Sunday, October 15, 2006

Slip Slidin' Away

Well yesterday I finally got my lazy butt up in time to go into London. This slide is a current exhibit in the Tate Modern. It is the work of Carsten Höller who I believe is German. He used this quote by the French writer Roger Caillois who described sliding as a ‘voluptuous panic upon an otherwise lucid mind’. Höller askes these two questions about slides: How might a daily dose of sliding affect the way we perceive the world? Can slides become part of our experiential and architectural life?

Well Carsten I say h yes, bring on the slides. Had the queue not been five miles long I would have gladly taken a trip down the slides to see how my perception of the world was changed.

I love London. When I'm not there I miss it every once in a while, but going back yesterday just brought memories flooding back and made me wish I was living in the city. Don't get me wrong, I love West Dean...who wouldn't love going to school in a castle (I know I told you guys that this place is a large British manor...that was a load of bollocks, it's a fing castle), but I just love London. I love the people rushing around, I love the smells (even the bad ones), the sounds, the crazy things you are bound to see. Take for instance my dinner which I chose to eat in Kennsington Park. While sitting on my bench I saw three different men singing to their dogs, it was pretty funny.

Yesterday I managed to visit Borough Market, walk the Thames walk, visit the Tate Modern, shop at High Street Kennsington, eat one of Ben's Cookies, walk down embassy road and have Cafe Diana while sitting in the park. All in all an amazing day. And the weird thing was the second I set foot in the Victoria tube station I felt like I lived there again, it was amazing. I know you are all tired of me talking about London and hey I can't really blame you, but I love this place and if it weren't for the lack of 32oz Diet Cokes I might stay here forever.


Jenny said...

Höller! get it? Höller. Why didn't I think of that. I say H YES to the slides. When Laura's family was considering buying that house behind ours to fix it up, laura and I wanted a slide coming out of my house and into her pool. We even drew out plans I think. I love slides. It'd be sweet to have one coming out of our kitchen window and out to my jeep here in Provo. That'd be fantastic. I wish there was some alternative to UPstairs, like a tunnel that shoots you up. (Some might call it an elevator) That'd be cool. Welcome to facebook. I MISS YOU. I love London. Don't stop talking about it. Don't stop til I get enough. (get it. a song)

Michon said...

thank goodness we have diet coke here...or i'd never see you! keep talkin about london...just makes me want to go there more!! have fun in the castle!!! love and miss you so much!

k town said...

never get sick of you talking about london, just get jealous! i wish i was there with you and you best be believing i'm saving up to come out there. which ben's cookie did you have? man, i miss those. i walked by the cheap bastardized version in the mall the other day and missed london terribly.

khaki said...

so, so excited. i went online to buy my ticket and i'm thinking coach is the way to go. it's hundreds of dollars more to go business, and I can't bring myself to do that especially when i know i can take lunesta for 1/1000 of the price.

Annalise said...

You actually got me crying...thanks for that. London '07 baby, I'm coming! Did you ever find the ostrich stand?