June 23, 2018

Saturday 9.. Shut Up and Dance!

I   am joining in for Saturday 9 this week.
The song is here, the meme is here.
Let's go....

 1.  This is about a man who meets the woman who is his destiny on the dance floor. Do you   think we each have One Great Love preordained by fate?
No, I don't think we have been ordained mates. God made Eve for Adam but those days are gone. Adam threw Eve under the bus and then blamed the whole mess on  God and we got kicked out and things changed dramatically!
 We are responsible for our own mistakes today ;).  While we can request help and guidance, in the end we have free will and must learn.No one is perfect and so we take our chances with people.

    Or do you think life offers each of us many opportunities for romance?
 I don't know about many. I think true romance is rare. I think real love is rare as well in a world of imperfection. We live in a ruined world and we suffer the consequences of that. Would be nice to think there are many opportunities but I haven't had them myself so I don't know.  I've been extremely disappointed by the men guys I have met and dated,etc.
Still waiting to meet my prince. 

2.   Lead singer Nick Petricca says this song is inspired by a true story. He was all keyed up and his girlfriend dragged him onto the dance floor, insisting that dancing would cheer him up. Therefore he considers this song an "anthem to letting go and having fun." Think of the last time you really had fun. Who were you with? What were you doing?
I have a great time when I am with people most of the time. I love parties, get togethers, being out with people. I just really love people.  So, hard to name just one time.

3. The dance floor incident that inspired this song took place in Echo Park, an LA neighborhood located near Elysian Park and Chinatown. Tell us about your village or city. Do the neighborhoods have interesting names?
I have lived here the majority of my life and this is a township made up of 9 little villages on the island, bay and ocean. Each has an ocean/beach related name and their own beaches on the ocean and bay side.  

  4.  Walk the Moon promoted this record by a performance on Good Morning America. Are you enthusiastic and energetic at 7:00 AM? Or do you hit your stride later in the day?

I am silly in the morning, very silly. I make silly jokes and do silly, happy things.I hit the deck running, as the saying goes.

5.  Shut Up + Dance" is the biggest hit by Walk the Moon. The band members met as at Kenyon, Ohio's oldest private college. Tell us about something that's old and revered where you live.

My Hometown, where I was born and spent my early years, is farther north in Union county, NJ and was the first town lit by electric lights, has the first building made of poured concrete, was home to The Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of America from which the first telegraph was sent.
The Marconi Wireless.. still there today.

 The bank on the corner  was the first building in the world to have electric lights, and my elementary school which was the first building in the world built by poured concrete using the Edison method.   Edison had his first generating station there.
Also my little hometown is a railroad hub and has 45 major trains coming through daily since 1860,even though it is a tiny town, 1 mile square.
There is also Galloping Hill Rd. where Revolutionary war  messengers rode at top speed to deliver messages etc... hence the name. 

6.  Walk the Moon took their name from the Police song, "Walking on the Moon." What's your favorite song by Sting and/or The Police?
Sting: "The Book of My Life"
and Moonlight from the 2nd version of  "Sabrina"

7. In 2014, the year this song was popular, Robin Williams took his own life. What's your favorite Robin Williams performance?
 There is not just one, there are many and include  Mrs. Doubtfire , Goodwill Hunting, and Dead Poets Society.

I think tomorrow I will do Toni's Jewelry questions Glittering Thoughts.
What will you do?

June 22, 2018

A Summer Place

Summer is here and so far so good.  Not too hot, not too cold but just right, for summer anyway.
Today is is much cooler than it was yesterday with a current temperature of 68 F and a bit of rain here and there.    Not much of a beach day for the tourists with some more rain predicted for tomorrow, but we will see what happens.
Still, there is plenty to do at the beach  and those of us who live here all year long find lots to keep us busy come rain or shine.  If you look around you there is beauty in every kind of weather.

Here are my photos for Skywatch Friday and Friday Foto Friends for this week. I hope you enjoy them.

I took photos of the sky over the football field during the Famous Anonymous Kid's high school graduation.   I just thought it would be nice to recall the early evening sky on that day.
The weather had been very warm but a soft cool breeze began to blow around half way through the ceremony. It made things lovely.
The graduates had paraded around the field to Pomp and Circumstance or Land Of Hope and Glory by  Elgar the traditional graduation theme and on the last round they parted ways with half the class coming in one direction and half in the other as they gave one another "high fives" for a job well done.
You can hear the song  HERE if you are not familiar with it.
As their teachers confirmed, no one can recall ever seeing such a tight knit camaraderie amongst such a large (400 kids) group of students.  These kids love one another in a way I've never seen in teens on such a large scale.  Nor have many ever seen such a bond between teachers and students either.
Teachers were crying to see them go.  It was quite something to see.
All photos can be enlarged by clicking on them.

It is a tradition at the school to place placards for each graduate around the neighborhood.
These kinds of signs lined the road for quite a distance.  It was a big senior class of around 400.

This is the neighborhood in which they all grew up.

Sometimes, around here, when you say  "across the street" you really mean this:

 The sea changes by the hour but the tides remain steady rising up and down like breathe on the bosom of the earth.

 Being around nature is good for the soul and spirit. 

Problems come, hard times arrive, but life goes on and the salt marsh continues as it always has with its tides and abundance of life living in it and around it going about their daily life.
It is home to so many creatures. It is home for us.


It is constant in Summer...

Glorious in Autumn...

Quiet in Winter when even the bay freezes over from cold....

photo from the NJ Patch

Serene in all seasons...

It is a casual place where you kick off your shoes and head barefoot up the dunes and out onto the ocean front  beach knowing your things will still be there when you return...

 Kids learn to swim when they can walk because water surrounds on every side in the form of creeks, rivers, marshes, bays and open ocean.

Cedar water creeks network the area. They are everywhere.

Wherever you are, enjoy the beauty that surrounds you.   It is there if you look whether it is a town, village or big city.   Never take it for granted and appreciate where you are planted and most of all enjoy the life you've been given to live.   We are all potential graduates of life and it is our decision what we do with it.

PS.. here is some comic relief. Me as a chubby cheeked rabbit compliments of snapchat!

And here is a composite photo of the girls and I melded into one. These things are such fun. We got a real good laugh out of them.

Wascally Wabbit

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