Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist 2

 

 

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Here’s an idea for those out-of-work surgeons in a tough economy. What a concept! One truck does it all. No hauling jobs today? No problem! The bed of the truck converts to a mini operating theater for vasectomies on the fly. (Ha Ha, get it? On the fly!) I saw this truck the other day at a downtown garden festival. ???

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

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I seriously debated using this photograph, and one day my daughter will kill me. But, imagine my surprise when I walked in the bathroom to see my 2 1/2 year-old princess on her cushioned Dora potty seat reading about steering conversions for a monster jeep. Her Dad was so proud!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Spring!

 

 

 

 

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Tentative, I poke my head out of my cave,

hoping with familiar desperation

to feel the warm caress of sunshine on my cheek.

The light hurts my eyes

after months of brutal hibernation.

But as I turn my face toward the sky

to greet the Spring,

I know that my soul will be healed.

 

Weekly Photo Challenge: Letters- The Final Frontier

Well, we’ve come to the end of the challenge. Where did I end up on my vacation? No, it wasn’t the most glamorous or distant locale imaginable, but it is one of my most favorite places, and home to the #1 beach in the USA, Siesta Key.  I just can’t seem to get enough; this is my second trip to the same spot since the beginning of the year. Have a look.

All of this week’s photos were taken on a single day in downtown Sarasota, Florida.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Scene 2


 

 

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What could be more natural than a Spartan running down the boardwalk in Wilmington, NC? In Asheville, this wouldn’t even turn heads. Actually, there was a logical reason (I suppose) behind the costume. You see, this was the marathon portion of an Ironman Triathlon.

In true Greek spirit, this guy re-enacted the heroic tale of Pheidippides, the fleet-footed warrior who is fabled to have run 25 miles to Athens to announce that the Persians had been defeated in the Battle of Marathon. Of course, we didn’t have the heart to tell him that Pheidippides dropped dead right after.

What is an Ironman, you ask? It isn’t for the faint of heart, that’s for sure. The full Ironman distance consists of the following:

2.4 mile swim (in the Atlantic ocean for this race)

112 mile bike ride

26.2 mile run

My brother did this race in 2012 in a little over 13 hours, so he still holds the family record for athletic prowess.

If you’ve never witnessed this event, I strongly encourage you to get out and watch one. The atmosphere is electric, as hundreds of excited spectators mingle against a colorful backdrop of music, food and street vendors.

You can feel the nervous tension of the athletes at the starting line, like thoroughbreds twitching behind the gates at the Kentucky Derby. I couldn’t take my eyes off of it, and the adrenaline stayed with me long after.

Do I sense a new goal starting to take shape??? My heart says “Yes, yes!” but the little men with spears under my chest where my tissue expanders are say “Later, later (maybe)!!”