Turn on Green…

…Allowed Only Toward Time-like Dimensions.

Photo by Roman.

I no longer have the impulse to play in mud puddles, but they still have an irresistible draw on me. In this case, it was how the reflection of the street seems to bend around the puddle as if the surroundings were warped in a relativistic way. Cropped in certain ways, it’s not obvious that photo is of a puddle, but I wanted that bent surroundings and so included the tire track… and that is something of a tell, yes?


Just a small update on personal affairs: I had my first dose of Pfizer COVID vaccine. The recommendation for folks in my shoes was to use one’s own healthcare provider and for me that meant a trip downtown to Northwestern. Being a reclusive geezer in any case, the errand was something of an adventure for me.

(Plus I have the usual geezer obsession with “how far to the next restroom?” You probably don’t want to know the details so I’ll just say that it is really effective at keeping one close to home. Home, as they say, there’s no place like it!)

Northwestern was running a pretty efficient operation, probably over-staffed though when dealing with folks my age or more, over-staffing probably doesn’t hurt. The hospital’s risk-management folks must be purring. Likewise, they asked us to stick around for about 15 minutes so as to not scare the pigeons if there were any short-term reactions.

The shot was administered by a seriously perky young woman. Employee perkiness usually inspires a mildly sullen attitude in me, but this time I had the feeling the perkiness was all-at-once genuine, a technique for getting through the day, as well as a behavior desired by management. Plus these geezer ears are no longer adept at separating a young woman’s voice from the dull roar of a large and active room. Which is to say, I had too much to do to have time to cop an attitude.

And it could be that even recluses need occasional company. Conversation? I dimly recall such a thing.

The shot was a bit more consequential than a flu shot. It seemed to be more voluminous. The advice to rest for a short while afterwards seems to be good as well: for a short while, the connection with my feet seemed to demand my attention. And I do still feel a bit stoned but not unwell. The word is that the second shot is usually the one that makes one feel mildly unwell. Unwell? I’m old enough to have had a vaccination for small pox. Unwell? Bah! Go get a small pox vaccination then talk to me about side effects.

But then there was also the weather. Mid-March has been downright nasty for most of the “lower forty-eight” states. Here in Chicago, Thursday started out cold, wet and seriously windy. Not bad by comparison, but it was still classic “catch your death” weather for the underdressed. I was not one of them, but there were enough of them (sweet young things of every gender) on Michigan Avenue to be a tad concerning. By the time I left the apartment, the rain had pretty much ceased so at least I dodged that.

Still, I’m looking forward to bed early this evening. In the meantime, maybe I’ll find a stupid movie on the web somewhere.

VoilĂ . That’s my COVID report update.

Granville Tower

Photo / graphic by Roman.

I was scrolling through the digitized copies of my old film photos. I ran across this photo of the Granville Tower at Granville Avenue and Sheridan Road. Granville Tower is very much a child of the 1960s, being a nice example of what is referred to as “Brutalist” architecture. Chicago’s Seymour S. Goldstein gets the design credit for this one. The building is a condo tower, somewhat unique in that the units are largely duplexes. As a geezer, it’s not clear to me why this should be desirable, but Thorstein Veblen might have muttered something about status-seeking, Idk.

Perhaps: It has the charming aspect of a vertical refugee camp or one of those third world informal neighborhoods that climb steep mountain walls, layer upon layer of houses stacked precariously to the sky. What better way to portray a desperately mundane life as something exotic and distant yet expensive and safe?

I also do not have the slightest clue why I might have been down that neck of the woods, on foot, with my camera.