Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Stairways taken, literally and figuratively, No. 3

According to the Urban Dictionary online, People often confuse literally with figuratively. Literally is a much misused adverb, often for emphasis. So, that's what I'm doing with it here, on purpose. And Urban Dictionary defines figuratively as "What everybody means when they say "literally." I suppose that's what I'm doing here, too, because literally is defined by Merriam Webster online as in a literal sense or manner, actually, while figuratively is defined there as: representing by a figure or resemblance. And, of or relating to representation of form or figure in art. Now, I've confused myownself, doggone it. Let's see if I can straighten this out successfully. It's a play on words, y'all, because I took the stairs (walked) and I took the stairs (photographed). Both things actually happened. This idea of mine all hinges on the definition of take from Merriam Webster online. One is use as a means of transportation or progression. Another is to obtain as the result of a special procedure, in this case photography. Whew. Now I'm spreading these photos out over five days starting with Monday, August 19, 2013.
  DSC_0262_PM After I visited with my friend for a while, I walked back the way I had come, until I got to that set of stairs that I had actually walked up. I then continued westward on the less steep street to NE 47th where I turned south and walked to NE Sandy Blvd. where I waited six minutes for the homeward bound 6 bus. On the way to that destination, I passed this stairway, another one controlled by a vigilant human or two which I decided to take, as in photograph. I could not take it, as in walk it, because it too was locked. For me, though, this stairway is more interesting than the boring one in the Tuesday, August 20, post. I think it's the mystery at the top, brought on by the hint of a change in direction.



Beautiful 'take'! Even if you couldn't really take these stairs:)

Anonymous said...

There are quite a few public stairs like this in the West Hills in the Barbur Blvd. and Terwilliger area. Google Portland public stairs.

In Oregon City there are stairs on the side of the bluff going from the downtown area to the next level. My daughter and I recently took the public elevator UP and walked DOWN the steps. Much, much easier. I grew up there and back in the day I could run up or down them. Not any more.

Flo in Vancouver

Randy said...

I like the vines.