Dearly Departed. . .

The Daily Prompt today is to write a eulogy for oneself. And the blogger, in all good conscience, cannot resist such a grave challenge. All that is required to “get started” is to look out the window at the snow and notice that the jet stream has managed to bring the arctic into our backyard. It is cold as death not five feet away.

Cold as hell!  A contradictory notion.  And so we begin.

The blogger has left us dear friends. But he was not too bummed out about going somewhere else. He was happy, for example, to now have the opportunity to haunt his ex-wife whenever he feels like it. He also told me that he wanted to buzz a few UFO’s, scare the crap out of them the way they terrified him from time to time. And, of course, he is looking forward to meeting God and asking him a few questions. For instance, he would like to know why God allowed Bill Buckner to play first base for the Boston Red Sox during the 1986 World Series. And, if there is time, he would also ask Him why he doesn’t make their brain explode when someone says, “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you”.

Our friend could be generous at times. Most of you probably did not know that he donated his body to science long ago. There was this biology student back in his college days who was really hot. He also spent years working with those in need and actually gave some of them shelter for several nights.

He was always an optimist. Because, he said, he had a choice and it would be really dumb to go the other way and believe the world is as awful as it appears to be much of the time. I imagine that, right now, he’s enjoying the fact that he has actually been freed from himself; the near-sighted, fumbling, wrinkled body, and the introverted, forgetful mind. He’s more free to love, laugh and learn as he greets those he has missed for so long, including his grandparents and his dear mother.

He’s exploring the vistas of many astral worlds made of light and music. And he’s waiting to welcome the rest of his family and friends home. He’s planning, someday, to have a party and invite everybody!  Even Bill Buckner!

Ready, Set, Go. . .

Today I decided to go downtown (Richmond, Va.) to take a four mile hike starting at Brown’s Island and heading along the James River to take photos of Blue Herons nesting. But it is very cold today and I cut it short because the tips of my fingers started to burn with cold. Apparently these gloves I purchases at REI are not as helpful as I thought and will require some chemical hand warmer packs tucked inside when the temperature dips below freezing.

Better this was discovered here than on the trail! So after a short loop it was back to the warmth of the car and some cool jazz. Mission aborted! Since I started hiking 8 or 9 months ago I’ve had many situations that have not gone as planned. Equipment doesn’t perform. Or I don’t have the right equipment. At some point, hopefully, I will have enough experience to do these things with predictable results! And I will be able to share notes on products that actually do a great job!

I’ve actually had a great time experimenting with hiking gear and clothing. REI is my partner in this effort. They treat their customers very well and I never have a problem bringing something back or exchanging it. If I had to keep everything I bought in the first few months my new hobby would have run aground by now. I could not afford to keep buying sleeping bags, for example, until finding one that was comfortable enough to allow me to sleep. Too expensive! Here’s a photo from the point where things went south and I decided to turn back.

Next time, boys and girls. And sometime soon.




My aborted adventure actually fits in well with the WordPress Daily Prompt today which is Ready, Set, Go . . .write a post in ten minutes. There’s not much to say about getting out of the car, walking around in a circle, snapping a few shots and then returned to the vehicle!

Honing Writing Skills. . .If not now, when?