November 2015 Calendar

 My mind is filled with so many things . . . NaNoWriMo, submitting my stories, writing new stories, my dismal view of humanity in general and King Sooper shoppers in particular. 

Now, on top of it all, I need to think of a photo for the November calendar. I feel like banging my head on a rock.

Say! . . . rocks; that could work.

So, I went back a few years and our visit to Monument Lake. There be rocks there.


I know, they look plain, as if wanting to be shown in B&W.


Whoa! That’s a bit much, Bob. Can you scale it back a bit?

Why, sure.


Nice. Almost looks as if it should be a painting. 


. . . uh . . . I meant a color painting . . . 

Oh . . . how about this?


Look, do we be having any other rocks? I don’t think this is working out, Bob.

How about these?


Interesting, but kind of plain.

OK, how about I kick it up a notch or two?


I sort of had a more simple scene in mind.

Why didn’t you say so?


That’s it, but do you have a shot in landscape orientation? It works well for the calendar.

Okely Dokely . . .


Now, can we turn that into a painting-like offering?

Well, I don’t have a painting program, but I can maybe fake it.


OK, now take that and plop it in the November calendar.

Here’s the calendar.


Right-Hand Click anywhere on the pictures, and Choose “Save Link As . . . “.

Note that clicking “Save Image” will download the resampled image (640×954, 72dpi) WordPress created for the post. Suitable for viewing on the screen, but not suitable for printing.

Save link as” downloads the native size of 11×17, 300dpi, but can be printed smaller. Printing larger may have mixed results depending on how knowledgeable you are.

Of course, saving is not required . . . one can just ignore the post.  If you are adventuresome, and it does not work, let me know, and I’ll try to fix whatever WordPress screwed up.  

Disclaimers:  I do not guarantee the accuracy of the calendar. My general understanding of time is limited to it being (mostly) an arbitrary demarcation of the unidirectional flow of existence. Many instances in my life demonstrated to me the disconnect between any hard measure of intervals of time and the perception of said time intervals.

So, I was in King Sooper today, and I purchased one item. I’m heading to the express lane (15 item limit). I’m about to enter the lane (there was one customer ahead of me). A late-twenties couple was coming along the crossing aisle, and I politely stopped to let them go past before entering the express lane. They stop right in front of me and look at the sign. It says “15 Items Limit” written in large letters. The man looks at their full cart and says something to the wife. She shrugs, and they turn the car and enter the express lane. But not before looking back at me and my one item. I must have been invisible, or they were assholes because they did not seem concerned about 1) going into the fast lane with what was obviously a lot more than 15 items, and 2) they did not have the common decency to let me go ahead of them. I’m going with assholes, especially since they both took out their phones and nonchalantly started checking their asshole ratings. 

I wanted to say something, really I did. But, it would have risked an altercation because few people are pleased hearing themselves called regressive monkey ass droppings. Not that I have any qualms about offending regressive monkey asses droppings, but I avoid confrontations unless absolutely necessary since I normally carry and was in this instance. The last thing I want is some regressive monkey ass dropping getting all belligerent and shit (pardon the language).

I moved to the other express lane which had three people ahead of me . . . each with a few items. By the time I checked out the poor cashier in the other lane was trying to handle bagging what turned out to be at least seven stuffed plastic bags and do so with a small counter space designed for, you guessed it, at most 15 items.

Really, I wish stores would enforce those signs, or at least modify them to read something like “15 Items Limit Unless You Are A Regressive Monkey Ass Dropping”.   

Remember, you don’t have to use the calendar portion . . .  you can cut out the bottom part, and you have a picture to hang on your wall.


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12 Responses to November 2015 Calendar

  1. oneowner says:

    Good choice for the photo. Somehow, Black Friday is missing. How will I know when to start my holiday shopping?


  2. Calendar saved and ready to print. I liked your process in choosing the right picture. :-) And I would have been so mad about those rude supermarket people! I probably wouldn’t have said anything to them either, but I would have complained to my cashier when I checked out – if only for the hope she would pass the information on to the manager.


    • disperser says:

      Thanks . . . and, as far as the people, perhaps it’s my age, or maybe I’m more attuned to it, but it seems to me these days one is surprised, if not outright shocked if one sees others doing selfless things.

      However, yelling at them or complaining would seldom accomplish anything other than disturb my calm. Yes, my calm was disturbed, but all within my control. Were I to have interacted, they would have been able to exercise even more control over my state of mind just by the virtue of them being jerks, and I’m sure they would have been largely unaffected.


      • Yes, you’re right. I’m not a combative person myself. We just run into so many jerks these days. My husband gets most worked up by other drivers. I always try to take into consideration that sometimes people truly make mistakes or misjudge when they drive. But driving a shopping cart is completely different! Why can’t people “drive right” in the grocery store? And what’s with pushing your cart up against me when I’m in line and trying to force your items onto the belt long before the clerk is done with my items? It’s not like the person is going to go anywhere any faster. /end rant … Ok, I have to go. I get all worked up thinking about the grocery store. :-)

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        • disperser says:

          When someone gets too close behind me I purposefully do stuff so that they hit me. For example, bending down to tie my shoes, have their cart bump me in the . . . posterior . . . and “losing my balance”. Also, I occasionally shift my weight as if I’m fidgety and have my ankle hit their cart, then act like if it hurt.

          Of course, one need not actually initiate contact. You can turn around and pretend to look at something on the side shelves. Or, and this works, move slowly back, a tiny bit at a time and keep moving until nearly touching. They usually move back. If not, see paragraph one.

          Regardless, glad I could help get your heart going this morning.

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  3. Happy November, Emilio! I love your photos as paintings! Great choice for the calendar! :-) That photo is VERY significant to me…when I started on this Cancer journey (not my choice to start), one of my goals was to stay strong and keep my head above water (emotionally) until November…knowing that by Nov. I’d be 6 weeks post surgery and hopefully feeling better in every way. So I hung on and here I am and it’s November 1st and I can relate to that rock in the photo! :-)
    Wow! I never knew THAT about November 3rd! :o
    HUGS!!! :-)


  4. Aquileana says:

    Great post… I love the way you worked out those photographs…. you are quite right the first set of rocks looked plain, and it is awesome how they changed after you used the B&W effect… they seem to be caught in 3D… Sending best wishes. Aquileana 🍃

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  5. AnnMarie says:

    You know I like rocks and texture, so these photos and processes (especially painting) are ideal combinations. Good choice for the calendar photo!

    Liked by 1 person

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