Friday, September 17, 2010
Sunday, February 07, 2010
There were several deer that day, but we were on the wrong side of the road to take good pictures of them. The big coup was spotting the eagle, just south of where you turn to get onto the road that turns into the Ovals. There were emergency vehicles making a huge clamor of sound and light as we pulled over and tried to find a spot to get a clear shot. The eagle was only there long enough for me to get 3 pictures, one of which is blurry. But using my zoom and then cropping revealed a little bit of his yellow beak even though his back is turned. Eagles look so noble and thrilling in the wild! They just do. Sorry to say, the fire that caused all the racket resulted in the death of a former big lakes freighter captain, he was 86, and was in command of the second ship behind the Edmund Fitzgerald when it sank that stormy November night. His little house was right on the channel, where I bet he loved seeing all the lower lakers come in.
Friday, February 05, 2010
The police cruise that area constantly, as do the summer park rangers, and they apparently find no harm in his being there. I don't see any harm or threat to the public, but I wonder what harm there is to him. I would really like to know his story. But there is a part of me that just doesn't want to get involved. Because frankly, I am a little afraid of what makes people homeless. And, if it were me living that way, I would only want the kind of help I could go and get myself. I would not want curious, well-meaning strangers rapping on my car window. I imagine when he opens his window, the smell would gag me. I don't even want to think about what he does on these bitterly cold winter days when he has to use a bathroom. And I wonder how a vehicle, even if he ran the engine occasionally, could possibly keep him warm enough to make it okay for him to be there in that situation.
When Thanksgiving rolled around, I wondered if he went somewhere to enjoy a good dinner. When Christmas rolled around I wondered if he visited family, had a good meal, got any presents, went to a church? I wonder, is he an ex-con, an urban Henry David Thoreau, a sex-offender, mentally ill, a drug-user, a violent anti-social misfit, or is he an angel testing our compassion, waiting to see what society will do? Why is he there? He makes me so aware of my blessings. And he makes me feel guilty for not getting involved. He makes me regret being a coward, and about the time I regret that, a part of me that is just as strong tells me that he would not want watered down people like me getting involved.
There is white van parked down by the lake with a homeless guy in it. And there is nothing I can do about it.
Tuesday, February 02, 2010
Sunday, October 04, 2009
Was it the horror movies? Or the $20.00 worth of sugary and salty snacks? Or maybe just the chained heat of 5 teens and one tween sitting still for several hours? Whatever the cause, this match was only one of several that Saturday night in September!
Wednesday, September 02, 2009
Sunday, August 02, 2009
These are the pictures that turned out the best. It sure was a good time! We saw a lot of people we know, some we haven't seen in ages, you just never know who will turn up! There are even plans to get together with people and see them again. The band was smokin' hot, and although I didn't get a good crowd picture, the dancers were out in full force, and even sang along with a couple of Val's songs. Good times, good times....