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30 Days of Photos IV - Day 30 - Happily Ever After - Bonus

Yeah, yeah, 2 posts in one day. On some days it was hard enough just to come up with one. But this was what first hit me when I saw today's prompt, and I couldn't let it go because no one else did it.

This song and video are from 1967. Some of you may not even have been born then. The rest of you might enjoy this blast from the past. I dedicate this to all the participants. Because, for 30 days,  we were all so happy together.




Keep rockin' you guys.

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 30 - Happily Ever After

'Nuff said.

Bob on over to Ziva's hot spot and see what others said.

Sunday Funnies

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 29 - Circle

This is the same park where I found The Man With Two Hats for my photo on Day 18. It's near Dow's Lake and in the spring is full of gorgeous tulips from one end to the other.

But the tulips are long gone in the fall. Nevertheless the gardens are full of gorgeous flowers.

In the centre of the park is this circle garden.

Hey it's round.

I took the picture.

I met the prompt.

Now leaf me alone.

Don't walk around in circles like I did. Take a straight line over to Ziva's garden and see what everyone else planted today.

30 Days of Photos - Day 28 - Lover

In Ottawa, the Corktown pedestrian bridge spans the Rideau Canal linking the city's Somerset Street with Ottawa University.

Since it's completion in September of 2006, the bridge has become famous worldwide.

Why?

Local lovers have taken to demonstrate their love for one another by attaching padlocks to the bridge.

Some couples use a Sharpie to identify their locks.

Others have gone so far as to have their locks engraved.

Talk about having a lock on someone's heart.

Click through to Ziva's blog and share the love.

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 27 - NSEW

North, South, East, West.

The four corners of the world.

The four points of a compass.

The four directions of a weather vane.

Oddly enough it has nothing to do with N.E.W.S.

And I always thought it did.

I could have sworn seeing a newscast when I was a kid with an opening with the letters N E W S spinning out from behind a rotating globe.

I went to You Tube to see if I could find it but alas I couldn't. What I did find was a short clip from one of my favourite movies, Network...



Yeah that's exactly how I felt not being able to find the clip.

Anyhoo.

Turns out news is a 14th century word that is merely the plural of "new".

Oh well at least I covered all the bases with my picture.

It's a shot  of the Market Media Mall, a building in the local Byward Market that houses several TV and radio outlets.

Above the building is a broadcasting tower and at the very tip is a weather vane.

So whether it's NEWS or NSEW, I've got it!

Blow on over to Ziva's Inferno to…

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 26 - Rising

This is the view from my room in the Hull Hospital Emergency ward where I spent a little over 12 hours earlier this week. (See my feet?)

You see my blood sugar was rising so high at dinner time the read out I was getting on my doo-flicky wasn't even a number. All it said was "Hi". So after a consultation with my pharmacist it was off to Emergency about 8:30 Monday evening.

12 and a half hours and 30 units of insulin later they let me go.

Not a moment too soon.

Why do they call it emergency? That word to me conjures up something a little quicker.

They should call it something like Emergency, Not.

Needless to say, when I got out my blood sugar wasn't rising anymore.

But my anxiety was.

The lengths I go to for this challenge.

Nip on over to Ziva's where she's probably got a picture of a cake or something else I can't eat.

30 Days of Photos - Day 25 - Poison

A Sausage Egg McMuffin and a coffee.

My breakfast of champions once a week or so.

I know. I know. I'm bad.

At least that's what Mrs D keeps telling me.

And as I pack on the pounds I come to realize...

This stuff's poison.

But it tastes so damn good.

What's your poison?  Ziva's got the linky thingy going so we can all find out together.

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 24 - Carnival

I was really stumped over this prompt. We don't have a local carnival anymore. Where the local exhibition used to be is being revamped with a reconstructed football stadium, condos and shops.

So what to do?

I took a little trip into the music room and, voila!

Does this sound familiar?


