Wow! these are lovely...and you know...i'm personally biased--texas!

;)