Sunday, April 21, 2013

Salt, pepper, or both?

Something extra
Komoka, ON
November 2012
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The scene: you're sitting alone in a coffee shop. Well, you're not completely alone. You arrived on your own, and you're sitting solo at a table off to the corner. But you're surrounded by an endless stream of strangers, all wandering in and out of the brilliantly cold sunny autumn morning in search of their ritualistic fix.

You're here because you just dropped one of the munchkins off at a program nearby, and you're just far enough away from home that it isn't worth the extra drive. And you have contributing any more to global warming than you already are.

So you find a Tim Hortons nearby (if you're American, substitute Dunkin Donuts or, if you move a bit upscale, Starbucks) and hang out with a spot of breakfast for a bit. Moments like this - namely, free, unstructured time - are rare. So you grab them.

And if you're anything like me, while you're grabbing these quiet moments you also try find a way to get some impromptu, silly-themed photography done. Because there's always room for impromptu, silly-themed photography. Because life is short.

Looking at the not-quite-perfect photo above, it isn't so much the composition - flawed - and exposure - blown - that stick with me. It is the immediate connection to a unique moment in a unique place. To a morning when munchkin had a great time in the country with his friends, and I managed to find a way to never forget this brilliantly lit, cold autumn morning.

Your turn: how do you remember an otherwise forgettable day?


ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I have other questions to answer, Carmi!

1) Which coffee is better, Dunkin Donuts or Starbucks?

Dunkin Donuts. No overpriced, overburnt stuff for me.

2) Pepper or salt?

I've learned to like pepper a lot more, and use much less salt.

Karen S. said...

Ah yes, a brief escape for dad! Photos are a good way to bring back a memory, but so are the scents or maybe a song we hear, and some how the depth of our thoughts just brings us back there again. I have to laugh at the salt and pepper shakers, because in our house we seldom use the salt, and our pepper is always running out!

Karen S. said...

Thunder, my favorite coffee to buy when out is from Mac and Don's- or a small diner (if you can still find one) all the others are like that overburnt taste to me too!

darlin said...

Carmi I'm pretty much like you, I don't leave home without a camera or two and I also take random shots of randomness... life really is too short not to!

Have a wonderful week!