Monday, July 4, 2011

Zen Monday: #153

It's a Monday two-fer! Zen Monday and Independence Day!

Happy Fourth of July and Happy Zen to you all.

Zen Monday is the day you experience the photo and give us your thoughts rather than me telling you what I think the photo's about.

Independence Day is the day Americans celebrate their independence from the oppressive British Crown. Huh.

Just write your thoughts as they come to you, like the chalk artist did.

21 comments:

dive said...

Happy Fourth of July, Petrea!
Love the photo. How nice it would be if all graffiti artists used chalk rather than paint.
Er … any chance you guys can come over here and help free us from the oppressive British Crown?

Laurie said...

Actually, i heard John Adams was the lazy one...

You have outdone yourself for the combo Zen Monday/4th of July. That is too funny.

Bellis said...

Washington was a bum? Egad, they kept that bit of news secret! Whatever next? That he wasn't born an American citizen?

Happy 4th July!

Mister Earl said...

Is there a cherry tree in the vicinity?

WV: derti. George got derti when he slept on the sidewalk.

Michael Coppess said...

I wonder if this sidewalk is on Washington Blvd.?

Pasadena Adjacent said...

That would make a great t-shirt.

Laura said...

Ah, America! Where everyone has the inalienable right to be a bum! And in this economy...no job, no insurance...it's not far off for many of us.

John Sandel said...

A president without adequate funding? Chalk it up to the dithering Congress.

Steven said...

That Dive is quick with the wit so early in the morning. Maybe we will send Larry The Cable Guy over the pond to deal with those pesky Royals.

If George was a bum he somehow managed to get his picture printed on alot of dollar bills.

Steve Scauzillo said...

And Paul Revere warned the British, right? No? Have a great holiday.

Margaret said...

Poor George. I hadn't heard about that sad chapter of his life.

Margaret said...

Bellis: Of course he wasn't born an American citizen. He was born a Virginian and a subject of the realsm.

John Sandel said...

Realsm? Is that like real politik?

altadenahiker said...

This chalk writer is aware of a little known piece of history.

The time that Washington (nee Washman) as a youth, spent in Southern California, occasionally finding work in Hollywood spectaculars (twenty-third dead soldier from the right at end of Act I in Gone With The Wind); otherwise getting the odd job on orange orchards or bagging groceries at Vons.

I probably don't have to tell you the series of events that propelled him from the sidewalk to the Holiday Inn on Los Robles, and ultimately, the Langham. If you don't know the story, that's a tale for another day.

Ms M said...

Thank you, Hiker, for telling us that little known story of George's life. Who knew?
Happy 4th to all!

Susan Campisi said...

That chalk writer had too many beers and meant to write "George Bush."

Hiker, I look forward to the next installment of that tale.

Kris said...

Washington: "It was you Johnny [Adams]. It was YOU. Remember that night in Philly you came down and said, "Kid, this ain't your night. We're going for the price on Hamilton." You remember that? "This ain't your night"! My night! I coulda taken Hasmilton apart! So what happens? He gets the Treasury and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palooka-ville! You was my VP, Johnny, you shoulda looked out for me a little bit."

Adams: "Oh I had some bets down for you. You saw some money."

Washington: "You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it. It was you, Johnny."

Steven said...

DANG! Kris, THAT was some seriously brilliant writing. I'm going to award you an Oscar, a round of applause, the contents of what's behind door #3, AND an invitation to my Junior/Senior Prom from a few years ago.

Speedway said...

"A subject of the realm" and not and American citizen? Well, wonder if those crazy "birthers" will take their argument retroactive when they find this out?

Petrea Burchard said...

The birthers are going to have to research more than one president, Speeday. I think we had at least five and maybe more before we had one who was born an American citizen.

You never know where these conversations are going to go.

Dive is funny first thing in the morning because it's not first thing in the morning for him.

I took this on E. Claremont Street, which runs parallel to Washington and at that point is one block south.

Let's see, anything else here I need to address? Oh yeah, Hiker, you probably do need to tell us that series of events.

TheChieftess said...

Ha, ha, ha!!!