Day One of the final weekend of Dance Competitions for my daughter this year. (She's the one on the far left)
Today it was only one dance - small group tap. They danced to the song "Hot Chocolate" from the movie "The Polar Express" - and did an amazing job! They earned a "High Gold" trophy... a special award... and a spot on the performance team at Nationals in July.
Tomorrow is the "big day" though: all of her solo dances... and the rest of her group dances. It's going to be a very, VERY long day!
When I was about 10 or 11 years old, I saw the movie "Mask" (starring Eric Stoltz, Cher and Sam Elliott) for the first time. I immediately made two important decisions as a result...
1) When I grew up, I wanted to be just like Sam Elliott's character "Gar".
2) I wanted to travel the world, and needed a map that I could cover with push-pins, indicating all of the far-off places I planned to go.
Eventually I got the map - a rather large one that came with a subscription to National Geographic Magazine. And yes... for a time I had it covered with brightly colored push-pins. I started with Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, Milan, Torino... then moved on to France... Great Britain... Ireland - before jumping to places like China, India, Egypt, Australia and Peru. It wasn't long before the map looked more like an abstract-painting of colored dots.
Memories of "Mask", that old map, and my old dreams all came shooting to mind today when I opened up the supply cabinet at work and saw a little tub filled with these push-pins. A few hundred possible journeys, waiting to be pinpointed and realized.
Over two dozen years have passed... and I'm still not "Gar", and I've never left the United States.
Unfortunately I've fallen behind with my "52 Weeks" self-portrait project. I've missed a couple of shots from the time-period when my computer was out-of-service. I didn't use any of my digital cameras during that period, because I wouldn't be able to do anything with the images... so I was using my iPhone instead, so I could easily upload my shots. It was great at first... then it became frustrating... and somewhere amongst that frustration I seem to have forgotten all about my "52 Weeks" project, while focusing on my "366 Project".
So... it's time to play "catch-up"!
And here it is... my first self-portrait using the newest of my digital cameras.
My computer is still playing dead... and I haven't been able to get it's replacement yet. That means I'm still unable to do anything with any photos I take with my digital cameras. So I'm still using my iPhone to take the photos for my 366 Project.
So, when life gives you lemons... take a photo of them with your iPhone!