Metaphor: Tree of Utah. November 2008
It’s been a while since I wrote something meaningful on this blog. I sat down with the intention of writing something profound, but nothing comes to mind. So I just start typing. It’s a trick from Finding Forrester, and On Writing by Stephen King. Click click click click. Something is bound to come.
I can talk about the social research found on OKCupid’s blog, which shows how Asian men have virtually no shot on a dating site, but that might seem to self absorbed. I can write about how Asian women prefer white and black men over Asian men, but that might seem to bitter.
So instead, I’m going to write about one beautiful day in Utah.
David Ewing told me about this place. A giant sculpture in the middle of nowhere at the border between Utah and Nevada. “You can’t miss it”, he says. I drove out of Salt Lake City with absolutely no idea where its located, but I have faith.
It was a crisp day, but inside the Mini I can only hear the wind whipping across, nudging the car off the road. It seemed like I could see a hundred miles ahead, with no landmarks to mark the passing of the terrain. I stopped a few times to take in the incredibly barren landscape, setting up my tripod each time so I can snap a quick photo.
After what seemed like an entire day of driving, I finally see the tree in the distance. From a distance, it looked like a bean sprout. As I get closer, there are signs along the road telling motorists not to stop at the sculpture. An empty threat of a traffic ticket for non-emergency stops was posted where I pulled off the road. I can see forever in both directions and for now, the fuzz is nowhere in sight.
I drove along the dirt path to the gates surrounding the sculpture. There is no raison d’être, which made its situation in the desert more apropos. I set up my tripod once again to take some photos. I have found something that wasn’t lost, that had no purpose, in the middle of nowhere and I can’t remember why its so important for me to come. It’s beautiful.
Mini next to Metaphor
Today I thank:
Jill – Great to see her again
Dr. Laser – Jason is one of the funniest, smartest person I know
Jason from work – Thanks for trying to keep my spirits up
Reefkey – I’m glad he points out the stupidy
Jesse – A good guy and my lawyer