I’ve always had a particular fondness for maps as decorative elements (I believe I have thoroughly presented the evidence for my incompetence in reading them). I’m one of those people who think nothing would be cooler than to have a huge map of the world on the wall, complete with colourful pins showing where I have been. However, I have never had such a map. Until now.
My current bedroom is relatively big, and it is also relatively free of any sort of wall decorations (except two large mirrors). I have not made any effort to change this – it will be my room for three months only, after all. However, when I went to Target a few weeks back, seeing that they had all sorts of “back to school” materials including large wall maps for 5 dollars apiece, I realized it was time to fulfil the dream.
Originally, I only wanted a world map, but since they also had one with the 50 states on it, I decided that I wanted one of those too. Once I got back to the house, though, I realized that I did not have the means to put them on the wall. At least I had no conventional means.
What I did have was band aid tape.
Tape that is intended to fasten compress to skin should be able to fasten a map to a wall, right? Well, it did. For a while. Both maps were put up there, but almost immediately the tape started slipping. I’ve forced it back up, I’ve applied more tape; I’ve tried my best. However, there was no other way – sooner or later one of the maps would fall. The only question was which would fall first – the World, or the USA?
Since you have read the (exceptionally manipulative) title of this post (at least so I assume), you already know. The USA fell first. It took more than a few band-aids to keep it up. It started in the corners, peeling slowly down the cost at each side, and before long the entire country was upside down.
It will rise again, but probably not immediately. Most likely I will fold it neatly and bring it back to Europe. There the USA will be put back up on a new wall, and this time hopefully with something that will stick. In the meantime, though, I find it interesting that even though the USA fell, the World hasn’t (yet).
Currently reading: Going Bovine by Libba Bray
Currently listening to: (500) Days of Summer Soundtrack (that I randomly bought because I saw a promo for the movie a while ago, and it made me think that this would be the kind of movie I'd like for the story and love for the soundtrack. I haven't entirely made up my mind yet - I might have to see the movie to be certain)
EDIT: I was right - I do love the music and now I'll definitely have to watch the movie! I cannot tell you if it is the perfect movie soundtrack, but it IS the perfect soundtrack for walking down the streets of D.C. (occasionally in the wrong direction) a sunny morning, sipping your Caribou coffee. I don't think any city has seen such a wide grin on a Monday morning before :D
AND ALSØ WIK: My friend, Maria, who is an incredibly creative artist, has contributed to my favourite project (you should all know it by now, but let me give a friendly reminder to potential random stoppers-by: http://www.onemilliongiraffes.com/). Now, project coordinator and -initiator, Ola (still my hero), picked Maria's giraffe to be giraffe of the day yesterday (probably without knowing that today, the day she found out, is her BIRTHDAY! Happy birthday, Maria!). Check out giraffe of the day # 109!
(This is not only great for all the obvious reasons, but also - it gave me a chance to once again add the label "giraffe" to a post!)