Nostalgia: The Daily Post Photo Challenge, 30 September 2016

This week’s Daily Post Photo Challenge is NOSTALGIA:

  • What kinds of experiences stir emotions for the past within you?

The Philippines, specifically Bacolod City, where her father grew up, is the locus of all of self’s nostalgia. And of course, Dearest Mum, who met self’s Dear Departed Dad when she was a young pianist in New York City, and Dear Departed Dad was in Georgetown Law School.

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The Daku Balay, Burgos Street, Negros Occidental: The Philippines. Self’s grandfather built this house, at the time the tallest structure in Bacolod City. Self’s father was born in this house.

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Dearest Mum, in Her Early 30s

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Bacolod City, Negros Occidental: June 2012

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

American Quests

Self loves signage, she does not know why.

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An Ed Ruscha, Seen at the de Young in Golden Gate Park

Stay tuned, dear blog readers. Stay tuned.

That’s What He Said

He: What’s the matter? You sound really, really sad.

He, 10 years later: You’re the only one responsible for the shit you’re feeling.

Stay tuned.

THE WAY TO THE SPRING: Self Can’t Even

The place: Hebron, several years ago. The context: a settler tries to take down a Palestinian flag that a man has put on the roof of his house.

Homeowner: “Why are you coming onto my roof?”

Settler: To take down the flag.

Homeowner: The entrance is over there. Come through there.

Settler: Please.

It turns out the settler “was standing on top of a ladder, fully snarled in the razor wire, unable to go up or down.”

(At this point, you might ask yourself: Did the settler not see the barbed wire? What did he think he was going to do? Did he even bring pliers? )

The homeowner “reached out to untangle” the settler.

There was already a crowd of settlers gathered down below, egging on the man on the ladder. But he’s so tangled up in barbed wire that no matter which direction he goes, he risks getting torn open.

When the homeowner stretched out a hand to help the man get untangled, one of the settlers standing in the street shouted, “Don’t touch him!”

Settler (to Homeowner): You live in Israel, not in Jordan.

Homeowner: What if I came onto your roof (to take down an Israeli flag), would that be good?

 

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