A Tire Swing Story is a bite-sized "imagining" inspired by an object I discover while wandering. It could be a curbside trash gem or a message sprayed on a wall. A lost mitten, or an antique store find. Anything goes. I photograph the object and post them together, the story and its inspiration. There will be a new story every Monday and Wednesday. On Fridays, I'll discuss writing, life, love, and coffee. (In no particular order and maybe all at once.)

Friday, April 8, 2011

Casual Fridays: Mr. Brainwash & the Public Journal

Hi guys, it's Britt. 
If you've been reading my blog, you'll know that I'm really into the intersection of public and private worlds. The place where boundaries between us blur. I was walking on the Danforth the other day, and I came across a telephone pole with a piece of paper stuck to it that said: "Public Journal Project." 

On this "journal" were various thoughts written by folks passing by, from the mundane to the profound. I thought it was cool. I went home and looked it up, but couldn't find much on the internet. So I decided to pay tribute to this project, by doing a little "public journal" experiment of my own.

I made this sheet. At the top, I wrote: "What do you want to say?"

April 6. 10:50 am- Taped sign to the pole outside my apartment. It is right beside a TTC streetcar stop, so thinking that people will see it while they are standing around waiting. My Parkdale neighborhood is a bit on the um..."eccentric" side, so we'll see what we get. 

April 6. 10:51 am- Started the journal off by writing "you are beautiful" to get the ball rolling. Thought if I put a positive statement first, people might be more receptive to write something on there.

April 6. 3:20 pm- Walked my sister out to the streetcar stop. Checked out the sign. A few posts! Okay, we got a couple of nice statements: "Spring is coming soon." "Tomorrow is a new page." A downer: "Everyone ends badly" and a stumper: "Mr. Brainwash."

I'll keep an eye on this journal over the upcoming week, and report back to you next Friday about how it went. In the meantime, please enjoy this video of an old-school David Letterman episode, where Dave is man on the street interviewing folks. Love it!

Embrace the unexpected this weekend, story-makers. See you back here on Monday.

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