Friday, January 24, 2014

Friday Hometown Shootout -- Open Space

As soon as I entered my studio -- I stopped calling it the Bagman and Butler studio about a year ago when I began to accept that they were wandering the world and probably never coming back -- but as soon as I entered the studio, I realized something was amiss.

The computers were on, humming, and my blog was on the screen.  It didn't take a second for me to realize that somebody had been messing with my header. 

I hit the button to check my email and sure enough:

1/23/2014 - 7:04 PM
TO:       Riverwatcher
FROM:     Bagster456
SUBJECT:  Thought I was dead, I bet 

Hey, Boss, you old fart. You didn't think you could start posting again without me finding out about it, did you? They have WiFi at the cafes here in Amsterdam as well as the best pot in Europe. And I still remember how to log in to our old computers even if I don't always remember my name. I saw your last post and it was lame.  You didn't even fool around with your header so I thought I'd give you some help. You can thank me later.  Who knows, I might visit you sometime although you're a real bore, you know.  PS: I heard from Butler awhile ago.  Who knows why.  Maybe he was lonely. Anyhow, I'm about to fall asleep.

Not wanting to risk what Bagman might do next, I decided to leave it although I didn't like it much.  And I didn't have time to mess with it anyhow.  But I did want to put in a post this week, so I went to work on it. 

Once again, I can't think of much to say, so I'll mostly just post pictures.


Lots of space around this house
but apparently no buyers...
Heading out to even more open space



I was just about to close off this blog and post it when, lo and behold (whatever lo and behold means), I noticed an email had just hit my inbox.
1/23/214 - 8:03 p.m.
TO:       Riverwatcher
FROM:     Chef Butler III
SUBJECT:  Greetings
Dear Mark,
    It is with the greatest pleasure that I reconnect with you over the fine medium of the Internet.  I am on a long weekend break from the Academy of Cheffing in Paris. I am enjoying Italy although I have noticed that the restaurants don't always know how to set a proper table.  But since I learned that you are attempting to blog again without my assistance, and, of course, the pseudo-assistance of our dubiously attired friend, I would send you some photographs to add to your blog.  You really shouldn't be attempting to blog again without us, you know. 
Yours truly,
 Now I am totally speechless   It is like a visit from the Ghosts of Blogspot Past.  I sit helplessly while Butler posts some pictures from Italy.  Time has lost meaning since I know he took these pictures over 6 years ago. 


 Lots of space above,
below, not so much...

And so I end my post, wondering what comes next.  I have promised myself that I won't spend more time than I have to post things, and yet what do I do if Bagman and Butler actually show up in the studio.  I can't let them have run of the place without supervision.  On the one hand, I'd love to see them again. On the other hand, they can be more time consuming and nuttier than my grandchildren. 
I'll just have to take it a day at a time and see how things play out. 


  1. I have to laugh because my photo was not posted with creative intent but with total lack of early morning focus. I went in and turned it,,,, and it is much better. thank you for the gentle nudge.
    your italy photos, I think I can ID where each was taken. I don't know that much about the USA (course the USA is a larger space....)
    I do have a very similar ship and birds photo....
    and the house .... looks sad doesn't it. looks like it would prefer to be in Florida.
    hugs, and have a great week.

    1. I have to laugh too because I was not nudging you. I really did and do love it horizontally.

  2. looking up through the bridge supports - totally cool!

  3. That house looks very lonely! It looks more lost in time than the Italian cathedrals - which at least have lots of visitors! :)

  4. Thank goodness you are at it again. Here I thought I had an amazing post and look what you and B&B have done. I agree with Diva that shot of the bridge supports is way cool. Even without the benefit of pot.

  5. BTW I know now why that header looks so dreamy and misty!

  6. Amazing photos! I was so delighted that Bagman and Butler made an appearance today. Just so you know, you are just as good by yourself. :)

  7. Ah, but by now, you have had so much experience with your grandchildren, that supervising B&B will seem a piece of cake!
    It is good to know that they are both still in touch with you. If you have not already replied to their emails, please add greetings from the Librarian to both of them. You could even send a ;-) to Bagman on my behalf.

    Open Spaces - now, that is a motto made for me! I've always had a "thing" for open spaces, just like I've always had a thing for forgotten, neglected (in a manner of "life after people") and ruined places. The lone house looks sooooo odd, as if it had been put in the picture artificially.

  8. B & B are losing their manners, I thought they would have sent their regards to us all. Not to worry, I send them mine regardless. Thanks to Butler for the last shot, love it, it looks eerily silent. Also like the bridge lines.

  9. beautiful wide open spots. I love the way you captured the bird in the first shot.

  10. Well, that was a wonderful, whimsical tour. I liked it.

  11. Glad to see that you are starting to take your medication once again.

  12. That house is a beauty! but I don't think I could stay there with so much space around. I guess I'm too comfy staying in a town with limited land space,.

  13. Beautiful! I love the serenity of the first image and the composition of the third.

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