Fussy Cats & Dancing Shoes for Starship Elvis, or visit the Outer Banks? You decide...

April 09, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

 

mwwrroooowwwrrr...    MMMwwwwRRRRoooowwwwrrrrrRRRRR!!!  Hmmm… sounds like TikaBelle is giving me warning she is about to launch.  Kerplop!!  Yep, true to form, she follows her morning routine of nudge the feet with the gratuitous sound effects, back up, and goes vertical to the top of my chair where she will stretch out and supervise me while I try to write something approaching comprehensible thoughts for a Monday.  She can be quite vociferous in expressing her disdain with me if I do not follow her every whim.  At the moment, she is whacking my shoulder with her tail, indicating she expects more attention.  However, she does have alternate ‘favorite places’ – generally in close proximity to a window where she can watch the world pass before her as she enjoys the sunshine,

Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla, North Carolina - © John Cadell Photography

as cats and dogs will do, thus leaving me alone until the next time... which I expect will be within the next 45 seconds or so... 

 

Spring is a time of surprise and preparation… we are continuously surprised by the vast array of beauty that appears seemingly overnight – the trees are budding one day, in full bloom the next, and quite literally overnight, the side effects of that work transpires into pollen – that annoyingly annual rite of passage each year where everything on the East Coast and the Mid-West is covered by this greenish-yellowish dust that will make life miserable for allergy-prone people for a few weeks.  You can wash your vehicle 3 times a day, and it will quickly regain that dusty look within 30 minutes.   Another surprise was having to get my truck "Starship Elvis" some new 'dancing shoes' - i.e., tires.  For the life of me, I cannot nor will not justify spending big bucks on large chunks of rubber that need to be replaced every couple of years, just to get some fancy name on the sides for people to go ooh-and-aah over.  Nope, not happening.  I've finally caught on in the second half of life (yeah, being definitely over 50 has certain perks besides weekly bombardments from AARP in the mailbox) that as long as they match, maintain pressure, and pass inspection, life is good.  In that department.  Whatever the pedigree from NASCAR or Formula-1 (neither of which I lay any claim to aspiring to be compared to) and the so-called tread life, they all tend to run down to the point of needing replacement no matter what.  Not to mention that living in the paradise of Southeastern Virginia does have certain side-effects.  You've seen the grumblings in the past about how we specialize in potholes that are imported from other states, and tested extensively in this area.  Not saying that the fun-loving folks at VDOT aren't too busy being monopolized by the more politically affluent areas of our Commonwealth or anything... and if you truly believe that, we need to discuss swamp land east of Phoenix…  So, to escape this annoyance, we headed to our favorite lighthouses in the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Although I have visited here more than a few times, and am happy as the proverbial clam - as in I was quite happy to meet a gentleman who is one of the docents (guide) to the lighthouse.  He is recently retired from active ministry in the Episcopal Church, and is quite keen on photography and other topics that are also on my top 3 - Serving God through helping others, Photography, and... well, I don't think at 80+ he'll join me on a surfboard, but... it was indeed a pleasure and an honor to meet him - I can guarantee you that we will have many more future fun chats on topics we both have an interest in... 

The attached photograph this week is Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla, North Carolina.

 

Please have a great week!!

 

© John Cadell Photography


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