I ended up in a corner of Sloterpark. The sun was bright, time was at peace with itself, so I sat on a wall and looked around.
1. I ended up in a corner of Sloterpark. The sun was bright, time was at peace with itself, so I sat on a wall and looked around. The third (or fourth) thing to grab my attention was the colour of the water. That kind of green, while truly fascinating, wasn’t a green I’d ever seen in a lake. Well, you bump into something new everyday!
2. It didn’t take long to realise that the designers of this particular patch were heavily into dots. Why? What is it about dots that makes people want to stick them anywhere they can? I’m not a dot-person myself, and am therefore unable to answer these questions.
3. These gulls were unnecessarily nervous. The moment I approached they began walking away in a semi-panicked/semi-casual manner. “Come back!” I called out. “I’m not going to eat you. I just want to ask you lot a couple of questions about the dots.” And do you think those birds stopped to hear me out?
4. I turned my attention, once again, to the mysteriously green water. I asked the lampposts, trees, and park benches if they knew anything about this. They claimed to have seen and heard nothing, but… something about their sneaky manner made me think otherwise.
5. A herd of passing clouds asked how I was doing. “I’m good. What about you?” “We’re on the move. Catch you next time around.”
6. Back to the dots… I suddenly had the most brilliant mental invention: a brand new form of outdoor exercise — perfect for individuals and reasonably sized groups. It’s called ‘Dot Bouncing’ and what you do is bounce from one dot to another for about twenty minutes. Do that for a couple of months and you’ll be fit as a young kangaroo. How about that?
7. I tried again and again and again to count the dots… unfortunately, as soon as I reached 13, the dots began to spin around and confuse me to the point of dizziness. The next day I did some research and discovered dots do not like being counted.
8. I like this place; there’s a lot to look at…
9. Do you ever get that thing where the objects of the world shape themselves into a face that is watching everything you do?
10. This is a perfect seat for a couple having a short, sharp argument. When the situation threatens to overheat, you can both sit on opposite sides and let things cool down. And then, once you remember “Oh yeah! We love each other…” all you need to do is wriggle and find each other once again. Aaah! What a sweet piece of furniture.
11. Where is everyone?
12. You know what? I believe I almost understand what this is all about 🙂
13. By now, the gulls and I were cool; we’d come to an agreement. They were willing to answer all of my questions on the condition that I NOT take another step closer.
14. There’s that crazy green water again. If I didn’t know better, I’d say an art class of rebellious school kids had ‘accidentally’ dropped 500 kilos of green paint into the lake. But of course, I know better…
15. One last look at the water, and then I’m off to visit a friend.