Monday, October 26, 2009
Scaled Up Chalk Boards / Auckland, New Zealand
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The Youth Hostel in Auckland was a very big one and it wasn't one of my favorites, to be honest. Too big, too much hectic, too much unfriendly Germans.
But there was one thing I liked about the place: In every floor there was a big chalk board mounted to the wall beside the public pay phone.
The purpose of the board wasn't obvious and therefore it was full with scribbled John-loves-Mary kind of statements enriched with different shapes of the male genital. No idea why pubertal boys love to sketch their part-time-brain so much.
Anyway - I like people writing on chalk board - even penis-artists.
That night I was sitting in the public area till late at night checking out my next destinations in New Zealand on my notebook.
On the way back to my room the corridors were abandoned and that gave me the chance to clean the chalk board completely and to replace the scribblings with the sentence "Why was your day worth living it today?". Then I sneaked away.
The next morning the chalk board was still untouched (well at least no more penises) and I doubted that my experiment would work.
But it took only a few more hours to get the people ignited. When I came back to the hostel after a day of sight seeing I saw four entries on the chalk board. Four!
Gosh - I guess my big grin scared the other guests a bit because they had no idea about the reason.
I immediately signed a mental contract in my head to ask strangers this question more often. In the end it is only for egoistic reasons because it makes me a bit more happy.
Size does matter - that might not only be true for parts of the male body but also for the size of chalk boards.