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Monthly Archives: January 2021

31 Jan 2021

BIRFURCATED

One building, two owners, two homes. I feel like this was Photoshopped. Someone cleverly merging two photos of different houses. (I must spend too much time behind the computer.). But no it’s real. I browsed Google Street View and checked the earliest view available (2008). It looked like it was a two tone job, evern back then. Duplexes are like that. Each owner able to exercise her dominion over her side. What do you do when you neighbor has completely […]

30 Jan 2021

CHAINED

Gargoyles usually live on rooftops, crouching above us, surveying the world. But sometimes people capture one and make it a pet. Like most truly wild things, gargoyles can’t be domesticated. (Never keep them inside. ). They aren’t friendly and even the most docile need to be restrained. It’s not comfortable living with a heavy, cold metal chain around your neck. Better to let them free to perch on your roof.

29 Jan 2021

COLD COFFEE

The coffee’s not cold. It’s nice and hot. The only thing hot outside on a cold, winter morning. Remember when going to the cafe with your laptop felt snuggly? When you could relax into a comfy chair with a latte and escape into your feed, spreadsheets or email? Maybe it’s not so bad outside breathing the crisp winter air. It wakes up your brain. Heated long johns would be nice, though.

28 Jan 2021

MASON’S HELPER

Alex is a mason’s helper. He and his team are building the ArtYard building in Frenchtown. I passed by the construction site often and see Alex hoisting 80 bags of cement, moving around piles of bricks and blocks and shoveling mountains of sand. It doesn’t matter whether it’s zero or 100°, Alex is working. He says he likes it.

23 Jan 2021

GORILLA MARKETING

I was rolling down 611 in Nockamixon, PA, one autumn day and there besides the road was a simian salesman beckoning me. He was seeking my attention and I was happy to oblige. It looked like he was selling a yard. I didn’t really need a yard, plus I figured it wouldn’t fit in my car so I ask for a photo instead.