I took this video through an office window one summer. The gentleman waiting for the tour bus is occupying his time in a way that is mysterious, to me.
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14 thoughts on “This could be any of us, in time”
I think it’s the Cha Cha.
At first, I thought he held a teddy bear in hand, but no.
We have all been instructed to practice. Those who don’t will be caught unprepared.
Beckett would be proud, I think, as might walking artists like Hamish Fulton (http://www.hamish-fulton.com/) and Richard Long (http://www.richardlong.org/).
Have Fulton or Long ever walked backwards? Incidentally, John, they’re two of the ones who inspired me to start recording some of my long walks, e.g. this walk from Curt’s house to a place I once lived, then back.
Ha! Nice to know those artists inspired you to record your own long walks, Adam.
I enjoy walks, long or otherwise, too. I might need to consult with the man above, though, about breaking out of my circumambulations.
physical therapy exercise
Moonwalking rehearsal, duh.
Or reenacting the myth of Sisyphus.
I totally agree. He looks like he’s been instructed to get his walking in when he can because of all that sitting on the bus. Notice how careful (and aware) he is about the curb when he’s walking backwards. Actually, walking backwards can be good for your body’s energy systems too, I have heard.
It makes them run backwards.
I feel kind of voyeuristic.
Only kind of? Stare harder.