Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Open Window

I wish I could think of a perfect poem to accompany this image. But... I'm blank. Then again, M.C. Richards once said, "Poetry often enters through the window of irrelevance." (Well, maybe that's it!)

18 comments:

Mister Earl said...
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Mister Earl said...

Very nice photo, Laurie. Love the angles, the rectangles, the surfaces, the colors. What's not to love?

The other day, we lost a pioneer of Lindy Hop, Frankie Manning, who died just shy of his 95th birthday. After being a top Lindy Hopper in the 1930s and 1940s, Frankie had a 30-year career with the US Post Office before being coaxed out of retirement in the mid-1980s by Erin Stevens of Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association. At age 70, Frankie had a rebirth - traveling the world teaching Lindy Hop for the next 24 years. He came to Pasadena twice a year to teach and tell stories of his early days dancing at the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem. Many of us in the Pasadena area were privileged to know him.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-frankie-manning28-2009apr28,0,502595.story

Dixie Jane said...

What a pretty combination of colors to go with those angles and rectangles. Laurie, you are gifted to find beauty in remote places. William Shakespeare said: "The eyes are the windows to the soul." We have one window here, one eye, and it is open for looking or even a bird can fly in. We have screens on windows here so the picture changes and the bugs still come in.

Ken Mac said...

that window is certainly super blue

Dixie Jane said...

Mister Earl, it was interesting to read about Frankie Manning and the origin of the Lindy Hop. I always loved dancing, tap, ballroom, but missed the Lindy Hop. One needed to be a real athlete in this instance. Thanks for alerting us to this famous dancing man and his accomplishments.

Halcyon said...

Cool shot. It's good to see not everyone relies on air conditionning! I personally will take a cool natural breeze any day over the frosty a/c.

Susan C said...

I love this shot and the phrase "the widow of irrelevance."

Margaret said...

Such interesting musings today. Mr. Earl's story is so sweet, and I like how Susan missed the n in window changing your quote to "widow or irrelevance." I might even tike that better.

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Long time South Pasadena residents; a question....The wall in shadow, didn't it used to have a surreal styled mural on it of a woman looking out a window in a sea of clouds? or something to that effect?

Jeanie said...

And Margaret: I love the way you changed the quote to 'or'!

When I leave the front door open to my store (Sew Joe) I get people wandering in who would not have otherwise. It's more than just fresh air, it's letting life (literally) and the wonderful sounds of birds, breezes, traffic and voices in the door. Guess I could open the back window for x-breeze. :~)

altadenahiker said...

A lost mural? Looks like something was there once. (I find that anything I have to say can only be said when I'm not trying to say it.)

pasadenapio said...

This has inspired me because I need new window shades in one room. Blue may just do the trick!

Laurie said...

Hi everyone,

Mister E, thanks for the info about Frankie Manning. What a life! I'd have liked to have heard him speak about The Savoy.

Welcome Jeanie! I agree about open windows. Halcyon, it's easy to feel this way in California. Back in Texas an open window in warm months was an invitation to helicopter-sized mosquitos and a relative humidity hovering around the level of swamp!

PA, it seems like there should be a mural there, doesn't it?

Thanks everyone for another day of interesting comments from fabulous people! Until tomorrow...

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Can you see the stain left on the brick?That mural was there for years (very Joni Mitchel)
I was hoping dbdubya would remember it and have info on the subject. He must be out of town.

Petrea said...

I love the colors here.

Babooshka said...

This is, and you know I'm going to say this, a terrific Hopper homage.

lifeinoleg said...

Reminds me of a Hopper painting.

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