Monday, May 11, 2015

Unfinished Works of Art and Our Bathroom (not to be confused)

OK Rome wasn't built in a day, but I imagine those infamous baths were completed early on. Whereas my infinitesimally small WC is still unfinished, under construction, not quite ready, still needs some final touches. Whatever, there is still construction material scattered about and the door has yet to be rehung. This begs the question: how long should this take?

"We", yes that is the imperial we, have been at this for 70 days. Yes, I have said Lord God created the world in 6 days and then he rested. However, biblical scholars will tell you that the definition of  the Hebrew word used for "day" in the original Old Testament text could be defined somewhere between 1000 and 3000 years.

 Speaking of God, heck, Jesus was only on earth for 40 days after he arose from the grave. Will it take such a miracle to complete my bathroom? Columbus made his way to the New World in only 60 days and he did not even know where he was going.

By now we could have birthed a litter of puppies given the gestation period for a cat is 63 days. We are nearing the time it took Jules Verne's Phileas Fogg (of Around the World in 80 Days) to complete his trip circumnavigating the globe. And that mission was only one day short of the 81 days it took the  Queen Mary 2 to make her around the world trip. Personally I would much rather cruise in style on the QM2 than participate in the madcap caper of Mr. Fogg. But I digress.

What if it is never completed? My backyard is littered with the remains of such great ideas gone astray when a new project took precedent. I realize many great works by some of the most talented artists of all time went unfinished. Chaucer never finished the Canterbury Tales (perhaps that is why I never did well on Professor Hunt's exam - how can one truly understand an uncompleted work?)

Beethoven left is Symphony No. 10 incomplete, as did Schubert with his Symphony No. 8 in B minor (which is more commonly known, The Unfinished Symphony).

Granted I am pleased with the new colors of the walls, the new faucets with their antique bronze finish, and the super duper commode. But it is a bathroom, a WC, a head, a john, a can, a washroom, an LBR, an LGR. Rose by an another name is still a rose. Whatever you want to call it, it is a bathroom not a work of art. And, currently it is an unfinished bathroom.

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