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Just Jot it January, 2019: January 19

“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “television.” Talk about your favorite show, past, present, or future, or about the apparatus itself. Enjoy!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/18/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-19th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Television.  What comes to mind when I think about television these days is how it’s changed.

The age of a few networks, and seasons starting in September and running until May, if you missed an episode having to wait until summer rerun season to pick them up – these things are pretty much over.  Streaming shows of the web, Netflix, even being able to rent or buy DVDs (do people still do this?) have changed the shape of TV.  We have fall starts, winter starts, summer seasons.

And binging.  Don’t forget binging.  Entire seasons of old and new shows available at the touch of a play button.  Well, not always – depends on what Netflix is offering at any given time (especially here in Canada…sigh…)

I can also play YouTube and other online services on our smart TV, and stream as needed from my iPad through AppleTV.

All of which begs the question: how is it that there is still nothing on TV?

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 18

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 18th is brought to you by Di! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Di’s word for our prompt today is “companionship.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/18/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-18th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Companionship.  Meaning the enjoyment of being with others.  So, not just being in the company of others, but enjoying it too.

Sometimes I enjoy being around people.  Not always.  I don’t suppose that’s unusual, especially for someone who likes to spend time with computers and kittens.  I mean, I enjoy spending time with Kevin, and my parents, and the people I care about at work, and my friends.  But I also like to spend time by myself.  And with my computer, and my camera.  Can you have companionship with an inanimate object?  Now, don’t freak out – I am not venturing into subjects that would render my blog PG13 (where is your mind?!?)  I’m just talking about working on my blog, or learning how to use my camera better.

Now, to conclude, here are my lunch companions for a cold and windy Friday!

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 17

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 17th is brought to you by John Holton! Click here to find his last post and say hi while you’re there! John’s word for our prompt today is “inch.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/16/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-16th-and-one-liner-wednesday/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Inch, inch, inch.  What can I say about inch that others haven’t already said today.  Like, give them and inch…you know the rest.  Or inching along slowly to try and reach 500 words for this, day 17 of Just Jot January?

It’s funny how we here in Canada claim to use the metric system, but still talk in terms of inches (and feet, and pounds…not gallons though, at least not at the gas station).  I couldn’t tell you what a centimetre is, but I can tell you how big an inch is.  And a foot.  And a yard.  Interestingly enough, foot can mean different things, and so can yard, but I can’t think of another meaning of inch. Well, except the inching along thing which is pretty clearly related to the distance of an inch.  A foot, however, is not necessarily a foot long, and a yard (as in back yard) is not probably ever a yard long.  Just saying.

This post is inching along…inch, by inch, by inch.  Not really painfully, for me anyway.  But I am having trouble staying focused.  Start Trek Discovery is on – the first episode of season 2.  I should be waiting to watch it with Kevin, but it’s on…what am I supposed to do?  Change the channel??  That’s crazy talk.

So, I will inch on out of there and give all my attention to this distraction.  And now, to distract you from this distraction, a random picture from my files.

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 16

“One Liner Wednesday!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/16/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-16th-and-one-liner-wednesday/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

I’m crying a bit of uncle today, as I have to go to a meeting tonight and don’t really have it in me to write 500 words on my blog (I have, however, written in my Morning Pages, and will journal tonight, so I’m still writing!)

So, a one-liner it is.  Something I just read on Twitter, that seems to fit with the day/week.

Not every day is a sunny day
Some day you are a pigeon
Some day you are the statue.

I know which one I feel like today!  See you tomorrow for more Just Jot excitement!

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Just Jot it January, 2019: January 15

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 15th is brought to you by Kelli! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Kelli’s word for our prompt today is “Paris.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/15/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-15th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Well, almost halfway through the January challenge, and I’m feeling like I’m hitting a bit of a wall today.  Especially with a prompt of Paris.  Does that count as using it my post? Paris, or as it is sometimes pronounced, Paree, is a hard one for me.  A true challenge, if you will.

I have never been to Paris – any Paris.  I don’t know how many Parises there are in the world.  Holy crap!  I just Googled Paris and found a Wikipedia page listing 2 communities in Canada, about 25 cities and communities in the US, and half a dozen places in other parts of the world (America – stop stealing other country’s names!!)  Well, I guess to be fair, the name of the city in France probably came from the much older Paris of Greek mythology.  The most interesting entity with the name Paris on the Wikipedia page?  The note that the band Poison was originally called Paris.  I’d like to know the story behind THAT band name change!  Here is where I found all this interesting stuff:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paris_(disambiguation)

Let’s see, what else can I say?  Did you know if you rearrange the letters in Paris, you get Pairs?  I know this because I keep typing Pairs as I am trying to type Pairs…I mean Pairs…I mean Paris.  I don’t know if there are other 5-letter words you can spell with the letters in Paris.  You can spell shorted words, like is and air and airs an as and par, sip, rap, and rip, and the related plurals (having and “s” is always good for extending the game).  Also longer words like spar.

