Sunday, January 25, 2009

~ The Other Road To Perdition

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~ On the road again . . .

Once, a fairly routine drive between Austin and San Antonio.

After several incarnations, this photo just had to go 'red'. Once I turned that artistic corner, the rest was inevitable.

Eventually, this image will be printed on Kodak Endura Metallic Paper (of course!) and will be available at and at my 'real world' shows.

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I lifted the following list from Staci Rose Designs blog.
Though it glaringly illustrates many of the gaps in my ongoing human experience, I thought I'd post it, here.

Feel free to do the same, boldfacing or coloring the things you've actually done, and adding your own comments if you're so inclined:

What Have YOU Done?

1. Started your own blog
2. Slept under the stars
3. Played in a band
4.Visited Hawaii
5. Watched a meteor shower
6.Given more than you had to a charity (I'm not sure how this is possible...)
7. Been to Disneyland
8. Climbed a mountain
9. Held a praying mantis (Yikes!)
10. Sang a solo
11. Bungee jumped (On my 'bucket list'.)
12. Visited Paris
13. Watched a lightning storm at sea
14. Taught yourself an art form from scratch
15. Adopted a child
16. Had food poisoning
17. Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18. Grown your own vegetables
19. Seen the Mona Lisa in France
20. Slept on an overnight train
21. Had a pillow fight
22. Hitchhiked
23. Taken a sick day when you’re not ill (I like to think of them as mental health days.)
24. Built a snow fort (I grew up in Wisconsin. 'nuff said.)
25. Held a lamb
26. Gone skinny dipping (See #24, above.)
27. Run a Marathon
28. Rode in a gondola in Venice (How about a barge on the San Antonio River?
29. Seen a total eclipse
30. Watched a sunrise or sunset
31. Hit a home run
32. Been on a cruise (It was a sunset cruise around an island, but a cruise, all the same.)
33. Seen Niagara Falls in person
34. Visited the birthplace of your ancestors
35. Seen an Amish community
36. Taught yourself a new language
37. Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38. Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39. Gone rock climbing
40. Seen Michelangelo's David (Trick question! Doesn't say "in person", so I'm taking it!)
41. Sung karaoke
42. Seen Old Faithful geyser erupt (Many, many times. You can too -- visit this link:
43. Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44. Visited Africa
45. Walked on a beach by moonlight
46. Been transported in an ambulance (A scary carbon monoxide incident. They evacuated and transported most of the apartment building. One of the big excitements of my childhood; luckily, I survived to tell the tale!)
47. Had your portrait painted
48. Gone deep sea fishing
49. Seen the Sistine Chapel in person
50. Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower in Paris (Nope, but I like to peek at it, nearly live. Visit this link:
51. Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
52. Kissed in the rain
53. Played in the mud
54. Gone to a drive-in theater
55. Been in a movie
56. Visited the Great Wall of China
57. Started a business
58. Taken a martial arts class
59. Visited Russia
60. Served at a soup kitchen
61. Sold Girl Scout Cookies
62. Gone whale watching
63. Got flowers for no reason
64. Donated blood, platelets or plasma
65. Gone sky diving (Nope -- took the ground course, went up in the plane, let a friend convince me to chicken out. One of many regrets...)
66. Visited a Nazi Concentration Camp
67. Bounced a check
68. Flown in a helicopter (Definitely on my 'bucket list'. Feel free to let me know if you have/fly a helicopter and are in the area!)
69. Saved a favorite childhood toy
70. Visited the Lincoln Memorial
71. Eaten Caviar (For Extra Credit in my high school French class. Also tried escargot, octopus, and some other horrific not-so-goodies. But, hey, I needed the grade.)
72. Pieced a quilt
73. Stood in Times Square
74. Toured the Everglades
75. Been fired from a job
76. Seen the Changing of the Guards in London
77. Broken a bone (Several. I'm the Evel Knievel of my generation. Minus the motorcycle, cape, fame, and Vegas contract, of course.)
78. Been on a speeding motorcycle (Not related to #77, above.)
79. Seen the Grand Canyon in person
80. Published a book
81. Visited the Vatican
82. Bought a brand new car
83. Walked in Jerusalem
84. Had your picture in the newspaper
85. Read the entire Bible (As a kid, I thought the Bible was the ultimate storybook. My grandmother had a huge, lavishly illustrated Bible, bound in hand-tooled, gilded leather, which was kept on a display pedestal in the formal Living Room. It was a treat just to touch it -- of course I had to read it! Well, the Bible and every Nancy Drew Mystery.)
86. Visited the White House
87. Killed and prepared an animal for eating
88. Had chickenpox
89. Saved someone’s life
90. Sat on a jury
91. Met someone famous
92. Joined a book club
93. Lost a loved one
94. Had a baby
95. Seen the Alamo in person (Yeah. It's, like, walking distance from the house. Or, you can see it by visiting this link:
96. Swam in the Great Salt Lake
97. Been involved in a law suit
98. Owned a cell phone (I know -- the last of a dying breed.)
99. Been stung by a bee
100. Read an entire book in one day (One of my favorite indulgences on a day off.)

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So, there you go -- I've managed less than half the list. Of course, many of these are not on my personal 'to do' list. And, many of the important items on my list are nowhere to be found on this one.

Truly, we all follow our own path and build our own list -- but this was a fun exercise and triggered some interesting thoughts and memories.

Drop me a comment if you decide to try it, so I can come read all about you! Thanks, again, to Staci Rose Designs!


  1. Very excellent to read! :D

  2. oh I remember that drive between austin to san antonio. Your image is better than I remember it lol!

  3. Thanks for your comment and that's a great piece of photo art!

  4. What a vibrant and dazzling red to match the energy in your post. Very inspiring energy.

  5. I love 'The Other Road To Perdition', it's so surreal and mysterious in sizzling red! I'm reading the Stephen King Dark Tower books right now and I can see this a being a scene in that book!
    Wendy, I have to tell you this...I could have gone to the Alamo in person waay back in '76 when I was in basic training at Lackland AFB...but I was laid up in the hospital with a 105 fever with the measles when the other girls got to go. The only good thing about it was that I got to miss a whole week of basic training LOL but I really wanted to see the Alamo!! :(

  6. Love the photo art and how you finished it. I'm glad you are better. Those bronchial coughs are the worst!

    I did one of those 99 lists last week, I think. They are fun. I enjoyed reading yours.

  7. So that's what the road to hell looks like.
    Well now I know a bit more about you.
    We both read the Bible and Nancy Drew Books ( I read Nancy Drew when I ran out of Hardy Boys).

  8. Thanks for visiting my blog. Appreciate the compliment on the me, it is usually brown around here. That burst of color was short lived.

    I did this meme awhile back, too.

  9. Ha ha. Here is your comment :D

    And woah! I recognize that image. Having just recently made that drive and living quite close to I-35. Funny to see it made into art. I like it though.

  10. Great fiery photo!
    I enjoyed your list, too. I filled one out a while back but forgot to post it on my blog, (note to self... post list.) Also, Congrats on not having a cell phone, I applaud you!

  11. That's a great creation you have there. Perfect title for it too =).

  12. wow, such a long list!
    Have you got your 2009 calendar? Don't forget to post a photo here as well! ;)

  13. How funny,,,seeing that area in the photo done up like this,,,,makes it so surreal,magical,,,SO not Texas.
    Like Lynnie, I'm reading Stephen King,,,and this could sure be a cover for many of his books.
    Hot,,,,yet very cool!

    Enjoyed reading your 'list' too!