Excuse me, what are you doing? I should think that was obvious; Iâ€™m collecting grape vine.Â Why? I use it to make wreaths, dreamcatchers, that kind of stuff.Â Live vine is easier to work with, but I prefer to use something thatâ€™s already left its spirit, you know? No, I donâ€™t.Â Listen this is a public park.Â You canâ€™t go collecting things here. Look, this vine was cut off at the base, probably by one of your staff.Â However, they left it hanging in the trees.Â You could say Iâ€™m doing the trees a favour.Â Iâ€™m sure the trees are very appreciative, but youâ€™re still not allowed to remove things from here. You know, I remove something from this place every time I come here.Â Sometimes itâ€™s plants for medicine or seeds to replant next year, sometimes itâ€™s the smell of the spring flowers, sometimes itâ€™s grape vine.Â Mostly, though, itâ€™s garbage.Â Never fail to come here and pick up as much garbage as I can carry.Â See that pile of glass over there?Â Am I allowed to remove that?Â Well, we canâ€™t be held responsible, if you hurt yourself. Iâ€™m not asking you to be responsible for anything I do.Â Come back in ten minutes, and you wonâ€™t even be able to tell I was here.Â I understand the parkâ€™s policy, and itâ€™s a good one.Â Designed to keep people from â€˜trashingâ€™ the place, but unfortunately it doesnâ€™t always work.Â This earth and I have a very good relationship.Â She provides me with all that I need, and I try very hard to repay her kindness when I can.Â This grape vine will help provide some income, and Iâ€™ve pulled it down so it wonâ€™t be strangling the trees next summer.Â Iâ€™m going home now.Â Itâ€™s been good talking with you.Â Good-bye.
Mike Pedde 08/09/97