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The Worn Wear truck arrived at the University of Oregon today and it was fun to be there and watch them look over the used gear that people brought, providing repair services and offering suggestions. The brand was irrelevant and you could have one item repaired for free – a great deal. They are here for a sustainability conference being put on by the business college and from what I could tell their work today will be a hit. I had a new velcro set up installed on the sleeve of my rain jacket that I keep in my office. h/t to Patagonia for doing this. You can follow the Worn Wear Wagon as it makes its way around the country. If they stop nearby, take advantage! As the sticker says, “If it’s broke, fix it!”

 

These images are from the collection of Edward Curtis photos from his original 20 volume set. Some of these are over one hundred years old, too. I read a great book about Edward Curtis and his work as a photographer a couple of years ago by Timothy Egan called, Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: The Epic Life and Immortal Photographs of Edward CurtisThis review on Crosscut.com covers it nicely and I can’t recommend this book enough. It’s an easy read too, but one that will keep you reading from the  moment you begin.

The University of Oregon came by this set via his mistress who offered a trade – the set she owned (which was Curtis’s and she got after he died) for the one that the university had purchased at an earlier time. These images are only taken out a few times a year so it was truly a special treat for me to get a chance to see them.

 

Any Town Will Do

If you’re rolling out west with your game face on,
rolling out cigarettes, crying on the phone,
it won’t take much to make you feel gone,
for a night or two, any town will do.

Phoenix to Santa Fe with the radio on,
feels like living in a Neil Young song.
But you won’t feel right ’til you get yourself wrong.
For a night or two, any town will do.

High desert passes, gas station sunglasses.
Your heart like a sunset, wild and free,
and there was always something you were meant to be,
for a night or two, any town will do.

And your life is just a movie in the bar back mirror,
everyone’s a stranger, nothing is clear,
you could make it alright anywhere but here,
for a night or two any town will do.