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21-JAN-2010 AKMC

20100121_4928 Bad Choices (Thu 21 Jan)

Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW

The commentary on this one will be too obscure to anyone but me to bother with, but boy will I know what it's about. For the rest of you, there's always someone else's Facebook profile to read or the next image to click through to.

It's said that we are the sum of our choices. And sometimes we make bad ones. I made a huuuuuugely bad one recently, even though it wasn't initiated by me. And I'm afraid that the movie Avatar will forever be etched in my mind as being associated with it, which is why it's one of the few Cameron films that I'll probably never give a second viewing to.

While that choice had been slowly easing from my mind for the last week or so (thanks in no small part to Stan Rogers [1]), something happened last night which threw it back into sharp relief. And so when I was out looking for today's PAD, there's little surprise that this charmless, emotionally barren and lifeless, arid, passionless, disrespectful, thoughtless, duplicitous, disloyal... oh wait, the metaphor just derailed... this, let's call it, desolate vista struck me. The starkness of the "Form 2 Lanes" sign and the Avatar poster being cleaved in two by the lamp post just added to the appropriateness.

So that's today's PAD. Not the most cheerful of the ones that I've done so far, but tomorrow's will be a little brighter, and the day after's brighter still, most likely. After all, tomorrow's Friday!

(And if you're really into symbolism, perhaps the "End Roadwork" sign near the end of this mess is meaningful as well, fingers crossed...)

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[1] Stan Rogers is a late and lamented Canadian folk singer who died way too early (age 33) in an aircraft fire in 1983. Although I'm not normally a folk music fan, Stan did some great songs. Among them was The Mary Ellen Carter, a song which has been spinning around in my mind since last Monday week give or take. It's a song about a wrecked ship which is raised by its crew after being given up by its owners, with special emphasis on the verse:
And you, to whom adversity has dealt that final blow,
With smiling b@stards lying to you everywhere you go
Turn to and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again!


You could have been a bit less gender-specific there Stan, but thank you anyway.


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