Seeing Double

Seeing Double
I had to do a double take seeing this yesterday in D.C.



No this is not someone leaning up against a mirror.



This is two people, back-to-back on the train.



They have the same jacket, haircut, glasses, as well as pants and shoes (although you can’t see these in the picture). 



They are looking in same general direction. 



The only difference is the collar that’s up on the guy on the right. 



Imagine if we all looked and dressed and even acted identically…one big homogeneous and ultimately boring and uncreative society.



Please give me some individualism, spontaneity, and make me whole. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hair Please Don’t

Hair Don't
My friend used to joke when someone had a bad hairdo by calling it a “hairdon’t.”



I took this photo in the mall on Sunday of this mannequin head with hair in multicolors sticking up out of her head in all directions. 



Uh, you gotta be kidding–is this actually going to sell anybody on a new hairdo (unless of course maybe you count it’s shock value)?  



See the mirror lying next to it too, so you can actually see how you would look in one of these get ups–if, of course, you really want to. 



When the nice young Asian attendant lady saw me looking at this monstrosity, she runs over like can I help you, seriously.



Yeah, I’m doing some holiday shopping (Chanukah’s right around the corner you know), and I’d like to get a new look JUST LIKE THIS!



Not today, but thank you. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Reflections

reflections
We did a little kayaking at Lake Needwood today.



I couldn’t believe they open at 6:30 in the morning already to rent boats on a Sunday.



In the boathouse, there was a huge spider on the floor crawling around, and the boat attendant came with a thingamajig to grab it and throw it back in the lake.



As he took the spider away, he made sure to tell us that is was POISONOUS!



On the lake, I took this photo of the gorgeous trees and greenery and it’s reflection on the water…a perfect mirror image.



Thank you G-d for the amazing world you have created and allow us to enjoy. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

That Special Cane

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After seeing one of my colleagues with this souped-up cane at work this week, I learned that this is the special gift for someone reaching their 50th birthday.

This is not an ordinary bamboo cane as you can see, but one with a rear-view mirror for passing, a honking horn for warning people out of your path, and even a little green change purse for the toll. 🙂

While I am no spring chicken anymore, I am still not old enough to receive my special cane–oh shucks!

But this did give me pause to think about what it means as we get older and the weeks and months at work turn into years and decades.

Before we know it, the up-hill climb of life, plateau and eventually heads in the other direction.

It reminds me of whenever someone asks my father how old he is…he flips the numbers–so for example, when he was 72, he would say I “turned” 27 and so on

It’s not easy getting old(er), we all want to be back in our youth or prime of life, which my father calls the time period, “when the world is too small,” and I think what he means is our aspirations are large.

This week at work, I learned that one of my colleagues who retired just a few years ago passed away from one of the horrible “C’s” — it was terrible to hear this.

Moreover, it reminded me of other colleagues who I have seen work hard their whole life, sacrificing and putting off all types of enjoyment, and waiting for that big day when they would retire and then they “could live the good life.”

And one guy, I remember, did retire after putting in his time and within about 3 months, he dropped dead of a massive coronary–I don’t think he even made it with heart beating to the hospital.

Life is too short!  And of course, life is hard–that’s how we are tested and grow–but we can’t wait for the good times. We need to savor every moment of our lives, appreciate our loved ones , and enjoy what we do day-in and day-out.

Else, we may miss the finest times that we have here on earth and then we really will be left holding that special cane and looking back at our lives in the rear-view mirror wondering why we wasted so much precious, precious time.

>Who Are You Trying To Please?

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The Guy in the Glass

by Dale Wimbrow, (c) 1934

When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,

And the world makes you King for a day,

Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,

And see what that guy has to say.

For it isn’t your Father, or Mother, or Wife,

Who judgement upon you must pass.

The feller whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the guy staring back from the glass.

He’s the feller to please, never mind all the rest,

For he’s with you clear up to the end,

And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test

If the guy in the glass is your friend.

You may be like Jack Horner and “chisel” a plum,

And think you’re a wonderful guy,

But the man in the glass says you’re only a bum

If you can’t look him straight in the eye.

You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,

And get pats on the back as you pass,

But your final reward will be heartaches and tears

If you’ve cheated the guy in the glass.

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In grateful memory of our father, the author, Dale Wimbrow

1895-1954