Dispatch from the Trenches: Give Me a Sign

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The structurality of structure…has always been neutralized or reduced by a process of giving it a center or a referring it to a point of presence, a fixed origin. The function of this center is not only to orient, balance, and organised the structure…but above all to make sure that the organizing principle of the structure would limit…the play of the structure.

….It was necessary to begin thinking that there was no center, that the center could not be thought in the form of a present-being, that center had no natural site, that it was not a fixed locus but a function, a sort of non-locus in which an infinite number of sign-substitutions came into play. This was the moment when language invaded the universal problematic, the moment when, in the absence of a center or origin, everything became discourse.

~ Jacques Derrida,Β β€˜Structure, sign and play in the discourse of the human sciences’

My time these days have been largely spent apartment hunting. Consequently I have little time (or when I have the time, little mental energy) to focus on writing. So here i offer a quote by Derrida instead (one that in my opinion explains, among other phenomena, how someone such as Trump can actually be a serious contender for the U.S. presidency). It is also an excuse for my woeful neglect in keeping up with my reading of others’ blogs, which hopefully I can remedy to some degree this weekend.

Living on a small fixed income, finding acceptable accommodations in the Puget Sound region that fit within my budget is no easy task, although, at the same time, I do have the flexibility of not having to be at the whims of the need for employment. There are much worse things than have to tootle around the Cascade Mountains or Olympic Peninsula, so I am not complaining. The photograph was taken on the deck of the ferry while waiting to leave Coupeville for Port Townsend.


  1. Understand entirely. It’s difficult to keep up when you have pressing personal issues on your mind. Best wishes finding an apartment.

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    • Thanks. Luckily I am not in position that i have to grab the first thing that remotely shows up so i have the small luxury of trying to find a place in a community that resonates with me as well is conducive to someone who doesn’t have a car, etc (i am tootling around in a rental car).


  2. Duke Miller says

    Turning and turning in the widening gyre
    The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
    Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
    Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
    The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
    The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
    The best lack all conviction, while the worst
    Are full of passionate intensity.

    So we have come full circle with Trump and we shall see if the centre can hold.

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    • a most fitting poem for us these days (unfortunately). When we add Clinton to the mix, we so get “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.” I suppose I am too jaded that the lack of conviction doesn’t bother me, it is what i expect from politicians, business leaders, etc. At least she is competent with a solid sense of humanity deep down. Trump, he is just a rough beast slouching toward D.C. At least the data is showing the likelihood of the beast in the oval office is becoming less of a possible reality.

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  3. Good luck with your search. I’ve never been in that part of the country. No need to apologize for not keeping up with other people’s blogs. We all have things that keep us from doing that, work, personal issues, or whatever, and searching for a place to live is certainly important.

    As far as Trump–well, you know my feelings. πŸ™‚

    I really like the photo. The crane could be a pen and ink drawing against that dramatically painted sky.

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  4. The centre of your attention has got to be to find a roof over your head…The first thing we all need and so many lack…Wishing you to find the ‘one’. Our eyes are primed on what is happening in the USA.

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    • i definitely have gratitude i have a roof over my head while i search…at least wherever i find, it will be a hop away from British Columbia, Canada, so just in case the election doesn’t turn out good, i’m at the front of the line out of here. πŸ˜‰

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    • thanks…that’s an splendid way of expressing the endeavor. sometimes we have no choice in the matter of what our point of presence is, whether economic or family obligations or whatever…but not all places are created equal when it comes to facilitating a person’s ability to orient one’s self…i suppose being immersed in the process at the moment has made me realize how in the average unfolding of life, I (and others) don’t really seek to articulate to oneself what is it that resonates most with me, what is the landscape that is suited best for where my soul and psyche are right now…

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  5. Good luck finding something. I love that area. I remember well visiting Point Defiance and the Bremerton Shipyards and going on the USS Missouri before they moved her out of there. It’s just plain beautiful up there. One of the place I would consider moving to.

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    • Thanks. One does have to not be a sun worshiper, but in areas like Bremerton, which is in the rain shadow of the Olympics, it doesn’t rain that much, kind of seems to be threatening to, but never quite does. Seattle gets less rain than San Francisco, but there is days where it just gray skies, with a misting here and there. It does keep the air clear so the song is correct, “the bluest skies you’ll ever see are in Seattle”. Although I have had more than one conversation like the one I had with a friend from Austin, who said, while standing under an awning to stay out of the rain, “I can’t handle the rain anymore, I’m moving back home.”

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  6. You’re back in WA, Doug? I had no idea, and I hope only the best for you. We’ve had some many sunny days, but yes, the rain is returning soon. I, too, love the dramatic skies.

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  7. I love reading about my home area by a fellow Seattleite and going “I know exactly what you are talking about.” And I’m happy as long as I have access to the water and mountains. I’ve also just completed a move to a new rental house and I know the challenge of balancing it all. I am just trying to catch up on people’s blogs myself, and I know I won’t ever fully. And PortTownsend is one of my happy places. I have spent many days of my life there. I wish you luck with your move, wherever that ends up!

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    • thanks. πŸ™‚ spending time in online communities like WP highlights at time that as much as it is great to see life in parts of the world one has never been, or only visited once or twice, there is a pleasure in seeing posts from one’s own neck of the woods. both the fresh and the familiar have their own pull… πŸ™‚

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