I am so excited that we had 17 links this week! A new record for 2012 although I'm pretty sure we've had many more in earlier years. I'm also excited to see some new "posters" -- at least new to me.
Of course, with 17 posts, the challenge and heartbreak of skipping 11 is awful.
BUTLER: "Are you ever going to be able to just post 6 spotlights without whining?"
"Probably not," I admit. I hate having to chose one over another.
BAGMAN: "Just draw them out of a hat!"
"They are digital, you doofus! I don't have a hat big enough to put my computer in."
BUTLER: "Excuses! Excuses!"
Okay. Okay. I think for this week, I'll feature some of the people we haven't seen for awhile or that the spotlight has missed. It is also interesting that while we had a large number of fairly traditional steeples, spires, and weathervanes -- so many people also used the creative license granted to everyone by FMTSO to post other kinds of "tops".
"Oh yes," I begin to mumble incomprehensibly. "Kim and Rebecca are both understandably careful with their photographs and have disabled the function which lets me just copy shots from their blogs. I certainly understand the desire for many of us to protect intellectual property. So when I wanted to use their shots, I either emailed them or posted a comment asking them to email me the file. So while I was going to put Kim's watertower here, I only had the shot Rebecca had sent me.
And since I'm breaking so many rules in my own confused way, I might as well add a seventh picture simply because I like it so much.
This time, I literally bowl over Butler and Bagman in my headlong rush to get the spotlight in and out!
BAGMAN (Picking himself up): "What the...!?"
"No time," I say. "Kay has just drifted off in her swing and so far today her naps have been averaging ten minutes! I think I'm spoiling her and she wants to wake up and play with me. In any case, I've got to move or I'll be typing this with one hand. And it won't be pretty."
BUTLER: "I do not have a problem with that, Mark. But I do fail to understand how Bagman can pick himself up. What part of him is already up and can provide leverage to lift the rest of him. Or does he change gravity or something? It is like the old saying, 'picking yourself up by your bootstraps'. Personally, I think it is impossible."
BAGMAN: "Do you really want to know what part of me is already up?"
Hearing Kay beginning to coo and talk to herself in the other room, I use B&B Temp Delete Key, which I have never used before and they both promptly disappear. Having never used it before, I just hope that the B&B Insert Key works just as well tomorrow.
This Friday was GREEN and we had a record 16 posts! At least this is the record for 2012. I seem to remember in the early days that we had thousands of posts.
And this is the first time this year that I've seen Mad Snapper back! Yea, Mad! And Mad sure hit the St. Patrick's Day theme with her Parade coverage!
I promised myself that I would NOT, under any circumstances, begin this week's spotlight with my usual complementary whine about how there are so many great photographs and so much great talent that it is so difficult to make choices about which ones to spotlight. So I won't.
BUTLER: Sure, Mark. Very clever. And you think that anybody is going to miss the fact that you just did it anyway?
I just mutter something about being glad that I'm not a judge on American Idol and start posting this week's Spotlights:
QMM's variety made it hard to choose -- the artist painting in the front yard, her son's pen and ink drawing...By the way, so far the Queenmother holds a perfect posting attendance record for 2012. But no pressure!
Congratulations to Kim for making it to the Alamo. It brought back some happy memories for me..or at least some memories.
BAGMAN: "Were you friends with Davey Crockett?"
"I'm not that old, Baggie," I answer. "But I did shoot pictures of it once and then accidentally opened the camera and ruined all of them. On the other hand, I've heard that I am a direct descendent of Davey although the Crocket family completely disowned that particular branch. Maybe I'll tell the story sometime.
Anyhow, next week's theme is "Bring on the Green." I see from the comments that Elaine at the Scattering is hoping to get back -- I hope she does too.
BUTLER: Of course you do. The more people who post, the more you can complain about how hard your job of choosing is!
I'm not complaining," I reply. "In fact, this week I specifically did not complain."
BUTLER: "This is getting tougher and tougher. Every week the shots get better and better. And...
BAGMAN (singing at the top of his lungs): "Country roads, take me home, to the place I belong!!"
BUTLER (ignoring Bagman): And I've also been watching over time and so many of the regular participants have become so much better in quality, creativity, technique...we should tell them.
BAGMAN (still singing): "On the road again! I just can't wait to get on the road again! The life I lover is making music with my friends..."
I cock my head, squint my eyes, and squinch up my nose at Butler, my expression for saying that I don't think that is such a good idea. I'm leery sometimes about telling someone they've improved because they might think I didn't like their stuff in the first place.
BUTLER (reading my mind): "That's the dumbest thing you've said in a long time...we're all trying to improve and we all feel good when we do and when someone notices it."
BAGMAN (Louder): "Six days on the road and I'm gonna make it home tonight!"
BUTLER: "Well, maybe not Bagman."
I notice the clock and decide I need to start posting the spotlights. Actually the clock has nothing to do with it. I was really noticing how much space I was wasting with dialogue before I posted the first spotlight.
BUTLER: "Don't you think we should have posted some of the more lively pathways, with people in them -- like E.G. Wow's sledder, Kim's skateboarders, or Jama's couple under the arch? Or Lena's long distance runner? Or something really different -- like Mizzkay's fish swimway?
"What is it with you today, Butler?" I ask. "Is this your special day for making me doubt myself?"
BUTLER: "That's my job."
BAGMAN (dancing now as well as singing): "Well, I'm running down the road trying to loosen my load, I've got seven women on my mind!"
So, as another Photo Spotlight draws to a close, I retire to contemplate and also to repaint the darn livingroom wall that I left all spotty when I did it the first time. Going into the garage to get the paint can, the sounds of Bagman's musical dedication to this week's theme begin to fade.
BAGMAN: "Life is a highway...I want to ride it all night long."
And this Friday's theme is "Inviting Doors." Have a ball and we'll all get together on the weekend.