what was that? is that all there is? who is this? this is it.

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the bike messenger did not completely kill the fax machine

December 29, 2017

i think this is a Tyler Goldsmith photo

yesterday I received an email  from a person in Omaha with a document attached (pdf) asking for my original signature (in ink) and a return in one of a variety of ways. 

I was proud of myself for riding my bike to a public library to print the document on actual paper so I could sign it with a ballpoint pen and take a picture of it so I could email it back to Omaha as an attachment (jpg)  I sent the email and soon got a response that a photo of the document would not cut it could I please scan it and email it or fax it to Omaha. fax. fax it. fax machine. It's been nearly 20 years since I fed document into a fax machine and nearly a year since I worked close enough to office workers to print sign scan email a document. the 19 year old legal messenger in me wanted to take the hypotenuse and hand deliver the actual paper with my original signature to the address in Seattle instead of faxing it to Omaha so they could email it back to Seattle but in my old age I realized this would kind of fuck things up in some paper trail chain of custody legal sort of way so I did some online reasearch and found a fax machine near me in a kinkos-like playground within a large shopping mall at the southern-most tip of Lake Washington where I fed my document into the mouth of an actual fax machine and heard the high pitched whine and dial-up static of yesteryear while waiting for a confirmation printout so I could pay my price per page. 

19 years ago the legal messenger in me was drinking really cheap beer at the Storeroom with Matt Case and I took his picture with a camera on film that I then dropped off at the drug store and waited a week for it to get developed and in the office of that legal messenger company at 89 S. Washington there was a fax machine. 


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. said...

The touch. The feel of analog. The digital age has me wondering if the distopian trilogy of Huxley, Wells and Bradbury were prophetic analogies or just a literal fast map. In the end ee cummings said it best for me, 'pity this busy monster man unkind not. plays with the bigness of his littleness.' Happy New Year may your wishes never turn into unwishes after curving through where when.

Posted December 31, 2017 09:32 AM | Reply to this comment

pilder replied to ....

happy next year to you I appreciate your perspective and the ee cummings commenting on the city of amazon in particular and the state of the union in general. I think Tyler Goldsmith gave me that photo up there one year in the late 90s and I glued it to a piece of 11 x 17 paper photocopied shrunk down folded over into a zine then years later I peeled it off and scanned it into this photographic memory only to post it up again a few days ago and a day or so later I ended up sitting one bar stool away from Tonja and I showed her that photo and talked of old times and old timers and that force in the universe that we just need to tap into

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