Burnin’ down the house

Happy New Year! The day dawned hot and sunny here with a forecast high of 38C (100F). The celebrations were incredibly subdued last night. No city fireworks – only a few neighbourhood firecrackers between 12.00 and 12.15am. Not much traffic out, not much yelling or revelry, if any at all. I think everyone is exhausted and the new year looks to be just a continuation of 2021.

So here is a chimney photo. I must be honest and admit that this was taken on 25 December, so doesn’t qualify. But I thought it was a good metaphor for 2021. Burn it up, burn it down, just get rid of it already! (Plus I don’t see a whole lot of chimneys here, so needed to grab one while I could).

I also wanted to share this article about some folks unicycling across Tasmania before the news moves on and I can’t find the link anymore: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-01-01/father-son-unicycling-tasmania/100716100

And if that post title put a song in your head… or did not… here it is – it reminds me of going to the rollerskating rink in the 1980s:

Nerdy chick in Australia who loves to ride and is accompanied by the crew: 'The Commander' Verne and the 'Mental Health Specialist' Kermit.

6 response to "Burnin’ down the house"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: December 31, 2021

    Happy New Year Em!
    I did see the fireworks in Sydney, didnt look like they slowed down much.
    Interesting article about the unicyclists — I wouldn’t even ‘consider’ a unicycle!

    Curious as to why you don’t see many chimneys there.

    Best in 22!

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 1, 2022

      I don’t see many chimneys because I don’t ride in the right areas. In rural areas, the homestead is often a fair way off the road so hard to tell if there is a chimney or not and then would be difficult to photograph. In town, homes from the late ’50s forward don’t usually have chimneys. There may be flues, or a pipe, for the woodburning heaters, but that’s not really a chimney. The older homes would have chimneys, but I don’t usually ride in those areas and am not sure I feel comfortable taking photos of people’s houses from the street.

  2. By: NancyG Posted: January 1, 2022

    I like that chimney — no matter when you took it ;’-). I think perhaps many of us are thinking that 2022 seems like just a continuation of 2020—2021. Exhausting and enervating.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 1, 2022

      My hope is that Omicron is so contagious that enough people get it that it is the turning point where the pandemic becomes endemic and it just starts to present like seasonal flu. That’s my hope at least… and hoping that the second half of 2022 feels less dangerous all the time.

  3. By: gregblood Posted: January 1, 2022

    A chimney without a house? What’ll they think of next?

    Coincidentally, I watched “Stop Making Sense” (for the third time) in its entirety last week. Best concert film ever, in my opinion. Great performance art, great songs, lots of energy.

    • By: The Navigator Posted: January 1, 2022

      Oh, chimneys without houses… unfortunately that sort of photo is all too common here in media coverage of areas hit by bushfire.

      I don’t know if I’ve ever watched Stop Making Sense all the way through, but have seen parts, including Burning Down the House, several times. I think Talking Heads and New Order are so under-appreciated by Gen X. And younger generations wouldn’t even know who they, or David Byrne, are. If I had been of a concert-going age in the late 70s and early 80s, I would have been going to see Husker Du, Black Flag, etc. I probably would not have gone to see Talking Heads. But I certainly enjoy and appreciate them now and respect that they were pretty groundbreaking for New Wave in a time of a lot of pop-synth stuff.

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