Some things might feel messy this week; some things might feel strange, out of order, mixed up. This is a week for rearranging, for putting the pieces back together, for changing the shape of your world if you want to, if you need it. It might not sound like it but it’s such a gift, such a blessing, such a chance. This week you can rebuild your heart and you can rebuild your home and you can make things better; you can make it right
Got fired. Sort of relieved. Don’t have to deal with their disorganization anymore. Get to focus on my own disorganization.
Streetcar tracks exposed near the corner of Lawrence and Wolcott. Photo by The Man On Five 4/9/14
If you’ve been on Lawrence Avenue recently, you may have noticed that they are doing some streetscaping which has left a few areas where old streetcar tracks are visible under layers of pavement. It appeared as though they were removing the last few pieces of exposed metal Wednesday afternoon under where the new islands will be in the median of the street but leaving the rest of the track there.
My grandfather was just recently telling me stories about riding the Lawrence Avenue streetcar from Albany Park to Uptown every day before WWII on his way to work as a teenager.
Where my trolley tracks at
In a new project called “OMG, Who Stole My Ads?” French street artist Etienne Lavie makes it his mission to transform the ad space in Paris into an outdoor art gallery. He has been travelling around the city, snatching up posters and billboards, and replacing them with fine specimens of French art from an earlier era. If our senses have over-developed to the point where we need to be visually stimulated at all times outdoors, just to keep up continuity, then we might as well at least occasionally glimpse something that moves us—something we might elect to look at voluntarily. Lavie’s project gives that gift to a lucky subset of Parisian commuters.