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Someplace Special – January 31st

Springfield, Vermont (probably 1969, might be 1970)

(Ice and cold – could it be coming up on fifty years. This was a time of cold and isolation, everything symbolized by ice and snow, black and white with dirty grey everywhere in between. But there’s that one spot of color – green means go. And with time this world melted and warmed into a place quite beloved in my memory. I survived, as did this grainy, flawed slide, somehow now echoing across the decades. Ice and cold again now, inside if not always out, looking again for that spot of color and a way to hang on and get through. Spring is coming.

But for now it’s only the end of January.)

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Someplace Special – January 26th



Panmunjeom, Korea

(“Special” can have different meanings and interpretations – it’s not guaranteed to be good and happy. Some places can scare the crap out of you, realizing just how easily one lunatic could cause millions or billions of deaths.)

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Someplace Special – January 15th

Lincoln Memorial, Washington, DC

I haven’t yet gotten to the MLK Memorial in Washington. Next trip, for sure.

(So much talk and shouting in our country, so little of it worth anything in light of the actual actions the shouters are taking. How did people like King and Lincoln keep going in the face of so much hatred, anger, and violence?)

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Someplace Special – January 11th


Fushimi Inari Taisha, Kyoto, Japan

Truly a favorite place – can’t wait to re-visit.

(When my heart is so full to overflowing with hatred and frustration, I wish I could go to a place such as this and wander the mountain in silence to find myself again.)

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Someplace Special – January 04th

Smithsonian Air & Space Museum, Washington, DC

Main gallery, clockwise from upper left: Apollo 11 CSM, Spirit of St Louis, Spaceship One, Viking proof test article.

(One can feel a twinge of pity for those who are so simple minded, mentally ill, or willfully ignorant that they believe absurd things. Flat earthers. Anti-vaxxers. Moon hoaxers. Alien conspiracy believers. Climate change deniers. But feeling pity for them doesn’t mean that we should let them be in charge in any way, shape, or form. It doesn’t matter how I feel about a blind person – I don’t want them driving a bus or a gasoline tanker truck!)

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New York, New York (Pictures Day 18)

In summary: New York City had a life of it’s own in my head. In early August 2016, I visited there for the first time. On the first afternoon we visited Central Park and were there for hours, despite the jet lag. Day One started with a tour of the Intrepid and the Space Shuttle Enterprise, followed by the full two and a half hour cruise around Manhattan – south down the Hudson River into the Upper Harbor, up the East River under the “BMW” bridges, past Midtown and the UN, into the Harlem River, back south into the Hudson River, underneath the George Washington Bridge, past Grant’s Tomb, and finally back into port. To finish Day Two we had a death march to find a cab, went to the Mets game, left early only to miss the best part, and inadvertently stiffed a nice cab driver. Bright & early on Day Three we headed out toward Liberty Island – it’s hard to take a bad picture there, then went to Ellis Island. Bank on Manhattan, we went to World Trade Center Museum, which was emotional & grueling.

Day Four of our New York adventure started out with a visit to Times Square.

There was a lot of construction going on.

It was crowded, but not “New Year’s Eve crowded.” We managed to keep our distance from the street performers and odd folk in costumes. If I wanted to see a fake, second-rate Batman or Hulk I can just go down to Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles.

The Empire State Building was our next stop, one of those “must see” spots for my first trip to New York City.

It’s fancy inside the front doors, very rococo – and then you go around the corner and it’s one of those Disneyland-like snakey lines that keeps twisting from room to room so that you never really know how much longer you’ll be stuck there. On the other hand, the sign at the beginning of the line that said wait times were currently 45 minutes was pretty accurate, so they’ve got that over most amusement parks.

Once at the top, off in the distance through the haze, we could see Liberty Island and Ellis Island, the sites of Day Three’s adventures.

You can also see just about everything else. Looking to the northeast toward the Bronx, the Chrysler Building, United Nations, and Roosevelt Island can be seen.

To the east, Queens is laid out in all its glory on the far side of the East River (which we’ll recall isn’t really a river).

To the southeast, the Williamsburg Bridge crosses the East River with Brooklyn beyond.

And looking through the haze due south, all of the southern end of Manhattan is studded with skyscrapers.



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Someplace Special – December 26th

Shanghai, China

(Christmas pie, or at least, Christmas pie chart – how much of it was enjoyed, how much of it was a memory to be cherished and treasured for a lifetime, how much of it was endured with good humor, how much of it was merely survived, how much of it was fulfilling, how much of it was disappointing? Repeat the exercise as needed for every holiday and significant life event.)

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