Thursday, March 03, 2011

WORLD IN THE WASTELANDS OF YUMA---PART ONE

THE YOUNGEST HOBOS. Hurrying along the tracks searching for an open boxcar--pausing only a moment for this picture---no time to get the full story. Yet the story is there---in the details of the picture. Here's what I see: Young love on a grand adventure---equipped for the journey---tent, sleeping bags, food, water and a means for making money---the guitar. (recently interviewed a guitarist who reported earning $50 in two hours of street playing) His ill fitting suit, with vest, is likely from a thriftstore. She wears warm leggings and a skirt. He has telltale tattoos on both hands. The dog carries something also. What have I missed?
RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES: I've been busy--"shaking the bushes" and have much to tell---will do so in small bits. As always I seek to answer ever more precisely the question: What is the good life? Increasingly I believe Thoreau: "life is best viewed from the vantage point of voluntary poverty."

12 comments:

john patrick said...

Great! Looking forward to the next one, Randy.

matt said...

nice romantic shot, randy!

looks more like a banjo to me but whatever...

Michael said...

Great shot and post!

Michele said...

lately I wonder if the good life is when you stop feeling the urge to look for the good life, and are just in it

weston said...

Best picture yet Randy.

damoldguy said...

and michele you are a winner

Rustedgranny said...

I'm with Michelle! Also I note that this couple are not overfed, and look happy and free.

Rob said...

Great picture.. Like so amy things simple, just people doing their thing.
So many things are simple.

A good life is when you are happy

Graeme said...

I have searched and have not found a Thoreau quote that you cite. I do however believe one of his quotes is applicable to you: "This world is but a canvas to our imagination."

:)

Randy said...

Graeme: Thanks for the challenge--turns out you are only half wrong. I whipped out my personal copy of Walden--(Barnes and Noble collectors library)---chapter one (Economy)--and found it in 5 minutes flat--page 19. The exact quote is as follows: "None can be an impartial or wise observer of human life but from the vantage ground of what we should call voluntary poverty."

Graeme said...

Great, glad we sorted that out. :) I love reading your blog entries.

Anonymous said...

Randy
I'm mesmerized by the photo and thoughts of their travels. What a peaceful looking couple, content with what they have - or probably more importantly what they don't have and don't need.
Bill