Timing is Everything – #1LinerWeds

While the title could be the one-liner for today, I prefer:

“You snooze, you lose.”

Or perhaps, “The early bird gets the worm.”

Or maybe, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.”

On the other hand, sometimes, we need a nap.

Last week, Linda G. Hill announced the #SoCS Badge contest. I thought about entering. I love the #SoCS challenge, I’ve integrated it with my Saturday ‘If We Were Having a Beer’ series and I thought it might be nice to look at a badge I designed. The problem was time – I didn’t have any when the contest was announced.

A quick look at my calendar made Tuesday the obvious choice. I had an idea. I had the time. All I needed was a picture, and I knew exactly what picture I wanted. OK, I knew where I was going to take the picture I wanted. Surprise, surprise, I was going to Great River Park.

Until the Connecticut Department of Transportation intervened.

DOT closed the off-ramp connecting I-91 south to I-84 east on Friday and Monday. That on-ramp is my route to Great River Park. The detour added 25 minutes to my commute and brought me to work on a road that is a couple of miles east of the river. It’s OK, I had a backup plan – I’d get my pictures on Tuesday and introduce my entry today.

Unfortunately for me, but fortunately for Linda, the contest was over-subscribed. She was forced to stop accepting entries yesterday.

So, I don’t have to agonize over which of these pictures to use as I’m writing this post. I don’t have to decide what portion to use, what font, color, and style for the message, and I don’t have to struggle to slide my homework under Linda’s door at the last minute. Considering that it’s 6:30 pm and I haven’t even downloaded the pictures yet, I think my one-liner is:

“There’s always next year.”


This post is part of Linda G. Hill’s fun weekly series One-Liner Wednesday. If you have a one-liner, I’d encourage you to join in on the fun. You can follow this link to participate and to see the one-liners from the other participants.

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  1. There is a peaceful feeling about each of the scenes that draws me in. There’s just something about being close to water that always pulls the eye towards it. I agree with you about the first dock photo. That would be my favourite.

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    1. Thanks Joanne. There is something special about being next to the water. It’s funny, I’ve been on that dock a number of times, but always taking pictures of the city or the bridges. I never thought to take a picture of the dock itself. The contest was worth it, just for that picture, for me.

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  2. Oh Im so sorry you missed out. I was looking forward to your entry. I actually love the first two for possible entries. The last shot/view is perfect with just a bit more contrast. Love the toy effect mode on your new camera too! I don’t ‘get’ fish eye for most things. Now and then I see its value but I rarely even use the effects available on mine. Too much trouble for me to go i to the settings to switch back and forth. It’s great to see you having fun exploring the possibilities! Happy Wednesday Dan.

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    1. Thanks Cheryl. I am having fun exploring the camera features, and this was a good test. Yeah, I don’t get the fish eye thing, but I like the dark edges of the toy camera effect. I’ve actually done that to pictures in Lightroom. I’m very much OK with not having been able to enter. I would have been up very late last night.

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  3. I may be crazy, but the image that draws me in the most is final one with the tree-lined path. Images like that one let each viewer fill in the details of journeys taken or not taken–we each create our own story.

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    1. Thanks Mike. I do like that image a lot. I’m not sure it would have worked for the badge (no stream) without some explanation, but I am very happy with the picture, and being on that path does tend to set your mind free.

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  4. I’m sorry your plans for one-liner badge fame went awry. Yes, next year. I think you could have used the photo of the dock, it’s my favorite in the gallery…very artistic and appealing. It appears you are having fun with the new camera.

    I hope your busy time isn’t making you crazy. I know what it’s like when you have a million things to do…or even just one thing…and can’t seem to find the time or a way to it. Happy Wednesday, Dan!

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    1. Thanks Mary. The work part of busy is the part that’s been driving me crazy (the project you understand very well). That’s almost over, so things are beginning to settle down. It looks like we’re going to get some nice weather, starting tomorrow, so I may be feeling much better after this weekend is over.

      I really like those dock pictures. I’m glad they are working for others too.

