Touch of a World That is Older

I feel a hot wind on my shoulder
And the touch of a world that is older
I turn the switch and check the number
I leave it on when in bed I slumber
I hear the rhythms of the music
I buy the product and never use it
I hear the talking of the DJ
Can’t understand just what does he say?
—-Wall of Voodoo, Mexican Radio

Apartment Building, The Cedars, Dallas, Texas

Oblique Strategy: Think of the radio

When I was a kid I was really interested in archaeology. I even joined a local archaeologist club and had a fantasy of going out somewhere and digging crap up. Of course, nothing ever happened. I loved a book about archaeology called Gods Graves and Scholars. I was always fascinated by this photo from Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza - from the book Gods, Graves, and Scholars

Chichen Itza – from the book Gods, Graves, and Scholars

A couple decades or so ago, I found myself in the exact same spot – sort of cool. It turns out that photo was taken from the top of the great pyramid.

Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza

But as far as actual archaeology goes… nada.

Now I’m cleaning out my garage, organizing, sorting and throwing as much stuff away as I can. Finally, I feel like an archaeologist, slowly moving through the detritus of the past, working layer by layer, trying to understand the purpose of things that have been long forgotten.

14 responses to “Touch of a World That is Older

  1. One of my favorite artists, Gary Myers, once did what he called his archaeology series. Here’s one of his paintings. If you do a search for “Redtree Times archaeology” you can find more and even more interesting paintings.

    In a bit of a coincidence, I was in Nada, Texas just yesterday.

  2. What a small world, I’ too have always had ‘delusions of grandeur’ when it came to archaeology. Being originally from N.C. – I used to dream of one day unearthing the lost colony of Roanoke. I still occasionally peruse periodicals on Archaeology now and then. I’ll never be Indiana Jones, but it’s nice to dream. . . even in ones garage. Nice post.

  3. I’ve taken that same shot of Chichen Itza, but my fave site is Palenque. I managed to go on several digs in Mexico and Egypt when I was in college, enough to realize I did not want to do it for a living! ;o)

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