Lachryma Papaveris

Nomadic urban trash, in technicolor

“Sadness gives depth. Happiness gives height. Sadness gives roots. Happiness gives branches. Happiness is like a tree going into the sky, and sadness is like the roots going down into the womb of the earth. Both are needed, and the higher a tree goes, the deeper it goes, simultaneously. The bigger the tree, the bigger will be its roots. In fact, it is always in proportion. That’s its balance.”

—   osho (via purplebuddhaproject)

Bathing, Computer Lab

iworkatapubliclibrary:

The Library Code of Conduct states: “Bathing, shaving or washing clothes in public restrooms is not permitted.”

This applies to the computer lab as well.

Today I saw a woman lay newspaper on a chair then sit down and start pouring water on paper napkins and rubbing down her legs. Really scrubbing hard. As I was getting up to get the manager she started pouring water down her back.

First of all, this blog is horrible. It belongs to an employee of a public library (as its name suggests) and the tagline is “What makes a public library awesome is that we welcome everyone. Everyone.” The tone of this clearly implies the concluding clause “even undesirables,” and indeed, the blog consists mostly of mocking the elderly, the mentally ill, and people who are living outside. 

Now, about this post. Firstly, what kind of fucked up library has a policy that states “Bathing, shaving, or washing clothes in public restrooms is not permitted.” The library is the only place in most inner cities where one can use a bathroom, particularly a “lock-em-up” and be totally welcome without spending any money. Many people who are living outside get ready in the library bathroom for this reason. Libraries are generally considered safe, welcoming spaces by homeless people (as they should be since they’re, you know, public places that are publicly funded). It’s where we use the internet, do the aforementioned readying, and hang out in the A/C or heat.

The poster can’t do anything about her library’s policy, but it’s the fact that her attitude reinforces it that bugs me. Everything she says here says, “OMG can you believe that someone would even TRY to bathe or shave in a public bathroom?” She uses what I think reads very clearly as a deadpan tone (for instance, giving the sentence “This applies to the computer lab as well” its own paragraph) which in almost any context is used to highlight the absurdity of the content.

Regarding the subject of this incident, I think it’s pretty clear that the woman is mentally ill in some way (this could include the type of PTSD unique to the long-term homeless which causes them to completely disregard cultural norms) and I just think it’s an unbelievably cheap shot.

(in) reverse: Post-Coming Out: Part 1,000

idle-tides:

I get it. I finally get it.

I get why my trans* friends would get so upset at the things that they would. I get why the little things that people say bother them.

what i don’t get is why i feel so fucking guilty for addressing those little issues to the people who hurt me. it’s always: “am I…

On microaggressions, and pondering the appropriate response to them.

(via dissociativediva-deactivated201)

james-st-james:

unf

"Excuse me, do you have these in a women’s 13?"

james-st-james:

unf

"Excuse me, do you have these in a women’s 13?"

(Source: purrrrrge, via fagstache)

davetown:

This new case for my cellphone is a gift from my wife. Yeah, she gets me.

My stepdad’s birthday gift from my mother. My family is rad.

davetown:

This new case for my cellphone is a gift from my wife. Yeah, she gets me.

My stepdad’s birthday gift from my mother. My family is rad.

queenietheinfinitefox:

Siouxsie Sioux, using her usual mode of transport and flying away from what appears to be a male ‘cause she an independent woman who dnt need no man

queenietheinfinitefox:

Siouxsie Sioux, using her usual mode of transport and flying away from what appears to be a male ‘cause she an independent woman who dnt need no man

(via gorgonetta)

(Source: bbook, via pinuppussycat)

ziegfeld-girl:

sophialorens:

Quentin Tarantino a.k.a Queen of Sass in an interviewing promoting Kill Bill, 2003. (x)

This interview haha!

The library is open.

(via pinuppussycat)

orbsteeb:

HOT SINGLES IN YOUR AREA ARE MELTING RIGHT THRU THE EARTHS CRUST AND FUSING WITH THE MOLTEN CORE OF OUR CORRUPT PLANET!! TO HEAR THEIR MAGNETIC DIRGE IS TO YEARN TO JOIN THEM

(via gorgonetta)