So it's no surprise that this week's Thematic theme, letters, numbers & other characters, pays something of a tribute to the building blocks of our (usually) literate society.
I'll kick things off with this view of the rear end of a well aged Honda Civic Si. I had a red one back in the day, and it remains a car that always catches my attention on the road. Not because it's flamboyant - it isn't - or hugely powerful (same), but because it's got just a little more zing than the regular Civic, and it was expressly designed to fly below the radar. The automotive equivalent of wolves in sheeps' clothing do more for me than any striped, body-kitted, ginormous-exhaust-equipped look-at-me-mobile ever will.
Because to me, driving has never been about impressing those around me as I pull up. (Who's impressed with headache-inducing exhaust systems, anyway?) Rather, it's been about impressing myself as I go about the back-and-forth of life, about all those little things - shifter, clutch, engine, cornering feel - coming together to elicit just a smidge of a smile as I make my way home.
Something about this car, parked quietly in the back lot, made me remember why I chose an Si all those years ago. This one may not be perfect. But who ever said perfection was the goal?
Your turn: Thematic is our weekly photo sharing and learning extravaganza - just click here to learn more. First, post a pic that evokes the theme (anything goes, really) to your blog or website. Then leave a comment here letting everyone know where to find it. Visit other participants to spread the photographic goodness. Repeat as often as you wish throughout the week. And, as always, please accept my thanks for making Thematic such a highlight. Enjoy!