My World as of July 2, 2018

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Tell us about your first bicycle or car? My first bike, the one pictured above, was inherited from my sister, complete with training wheels.  By the time this photo was taken, the training wheels were far in the past and I had about outgrown it.  Christmas brought a brand new Hiawatha girl’s bike— beige with rust detailing. My most lengthy adventure on that Hiawatha involved a ride to the North Dam with my friends with a picnic lunch in our bike baskets.  I also remember riding it on the two-lane highway to White River, pulling off onto the gravel shoulder whenever we heard a car coming up behind us.  It was a different world!

What fictional world or place would you like to visit? I would love to visit a different friendly planet if I could get there quickly and return to earth quickly as soon as I wished to.

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do? Organize all my files, then compile stories and poems into books and attend to all of the publication details.  Heaven. When they were finished with that task, they could organize all my photos and convert all my slides to computer images.  I have the machine to do so, but not the time.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Please see the video below:

https://theconcourse.deadspin.com/criminal-couples-harrowing-attempt-to-escape-convenienc-1827242416

32 thoughts on “My World as of July 2, 2018

  1. ladynyo

    What an interesting blog! I love how you are all over the place. So much to read and think about. We probably are the same age (70 here) and grew up in a small rural town in NJ. Rivers and canals. I think my bike was probably a neighbors or someones…I remember riding it in the fields. LOL. Last year my husband bought me an aqua bike and helmet and I have yet to get on it! I have no balance anymore and this bike is beautiful….and I can’t ride it. LOL. I am so afraid of falling because I have some injuries (shoulder, hip and broken hand) from a previous fall off the back porch. Dogs pushed me over. Fell 5 feet to the ground. Well, it’s good to meet you and hope we can both read each other’s blogs and comment. Mexico is a place that I am afraid now to visit but you settled there in 2001 so it must be a good place for you. Grief….later for that, My dear father died in November, 1989, and I haven’t gotten over it yet. He was the parent that loved me. I miss him still. Have nothing of his except his Paris Sport bike! That is enough. And his genes.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Two words… training wheels.

      We are the same age until tomorrow, when I turn 71. Yikes. My husband, father and grandfather all died at the age of 70 so I’ve been superstitious about being that age. Tomorrow I can breathe easy for 20 more years as my mother died at 91 and my grandmother at 96. I grew up in a town of 700 in South Dakota.

      Mexico is like the U.S. anymore.. not dangerous if you know where to go. Most of the violence is cartel vs. cartel, except, regrettably, journalists and those trying to cut in on the trade. So far no craziness like people driving into crowds or shooting up schools. The world is crazy, no?Glad to meet you… Judy

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      1. ladynyo

        And glad to meet you! And Happy Birthday! tomorrow my mother is 98, but we have been alienated for 50 years. She is a path. narcissist of the extreme kind, and I had to divorce myself from her to become anything besides her narcissistic supply. My father died at 74, too damn young. My aunt lived to 102. She was the reason I became a writer and painter. violence: well, living in the South, the blacks here have violence about sewn up. It is horrible…teens with guns, killing other teens, toddlers getting caught in the cross fire, and the black politicians and preachers are basically mum. It is a crap shoot when you go to get gas, as you can easily get carjacked. Had I known how Atlanta would have become I would never have settled here. Glad to meet you, Judy, and Happy Birthday!

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      2. lifelessons Post author

        Surely not only African Americans and not all African Americans in Atlanta are violent. I have a very good friend who happens to be African who lives in Atlanta, and he is anything but violent. It seems that we’ve turned into a violent society with everyone angry at someone else. I’m wondering who will come along who could lead us out of it. Fingers crossed. Your paintings are so lovely. Hope to see more of them. I would love to have that talent in two dimensional art.

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      3. ladynyo

        Not all Blacks are violent, but today, in Atlanta, it is very hard to give a pass to all the violence that take lives so casually. And my experience with Africans is that they are a great people. And when we wait for someone to lead us out of this mess…we are just waiting. Trump won’t and can;’t. He makes more of a schism. Thank you for the compliments on my painting.

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      4. lifelessons Post author

        I agree about Trump, and about the violence that permeates our games, our TV, music, literature, news and films. No wonder there is so much violence. It is what kids see everywhere. It seems to be the necessary ingredient to hold the public interest. They worry about profanity but not the greatest profanity of all–violence. Don’t know what can be done. As a writer, I know freedom of expression is important, but I also think all this violence is being taught day by day to our youth. I agree Trump is not the answer, for sure.

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      5. ladynyo

        If you saw the results of rap culture on black youth, you would see the ‘why’ of violence that destroys generations. As a former teacher, I saw it up close and personal. Culture is a driving engine in all of society.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Did you watch once or twice? Part of me says not right to laugh at someone possibly getting hurt and then I notice they have no reluctance regarding hurting the policeman, and they are actually bringing the harm upon themselves. It does develop a Keystone Cops quality. The falling through the ceiling was a big surprise. She certainly was agile. I didn’t get it that she was going up in the ceiling… I thought perhaps there was a ladder and an office up above.

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  2. rugby843

    I have to say if the perpetrators had not been white, or in Canada, one heavy blow or gun shot would have disabled the two. No questions asked or answered.

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      1. lifelessons Post author

        You sound offended. You do realize I meant black slacks, right? It was in response to your comment that you have a similar picture of yourself but you aren’t wearing a dress.

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      2. smilecalm

        regrets i somehow misperceived a dress.
        after being clearly corrected
        what’s the point of
        further confirmation?
        may you be happy 🙂

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      i was just getting into my chubby stage which felt like it lasted for years, but as I look at photos, I realize it was just for a year. My mother kept putting our family on new diets and it was only as an adult that it occurred to me it was because of me! Ha.

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