Friday, August 08, 2014

Reader beware....

Ceremonial Placard, Gramata Highlands 791

Dizzy with wonder, we left Annular and headed to Gramata. Formerly a hive of diurnal information gathering and storage, this region's future remains uncertain as fewer residents are able to find and maintain gainful employment in its major (only) industry. Once bursting with activity, facilities now wither. The introduction of innovative technologies has left areas traditionally set aside for collecting and storage, bereft. Some, converted to monthly rentals with climate control, hold collections of other antiquities e.g. furniture, lamps, paintings and sculptures, carpets, toy trains, and Lily Pulitzer fashions. Until the flora re-establishes itself, those facilities remaining will continue to house motes, although temperatures and humidity should remain constant. We plan to return to Gramata in a few years to assess the change. (Excerpted from Travels With My Aunt)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Visit Annular

North Quadrant, Annular S.O. Satellite imagery courtesy NSADP

Annular is a vast region. Its streets and highways, once crop circles, have been refurbished as thoroughbred race tracks, auto and motor bike speedways, and other amusements. Global climate change reduced annual rainfall to a trickle and energy tycoons purchased the distressed area at a discount. Reconfigured and updated, the circles are now career paths for Annular's residents. We attended the annual round table discussion conducted by Annular's Board of Overseers in which the history of the crop circles is revisited and deemed logical. 
(Excerpted from Travels With My Aunt)

Monday, July 21, 2014

Footpaths near Gerald

Close to the center of Gerald, footpaths leading to a monastic retreat are lined with plantings, in-ground and potted. Residents believe that presaging accidents cautions travelers to be more aware. Thus they are less likely to engage in behaviors that could end in fatal collisions. To date, the coincidence of travelers has yet to occur; nonetheless, Gerald's population relentlessly campaigns against the use of smart phones, portable televisions, barbecue grills and huggable pets while transiting the footpaths within their voting districts. Gerald's representatives in the state legislature abide their constituents wishes.
(Excerpted from Travels With My Aunt)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

A Conference of.....

Untitled 2012, Ed Touchette, 9 x 12 walnut ink, acrylic/ 140lb. CP

West of Carol, we stopped for the night. A large crowd attracted our attention and we followed them to the village common where noted novelists, a journalist, a teleprompter personality,  a physicist, and sports fans had gathered to debate the beginnings of the universe prior to the invention of gods and/ or other religious bents. They'd agreed to senate rules; anyone leaving prior to the end of the discussion, and this included bathroom breaks before, during, and after filibusters and other oratorical devices, risked disqualification for reasons understood only by two of the novelists, the physicist, and one of the sports fans. Nonetheless, all of the panelists agreed to this and all other rules: the exclusion of references to foreign nationals; present and past presidents and their immediate advisors; and allusions to space time.
(excerpted from Travels With My Aunt)

Monday, July 07, 2014

Within the Temple

Bone, 2013, Ed Touchette, walnut ink, acrylic/ 140lb. CP
Arriving at Temple Ardor just as the sun set on the day after the solstice, we ignored signs announcing a missed opportunity and entered. Along the wooden arches, centuries of collected memories set to flight by our movements, leapt and whirled through light beams streaming down from the clerestories prompting us to question any further advances into the space. Curiosity reigned . We continued.
(excerpted from Travels With My Aunt)

Monday, March 03, 2014


Communicate, acrylic, graphite/ paper.
We studied the technological dichotomy in the smallish Hamlet of Wordsworth, where, flummoxed by a plethora of communication options, residents selected a single carrier for their internet, television, teleporting, and teleprompting services. However, bound by contract to an offshoot of Bell Telephone, they are forced to continue with operator assisted telephone interminably. (For those of you unfamiliar with this service, when a caller lifts the receiver, an operator asks for a number and connects the caller to the callee through a maze of wires and plugs on a switch board.) Wordsworth forwent dial up service in 1959 when interim Mayor, John  'Johnny No Fingers' Bend*, encouraged residents to stay with operator assisted calling.

* Circa 1956, John Bend, then a renowned burglar, tried to erase his fingerprints with an acid bath.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Relocated Bridges

Early Construction Using Timbers and Mud,

West of Blacksmith Rock we stopped to watch as a crowd gathered to rededicate a covered bridge imported by rail from Vermont. The original timbers and planking were being fastened with period nails. Several had fallen into the stream over which the bridge had been installed and we watched as gaggles of youths dove from the banks to retrieve the fasteners. A Labrador hurled himself into the water but ignored his handler’s shrill whistle commands, paddling joyfully around until the event concluded. Several residents noted the activity and began planning an annual event at which a nail hunt would be held. All required services would, of course, be covered by entry fees.