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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:35am PT
In keeping with the spirit of trying to 'keep supertopo enjoyable and loose'--you missed that thread? Tough titty, it's just my whimsical notion so don't go gettin' all up in motion--it pleases me to show you some photos of "yet another" parade from what I heartily endorse as being the true heartland of the country.

All Valley kids learn the "breadbasket of the world" bit and the FFA is NOT the NRA-in-training that many libs assume, since the area's politics are what they are.

California's Great Central San Joaquin Valley has a fittingly grand name and is actually capable of swallowing Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, and even ALL of Las Vegas, Reno, and Carson City combined, with left-over room for more cities like Tuscon and Pheonix. :)

But this Christmas parade was different.

It was no longer than normal, nor any shorter, it was certainly much COLDER than ones I have seen in the past.

There were NO reindeer other than Rudolph. That's perfectly normal.

There were a group of dogs dressed to the canines in holiday get-up. I counted eight owners of the twelve who did not bother to change a thing in their own dress for the occasion. You would think that they would take care to look better. They don't. This happens every year. It does nobody any good to bring it up. I blame Dancer, Dingus, and the Black Dogs Who Hate Christmas.

On the other hand, it's the first parade I've seen where women in red hats and colorful silks and baggy clothes and RED HATS--did I mention the hats?--mAGICAlly appeared. They had purple shadows, reminding me of some canyonic phenomenon of light.
the 'magic' of whimsy caused the crowd to join in with the purple maje...
the 'magic' of whimsy caused the crowd to join in with the purple majestic shadows. America was beautiful that Sunday in the cold.
Credit: mouse from merced

The women or ladies of the Red Hat Society are dedicated to Whimsy, my kinda peeps. I happen to think Ladies of Miss Longhi by McCollough is just as nice as pie, too. It was FUN.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Hat_Society

I think this is why the parade was different for me this year. I had more fun and others, too, because of my antic head-banger style of shooting that gets people to f*#kin' SMILE FOR THE CAMERA. You know they just feel better having done so. It made a cold dang day that much more FUN.

Cold is NOT on the list of FUN STUFF, enjoyable stuff. Warming up after, that's what apres-ski was all about when I grew up. I knew a kid in eighth grade who saw that word the first time and pernounced it like it was a Polish name--Apreski. That knocked me over and my khaki hat fell off. I was a Boy Scout and so was this other kid. Red hats would be so much more FUN, you'd think they were afraid to sissify the boys.
Local BSA troop "marches" past the Golden Dreams sex shoppe, located g...
Local BSA troop "marches" past the Golden Dreams sex shoppe, located ground floor Mid-Earth.
Credit: mouse from merced

The society of women is a pleasure which ought to be respected not just for for its usefulness to mankind, but for itself alone--read Herland, a utopian novel by feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman--and for their collective whimsy, especially.

In what I could call their total abandon of the NORMS and the CLIFFS [1] of the world, and stressing their individuality, the Red Hat Society fosters this impulse in their members and the world at large. It workks this way, as I see it and this is my own interpretation of what I've been seeing--so please say something if I err and you know better:

Ideas go from lady head to lady head and they mutate a bit each time they are transferred and the result is different ideas of the same thing, so nothing gets repeated exactly.

It is the exact opposite of what they are taught pretty much from the cradle, seems. This is a dance school, representing the opposite, but still valid, viewpoint that a crop should all start out the same, I suppose.
Group of young girls learning to cook while dancing.  The Dance Saute ...
Group of young girls learning to cook while dancing. The Dance Saute studio of dance. But there weren't no DancerMagicReindeerSpinStopSpinStopFly in the whole shebang. She's a big fan of eKat, BTW, as that is her online name.
Credit: mouse from merced
The Merced High Bears, all of whom looked great, and some of whom are ...
The Merced High Bears, all of whom looked great, and some of whom are not buying the uniformity (Red Hat fodder) because they refused to synch when spinning their letters. Or maybe they just need inspiration and more practice.
Credit: mouse from merced

Yep, I was blessed with a very pleasant but feisty family of in-laws, a real society of women, and that's what the Christmas parade taught me. I was blessed and now I'm just sayin' so.

