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DISCARDED BOTTLE CAPS

Rusty bottle top

While I’ve been enjoying my ice-o-lation in Paradise I have been into photographing bottle caps.

Green bottle top
Rusty bottle cap
The last one in this series. I drank this Shiner Bock and posed the cap on an old wooden picnic table.

Except for the Shiner Bock, these caps were all on the ground in Paradise. I saw them and photographed them on my morning walks. The Shiner Bock cap was disposed of appropriately.

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The 100 Day Project

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Days 8-14 of my Covid-19 avoidance lifestyle.

Sunset thru the window
Day 8
Lay Lake in Central Alabama
Day 9
The next generation of daffodils
Day 10
Spider web
Day 11
Day 12
Day 13
The storm shelter is behind the tractor. It’s a scary stormy weather day.
Day 14
Living in the Covid world. Trying not to die.

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Light Play

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One cold dark night I was attempting light painting. That was a fail but I got some pictures I liked.

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Sunday

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I visited a church on Sunday. The first shift congregation was leaving as we arrived. Fortunately there were people directing traffic and pedestrians so no one became road pizza. We parked on the second level of the parking deck and made our way down and around to the edifice.

On the way I encountered a teenage child of god in a hurry to get to worship. The teenage girl hit me in the face while she was pointing out the way to her friends. She kept going. The next teenager in line apologized as she sped past. It was hectic.

Upon arriving at an entrance, we were greeted by the greeters. Inside we go. The environment, clamor and crowd reminded me of a busy airport terminal.

On we go to check in the child. We encountered some intriguing additional greeters along the way. Paw Patrol

Spider-Man and some storybook princess were also there.

Don’t forget your child reclaim ticket. Abandoned children will be assimilated! j/k

Onward for a stop at the unisex restrooms. Free coffee was available in the hallway. Additionally there was a coffee shop style cafe.

As we entered the lobby of the worship area we were greeted again and presented with information packets.

I shouldn’t have folded this.

I realize these are difficult to read.

Boxes of popcorn and sodas were handed out by lovely young men and women. The popcorn was delicious and sodas were all coke products.

We found some seats near the back. They were similar to this product.Chair
Slowly, the faithful filled the auditorium. On some unknown to me cryptic signal, the large crowd stood. In the darkened room the event began with welcomes both on the three big screens and on stage. New style chant like songs of worship were sung while the three screens played a hypnotic loop similar to this. There was swaying, raised hands, and a live band.

The actual “message” was a series of movie clips from Moneyball interspersed with Christian thoughts supported by the clip. This continues through 4 clips. At the end there was a invitation to pray their version of the sinners prayer .

At this point we leave to reclaim the child and go to lunch.

Safety was a big deal. The place was loaded with policemen.

Personal Notes

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Scene 1:

Cleaning up the creek.

Scene 2:

Red Ball

Red ball in the driveway

Red Ball craved adventure. On the first day it snuck out into driveway. Red ball by a tree

By the next morning Red Ball had made it into the woods by a large creek.

On the third day Red Ball was no where to be found. I like to think Red Ball was not recovered. I’d like to believe Red Ball rolled into the creek to experience more.

Scene 3:

Today is a travel day.Osho Zen Tarot Possibilities Card

Possibilities is a nice card for the continuation of my adventures.

“The eagle has an overview of all the possibilities contained in the landscape below, as he flies freely, naturally and effortlessly through the sky. He is really in his domain, very grand and self-contained.

This card indicates that you are at a point where a world of possibilities is open to you. Because you have grown more loving towards yourself, more self-contained, you can work easily with others. Because you are relaxed and at ease, you can recognize possibilities as they present themselves, sometimes even before others can see them. Because you are in tune with your own nature, you understand that existence is providing you with exactly what you need. Enjoy the flight! And celebrate all the varied wonders of the landscape spread before you.

Mind can accept any boundary anywhere. But the reality is that, by its very nature, existence cannot have any boundary, because what will be beyond the boundary?–again another sky.

That’s why I am saying skies upon skies are available for your flight. Don’t be content easily. Those who remain content easily remain small: small are their joys, small are their ecstasies, small are their silences, small is their being. But there is no need! This smallness is your own imposition upon your freedom, upon your unlimited possibilities, upon your unlimited potential.”

Osho Live Zen, Chapter 2

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Personal Notes

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Scene 1:

Rock-N-Roll Sushi

I enjoyed some delicious sushi, an adult beverage, and excellent conversation at Rock-N-Roll Sushi. I met a friend there for lunch.

Scene 2:

Box camera WindowPainting of a man’s head.

My next stop was a The Gadsden Museum Of Art. It contained a very intriguing collection of local art and history.

Scene 3:

I’ll be leaving this location in a few days. I’m moving back to Paradise for a month or two. Pier at Paradise Point Marina

I hope to visit my siblings and my extended family there.

I also have a cardiologist appointment. I need to get those back on a better schedule. December is a good month to be on the coast rather than Birmingham AL (IMHO).

QOTD: “I have thousands of opinions still—but that is down from millions—and, as always, I know nothing.” ~ Harold Brodkey

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Personal Notes

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Scene 1:

I went for a walk. It’s the longest in a long time.

Scene 2:

I was lighting incense on the “not an altar” and when I moved the deck this card fell out. We are the world

Great card for my current practice. I am the car. I am the tree. I am the dirty dish. I am the garbage can. I am not separated from all this.

Scene 3:

So much see in an antique mall.

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Wednesday in Smyrna

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Smyrna

Carpe Cafe

I stopped in for a skinny iced latte. It was very good. I sat at a lovely hand painted table. Painted flower table top

Event Frame

The Event FrameMusic Room

A music themed room which is functional for making music. Tavern Door

Some of the buildings I noticed while walking down the street. Assembly Hall

Mural

Theater Grill sign

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WOW!

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What a day with the Belle and E.

Freshly made bagels with freshly made cream cheese and Costa Rican coffee for breakfast at the Crestline Bagel Company.

Playing in the pool at an upscale health club. The body wash in the shower was decadent.

Spicy Pineapple Pizza and $5 Bloody Marys at The Slice for lunch.Enthusiastic pizza muncher

Eating with gusto

Mansion Live local music, food trucks, vendors, and dogs at Do Dah Day. Also there was the too drunk to be walking around around alone lady who came up and joined us for a minute or five.Do Dah Day reveling E and I

Aldis and Trader Joe’s for party supplies

Black Toad Dark Ale

Belle’s red Jeep ran hot. I entertained E while she arranged the tow truck.

Pep Boys was less than helpful

The tow truck and Uber driver arrived at the same time. I totally appreciate miracles, especially with a 2 year old and loads of groceries in the mix.

Back at the house. Everything put away. Chillin.

Late night run to Jim Burke to check on the red Jeep. The tow truck driver left it parked on the street at the service department.

E was a most excellent 2 year old companion during all these antics.

Back at the house. Chillin’ with a Black Toad. Black Toad Dark Ale

A great sleep.

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Myku 55

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Turtle in the road

I stopped and helped this one safely cross the road.

Feeling out of sorts
Weird energy inside and
Popping hydraulics
©️JR Cline 5.17.19

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