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Unity, Classic Cars, Football, and Mind Control

I’ve finally been motivated to write my novel again, so blogging has been on the back burner. I’ve also been having a fun, bountiful, busy summer. I apologize for not getting to reading other blogs. I’m going to try and pop in to read them soon.We finally had a party on our new patio. Above, I’ve covered faces for anonymity. Over to the right, they were starting a fire in our firepit table for roasting marshmallows. I got good reviews about the party afterward. It was heavenly and unifying to bring together family with old friends. I, umm…ahem, got a little tipsy, but at least I didn’t have to drive (I paid for it the next day).We went to a football game . . . not an NFL game, but our nephew’s, who we just might see in the NFL some day. I loved seeing the camaraderie among the kids on the team. Unity is in very minimal supply these days, in general. Our nephew is one of the numbers facing the camera.We went to a car show where all the proceeds went to a veterans charity. It was nice to spend the day with kind-hearted patriots. Another unifying day.My husband finally had his car, show-ready, and he put a “for sale” sign in the window. I was a little disappointed, but he’s ready for a new project. Anyone interested in a 1966 Ford Mustang?We continued to take advantage of the gorgeous weather by walking along the river (and dam) near where we live. We ran into a couple of unexpected events while there. We had planned to cross the bridge to the island in the middle of the river where there are tranquil sitting areas. Unfortunately, as you can see from the pictures, it was flooded out.I’m not sure why, because we haven’t had an over abundance of rain. It’s been just enough. I think it has rained more farther north though, and this river travels down from Wisconsin to Southern Illinois.

When we first arrived at the riverwalk, my husband noticed a few people with their heads buried in phones. But, that’s not too unusual these days, right?Except, he said, “No, look around. There are a lot of people here today, and no one is looking up from their phones. They’re all walking without raising their eyes.” Even with faces covered in these pictures, you can see where their heads are focused.I scanned along the path, and he was right. Did we miss some big news, and everyone was reading about it on their phones? Or . . .. . . were these people being mind-controlled by some crazy app?

We learned that it was an app that kept their eyes on the their screens. It was the game, Pokémon.My husband and I have heard of the game, but have no idea how it works. I couldn’t help going science fiction with my thoughts and wondering if a game really could control minds.We thought it was good that at least people were getting out on a gorgeous day to enjoy a hobby. It also fits the running theme of this post . . . the game appears to have a sense of unity. The only setback was that they weren’t aware of the lovely day and nature surrounding them.I’m glad people are enjoying a fun, unifying game. Just do me a favor, look up once in a while. One lady almost bumped into me.

Do you play Pokémon? If you don’t play, do you think you would like to learn?


24 thoughts on “Unity, Classic Cars, Football, and Mind Control”

    1. Thanks, Jacqui. It took a while to figure out how to blur those faces. I tried a myriad of different ways and kept blurring out the wrong things. I eventually just put them in the Paint program and colored over them.

      Have a nice weekend. 🙂


  1. Looks like you had a fun party! And your deck is beautiful!

    I’ve played Pokémon Go, though I quit months ago. In all fairness, it is a fun game. All of those people are catching the Pokémon that spawn in the area. Ironically, the game was developed to help people get out in the fresh air and talk to other people as you participate in Pokémon raids that take around ten to twenty people. But many times you see scenes like the ones you photographed–people staring at screens instead of staring at beautiful scenery.

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    1. Hi L. Oh yes, I did see that there was a camaraderie there, and I hope I showed that I liked the unity of the game. But like you said, there is the downside of missing the scenery. It was a good day to get out.

      Today was absolutely gorgeous. I wish it was like this more often.

      I’m watching the Bears. Wasn’t too confident in the offense, but they finally got a touchdown (defense got the other one).

      Hope you are doing well.


  2. Lori, I like how you bring your story alive with sparky dialogue. And I wonder if you know how to do PhotoShop because you are smart enough to blur the faces. I’d have to ask my artist husband to do that – ha!

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    1. Hi Marian. I just put the picture in my MS Word Paint program and chose the coloring option. All I had to do then was click over the faces. I designed my book covers, but I needed a little help with the photo program. I don’t even know if I could remember how to do it again. 😝

      Thank you for stopping over here.


    1. Hi Andrea. You and Jill have written about a dozen things since I last wrote something. I’ve been disappointed in myself, but the muse has returned….at least for now. Back home with more social activity than in Florida (which was zero), when I get down time I don’t always feel motivated to write. Hopefully Muse will stick around now.

      Thanks for reading. Hope all is well over there across the pond. Has fall arrived yet there? It’s not quite here yet, but I feel we’re on the cusp.

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  3. What a great park area so close to your neighborhood…lucky duck! I was wondering how the big bash party turned out for you – looks like you had a great time. And probably helped revv – up the creative juices on returning to your novel.
    So happy for you, Lori.

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    1. Hi Laura. Moving back home was the best thing for us. Except that writing has been an uphill battle since we moved and Illinois is expensive to live. I think writing has been less because I have more social activity here. I had zero of that in Florida.

      Thank you for reading. Hope you’re doing well down there in Carolina.

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  4. What a lovely post with all the photos! I thoroughly enjoyed a peek into your life.

    It is above a hundred degrees here. I have the Shingles. No outdoors for me.

    How is the novel progressing? I, too, am writing again.

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    1. One hundred degrees and the Shingles? Ack. I heard Shingles are very painful. Where did you get them? I got the vaccine about a year ago, but now I heard it’s not always effective.

      I’m glad to hear you are writing again. I hope those Shingles don’t last long and are healed up ASAP.

      Sending positive thoughts. ❤

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      1. Shingles is airborne up to at least 3 feet and maybe further. Skin to skin contact. Who knows? I go nowhere and now I am confined to the house. To hot to go anywhere anyway.

        Not complaining. It could be worse.

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        1. Hey Linda, I didn’t write my comment properly. Where are the Shingles on your body?

          I know what you mean about the heat. I’m so glad I don’t live with that in Florida anymore.

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    1. Hi Lynette. My husband put a lot of work into refurbishing that Mustang. I’m sort of sad to see it go. We didn’t get to drive in it much, considering it’s in storage all winter. But, he says he’s ready. 🤷‍♀️
      Thanks for reading. 🙂

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    1. They appeared to be having a good time with Pokémon, but I was glad I was paying attention to nature and my surroundings, especially since one woman almost walked right into me. 🤷‍♀️🙂

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