Sunday, 05 October 2003
Pix Of The Day: Russian Doll Trucking Inadequacy
CREDITS: © Ian Scott-Parker/PishTush.com
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We called at the post office one Saturday morning, when this rig was parked outside. A small crowd had gathered; fathers were holding small boys aloft for a better view; men in check shirts with knowledgeable weather beaten faces were trading stories about the old days. We wandered over, thinking it must be worthy of a picture if people found it so interesting. One of the weather beaten men asked if we knew if there was an auto show down at the mall in the nearby city.
We admitted we did not know, and pressing ahead despite our strange English accent, he said, "She sure is purdy!". Honestly, I swear before the heavens, that is exactly what he said. We admitted that we did not really have the cultural predisposition to appreciate rusty trucks, but added, "Each to his own" by way of reassurance that we did not consider such devotion to be a sign of deviancy.
He looked us up and down, then in the sort of voice one might use to a simpleton he said, "I meant the roadster." It took several minutes before we realized that like a Russian doll, there was a part of an old car inside the body of the truck, which was on top of the slightly newer truck, which was transporting everything to its final destination. Feeling humbled, and totally inadequate, we took a picture and left.
On This Day In 2002: Fancy a Jump? - Sat, 05 Oct 2002
CREDITS: © Gary Small & MIND The Mental Health Charity
The British charity MIND organizes parachute jumps to raise funds to finance their work. If you raise the minimum amount of sponsorship then training and the jump are free for an exhilarating 10,000 ft freefall skydive or a solo parachute jump. There are full details on the web site. One in four people suffers from mental health problems, and MIND works through their 220 local associations in England and Wales to achieve 'a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress' by:
• Advancing the views, needs and ambitions of people with experience of mental distress; • Promoting inclusion by challenging discrimination; • Influencing policy through campaigning and education; • Inspiring the development of quality services, which reflect expressed need and diversity; • Achieving equal civil and legal rights through campaigning and education.
A great cause to support by going and having yourself the experience of a lifetime, especially with a group. To support MIND directly, visit the web site for details.
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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)