Local Knowledge Necessary

By: pbcmedia

Jun 23 2008

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Category: 1, Humor, Life, Personal, Photography


Focal Length:5.8mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon PowerShot SD850 IS

Alright, I’ll give you the directions but I don’t think you want to go this way.

Take a left at the Popeye’s Chicken on Military Ave and go a half mile until Walmart and you see the sign for the Swiss Chard Interstate on the right.

Take the ramp to go north. Be careful because there is no other ramp. You can’t go south on this highway. It only goes north. It has several exits but they just lead to green fields, a beautiful color green they may be, but they are soft and tear easily. Also, after a few minutes on the highway, friction builds up from the heat of your tires and it melts, wilts and shrinks the orange asphalt and the beautiful green fields down to a fraction of its original size.

So, basically? You’re better off taking Route 1.

But, if you insist and take this road, toast a little garlic. It’ll make a big, big difference.

Local knowledge necessary for so many many things, people.

This is the first in a new series called, “Local Knowledge Necessary”. (Let me review: with this I have now committed to four series: Spud Series, Dinner With Friends I’ve Never Met Series, I Thought You Knew Series and this one. Dangerously close to structure, I’d say)

Anyway, the twist to this series is that my wish is is for all of the readers of this blog to contribute to “Local Knowledge Necessary” from their own blogs, from their own particular “locale” as it were, which means their own geographical niche, of course, but more importantly from their own particular creative sweet spot (writing, painting, photography, philosopher King or Queen, lover of people, food, travel, technology, or my sweet spot- photography philosopher goof ball.

So it would, in effect, be like the first ever “Blog Band”…hmm…I think I should trademark that!…and we all get to be solo artists! Perhaps, we make music; perhaps we don’t. But, it should be fun trying, no? And, then we can publish it and go on a world book tour together and stay at the Ritz and have room service like Eloise! (The Plaza is no more)

What do you think? Use Comment section to sign up. For God’s sake, spell your names correctly, indicate your specialty locale, if you care to and if not, that’s fine too, but no swear words or goddamn emoticons! If this is a bad idea, blame it on sweet Bonnieluria cuz she asked me in comment section of “I THOUGHT YOU KNEW” yesterday to think about photoshopping the globe of my readers.

©Pat Coakley 2008


11 comments on “Local Knowledge Necessary”

  1. That’s quite the challenge. I think I’ll have to let that idea incubate for a while.

    When I was at design school (I studied design for events and entertainment) we had a teacher from Russia (Julia) who used to work at the Bolshoi ballet and after she would give us assignments, she used to say in her beautiful thick accent, “now go home to sleep and dream about it”.

    As an aside Julia could recite all of Hamlet’s speech “To be or not to be that is the question” in Russian. Truly luxurious sounds. It was like a rich dark chocolate for the ears.

  2. Your blog band is most capable of creating ” blogarhythm “.
    It’s never a lonely planet on your site.

    Swiss chard as a road! You have some fabulous images in your cortex.

  3. Oooooooo I absolutely love The Ritz and charge it please
    merci beaucoup

  4. Muy interesante . . .

  5. Hi Pat,

    brilliant. Aside from the concept, I love the photo.
    I like words so will think about some words to go with words…. I think that’s what you mean.?!
    Let my words brew in their cup and when they’re ready to drink I’ll pour them on over.


  6. Pat, I am sorry to report that I have memed you. I had to. I apologize in advance. But it’s a perfect project for you!


  7. Ms. Pat,

    I was always the last person in class to “get it”

    You know why? I think to the sound of my own drummer.

    I’ll hang back awhile and see what happens.

    I really have no “one” locale. I’ve been to many places and haven’t found my niche in one of green bumpy curves yet. Why have one nibble on one leaf when you can taste each leaf right?

    I definitely shun the orange mainstream, that’s why the deep rut is there, too many people went that way and were unhappy.

  8. Let me see…I’m writing from the road sitting on steps outside the motel office that has “wireless”. The office is closed but the wireless is not. Yea. It looks a little like Norman Bates’ place to be honest.

    Anyway, Razzman, I am Julia and all my posts are in my rich dark chocolate tones. Ballet steps? Not so good.

    Bonnieluria, blogarythmn just sounds right!

    Tysdaddy-Ich bin freude

    Epicurienne and Sweetiegirlz: Here’s what I’m thinking but it may just be a starting point: we are all over the world. And, all over the world, the expression “local knowledge necessary” applies. it applies to locale but it also always applies to ourselves, so it doesn’t have to be restricted to topography per se but widens to include interior geography as well. In a way, all blogs fall under “Local Knowledge Necessary” but I think the theme might organize some thoughts. But, whatever you percolate might even be better than that, but that’s what I was thinking. So, brew on, hang back, do whatever. It’s all Bonnieluria’s fault anyway.

    Nathaliegirlwithah, whose judgement through her camera is exquisite! I don’t even know what a “meme” is. Am I going to question your judgement after finding out? I’m not kidding. I have seen the term but know nothing else about it.

    Toodles, all.

  9. Meme: “A unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another.”

    From wiki: “Examples include thoughts, ideas, theories, practices, habits, songs, dances and moods and terms such as race, culture, and ethnicity. Memes propagate themselves and can move through a “culture” in a manner similar to the behavior of a virus. As a unit of cultural evolution, a meme in some ways resembles a gene. Richard Dawkins, in his book The Selfish Gene, recounts how and why he coined the term meme to describe how one might extend Darwinian principles to explain the spread of ideas and cultural phenomena. He gave as examples tunes, catch-phrases, beliefs, clothing-fashions, and the technology of building arches.”

    In blogland, a meme is a chain letter of sorts. One person starts it by asking a question or two, poses their own answers, and then “tags” a few other people to do the same. And so on and so on. Some are fun. Others are overdone. But the point is to build community of sorts. And while some people feel pressure to participate once tagged, they are generally viewed as completely voluntary.

    TMI? I hope not . . . . but now you know.

  10. “I’m writing from the road”

    Where are you (don’t you dare say “here” ) and what are you up to (and don’t bother giving your height)?

    An assignation perchance?

    Another art gallery visit perhaps?

  11. Sorry Pat, will have to think on this one, perhaps its too early but directions in Africa is generally just street wise safety. Hmm yers will think about this on, fab idea!

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