I love the play “Equus”. It’s a beautiful, haunting look at the inner psyche of an individual while the play as a whole asks some very interesting questions about sanity/insanity and obsession. The play is relatively dark and intense, and, when well-done, chilling. (As a spoiler, the main character in the play blinds six horses. You find this out in the first five minutes of the play, so it’s really not all that much of a spoiler.)
However. There is a line in that play where the mother of the main character is being questioned by the psychologist about the main character’s obsession with horses. The mother remarks that the boy loved the word ‘equus’ because (to paraphrase) ‘It’s so unique, to have two u’s next to each other in a word.’
I laugh now, every time that I vacuum, because ‘vacuum’ also has two u’s next to each other, and perhaps the main character in “Equus” might have gone in a different direction if the word ‘vacuum’ had been his first introduction to obsession.
But I digress. Maple and myself bought a vacuum from Stephan and Kara rightbefore Stephan left. It is, without question, a really nice vacuum. With our previous vacuum only the extension hose had worked (and on the extension cord only the super skinny extension actually had enough suction to clean the carpet) which meant that vacuuming entailed getting on your hands and knees and (literally) cleaning the carpet inch-by-inch.
According to the living-and-breathing-encyclopedia-that-is-Maple Miele used to make letterpress’s before vacuums. After vacuuming last night all I can say is, “Vacuuming is fun again. Thank you Miele.” And our quiet little dream machine (it’s even yellow!) just says, “You’re welcome” in the quiet soothing hum of a vacuum with nothing to prove.
Cheers and Love,
Maple and Me