Photo101: Day Six: Connect & Tags

 

Living in a marina I looked around
for local connections….

Abandoned railroad tracks previously used by Belt Line Railway & Standard Oil
Abandoned railroad tracks previously used by Belt Line Railway & Standard Oil
Abandoned ramp previously used for one of the docks
Abandoned ramp intended for one of the docks
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Dock six ramp with Sky exiting
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Electrical connection to my boat
Dock 1 ramp
Dock 1 ramp
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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge – Sun Mar 8th

022714-odd-ballIn response to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge post how can I resist but sharing some of the millions of photos of my pups.  The white one is an Aussie about 5-6 years old the one chasing is a Catahoula about 3 years old.  Both rescues and both living the dream now!  Or at least I hope they feel that way.  They are certainly fulfilling mine.

 

The whole point of Cee’s challenge is to share photos that don’t fit in a regular category.  As far as I’m concerned, my dogs could fit in almost every category out there – but that’s just me.  So though neither of my dogs are ‘odd’, I still think it would be acceptable to add them to the Odd Ball Challenge!!

 

Cheers and thanks for checking the post out.

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San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade 2015

Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram
Year of the Goat/Sheep/Ram

Tonight I am watching, in the background on the tele, the Chinese New Year Parade in Downtown San Francisco – technically it’s a re-broadcast.  It’s the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat.

I read an interesting bit of news regarding childbirth in China associated with this Chinese Zodiac sign.  Apparently this sign is in a sense considered ‘the black sheep’ of Chinese Zodiac signs. Many see the sheep as timid & weak and destined to be a follower and not a powerful leader or wealthy etc.  The Chinese New Year’s date was February 19th this year concluding the year of the Horse, a very desired year of birth!

“Every 12 years, some Chinese couples are thrown into a frenzy, fearing their child may be born in the Year of the Sheep.” (per China Daily and quite a number of other resources).

I think the year of the Sheep/Ram/Goat would be a pretty good year to be associated with.  They are supposed to be calm by nature, with fewer health problems and generally to be in good spirits.  Possess an appreciation for the arts and are wise and compassionate.  They may not turn out to be conquerors or dictators but rather pretty consistently in what I read of the sign, sounds like the year of the Goat/Ram/Sheep is equivalent to the birth of someone who will prove to be a good and caring person -probably the child that could be most counted on to care for his or her parents in old age!!

 

Share Your World – 2015 Week 9

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Share your world weekly prompt

How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are? 

don’t feel young or old or a specific age.  I consider age and time to be a limiting thought.  I respect the young and the old especially.  The young for their innocence and fresh perspective, the older, for their experience and fresh perspective.  I hope to always carry with me the childhood inquisitiveness and age with the grace of those I know to be older than myself.

Are you left or right handed? 

I am right-handed for writing.  I can play pool with left or right hand and paint like (house painting) with either.  

If you HAD to change your name, what would you change it to?

When I was a kid I used to imagine that my name was Chris but I really like my name now so no desire to change it!

Where do you hide junk when people come over?

I live on a boat and I have two boats.  The second boat has become the scapegoat for hiding those clutter items.  I just emptied the other boat of the junk and did a big cleanup so -fresh starts to cluttering or hopefully remaining uncluttered.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

I am perpetually grateful for my living situation, my pups and my great neighbours and environment.  

 

Raising kids .. with an iguana life lesson

iguanaI was talking with one of my friends today and listening to her recount some experiences in babysitting and child care when she was younger.

First story was of her iguana.  She was explaining to me how cool it was to have an iguana.  I was doubting her I must admit.

One day her son was questioning why it was that all his friends at school had dads and why didn’t he have a dad to talk about.  He knew he did and she asked him if he wanted to call or when he wanted to see his dad. I don’t know anything about the father but the prospect of calling his dad didn’t sound as cool as what everyone was talking about in school.

He was bummed.  Then his mom pointed out an important fact.  ‘They all have dads’ she said but you have an iguana!  How cool is that…

The next day he went to school and when the subject came up again he told everyone he had an iguana!  The class was excited and the teacher asked his mother if the iguana could come to school.  “Absolutely!”  So the iguana went to school and he was the coolest boy in the school because sure enough, nobody else had an iguana!

I just thought it was a clever way to resolve an awkward situation!

 

in response to the Daily Post: Imitation/Flattery
Write a post about anything you’d like — in the style of your favorite blogger. (Be sure to link to them!)
(I’ve linked to storyshucker -be sure to check the blog out!)

Day Five: Solitude & the “Rule of Thirds”

Instructions: Capture a snapshot that conveys the state of being alone
Today’s Tip
framing with the ‘Rule of thirds’

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Meditating/stretching solitude

My neighbour meditates daily and she also likes to stretch by lying on her back with legs against the wall.  It really is a great stretch if you have the wall space!  I noticed her stretching/meditating today and thought it would be a perfect photo for the solitude assignment.  I did not get the thirds framing thing to work out quite right but will keep that in mind more for future assignments.  She does know I am sharing this photo.  And yes I did add a blur to part of the photo outside of the desired focus.

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