January 12, 2008

When I saw this I realized something I've discovered over and over.

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That there are always details that you've never noticed, even on your most familiar walk. Here I was, walking down Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights, and I'd never really seen that before. So I pushed myself to do that thing I do sometimes — I need a word for it — requiring myself to find one thing after another that I've never noticed before....

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To prove to myself that it is always possible to see something new...

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... something beautiful.

11 comments:

Middle Class Guy said...

I am a walker. I always see something new or something different. It is especially amazing when it is on a regular route. It shows how little we actually pay attention to the world around us.

Trooper York said...

Hey photo's on Clinton St? If you walk down Clinton you will see a lot of great brownstones. One in particular has an amazing staircase with a grand piano in the parlor, fully visible from the street as they are almost on display. Also the church used for the Johnny Sack wedding in the Soprano's. It's on the corner of Clinton and Kane. Some great detail on that corner.

john said...

MCG

It may be we need repetition to eventually see something different. Boredom in our regular route causes our eyes to seek and find new, smaller, less obvious things. Once that happens, its not our regular route anymore, at least for a while.

Walking the dog will not help.

Ruth Anne Adams said...

It didn't change. You did. You're seeing on your 4th 19 now.

Paddy O. said...

"My father says that almost the whole world is asleep. Everybody you know. Everybody you see. Everybody you talk to. He says that only a few people are awake and they live in a state of constant total amazement."
--Patricia, Joe Versus the Volcano

Maxine Weiss said...

Hats, horns, cards, a cake with frosting, candles, presents, mongrammed napkins...

All the traditional things of a birthday.

Ann Althouse said...

"Hats, horns, cards, a cake with frosting, candles, presents, mongrammed napkins..."

Frosting? Do you say frosting? I say icing. I grew up saying icing. I think it's better.

Blake said...

I don't care for icing, even less for frosting. Too sweet.

My birthday cakes are plain.

Maxine Weiss said...

You need a traditional white layer cake with vanilla buttercream frosting. You pipe little florets through a pastry bag.

I'm sure you have a cake decorating place. They do all sorts of cake designs with neon gels too.

A traditional birthday with all the trimmings.

Mr. Forward said...

"So I pushed myself to do that thing I do sometimes — I need a word for it — requiring myself to find one thing after another that I've never noticed before...."


""Disorienteering" is the (so far imaginary) sport of navigating with a map and compass through an obstacle course of strong, local magnetic anomalies."

http://orawnzva.livejournal.com/36412.html

Mr. Forward said...

Iriset?

Rebobulated?

Seeing past your knows?