is it for the music, the art, or the shine?
“whither goest thou, america, in thy shiny car at night?
– jack kerouac
my car and i
have happily traveled
100,000 miles together as of today.
who knows how far we’ll go from here?
‘there is but one earth, tiny and fragile,
and one must get 100,000 miles away
to appreciate one’s good fortune in living on it.’
(Major General, USAF, Ret.) is an american former astronaut and test pilot. selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew into space twice.
we pulled up at the same time
right next to each other
i got out
his family got out
he stayed in
we looked at each other
i said hello to him
his mom said
he insists on
on every journey
to get out of the car
until they all get home
he just loves to ride.
“i’m going along for the ride. the whole ride.
all the way to the end of the line. wherever that is.”
– al pacino in “carlito’s way – 1993
my key fob missing its insides and screaming.
me looking for the insides of my key fob and screaming.
went to have coffee with my friend
locked up my car
put my key in my pocket
when i returned to the car
all i had left of my electronic key
was the empty screaming shell pictured above
insides were nowhere to be found
used the key/shell in the car door
and the panic button screamed nonstop
with no electronics to turn it off
until my car started
each and every time
a bit dumbfounded
as key fob was still in one piece
in my pocket
found a tiny screw missing in back
somehow it had
opened itself up
insides popped out
closed itself back up
and was empty
like it never happened
luckily i have daughters
with my keys all over the place
and my car has stopped screaming
but my old key fob still looks upset.
“the universe is like a safe to which there is a combination.
but the combination is locked up in the safe.”
-peter de vrie
credit: edvard munch – the scream