Thursday, October 22, 2009

freedom rider

Normal is getting dressed in clothes that you buy for work and driving through traffic in a car that you are still paying for - in order to get to the job you need to pay for the clothes and the car, and the house you leave vacant all day so you can afford to live in it.
Ellen DeGeneres (b. 1958)actress and comedian

If only for the sake of elegance, I try to remain morally pure.

Marcel Proust (1871-1922)novelist, essayist, and critic

(T)he sidewalk must have users on it fairly continuously, both to add to the number of effective eyes on the street and to induce the people in buildings along the street to watch the sidewalks in sufficient numbers. Nobody enjoys sitting on a stoop or looking out a window at an empty street. Almost nobody does such a thing. Large numbers of people entertain themselves, off and on, by watching street activity.
Jane Jacobs (b. 1916-2006) urbanist, writer, and activist

For the Amish, everything is a ritual. Doing the dishes, mowing the lawn, baking bread, quilting, canning, hanging out the laundry, picking fresh produce, weeding - no distinction is made between the sacred and the everyday.
Sue Bender contemporary writer

Every kind of peaceful cooperation among men is primarily based on mutual trust and only secondarily on institutions such as courts of justice and police.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) physicist, philosopher, peace activist

Wandering re-establishes the original harmony which once existed between man and the universe.
Anatole France (1844-1924) poet, journalist, and novelist

Hutchison's Law: Any occurrence requiring undivided attention will be accompanied by a compelling distraction.
Robert Bloch (1917-1994) writer

notes about photos
  1. random view of lower manhattan traffic from a room at pace university,
  2. view of the champs elysées from the top of the arc de triomphe, september 2004
  3. random snap of nyc sidewalk action, august 2008
  4. amish traffic, central ohio, july 2007
  5. I just snapped this picture on friday before I knew tt was traffic, I was taken with the fact that the nyc traffic cops are driving hybrids!
  6. traffic along a rural road in ireland, transferred from film, may 2001
  7. finding vanity plates is one of my guilty pleasures and if I have my camera I have been known to capture the plate. a couple weeks ago I decided I should finally start organizing the snaps I've taken - yet another flickr set! I (heart) flickr!


of course I chose a song by traffic! a group I adored back in the day. choosing which song was hard, I finally settled on freedom rider only because it makes for a better post title - although 40,000 headmen was a close contender.

26 comments:

Mar said...

An outstanding collection for the theme, great pictures and wonderful memories through the music! (a big Steve Winwood fan!)
My entry

Alan Burnett said...

Some absolutely great shots there and the theme seemed to pulsate throughout the entire post. Happy TT

nanny said...

Love the pictures and truly great post......

California Girl said...

lovely quotes today. your post had a calming effect on me, quite the opposite of sitting in traffic.

Brian Miller said...

ha. love the pic of the buggies. and the sheep. lol. i'll take your traffic any day kimy.

Roy said...

Heh, heh! The Amish buggies and the sheep in the Irish country lane are definitely going in the same direction I decided to go in. Great shots, Kim.

You know, considering the plethora of Traffic videos showing up today (yup, I'm guilty, too), maybe we should have emailed Winwood, Mason, Capaldi, and Woods and invited them to join in.

Wings said...

Hmmm the Amish and the sheep are much more appealing when surrounded by cars and crowds!

Ribbon said...

Brilliant!

best wishes
Ribbon


ps...
word verification 'panic' :)made me smile

Betsy said...

Love the vanity plate!

VE said...

Great pictures. I saw Amish when I was in Belize. Some of them migrated down there and it's the same set up as in Ohio or PA.

John Hayes said...

They're all good, but I love the pic of the sheep & the caption below it. I liked Traffic "back in the day" as well--hadn't listened to them in ages.

Dreamhaven said...

I actualy have a collection of vanity plate photos. I want to put them in a book and include a place to write in your own explanation of the plate

ArtSparker said...

The Amish may have something in common with ?Buddhists, then...

nonamedufus said...

That was a great interpretation of this week's theme. Loved it. And I enjoyed the video. I loved Stevie Winwood in the early days.

Kate Hanley said...

Love the photos and quotes. The Ellen Degeneres one really hit me. Happy TT.

e said...

Ellen is spot on as usual. I loved your photos and commentary and I wish your newly married friends much happiness.

Baino said...

That first quote is so true . .although I'm not driving a car I can't afford. It's a bomb! Someone stole my Honda ensign this week! I guess a 16 year old emblem is worth something!

Megan said...

Excellent quotes. I (heart) Ellen!

Off to look at the plate collection!

Ronda Laveen said...

Loved the photos as usual. Especially the Amish, sheep and your vanity plates. "Traffic" is one of my all time fave bands! Dear Mr. Fantsay...la la la.

Coffee Messiah said...

Sounds like a great trip to NY ; )

Finding the personal plates is fun, kinda like those driving bingo cards when we were kids ; )

Cheers!

Nancy said...

Love Stevie Winwood! Great collection of quotes and pics.

Bee said...

These are wonderful. Each one deserved its own post, really. In fact, what a great idea for a "theme" blog.

I want to live like the Amish, but I fear that typical American existence described by the first picture. We just sold our American house today -- which we only lived in for a year. For the money it cost us, we could have rented a mansion in NYC for a year. GRRRrrr.

lettuce said...

I love the sheepy picture - slow slow traffic

Anonymous said...

the picture #5 of the NYC traffic enforcement is parked illegally in front of a fire hydrant!!! Above the law?? Annie

Colette Amelia said...

your photo collection dazzles me! And I always find some gem of a quote!

top Notch!

tony said...

HAPPY TT! (i,m late! 'got stuck in traffic........!)Great Photos as usual.
Regards
Tony.