Some things are doomed from the start. Not doom-and-gloom doomed, just no-chance-they're-gonna-work doomed. Those things, if you were to graph them, would look something like this. A low-expectation beginning, a slow decline and a more-or-less steady low plateau to the inevitable end. All in a pretty, pleasant palette. Much of life is like this: doomed but lovely anyway. This graph charts the specific attempt a visitor made to ascend a ladder and get up on our storage container for a better photographic vantage. As you see from the graph, her attempt never had a chance (this image is made of the far-left slices of the photos of her ascent and descent). The full 100-image animation of the climb—like parts of life—was too dull (and too large a file) to post.