Tuesday, July 26, 2016

A Reflective Moment

This past weekend, I worked as a timer for 
the 2016 SwimFest, the long course championships 
for age group swimmers from clubs all over
the state of Indiana.
It is frenetic, crowded and noisy
with the shouts of family and friends
drowning out the sounds of the swimmers' 
rhythmic splashing as they swim
the length of the Natatorium's 50-meter pool.
Their slim, fit bodies belie the image
we get of the obese, couch-bound teenager;
these kids are fit, confident, and motivated. 
I am pleased to be able to help them
with my time because they also
serve to keep me motivated --
you have no idea how embarrassing 
it is to know that a 12-year-old can swim
any of their events in one-half the time
it would take me to do the same.

This pictures were taken after the meet Saturday night.
I was waiting for the bus as the sun set, 
and was able to catch the reflections of the fading light 
in the windows of the IUPUI Student Union 
building across the way.

Monday, July 25, 2016

A Bit of Macadam Plaid

Earlier this year, the street department worked 
to repave New York Street, just outside the Natatorium.
They made islands, installed new lighting, and
reoriented the stripes in some parking areas.
Of course, this has resulted in an area of nice gray
tweed, interspersed with a pattern of black and yellow
bars at right angles.It makes a fine clan tartan
for the families of all street workers,
spiritual descendants of John McAdam,
inventor of the method of paving
that led to the asphalt surfaces that now
cover our streets and highways.

Friday, July 1, 2016

July Theme Day: Look Down

The street maintenance department of Indianapolis
may not be so great at making sweet, 
tidy repairs, but they somehow manage 
to be sublime street artists 
in the Abstract Expressionist manner. 
Compositions such as these exist all over the city; 
I've taken enough of these sorts of photos 
to be able to mount a large exhibition. 
Consequently, today's theme, Look Down 
was right up my alley, so to speak.

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