Just when you think that things can’t get much worse, they usually do. I’ve found myself on the losing end of life’s lopsided deck of cards more than a few times over the last several years, and it’s no fun. However, in some way, and for some reason, I always manage to drag my sorry ass back up, pulling at those proverbial bootstraps, and just keepin’ on keepin’ on!
Maybe I’m just looking at it all the wrong way.
It could be that, by getting up and going to work in the morning, attempting to pay bills on time (I miss some, I know… I’m SORRY), that I am following the wrong pathway.
I mean, I’ve got a Powerball ticket on my desk, and that might pay off tomorrow… who knows? But, one thing that I am sure of is that I’m not going to become a millionaire off of the day job that I have now. It barely pays the bills I have, and not much else.
I’ve declared, on occasion, that I’m just gonna take off walking- or perhaps go and stand in front of a train. Let’s see what that brings. I can tell you this much, for all that I would lose by doing that, I would gain a helluva a lot of freedom, whether here or in the hereafter! Even if it did mean sleeping out under the stars, on the side of the road… on the cold, hard ground…
NOT THIS GUY- the so called “Man in the Tree”, out in Seattle, has just done a comparable thing.
Finally FED UP over who-knows-what, he climbed to the top of a semi-famous Sequoia in downtown Seattle yesterday, and has been cursing and throwing sticks and… ORANGE PEELS at anyone who dares to try and make him come down.
I’m not sure what he’s trying to prove, or what he might be running from… but I like his style. It’s way more creative than just standing in front of a train, or walking off down the street…
Hey, don’t go jump in the lake– go climb a tree!
From the Article at the Washington Post:
Seattle’s lofty sequoia tree has seen its share of hardships over the years.
Since 1973, it has valiantly stood at a cramped street corner at a three-way intersection, an urban space dwarfed by the leafy tower’s 80-foot stature. It was once the official downtown Christmas tree, shouldering sparkling lights against the city’s often gray skies.
In 2006, a violent windstorm stripped the sequoia of its top 10 feet, the Seattle Times reported. Over the next four years, the tree’s health deteriorated, prompting an examination by an internationally known tree expert and emergency soil treatment from the city Transportation Department’s Urban Forestry unit.
Through all this, the tree has stood its ground, undeterred by life’s cruel whims. But on Tuesday the Seattle icon was confronted with its greatest challenge yet: a bearded, wool-cap-wearing, orange-peel-throwing man.
A 911 call about 11 a.m. alerted local authorities to the presence of the man, who had somehow made his way nearly to the top of the conifer. Police arrived on the scene and attempted to extract him from the tree, but the man refused to speak with them, the Associated Press reported.
He illustrated his point by shouting curse words, throwing pine cones and orange peels at passersby, and hurling an apple at medics below. He also requested a pack of Camel Crush cigarettes, KOMO News reported.
The man claimed to be carrying a knife, the Seattle Police Department said in a statement. When asked by a Twitter user whether he was a danger to the public, authorities responded that the “issue appears to be between the man and the tree.”
As hour after hour passed, the man continued to shout intermittently and rip branches from the tree. At the start of his occupation, the AP reported, he wore a red knit cap that was later dropped.
Police told the Seattle Times that they were concerned about the man’s mental health and did not want to rush the rescue lest it jeopardized his safety.
“They’re doing a great job controlling the area,” witness Brandon Foley told the Times. “It seems like they’re controlling him. They’re getting pine cones consistently thrown at them.”
The standoff crippled downtown traffic during the day, causing several bus routes to be diverted.
The identity of the man is not known, but some onlookers told the Times that he resembles a homeless man in the area.
“I’ve seen him around downtown,” James Arriola said.
Scott Bonjukian, who works on the seventh floor of a building next to the tree, wrote in an email to The Washington Post that he was alerted to the man when he heard a police officer yelling at him through a bullhorn.
“We watched for several hours as police tried to talk him down,” Bonjukian said. “It was somewhat funny until he started ripping off limbs and defecating.”
He added: “Homelessness and affordable housing have become big topics in Seattle, along with lack of funding for mental health at the state level. I’m sure this will spur conversations about those kinds of policy, along with more hashtags and parody Twitter accounts.”
One such account, @Man_In_Tree has already tweeted more than 250 times, alternating between puns and serious hopes for the man’s well-being.”