You can walk on the water, drown in the sand You can fly off a mountaintop if anybody can  Run away, run away--it's the restless age  Look away, look away--you can turn the page  Hey, buddy, would you like to buy a watch real cheap  Here on the street  I got six on each arm and two more round my feet  Life is a carnival--believe it or not  Life is a carnival--two bits a shot 

Life is a carnival, believe it or not.

The Band believed so. This was the opening track of their 1971 album Cahoots. And it was the sixth track on the second CD of their farewell album - and Martin Scorsese directed movie - the Last Waltz.

The Band of course is 4/5ths Canadian and started out as The Hawks backing Ronnie Hawk…

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 23 - Tolstoy

Tolstoy? I thought maybe MikeWJ had just come back from the dentist and was trying to say Toy Story. That prompt I could have handled. You know Buzz and Woody? Yeah.

So Tolstoy, you can call him Leo, was this Russian writer best known for the epic novel War and Peace. I hear it's pretty good. A little on the long side but interesting nevertheless.

Among other things, Leo had a great beard.

But few people know how religious the man was. He was a devoted Christian and his religious leanings influenced such figures as Mahatma Gandhi.

Where am I going with all this?

To the Blessed St. Xenia of Petersburg Cathedral in West-end Ottawa, a Russian Orthodox Church.

Leo was Russian. This church is Russian.

And rumour has it the parish priest at St. Xenia has a great beard.

Don't you love it when things come together?

See what kind of tall story my friends in this challenge are telling over at Ziva's place.

Sunday Funnies

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 22 - Frustration

Hmmm....

It's Sunday.

Do I play golf...

or watch NFL Football.

Talk about frustration!

Head on over to Ziva's Inferno and see how frustrated the rest of my pic pals are today.

30 Days of Photos - Day 21 - Anatomy

I took this at my doctor's office this week.

Gee, looks like I'm back on #teamlame.

And I was doing so well, too.

It's like me on the inside.

You don't want to see me on the outside.

Really.

Now get on over to Ziva's and check out her anatomy. 

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 20 - Transparent

You know it's amazing what you find in your own backyard.

Until this photo challenge I really didn't know the significance  of some of the things around town.

Look at this, for example.

It was installed in 2010 in nearby Hull, Quebec by Montreal artist and architect Hal Ingberg.

The structure is called "Papa" (not bad for a prompt of trans-parent, eh?) and it is an enclosure created with large multi-coloured, transparent glass walls.

I've often driven by this and never given it a thought. In fact from the street it doesn't look like anything special.

But yesterday I parked the car and went around to the other side of the structure.

I was blown away by the colourful shadows caused by the morning sunshine.

I decided to share it here with you.

See how transparent my photo-blogging buddies are today by peeking in on Ziva. She's as open as a book.

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 19 - Never

Canned peas?

Never!

My dear departed mother used to make what she called tuna casserole for the family when I was a kid. Usually every Friday because like the good Catholics that we were we didn't eat meat on Friday.

It consisted of Kraft Dinner (mac and cheese to you Americans) tuna and an additional ingredient: canned peas.

Why? I don't know. She didn't call it Tuna and Pea Casserole.

Me, I'd eat the KD and the tuna but I hated vegetables, especially peas, I'd spit the peas into my glass of milk while pretending to drink it. Clever, eh?

I hated canned peas.

Still do to this day. And I haven't had KD since my university days when I'd round out my nutritional requirements with fried bologna.

I won't even eat them in her memory. Sorry, Mom.

This picture is of French peas or pois.

In Quebec grocery stores they usually turn the labels French side out.

But they can't fool me.

No matter what language they use they're still in that damn can.

Head on o…

30 Days of Photos - Day 18 - Always

I drive by this statue several times a month.

Until I stopped to take a photo yesterday in the early morning sun for today's prompt I never knew what it symbolized. "Why the hell does that guy have two hats," I'd always think as I passed by.

