Friday, March 19, 2010

Feeshy-go-round

There are two things I've been feeling grateful for lately.

1. My kids are easily amused
2. My every movement is not captured by a GPS tracking system

There are two roundabouts in our neighborhood, so lately we've been playing "feeshy-go-round."  Well, one is a fish-go-round and one is a "horsie-go-round."  Here is how it goes: we get in the car.  We drive to Roundabout #1.  As we go, we say, "We're standing in line!  We're waiting!  We're almost there!"  Then, we drive into the circle, and around, while saying in fun voices, "Wheee!  Woohoo!  We're on the fishy-go-round!  Up and down, up and down!  Hooray!"  We go around 5 or 6 times, until we are dizzy.  Then we drive out and towards Roundabout #2, where we repeat as needed.  The kids loooooove it.  (Like I said.  Easily amused.  Free fun!)

But also, and this speaks to #2, I ask myself if anyone ever sees us and wonders what we're doing.  I saw an exhibit at the BYU Museum of Art which is a GPS tracking device constantly attached to some guy, and a camera, so variously cut shots of what he sees and where he is are always appearing in realtime.  Of course it's supposed to be a biting commentary on the ubiquitous nature of the media, and an ironic insult to the national security that wrongly tracked the artist (or something)---but all I could think as I looked at it was, "What would people think if they saw my location dot---going 'round---and 'round---and 'round---and 'round?"*

Little Sebby a couple years ago.  Doesn't he look young and sweet?

*Or sitting in one spot, never moving more than 25 ft in either direction, for DAYS AT A TIME?

4 comments:

  1. WOO_HOOO!! YOu are a woman after my own heart (surprise!) And if you did have a GPS system attached to you, you could hope the read out would be printed in finger paints - swirls and curls all in color!!

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  2. I saw that exhibit too, I believe.

    I love the sound of that roundabout game. I'm going to have to try it.

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  3. People would say, if they saw your dot going around and around, or nowhere for days, "Did you see that mustard-colored bag she had at the Children's Museum? Outstanding!"

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  4. Beth's right. And that picture of little Seb was striking partly because, wait, Seb was little once? And also because you're beautiful. Strikingly so.

    Also, I have to say kudos for taking the time and effort to pile everyone in the car to go on the fishy-go-round. I loathe buckling car seats.

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