November 18, 2006

Spoon shadow.

Place setting with spoon image.

I wanted to leave you with an image. I like a picture at the top of the blog when I'm going to be away for a while. How long? Not that long. Don't worry. Just a few hours. I've got some writing to do and need to exile myself from the lure of WiFi.

This is a picture from a few days back. I thought this place setting was somewhat freaky with that powdered sugar negative image of the missing spoon. It has a kind of nuclear war vibe... to me, anyway. A nuclear war vibe... ridiculous phrase!

Note the cell phone on the table. I'm not normally the cell-phone-on-the-table type but that was there because we were missing a guest and I needed to be available. But I can't put myself with the best-behaved cell phoners anymore.

Here's a list of what I did during one phone call yesterday (and bear in mind that I was holding the phone to my ear, not using an earpiece):
Paced around the house
Got in the car and drove to the bank
Used the drive-in teller to deposit a check
Drove to the grocery store
Got $145 worth of stuff into the cart (and used my elbow when turning corners)
Checked out
Got my stuff into the car
Drove home
Unloaded the car
Put the groceries away
Cooked dinner (that is, heated up soup)
Absurd, it's true. But is it more or less absurd that a nuclear-war-evoking spoon shadow next to the creme brulée on two square plates?


Ruth Anne Adams said...

I'm being placated by a spoon shadow, spoon shadow, spoon shadow.

[Apologies to the former Cat Stevens]

HaloJonesFan said...

There is no spoon.

Liam Colvin said...

So, if a dessert is served in a forest without a spoon, and there is no one to eat it, is it food?


Liam Colvin said...

So, if a dessert is served in a forest without a spoon, and there is no one to eat it, is it food?


Peter Patau said...

Richard Powers used a tablet PC with voice recognition software to write most of his National Book Award-winning The Echo Maker. Wonder if it would work for blogging? Then you wouldn't have to waste your time chatting on the cell phone when running errands and pacing -- you wouldn't have to leave us and could keep on blogging.

Maxine Weiss said...

Oh how reductive !

Bas-O-Matic said...

If you are the type of person who's so rude that she can't bother to get off the phone when dealing with bank tellers and checkout clerks, and if you drive while talking on the cell phone then you never were one of "the best-behaved cell phoners."

Just Sayin'

Anonymous said...

(apologies to Beatles)

Woke up, got out of bed
Shoved a phone upside my head
Drove my way downtown and banked a bit
For cooking up, I purchased Chunky Soup
(soupa soupa soupa soup)
Bought my food, and gabbed through that
Silvioed the Althouse flat
Found my way upstairs and had some soup
Nobody spoke so I blogged brulee la creme


Sasha Amorosa said...

That isn't what you think it is.