Friday, October 30, 2009

Naughty: Coming out! A little message for Halloween.

Confession time! Yes, it's about darned time!
It was I who drew the eyes on the temporary construction wall during remodeling in the office at the "firm"!!! Me, me, me!!! And for those who couldn't take it in the right spirit---saying it was "unprofessional" and worrying about what clients may think about it, you can go straight to the devil in your miserable little tightly wound up unimaginative 'fraidy-cat puny world!!! I'm so sorry for the anxiety this may have caused you in your efforts to project the image of the boring and sterile and uncreative office that you desired.  Construction zones are a mess, stressful, noisy, disruptive to all normal daily functions. People who have to live/work/function within those spaces need a blessed break-relief-outlet! to just keep calm and carry on.  I dare say there is almost no temporary construction wall that remains blank of graffiti, art, commentary, cartoons (yes, so some of them are a bit obscene, especially the ones that the construction workers draw themselves), poetry, musings, caricatures (at least I didn't draw a caricature of Mr. C.--- whose last name has a little zu"chinni" in it---the biggest complainer---now that would have been a fun one and there's no doubt everyone would have recognized the caricature-ee).  I really loved everyone who worked there, especially the very sensitive and open-minded nice bald people among those in charge.  We could have had an office game of touch football as a stress reliever or a game of golf in the office, like we did at Starbucks World Headquarters Big Green Mothership on the newly sloping floor during reconstruction after the earthquake with a really nice prize going to the closest putter. But, no, nada, niente, nothing that was not presented as an option---so I consider that I did a public service by drawing the pair of eyes on the temporary construction wall. And when others came along and added their own marks, it indicated the need was there. Do architects not draw anymore or is it expected that sketching is no longer used as a tool to express ideas? And while we're here "confessing": Yes, it was I who cut the two pairs of eyes out of the wall of black plastic covering the construction zone at Starbucks World Headquarters Big Green Mothership, with my sharp little No. 11 X-Acto blade, too. One pair of eyes was at average female eye level and the other was at average male eye level. All the people working in the adjacent open office space LOVED it. And though the facilities people there were whining about it had some concerns, did you happen to notice that I attached transparent plastic over the cutouts so that dust could not possibly migrate into our adjacent work spaces?!!! How can a normal human being work right next to a noisy construction zone without being able to peer inside at the source of the noise and check on progress? And all these people working in the space are in the design and construction industry---like they really aren't curious???? Well, they cannot work right next to or in the middle of a noisy construction zone without being able to peer inside!!! Even huge construction sites that resemble blasted out craters to make way for foundation work for sky scrapers have peep holes for the average passerby to look through from the street. And I consider it cruel and unusual punishment not to allow those living/working daily adjacent to a construction zone to have a LOOK at things if they are normal, and I can't think of anyone there I worked with who was not normal, except perhaps the facilities people who somehow felt they needed to keep everything under cover  :o). And, another thing: All that pounding on the roof at Starbucks World Headquarters Big Green Mothership during post-earthquake reconstruction caused similar vibrations as the earthquake itself, which scared the beegeezus out of all of us frightened us terribly and was the reason for the months of reconstruction in the first place!!! We had to relive the earthquake trauma with every vibrating construction thump! If you want people to occupy a construction zone and "maintain" business as usual (which I say is pretty near impossible), then cut the blessed personnel (in the case of Starbucks World Headquarters Big Green Mothership , the "partners") a little slack. OK, I think I'm done. Ahhhhhh . . . I feel wonderful and just want to let you know, in case you are wondering, it's highly unlikely that in this lifetime (and the next one . . . if there is one) I will stop drawing on walls. - Sparky ;o)

More than anyone else, I enjoy being myself! - Sparky

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