Dueling Joggers

Today started with an open eye. Just one, but that was enough. My one eye opened into a darkened room. A cold room. Mid-January cold. It was 7:00 AM. The other eye stirred a bit but the open eye told it not to bother. We’re going back to sleep, it told the other eye. It’s cold. It’s January. It’s 7:00 AM. A trifecta of reasons not to get up.

A cylinder turned over inside my head. Then another. Slowly, the gears slipped into motion. The hampster’s wheel turned over once and stopped. Synapses snapped. A thought began to percolate.

Fuck it’s cold, was my first thought of the day. And fuck, it was cold. No argument there. So far so good.

Another cylinder fired, something sputtered and coughed. A second thought churned to life: Fuck it’s cold and I’ve gotta piss. That is a drag!

And that’s how my day started.

I shuffled off to the bathroom and right back to bed. At this point at least four of the six cylinders in my head were firing. More thoughts bubbled to the surface. It’s Saturday. I’m supposed to go on a photo walk. Fuck it’s cold. I don’t really want to go anywhere.

But go I did. Got up, showered, poured some coffee into me, and out the door by 9:15 AM. It was still cold but the morning grey had been replaced by a stunning blue sky. Things were looking up.

Met the group around 10:15 AM and didn’t get home until around 9:00 PM. That’s a successful day, in my books. Almost 12 hours of freedom.

The only hiccup on this beautiful day was my camera batteries ran out just after lunch. I suppose I should have cared but I didn’t. I was out. I was free. And I was having a great time with my friends.

Then I remembered my cell phone has a camera. The last dozen or so shots of my day were taken with a crappy little cell phone camera barely capable of focusing. But when god gives you lemons you make lemonade, right?

Long story longer, the above shot was taken with my cell phone. Goes to show you that you don’t really need a big ol’ fancy DSLR to get some nice shots. I’m pretty pleased with this one. Hope you like it. And I hope you had a nice Saturday.

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9 Responses to Dueling Joggers

  1. Fuck I loved this post… And fuck I love this photo. It made me smile on every level.
    It’s the photographer not the photographic equipment that makes the difference in my book. Always.

  2. I too love this photo!! Brilliant. Fuck. Well, I had to say it too 🙂

  3. milkayphoto says:

    Brilliant writing! Not easy to take the mundane-ness of waking up on a cold morning and turn it into something poetic and what we can all relate to.

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