Sunday, February 25, 2007

The power of junk

Air-conditioner for sale: cheap. Comes with unique cooling element design.

Just another "item" we saw while taking a walk. It seems that the neighborhood occasionally sprouts refrigerators, washers, dead cars, boats, hub caps, even a box of books with a sign, "Take one." And it’s not even yard sale season.

At times, when tired or bored, I junk read. How fast can I go through articles on the internet or in Newsweek? How many magazines can I get through? It’s like people who go on speed vacations: how many national parks can we get through on this trip?

Had a junk read binge last night after a busy work week. Three Newsweeks. Yes, I’m caught up. Yeah, there was some news in there. Do I remember much of it? No. Do I need to remember it? Probably not. But who knows? There are times info from a news article will surface when I least expect it. Or when I least need it. How full can we fill our attics? How full can we fill our basements? Our garages? How full can we fill our minds?

Only our neighborhood inventor, the 6th Street Dude, (father of the flying tie machine) knows for sure.
(See January 2, 2007 blog entry)

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To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.
-- Thomas Alva Edison

Democracy with its semi-civilization sincerely cherishes junk. The artist's power should be spiritual. But the power of the majority is material. When these worlds meet occasionally, it is pure coincidence.
– Paul Klee

Junk is something you throw away three weeks before you need it.
– anonymous

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