The Alphabet Challenge “S” Stories voting has picked up a bit, which was nice to see. Interestingly, all the votes have come from the US. Frankly, I’m surprised the rest of the world is letting the US show them up like that. But, I suppose it’s still fairly early in the round and people from other countries may be more deliberate in their . . . er . . . deliberations.

If you are a reader of our stories and someone who votes, no matter your country of origin, thank you in advance for casting a vote for your favorite of the three despite all that’s probably occupying your mind. Links to the stories and the poll for voting for “Alphabet Challenge S-Stories” are HERE.<<<Link Votes will be accepted until noon on November 8th.

I suppose I owe a photo . . .

Open country, shrubs and big skySo, the Block Editor (ptui!) . . . First, let me say it’s a powerful editing tool . . . for them who have a need for it. Having used it for this past week or so, I . . .

In my posts, I occasionally mention my lack of friends . . . and friends usually understand I’m not disavowing our relationship. I say it partly in jest and partly because voicing or exploring closeness to others is uncomfortable, much like receiving praise is uncomfortable, or being thanked is uncomfortable. 

So, yes; I have friends. Some would say I have many friends, both in the virtual reality of the Internet and in the real world. Not, you know, 10,000 friends like movie stars have, but actual friends I interact with. 


Before I continue, these are B&W versions of the Badlands photos from my previous post. I think they amazing. Some, in my estimation, surpass their color version when it comes to the impact they offer. But, that’s just me.

By the way, you can click on the photos to see a larger version or go to THIS SmugMug gallery to see the full versions.

Where was I? Oh, yes . . . many friends.

Not really, of course . . . vegging is defined as “relaxing to the point of complete inertia.” I’m a few ticks shy of complete inertia. I am, however, indulging myself to a day of doing nothing beyond eating, reading, listening to music, and looking out the window. 

Oh, and playing with photographs . . . specifically, photos from our October 2004 trip out West. The photos in this post are from the Badlands


That’s my father-in-law walking back from an observation platform. 

By the way, you can click on the photos to see a larger version or go to THIS SmugMug gallery to see the full versions. 

This was our second visit to the park. The first visit, in 2002, is documented HERE.

The 2004 trip had a purpose beyond enjoying the Western Scenery. Having decided to leave Michigan, we were scouting potential destinations. As some already know, we ended up in Colorado Springs in 2005.