Friday, February 18, 2011

Be happy doing nothing: Nothing Matters!

Nothing Matters! It is so true, if I can be at peace with ‘Nothing’, then it matters: very zen! Emily the Strange: Philosophy and Goth in one.
Postcards are fun, in case you didn’t know. They are fun to look at, they are fun to send, and they are fun to get. In the UK film series, Shooting the Past, there is a company that houses pictures, hundreds of thousands of pictures, and the pictures connect things, create stories, connect stories, connect history.

Someone asked on a comment, “Where do I get the postcards”, some are donations, though most donations of postcards are postcards of not high enough quality to be used. But mostly it is finding them, and buying them one by one. And to do that, after I have to make personal relations with individuals over the net, so I email several times a person in Japan which sells me a set of Ghibli postcards, which are only for sale in Japan, and now not in print. Where DID I get that postcard of women trying on swimsuits made out of wood? Yaoi postcards come from collectors, or from the companies themselves if I have a friend I email there. Hello Kitty, again from Japan, while some airplane ones come from the States, from Stamp collectors, or postcard collectors or train collectors, or books, now out of print, of California, or Earth from Above. And thus, one by one do 51 postcards from last weekend get assembled.
There are useful lessons in postcards, like: ‘Try not to have too many undead friends’ or ‘Goth Girls should be nicer to their bunnies’

The postcard is about interests, or memories, or sensual, sexual, identity, loves or pleasing to the eye, or mind, or to the tongue firmly planted in the cheek.

And the postcard is sometimes about dreams or goals or just places to be that aren’t here and rainy, or snow filled, or hot or dull. Because even living in the place everyone wants to live, like Banff, gets dull quickly (of course your dull 'here' is someone else's exotic 'there'). Like up on the Queen Charlottes, nothing like eagles constantly on the road pecking at road kill to make jogging difficult, “Shoo, you bald eagles, shoo! Oh great, here comes some more deer.”

These days, most days, I am good at nothing, which means I’m not lazy, I’m just practicing my philosophy.

38 comments:

Linda McClung said...

I like that! Keep practicing that philosophy.

wendryn said...

That's a very good philosophy!

Also, I really loved the staggerwing - the blue plane. :)

D.B. said...

I tries to send this by email: but it bounced - so here is what I was trying to write:

Elizabeth,

Thank you for the Brazilian Clipper postcard. Aviatrix is right - I do like anything about the history of Aviation, I would have liked to have flown on one of these airplanes back in the glory days of aviation, when you had leg room, and a nice table and chair with a 5 course dinner. Of course, you also had to have 2 days to spare to fly to Brazil!

I hope this is the right email address - it was a little smudged in transit.

Cheers!

Paul

Elizabeth McClung said...

Hi, sorry it bounced, it is mpshiel@hotmail.com - it shouldn't bounce, if that does, I can give you another. I am glad you liked the clipper, I love those as well as Zepplins, most of what Pan American seemed to fly to Brazil was cool, like the Ford Tri-Motor. I should have gotten that postcard of a plane's interior to send you - a 50's plane with the dining/smoking room. I will make sure to keep the airplane postcards coming as I like them and want them to go to someone like you who can appreciate them.

Baba Yaga said...

I think we greatly underestimate the importance of nothing. The world might be better for more of it.

aftergadget said...

Hi,

I've been working my way through your post since the Feb. Diz Blog Carnival. Sometimes I've been drawn to your blog (no pun intended) because of the combined disability/activism/lesbian/sexuality thing. (Not that many blogs on that!)

But I didn't see the postcard project till last week. I've been meaning to ask you if you would like a contribution of postcards for the project?

I can send you 12 of the ones I made, sickhumorpostcards.com, if you like. They are maybe not exactly your style, but perhaps someone will want them who wants a postcard from you?

I think it's a cool project, although it does sound incredibly energy intensive!

Rick said...

Thanks for reminding that nothing does matter.

Usemeplz said...

Very good philosophy. Merry Christmas!

Isabelle said...

Hi there, was wondering if you're still sending postcards? Would love some to decorate my room with. I'm currently postcard-ing my wall with different postcards I've collected over the last three years. Most of them are repeats so I would love to receive some variety. Thank you!
...
If anyone would still want to send postcards to me, please contact me at charmed_lizzie@hotmail.com.
Thanks!

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