Sunday, June 28, 2009

One Single Impression: Blue Rain


Blue Rain
my garden's so green
fishes flowers rocks and trees
bluebirds chirp my song
water so blue--


came from where
blue rain--drops of melted hail



Photos and Poem Copyright © 2009 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
Albert Kahn Musee et Jardins,
14, rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt, France  (link)(Google Map)

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"Blue Water" as prompt,
suggested by Lissa of
Just Writing Words

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson we loved you, we will miss you, R.I.P.

omnipresent grief
paparazzi much too bold
limelight much too bright
Michael Jackson we love you
may you ever rest in peace


Copyright © 2009 Jimmiehov.
All Rights Reserved

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Michael Jackson
(August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)
Photo:
Wikipedia Credit

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

One Single Impression: Assimilation

Assimilation

boy meet girl—you know
assimilation complete
cannot be reversed
assimilation's children
often pay their price dearly



Copyright © 2009 Jimmiehov. All Rights Reserved


Find more poems at One Single Impression
"Assimilation" as prompt,
suggested by Gautami Tripathy of
Rooted


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Friday, June 19, 2009

French Sky -- Looking At the Sky

Old town, Carcassonsne, is next on our journey. See the map below.



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We are at the entrance to the Old Town. This little town even had a mote but it never was filled with water. Today the town survives, mostly on tourist dollars and euros.

Businesses include a lot of eateries, souvenir shops, and quite a few hotels. Our money there went for food. This was right after the canal boat ride as a part of the day trip south.

We would stay until dark. The lights came on later than we thought we would be staying and still we didn't see the town lit up here on the hill except from the distant road back to our hotel.



That's all for today. Next posting will be more (or an other France post) of Old Town Carcassonne but for now all we see is mainly coming into the compound. We couldn't drive in until the tourists mainly went home so we walked up the hill from the parking lot (free).



[click here to see the whole European Holiday]


We had fun. I will be telling more of our Spring 2009 Europe Holiday periodically.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Midweek Blues -- We won! Pinewood Derby car



This one's Karen's car, it's
a 1982 or so Pine Wood Derby Racer
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Karen (link#1)(link#2-the whole post) was age eight or so then. She did most of the work, Mrs. Jim and I were consultants for her.
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She won first place. Of course technology has improved since then so it probably couldn't keep up with the modern cars. Dad was the chief speed advisor for her project. Mrs. Jim did the fashion painting advice. Karen did [most of] the work.
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Please enlarge the picture by clicking on it so you can see the driver pretty good. The driver is a piece of lead fishing weight, carved to precision weight with the car weighing 1 ounce less than the maximum.
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The paint is acrylic blue with a red, green, and blue butterfly on the hood. There's a rainbow at the rear, and some green growth with a flower on the deck lid. If we were smart, we could have sensed a tree-hugger growing up here with us.
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Weight distribution is 63% in the rear wheels, 37% up front. The uplift in the back functioned better than a spoiler in keeping the car hugging the track surface. Many cars tipped and fell off or tumbled, hers went straight down the slotted hill track.
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You can go here to see the rest of my not-June Bug posts.


If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo below. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions (considering it is for the second week). Just do what I did.

Or do less, all she requires is a BLUE PICTURE.



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Sunday, June 14, 2009

One Single Impression: Walls

Walls

Walls restrict, walls constrain,
walls confine, walls restrain.

Walls protect, walls support,
walls will cool, walls will warm.

Dark and dank, hate these walls.
Free and safe, love those walls.

Well how to you feel now?
Depends, which side you're on?


Copyright © 2009 Jimmiehov. All Rights Reserved


Find more poems at One Single Impression
"Walls" as prompt,
suggested by F.P. of
Fledgling Poet

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Friday, June 12, 2009

France -- Midi du Canal Part #1-- Looking At the Sky

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We are off and running
Our ride would take about two hours

We would go under several bridges on our ride



Cruising along -- A friendly family

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Seen along the way:
The ducks watched us go by -- Old boat, for the taking?




A lock to go through -- It's full, we are going in
On the right note the lower water level down stream



Through in good shape -- Couple watching the action
Again note now we are on a lower level,
the water in the lock is gone




We are back -- There is our car




Tim tied us up
He enjoyed his holiday in Europe, we enjoyed his presence.

Tim, our son, is a boatman by profession. He ties up large ships and barges when they get into the Port of Houston. He has been doing this line of work now for over twenty-five years.

I will post Part #2 of our Midi du Canal ride another day. For a couple of other posts showing this ride
click here.


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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Midweek Blues -- Who is driving the boat?





You couldn't prove anything by me. Since men do boat handling best I will assume the man is.
The fellow appears to have a rudder handle. Or could there be a real driver inside?

We saw this pretty blue barge boat (also called 'narrow boat' [link]) on the Canal du Midi in Southern France (link). We passed it while we were canal boating just over a month ago.

[Answer: they both are, the lady up front is telling the guy in the back with the rudder where, when, and which way he should go and all the other important driving instructions. Ladies are good at that.]

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I am now a charter member of the new MidWeek Blues group, maybe the second person to post, Rebecca, of Dusty Cellar is first. But she started this so she ought to be the first. They post around Wednesday I think.

If you want to post a MidWeek Blues picture, go get directions from Rebecca by clicking on the logo below. She has a Mr. Linky and good directions (considering it is for the first time). Just do what I did.


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Sunday, June 07, 2009

One Single Impression: Intersections




Intersections (a ditty)

roads must cross and roads must meet
he'll meet you at the corner
please don't be so very cross

but the corner doesn't count
for some--not past two or ten
no intersection found then

souls must cross and they will meet
his vocabulary's small
why he says crossroads to all

words can cross and they will meet
three or four or five or six
crossword letters intersect

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intersection's here
now you look to left and right
oops missed the red light

Copyright © 2009 Jimmiehov. All Rights Reserved


Find more poems at One Single Impression
"Intersections" as prompt,
suggested by H.T. of
Haiku Tuna

Painting is easy when you don’t know how, but very difficult when you do. Edgar Dégas
The same may go for poetry? (whatever, I enjoy painting with the words!)

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Friday, June 05, 2009

A borrowed sunset -- Looking At the Sky



I'm saying borrowed because it wasn't taken from my back door. This pretty sunset over the water was from a balcony of a house being built over on the lake (in our Texas subdivision, Bentwater).

Looking straight down, I almost got sea sick. The little waves were rolling up to the bulkhead. So IF we lived here I would always look out, not down.



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Maybe more of Jim's European Holiday posting next week. I have been having a VERY busy week and it isn't nearly over yet.

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