Have I done this one to death?  Probably.  Someone wants me to pay attention to them now…

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 14

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 14th is brought to you by Janet! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Janet’s word for our prompt today is “reflection.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/14/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-14th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Reflection.  An interesting word.  Reflection is one of those words that can mean something “literally” (in this case, I mean visually) or figuratively (meaning referring to something that can’t be seen).

For example, when you look in a mirror, or in a calm pool of water, you see yourself looking back – a reflection. Related to this is something that is a bad reflection on something else.  Take the tangerine chief (you know who I am talking about).  Well, I would argue that he is a bad reflection (among other bad things) of the state of the American government, or at the very least, the Republican Party.

But, let’s not think about that…let’s think about this;

Or, in other words, let’s reflect on this reflection picture.  Reflection, as in to think about.  Consider.  You know.  You can reflect on things, in your mind, in a lot of different ways.  I mean, if I were reflecting on the picture above, my thinking might not be all that heavy.  I might think, this is calming and peaceful.  But sometimes you reflect on something to try to come to a decision – to try and decide how to move forward with something, like reflecting on something that happened at work and deciding that yes, that person is a jerk and I was right to do what I did – oh, not that this is about anything that happened at work today…not at all….

Of course, reflection is nothing like deflection, which is what I wanted to do originally when I started to write for this prompt today.  It’s nothing like refraction either, at least I don’t think so.  They start with “ref” and end with “ction”, so maybe they are related?  Probably not.  The “ra” makes a big difference from “le”, after all.

Ok, this post is quickly deteriorating (or deteriorated long ago) into something I think I should just end, even if I don’t reach my 500 words. Guess it’s just one of those days.  I’ll do some reflecting tomorrow…

 

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 13

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 13th is brought to you by Teresa! Click here to find her last SoCS post and say hi while you’re there! Teresa’s word for our prompt today is “undiscovered.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/13/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-13th/)  These Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Undiscovered.  I feel that there are probably many things that remain undiscovered to me.  Like the reason some people in that country south of us remain committed to supporting a giant peach who shuts down the government because he can’t get his way.  Or why Elliot hates Nicholas.  Or why people like football.

Of course, there are some things in life that may be undiscovered at one point, but that can be learned as one takes the time, for example, how shutter speed, and aperture, and ISO work together on a camera.  Now that was a mystery, but now I understand!  I don’t think that will hold true for the above examples though…

As I wonder what else to say about undiscovered, I began to consider if anything can BE undiscovered.  I mean, sometimes when we uncover the mystery, it is kind of sad, like something precious has been destroyed.  When you discover that the bright lights in the sky aren’t aliens from another planet, but just drones invading your privacy.  Or when you think you see the loch ness monster, but discover that it’s just a big clump of seaweed.  Not that I’m saying it was – I wasn’t there!

One thing I am discovering today is that this prompt is causing me anxiety trying to get myself to 500 words.  So mush so, that apparently I am talking more about discovery than undiscovery.  Like, this crane I discovered yesterday morning when I went downtown for a photo workshop.  I thought I had just missed it last time I was there, but no, it wasn’t an undiscovery, but a newly erected crane hovering over a main downtown street.  That’s when I discovered how much I dislike being underneath a crane.

One other thing that left the realm of undiscovered yesterday was how interesting it can be to flip a picture, especially a reflection, when you’re editing it in Lightroom.  Now, this picture is, believe it or not, a flip.  Not very focussed (I discovered after my workshop that most of my shots were slightly out of focus – maybe I hadn’t had quite enough coffee?)  I really hate it when I get home and see my shots are not sharp.  Guess I discovered I really need to keep working on that!

Anyway, here is my out of focus flipped picture – does it fool you or confuse you?  An undiscovered experiment, now discovered!

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 12

“Your prompt for #JusJoJan and Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “art.” Talk about something that’s hanging on your wall. Add a picture, if you’d like. If you have no art on your walls, talk about something in a museum. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/11/the-friday-reminder-for-socs-jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-12th/)  Except, of course, NOT one-liner Wednesday for me because these Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

It’s also Stream of Consciousness Saturday, although with the JustJotJan, I believe every day has been Stream of Consciousness Saturday.  Which is nice, because I can think of every day this week as a Saturday, even though the days didn’t feel like Saturdays, given that I was at work and work was, well, work.

Anyway, art.  Something that’s hanging on your wall.  Well, I can’t really talk about art on my wall until I talk about art from a different perspective.

I used to be a musician.  Well, I am not sure you ever really stop being a musician, I just don’t play any more.  When I say musician, I mean I actually made money as a professional bass player.  Not the electric bass – I never did learn to play that.  But the upright bass.  The big violin.  The bull fiddle.  That’s the one!  I started out as a piano player, as many people do, when I was around 5.  Played piano for a long time – I made money doing that too, but playing the piano for other people, children, on recitals.  Called me an accompanist!  I also sang for a while.  Sang solo in recitals, sang at weddings (guess that was a money maker too), and sang in choirs – our choir even sang in Carnegie Hall!  Yes, THE Carnegie Hall. Interesting side note.  What I remember about Carnegie Hall was how getting from the dressing rooms to the stage reminded me of a similar scene in This is Spinal Tap…you know the one…

Then I became a bass player.  Started when I was 19.  Played in the National Youth Orchestra for three summers, and even played once with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, when I lived in Ottawa, with Victor Borge.  I also played jazz bass for years, and even played once with Red Skelton (as part of a local group of hired musicians).  What I remember from that gig is the music director being amazed by the chick bass player.

