According to Answers.com, the phrase “improvise, adapt and overcome” is an unofficial mantra of the Marine Corps based on the fact that the Corps generally received Army hand-me-downs and the troops were poorly equipped. Despite this, the Marine Corps has been successful mostly because of the creativity of its people and their success-based attitude.
Improvise, adapt and overcome seems to also be the mantra of all creative people. Scott has been a full time painter for about 25 years. At the age of 29, he decided that painting was his calling and this meant he would drive old cars, live in modest housing and work at flexible, low paying jobs in order to dedicate his energy to learning to paint and making a living at it.
Living meagerly for many years has given Scott the uncanny ability to “make-do” in a lot of situations. There is very little that gets thrown away around here without Scott’s scrutiny to determine whether or not it can be repurposed.
When we brought Amedeo Modigliani or “Modi” home from the Golden Retriever Rescue of the
One day, he came home with an odd assortment of materials from Home Depot. He had foam pipe wrapping, PVC pipe, rope and D-rings. He told me he was going to make a contraption that would allow Modi to run along while Scott rode his bike. I stifled my skepticism and let him go at it. A little while later he was ready to try his experiment. Inside I was cringing, afraid the whole thing would end in disaster.
It worked. The dog gets a good run every day and Scott and Modi have become a legend in our neighborhood.
What does this have to do with writing? I’m not sure, but I couldn’t resist posting these pictures!