Wednesday, February 25, 2009


The things that seem obvious to me, like the jagged wall tops may be interesting and new to others, like it was to Marshall and Stewart today.
"Why is there a open bottle on the top of the wall?"
"To keep intruders out."
"What are intruders?"
"People who may want to go inside someone's house when they are not invited?"
"Intruders may want to go in so they can steal.
People like their home to be their own."
"Do you know how you like your things to be yours?"
"Yeah. They're like robbers."

Here, there are guards who carry big guns even at the grocery, gates on all the windows, tall fences and jagged-topped walls. People expect bad doers.
In the U.S. there are varying degrees of bad- doer assumptions, depending on where you go and who you talk to, but it's not obvious in the same way. And in places like Japan (based mostly from conversations with Japanese friends), robberies are totally unexpected happenings.
What I think is that we need new locks on our doors... maybe...or maybe some broken glass bottles strewn upon some cement here and there.

Oh yeah, I released the restrictions on my comment posting area. No more jagged glass!


woodward said...

Yes -- the jagged glass on the top of walls. Don't have that here -- but it is funny that we live in a house (that is always open) with bars on all the windows and doors -- and the kids think nothing of it.

How adaptable.

Carrie Sinsabaugh said...

mike watched lost with us last night. he said you found a place to stay for the next couple of days. so glad to hear it. your jagged glass thoughts are interesting and the pictures are cool. looking forward to reading tomorrow.