How Did This Scene Come to Be?
It certainly wasn't staged. Read the post to find out.
The events leading to this scene begin in early December when I decided to restart an old habbit, eating sunflower seeds. I had loved them as a teen -- used them to help quit smoking when I was 20, and now have gotten back to them in an attempt to hold back my cookies and ice cream passions.
Sunflower seeds cause many logistical problems, most significantly -- where to put the shells? Finish drinking that morning cup of tea -- hey, just spit those shells into the coffee mug. Kind of gross just thinking about it. And you know not every shell lands in the cup.
On Sunday we got this really cool blue mug at the Perelman Jewish Day School Torah dedication. Last night getting out of my car after work I was juggling my brief case and who knows what else-- gloves, hat--I put the mug on the Subaru roof for just for a second while I arranged other things.
I forgot the mug and its suflower shells and they spent the night together on the roof of my car.
I got into the car this morning without noticing that the mug was on the roof. I get in and start to drive away. Next I hear a loud noise. I stop the car and get out to see the mug sprawled on the ground with the shells having poured out in a lovely arcing pattern.
I was sad I wasn't driving my kids to school today because we would have had a really big laugh. (This is not the first time I've left something on the top of the car only to have it fly off -- usually to worse affect.)
But I had my camera and there wasn't any question I would photograph this scene. This is the kind of thing one might want to stage in order to get a photo -- here it happened "naturally" (yes my brain is part of nature) -- what? I'm not going to take pictures?
From you, dear reader, I am interested to know:
- How much of this story could you discern from the photo alone.
- If you know physics at all, can you describe the trajectory of the mug and how that pattern of shells was made. I only heard the sound of the mug landing, I didn't see anything flying.
- Should we learn, or avoid learning, anything from the words "Jewish Future" emblazoned and visible on the mug?
- any other wisdom you can share regarding these events.