Dingus, you never cease to amaze, dear boy. Cheers, "huff", and yer very cool.
We should get together and go shopping.  Or climbing.  Your call.
We should get together and go shopping. Or climbing. Your call.
Credit: mouse from merced

Here is the part of the program where we dance and wear colorful clothes, not black, and venture into the feminine side, boys. But wait, we already do that climbing! (Face it, some of us are pussies when it comes to the crux.)


1. Cheers! TV sitcom from the eighties in which barflies and bar owner Paul Marzden have lots of laughs and FUN amid shenanigans even Dr. Frazier "Park Brat" Crane wouldn't believe.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:38am PT
Savemart, the engine that took me to every town in the San Joaquin!

They started with 1 store in the early 50s. The son of a grocer owns the whole shebang to this day. 200+ stores, and they surpassed Ernest and Julio as Modesto's biggest business, quite some time back.

DMT

ps. I kinda NEED that shopping car(t) right now, how did you know?
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:46am PT
I won't say Women's Intuition, if that is what you might INTIMATE, old beezer. Where ya shoppin' today? Food Maxx--I hear that they got WAY BETTER DEALS on Christmas balls. Speaking of which, I never went to a "Winter Ball" or to the Bracebridge Din-Din (THAT would be Dickensian fun, but I'll bet reservations are tough to get).

Glad to see your turkey did not suffer a dog attack, too, a la A Christmas Story.

Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 11:50am PT
I'm not sorry to say that Safeway Von's (also run by the son of the grocer that started it, breaking the gen 2 rule) KICKS S&Ms (yuk yuk) ass on prices. It's just the way it is.. The r "straying from your core market" syndrome I guess

DMT
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 11, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
Outside Tucson Magnet HS
Outside Tucson Magnet HS
Credit: Leggs



~peace bump
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 11, 2013 - 06:07pm PT
Mz. Morris has left the building...
I LOVE this lady so much. We've worked together at the non-profit for the past 4.5 years and she retired... today was her last day.

She's going to Enjoy Life, for sure!! An avid hiking and camper, she plans to finish up hiking all the trails she can find in AZ.

Love
Love
Credit: Leggs

~peace
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 11, 2013 - 07:53pm PT
GOOD Evening?

So you read a little bit of someone's work. A lot of bit, perhaps. You see some pictures and you gain a measure of that person. Is it real? Is it? Do you know that person, are your assumptions correct? I mean there is what that person chooses to tell you and the additional information that inevitably leaks out along with it.

Measures of position and character are taken. But to what are they compared? An image on the internet? An assumption of how things are? Sitting on this side of the mirror I have to laugh out loud frequently. I can say, unequivocally the answer is? Yes and no. Hah.

Yes you can gain some measure of a person, their humor, their willingness to type a good fight, perhaps even what they look like and what 'they do." But is that a real measure? Are the images you see 'real?'

Well is a map real? Does a map reveal the coming terrain? Does it reveal its character? Well, yes… and no. Anyone who's ever used a map to good effect or poor, in the back country or on the road, can understand this. A map can help set expectations yet a map is always a facsimile. Only a perfect map can reflect reality. For such a map to exist it must be a 100% exact replica and such a map is beyond the capabilities of man, at present anyway.

So where does this leave us? Why at sunset of course, close to the same place that I greeted GOOD Morning. Assumptions were made about that greeting too, some perhaps accurate, others wildly off the mark. Whatever, you don't know me even if you do. You can't measure me even though you must. You have to fill in the bulk of the missing information with the fabrications of your own mind. I'm not even going to bother correcting them because I wasn't choosing to reveal then to begin with.

The sun is setting here and I have a lot on my mind. A lot. But life goes on and so do I. Some take it as bragging; cool. Maybe it is. Some take it as insecurity, spot on I have a boatload of insecurities. Feel free to root through my underwear drawer all you want. I opened it and there's plenty of Kink Thongs in there for you to giggle over, ya pervs.

But some take it as it was intended, a greeting of a new day, whether that day contains crisis or the crown jewels. A fine GOOD morning it was too. I got to have some good joe and eat a simple food that give me joy and I pet a stray dog that had found a 2nd chance in life and those simple things at the dawn of a day, after a night of, never mind, it felt GOOD. And I wanted to share the FEELING. Is that so bad?

