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A Necklace of Memorable Days

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"Happiness is a matter of one's most ordinary everyday mode of consciousness being busy and lively and unconcerned with self. To be damned is for one's ordinary everyday mode of consciousness to be unremitting agonising preoccupation with self."

Iris Murdoch, The Nice and The Good

What sort of diary should I like mine to be? Something loose-knit and yet not slovenly, so elastic that it will embrace anything, solemn, slight or beautiful, that comes into my mind. I should like it to resemble some deep old desk or capacious hold-all, in which one flings a mass of odds and ends without looking them through. I should like to come back, after a year or two, and find that the collection had sorted itself and refined itself and coalesced, as such deposits so mysteriously do, into a mould, transparent enough to reflect the light of our life, and yet steady, tranquil compounds with the aloofness of a work of art. The main requisite, I think, on reading my old volumes, is not to play the part of a censor, but to write as the mood comes or of anything whatever; since I was curious to find how I went for things put in haphazard, and found the significance to lie where I never saw it at the time.

V. Woolf

" She strung the afternoon on the necklace of memorable days, which was not too long for her to be able to recall this one or that one; this view, that city; to finger it, to feel it, to savour, sighing, the quality that made it unique."

Virginia Woolf, Moments of Being

"Why did I write any of my books, after all? For the sake of the pleasure, for the sake of the difficulty. I have no social purpose, no moral message; I've no general ideas to exploit, I just like composing riddles with elegant solutions."

Vladamir Nabokov

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At the first red light, I was interested enough in the crucifix-like part of
the tow truck to pick up my camera. At the second red light, I was more
interested in the driver's ear in one of his many mirrors. By the third red
light, he was watching me suspiciously, so I felt I couldn't be
photographing him any more... Would have been a great photo though, so I
wish I were nervier!
7th Sep 2006, 20:58   | tags:,

swamprose says:

you are a nervy woman...but tow truck drivers are not the sort of guys to mess with. wish you did gethis ear tho.

7th Sep 2006, 21:18

Dhamaka says:


maybe if you do it earlier next time..

8th Sep 2006, 06:12

i'm more interested in the original spot - the crucifix-y thing - its really strange...

8th Sep 2006, 09:21

first shot is really cool! i like the crucifix contraption too

8th Sep 2006, 09:24

paintist says:

crucifix thing has a funny face on it...i have a tendency to anthropomorphize

8th Sep 2006, 09:32

Trevor says:

I am a tow truck driver and that cross looking thing is a wheel lift, it is a self loader, the middle of the lift opens up to form an H under the front wheels for towing but stows up like so for daily driving

26th Apr 2007, 01:37

factotum says:

Hi Trevor! Thanks for the explanation! Is Swamprose correct that tow truck drivers are not the sort of guys to mess with? I generally don't like to take photographs of people without their permission. I guess that's why there are so few people in my blog .

26th Apr 2007, 01:43

kelly says:

not all tow truck drivers are bad. i do sales for a repo agency and my husband is a driver. tow truck drivers are given a bad name due to the jobs they have to do. In my cases, i would have to say that the people's vehicles we tow are worse than the tow drivers. that is my opinion though and in my cases i am repoing there vehicle so they tend to get a little irate. all of our trucks are self loaders. it protects our drivers to get in get the vehicle and get out. they can pull down the road and then strap the vehicle and that gets them out of harms way.

11th Nov 2009, 05:04

lewent(leventdkaya-at-hotmail-dot-com) says:

yes very wonderfulll

20th Jan 2010, 19:28