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Sunday, June 24, 2012
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My cell phone is old and has a crummy camera. But it’s still good for capturing something of those boring moments of ordinary life, the moments that you wouldn’t normally think to bring a camera to record. Like waiting in line at a supermarket.

But hey, life is what you make of it. Boring moments are better than no moments. Life has a lot of different flavors, and sometimes the flavor of the moment is boredom. Sometimes we do feel “Lost in the Supermarket”, as the Clash song goes.

But remember, you’re still alive, you’re still part of the ultimate network of time and space and consciousness — a bigger, more highly dimensional version of the digital social network that the guy in the pic is accessing with his smart phone. I don’t mind supermarket lines; it’s all part of the big space-time network of real life, of being.

◊   posted by Jim G @ 2:01 pm      

  1. Jim, Good picture, once again, this time of a supermarket on a Sunday or maybe a Saturday–a weekend day I presume.

    Looking at the picture confirms my “rule” I established once I retired: NEVER to go shopping on a weekend–just because of all the people trying to get their shopping done. I leave the weekends for those who work; I won’t add to the congestion.

    I have to say that somehow or other, and I have no clue why, masses of people bother me. I know people who are invigorated when out among masses of individuals. Not me. Expressways have the same effect on me–somehow I feel trapped, caught in a cage of some kind, unable to escape.

    YET, I remember years ago, when I was working in downtown Chicago at noon time on State and Madison Streets, hugely busy with people as close together as they can get without touching (the crossroads of the entire city–and sometimes it feels as if it’s the crossroads of the entire world), I would completely realize that if one truly wanted to disappear, all one would have to do is stay in a large crowd.

    Perhaps THAT’s what bothers me: The sense of loss of one’s own person when one is in such a huge crowd.

    Well, regardless, an ineresting picture and an interesting comment–that one is “still alive” and part of the “network of real life”. Perhaps I should look at it that way; then I have to say (sorry), nahhh! as far as I’m concerned.

    One of the benefits of retiring for me was being able to shop during the week. Still an interesting picture with an even more interesting comment. MCS

    Comment by Mary S. — June 24, 2012 @ 6:06 pm

  2. That was a poignant photograph, if also a touch amusing. Just the sight of the boy in the background sends shudders through me… I can literally hear the ambient noise, cacophony even, and sense the creeping feeling of anxiety just from the visual associations triggered by the photograph. The man with his phone indicates and oasis of calm that he has created for himself within a sensory tsunami! I have sensory acuity and I have learned to avoid public places in the weekends. Thankfully, I can do so because I work at home at the moment and I can plan my schedule the way I want. I do my public forays on Mondays when most people are back at work! :-)

    Comment by spunkykitty — June 30, 2012 @ 1:56 am

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