Kerrie's Blog: Looking Down & Missing Out

Looking Down & Missing Out

When I heard Pop Departures was coming to SAM I immediately bought tickets and made reservations for a fancy dinner nearby.  Nothing like a Saturday date with my boo to keep me looking forward to the weekend.  

We saw Warhols and Lichtensteins and arrived just in time for a tour which was quite interesting.  I learned something I'll never forget; are you familiar with Warhol's flower piece?  It's quite popular and super fab if you ask me.  Well, the tour guide let us in on a little piece of info in that piece.  The middle of the flowers, well...they're overexposed certain parts of men genitalia.  Starts with an A and ends with an S.  Four letters.  Hangman anyone?  I don't think I'll ever forget that little piece of info.  I'll take Warhol for $500 Alex!

When we were leaving we cruised by the other exhibits.  A red statue demanded my attention and I ran over to it.  It was Gandhi walking.  But then I noticed the phone in his hand and ears.  And I got sad.  I picture him walking through a beautiful sunlit forest with pine needles ever so slightly raining on him; maybe on his way to break bread with his loved ones.  And instead of soaking up all the beauty, he's looking down at some damn piece of technology.  And smiling?  

This spoke to me in so many ways.  We are in front of screens everywhere we go, day and night.  We miss out on the beauty this world offers us each day because we're too busy staring at a screen.  As a social media manager this may sound silly but in my heart I feel like we all need to unplug more.  Yes it's necessary to our businesses and life but you know those times when you don't need to have your phone in your hand or be on your laptop; those are the times I'm talking about.

You know what's messed up is that I reached for my phone to take the pic of this art piece....but I had to because how else would I have shared it with you lovely people?  I obviously don't have it all figured out.


Kerrie La Guardia
Community Manager


Comment balloon 17 commentsKerrie La Guardia • October 20 2014 03:38PM


The dichotomy of it all, right?  The cell phone just isn't right with the artwork and yet, here we are typing on cell phones and ipads where ever we go...

Posted by Evelyn Johnston, The People You Know, Like and Trust! (Friends & Neighbors Real Estate) over 5 years ago

Kerrie - What an interesting perspective on the times we live in!  Who knew such a small screen would have such a big impact on our everyday living!  I hope you enjoyed the tour!

Posted by Laura Allen, Lake Tahoe - Truckee Real Estate for Sale, Tahoe Real Estate Agent Helping Buyers and Sellers (Coldwell Banker, Tahoe City, CA (530) 414-1260) over 5 years ago

Technology has taken over our lives in a big way yet it  is so hard to imagine getting by without it and so many of us did for a lot of years.  I don't think Gandhi ever walked on pine needles so much as dry desert sand.

Posted by Ed Silva, Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally (RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 ) over 5 years ago

I could not agree more.  We do need to unplug more often and look up and enjoy our surroundings.

Posted by Chris Ann Cleland, Associate Broker, Bristow, VA (Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie - The statue of Ghandi is a great peice of contemporary commentary, and it does make me want to disconnect for a while. As for Flowers, I don't think I'll ever be able to enjoy that one again - TMI :)

Posted by Dick Greenberg, Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate (New Paradigm Partners LLC) over 5 years ago

Kerrie, a trip to Fishhawk Lake and a run on Greasy Spoon Road in the early foggy morning hours--that's what you need! Actually, this was eye-opening for me, too, as I've become the 2nd workaholic in my family of two! Long days and hours in front of the computer while the lake sits in front of me, wooing me to leave it all and sit out on my dock.

ahhhhh....but I DID do a run this morning, high up in elevation where the tree tops covered in fog welcomed me for a quiet moment or two. 

Hey, at least you were out enjoying ART...even if there were some body parts involved (not up your alley)!

Greasy Spoon morning

Posted by Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate, "Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905 (John L Scott Market Center) over 5 years ago

I've been actually forgetting my phone a lot lately! And I don't miss it when I do. LOL at Gayle Rich-Boxman's last sentence!!

Posted by Cynthia Larsen, Independent Broker In Sonoma County, CA over 5 years ago

Kerrie- did anyone ever tell you that you need to blog more???   Loved sharing your trip with you, even if only in spirit.  And yes, perhaps we need to look at Ghandi's statue as a reminder that we could all use some time to unplug.

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 5 years ago

Ghandi would be rolling with laughter no doubt

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 5 years ago

I love disconnecting.  Haven't done it completely for a while, but make a point to keep my phone away from me for at least an hour a day.  No phone while I'm eating or cooking, and no phone at the gym.  One of my favorite things about weekend hikes is no phone reception - it really is a beautiful thing to just enjoy our surroundings, and the company we keep.

Posted by John Meussner, #MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852 (Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA,) over 5 years ago

How ironic that you find fault with the artistry of mixing tech with art but then you had to use tech to share the art.  

Posted by Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage, Keller Williams Land Division Specialist (Keller Williams Advantage III Realty in Lake Nona) over 5 years ago

You're right, the artist is clearly trying to make a statement. *Received.

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR® (101 Main St. Realty) over 5 years ago

I think we all should have a minimum of 1 day a week that we don't use any technology!

Posted by Joan Whitebook, Consumer Focused Real Estate Services (BHG The Masiello Group) over 5 years ago

Good morning Kerrie. Unfortunately we're in the technology world and that isn't going to slowdown any time soon. Nice job sharing your post and the photo.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) over 5 years ago

Hi Kerrie.  That art work is descriptive of our times.

Posted by Conrad Allen, Webster, Ma, Realtor (Re/Max Professional Associates) over 5 years ago

Good morning Kerrie. I love the title. I wonder about the picture, and feel like the phone may have been added. If not, I feel as you do: too bad.

Posted by Sheila Anderson, The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133 (Referral Group Incorporated) over 5 years ago

That art piece you have pictured is pretty amazing, Kerrie.  Isn't it amazing how photography can sometimes let us down at those most important moments. When I was in Asheville, NC, getting ready to photograph the Biltmore House, I was very disappointed to find that I wasn't allowed to take pictures of the interior.  There were so many wonderful rooms inside I would have loved to share with Rainers.

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) over 5 years ago