Suffice it to say, I had a long life as a non-visual artist.  But this prompt was about art that can be hung on walls.  Which brings me to my life now.  I no longer play the bass, haven’t since we moved out here, but I have started to use a camera.  And in the past year, have started to put my photos on our wall (well, on the picture rail in the dining room…)  I am including a few of those wall-worthy photos below.  These were all taken last year, and I am hoping I am able to take many more wall-worthy photos to add after this year!

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 11

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 11th is brought to you by M! Click here to find her last SoCS post and say hi while you’re there! M’s word for our prompt today is in SoCS style: “flew/flu/flue.” Use one, use them all, use them anywhere in your post or make one or all the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/11/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-11th/)  Except, of course, NOT one-liner Wednesday for me because these Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Another linguistics prompt!  Flew Flu Flue – words that sound the same, but are spelled differently.  What are these called you ask?  Well, they are called homophones – homo for “same” and phone for “sound”.  Not to be confused with homographs.

Ok, I’ll tell you what homographs are too. They are words that are spelled the same (but may or may not be pronounced the same).  Like present (I got a present for Christmas) and present (I will present the award tomorrow night).  Or bass and bass (I play the bass, I went bass fishing).

There are many examples of both in English, as well as of words that are spelled similarly but not pronounced the same.  Like tough, though, thought.  I mean, really.

Then there are homonyms.  Homonyms, depending on who you talk to, but you’re talking to me, are two words that are spelled the same, AND sound the same, but have completely different meanings.  Some people think a homonym can be a homophone OR a homograph.  I say, yeah, right…you’re dreaming.  An example of a homonym is pitcher and pitcher – a pitcher holding water, versus a pitcher throwing a ball.  Or band and band, as in a jazz band versus a band of gold.

Some days I think it’s amazing we can ever figure out what someone is trying to tell us!  But it’s not just English – most (if not all) languages have homophones and/or homonyms and/or homographs.  I believe you even have homophones of sorts in American Sign Language (where one sign could have different meanings).

In the case of homophones, homographs, and homonyms, context is key.  We can usually (not always) tell which word or meaning is meant in the context of the entire sentence, paragraph, etc.  The difference between “bass” and “bass” should usually be pretty obvious (generally speaking, you don’t cast your fishing line in hopes of catching a large wooden string instrument).  If, however, I just yell “Duck!”, you might be confused as to whether you need to get down out of the way of something coming at your head, or get out of the way because you are about to be attacked by a member of the waterfowl family Anatidae.  Just saying.

I’ll finish whining now and get back to …

Just Jot it January, 2019: January 10

“Your prompt for JusJoJan 2019, January 10th is brought to you by Toortsie! Click here to find her last post and say hi while you’re there! Toortsie’s word for our prompt today is “sunrise.” Use it anywhere in your post or make it the theme of your post. Have fun!” (https://lindaghill.com/2019/01/10/jusjojan-2019-daily-prompt-jan-10th/)  Except, of course, NOT one-liner Wednesday for me because these Jots are not only my 500-words a day challenge, but also part of my  Ultimate Blogging Challenge challenge (http://ultimateblogchallenge.com).

Ah, sunrise.  I know the sunrise looks amazing over the ocean, but I really don’t get out to see it all that much.  Well, at all.  ‘Cause, you know, it’s early when the sun rises.  Well, not as early now as it is during the summer.  I mean, during the summer the sun is up before I am most of the time, unless I happen to get up at 5:00 am because I am still going to work (you know, before I take holidays) and I need to get up for some kickboxing.  But these days it’s more like 8:00, or maybe a little bit earlier, that the sun appears to us.  At least I am not driving to work in the dark, even if I am still driving home in the dark. This morning I caught the sunrise on my way home from kickboxing.  It helped that is was not raining!

Daylight Savings Time makes it worse.  For the end of the day darkness, that is.  One day it’s still ok around 6:00, and the next day it’s pitch black.  For someone who likes to still get things done after work, but who is also a procrastinator at heart, pitch blackness by the time I am home at 5:00 means it’s easy for me to make excuses not to go for a walk, or to just want to go to bed.  But, it could be worse.   It could be 40 below with 8 feet of snow.  Darkness and freezing temperatures would be a combination justifying hibernation.

Only a few more months, and by the time we spring forward, it will make the days that much longer.  I mean, by March, the sun isn’t setting until around 7:00.  Then the time change happens, and the sun is setting at 8:00.  And rising earlier than it is now.  Ah, there’s nothing like planetary movement combined with the wish of golfers to have morning light to golf by.  Or so the urban legend surrounding the creation of Daylight Savings Time goes (the one I heard…)

Now, sunsets – those are great too.  They are nice over the ocean…

…but they are spectacular on the prairies.  When I went back to Saskatchewan a years and a half ago, I made sure to take some pictures to remind myself of them.

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