Saturday, August 30, 2014

Two, Three, Four, Stick Around I'll Tell You More

I'm noticing a significant improvement in my state of mind lately and might even risk telling some stories again soon (without the fear, or worry, of boring you).

In the meantime, I thought I'd share an image of a summer neighbor who's been lounging poolside lately. She's her own work of art (reminds me of work by artist Duane Hanson; click here if you're unfamiliar).

CLICK TO ENLARGE ON MY PHOTOSHOPPED VERSION OF REALITY.

BY DUANE HANSON.


I actually remember watching this show in 1960.
(It must have been in a past life.)

22 comments:

  1. Mitchell, nice post and this time it turned out that I have heard this song which is very popular at my place. Despite the fact I was not born there.

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    1. Gosia:
      It fascinates me which American "oldies" are well-known in many places around the world and which ones are not.

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  2. Good for her, I say :) You can't stop enjoying your life just because you get older and a little less firm :) She has the courage to be herself.

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    1. Judy:
      I truly do think she's a work of art. Great colors, too. I remember the first time I went to Italy in the '70s. Fat old (some were even, gasp, 45!!!) men in tiny stretchy bathing suits. At first, my American sensibilities popped to the surface and then I realized I had it all wrong.

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  3. 'Life imitating art'....amazing similarities, Mitchell. Funny how our brain stores things, then they resurface as reasonable facsimiles.

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    1. Jim:
      And tourists on benches always remind me of Duane Hanson sculptures. So much fun.

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  4. Some neighbours need to be more discreet or NOT!!

    We got American Bandstand in Canada too and oh the swiveling hips in my living room, only me though!!!

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    1. Ron:
      I think she's great and her unselfconsciousness is much more appealing than the body-beautiful posers!

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  5. My first thought upon seeing the photo was that song! It seemed so ... risqué in my childhood.

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    1. Michael:
      I remember feeling the same way about that song. I felt like I was getting away with something when I listened to it. Funny how huge those itsy bitsy teeny weenie bikinis look now.

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  6. When I sunbathe I look just like this.

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    1. Spo:
      Content, colorful, and stunning?

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    2. Spo:
      Not hardly! I'm sticking with content, colorful, and stunning.

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  7. Having had melanoma twice I sort of shudder when I see anyone sunbathing, but there is something very good about being comfortable in ones own body.

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    1. Kristi:
      I'm unfortunately a bit of a sun worshipper. But I do put on sunscreen every day... especially on the top of my shiny little head. I do love the fact that people of all shapes and sizes here usually wear whatever they want to the beach or pool.

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  8. Love that song...and the "clam diggers" that Brian Hyland is wearing and "boat neck" shirts too.

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    1. Frank:
      And very impressed that you knew they were clam diggers and not pedal pushers!

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  9. Even before you said it i thought your neighbor looked like a Duane Hanson. Glad you're feeling better, hopefully more optimistic. Take care.

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    1. Stephen:
      Thanks. I would love to see a Duane Hanson exhibit again. Since doing this post, I've been browsing the web for his work.

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  10. I once read: "Beauty in the young is an accident; beauty in the old is a self-created work of art." Funny, the older I get the more I agree with that. ;-)

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    1. Jacqueline:
      I've seen a variation on that attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt: "Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art." I completely agree!

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