Outside and Inside and “P” stories voting reminder

The Alphabet Challenge “P” Stories voting has — with apparent reluctance — started back up and we’re getting a trickle of readers wanting to make their preference known. 

If you are one such reader, thank you in advance for eventually reading our stories and for eventually casting a vote for your favorite of the three. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge P-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link

So, Outside . . .

That’s the color version of the Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA . . . but it seems to me this might be a more suitable version . . .

I pondered — as I was editing the photos from our visit to the engine room of the Queen Mary —  the difference between outward appearance and what you see inside.

I further pondered how similar that can be when we consider humans showing something on the outside while being something else on the inside.

I mean, it’s interesting but not nearly as elegant and sumptuous as what the passengers saw while crossing the Atlantic. I could try to “beautify” it and make it more artsy . . .

But it doesn’t change the fact it’s a bunch of piles, valves, old I-don’t-know-what, and other stuff screaming “cobbled together to make it go”.

Say, it strikes me that’s a bit like our stories!

Although this stuff is — perhaps — a bit more solid than our stories.

The new Gallery for the reminder photos is HERE<<<Link. The photos are only slightly larger (30-50%) but the details — and quality — are better there than here.

I always struggle with what I should post here. It’s usually a post for people who have already voted and have the time to go wander up and down the blog. I try to pick an interesting blog post that I’m at least marginally proud of. This time, it’s no different . . . HERE.<<link . . . that post deals with my sartorial preferences. Riveting stuff, if I say so myself . . . and I often have to.

. . . and HERE‘s<<link another sartorial tidbit. And THIS<<link gives accessorizing advice. Also, it might help with social distancing.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.


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13 Responses to Outside and Inside and “P” stories voting reminder

  1. mvschulze says:

    Interesting treatments. Quite a lot of years ago, Jeanne and I and our two young kids spent a night on the Queen Mary, the Hotel; and years before that, her father was shipped over to the war on that same ship. On that voyage, unknown to ‘Dad’ at the time, Winston Churchill was also on board!

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  2. Ggreybeard says:

    Love those engine room snaps, the old dials, pipework, cable trays and end flanges. I’m intrigued by that peculiar plant item that looks like a sci-fi robot. What is it? an air compressor?


    • disperser says:

      Unfortunately, none of the other photos (of placards describing the operation of the engines) indicate what that is, hence why I used the term “old I-don’t-know-what” . . . It does look like a sci-fi robot, but it could also be a fancy popcorn popper.

      OK, so, the only thing I could work out by the label are the words “operate pump by” . . . from which I brilliantly deduce it’s a pump of some kind.

      Could be oil, could be water for the steam. The dome still makes it look like a popcorn popper I used to have.

      Here are a few links but nothing mentioned about this unit.

      The engines used large condensers and the picture of this is in between photos of the condensers, so it may be related to them.

      Sorry; I should have snapped a clearer photo of the label.

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  3. AnnMarie says:

    Yes, the monochrome shot of the ship does give it a more ‘romanticized’ look. As for the colorful pipes photo, I really do like your B&W processing of it . . . makes all them things look ‘cool’ . . . or, should I update that to ‘Gucci’!

    P.S. I’m trying the modern teen slang, but somehow it sounds dorky coming from me.


  4. I really enjoy these photos! I’ve always been fascinated by machines, dials, turny-things, buttons to push, levers, gauges, twirly majigs, gadgets, ETC. (Sorry for a couple of the technical terms I used…but I think you know what I mean.)

    That 5th picture is what I envision my brain to look like. Ha.

    Like the monochrome of the ship a LOT!
    HUGS!!! :-)


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