Monday, January 29, 2007

To Tokyo Nik

In response to your comment about the socks and jeans, I'm afraid I know very little about the supposed tradition of intentionally posing feet for photographs. Instead, I offer you this quote one of my professors shared with us today in class: "When something is going on, something else is going on, too. Write about the latter." (William Stafford... not an exact quote) "Foregrounding the background" often makes for the best art. Not to infer that the comment about my dear friends' feet was exactly what I'd call "art," but giving attention and meaning to that which is usually ignored at least adds interest to life--or to a lame blog post!

Oh, and thanks for the birthday wishes, Nik. You, too, Uncle Dave, Kathryn, and Mom :)

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tokyo nik said...

Ahh so, butterfly (my new moniker for you). Your comments about foreground and background make you sound like a Berber! (or maybe a lawyer, . . .). I certainly mean this with respect, but diversion from the main point is often accomplished by focusing on a side bar. I see I am called upon to investigate this foot photo phenomenon on my own. No matter. As most aptly stated by Chief Joseph of Nez Perce Tribem "We Shall Endeavor to Persevere," and I shall report back to you when I learn the origin of this interesting custom.

Tokyo Nik

tokyo nik said...

Butterfly,

May I please call to you as "Butterfly?"

I see in my haste to comment on your post, I have made a spelling error.

I shall repost my comment "sans error" and respectfully request you, in your capacity as the most high and reverend moderator of the comments here, rush to delete the first post and this post as if they contained offensive material (aren't spelling errors offensive in your land?) in favor of the following comment containing correct English spelling.

As excuse for my error, please to consider that in my native language (can you read Japanese?), Tribe is often spelled with a "M" at the end.

Thank you for your prompt and effective intervention.

Tokyo Nik

tokyo nik said...

Ahh so, Butterfly (my new moniker for you). I offer this reposted comment in favor of the earlier one with extra letter.

First, your comments about foreground and background make you sound like a lawyer, . . . dressed as an art teacher.

I certainly mean this with respect, but diversion from the main point is often accomplished by focusing on a side bar. I may need to analyze more carefully your earlier post to discern the main point (foreground?). I miss so much "undertext" by the fact that I am thinking in my native tongue, translating your posts word by word. I have concern I may miss implied meaning looking so much for literal translation.

Anyway, back to my main point, I see I am called upon to investigate this foot photo phenomenon on my own.

No matter.

As most aptly stated by Chief Joseph of Nez Perce Tribe "We Shall Endeavor to Persevere."

I shall report back to you when I learn the origin of this interesting custom.

Tokyo Nik


PS I guess like any editor, I couldn't just correct the spelling error, I had to add some additional comment not present in the original note.

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As to whether you focus on foreground or background, or whether you write about "something" or "something else," a general rule of pursuasion is to emphasize whatever supports your point, as follows:

When the facts support your proposition, you have to pound on the facts;

When the law supports your proposition, you have to pound on the facts;

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Transplant said...

Sounds like anonymous is sharing secrets from law school. All this pounding is maybe giving me a headache.....

Anonymous said...

Let's hear if for Tokyo Nik

Hooray for the man from Japan!

b. irv said...

Anyone else notice that the grasp of the english language of tokyo nik has drastically improved almost seemingly overnight... doesn't make much sense when you look at it... go figure.

Maybe he is an exchange student in Sheboygan?

tokyo nik said...

"We Shall Endeavor to Persevere."

I go Shebyogan.

You have tickee

We have deal.

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