Monday, April 17, 2006

Walden Pond to Here

For the past three Easters, we have gone to my wife's aunt's house. The house is a huge, brick, colonial house with a three car garage and horse stables in the back. They are nice people and deserve what they have, but I always think that it is funny that this house and several more just like it, are located on WALDEN LANE.

I have no doubt that the street name was chosen to fill your head with ideas of the simple and minimalistic life described in the writings of Henry David Thoreau. Maybe the upperclass lifestyle of today is the NEW just-what-you-need-to-survive lifestyle of Thoreau's day. I don't know, I just can't ever drive onto that street without these ideas running through my head. Would Thoreau puke or what?

4 comments:

Native Minnow said...

Probably

Gordon said...

You should take an informal poll door to door and see how many of them know who Thoreau is.

PsychoIntern said...

Yeah...that is pretty ironic...

ShootingStar said...

If anyone is thinking of posting a comment about how Thoreau wasn't as cool as everyone thinks he was because he only lived 1 mile from town... well don't. It's a sore spot of mine that everyone seems to think this somehow invalidates his lifestlyle (he never lied about it!). Yes I know that this only sort of relates to your blog flieswithoutwings, but any chance to defend Thoreau, I'll take it!

But I find street names so ironic in general. Especially ones in housing tracts--Lets go in and bulldoze all the native plant life and then just NAME the streets after them --that'll be cool.