Sunday, March 14, 2010

Things Unraveling

Is there any image that so perfectly illustrates chaos and the complete loss of control as someone whose umbrella has flipped inside out and is desperately attempting to position themselves in such a way as to have the catastrophic winds blow it back into place? I saw it happen to a woman the other night in Manhattan. I've never seen someone look so distraught and defeated. It was right outside Penn Station, and I got the feeling that this umbrella represented something far more significant in her life than protection from the elements. She couldn't get it to flip back into its intended convex position. I had to look away.

On Regret...

In fourth grade, we had a classroom based spelling bee in order to determine who would advance to the highly esteemed school-wide spelling bee. I wanted in, but I spelled 'lightning' wrong. I forgot the first 'n' and spelled 'lighting'. You gotta be fuckin kidding me.