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I was having a bad day when I wrote this poem over a year ago. It’s the most popular post ever here at Virginia Breeze. Why is that do you think? It doesn’t say very much about the quality of this blog. Does it? I was thinking about a boss I had a long time ago when I wrote it. And I was also thinking about someone more recently in my life (unfortunately) who THINKS she is my boss*. So I had a great time doing this and released all the negative feelings and let them go with a laugh. Such a silly poem. Tickets, please!!
*And it’s not my wife by a long shot. So Happy Bosses Day everyone!
THE BOSS POEM
Dear Boss I wish you well this year
And well upon your way from here.
May soon you land on distant shores
Where they won’t let you pray before
They sacrifice your scrawny butt
And hang your head above a hut
Next to the tribal eating place
Where you are served up after grace.
Because they really love to eat
And you are such a lovely treat.
So here’s a ticket. There’s the boat
Happy hunting you old goat.
You are the prize so don’t delay
Just say goodbye and go away!
This is a photo from last year about this time. I took it at Maymont Park downtown and thought I would put it up again. Apologies to those who have already seen it. We are still waiting for some autumn color around here. The temperature is supposed to be mid 80’s this afternoon.
It’s a cheerful photo and one that reminds me why I enjoy photography so much.
Poetry is important too. The Boss Poem is just a simple little thing and it is being viewed now over three hundred times per day. It’s not StumbleUpon either. It’s search engine traffic and people are apparently concerned about their relationship with their boss.
That’s not surprising. Job concerns have to be high on a great number of lists these days.
Lots of activities may be cut back. But we can all still blog can’t we? We can write prose and poetry. We can take photos and we can offer encouraging comments to each other.
Taking photos is a lot cheaper when you don’t have to develop film. And everyone already has a computer. Maybe dial ups will make a comeback though.
Maybe the photos should be smaller and fewer to the page.
I don’t know. But the weather is terrific and it’s relaxing to run out into nature somewhere and start looking for the beauty wherever she may be.
It’s a recipe for dealing with the emotions that accompany changing times. Document the changing foliage. Take photos of the clouds.
Update// Well this explains all the readers. . .
Boss’s Day (also known as Bosses Day or National Boss Day) is a secular holiday celebrated on October 16 in the United States. It has traditionally been a day for employees to thank their boss for being kind and fair throughout the year. The holiday has been the source of some controversy and criticism in the United States, where it is often mocked as a Hallmark Holiday. Recently, sites like Hallmark have recognized the holiday with a contemporary spin
As I sit here in Richmond, Virginia I wonder about you. Where are you writing from? And what is it like where you live? Recently I was struck by an image of an Angel who seemed to be writing her blog from heaven. And then I discovered she actually wrote from a tough neighborhood in LA. My angel. You can find her comments around here.
Where do you write from? What is it like? Here in Richmond, Virginia we have a lot of historic stuff from the past three hundred years. And it’s a pretty conservative place. But some of you live in areas that have held western civilization for thousands of years. And some of you as we discovered in the recent Olympic games are beyond our western civilization in time and place. It’s a whole other order of things!
And that is pretty fascinating to me as I sit here looking out the window. Here is what i see from my window. What do you see from yours? Send me a photo and i will post it here. I am imagining what you see. But it is not coming in so clearly. Set me straight.
What do you see out your window? What kind of world is just beyond the place where you dream at night? Do you see the moon? Here is what I see. . .
It makes things a lot easier if you write about something that fascinates a lot of people. I was looking at some of the top blogs earlier and they focus on movie stars and electronics stuff. If you do that in a cool way you will easily have a successful blog. I used to put photos of movie stars in a blog that was sort of floundering around and they brought in a lot of readers. But then I found this very unsatisfying. Because I wasn’t going to advertise off of them and make money. I was just serving them in some strange way that they most likely didn’t even want or need. There was no joy in it and certainly no creativity.
So I stopped doing that and took all of it down except for the absolutely amazing photos of a couple of dynamite babes including a fascinating photo of Charlize Theron. But that really is another subject and it goes beyond blogging into the realm of remembering how beautiful a human being can be for awhile on the outside.
So I am still floundering on that blog NewsLink Briefs but at least it gives me something to think about and experiment with in my more relaxed moments. Blogging is in general a way of dealing with idle time in my book and avoiding the boob tube and other mostly useless activities.
So more power to these guys but if it’s not about money, electronics or the latest Hollywood gossip you have a more challenging way to go. A lot of us out here are trying to make something interesting out of our unglamorous lives. We are doing it without superior media skills or writing ability. And we are supporting each other as we try to do this. We are not in competition with each other.
I am basically enjoying life and taking photos that will memorialize the good times in a way that requires me to do it on a regular basis. So later when I get Alzheimer’s I can look at this blog and try to remember how things were in the good old days on a day to day basis.
Probably you won’t read about that rationale for blogging anywhere else on the web today. Or possibly ever.
But I’m still going to blog until the end of my days.
“Ate soup today”
“Got lost in the woods”
“Charlize Theron visited today and wanted to ravish me”.
“Who is Charlize Theron?”
So I guess that makes me a dedicated blogger. I have a niche. And I hope you will pardon me but I need to go scratch it.
Beth reminded me that the Neptune Festival is happening next weekend at Virginia Beach. And there will definitely be photo taking opportunities there. It’s difficult to believe that a year has gone by since the last festival. There are photos here from that competition. Hopefully this year I will be able to gain a little different perspective while clicking away.
I had to laugh when I was going over some photos taken last July. What is that thing out in the water? Is it Jaws?
I never noticed it before but there is a dolphin out there. Maybe he is watching the people having fun on the beach. Maybe he is curious.
I was looking here yesterday evening and just sort of staring at the blog. Feeling relatively empty after a week of turmoil and just amazed also at all the things I have done here in the past month.
Lots of creative stuff for an old geezer and maybe that’s what blogging will do for you after awhile. Like anything else if you pursue it over a period of time you will learn some things and grow in different ways. I was amazed as I went back to the beginning of our trip in August. But now I’m feeling pretty much empty. When that happens it is always a good time to try and get out to take more photos. Photos are the fuel and the Nikon D70 is the fuel tank. It is rather small by today’s standards but then the fuel comes in micro-bits.
Beth tells me that the National Folk Festival will not be coming here this year but Richmond has managed to retain all the sponsors and plans to do the same thing again. Hopefully many of the same talented people will be here plus some more. Smile everyone! Click.
Actually that’s not the way we take photos here. We like to go for the candid shot. And it’s difficult to get birds to smile. Their beaks are a little too stiff.
And then we will be going up to northern Virginia to see my daughter and her family. We have not seen their new home in Leesburg, Virginia. It’s a pretty picture perfect part of the state so there should be more photo opportunities there. As well as my grandchildren of course. But not to worry they are all part of the paranoid wing of the party (I mean family) and like Beth will never be seen online. Or rarely. I have managed to sneak one or two photos of the kids into the blog but don’t tell anyone.
Have a nice weekend everyone. The nice weather is finally coming in many places. Hopefully the storms have passed and some of us can enjoy life a bit more again.
The good things begin
When we go beyond the words
Music is the train
That takes us there
Or a photo that touches the heart
Poetry can do it
Or a twenty mile run
So many ways
We want to go
We need to go.
Sitting here reading these words
Imagine you are standing
In the place beyond the words.
I was looking through some photos this evening and this one just reached out and hit me in the head. I don’t know what to say about it. But I feel it deserves to be seen.