DIALOGUE – WEEKLY PHOTO CHALLENGE – OLD NUMBER TWO
Views of my favorite old fire engine. I know, on one level, that he is an inanimate object. A truck. Metal and glass and rubber. An engine that ceased running years ago. A fire truck whose time came and went.
Despite knowing this, I feel like this old truck holds history in his rusty body. Memories. Fires, rescues. History.
I know I’m not the only one who feels this way because the countryside has many veteran trucks and other vehicles quietly rusting in fields, often keeping company with the growing corn and the grazing cows and sheep.
We invest our things with personality. Maybe we can’t help it. We are alive and we share at least the sense of life with those things with which we share our world.
Thank you Cee for another fun round as we explore the inner secrets of This Blogger’s Life. Chapter 34.
What is your favorite smell? What memory does it remind you of?
Bread baking. Actually, anything baking. Coffee. They all remind me of … baked goods. And how good they go with coffee.
Name a song or two which are included on the soundtrack to your life?
Good Day, Sunshine. They played it at my son’s fourth grade graduation and the kids sang along. I cried. And Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, especially the second movement, because I performed it often. It became a signature piece. As it is for many pianists.
Do you play video/computer game? Which one(s) or most recent?
No. I used to play Civilization and Caesar. Sim City. But that was long ago in a galaxy far, far away. Does Scrabble count? I play Scrabble. And solitaire.
Which of Snow White’s 7 dwarfs describes you best? Plus what would the 8th dwarf’s name be? (Doc, Happy, Bashful, Sleepy, Sneezy, Grumpy, Dopey)
In one way or the other, all of them, depending on circumstance.
- Sneezy during allergy season.
- Doc when dealing with the doctors.
- Bashful if you point a camera at me.
- Dopey … well, you can guess.
- Sleepy … another one I think you can work out for yourself.
- Happy when a plan comes together.
- Grumpy when the plan doesn’t come together, life falls apart, or any time I have to call customer service. I feel obliged to point out I’ve had to call at least one customer service each day for the last 5 days. This week, I am entirely Grumpy.
And that wraps it up folks!
Well not really. I thought I’d come back and add that eight dwarf — Achy, the arthritic dwarf. That’s when I just sit around creaking and making the occasional huffing noise as I try to get up on my feet.
From the city to the country and back again, this is a nation of roads. Americans are wedded to their wheels, their trucks and cars. We can’t imagine a world without a road to get from here to there, wherever here is, wherever there may be. There absolutely must be a road … because we are defined by our roads.
No road? Impossible. That would be un-American.
The sun was bright and the daisies were still looking perky, so I took them out to the deck for one more round of pictures. It was late afternoon, a good time to shoot because the shadows are long, but there’s still plenty of light.
I went back to my Olympus. It did so well last time. I figured why not do it again? I shot with my Olympus E-PM2 (4/3 format) with the Olympus 45 mm 1.8 portrait lens to give the pictures a super shallow depth of field and that lovely bokeh (fuzzy background).
A true selection of odds and ends, orphan pictures that don’t fit anywhere, but I like anyway. Nothing more oddball that that!
Summer is passing too fast. Slow down, summer. Autumn will wait and so will that nasty old winter. I’d like the warm weather to hand around longer. Let the flowers keep blooming, the dark green leaves of late summer heavy on the branches.
And my deck garden. It’s just one season long, then it’s gone. One summer of purple and white petunias and white begonias, hanging on their post on the deck.
Hang on summer. I still need your heat!
For those who would like to know, I used my Olympus E-PM2 (4/3 format) with the Olympus 45 mm 1.8 portrait lens to give the pictures a super shallow depth of field and lovely bokeh (fuzzy background).