I believe its time to set a table. I'm sitting here in my computer room right now on a late Autumn afternoon watching large floaty flakes give themselves up to my fields while it's other paratroops alight atop firs bordering them. How idyllic. As a Freeranger (one who wanders physically and mentally), the visual mesmerizes me, as do clever/intelligent conversation, art, and music. I began to transport myself in to multiple thoughts....chiefly among them (for today at least) a response to a thread recently published which sorta clutched me. It's author commented on a dwindling Amirite census while comparing to it, our never ending lament about Soda Head [okay....raises hand}...and along with that vibe, I naturally began to assess the number of friends(casualties?) out there somewhere, taken from us, which we will never be allowed to recover. On a personal note, I especially despise the fact that in many cases, I can no longer remember the names. And, so naturally that thought project toward "websites emulating life." Isn't that just like life to take some person from us? Following our respective losses, we arise, adjust, adapt. We get up....and move forward again, lost among our collective thoughts within the recesses of our mind until.......life goes weeding again. I find that....if there is a commonality among our respective angst it's that we lose those whose fabric we have been given a thread space to become a piece of....even though, within the next sentence, life again, interrupting, detaches us from a larger fabric we know little of.....be it our national or international friends in which, that for brief time....we were privileged to live vicariously through those members bold enough to leave their personal door ajar just long enough for some one of us to take a temporary (if voyeuristic) trip in to their kitchen....to find out who they really are, and where their passions lie. And to this end, as my sun goes down, .....I have this wholly voluntary thread in which you....the member can participate. As Freeranger, yah...I'm totally unrepentant. You will have to come out from behind your screen name personnae to reveal yourself through photograph(s) that "you" have taken which represents you and that, which surrounds you, and more importantly from somewhere near where you live. I promise, this is not about trying to track anyone.....this is more about community. The idea is that of a pen pal. Simply pass by if it's not for you. There is one caveat. If you offer some cheap fantasy or stock photo I will downgrade you with a thumbs down like the brand of the Scarlet Letter. You go immediately the marginalized pile. This thread is intended to show those who are still here......whom those who still travel among you "are." I will lead off, so as to provide a template and perhaps an encouragement? I hope you'll join me. Cheers I find that THE one commonality among these (including moi) is that I'm interested in people and their opinions both nationally and internationally.....and that someone from Maine could find a common embrace with someone from Kansas or......Norway. What I have learned is that, the people we come to know, love, and respect become like so many grains of sand that, are with us for a moment before, like an ebb tide, are drawn back out to sea and deposited on a sea hundreds of miles away. We are allowed at times, a short window in our lives to embrace each other only for a season. For me personally, I just want to lie on a warm blanket, with a few close friends here and experience the sound of the sea, while the lazy cry of the gull circles overhead. Here, as with other sites, I think it IS necessary that we protect what we share in public for all the reasons we understand and yet......."here" we only know each other from the visual we post with our pen name. So, this is my challenge, if you choose to accept. You must take your phone, or your camera, and post a photograph of that place that you frequent.....that place where you go to find your peace or center. You will NOT be allowed to use a photograph that someone else has taken. This comes from you and yes, I will start with my own. Should you violate the request, I will downgrade you. It goes without saying that if the conditions don't appeal to you, keep walking amigo. I'm just looking to get a mil beyond the veneer. Cheers
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