Lost In Translation No. 2

I’ve already posted a different version of this little building at the St. Louis Botanical Garden, but I felt like a bit of color today (I guess I’m ready for spring). Also, I still have no idea what this sign says… I’m very curious at this point. And confused. Queue the quote!

Jimmy James: “…the original title of… of… this book was, uh, ‘Jimmy James; Capitalist Lion Tamer’, but… I see now that it’s… ‘Jimmy James… Macho Business Donkey Wrestler’. You know what it is… I… I had the book translated into Japanese then back again into English, so… Macho… Business… Donkey… Wrestler. Well, there ya’ go. It’s got kind of a ring to it, don’t it?

– Stephen Root – NewsRadio

About this image: digital photograph, moderately modified


59 thoughts on “Lost In Translation No. 2

    • Hahaha…
      you did, indeed, S.E…
      (but I was having a difficult time coming up with a new ‘script’… and I really wanted an excuse to use that NewsRadio quote… so I had to pretend like I still didn’t know what it says.)


  1. Spring is definitely sprung 🙂 So… how about the old computing translation – ‘Out of sight, Out of mind’ = ‘Invisible Idiot’ 😉

    • Always nice to hear! Even though we’ve had a very mild winter… it’s still winter… and I have to admit I tend to prefer the other seasons much more!
      Hahaha… I’m filled with the sudden urge to go look in a mirror!

    • Do you know what the sign says, cocomino? I have always wondered that.
      It’s a beautiful spot… and this little house is hidden away off the path a bit. It is open on the front, and has a nice bench where you can sit and look out over a pond (one of my favorite spots at the whole botanical garden)…

  2. I like both version, but like you, I’m need color since I’m ready for spring as well.
    Maybe some who know what the sign says will see this post and tell you one day….that would be nice.

    Hugs to you and Annabelle!

    • I completely agree… I’m a huge fan of b/w and sepia, etc… but it’s been a bit dreary lately… it seemed like some color might cheer things up a bit!
      That would be very nice… it’s what I’m hoping for, anyway!
      Thanks so much Deb!

    • Thanks, Dishy!
      They are definitely autumnal looking leaves, aren’t they? I took this last spring, but monkeyed with the color balance quite a bit here (sometimes over saturated color just isn’t saturated enough for me).

  3. In my experience as the child of professional donkey basketball players (well, once-a-year donkey basketball players), I can tell you that wrestling a donkey is just as dirty a business as taming a lion.

    And those leaves are SO nice.

  4. distortion by translation – that’s what I’m producing daily – German is my natural language, so you read daily my special Frizzenglish; be glad, that you do not hear my pronunciation!

    • Why, thank you!
      Ah! Very interesting thought! Maybe it’s like the closing scene from the movie Lost in Translation… hearing / understanding the dialogue would remove a lot of the ‘possibility’…
      I hadn’t thought of that… but I like it!

  5. Excellent composition. Very effective use of colour and I also like the quirky angle. The sign is a Japanese translation of a an old Klingon motto.

    • Thanks so much, sir!
      This was right about the point my camera battery quit on me…
      I just barely got one or two shots of this little building and it was lights out on that adventure!
      Hahaha… Ka’plah!
      I think Google Translate should add Klingon to their language list, don’t you? Seems like that would be a lot of fun!

  6. Doesn’t it say “We don’t shit in your pool, so don’t swim in our toilet” . Hmm, could be wrong, my Japanese sucks 🙄

  7. You are right about the colouring on this one
    as it stands ouit so well against the backdrop
    of your Space… An excellent choice too 🙂


    • My keyboard could be Chinese with a mix of Wales
      or is it just Leek with a smattering of Bean Sprout? 🙂 😉

      Have a fun rest of evening
      and a wicked weekend SIG 🙂


      • Hahaha…
        what my keyboard is most is unfriendly!
        Not sure what I did to upset it, but with all the typos I’ve been composing lately, it’s clearly upset!
        Thanks so much, A.G.!
        I hope you had a wonderful weekend as well!

        • I have sent you an invite via e mail SIG
          I do hope that you will accept my invitation
          my wickedly fine friend 🙂


    • Many thanks, A.G.!
      Those background grays are very generous to images, I think…
      really makes things stand-out nicely… and I’ll take all the help I can get with that!

    • Thank you so much, Jake!
      The colors were very nice to begin with, but I had fun exaggerating them until they were almost over-the-top… the onset of spring was very inspiring that way!

    • Thanks so much, Nigel! Very kind of you to show my site to your friend, too! I really appreciate that!
      Yeah… I did that for about a year or so. It was a good learning experience… I might go back to it some day, but I’ve got a lot to work on, first.

    • Thanks so much, J.G.!
      Hahaha… a good point! I guess that’s why they put those diagrams on the doors… for guys like me… always asking where the restroom is located!
      The weather has been very nice here lately, too! Which I’m always happy about! Winter is okay for a while, but I sure prefer the other three seasons!

    • That’s very nice to hear Ms. D, thank you!
      I think I went a little overboard with the saturation…
      I need to get something like that out of my system from time to time.

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