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The Camera You Have With You

Turtles getting some sun. Taken with my Canon.

I packed β€œthe real camera” up last night and took it with me today. I have a DSLR and various lenses. I don’t have as much time to go out and play with it as I used to.

The Drowned World. Also taken with my Canon.

The pic above is a little bridge that used to be over a little creek. Hurricane Michael shook things up a bit, and now that little area is a small pond. It’s off the road but with a long lens and a quick stop, and I got it without too much trouble.

They say the best camera you have is the one you have with you, and that’s true.

Taken with my iPhone 12 Pro Max

The pic above was taken with my iPhone. Just a quick one-off. Lucky. I couldn’t have done that shot with my DSLR. Not in that moment.

I probably took twenty shots of the turtles. I took five to ten shots of the bridge.

The one of the cat, Geisel, was one shot.

Yep. The best camera you have is the one you have with you. Sometimes, most of the time, it isn’t about equipment. It’s just you capturing a moment. There are so many of us out here catching things no one else will see except for our pics.

Go Pro 8 Black. Lol. I nearly got run over for this one.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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No Way Home

Finally.

We didn’t get to go see this one at the theater. This weekend it’s on early release on Vudu, and us being a Marvel family, we bought it. Gotta have the matching set.


Sitting here with my son watching the movie, I realized that it had never hit me before. This isn’t Earth-616. Tom isn’t the Spider-Man I grew up with in the comics. This isn’t the regular universe I’ve gone through with the X-Men. Tobey and Andrew clearly aren’t of that universe because that’s detailed in the film. We aren’t watching a retelling from that comic universes point of view. We are watching all the universes play out.

Earth-616

The link better explains this concept to those who aren’t well versed in comic lore.

Nope, we are pulling a full-on Uatu every time we sit down for one of these movies. In effect, becoming Watchers instead of just watchers.

I never thought of it this way before now. Every story I’ve read, comic book I’ve gone through, every series, every movie. I’ve sat at the center of a kind of multiverse and watched all the stories play out.

It was a strange realization because I never thought that deeply about it. Sure there are alternate timelines throughout the comics.

All through Marvel and DC (nod to Elseworlds) and they keep a lot of the characters fresh because let’s face it, it’s always fun to imagine; What If?


This is where my mind went tonight when MJ corrected the fed about her name. Not Mary Jane Watson but Michelle Jones Watson?! But she doesn’t use Watson anymore. I thought, that ain’t right! But then thought deeper and really opened my mind on the subject while watching what I consider to be a pretty fabulous movie.

You might even say it was…amazing.

And for the first time ever I’m dedicating a post to someone.

This one is for my son Sam who is always on my left.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Dead. Two Theories.

I watched this video today. I’m interested in all kinds of conspiracy theories.

I’m afraid I have to disagree with the five types at the end. Maybe because I’m the first? I don’t know. But if you can be programmed to be any of the other four types then you can be programmed to be the fifth and tricked into thinking you’re autonomous. Because really, the other four types having been programmed, think they are as well.

Personally, I can’t wait until they fire back up the large hadron collider at CERN, and we either merge back with the original timeline OR move on to our next adventure in time.

This one’s getting a bit weird.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Back In The Mountains: Day One (Part One)

We’ve finally broken free of lockdowns and masks and have run for the hills of North Carolina.

The kids came up yesterday morning, and we decided that if we got off work early enough that we’d come on up if we could find a room for one night.

We stayed at the Route 19 Inn which is a refurbished hotel that had been here since the 1940s.

I was speaking to the owner this morning and the place was buried under downed trees for years. They came in and completely refurbished the place, gave it an old school motor inn vibe and gone to work. They’ve really made something of the place in a year.

Y’all, abandoned is my thing. I have driven by this place for six years. It’s just off Soco Road. I can’t believe I haven’t noticed.

Just a quick review of the room.

Showers: EXCELLENT.

Bed: Comfortable.

It’s basic but you have cable (we didn’t even turn on the TV), USB charging ports, and the wifi was strong.

Nice price for a one night stay and finding a one nighter is hard nowadays. Extremely friendly owners.

We will stay there again.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Tonight we continued the children’s cinematic education with Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

The movies of my day (yea, this is very much within the timeline) rated as PG-13 prove one thing, we were not sheltered from language and innuendo like kids are today.

PG-13 from 1986 would probably be a hard R today if you threw in a bare breast.


Personally, I think that the John Hughes movies of the 80s are masterpieces. Gen X can quote them line for line. It might even be a better proof of age for most anything in place of ID.

Cashier: Can I see your ID?

Customer: Oh, he’s very popular Ed. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads – they all adore him. They think he’s a righteous dude.

They don’t and won’t make movies like this anymore. Their day has come and gone. Often replicated, never duplicated comes to mind.

At least we have the historical archives.

Which reminds me, grab those hard copies while you can.

The sheriff is near.

Wink wink, nudge nudge.

That’s it. That’s the post.

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I Have To Try

I’m going to try a little something new.

I’m going to remove virtually all social media from my phone. I’ll leave social media apps on my iPad, but on my phone it’s just a distraction during the day.

Work to do, family to be with.

I’m keeping Instagram and Twitter.

Instagram is more the pics for me. If things start getting too political or woke on an account I’ll stop following. I love some of the people I follow and the way they see the world. Plus, I have some actual friends on there.

Twitter…

Twitter isn’t social media. Twitter is anti-social for the most part. Sure you’ll run across the odd egg that’s genuine and wants to interact, I experienced that this week. Besides the fact that Twitter is short and fast, hardly a distraction. I might check that on a break but not during work all day.

Man I miss the Plus. Shows how old this pic is.

So anyway, it’s a plan. Not a fully realized β€œyes this will work” plan, but a plan.

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This is coming from some old experiences and some more recent. The groups I’ve joined on FB are okay but you hit that occasional one where everybody in the group thinks they know exactly how the world should work. And they’re wrong. I’m fifty-two years old and I STILL don’t know how the world works. I still don’t understand women. But that’s another story.

The whole world is a German Circus.

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Hindsight is…

I had the opportunity for a full reset regarding employment. I was offered a chance at a job (literally) resetting stores. Going into retail locations overnight and remodeling their stores when it was time for a change. It was a significant pay raise as well, and remodels and resetting are something I’m good at and would enjoy. But, as life goes, there’s a problem.

It’s your KIDS, Seegars!

The problem is that I have a fifteen and a ten year old child at home and the job requires travel anywhere from two to fourteen weeks at a time and I cannot afford that much time away from my kids, not to mention my wife.

They would handle and deal with what came at them. But I don’t know that I could handle and deal with what came at them. You see, it’s important that we as parents are here. You can always find a way to make money. You can always get another job.

But you cannot get back time. Life is going to go right along without you and sometimes you can’t help that you’re not there. Sometimes it isn’t possible. Priorities get in the way but they are just that, priorities.

And some things need handled.

Family is absolutely the priority.

We’re on the road to nowhere…

I had seriously thought about resetting this page but your past is as important as your present and future are. So everything stays. This isn’t a new year, new me post.

God no, I hate those.

I just feel the need to actually sit down and write and share our little adventures as they happen. I need to include more of my life to this.

But I will say, focus is important this year.

Most important.

Focus and execution are key.

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