Give Me Quirky

I write on a new Samsung Tablet. Listen carefully and you may hear my gnashing teeth. Interfacing the Tablet w

ith WordPress is a steep learning curve. Be patient with my mistakes.

My apologies to readers who are expecting a blog from El Camino. Thanks to my last misleading blog, you’ve jumped the gun. I write from London.



We begin our pilgrimage October 2nd. Read

ers have

wondered if I’m prepared for my pilgrimage. Not to worry. I’ve been training.


Because I’ll be packing my clothes on my back and I don’t want to carry too much, I’ll carry just one change of clothing. This past week I have practiced wearing the same clothes seven days in a row. I haven’t ironed my clothes in years, but now laundry has also fallen off the cliff. Living semi-soiled is quite liberating.


Also, I’ve been training by wearing my hiking boots… daily. As for preparing to walk 16 miles a day, I’m not so prepared. I’m taking a Braveheart approach. I’m just going to gut it out.

In truth, I’m really not in London; rather, I’m in Milton Keynes, a souless New Town 45 miles northwest of London. Built in 1967, the engineered town is (depending on your age) nearly new or really old. Despite its age, the white-collar buildings and mature landscaping still look good: the town is a ut

opian suburb.

The architects left nothing to chance: the roundabouts are attractive and the cars merge and diverge as if they are on an endless conveyor belt.


strian and cycle paths burrow beneath the roadways, but one walks or cycles on them.

Milton Keynes is a car culture driv

en by consumerism. The 240-store mall, less than a mile down a broad, tree-lined boulevard from the train station, comes with a map to help you wend your way up and down the three main avenues and the numerous cross-

streets within the mall itself.



for a little hurley – burley.  A little litter. Some up-and-coming; some down-and-out. Milton Keynes isn’t bad in itself, but it is so predictable. Give me quirky.

London is the place for quirky.

Yesterday I checked out “The Endless Stair” installed on the grounds on the Tate Modern. Designed by dRMM Architects, the 15 stairs pay homage to the Dutch artist E.C. Escher. What fun watching people walking up and down stairs that twist your perception. Aren’t stairs are supposed to take you someplace?

Today it is back to London to visit a fake archeological dig, an installation by sculptor Daniel Silver in Central London at the intersection of Tottenham Court and Grafton Way. Grubby and muddy – I should fit right in.

And next week, I plan to catch a deserted home/apartment installed at the Victoria and Albert Museum. Apparently, a big crack runs through the empty house. An earthquake? Maybe a fault-line… possibly  a metaphor for a fractured family? A small boy hunkers in a fireplace. What is his story? Designed be Scandinavian artists,  Michael Elmgreen and Ivgar Dragset, the suite of rooms call out to me.

Will the Tablet and I come to respect one another? Time will tell. It’s a struggle.

About timeout2

I have lived 100 lives. I write essays, short stories, poetry, grocery lists and notes to myself. If I am ever lost, look for a paper trail, but be careful not to trip over any books that lie scattered here and there. I am a reader. I am a reader in awe of writers. When I don't live in Westcliffe, Colorado, I live in London where I am a long-time member of Word-for-Word - Crouch End.
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8 Responses to Give Me Quirky

  1. Marty Wolff says:

    Well, make room in that pack for some super deoderant and dry socks and you’ll be fine. Here we have snow on the peaks and rain, rain, and more rain. Good grief. When did Colorado move to Oregon? All we need is a coastline and we’re set. Enjoy.

    • timeout2 says:

      Never thought much about the charms of living on the coast until our eldest daughter moved to Long Island’s North Shore. Now I dream about water – I hear it lapping at the foot of my bed.

  2. Robyn Wallerich says:

    So happy to hear about the London art scene, and that you are taking advantage of the opportunity to enjoy it. Robyn & Tom

    • timeout2 says:

      The days aren’t long enough. Spoiled for choice. Trying to moderate the frustration I’m expriencing as I come to grips with using a Tablet. We have our train tickets in-hand. Our adventure is closer day by day.

  3. Elizabeth says:

    You’ve come a long way baby! From barely knowing how to turn it on to actually posting your blog on the tablet. I realize that technology is dragging you, kicking and screaming, into the 21st Century, but I have faith that you will prevail! I think great things are coming from the both of you! (You and your tablet) Congratulations!!

    • timeout2 says:

      POSTED, YES, BUT in a pretty sad state. My paragraphs disappear when I’m in WordPress. I fix it and fix it again to no avail. At some point I decided to post as is… I’m also having trouble moving photos – a sad state of affairs. Can’t afford obsessing – will just learn (or not learn) on the job.

  4. arthur m. solomon says:

    Sounds like a great time to be in London! Enjoy the hike!

    • timeout2 says:

      Dear Monica, This trip may be the classic case of being swept away in the moment. I have no idea of whether I am strong enough for the challenge (hence the open-ended return tickets). Determined to give it my best shot and come out the far-end knowing more about myself.xo

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