Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Long Haul . . .

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Just a little while ago this evening Arnaud over at Random Shots posted a lovely picture of a brick wall which had obviously lived another previous life or two before he got to it with his trusty camera. Couldn't help but get this one out, to send back an echo over the blog waves, and to thank him for his support over the past months, and most importantly, to hopefully help bring some small measure of attention to the excellent photography he's been posting, from India, Nepal, Thailand, and elsewhere. Thanks Arnaud ! (photo taken in Philadelphia, USA, circa 1988)
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When one has a job and a family and a blog, one hopes to be able to stay the distance, to keep going for the long haul, as it were. A good sturdy truck is necessary. Very necessary. Onward through the fog ! (look at the rearview mirror on that baby !)
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And when one is going through a rough period at work, one must always remember to buckle up, until the turbulence is behind, and the captain turns off the fasten your seatbelts light . . . Please pardon my temporary absence from answering comments and visiting your blogs, I'll be back around, just as fast as my little toad legs can carry me . . . I miss you all already . . .
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29 comments:

Jimmy Bastard said...

I couldn't help but wonder if all three photies are connected...

Amy said...

That photo of Arnaud's certainly deserves some showing off. I love it. I'm glad you've echoed some textures here. I endeavor not to get tread on as much as possible. :)

Arnaud said...

Thanks for your support !
Your B&W photos are always full of memories, we can imagine hundreds of stories leading to those final photos... But pretty sure, we even can guess the real one !
And all this is perfectly wrapped with beautiful prose or poems.
So, always a pleasure to come and visit your blog, even if I don't comment as much as I would like... You know about family and work constraints ! :-)

French Fancy said...

Never worry about being too busy to visit Owen - you've put your time in over the months - we'll make allowances :p

the watercats said...

I'm impressed the kid who drew the snake knew how to spell tread!.. it is a fantastic picture.. as is the truck, as you know I'm a sucker for old workhorse stuff. If I won the lottery (this seems to be a mantra of mine) I'm going to buy up all those old trucks and vans and cars and campers and bring them all back to life :-).. with seat belts in.. of course!

Bill Evertson said...

blogging is a very demanding job; we'll allow a little vacation time ;-)

babbler said...

Owen,
All good slugs need time off, and even frogs and toads enjoy the "kicking up the heels" from time to time. I see that you have noticed a bit of time has passed while Mr. Slug was off on a business trip. Thanks for coming over to Slugs Rest to see if we were OK, Mr. Slug is fine although he had a close call with Mr. Car Battery Cable while he was at his convention. Go on over and you will be instantly caught up with the action of late! We promise to put our mantles back to the grindstone now that our optic tentacles are safe and out of danger.

By the way, I do like the first photo depiction of a snakelike creature who does not wish to be stepped on.....Bravo Maestro! I have a good bit of reading to do on your blog today, something I find very refreshing and enjoyable. Before I slide off, you simply must know that I am equally impressed with the "outstanding" rear view mirror, which I would expect to have excellent clarity indeed. That truck is a fine and dandy representation of all things it has passed on the road.......

And lastly, I cannot resist saying this for my comment on the last photographic acheivement posted on my favorite blog -
Mrs. Slug reminds you to:
"Buckle up, buttercup!"

With much goo and slime,
Signed Mrs. Slug and Mr. Slug too!

TechnoBabe said...

We need to buckle up through any turbulence. I really like old truck.

The Poet Laura-eate said...

As a fellow remiss blogger lately, you have my full sympathy (and forgiveness).

Great shots, resonant sentiments.

Nevine said...

Take care with overworking yourself, Owen. Believe me when I tell you I feel where you are, right now. That's all Nevine is saying, this time around. I know you can hear the rest inside your head...

Nevine

Eleonora said...

Love the truck, B&W does it huge justice.

How are you Owen? Miss you

Lola xx

ρομπερτ said...

Fog - a cloud on foot.

Hopefully lifting you up into a upright position to get through this night into a bright month.

Happy Easter celebrations as well. Love the first picture, there are numerous analoge walls over here and I would glady "ride this wave". A nice Thursday to you all.

louciao said...

Best of luck with your new career as a crash test dummy!

Owen said...

Jimmy, Everything is connected in one way or another, right ? But plenty of common themes running through alot of these photos...
Write on !

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Hey Amy, a worthy endeavor then... good luck avoiding the hob nail boots which descend from the heavens at times...
:-)

Owen said...

Hi Arnaud ! Merci beaucoup ! Can you imagine what our blogs would turn into if we didn't have to work for a living ?!?
:-)

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Dear FF... too kind I'm sure...

Owen said...

Hey Vicky, I think there is a song you could do about "If I won the lottery"... I think it must be a mantra for an awful lot of folks these days, I hear people talking about it all the time at work... If I won, If I won... and what was that John Lennon quote, something about "Life is what happens to us while we're making plans for the future"... ? But yeah, I here you, if I won the lottery, you can bet we'd have a big property with lots of decorations like this old truck scattered around... So, just think positive, I'm sure you're going to win soon...
:-)

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Hey Bill ! Well, that's just the problem, I was just on vacation in February, and now work has been worse than ever in March... but sooner or later things have to calm down a bit... to get back to blogging...

Owen said...

Hello Mrs Slug !
A gooey good day to you too... so happy to hear you are all sliding right along, battery cables not withstanding... I was starting to fear you might have had a close encounter with an early Spring lawnmower or something... I'm glad not ! Saw a very large slug on my garden wall coming home from work this morning, but it was dark and I didn't have a camera at hand... was thinking it must be a cousin you'd sent around to see if our lettuce was up yet...
:-)

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Hi TechnoB... very important to always buckle up... one never knows what's just around the bend...

