#AtoZchallenge #AtoZreveal — Are We There Yet?

This year, I’ll be A-Zing here with Trucks from #mybeautifulcommute-A-ZWaterlogue-2017-03-18-08-18-14

I’m considering a 2nd option on SpyGirl, my Fashion Blog, and will link to it if indeed it happens.

This will be my third year participating in the A to Z Challenge.
Last year, I blogged the tartans of the US and Canada, A-Z [master A-Z list here].

2015, I did two challenges.
One covered the Southwest on my On the Edge travel blog [master A-Z list here].

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The other consisted of postings on SpyGirl [master A-Z list here] by my alter ego Enid.

Does an A to Z Challenge sound like fun? Want to join in?
Read more about it here, on the official Blogging from A to Z April Challenge blog.a-z_badge_sm

Come back on April 1st, when I will start with
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#June1-30Challenge Day 29: Trains

Day 29 Track Twenty-nine
June 29, 1896. The St. Louis and San Francisco Railroad Company (predecessor of the St. Louis – San Francisco Railway) is incorporated.
In the old Glen Miller song “The Chattanooga Choo Choo” the train departs on Track 29.
Have you ever ridden a train? Write a post about a train. Tell us about train ride you have taken or one you’d like to take. Make up a story about a train or write a poem featuring a train. Share pictures of trains. Your choice!

Trainspotting

At Victoria County Safety Rest Area, near Inez, TX. 3/31/14

#June1-30Challenge Day 26: Marathon

Day 26 Marathon
June 26, 2016. Marathons are being held today in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii; Santa Cruz, California; Lubec, Maine; and Arlington, Virginia. The race in Arlington is indoors.
A marathon is 26.2 miles. Marathoners don’t start out running 26.2 miles! They start small and train for it. They work hard to reach that distance.
Tell us about something you worked for. Something you thought you might never accomplish, but you did.

On the Edge: US

In 2014, I did a solo drive, circumnavigating the contiguous 48 US states on US highways and Interstates as close to the perimeter as possible. 31 states, 32 driving days, 12772 miles.
Most memorable roads?
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US1 Homestead > Key West, Florida (both directions)
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US2 in the High Plains of North Dakota and Montana.

I’ve shown the first batch of art derived from the trip twice:
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June – July 2014, TAG Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
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February 2015, Palm Springs Fine Art Fair

Links:
Blog (of sorts) for the trip
List of driving days with links to photo albums on Flickr
The Art — 53 Waterlogues printed on aluminum, 4 x 6″

#June1-30Challenge Day 25

Day 25 Photo Challenge
June 25, 1967. Broadcasting of the first live global satellite television program took place on this date. It was a show called Our World.
Without the invention of the camera, we would not have television.
Today is your last photo challenge! This one may seem difficult, but you can do it!
Using your camera, take a video about Your World and share it.
Alternative: Post a picture representing the number 25. It can be twenty-five items, twenty-five people, or something showing the number 25.
Alternative: Post a gallery of 25 photos that have a shared theme. You can cheat a bit on this one and post five galleries each with five photos having a shared theme.

Twenty-five

Last week, you saw me at eighteen.
Here I am at twenty-five, climbing the pyramid at Uxmal, Yucatan, Mexico.
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January, 1982

For giggles, I added this to Patti’s Visible Monday.
Wish I still had that dress.  Wish I could find that fabric! It’s stripes of cotton (yellow, looking light grey) alternating with stripes of transparent rayon (black parts). Dress came from Fiorucci.

#June1-30Challenge Day 13: Flipping Lucky

Day 13 Lucky 13
June 13, 1944. Prompted by the successful Allied Landing in Europe, Germany launched a V1 Flying Bomb attack on England. Luckily, only four of the bombs hit their targets.
Tell us about a time you were lucky. Or unlucky.

Flipping the Fiat.

See these cassette tapes?
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December, 1975. I was driving solo from Santa Barbara, CA to Springfield, MA. It was day 2, I was on US160 somewhere between Alamosa and Walsenburg, Colorado, with my destination that night Colorado Springs.
And I was studying the various colors and letters on the Maxell tapes.
Stevie Wonder may have been playing, or perhaps I was about to put Stevie in the deck, or Stevie was the first tape I found
after I flipped the car.

I glanced up from my contemplation and noticed that I was on the wrong side of the road.
Ack!
Turned the wheels sharply to the right, was heading off the road, overcompensated, and the world was suddenly rotating around me. I remember thinking, “This is interesting.”
The car came to a stop on a soft cushion of snow, driver side down.
I had a roof rack, and it bent the gutters so I couldn’t get either door open. At this point, I was in a panic: “The engine is going to explode! Get out! Get out NOW!” (Thanks Hollywood). I frantically cranked one of the windows open, grateful that I opted for the cheaper choice in window functionality. I hoisted myself out, got some distance from the car, and nothing.

A white Fiat 128, on its side on a snowy verge, in a world filled with silence.

I stood there in a stupor, thinking, “Now what?”

The first person to drive by stopped and said, “Let’s get this back upright before the state patrol comes.” OK. We flipped it back onto its wheels. “See if it starts up.” It did! He helped push it back onto the road, ascertained that I was OK, and drove off. Thank you my Good Samaritan!

Then I had to drive. And THAT’S when the “what if” scenarios started playing in my head.
What if there had been a car coming from the other direction?
What if I was on THIS section of the highway, where it’s solid pine trees?
What if I was HERE, where it’s a precipitous drop?
What if the engine HAD blown up?
And on and on, all the way to Colorado Springs. Occasionally they still play.

I was sure lucky.