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  • posted: January 24 @ 10:43am
Showcase Collection Day.

The philosophy of impermanence, that nothing is real, affected me at an early age and lead me to the conclusion that maintaining a collection of anything is pointless (although I applaud anyone who takes the time and effort to build a collection). Also, I move around alot, so constantly packing and unpacking collections is a hassle. In fact, the one collection I thought I could showcase (ticket stubs of every concert and sporting event I've been to since 1998) seems to have been lost the last time I moved.

However, I have a few artifacts around my house reminding me of places I've been and people I've met, sort of a collection of symbols (think Carl Jung).

So, starting with the objects on my body and moving clockwise, first we have mardi gras beads from my first trip to New Orleans last February. It was a fantastic trip with fantastic friends and fantastic music. I'm thinking about going again this year, the weekend of Feb 12th if anyone wants to go.

Next, in my left hand is a carving my late granddad did representing my favorite hockey team.

In my left hand is a carving I got in Jamaica. I went with a collegiate soccer team in 2004. it was very cool. We traveled around the country for 8 days playing various local teams. I met lots of rastafarians, one of whom gave me this lion.

On the wall, starting at the bottom, is another wood carving of an OM I got in Portland. OM represents the vibration from which the manifestation of God and everything else came. Its fitting I got this in Portland in July 2009 because it was a time in which I remembered my roots.

Above that is a sketch of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, a site 20 miles from where I grew up. All my feelings of patriotism are rooted in this site, the people that made this site historic, and the revolution that those people fought so hard for.

To the right of Independence hall is my wristband I wore for 3 days at Phestival 8, a Phish festival in Indio, California over the Halloween weekend last year, by far the best adventure i've ever been on.

Above Independence Hall is a sewing thing my mom made before I was born. I remember where this thing was in every house we lived in. It says, "Today is the first day of the rest of your life", which I still find thought provoking, inspiring, and hopeful.

Above the door is a wood cutout I did of the logo for the St. Louis Cardinals. I was born in St. Louis. I was a Cardinal fan since the moment on conception. I made this cutout while I lived in North Carolina while I was immobile from surgery on my feet, and this thing has hang above a door ever since.

Finally, that dream catcher thing below my Phestival8 wristband isn't really a symbol, but deserves a side note because this anecdote is quite odd. Last summer someone broke into my car looking for my Ipod which I had lost a week earlier. But I still had the cord to hook up the ipod to my stereo visible, so the jackass looked everywhere in my car for the ipod. He stacaked all my junk in the passenger seat, and on top of the junk was this dream catcher. I've never seen this dream catcher. I doubt the burglar placed it there, so it had to be in my car before the break in, but I don't know who gave it to me or where it came from.

Sorry for the long winded caption. I hope you've enjoyed it.


JamesC says:
i collect long winded captions, can i have this one please?
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 10:48am -
Yogi Beard says:
You had me at Carl Jung.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 11:33am -
SoulGlo1976 says:
@thatguy will appreciate your caption
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 11:49am -
runningantelope says:
ya @soulglo1976 I actually got the idea shortly after digging the book mini theme by @thatguy a few days ago. I guess it was a thought provoking series
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 12:49pm -
mattyc says:
Longest caption of the day award
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 3:26pm -
mattyc says:
@folliclejuju can you script a fun award comment for him for my comment above. Something both classy and flashy.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 3:27pm -
folliclejuju says:

Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 5:41pm -
mattyc says:
@folliclejuju yeah...something flashy and blinky that might look like a certificate
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 8:29pm -
ThatGuy says:
I do dig this caption. My favorite piece is the cross stiched "this is the first day..." That is totally something that I would carry forever, just to remind me of...whatever. Nice work.
Posted: Jan 24th, 2010 - 9:27pm -
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