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Beach - De File
Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
cbertsch
cbertsch
Beach
Sur la plage en Pineville, Mississippi - 12-21-10

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threestarblue From: threestarblue Date: December 22nd, 2010 11:56 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
great photo!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2010 12:09 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks! I haven't taken one of these hold-the-camera-at-arm's-length shots in a while, but the setting and light seemed to call for the attempt.
art_thirst From: art_thirst Date: December 23rd, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm glad you took a "straight" photo. It made me smile. I really like all your reflective and "hidden in the blur" photos, but it's nice to have a different view of you now and then.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 06:47 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thanks, man. I wrote a long reply to this comment on the road, but it apparently never posted. In it I explained that I'm trying to balance my love of being oblique with the realization that I do have to learn to be direct from time to time.
_luaineach From: _luaineach Date: December 23rd, 2010 12:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Good lord charlie, how much weight have you lost? Maybe it's the angle but I don't know that I would have been sure that was you if i hadn't known it was you. great photo!
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2010 12:38 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think it's mostly the angle. I've lost a little weight, both due to stress and the fact that I took a break from the steroids for asthma and allergies. And I've redistributed some of what I still have, I like to think, from getting in slightly better shape. But I'm still wearing the same size pants, so it can't have been much.

Anyway, I'm flattered that you thought I might have lost a lot of weight and that you liked the photo. I've been self-conscious about the attempt to grow a beard, so I was reluctant to post a photo. Oh, and if you ever want to get coffee, let me know.
alsoname From: alsoname Date: December 23rd, 2010 12:17 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey, you changed your facial hair around.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2010 12:39 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm trying. It's a work in progress. Slow progress. I'm not the sort that grow a beard in a week, it turns out.
st_ranger From: st_ranger Date: December 23rd, 2010 02:31 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know I'm supposed to comment on the elements of composition and such, but fuck that-- hot!
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cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2010 08:49 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I know! I am still aglow.

(BTW, still sad about not getting to see you. I guess I should have written you directly via LJ. I didn't realize that the Gmail wasn't the best way.)
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 23rd, 2010 08:48 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
::blushing::

You just made my week! I have been so worried about the not-yet-beard's effect on my visage.
quuf From: quuf Date: December 23rd, 2010 07:21 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Which beach?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 25th, 2010 08:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
A nameless one in Pineville, Mississippi. I left the interstate to look for Katrina damage but figured I might as well dip my toes in the sand while I was there.
croneitude From: croneitude Date: December 23rd, 2010 07:42 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow, It does look like you lost a lot of weight. I almost didn't recognize you! I love the starkness of the beach in the background. Great picture.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 25th, 2010 08:28 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Thank you. I'm actually not that much thinner, unfortunately. But I am a little more lean, particularly from a psychological standpoint.
flw From: flw Date: December 23rd, 2010 04:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I only saw the alternate text for a split second... are you standing on the beach with a gun in your hand? Staring at the sea? Staring at the sand?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 25th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
You're so good! I wanted this entry to play off its predecessor.
flw From: flw Date: December 25th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Since xkcd I always check the alt text when I can.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 25th, 2010 08:47 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm slowly warming up to the use of metadata.
flw From: flw Date: December 25th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I think if you killed an Arab on a beach in Mississippi, they'd give you a medal, not a trial. Whatever, it all amounts to the same... absolutely nothing.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 25th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
There are good people there, too. I've written for The Oxford American which, though it moved to Arkansas for financial reasons, still has its heart bound to those good people. That said, the majority of the state is pretty alarming. It was interesting to pass from Alabama to Mississippi twice in the past few months. Both states are very conservative, politically. But Alabama seems to have more of a foothold in the present and future.
flw From: flw Date: December 25th, 2010 09:07 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I remember an article on the myth of the red state/blue state dichotomy. I recall looking at a map that showed enclaves of "blueness" in "red" states. I always wondered how horrible it must be to be the lonely "minority" surrounded by... psychopaths. I am not even going to pretend that it is possible to vote Republican and be fully human anymore.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 06:46 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wait. You live in Arizona. You do know how horrible it is.

Seriously, even Mississippi seemed to have more to offer than Arizona, government-wise.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I don't know about where you live, but down here, we are surrounded by crazy hippies exfoliating each other, wearing paper masks to avoid exposure to "chemtrails". So, I feel right at home.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 11:56 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I meant, Tucson is as much a blue island in a red state as Oxford, Mississippi is.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 03:17 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Isn't Oxford Mississippi where all the Nazi Rocket Scientists were sent?
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
No, Oxford is William Faulkner's stomping ground. The Nazi rocket scientists were at Huntsville, Alabama. So was my father, for a time, when he was a rocket scientist.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow.

It is in thinking about your trip through Mississippi and Alabama (The Nazis Germans were somewhere in Mississippi at the very beginning, I know it.) and your point that there are pockets of civilization there that got me thinking and rethinking about wars, how they are won and lost, and how some people are able to move seamlessly across what are defined for the rest of us as "enemy lines". I was thinking about Hans Landa in Inglourious Basterds. I wrote an incredibly long post about it.

I was just thinking how it is that I can be sharing the same space with someone who is my enemy, how war is constant, how we are losing the war, how we could win it, and why we are choosing to "lose" the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. We are choosing to lose because the purpose of the war is to redefine and resecure artificial cultural barriers. That's what I think. Oh... read my post...
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 08:50 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
It's a great post! Ultimately, I think we are losing those wars so that middle-of-the-road Americans get comfortable with Middle Eastern food and the people who come along with it. I don't mean that flippantly. Taste is the most conservative sense and the one that affects politics most deeply. If we develop a taste for another culture, our relation to it will be forever altered. Yes, we have a taste for Mexican food and still have all the border nonsense. But most people below, say, age 40 are completely comfortable with the existence of Mexicanness in their midst, whatever they might say for Fox News.
flw From: flw Date: December 26th, 2010 09:45 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
An excellent example of how the Definer class is capable of moving from culture to culture without touching down and Producers view cultural distinctions as inherent and fixed.
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 26th, 2010 09:53 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I agree.
la_sauvage From: la_sauvage Date: December 27th, 2010 02:35 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
really good picture of you! i dig the facial hair :))
cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: December 27th, 2010 03:45 am (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Hey, thanks! I'm not used to the facial hair, myself, but it seemed important to signal the huge upheaval in my life by finding a way not to look the way I've looked for the past twenty years.
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