Monday, February 22, 2010

R.I.P.

Yes, my previously posted light bulb was naive and cute , but take a look at this one. His name is Lester ( yes,light bulbs can have names!). He's been around the block and turned off and on more times than one can count. Here's the low down: he started out his illuminating life aboard the South American registered tramp steamer Jose Hernandez. Twenty four seven duty in one of the crew heads located below deck at the stern. From marine work, he moved on to even more grueling twenty four seven duty on the ceiling of a six foot square lock down cell at Pelican Bay State Penitentiary on the dreary and foggy coast of Northern Calif. Alas, Lester's career (and life) came to a tragic and shattering end while the owner and proprietor of the seedy and well known Bates Motel in Arizona tried to screw him into a bathroom electrical socket and accidently dropped him into the infamous shower tub. He will be forever remembered as spirited, tough, and able to take on any voltage thrown at him. R.I.P. Lester Light Bulb.

13 comments:

Kathy said...

An "illuminating" tribute to Lester! And, a great painting.

David Lobenberg said...

Thanks, Kathy. He will always be fondly remembered and will be in a special place in our hearts.

Prabha N. said...

Love the 'bulbing' humor! Its so much fun to read your posts as well as admire the brushstrokes!

AutumnLeaves said...

Poor Lester...so blue...But beautifully painted and immortalized, David!

Celeste Bergin said...

Here is a man who can not only paint..but can write fanciful and touching stories too.

RIP bulb, gone too soon.

David Lobenberg said...

Many thanks, Prabha.

David Lobenberg said...

Yes, he will most certainly be fondly remembered, Autumn.

David Lobenberg said...

True, a light prematurely extinguished, Celeste.

Dan Kent said...

The days were brighter when Lester was around, and times are darker now, for sure. But the painting is beautiful.

David Lobenberg said...

No truer words were ever written, Dan.

Carol King said...

I like both your light bulbs. So sorry to hear about Lester's passing. He had a bright past.

BTW, the super-duper secret word verification today is "stank". Just thought you'd want to know.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

A rough painting for a rough life. You are so talented as a biographer.

David Lobenberg said...

Onpainting, Yes! I'm very talented as a light bulb biographer only!