My working chair is maybe ten years old, I sit in it everyday in front of a computer. It uses three pillows, or four, your choice—a flat one to sit on, a flat one in back and one using a zippered case to hold two pillows which at one time was not flat but rather plumpish and now has been deformed into flatness.
San Francisco, South Market
It has a lever which can be used to adjust the height of the seat, but a few years ago it started occasionally malfunctioning. I am over 6 ft tall and generally prefer the highest seat level, and now when it is at that level ccasionally when I sit down the mechanism fails to hold, but it does not drop down at once, instead it retreats in a series of “bumps” when I am in the middle of doing something and me initial response is not to immediately stop what I am doing but to reach a finishing point.
Alameda Creek, Union City side
This whole event takes about 15-20 seconds through 10-12 bumps down which increasingly prompts my mind to be increasingly diverted from focus on what I am doing and instead of stopping whatI am doing, I continue while increasingly building a “ personal victim of the chair” feeling.
Photography Studio, shopping center, Minowa, Tokyo,
As I said it takes about 15-20 seconds and then I reach the bottom which is the uncomfortable level and then I need to pump up the seat — Oh one more thing, the lever used to pump up the seat level— I used to , while seating down, using my right hand reach under the seat and pump it up.
Waiting for a son, Telegraph Hill
However the pump is also broken so I have stand up, go around to the back of the chair, then using one hand to reach under the chair hold the lever in the “open moving ” position, pull it upwards to raise the seat while at the same time using the other hand to hold the whole chair stable to provide a center force.
Found in translation, Tokyo Metro
I manage to do this by myself ,eachtwie thinking I need to buy a new char, but at 75 I have stopped buying things which I used to consider a “long time” purchase,.
At least for five years, the only clothes I have bought are socks and underwear. And still I have new clothes, waiting to be worn, in original branded plastic bags. I may die before they are ever even opened.
Boston Common about 1970
Why is integrity in business important? Is a good question—my own thoughts are formed by sociology, theroetical sociology, not the breaking up individuals into quantifiable social groups and then using statistics to explain differences.
While walking on the street and you find yourself approaching someone do you think “they are watching me like I am watching them”? San Francisco along Market street.
Business is what we all do to live. Many years ago it used to be simple hunting and gathering, agriculture, raising families. While the development of economic growthl ed to less killing there was development of government, but a government of group of privileged exploiting others and using violence to maintain their economic advantages. Political order and maintaining privilege were one and the same.
San Francisco, Along Mission Bay.
In early days “things” were functional tools used for survival. One assumption, I call it an “historical observation” is that as people do things they get better at it, not each person at every thing, but generally both individuals and a society.
Shino is a traditional Japanese kiln which developed in the Seto-Mino area. A kiln refers to a geographical area with a tradition of potters sharing the same clay, and similar potting and firing techniques.
As the privilege class grew increasingly wealthy they became more fascinated with a status based on“things”, and the design and craft of things, for the privileged, evolved from functional to fashion.
Oribe and Seto Guro are also from Seto-Mino area
Where “craft” had made functional things used in every day life, “things” artistically done made the everyday use of things meaningful beyond functionality.
Pretty much I wash the dishes every night we eat at home, I wash them behind, we redid the kitchen about 15 years ago and had a new dishwasher installed but its never been used.You can see shino, oribe, setoguro, mashiiko, setoyaki, bizen, hagi as well as a couple Berkely potters—Gary Holt and a coupe more I have forgotten and cannot read the signature.
In England, Magna Charta (my thank you to Wiliam Marshal) de-legitimized the idea that some people were “naturally” more deserving than others and that the purpose of government was to maintain a privilege class while legitimizing that the structure and process of government be made democratic, not autocratic.
Near downtown Albuquerque one morning outside a place which provided breakfasts before a 6:00 am opening time I saw this woman and thought I did not want my mother, about 72 years then, to be in this situation, and she never was.
The vision of Liberal Democracy is based on Individual Rights, Law is Justice, political power is distributed equally among all people, individuals have a responsibility to learn to express themselves articulately, listen to others who also do, a willingness to do this in public discussion and a commitment to seek solutions and compromise for the common good.
Young people like to spend time together at this place along Alameda Creek, Union City side.
This is better than the idea of god, god is a belief, you cannot compromise your belief in god, and you will not compromise your belief in god, thus your only recourses are submission, migration or to use violence to dominate, none of which will work successfully in a democracy.
How we behave, how we treat each other is what creates the structure of society, business, how we earn our living (business ) and sleeping is our predominate behaviour. While sleeping we do not, personally anyway, make the lives of others or society worse.
Three men of different ages from Salem ME, about 1970.
If during our business behaviour —and business time is the time we spend earning our living and not what ever is our job title, we are all CEOs of our lives —if we are cheating, scamming, killing, stealing, making and selling poor quality products, reneging on agreements . . .
For me it does not make sense to say anything more about this situation.
then not just the transaction but the world is a worse place when our “business” behaviors are expressed in the structure of how we treat each other, and how you, I and others will be treated the future.
Somerville MA about 1971
Integrity, ethics, principals, honesty, compassion, empathy and remorse are not the qualities of losers, but they do lose some battles. But when despicable people, people whose business behavior does not have some or all of the qualities of integrity, ethics, principals, honesty, compassion, empathy and remorse are involved it does mean many innocent human beings. will suffer and die.
Yes, I would only like to know you
That is all and nothing more
But I will go unbounded
Waiting outside of your door
Eric Anderson I Shall Go Unbounded
Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely . If only every one in the world would do what I tell them to do, the world would be a better place—I see that could be said about any one of us, one part is not our lack good ideas, most of us have them . . .
In many situations the only way to get others to behave as you want them to do is making them do it which always defaults to using force and violence which results in defeating the intent and making society a worse place.
How the view looks to the graves of the 47 Ronin at Sengakuji.
Shariputra, all dharmas have the nature of emptiness . . .
3 thoughts on “Catch-02-22-20”
Steve, go crazy, and buy a new chair! At 75, you’ll most likely wear it out too. Oh, and go ahead and buy the unripe bananas 😉
And I love that first photo!
Looking our image1s of “outdated” film theother day Iwas reminded of in 1960s when I used to shoot tri-x , rolled my own film then, and used to process it in Diafine. Later when I went to art school all my camera equipment was stolen and then for 35 years in my marcom design business I generally hired photographers although I did sketch the image first to get client approval.
In 60s for music shows I used to shoot tri-x rated at 2400 ASA, no flash, and leave in the Diafine over night. In the morning I would clean the scum off the film and fix it. Worked great. Digital images have different qualities than film, I always liked tri-x it always seemed to make up for my lack of camera skills but with digital there is no film cost, no darkroom and no dust.
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