Robert (gurdonark) wrote,
Robert
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Small steps on the long road to creativity

Last night we had dinner with my brother and his wife. My brother is thirteen months my junior, and I am glad they live so close to us. We went to Texas Land and Cattle Company for dinner, and then returned to their house. My brother is a computer-skilled guy, who always knows how to do everything. He showed me cool CD labels he was able to create with the "stomper" software, which looked much, much nicer than I had thought I could do at home. I now believe that when I get my little ambient whimsy put together, a nice label on the CD plus a mini-jewel-case is more my speed than a jewel case insert. I am glad to "see" my way to final produt on this one, as economy and a certain "I cannot say what" are my goals for this silly recording idea.

Today I tried to use the weedeater on the yard, but it still acts as though the battery is not charging. My mechanical skills run out at changing the oil and cleaning the carburetor on our little gas lawnmower. I hope I can figure out what I am doing wrong.

Weed-eating thwarted, I had at least three pressing chores to do.
But I made three postcardx cards instead--I took photos I'd taken, drew sketches on the white side, addressed them to people pulled up by the random postcardx search engine, and mailed them. I'm not concerned about this relative sloth; it's only 4:45 p.m. and I feel alive and ready to do more useful stuff.

I noticed that somehow I have managed to pick up all sorts of
odd things at the Dollar General store lately. One set of things is a one dollar set of 500+ stickers. Now, I'm your basic 42 year old, paunchy, bespactacled middle aged boring male lawyer-looking guy, in need of a solid Sunday haircut and a shave to restore me to an appropriately professional look. I am not really a "cute stickers" kind of guy. But the way to the cash register at Dollar General is paved with odd merchandise is are difficult to resist. I will be stickering my postcards for a long time to come.

I had a mild burst of creative genius. I went to nervousness.org and offered the following exchange to the community there:

"I'll trade you my poem with an MS Paint drawing in an envelope decorated with silly stickers, in return for your poem with MS Paint drawing in an envelope decorated with stickers".

Within fifteen minutes, I had a taker. Who says art cannot be marketed? It's all about panache. Panache admixed with liberal
doses of needless self-criticism--that's the true Artist's Way.

Speaking of which, I have another Dollar General purchase which I would like to offer to the ether. I have a package of Ultimate Spiderman Reusable Tattoos. The package promises they are "original bodycals", and that they are "the world's # 1 reusable tattoos". The package includes Spideys, Green Goblins, a Doc Octopus, and a couple of little laughing pumpkins. If anyone would like to have this future antiques roadshow product, then
be sure and let me know. Exchanges are welcome, but are never required. It's just another exchange brought to you by an eye which roves in Dollar General.
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