As Performers Continue to be Arrested, #iTOMB Keeps Calm and Carries On:)

This is an excerpt of a post by David Everitt-Carlson: starving artist, Occupy Wall Street protester and owner/author of “I Think Outside My Box” (iTOMB)

As Performers Continue to be Arrested, #iTOMB Keeps Calm and Carries On:)

Soviet Union 1975: A violinist was arrested in the subway last week for, you didn’t guess it, playing a violin. And yes, those of us old enough to remember what we were told about that evil Soviet empire at the time might find that odd, but that was then, and this is now – in America, nonetheless.

How’s that New World Order workin’ out for ya.

But Matthew Christian, the violinist and staunch advocate of Buskers Rights, is not alone. All over the city musicians, performers and artists are being summonsed, arrested and harassed for their exercise of their, and your, First Amendment rights. And if you don’t think that really matters to you, read on.

This is an interesting perspective on artists rights in NYC. – Remember, if it can happen in New York City it can happen here.

Wedding Deja Vu

I was digging through a bunch of pictures when I came across this..
Display wedding 197?

These were/are part of a display in the chapel at the Clark County museum.

At the risk of showing my age, except for the fact that the mannequins aren’t drunk or high this looks just like the weddings I used to photograph.

And yes for the sake of business I actually dressed like that, or worse yet, wore a tie in public.

Wetlands Park Nature Center

Just some random notes on my first trip out to the new Wetlands Park Nature Center that’s been under construction for the last few years.

It’s finally open… Kinda..Sorta…. Well, it seems to be finished even if it is 90% empty.

This is the address, but 7050 What?

This is their favorite sign.

Followed by the ever popular “opening spring 2013.”

Here are the two ponds connected by a small waterfall in the center of the building. –Yeppers, nothing makes you feel cool and comfortable like a scum covered puddle.

And here we have a government issue water do-hickie. The leaf shaped bucket fills with water, the arm drops, dumping the water in the base where it is recirculated. -Thoroughly soaking the wooden benches in the process. But who knows? Maybe it was designed that way so you’ll have a cool but soggy spot to sit on a summer afternoon.

Then for the truly adventurous we have a pair of viewing binoculars sitting out in the direct sun. They shouldn’t reach more than 1000° come August.

This one makes sense, so it’s probably not connected. –I’m not cynical. I’m experienced.

Of all the signage this one makes you the most secure about leaving your car in their lot.

From our people are strange department we have this. With dozens of available parking spaces why did someone feel obligated to park right next to the only other car in the lot? –Lonely?

And lastly we have these guys who are doing the necessary but messy job of cleaning the plastic bags and bottles out the ponds. –You can tell it’s a government project. Who else would put a full blown outboard on a boat that’s used exclusively on ponds the average 10 year old could throw rocks across?

An Interesting Life

Let me tell you a bit about a dude I know in NYC that I’ve never met….

The Man in the Box
His name is David Everitt-Carlson and I first learned of his existence through his Wild Wild East Dailies Blog.

Over the course of his recent life David’s been a senior advertising exec with a Fortune 500 company, owned an ad agency in S. Korea and tried to make it in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Then, at the behest of a lady -why else?, he left Vietnam traveling to Germany, then to Mali for a job that didn’t pan out. So it was off to Paris, then back to Germany, back to Paris, back to Vietnam, finally returning to the place of his birth, NYC.

Since his arrival “home” he’s slept at the old Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital -currently a homeless shelter for men- on E 30th street for two months, joined the “Occupy movement,” appeared in the Wall Street Journal, shown his art as part of the “Up Against It” installation in the Munch Gallery in NYC, written a number of articles for print publications and had a song written about him.

He still writes a bit for his A Homeless Blogger in NYC blog, he’s still looking for gainful employment (contact info), but mostly he’s trying to promote his I Think Outside My Box art gig.

And in case you still think he sounds reasonably normal “for an artist” he once hitchhiked the 600+ plus kilometers from Munich to Amsterdam in the dead of winter to see a Todd Rundgren concert.

It’s an interesting life.