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.
Royden Park by Scriptor Sinex
(Welcome back! Overjoyed to see you on FMTSO again!)
Path to Rio by Ginger
(Happy Birthday, by the way...yesterday?)
BUTLER: Interesting that the path in both these shots is a secondary focus to the background..."
"Not the next one," I reply.
Stairway to heaven by Dawn Treader
(I think I'd be out of breath by the time I got there.)
Path to Rest in Peace by Queenmother Mamaw
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!"
J9's multiple paths
(I need a GPS to negotiate this one)
Kerry's snow path
(I can hear the show crunching underfoot)
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.