One last backgrounder

100_2037Here’s one last person stuck in the background, to round out my week’s reportage.

It’s this guy captured in a picture by a kindergartner with an i-phone.

The child and I had just been to the dump where he scored this very attractive gold plastic moon and stars on the Swap Table. We left in exchange a set of porch-sofa cushions and a lamp, both so attractive to our fellow dump visitors that we didn’t even get to set them down; out they went to their cars to everyone’s great satisfaction.

But back to this guy: This guy is the family member who normally shuns photo sessions, the guy who, for work, fights fires and practices first response medicine and for fun executes a zillion upside-down pushups while standing on his hands.

And also reads. When he’s not explaining to two little boys how Wall Street works and why the sky is blue he is reading reading reading. He’s a little like Madame Defarge in A Tale of Two Cities knitting everything up between her needles.  One day when all the libraries have been turned into drive-throughs and the Internet pops and goes dark John will recreate civilization anew by explaining everything to everyone all over again.

Right now he’s really in the background: he left Sunday at noontime to hike alone in the mountains.

Carrying all his food and water, natch.

And his tent.

And perhaps some BandAids I don’t know.

He advised us that we wouldn’t hear from him until we saw him.

He’s due to reappear tomorrow before dark.

I sure hope he does. We have more questions about the sky. And what if we get another splinter?

easy hair john and david

you can get a splinter

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7 thoughts on “One last backgrounder

  1. I’m glad there is someone out there who can explain civilization in case it ever goes dark. For sometimes I think it might just crumble, and how can we get it all back unless there is someone who remembers?

    1. here is my favorite quote from Tom Stoppard’s wonderful play Arcadia. Joan It is spoken by the tutor who is addressing his young charge:

      “We shed as we pick up, like travellers who must carry everything in their arms, and what we let fall will be picked up by those behind. The procession is very long and life is very short. We die on the march. But there is nothing outside the march so nothing can be lost to it. The missing plays of Sophocles will turn up piece by piece, or be written again in another language. Ancient cures for diseases will reveal themselves once more. Mathematical discoveries glimpsed and lost to view will have their time again. You do not suppose, my lady, that if all of Archimedes had been hiding in the great library of Alexandria, we would be at a loss for a corkscrew?”

  2. I’m so glad Annie’s own true love appears again. I wondered if they broke up when you hadn’t written of him in so long. Marvelous looking fellow; reads too!

  3. Remember when movies were continuous? You could enter the theatre in the middle of the movie, stay to the end, than continue to watch up to the time when you came in? Does it all come around again? Including us???

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