Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Joy And Bliss



(Original post from July 20, 2009 in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing.)

I don't usually write. Most of the time I want my photos to just have names. I don't want to tell long stories because ... I don't want to dull the effect of what a photo means to you by telling you a long story about what it means to me. Frankly, if I were you, I wouldn't care what a photo means to me. I like picture books that say nothing. I know everyone isn't that way ... and that's OK!
 
But I have to tell you that being on the road away from home isn't all fun. I have now driven more than 2300 miles in a week. Different hotels every night. If you asked me where I was 3 days ago I couldn't tell you without my notes. Was that 5 days or 6 days ago? I dunno. I always miss my family when I am away. Mondays! Need I say more? Another week on the go!

I arrived at my Motel 6 a few minutes ago. I flipped on the bathroom light and was laughing my head off! I just want to thank all those toilet paper folders out there who never get thanks. This shot changed my day.

Complete joy and bliss. There are so many lines for this photo. It's a dirty job but somebody has to do it. I believe the Motel 6 Toilet Paper Rembrandt Artist for Roseburg, Oregon is amongst the best in the world. My hat is off to you!

So, perhaps my fellow bloggies can add their comments, funny lines and tributes to you ... whoever you are! God bless.

NikonSniper Steve

29 comments:

Rambling said...

It's a good life when you can find joy in the simple things of life. Thanks for a good laugh!

PA_Shutterbug said...

It appears to me that the toilet paper artist takes pride in his or her work.

Lydia said...

I am so impressed that this TP art was at a Motel 6! But then it's Oregon, ya know? Just take a look at our roadside rest stops and you can tell that Oregonians care about beauty. Welcome back!

ShEiLa said...

Too much time on my hands.
by Styx

ShEiLa said...

ps. kudos to the artist

L. D. Burgus said...

We were just in a Motel 6 last week and they were doing fancy things with the wash cloth, making it into a shell shape to hold the soap. I thought I wasn't charged enough for my hotel room, ha, Not.

Elaine said...

Following your series of photos this last week I had been thinking you had really been covering some ground, but 2300 miles! Ouch!!

Sometimes it's the little things in life that give us a great deal of joy. A kind word or deed here and there and the whole world looks better. When you are staying in a lot of hotel rooms those little extra touches can give you that little extra boost. So often we just ignore the little things like that that people do for us, but I think we need to make more of an effort to say thanks and compliment them on a job well done. That person will feel better about themselves, and they will pass that on to the next person, and so on. Who knows how far it will go.

Along those lines, I want to say your photos always bring a smile to my face. You are a talented photographer and you are very generous in sharing your view of the world with all of us. I appreciate it, and thank you!

Rose Marie Raccioppi said...

Well Steve, folding the toilet paper just as you have in this photo is what I have done for the last 26 years - no, not for a hotel service - but for my home and my office. I am an educational consultant/therapist working with learners across the age span. Several years ago, a new student at the close of our first session asked if "origami" was my favorite thing to do. I was surprised at the question and so I asked why was he asking. He said,"Because that is what you do in your bathroom." He then said he left me another "origami" - he had folded the paper to look like angel wings! SMILE!!

health is wealth said...

awesome
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Brian Miller said...

that is awesome. it is the little thoughts that count. joy to your journey.

Kristen said...

Great photos, I have enjoyed perusing your blog. I love the fence line, and 60 mph canvas, some very beautiful work.

Leslie said...

Ah, Roseburg! That's why your Motel 6 toilet paper is a thing of beauty. Roseburg was my favorite place to stop between southern California and Portland on my trips back and forth during college. The McDonald's there was the cleanest, friendliest place on earth.

Susan Sager Brown said...

How about "Ribbed For Her Pleasure" teehee.
Very Beautiful work. like a mini vacation. Thank you. xoSusan

ruzzlan2312 said...

Some Corporate Design marking on a toilet paper ... plus fragrance, standard necessities for our little rooms appreciated !

On the move, far and out, effort over time, plenty of wonderful shots, details and Nikon equipped. Take Care !

phd in yogurtry said...

Toilet paper art. When the fan up above just isn't enough.

I confess. I too am impressed and soothed by these small touches. And it may be the ONE thing these hotel maids like about their job. Their one shot at creativity.

Erin said...

dad-wouldn't it be much weird-er if the maid didn't do that but the guest who was there the night before decided to leave you that nicely folded triangle???

p.s.-come home already...jeez you have really lost it...you are taking pictures of toilet paper...and spending time laughing at it! You need some more joel in your life!

tapirgal said...

That's definitely something to smile about.

jason said...

impressive

sharilyn said...

oh my gosh! i LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this! it may sound weird, but i get some strange sort of delight out of (what i call) the "points" on the toilet paper in hotels! it makes me smile every single time i see one...especially if i get to be the one to use it! i don't know why for sure...perhaps it is just knowing that someone folded that just for me! and this one is amazing!! i would definitely have taken a photo of it, too! :)

you should have seen my delight and joy over discovering the towel animal creations each night on my bed when i took a cruise a couple of years ago! what fun! (it really is appreciating the simple things in life that makes life a more joyfilled journey!)

glad i happened upon your blog tonight...

nyght said...

You are something different . I appreciate your ideas.They are appealing.

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Sashindoubutsu said...

Toilet paper origami? Cool! :)

Cheryl /Ashton said...

This photo cracked me up! Sometimes the smallest things are the biggest. Someone took the time to do this, perhaps hoping someone would get a smile from it. And by the comments, alot of us got a smile from it!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Great post! I love all your photos and how you are able to give your perspective with only a title. I liked this one since it gave an insight to the author of those photos. God bless you in your travels.

Stephen Baird said...

erin,
that's exactly what i am going to do for the rest of this trip ... a little toilet paper organamiramadingdong or whatever its called for the people staying after me.
i'll sign em "just because it's you!"

Janine said...

Well this story isn´t boring at all. I loved to read it, and obviously so did the others.
Did you know, that the toilet- paper- folders are close related to the towel- sculptors?
It is also very nice to have a towel- elephant, or very popular, a towel- swan sitting on your bed.
All the best
Janine

Sharon said...

Not something I'd expect to see at a Motel 6. :) Fun photo!

Happily Retired Gal said...

I love gratitude posts ... and methinks THIS ONE will stay with me for a long time ;--)
You take lovely photos AND tell good stories too!
Hugs and blessings,

Jen said...

Oh, to pretty to use!

Rozel said...

Ha! I have a picture of a toilet paper roll from my honeymoon. I never stayed at a hotel that put STICKERS on the toilet paper. I thought it was the funniest thing.