Getting a Kick from Wreck this Journal

by Barbara Martin

in Creative Juice

Wreck this Journal Pie

Wreck this Journal Pie

Here’s the latest update in the ongoing saga of our Wreck this Journal game. (#WTJ)

Last Thursday afternoon: mailed book to self. Deep breaths.

Friday noon: BOOK IN MAILBOX! Stamps not cancelled, no postmark, in fact not a single new mark on it! Must have been hand carried with kid glove treatment.

I toss it on my desk. I leave the tape on it. I wish it had taken a little longer to get back to me — this week I am icing my shoulder every two hours and am a little short on patience. Anyhoo. The week progresses.

Saturday: Book stares at me

Sunday: Book stares at me

Monday: Book now glaring at me

Tueday: More of the glare-stare

Wednesday evening: THREW BOOK OUT THE WINDOW

It fell nine stories and bounced really hard. First bounce off side of building (hope not off a window but hard to say) then a five foot bounce off the sidewalk and out into the street.

Damage report: barely a dent in one corner (bottom right) with a slight case of buckling, it’s possible the mailing tape helped reinforce it.

Well, that was kinda fun. By now it is nine oclock at night and getting darker and windier by the minute. Am beginning to feel like a hooligan!

Daughter and I head to the neighborhood park where there is a fountain. We first float the book by resting it on a raft made out of an aluminum pie pan. That looks dumb.

Next we float the book all by itself. That’s okay but there’s no action to speak of, the thing just floats and spins lazily like it’s doing a lazy float trip down the river. Nice but no cigar. By this time a few people are watching us in an idle sort of way.

So we stick it under the fountain where the water gushes out. Nice! Somebody laughs.

Wreck this Journal in Fountain Torrent

Wreck this Journal in Fountain Torrent

We retrieve the book and doggone it there is really no damage to speak of. A little water seeped under the tape, a little bit soaked through around the hole I drilled through it with the single hole paper punch, but nothing to write home about. The postage stamps are still intact.

All of the sudden I dropkick it across the plaza and my purple Croc flies in the air along with the book. People dining in the cafe next door applaud.

We run home laughing.


Victoria Brouhard July 2, 2009 at 10:49 pm

You are my hero right now.

You got *applause*?!? I bow before your hooliganitude.

Very nicely done.

magpie July 3, 2009 at 1:16 am

it’s the jack bauer of journals!
takes a licking and keeps on ticking!
a lesson in the, uh, inhuman spirit!

Kavindra July 3, 2009 at 4:56 am

I’m applauding too! You wrecked so good you got applause in public – that must’ve been quite a performance.

Love how it glared at you and you lost your temper and threw it out the window. You 2 are developing a very personal relationship 😉

Gretchen Wegner July 3, 2009 at 6:54 am

I love the blow by blow, Barbara. And the detail of your Crock flying off — priceless!

Pace July 3, 2009 at 7:54 am

This is so cool and sounds like a lot of fun! What a unique book. I’ve never heard of anything like it.

Oh, wait… maybe I have! Morton’s List!

Kara aka Mother Henna July 3, 2009 at 9:12 am

BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I felt like I was there for all of this — including laughing and applauding when your shoe goes flying thru the air with the book :) FUN! Thank you for the adventure :)

Dragonfly Reflections July 3, 2009 at 10:22 am

Wow – wrecking applause! How wonderful is that?! Keep on wrecking – you’re doing great!!!

Mel July 3, 2009 at 10:36 am

Oh but that’s so funny!! It really is a rather indestructible sort of creation, isn’t it? If you really want utter annihilation I think you’re going to have to do the walk (drag)….it wreaks havoc, I tell you…

Sherri July 3, 2009 at 11:48 am

This post captures what this process is about. Experimenting, letting other people laugh and cheer along with you. Wonderful! Happy wrecking!

Snap July 3, 2009 at 1:08 pm

You are my hero! Applause for shoe and journal kicking! Well done! Marvelous post.

Lisa July 3, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Jack Bauer – that’s great! What fun you had desperately trying to wreck. Very funny!

Jennifer Lee July 3, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Bravo! Love your persistence!!!

Melinda July 3, 2009 at 4:47 pm

hahaha…..I don’t know if I could do all that! GOOD JOB! Thanks for your visit to my blog too and watching the shower video AND leaving a comment!

Christine Martell July 3, 2009 at 5:09 pm

Perhaps next you can try performance wrecking. Portland is so ripe for it.

LaWendula July 3, 2009 at 9:09 pm

Hi, thanks fot leaving a comment, please tell me, what this “cooking with gaz” expression means, I can’t understand.
Happy wrecking!

Grammy July 3, 2009 at 9:15 pm

You book sound indestructible. You will have to call it supper book lol. Sound like you have a great night and made a few people laugh. Awesome job. Have fun see ya next week.

Kristin July 3, 2009 at 11:35 pm

I love that you got some audience reaction – but my favorite part was the end, where you said you ran home laughing…That’s fabulous!!!!

You mentioned on my blog that you thought I”d put a handle on it. I’d actually been trying to figure out how to do that! that’s so funny that you mentioned it. I guess I may have to try harder!

Goddess Leonie | July 4, 2009 at 1:44 am

Oh my goddess… you are hilllllarious!
This is the best saga ever…
it’s like the story of the Indestructible Book!

Hart you! Hart this story!

Genie Sea July 4, 2009 at 7:38 am

I love your quest of trying to put a tend in that unsinkable little f*cker! :) Hahaha

Genie Sea July 4, 2009 at 7:39 am

WOW! My dyslexia is in full force! I meant “dent” and totally typed it backwards! :)

ToniM July 4, 2009 at 7:51 am

Fantastic!! Applause?..I love it!

Bev July 4, 2009 at 11:26 am

Great wrecking – and writing!
Loved the descriptions.
I need to do the throw/drop kick/ with the journal

Jean July 4, 2009 at 6:53 pm

Brilliant wrecking! I love that you mailed it already…I’m trying to get there.

I also love that you just hucked it out the window! That is fabulous! I’m inspired to do more

The Other Laura July 5, 2009 at 7:45 am

I love your wrecking – and I’m particularly glad to know that I’m not the only one who’s journal is giving her an evil stare now and then.

Kim July 5, 2009 at 10:16 am

I know that stare!! Great post! Felt like I was there!! Public wrecking is so much fun!

Hybrid J July 6, 2009 at 4:11 am

Simply brilliant!! :)

judipatootie July 8, 2009 at 9:22 am

be scared, very scared! You have a possessed Journal.. too funny, i LOVE every detail

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