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  5. Your ‘one-liners’ are great, but the last one is hysterical! Sorry you missed the deadline, but you had fun trying. My favorite photo is the last one, even though I’m a sucker for reflections. Kinda lets your imagination soar.

    Happy Hump Day. Hope life slows down a bit.
    🔹 Ginger 🔹

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    1. Thanks Ginger. This worked out well for me. I would have been up very late trying to figure out which picture to use and what to do with it. As it is, I like sharing them and my thoughts about them. That’s what really makes me feel good. I’ll be sticking a new badge on those bar conversations on Saturday, and I hope it’s the one I vote for.

      That path is a very nice place to walk in the morning.

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    1. Thanks Judy. This year, work got in the way. A necessary contribution from the day-job that pays the bills. I can’t really complain about having to bring work home, since it doesn’t happen all that often these days.

      There is something magical about being near water, especially (in my opinion) rivers.

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  6. There’s always next year indeed. Sometimes life conspires against you…or maybe that means you’ll shoot The Perfect Picture before next August. Either way I’m looking forward to it. :)

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    1. Thanks Laura. Life has a way of reminding us just how important our plans are. I like the pictures I took. It’s a crowded field in badge-land. I look forward to casting my vote for the badge I’ll be using. Lot’s of great entries.

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  7. Works for me, Dan. I have to run (drive) off in a few minutes to go walking with a friend, then home to get ready for a full day of work, and then up to church for an activity this evening, so I have a full day. Thus I appreciated both the one-liner and the peaceful photos. Have a marvelous day with no delays unless delays to stop and relax.

    janet

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    1. Thanks Janet. Taking time to rest and relax is an important item on the to-do list. I’m looking forward to some good weather, unless Mother Nature decides to shift gears. It should be a productive weekend (starting tomorrow). I hope you have a great day.

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    1. Ha ha – that’s so true about the squirrel, Teagan. It’s like “hey buddy, I know you have a lot on your mind, but aren’t you the guy my cousin gets his peanuts from?”

      Thanks for the comments about the pictures. I do like them.

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    1. Thanks John. Reflections are my favorite subjects, but the path is neat, especially as I am arriving just about the time the sun is rising. With the leaves still on the trees, the path has a special quality.

      The weather still appears to be leaning in our favor.

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  8. I, too, love the tree-lined path. I have a similar photo which I hope to post soon.

    But that’s the thing, isn’t it? You either have the post ready to go but need a photo and since you do your own photography, that means going out to take just the right picture – or, you have the photo but need to think up a post to go along with it. I’m stuck on both counts right now – I have both post ideas and photos, but none of them match! Ugh. So hard to be a blogger sometimes.

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  9. Awesome pictures that would have been wonderful badges. Since last year I have been snapping pictures for the badge contest. I now have a plethora of them in queue. Or maybe a gaggle of them as the water fowl on the San Antonio River were plentiful this year. Cheers until next year!!

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    1. Thanks Deborah. I was really happy with the way the pictures were coming out, but I waited too long. Then again, the weather hasn’t been helpful. We really haven’t had many days where I’ve seen blue sky on the way to work

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  10. Beautiful pictures — I love them all! I don’t know how you could have chosen one, since each is perfect. And your blog post title made me think of the Riders In The Sky routine: “What’s the secret of great comedy, Too Slim?” ~silence~ “I said, ‘What’s the secret–‘” “Timing, Ranger Doug.”

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    1. Ha ha – pretty much fits my situation. Thanks. I would have had a hard time choosing. I don’t know that they are perfect, but I think there are good elements in many of them. It was too late to start, in any case.

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  11. Dan, all the scenes are nice. I like the blue sky better than the muted toy camera ones. And the Hartford reflections are favorites either with or without shore lines. Sorry you missed out on the badge contest. A great substitute post! All is well that ends well! 📚 Christine

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  12. Wow, crazy popular if you have to stop the entries! But I couldn’t have participated anyway. Right now, I’m so tired of all the maddening direction the social media is taking, I banned them ALL, except for my blog.

