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July 12, 2006

Nostalgia

Most people who know me well know that i have a healthy obsession with nostalgia, like many people my age. But often times my obsessions go beyond nostalgia for my own childhood and cross over into an obession with the icons of childhood though-out the 20th century. I'm not speficly talking about pop culture icons, though those do factor in largely, often my greatest interests are in things like toys, games, collections, forts and playgrounds. For example, I would be much more interested in a cigar box filled with the valueless bottle cap collection of some 8 year old boy than i would an A-Team lunch pail. The same goes true for many things, finding the rotting remains of a long negelected tree house to me is much better than a new treehouse no matter how cool. I guess what i find so interesting about these things are their history. Each place and thing has it's own story. For me the appeal goes beyond something old, the appeal is something used. I like the idea of sharing a common interest or experience with someone possibly long dead, or much older than me. It somehow binds me to humanity, makes me understand the human condition to a greater extent. The builders of the rotting playhouse may now be parents of their own children, they might have different values than i do, lead entire different lives, but they had a tree house, just as i had a tree house. We probably did similar things in our tree homes, stock piled sticks for weapons and building supplies, used rope and branches to make traps and inventions, plotted against neighborhood enemies, hid found treasures. And so in some way no matter how different ,we are alike. To me that is what makes nostalgia so powerful.


Whale play structure Tawas, MI.

I visited this park when i was very young and played in this whale. Last week I went to this park again with my mom and brother.

Posted by kyle at July 12, 2006 12:41 AM

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OH SHIT! I BEEN THERE! I didnt really remember it until I saw that pic. thanks.

Posted by: docbeezy at July 12, 2006 8:25 AM

i LOVE that whale. it's like my keychain. but with a top hat...

Posted by: george at July 12, 2006 2:24 PM

I know what you're talking about. I found some treasures at my girlfriend's house last night, A Pencil from the 2nd grade class we were both in and a bunch of old 1987-1989 calendars full of writing. There was also a tooth, but that was just gross.

Posted by: Cory Weaver at July 12, 2006 2:32 PM

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