Monday, July 1, 2013
Post Office Post
So this is the South Pasadena Post Office, my local post office. I painted it May 18. I had noticed not too long before that many post office buildings in many places look pretty much exactly like this one. I didn't paint the iconic front view with "post office" emblazoned on its face, but you know what I'm talking about. The South Pasadena Post Office was renowned for many years because of the wonderful homegrown roses at each window delivered daily by thoughtful gardener and post office customer, Miriam Spaulding. I remember those roses.
I thought of another thing to add to the list of things I don't like. I don't like the use of the word, "unacceptable." It has become increasingly popular among parents, bosses and elected officials. I don't like it because it has so little meaning. The word seems to carry a stern judgment, but really doesn't tell you anything. To whom is it unacceptable? And why? Why not say instead to your child, employee or other foreign power,that their behavior is unkind, annoying, dangerous, not up to your standard of quality, in violation of the Geneva Conventions, or whatever. If you're going to make a judgment, then be committal about it. I might have told my children a few times that something was "not all right with me," but I was just dropping a Maggie Roche quote.
I should probably start lists of things I do like. Watercolor cleanup, local history, roses, The Roches, my opinions. See you again soon.