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  13. Unbelievable. I, too, almost entered, but lost too much time. :(
    I took a photo a few weeks back and when I went to edit it, I thought of SoCS. I read a post mentioning the contest upcoming, and I missed it completely. Maybe next year.
    I do like the dock, and the one where it’s mostly reflection. I’d vote for either of those, font dependent, of course ;)
    I could really go for a nap, but I do tend to err on the side of productivity.
    That walking path is very inviting.

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    1. I’ll see you in the contest next year. It’s been a crazy summer. I stll can’t decide which picture I like best, but I’ll probably visit that park 100 times before next August. That path is a bery soothing place to walk in the morning.

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  14. Love the way you opened with the quotes and led us to that ending one – and yeah -/always next year indeed

    And I think this is the third year of me following your participating in that badge challenge –
    And ya know Dan – it sure is nice growing with blog friends thru various seasons – isn’t it?
    And the photos here are serene snd enjoyed those too

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    1. Thank you so much. It’s hard to believe
      How long I’ve been here. I really enjoy this community. It’s a very different social experience, but it’s also very special.

      SoCS has become my favorite challenge. I like writing and doing it without much planning or editing is fun.

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      1. Yes- that challenge seems to offer so
        Much freedom and I wish I could read more entries for Linda’s challenge – by usually only get to you and joey and maybe a couple more
        – because you are right – special place here in blog land and what has kept me here is boundaries – well many things keep me h re – hah! But what has kept me in for the long haul is pacing – breaks when needed or just casts when not (just in case) and then also not feeling obliged to visit or read everyone – oh the feeedom and beauty in having that comfort – and glad the no facilities continues to be on my blog roll!
        Original – real – interesting – and you be a cool
        Dude –
        Cheers

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        1. Aw, thanks so much, Yvette. I’m glad to still be here and not to have worn out me welcome. I try to read as much as I can. Sometimes, it gets hectic, but I usually manage to catch up. Falling behind today and tomorrow.

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          1. Well I mus add that I had to stop getting caught up
            So if I miss posts I have to let it go – and be really ok with it –
            But the thing is – it is enriching to read and visit others and so I do know I am missing out on some “chiseling”
            But we really cannot always have it all.
            A while ago I had s student miss a fueled trip (it was optional) and they shared how they weee Torn about it – awesome to sleep in and have their day for them but they missed the adventure – but here is the thing – we cannot have everything all the time – and the field trip might have pulled from them in the end cos when we need rest we need that mental
            Decompression!
            And so sometimes we miss stuff and have to say it is part of the process of getting more later. Perhaps ?

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            1. Absolutely. There isn’t enough time. I try to catch up, but when I’m on the run for 2-3 days, I just can’t. Between my day job and home improvement, I’ve lost a lot of time. But, there has been endless rain, so I was able to stay current. Now, we have three nice days in a row, so I’m making progress here, losing ground there. It’s life.

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  15. Finding peace of mind is truly rejuvenate me, You are really lucky to live at the place full of natural beauty and you have sense to see them, like all the pics

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  16. Great pictures, Dan. The morning hours are really good for photography. I was always a morning person earlier. During my college days, I used to get up by 6, make my bed, brush, bath, eat breakfast and would rush for my computer classes (I did a diploma in computer languages which I never put to use ever in my career). From there, I would take a train to my college and be there until 1 in the afternoon. I would rush back home, eat lunch and then off to work. Basically, I was doing a full-time computer course, full-time college and a full-time job. Life was hectic. I had no time to loiter around like other college kids do. However, after 2002 there was a huge shift. I was mostly doing night shifts until 2009. Now, I work from home, but even when I force my body to wake up in the morning, it won’t. I mean I can get up and bath and all that, but I won’t feel fresh. There will be dark circles underneath my eyes and my head would ache and all that. So, now I’m no longer a morning person, even if I want to. Do you have any solution for this?

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    1. I don’t have a solution. The best thing is to get up ad go to bed at the same time every day (some exceptions understood). When I was having trouble sleeping (minor) that’s when I shifted to that schedule.

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    1. It’s funny. In all the years I’ve been going to this park, I never took a good picture of the dock. I go out on it for better views of the city, but this it the first time I tried to feature it in a picture. I’m glad you like it.

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