Day 135- Sunday Evening Post

Happy Sunday!

We made it through another week. Whew.

Things are getting a bit dicey on my end. So much to do. Being behind on the blog makes a challenging project a LOT more challenging. When I catch up, I’m going to try VERY hard not to slip behind again.

Note to self…. “Don’t make your ‘time for yourself’ into ‘more work for yourself’.

#14, Watch one Annenberg Series Lecture each week, 20/52

This week I watched William Albert Allard’s lecture titled “Five Decades“.

William Albert Allard is considered a pioneer in color photography. He has contributed to National Geographic Magazine as a writer and photographer for 50 years. He is the author of six highly acclaimed books, his first, Vanishing Breed: Photographs of the Cowboy and the West, he received the National Cowboy Hall of Fame Wrangler Western Heritage Award for Best Western Art Book, the Leica Medal for Outstanding Achievement and was nominated for The American Book Award. His latest book, WILLIAM ALBERT ALLARD: Five Decades, is a retrospective and memoir that explores his long career in both words and pictures.

 Allard’s most recent photographic contribution to National Geographic Magazine is “Love And Loss on the Seine” in the May, 2014 issue, a short essay on the river that winds its way through central Paris, continuing to inspire artists and lovers as it has for centuries.
He says that Paris is his favorite city and he has been shooting there for decades. You can tell from his lecture that he is a bit of a rabble rouser, but his work is beautiful and his life has been fascinating.

#365, Do a Weekly Photo Shoot, 20/52

This week my daughter went to her Senior Prom. Luckily for the seniors, one of the kids’ grandparents lives in the house where the film Clueless was shot. We were invited to take pictures at the house and also on the sprawling grounds, and if that wasn’t generous enough, they hired an In N Out Burger truck to keep us happy. (Credit goes to Gabriella Privitelli for the this burger photo.)

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I had camera issues, so I resorted to taking photos with my iPhone. But I got a few nice ones.

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#211, Listen to a Weekly Podcast, 20/52

This week I listened to You Made it Weird with Paul Holmes. I was excited to see that Elizabeth Gilbert had been on the program. I needed a dose of Liz this week.

She talks about how creative people are always wishing for that unbroken span of time, that pastoral unfettered stretch where they can create without distraction. It rarely happens. She said that as a young writer she was complaining about this to a more experienced writer.

The woman said to Liz, “What are you willing to give up in order to have what you want?”

Liz said that it was a pivotal question for her at the time of her life. While she was pondering the answer, the woman offhandedly asked her, “What do you like to watch on TV?”

“Oh! The Sopranos!” Liz answered.

“If you have time to watch recreational television, then you have time to create, ” the woman told her.

Listen to the podcast for the whole story and if you like to make things, read Big Magic.

#127, Perform a Weekly Random Act of Kindness, 20/52

I was driving up the hill towards home when I spotted a young man running haphazardly down the hill. His arms and legs were flailing and he was wearing jeans and no shirt. He looked sweaty and red, and it was a hot day. I pulled up next to him and asked, “Are you okay?”

He said, “Do you have any water?”

I looked at the two empty bottles on the passenger seat and said, “I’m sorry. I don’t.”

He said, “You know what?”

I looked at his eyes and they seemed a bit off, “What?” I asked.

He pounded his chest and said, “The water is in us,” and then he ran off.

Oh boy.

I drove home, ran inside, got a couple of bottles of water and a granola bar and jumped back in the Jeep and went looking for the young man.

I found him in front of a gated community. As I drove up, he bolted and ran through the gates, chest forward as though he was a racer crossing the finish line.

I pulled up to the guard gate and told the guard what I had seen. He had no interest. He was calling the cops.

A few minutes later the young man came bolting out of the community as fast as he went inside. The guard put down the phone.

I drove up to the young man and opened my window. I waved the water bottles at him and he came up to the car. He had a huge smile when he saw the water and yelled triumphantly, “YES!”

He then grabbed the granola bar and shouted, “F#$% the police! My legacy! My destiny!”

And then he walked away drinking his water.

I don’t know where he was going, but at least he was hydrated.

I hope it helped.

#119, Attempt a new recipe each week, 17/52

I haven’t tried any new recipes this week. I haven’t really planned our meals. I just keep showing up at the grocery store every day and buying whatever looks good to me.

BUT… here’s a winner if you want to make some lazy ribs this Memorial Day. The rub is great on porkchops too. I use it all the time.

#21, Try a new restaurant each week, 20/52

Last week I went to several new restaurants, so I’m going to give myself credit for one of those. The best of the bunch had to be The Soggy Peso, just for the name alone.

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They make terrific Bloody Marys with Clamato and you can sit under a palapa to drink them with your toes in the sand.

231 days to go!

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