I had an appointment with the doctor today. She is in a new building, which I think is beautiful in a subtle way, not that she’s there but the building is beautiful. I had to go to the top floor and wait in the reception area.
In the old building, I sat in a Psychology Department mail room in one of two chairs and said hi to all of the nice people who always glanced at me with a troubled look. (I like to think it is because I didn’t brush my hair, but I think it is because they don’t think I’ll make it – Luckily, they’re just students.) So in the old place, I always felt like I was at home in an old musty INSTITUTION, just where I needed to be but not locked in. The only disturbing thing was that they had a sign at the entrance of the Buddhist Garden that said “Under 24-Hour Surveillance – Vandals will be prosecuted.” I think if Buddha saw that sign, he’d vandalize the garden for the fun of it.
Today, I felt like I was going into an empty, sterile place dropped out of the 50’s (mind you I am not trained as an architecture critic – I just admire the stuff from afar), and I had a feeling that if I went in, they would take my brain out and freeze it, which would almost be as bad as a lobotomy, but more successful. At any rate, while having these thoughts, I noticed with peculiar delight the two “Do Not Enter” signs which must be the most ill-situated signs of all time, not due to the message to the patient, but because these signs completely ruin the feel of the architecture. If I were the architect, I would come over at midnight and rip them out with my Dodge truck:
And the tallest tree in the background of this next shot, beyond the walking bridge (why do we need those anyway? In case it gets below 40 Fahrenheit?) is the one that I thought was dead like my spirit was in April, but both it and I are doing better:
And here is the view I was afforded as I was leaving – I worked a lot of years in the twin tower on the left, but they disposed of me without so much as a wink, which tends to diminish my level of self-respect:
And then there is this last view – If it were two stories shorter and didn’t have that appendage on the right, I’d swear it was a high school building from the late 50’s, and I think, you know what that means? The 60’s are coming soon. Hang tight!
OK, I’m no photojournalist, but boy was this building singing such a woeful tune to me today.
#1 by Indigo Spider on August 15, 2011 - 11:03 pm
I couldn’t help but notice one of the “do not enter” signs was slightly askance. Perhaps the architect made the attempt but was caught in the middle — or he needed a better shovel.
#2 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:51 pm
I was puzzled by that part also. Not only do these guys do what they’re told and put the sign up despite all common sense saying not to, and then they can’t even do it at a proper angle. Of course, it helps to punch some point home.
#3 by abichica on August 16, 2011 - 1:17 am
beautiful pictures.. 🙂 thanx for sharing
#4 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:52 pm
Thank you for your comment. I appreciate it.
#5 by scribbla on August 16, 2011 - 2:05 am
Thanks for sharing these pics. And your thoughts about the building. Those do not enter signs are hilarious. Maybe a warning that they will take your brain if you do enter.
BTW – where is this?
#6 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:54 pm
Kansas City, MO – Not known as an architectural mecca, but it is amazing what is going up around here…Maybe it’s everywhere, or maybe I am just noticing the art of architecture…
#7 by claudia on August 16, 2011 - 2:15 am
good to hear the tree and you are doing better…smiles – and very cool pics
#8 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:55 pm
🙂 We are good, but I am not as green as the tree!
#9 by Kay Camden on August 16, 2011 - 11:21 am
Have you heard of a supertaster? Well, I think you might be a superseer.
For what it’s worth, I think I’m both, and it’s hard to live in a world of people who aren’t. People who think it’s okay to put onions in everything.
I like the shot of your old workplace. It does look like it’s peeking over the trees, leering at you.
#10 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:57 pm
Those are powerful words. I’m not sure I have the skills to be a superseer, but I am inspired by your words/
#11 by Evelyn on August 16, 2011 - 8:54 pm
this is my favorite post ever. EVER.
“I think if Buddha saw that sign, he’d vandalize the garden for the fun of it.”
#12 by Carl on August 16, 2011 - 10:58 pm
Not EVER! No Way! 🙂 You’re too kind. By the way, how do you meditate when there is a camera on you at all times? Not possible. Is it?
#13 by Evelyn on August 17, 2011 - 8:53 pm
Buddha could do it.
I just know he could.
#14 by Carl on August 17, 2011 - 9:52 pm
I’d like to take lessons!
#15 by pattisj on August 16, 2011 - 11:47 pm
Enjoyed your photos. Those signs reminded me of lollipops. I’m glad you aren’t as green as the tree! lol They might hook you up with another Doc for that.
#16 by Carl on August 17, 2011 - 9:41 pm
lollipops is good! Thanks for your comment!