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Hey Laura, fellow remiss, I was wondering where you've been... hope all is well and that the blog buds will be blooming with warmer weather soon...

Owen said...

Nevine, when you speak, you wouldn't believe the things I hear in my head; reverberations, resonances, echoes, resounding thunderclaps of synchronicity...
:-)
You are right, my imagination can do the rest... but wow, in French there is an expression which says certain difficult situations are either : "marche ou creve"... either keep moving forward, or just die and disappear...

Be well Nevine and thanks for being there...

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Hi Lola ! I'm surviving.... barely. Been too crazy of late, and would love to stop by (your blog) and taste some of the fabulous dishes you've been serving up, I really do love Italian food... and wine...
:-)
Someday, ok ?

Owen said...

Hey Robert... would love to see some of you analog walls in Athens... And yes, I am hoping April will be a brighter, more luminous month than March was... strange energies in the air these days...

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Hey Lynne, believe it or not, I am a crash test dummy ! Well, a dummy at any rate, anyone who would stay in my job for ten years in a row now can't be too smart... but then brains were not always my best quality, at least not for certain practical things, like how to make money without subjecting oneself to various forms of mental torture... So are you more westerly now than a day ago ??? Travelled safe and sound ? Didn't empty the airplanes supply of miniature liquor bottles ??? Be safe out there in that geologically unstable area... But jeepers, speaking of which, I was just reading that there is a giant undersea volcano off the coast of Italy called Marsili, which is ready to blow anytime, and could cause a huge tsunami in the Mediterranean... (anytime meaning geological time... could be tomorrow or ten thousand years from now...
:-)

Lydia said...

So much to juggle, and a wise toad you are to know when to say when.
Take good care, Owen. Your readers are faithful, I am sure of that.

.:: Karine ::. said...

I miss you ... already too owen adoré :-)

take care, lot of kisses xxx

Catherine said...

lovely photo of that weathered wall - and where did you find that final sign - how terminal!! Happy Easter from Mexico

jeff said...

Ciao Owen !
Qu'est-ce que j'aime ce camion ! ! ! Il est magnifique ! Tu aurait pû faire une photo comme ça si tu avais eu un peu de talent...!
C'est celui qui devait venir pour la cargaison de ... ? Je l'ai pas dit !

Ciao amigo...:)
Court parce qu'en ce moment c'est trop long ! ! !...(8]
A bientôt...

Owen said...

Hi Lydia... I'm a lucky toad then to have found a few faithful folks out there who are willing to put up with my rantings and ravings and toad ramblings...
:-)
Thank you for that....

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Bonjour Karine, tu es toujours d'une gentilesse infinie... à bientôt, j'espère que cette période "chaude" ne va pas durer éternellement au boulot...
Grandes bises !

Owen said...

Hi Catherine, the billboard was near Philadelphia, back around 1988 when I was living there... Many thanks for your Easter greetings... time is just flying right along here...

Owen said...

Jeff, Cher Jeff,
Ah, ouuufff, tu ne l'as pas dit... heureusement d'ailleurs, car il ne faut surtout pas le dire... si quelqu'un divulgait la vraie raison d'être de ce camion, j'ai bien peur que les conséquences pourraient être effrayantes... mais bon, tu ne l'as pas dit... Pourtant, c'est bien possible que tu as raison; c'est un object qui vient d'un lointain passé, pour remplir un autre rôle dans le présent, l'insaisissable présent, qui glisse dans le passé dès que l'on essaie de l'attraper par un bout pour le tenir un instant... Bon, bois un autre verre de t., et tu comprendras... et oui, pourquoi faire long quand on peut aussi bien faire court, mais puissant ?
Ciao pix pote, et BON weekend !
:-)

Karine A. said...

Ces images du passé sont la certitude de notre avenir, car elles témoignent du temps qui coule.
Elles sont aussi l'occasion d'un " arrêt image". D'un instant de réflexion. " Qui, quoi, quand? " Des questions essentielles que tu nous invites si bien à nous poser avec ces vieux objets.

The Sagittarian said...

great pix there, brother toad! I completely understand the time constraint thingy as am going thru that myself at present!

Owen said...

Hi Karine... je pense que l'on a dû te faire la remarque déjà, que tu possèdes un sens de la perception assez aigu... sans doute grâce à tes yeux d'artiste... oui, tu brules tout près du vif du sujet, depuis des années je réflchis sur le sujet du temps qui coule, et les micro-instants dans la flotte du temps que représentent ces photos... c'est ça la magique de l'appareil photo... d'arrêter le temps juste pour un 60ème d'une seconde, et garder une trace de ce qui était à cet instant précis... j'y pense chaque fois que l'appareil photo se retrouve dans mes mains, et puis soudain il y a des choses à voir, partout... lumineuses...
Merci Karine...

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Ah Sister Saj, well, I hope with all the work you're doing that NZ will be a safer place, a safer place for when we turn up to start renovating our hotel there... Did you get in touch with some contractors to start getting estimates ??? Minimum three estimates, right ?
:-)
PS and don't forget the neon people, that place is going to be beautiful with neon accenting the architecture... just check out the "Let There Be Neon" web site in NYC, they are experts in the field...

PPS And I didn't see a Tuesday Tipple this week, or did I miss it... maybe a Saturday Tipple is in order ??? That mad Lynne is going to be thirsty after all her travelling and wing flapping !