Sunday, December 30, 2007

Laundry: Chapter 2

When I found my laundrymat closed, I panicked. What would I wear to work the following day? Then I remembered having heard something about a trendy laundry place near campus.


I drove downtown, peering through the freezing fog -- and there I found it: Laundry 101. The place is bright and colorful. They serve beer, espresso and little pastries. Numerous are video games, televisions, and undergraduates engaged in magnetic pre-mating gazes. I approached the barista for tokens.
To be continued on Thursday.

My friend Marianne convinced me to add this rejected drawing just for comparison. Now that I see it here, I'm not sure which one I like better. Each has problems. Each has strengths.

In the meantime, you might enjoy listening to a Hafez poem in farsi (persian). He writes here about seizing the day. Read the whole thing and you'll see why the 14th-century religious leaders felt threatened and exiled him. In Iran, poetry and music two sides of the same coin, so the recording starts with a melody.

10 comments:

Marianne said...

I liked seeing your before and after too! :) Have a Happy New Year!

ellen said...

I am unable to listen to the poem, but I have read it and will read it again and again. What beauty moves in those lines! A thousand thank yous.

sulustu said...

Hi. I found your blog from the comment you left on my page. When I clicked over, I found your crayon drawings, which I must say, they are quite delightful. Good job.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Happy new year my artsy friend!

mon@rch said...

I can't wait to see what happens in Chapter 3! I also love your rejected photo as much as your other one! Happy New Year to you and your family!

Suzy said...

You can always come to the 24-hour Enriched Geranium Luminiferous Ether Laundr-o-rama, if you're in a bind. We rarely serve little pastries, but we usually can manage coffee and beer, and there's the added bonus of getting to see a tubby kitty ascend into the ceiling as you descend the basement stairs!

I'm so glad you're living here, my friend, and wish you a light-filled 2008. We've got to play some music, darn it!

T.R. said...

What time on Thursday? I'm in countdown mode - I think we can now call it less than 24 hours. No pressure though. Nope, none at all. HURRY!!!!

kate said...

I just went off and spent time listening to the poem you mentioned and then checked out the rest of the site. It was inspiring...

Your laundromat drawings are wonderful - I loved the colourful laundry basket. I had no idea that laundromats served beer, espresso and pastries now ... the ones here haven't changed since I was a kid.

Happy New Year and keep up the wonderful drawings!

selmainthecity said...

I am delighted to have found your blog. You are such a talented artist. I will be visiting regularly. By the way, the imagery in the poem was exquisite!

-Selma

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