David’s friend Natalie is having a birthday party today. She lives just a few minutes and buildings away, so we walked over. On the way, I thought that which seems normal to us — crossing desert sand in the middle of the city — would make a very telling photo essay. So, here’s the trip to Natalie’s house, with pal Lachlan along for the journey. Ten minutes in ten frames:
Back home, I’m enjoying the air-conditioning and some ice water and reading. Allan turned on the radio, and even though it’s a rock station, the following was the first thing that came out:
“Mr. Lawrence, why do you like the desert so much?”
The voice of Peter O’Toole answers, “Because it’s clean.”
The DJ then played the theme song from the film.
And that’s why I like the desert — the random is serendipitous. And the simplest things, like going to a birthday party, is an adventure.