Moved to Tears

The Daily Prompt:

Describe the last time you were moved to tears by something beautiful.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us BEAUTY.

Pyramids

I took this picture riding a camel in the sands of Giza behind the great Pyramids. We rode for around 3 hours to obtain this picture. It was an unreal scene: Young boys riding fast horses beside you racing from one spot to another. I had to pinch myself to remind me that it was the year 2008 and I did live in the US.

Leon’s Farm Market

My father owned a farm market in Flint, Michigan. Both my mother and myself were his employees. the open aired farm market was open from the Easter, when we started selling Lillie’s until the last of October when we sold pumpkins. We also open up for two weeks in December to sell Christmas trees. The summer months we sold fresh local produce. My dad would get up around 3 in the morning and drive to Bay City where the local farmers sold wholesale to small farm markets like my dad’s. I remember riding in that old Dodge truck where you could actually see the pavement below the floorboard as we drove along country roads to purchase our produce for the week. Fresh tomatoes were 39 cents a pound or 3 pounds for a dollar. Mom loved selling the flowers in the spring time. She would have a very dark tan by the 1st of June. I worked the summer months. Seven days a week from 9 am to 9 pm. On the days we went to the farmers market we would return to our market around 11 am where I would unload the truck and my dad would get a few hours of sleep before he went to his regular job as a conductor for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.

Local Farmers Market
Local Farmers Market

I was at the local farmers market last week and that experience brought back a lot of memories. We provided “Customer Service” before they invented the word. I find it amazing that some store clerks can’t make change without looking at the cash register to see how much they owe their customer. Heaven forbid if they said “Thank You”.

Flint Michigan

Flint Michigan
Flint Michigan

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Flint Michigan is where I grew up, went to high school, and worked my first few jobs. I was a substitute school teacher where I learned around 6 am what school and grade I was to teach. I worked as a real estate salesman, a job my Aunt got me with her influence with the broker. I learned from that experience that I would never succeed in any sales position. I worked for the  Buick Motor Corporation for a few months (graduate school looked a lot more interesting than lifting hoods and fenders and putting them on the assembly line). I spent the next eleven years working for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad. This was a perfect example of nepotism in the work place as my dad, and uncle worked there. “Oh your George’s boy”. OK your hired and we want you to start next Monday. I  was never given a drug test, never even filled out an application).

When I was growing up in Flint, it was a great place to work because of the auto industry and the suppliers that furnished them parts. The auto industry died  out and so did the soul of Flint. Now it is the murder capital of the US.

I’m going to Flint this weekend for a family reunion and catch up with cousins that I had not seen in quite a few years, also school friends from High School and College. I left Flint in January 1980 and have only been back for funerals and a high school reunion.

I will post later on how things went.

DJ

Pat on the Back—Cancer Survivors

The Daily Prompt:

Tell someone you’re proud of just how proud you are.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SUCCESS.

Cancer Survivors
Cancer Survivors

Annual Race for the Cure 2013, Raleigh, North Carolina. A truly inspiring sight. After I finish, I just stand there and watch and clap as they all cross the finish line.

Psychotherapy — Back to School

The daily prompt today is:

If you could take a break from your life and go back to school to master a subject, what would it be?

My answer is Psychotherapy.

Sigmund Freud
Sigmund Freud

I do have an undergraduate degree (B.A) in Psychology. I had planned to continue this line of  study but something called “Viet Nam” came along that interrupted my plans. Attending Graduate School did  not quality you for  the cherished student deferment (2-S). A letter from the Selective Service was one of the  first letters I received after graduation. At that time they instituted a “Lottery” system instead of the  regular draft. I have never any good in gambling and lost this time too. I got  as far as Ft. Wayne in Detroit. I had already received my Bible and was standing  in line in my underwear when the Doctor called me aside and  informed me that the Army  didn’t want to draft me because I had a previous  heart condition  which I had actually out grown. I was given  a bus ticket home and that was my service career.

I should  have gone  back to Graduate school at that time  but money was an issue. So…I started my employment career.

I  wish I could go back to school today but I’m afraid too much time has elapsed and I would  have to start all over  again. Not that much time left for me.

Thanks for the inspiration from the Daily Prompt.

Up on the roof

The Word a Week Challenge — Roof.

The challenge is to post a picture or use whatever genre you prefer to share what your take on the word is.

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City
St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City

The Ultimate Roof. St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

Thanks A Word a Week Challenge.

A Word a Week Challenge — Curve

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Mara Serena Safari Lodge

On Safari in Kenya. Lions, Elephants, Giraffes, Cape Buffalo, Cheetahs are in your back yard.

A Word a Week Challenge

Me, The Sandwich

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A Danny Spicy Salmon Burger:

  1. Rent a fishing boat of Michigan’s West Shore
  2. Hire Captain to pilot boat
  3. Buy expensive Fishing equipment
  4. Bring buddies and lots of beer
  5. Catch Large Salmon
  6. Try not to get sea sick
  7. Bring fish back to wife to gut and  cook  Salmon
  8. Add egg, beading, Korean hot spices, and serve on a Kaiser roll.
  9. After dinner relax with a  friendly game of  cards, drink beer and belch.

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