another man’s treasure July 27, 2007Posted by doug in bikes, important developments.
i rode my bike to poland, thus amounting to one check on my list and 10+ hours of uninterrupted REM sleep.
i discovered that poland looks not unlike how i imagine the american mid-west looks, though i have no basis for this.
also, i’ve taken to decorating my room with garbage. not total refuse, mind you, but cinderblocks, scrap wood and other soild objects i find on the side of streets or in relatively tidy dumpsters. i’ve been using them to build shelves and other various structures on which to pile things and/or hang things from. i’ve deemed it a valuable pursuit for a number of reasons, including the facts that it’s inexpensive; instills a sense of pride in my ingenuity and craftsmanship sorely lacking from impersonal ikea purchases; minimizes the amount of random crap on the streets; and offers a more effective utilization of room space, with less untended piles of clothes in the corners.
it also makes me think about most conventional items in different terms. almost every solid object i see can be pragmatically used somehow. that random wire in this girl’s kitchen wastebasket can be strung between walls and used to hang clothes. that derelict drawer on cuvrystrasse can easily act as a shelf when propped between the steel supports i found outside of dr pong. my abode is starting to take shape, and it’s strangely comforting to know that i discovered the bulk of it while wandering unfamiliar streets.
and in a strange way, it echoes germany’s recycling policy. in berlin, you get actual money for turning in the used bottles that litter most urban environments. far more than the emblematic gesture in the states, you get sizable cash rewards at most stores for returning them. so, to the industrious scavenger, a couple abandoned beer bottles in the park equals a fresh new beer, and a trashcan filled with them is food for a week. as a result, the derelict gets drunk and/or fed, public spaces gets clean and the environment gets saved. everybody wins in germany.
change is as simple as making a list July 24, 2007Posted by doug in important developments.
lately, i’ve been: meeting kind people and subsequently forgetting them, drinking too much beer, hiding extra euros between the pages of books
but i should be: meeting kind people and subsequently thinking about them, drinking too much coffee, riding my bike to poland
this was the future once. i need to start acting like it.