Ah f*#k it, just another day in Paradise. Was it a good day? Was it bad? Was it my day at all? Are the things you see real? Do they represent me? Or someone else? Is it any of your business really? Am I making it yours through the sharing of a well intentioned greeting?


There it goes. That's 10 minutes in the life of... Got my measure? Know who I am? Good for you!


I will tell you this - there are twists and turns in any road that the maps don't reveal. So you see an unexpected pothole or two the map failed to represent, gonna turn around? Do it, bye bye. But some will keep traveling this road just out of curiosity, neither knowing nor caring really, where its headed. They're just curious. GOOD for them I say! Welcome to the machine.


I'm just happy Dancer has found a home.


Dogs are so GOOD at sharing the simple joys of life, aren't they? Give them love and they flood it back to you, huh? Tell you what, giving this little dog comfort reflects straight back to my heart and makes me feel good. Is that a sin?


Hahaha those ears are a trip huh?


Even Queen Bella with the Lesson of the Dead Chicken tied round her neck, why Queen Bella just needs a little love and attention too. And you know what? She gets it. And her chicken diner punishment ended this afternoon as well. She looked happy about that too.


Never let a day go by cause you never know, it may be your last. Breathe deep, take a big drink of life every chance you get at the trough and try to laugh as much as you can. Its good for you.


Cheers
DMT

ps. Yes it was a GOOD evening. :)
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 11, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
Never let a day go by cause you never know, it may be your last. Breathe deep, take a big drink of life every chance you get at the trough and try to laugh as much as you can. Its good for you.

*thank you for this, Dingus. You're a good friend... and strong as hell.*

~LM



EDIT: Kath... I loved that clip...
Thank you so much for sharing this project...
It inspires.

~xo
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:10pm PT
I'll get over this band like all the others but they're really fun !

Irony and melody...

Jim Brennan

Trad climber
Canada
Dec 11, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
The only 2 examples I can think of that equals physical being spiritual is dogs and music.

Here's another, great cover !

Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 12, 2013 - 08:38am PT
Jim Brennan! These are great!!

TFPU! Smiles on this face!

~Enjoy Life!
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 12, 2013 - 10:15am PT
I adore Portishead and this song... the slow, sensual vibe of the music... her voice...


Kate Nash stole my heart awhile ago...
She with Billy Bragg...



~Enjoy Life
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 12, 2013 - 10:53am PT
Love is in the air... and I'm lovin' this song...





Edit: I think I'm posting on the wrong thread. (What Song Are You Listening To?)

But it's better than "fighting" on a thread about the C.Flag

:)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 11:02am PT
But it's better than "fighting" on a thread about the C.Flag

GoodGravy. . . is that STILL going on!

Ya know. . . once a thread has repelled me, I just don't go back. . . there isn't even the slightest urge to check in.

PHOOEY ON THEM!

:-)

oxoxo
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
U.N. Ambassador, Crackistan
Dec 12, 2013 - 11:15am PT
She rapped outta that thread!

DMT
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 11:24am PT
^ ^ ^ I did, INDEED. . . and I pulled my lines!

:-)
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 12, 2013 - 11:26am PT
EDIT: Kath... I loved that clip...
Thank you so much for sharing this project...
It inspires.

~xo

YeahBaby. . . it was a real good one!

oxoxo
Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 12, 2013 - 01:21pm PT
http://www.latenightwithjimmyfallon.com/video/iron-and-wine-and-calexico-fairytale-of-new-york/n44238/

Calexico is Tucson ... and makes us proud.

~Enjoy Life

Leggs

Sport climber
Tucson, AZ
Dec 13, 2013 - 12:35am PT
More Tucson pride .... Nick Foles, QB for the Philly Eagles.... U of A alum.

http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/nick-foles-graces-the-cover-of-si-in-epic-fashion-121113


I enjoyed this particular game in which photo was taken .... Nick and the team found their feet and groove... and kicked ass in a blizzard.



~Enjoy Life
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 13, 2013 - 11:30am PT
This is DARLING!

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