Monday, June 06, 2005

photofish population explodes.

the fish led me south this weekend, to the fine city of DC & back up via Philadelphia.
the highlights?

alien traveling companions. roses in rest stop bathrooms. fine tulip crystal. overlooking the most Wind-Up Bird network of alleys i've ever seen, complete with wandering cat. that cat made supervillains of us all. the secret alarm & all those other bells. truck full of dirt, being emptied by one man with a shovel & a bucket. was he taking the dirt into the house? ominous parking garages & strangely distorted cityscapes. giant attack butterflies, blue poodles, & the spaceman song. uncle jojo & the ex-presidents. marilyn monroe & einstein in a furry hat. the gentleman's club with its brass plaques. great glass elevators, atriums (atrii?), giant love seats at the hotel bar. maple leaves & a wild rose in a glass. scarves, blankets, & tales of past sex lives. the glittering invitations of swimming pools, zen & the art of pool vacuuming, the same bikini twice. zoom. CVS in the 19th century, shiny diners, bathroom art. monuments without end & the bubblegum tree. george mason's burning-hot lap. the adventure of oldben's cell phone, & how it came back to us, like a cat. redheaded water nymphs & eleanor roosevelt's shoes. walter & his adoring fans. highways as great teeming veins of the human mass. south street murals. revisiting the garden of broken glass. umbrellas, sunhats, everything in doubles. blue pool halls, blonde dreads & cleavage, cock-rock punks, rec room happy anarchy, your new tattoo is looking at me. & oh, my, the tourists.

speaking of which, i captured no less than four hundred & thirty-four photographs on this voyage.

i don't know if the tourist can handle it.

fishies with suggestions, please blow bubbles.


Washington Monument.


unlikely, in my opinion. Leesburg Pike, VA.

i think i need a nap. i wish the air was still strung with the smell of honeysuckle.

19 little fish:

Blogger anne swam up to say...

atria, i think.
434... that leaves me speechless. sort of, obviously.
make temporary posts?
step-by-step it?
launch another photoblog especially for this trip?
make reprints and directly send them to your dedicated readers? (the email with my address is ready)

2:52 PM  
Blogger Hannibal swam up to say...

Hope after all you enjoyed your trip to DC, If I had known that you were here I would have invited you for coffee :)Perhaps next time

3:38 PM  
Blogger LiVEwiRe swam up to say...

George Bush Center for Intelligence??? Isn't that an oxymoron...

6:22 PM  
Blogger Jay swam up to say...

Unlikely is putting it mildly. What self restraint!

7:49 PM  
Blogger Daniel Heath swam up to say...

434... well, as you've seen on t.m.i.a.w., I'm still working through my stack of pictures from that one trip... I suggest you don't try to tackle them all at once, b/c whenever I try to do that I get cranky and start cropping poorly and not having any fun. I recommend following your fish through the stack, posting a little bit here and there, and smattering them up on t.o.e. as the fish dictates.

8:59 PM  
Blogger Daniel Heath swam up to say...

ps - I hoped you stayed out of wells while you were there, especially if girls in bikinis were in charge of the way out.

pps - 19th century CVS? like concurrent version system?

9:04 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

Good night nurse! That's alotta pix! I think you should post each one on the tourist and demand that we all comment on every picture!

Sounds like you had a wonderful time and I thoroughly enjoyed your description!

9:28 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

you know, luv, you may not like this but i like the poem - from aliens traveling companions to & oh my, the tourist.

i think that this lack of line-breaks actually frees you from - well - from s/t

10:46 AM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

i think as far as my never-ending supply of photos goes, i'm just going to post the damn things. maybe a city at a time. i'd spread them out, but i take pictures everywhere, all the time, so i'd quickly develop a backlog...what i really need to do is just build a damn website. but that'll take time, so...

anne: atria i think is right. i was a little fuzzy yesterday. & you are welcome to shanghai any photos you like, for whatever purpose, as long as you let me know you're doing it. you know, so i can keep track of my nestlings as they fly out into the world.
one day they'll fly, i swear.

hannibal: think i'm heading back with the band on August 5th when they play in Georgetown again. maybe a beer instead...

livewire: exactly my thoughts when i saw that sign. i'm glad i had enough time to get my camera on it before we zoomed by; no one would have believed me otherwise.

jay: thank you. i did exercise some restraint; i thought it not the moment for a baffled-citizen political rant.

monkey: i do try to give each pic the time it needs, but as i mentioned above..."tourist of everything" is really apt; i'm addicted to my camera.
& yes i managed to avoid living in any wells, but i think i may have had a dream involving the psychic prostitute...

carl v: you said it, not me. be aware that when the pics go up i will be watching to see that you participate, young man.

mysift: it's not really a poem, it's not coherent enough. er, something to do with the flow, i mean.
& i like the extremes--no line breaks at all, or a crazy plethora of them. but that's just me.

1:01 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

okay, fish-following weekend Part the First is up on the tourist.

2:01 PM  
Blogger the wheel swam up to say...

I don't care what you say, Jenn, that was a poem (and a good one at that). Sort of a stream of consciousness / Beatific affair. And what a great way to tell a story.

I got a good laugh out of the "George Bush Center for Intelligence." I was wondering what that sign posted below it says ("Richard Nixon Center for Ethics and Integrity" maybe??).

2:06 PM  
Blogger Carl V. swam up to say...

"young man"...surely you jest! I would guess that I'm at least 11 yrs older than you if not more! But I'm young at heart and that is all that matters...at least until my body starts falling apart and I begin my desperate search for the fountain of youth. ;)

2:47 PM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

jenn, i think it is a poem - doesn't need to be coherent, you know that silly and the flow is great in most places - watch for email from me - i figured out s/t fun

5:55 PM  
Blogger Daniel Heath swam up to say...

you have mad photoshop stamina, Ms. See.

7:45 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

monkey0: i guess, & a lot of free time. actually the program i use for bloggie has really easy & non-permanent quick fixes, which i toy with, so when i get to the photoshop (with which i'm not exactly adept) i already have an idea of what i want to do, which makes things go much faster.

hannibal: turns out i prob'ly won't be in DC personally, i'll be en route to Colorado. but oldben will be there, playing his trombone for all he's worth.
(i was tempted to say "playing his sackbutt" but thought that might give the wrong impression.)

skrambled: unfortunately i caught this sign at highway speeds & never got close enough to see what it said, but for consistency's sake we'll call your description accurate:)

& fine, ok, it's a poem. but it needs revision.

11:23 AM  
Blogger mysfit swam up to say...

yay jenn see's coming to colorado!!!

12:45 PM  
Blogger oldben swam up to say...

the sackbut, or, variably, the sacbut, was orignally made out of wood and metal, i think.

the sign underneath says 'authorized vehicles only.'

2:35 PM  
Blogger jenn see swam up to say...

ah. so one must be as smart as george bush to enter?

("you must be THIS HIGH to go on the CIA ride")

2:41 PM  
Blogger banzai cat swam up to say...

Har! That was a good laugh. ;-)

(Of course am just speaking from a humorous POV. *wry grin*)

4:22 AM  

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