Turns out it's a twinning effort with the Netherlands and there's an identical statue there. You can find out more about the two statues of The Man With Two Hatshere.

It's pretty much as I expected.

If the Man With Two Hats loses one of them he'll always have another!

And we'll always have Ziva to stop by and see what the rest of our photo friends did with today's prompt

30 Days of Photos - Day 17 - My Junk

One man's junk is another man's recycled waste.

This post is pure and simple rubbish. Hustle on over to Ziva's place and see the garbage other photo-bloggers have come up with today.

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 16 - Biblical

I wracked my brain over this prompt. Biblical? What do I know about the bible? Sure I was raised Catholic but it's been some time since I've been a practicing member.

So I hopped in the car and drove downtown and snapped a photo of St. Patrick's Basilica. Built in 1875, St. Patrick's is the city's oldest English-speaking Roman Catholic Church.

Funny thing. When I was a kid my buddies and I would whisper and fool around during mass at Holy Cross Church. The pastor was Father Francis French who would stop the mass and tell us to calm down or remind us what page we were on in the prayer book.

Flash forward.

Father French became Monsignor French at St. Patrick's from 1977 to 1993, where he said mass, heard confessions and presided over the distribution of Holy Communion to faithful parishioners.

I ended up working for the federal government and 10 years after Monsignor French had left St.  Patrick's I arrived in that glass building to the right as Director Gen…

Sunday Funnies

30 Days of Photos - Day 15 - China

In October of 2010, a Chinese Imperial Archway was completed in Ottawa to mark the entrance to the city's Chinatown.

The structure is part of a twin cities project between Ottawa and Beijing.

Ottawa's Chinatown is full of Chinese businesses such as grocery stores and restaurants.

It has the best Dim Sum I've ever tasted.

Ziva's got her linky thingy going so you can see how other folks have interpreted today's theme. 

30 Days of Photos - Day 14 - NSFW

Okay, bear with me.

This is a shot of Ottawa's Parliament Buildings from the Royal Alexandra Interprovincial Bridge across the Ottawa River between Quebec and Ontario.

Usually the hub of political activity, Members of Parliament and Senators are currently on their summer vacation. And they won't be coming back anytime soon as the Prime Minister intends to seek permission from the Governor General to prorogue Parliament, resulting in an empty Senate and House of Commons until the PM decides to recall them.

Of course everyone sees right through the PM's motives. He wants to dial down the media and public discussion associated with the current scandal involving government Senators and their questionable housing and associated travel expense accounts. Not surprisingly, polls show two-thirds of Canadians are against proroguing.

So for the time being the Parliamentary precinct is Not Suitable For Work.

There, how's that for an interpretation of NSFW?

Miss Ziva Moon has a who…

30 Days of Photos - Day 13 - Wrong

Wha?

A cat picture?

On Dufus's blog?

That's just wrong.

Well at least it's not black.

Paw your way over to Ziva's and see how others celebrated Friday the 13th.

30 Days of Photos IV - Day 12 - Tremor

Prior to researching today's prompt I thought tremor was like an earthquake and I thought there was a fat chance I'd get a picture of that. Even though where I live is on a fault and we've had mild earthquakes in the past I was sure one wouldn't occur in time for today.

But a tremor can also be something physical. Wikipedia explains it as an involuntary, somewhat rhythmic, muscle contraction involving different parts of the body - but mostly the hands.

Many things cause tremors, among them alcohol withdrawal and caffeine.

Well in my case it couldn't be the former so it must be the latte.

Zip over to Ziva's and see what's shaking respecting today's prompt.

30 Days of Photos - Day 11 - Girly

Girly? Really? What do I know about girly?

And why are people always putting girls down?

They say "Oh, they throw like a girl."

So, what's wrong with throwing like a girl?

Ever seen girls' softball?

I actually love girls.

And I'm married to the best girl in the world.

Who do you think designed this shot?

Not bad eh?

Speaking of girls, hit on Ziva and see what photos folks are pitching today.