Even though the temperatures and humidity soared last week, Mike and I decided to stroll the grounds of the Ringling Mansion. Imagine my surprise when I stumbled upon “faces in everyday places (pareidolia).”
“How can this possibly happen in our town?” was the question asked over and over again on July 16th when a coward, Mohammad Youssuf Abdulazeez, opened fire on a recruiting station in Chattanooga, TN and then drove seven miles to a U. S. Navy facility where he rammed the gate, opened fire killing four U. S. Marines and wounding three others before he was fatally shot by a police officer. A U. S. Navy sailor later died from his wounds. While in Chattanooga this month, there was one place I wanted to visit…the U. S. Navy facility. As I stood at the entrance of the facility in the midst of a sea of American flags placed in both directions as far as the eye could see, I was overwhelmed with the showing of patriotism. With my heart pounding, chill bumps covering my body and tears streaming from my eyes, I photographed the scene, although a partial view. I have many friends and family members, past and present, who served or are presently serving in the military and I am deeply saddened as a result of this tragedy. I am asking that you keep the families of the deceased and wounded in your hearts and prayers.
My husband and I have a real estate client/friend who is a professional dancer. We were so happy today when she invited us to attend the Florida State Dance Sport Championships downtown at the Ritz Carlton. This was my first time attending such an event, but it will not be my last. I had no idea about the time, effort and cost of competing in these dance competitions. Dress vendors lined the hallways with gorgeous, sequined dresses priced in the thousands of dollars, massage tables for the dancers lined the hallways, makeup stations and hairdressers were plentiful. I learned how expensive it is to take dance lessons which would give one enough experience to compete. I was told some dancers take lessons three or four times a week in order to get enough experience but it all pays off when the judge announces your name as a first place winner. It all goes back to the “common cliche’ phrase,” “Practice Makes Perfect.”
I successfully completed this year’s 52-Week Photo Challenge and am excited about the new year. Stick with me as I travel through the new themes. It’s going to be a fun year and I can’t wait to see how our bloggers interpret the new themes. Let the fun begin!