Wednesday, June 29, 2011

beautiful loser

Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (29 june 1900 -1944) author & aviator

wall wednesday continues.

i encountered this scrawl earlier today. when i saw the sign for a fast food restaurant (now closed) my wacky-wired brain filled in: then i discover monster 24 inch submarine sandwiches...

the area of greater cleveland i live in is quite tough on graffiti. the scrawl must be fairly recent as the town's removal team is usually quite quick covering up the writing on the wall. I expect by next week the wall will be whitewashed and the owner of the shopping center may be fined to cover the expense - grossly unfair but i heard that is the policy.



bob seger released beautiful loser in 1975 on his eighth album likewise named beautiful loser. the song is not about losing weight but rather about folks who set their goals so low they never achieve anything. during an interview with cream magazine seger stated
"A lot of people think I wrote 'Beautiful Loser' about myself. I got the idea for that song from a book of Leonard Cohen poetry by the same name. The song was about underachievers in general. I very rarely write about myself that much. I draw on my own experiences like anyone else, but I'm not what you'd call auteuristic. I'm not like my songs at all. I'm a lot more up person than what I write."



photo: lakewood, june 2011

8 comments:

padraig said...

Nice penmanship. Sort of a novelty in this day and age.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

p - i thought the very same thing regarding the penmanship. the nuns at my elementary school would have been happy (of course that was 45-50 years ago when kids were graded on penmanship! are they still? i can't recall em having grades for her penmanship in school)

hmmmmm inquiring minds would love to know!

Daisy said...

I used to be young, but never thin! :-)

I think the Palmer Method I learned in school has been replaced by the texting method!

Betsy said...

I thought the same...pretty handwriting...or can spraying. ha. And I didn't know the background to the Seger song!

dermatologist utah said...

It's been a long time since i saw a professional work like yours.

Jenny Woolf said...

So the clever stuff gets covered up just as quickly as the rubbish does, I suppose...

Tess Kincaid said...

I raise my glass of tea to high-high goals!

Kate Hanley said...

Interesting bit of graffiti. It reminds me of Pere LaChaise cemetary in Paris where many of the gravestones are covered in graffiti and some of it is actually quite interesting to read.