Quirky 3

As you probably know by now, I do NOT live in an area where flamingoes flourish.
When I saw this in the fall last year, I was unable to include this photo in my Quirky 2 blog. Thus, I am happy to use it now.

What I like so much about Quirky stuff, people, and art, or even yard ornaments are that they are playful, funny, and, to me, creative. Quirky lacks pretense. Quirky stuff says: I know I’m different, but I don’t care. To me, it is authentic and fun. Quirky makes me LOL because it surprises me, or, at least, it makes me smile. I think that quirky people tend to laugh at themselves. They are kind of like the old Beatles song: “The Fool on the Hill”. I always liked that song.

There is an older gentleman where I live who has a large plastic push cart, which is like a baby stroller in which he can put about four babies who can sit up. During the summer he walks around town pushing these babies in his bare feet. I never know when I am going to see him. I saw him in the winter this year, and he was pushing the babies for a long walk, (a few miles at least). Some day I must stop and talk to this fellow. I have a few questions for him: For example: are the babies his grandchildren?

One of the first things I noticed when I moved here a few years ago, is that women and even young girls dye their hair fun colors such as purple and blue. This is very common here. It is still fun to see it because people are doing what they want and feel free to be a little quirky.

Having grown up in California and having lived in the South I have seen a lot of pretentious behavior. It is a great gift to live in a place where people feel free to be themselves. I also get to grin a lot about it!

I’ll leave with a quote from my search for “quirky quotes,” I changed around the quote to:

“Be a Cheerio in a world full of Fruit Loops”

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Quirky 2

I am so fortunate, I live in a small city where quirky and lack of pretense is the norm! Quirky is something fun and always will be for me. Quirky stuff makes me smile. I went to see family further south on the west coast, and I knew for sure that I was home when I saw an adult woman dancing and twirling around while she was waiting for the bus.

pacifier

pacifier on a fence

This pacifier was on this fence a few months ago. It is a fence at the beginning of one of the many entrances to a walking and biking path.  A few weeks later when I took another walk there, it was gone. This pacifier was my inspiration to do another blog on quirky.

At one of my favorite quirky stores where I live, a man makes signs and art out of wood. These are examples of his signs. I find some of them are funny, and others are make me pause and think.

wooden signs

wooden signs

I love this particular car that I have seen a young woman drive. I have seen it in red, then this silver color with all the designs, and recently when I saw her driving it, it was black.

quirky car

“quirky” paint job on VW

One day if I can intercept her when she’s not driving it, I’ll have to thank her for entertaining me with all the changes and artist flair she brings to her car and how she makes me smile.

There is another kind of quirky I like. That is the “sweet” quirky that I have seen in yards where I live. Here are a few examples.

sweet quirky 1

“sweet” quirky 1

sweet quirky 2

“sweet” quirky 2 with a message

I’ll leave you with an ironic sign from a local business. This was painted on the back of a truck- trailer.

sign on truck

sign on truck-trailer

The huge messages that I receive from witnessing and being quirky are: “be yourself”, do what you like,  and do it as if no one is watching (and do it with loving kindness toward yourself and others)!

 

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Whimsy and Quirkiness

whimsical fan

whimsical fan

As a “fan” of whimsy, I had to photograph this “yard art”.  Whimsy is the out of the ordinary. It makes me laugh and elevates my mood. There is also an element of creativity that I like about it, too. For me life is both a comedy and a tragedy. Whimsy helps remind me of the fun and joy in life.

Whimsy and quirkiness is playful. It reminds me not to take life too seriously.

gymnastics in park

gymnastics at Fresh Market

Besides this being beautiful to watch, these gymnastics took place at our fresh market where vendors sold their wares.  The fact that this couple didn’t care who watched, and did not collect money for their “art” felt whimsical and alive to me. I smiled inside and outside.

bottle top

bottle top with a message

Again I smiled, or even laughed  out loud when I discovered this on a bottle top from a health food store drink. Whimsy surprises me. Being silly is not valued in our culture, so this bottle cap reminded me that I get to be who I am, even if I am being silly. When I am being silly, I am reminded of the innocent child, who does not care what others think, particularly if I am not hurting any one else. Go ahead laugh a little too loud. Smile like a “fool”. Be yourself!

This TED Talk by Dan Gilbert has some interesting things to say about happiness that may surprise you.  http://www.ted.com/talks/dan_gilbert_asks_why_are_we_happy

“Don’t worry about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”
~ Unknown ~    
Thank you Unknown!

Where I live, quirky is everywhere. This place is not quite as pretentious as other places I have lived. One day I was waiting outside for my doctor’s office to open. Within five minutes I saw an adult woman who was wearing a beanie with a spinner on top of it walking on the sidewalk with a male. Then I saw an adult male drive by on his bike. He had put a card in one of the spokes of his wheels, so it made a whirring noise. The last thing I saw was a shirtless and shoeless man on his bike, with flowing long hair ride by on his bike. Another day in another neighborhood,  a man rode by me on his bike while I was walking and shouted out “Lots of love”. I shouted back, “Same to you.”

quirky attitude

quirky attitude

With whimsy and quirkiness  in my life,  I feel happy, and it rarely costs me anything except to remain open to being aware of it.

 

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