How Ridiculous

Sitting in their heavenly spotlight, endless junk food awaits. Forget about caloric facts, and stick with the cheesy Cheetos. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Sitting in their heavenly spotlight, endless junk food awaits. Who needs caloric facts when we have four vending machines and more to choose from?
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

“Ridiculous” is my new favorite word. With it nailed in my head, I really have no other option but to embrace its, well, ridiculousness.

Whenever I walk by someone talking about the silliest thing I think, “That’s ridiculous.” I find the simplest of things are ridiculous. For instance, paying the parking meter is a headache, a nuisance, and yeah, you got it: it’s a straight shot into ridiculous realm. But my question is: Why do we have to pay for parking when students are already investing so much money for their education?

A woman respectfully pays for a parking spot. Although it may sound childish, let me just ask: But do we have to?  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

A woman respectfully pays for a parking spot. Although it may sound childish, let me just ask: But do we have to?
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Questions like these seem meaningless, but it sparks my curiosity. So as a result, I went out to shoot things that revolve around different interpretations of the word “ridiculous.”

Let me begin, have you ever walked behind the Memorial Union (MU) and found a bunch of bike racks? The first time I actually saw this vast land of bike racks my reaction was, “Whoa, that’s ridiculous!” Seriously, no, joke. Students should take advantage of the vacant bike racks on campus.

Here, there and over there are racks where we can park our bikes.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Here, there and over there are racks where we can park our bikes.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Secondly, the people who advertise things on the path to the MU always bombard students with papers, treats, and even (maybe) lectures. I have encountered all these, and personally, I find it amusing. Particularly, when students preach about God because listening to other perspectives can be eye opening, sometimes. In this situation, ridiculous comes more in a term of outlandish, but in a good way.

Students stand high to preach about God.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Students stand high to preach about God.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Third, being in a very large lecture class, I find it is rather funny to see people on Facebook more often than paying attention to the professor (but who knows, maybe the student really is listening). My point is, I think being on Facebook during class is ridiculous, but it’s okay  because, honestly, who isn’t on Facebook?

There is always that one person who is on Facebook during class. Fess up, we all see you.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

There is always that one person who is on Facebook during class. Or, really, a class full of students “liking” away. 
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

It's a funny thing, even ludicrous thing, how much toilet paper we burn through.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

It’s a funny thing, even a ludicrous thing, how much toilet paper we burn through.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

 

It's ridiculous how late we all stay up to finish some homework or watching the latest on HULU,. No matter, we students will keep our eyes wide open until 3 a.m. not caring for sleep. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

It’s ridiculous how late we all stay up to finish some homework or to watch the latest on HULU. No matter, we students will keep our eyes wide open until 3 a.m. not caring for sleep.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

 

The entrance to Hayden Library is constantly run downed by thousands of students each day. I'd do the math, but that'd be ridiculous. Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

The entrance to Hayden Library is constantly run downed by thousands of students each day. I’d do the math, but that’d be ridiculous.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Crumple it up and it's no longer recyclable, but still, the pizza box sitting next to its home is a bit absurd.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Crumple it up and it’s no longer recyclable, but still, the pizza box sitting next to its home is a bit absurd.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

 

Art at its deepest.  Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Art at its deepest.
Photo by Pauletta Tohonnie

Everyday surprises me. I say “ridiculous” more times in my head than any other words, and until I find my new favorite word, I am sticking to “ridiculous.”

Reach the photographer at ptohonnie@asu.edu