May. 21st, 2013 08:11 am
asakiyume: (glowing grass)
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Over the weekend, I found a portion of a freight train, sidelined, engineless,
going nowhere, and yet with so much to offer, carrying materials to make so many things.


How metaphorical, I thought.

A shiny new padlock on the rusty point-switch prevents anyone without the key from moving those cars onto the main line.


Here's the last car. A person can climb right up onto it, if she's inclined. There's no one to see her do it but the siberian olives, aspens, and black willows.

my perch

If she did, she'd have a high vantage point from which to view a sign, telling her where she is.

view from my perch

Then it would be time to retrace her steps, past the siberian olives and the aspens. They make their home in so-called waste places.

siberian olive

I love those places.

Date: 2013-05-21 12:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
An adventure! How cool!

Date: 2013-05-21 02:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
It was a good walk.

Date: 2013-05-21 12:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm a fan of Aspens... Well, most all of the trees, but aspens are neat.

Date: 2013-05-21 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I do like their shivery, heart-shaped leaves.

Date: 2013-05-21 02:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Another adventure into the GREEN!

Date: 2013-05-21 02:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes indeed.

Date: 2013-05-21 02:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love those places too. A RR cut through a Vallejo hill right near my house is like a departure from the town when I walk it, but it is unfortunately used as a dumping ground by people, and lately the town has erected fencing around all the access places except at either end of the cuts through the hill, neither end being convenient for my entry as I live almost at the half way point. The RR makes a long curve through regular square blocks of houses, so the yards of some of the houses are very long in back, and are often overgrown like small woods (in hopes of muffling the RR sounds - which are now very seldom since the line goes to Mare Island Naval Base, which closed a decade ago.) I wish I had a long wildnerness yard like one of those: my own dark wood in which to retreat.

Date: 2013-05-21 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love those sorts of long, thin yards. There used to be a thin bit of land between two fences, along the edge of our backyard and our neighbor's backyard, and I used to love to play in there--it was a long, narrow between-place.

Date: 2013-05-21 03:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'd have a "reading swing", and maybe a small tree house for sleeping, and a winding path that maybe I would use for aerobic workout running, with stops for sit-ups and chin-ups, and push-ups - but definitely not for dirt bike racing... hell effing no!

Date: 2013-05-21 02:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
This reminded me of The Boxcar Children. Ah, how I loved those books.

Date: 2013-05-21 02:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes! You know, I saw a boxcar done up as a cabin in the woods in the town next to us.

Date: 2013-05-21 03:20 pm (UTC)

Date: 2013-05-21 07:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Gateway to shadowlands?

Date: 2013-05-22 12:39 am (UTC)
sovay: (Lord Peter Wimsey: passion)
From: [personal profile] sovay
I love those places.

Thank you for sharing this one.

Tell me the story the aspens and black willows tell about the traveler.

Date: 2013-05-22 02:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad to see someone at least thought to use a padlock! (Although if you're prepared to move a few goods cars, you're probably also prepared to bring along a set of bolt cutters.)

Date: 2013-05-22 02:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I love traveling with you. :D

Date: 2013-05-23 04:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I very much love having you along.

Date: 2013-05-22 04:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Indeed. A great jaunt!

Date: 2013-05-23 04:33 am (UTC)
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I wonder if a person could climb up on top of all that lumber and lie flat and thereby go unnoticed when they did finally hitch the train up to an engine and head off for somewhere ... I imagine there are probably faster ways to whatever their destination is, though.

Date: 2013-05-22 08:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Makes me think of *The Boxcar Children,* a favorite book.

Date: 2013-05-23 04:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yes, I can see how it would recall that book to mind!

Date: 2013-05-23 08:41 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Somehow I missed this post earlier.

I blame Hebrew. And then, within Hebrew, there are submaxims: "Always blame the guttural." "It must have been the nun." And another occurred to me last night, but I've forgot it. :D

I love railway tracks. They are liminal places in so many different ways. And yet it's my impression that really quite few of us humans walk them.

Is that your impression?

Date: 2013-05-23 09:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I walk on them a fair amount, and I've yet to run into anyone else walking on them, so yeah, I guess it's my impression too. On the other hand, I've *heard* of other people walking them.

"It must have been the nun" makes for some amusing misunderstandings.

Date: 2013-05-24 02:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*curtsies* I realized it would, but there it is. :)

Date: 2013-05-28 04:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Nuns are tricky in Hebrew, you see. Sometimes they're there and sometimes they're not. Sometimes you have to realise there's a nun who went away to hide and now she'd like to come back again, and you have to stick her back on the front of your word. :P

Date: 2013-05-28 01:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Too amazing. I want someone to write me a story about The Bashful Nun.

I went to find an image of the Hebrew Nun, and found all sorts of slightly different shapes-is it one of those letters that you write in different ways depending on where it is in a word, or am I seeing the equivalent of uppercase and lowercase letters, or...?

Date: 2013-06-04 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I should maybe add it to a list of story ideas. I've had in mind an exercise of writing a short story a day (or realistically, every few days) just for the practice, if nothing else.

Hebrew actually has no upper and lowercase letters (nor does Arabic). It's one of the things that throws beginners off, right along with reading the other way. When I do a Google image search for 'Hebrew nun', I get a bunch of different things, too: there's images of an actual nun in different scripts, but then there's completely different letters that show up, too, like a bet and a dalet. Google images is just not very reliable. Some of them (the ones with a little crown on the top) are nuns in a different script that I'm not familiar with, which seems to be a Classical variation.

You are right that it has different forms depending on its position: there's medial nun (like half of a rectangle pointing left) and final nun, which is just a long line. What's really fun is that there are some words in Hebrew that in handwritten script consist entirely of straight lines of varying length, like יין (wine) and יוון (Greece).

Date: 2013-06-04 11:42 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
My sense of Hebrew is that it's really like Tengwar. Which is to say, I suspect Tolkien based Tengwar largely on Hebrew and Arabic.


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