Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Busy day

My agenda today included an early morning city council meeting. Some of the council-people must have called in drunk because there wasn't enough present for a quorum, so the meeting was canceled.

My second stop was to run by the senior center to do an announcement for a monthly dance. It's open to anyone, but most of the people who attend are on Medicare. But while I was there, I heard the lyrical accent of someone from Great Britain. A few minutes later and I got a lead on a feature story. It seems one of the couples at the senior center had been shaking their family tree on Ancestry.com. They discovered a half-sister who lives in England. They connected, and this week the sister hopped a flight to Alabama. I think this will be my kind of story.

This evening, I interviewed the young lady that I met at the car show on Saturday. She is restoring a 1963 VW Beetle. I think it will be a good story too. Once they are published, I'll share them on here and let you make up your own mind whether they are any good or not.

Finally, on the way down this morning, I passed a field near the river. Glancing over while I drove, I saw about a dozen wild turkeys feeding. As I passed, I thought to myself, "Had they been on the other side of the road, I would have rolled down my window and snapped a picture."

Less than a hundred feet down the road I said to myself, "Turn your butt around and go back. They will put them on the right side of the road."

I snapped several pictures. What's interesting is that wild turkeys are very skittish. Usually if they see movement anywhere, they scoot. These didn't. It seemed that three of them posed. Pulling to the side of the road, I put my telephoto lens on the camera and fired off about 20 pictures.

Later when I got to the office, I looked at the pictures, and they were better than I thought they'd be. I edited the best one and sent it to the editor for consideration for the paper. I'll post it here on Thanksgiving.

I snapped the picture below when I drove by the river. Mossy rocks and autumn leaves.

It's been a busy day. I'm about to have some hot tea and call it a night.


  1. A busy, but productive day.
    Looking forward to seeing your stories.

  2. You seem to be stumbling on interesting story opportunities quite often. I think you have a muse working for you. I'm looking forward to reading your stories.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    Hugs, Julia

  3. Both stories should be great. I owned a brand new 1968 VW bug and after 25 years i slowly turned it into a perfect restoration project for someone else.

  4. I agree, both stories sound just great ! I have seen wild turkeys out in the woods before. They reminded me of ducks walking along on the road. What a beautiful sight and one you don't get often. But you are good at taking the time to look for the unusual.

  5. Anonymous11:47 AM

    Can't wait to see those turkeys & read those stories!!

  6. I think I see Bigfoot in this photo!!! :o

  7. Your photo is so pretty with the yellows and greens. The turkeys better run...hahahaaa. I’d like to see what her Beetle will look like


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