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By calla (Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 07:47:00 AM EST) (all tags)
My friend's feet.


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Now this is a good photo. by komet (4.00 / 1) #1 Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 08:16:20 AM EST
Did you take it?

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Nah, I didn't take it. by calla (4.00 / 1) #4 Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 11:10:58 AM EST
I'm not sure when Susan took it. Susan's answering machine for the last couple of years has had the "amazing graceā€¦" quote on it. Sometimes it was annoying, when all you wanted to do was leave a message and you had to wait through 'til "splendor person. Leave me a message."

Susan's machine still has the message, but Susan isn't around anymore. She's the friend that died last week.

How do I set my laser printer on stun?

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Ow by motty (4.00 / 1) #7 Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 11:43:10 AM EST
I am so sorry to hear that. I am also hoping this cold shiver up the spine thing will stop soon.

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T
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Something wrong by motty (4.00 / 1) #2 Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 08:43:55 AM EST
I've been trying to write this comment for a while now, trying to put my finger on what is so horribly wrong, for me, about the picture. I think I've finally got it.

There's a story, I forget where I heard it, about some guy who got sentenced to death somewhere in the Muslim world a few centuries back for having the name of Allah tattooed on the soles of his feet - the idea behind the death sentence being that the tattoo meant that with every step he was grinding the Holy Name into the dust and the shit.

While the ins and outs of whether or not such a reaction was over the top can be argued from here to kingdom come, the fact remains that the sole of the foot is quite probably not a good place to put positive slogans. Seems to me there are some pretty blatantly obvious symbolic and also quite physical reasons for this. I think that's what is disturbing me quite so seriously about this picture. 'Trust your heart' isn't a slogan I'd like to grind into the dust and the shit; the one on the other foot even less so.

My apologies if this comment constitutes a horrible case of bonfire-pissing. Even so...

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T

Same in other cultures by komet (4.00 / 2) #3 Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 08:48:36 AM EST
in Thailand, for example, if you drop a coin you should never try to step on it with your foot, because there is a picture of the King on the coin and to step on it would be akin to treason.

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I think Susan's intent all along was by calla (4.00 / 1) #5 Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 11:18:08 AM EST
to create something fun in a spot you wouldn't expect. Her feet were special (not inferior to other body parts) - since she was a dancer.

I knew her feet well. We did foot massages after dancing.

Interesting the negative associations with the soles of the feet. There's great strength in the feet, they're where we connect to the earth. Connecting with the earth should be a beautiful thing, not a negative one.

How do I set my laser printer on stun?

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Yes and yet... by motty (4.00 / 1) #6 Sun Mar 20, 2005 at 11:38:18 AM EST
Regardless of how you characterise it, the sole of your foot is still what you're treading on stuff with, and treading on things is still something you do to stuff you consider to be inferior and ok to tread on, and that's regardless of how beautiful a thing connecting to the earth is.

It doesn't make connecting with the earth a negative thing in any way, nor does it even imply necessarily a negative association with the sole of the foot, it's purely a question of the actual physical mechanics of the act, and the hypothetical question of whether you yourself would prefer to be trodden on or not. It absolutely doesn't make feet inferior in any way; quite the reverse - it gives them extra power - after all, whatever they tread on gets ground into the dust and shit.

Perhaps the deal is that connecting to the earth is such a beautiful and powerful, not to be fucked with thing, that the idea of anything getting in the way, or attempting to get in the way, no matter how positive-seeming, is just not possible, for some.

I amd itn ecaptiaghle of drinking sthis d dar - Dr T

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Beautiful by moonvine (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Mar 21, 2005 at 12:54:05 AM EST

That picture is art. Thank you for posting it Calla. If a picture is worth a thousand words and all that, then well it captured it, for me.


Thanks, dear. by calla (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Mar 21, 2005 at 01:59:25 PM EST
Susan was an artist, dancer, teacher, & tutu fairy. Although I still pine for the future that I won't have with her, I love that she was my friend.

How do I set my laser printer on stun?
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