I once lived in Holland, Michigan, where, one summer’s day, a friend – Brooks Besjovec – asked if I’d like to see some…
Red Chinese Bats?
It wasn’t far, he said, located just off of Ottawa Beach Road along the north shore of Lake Macatawa, so I skeptically agreed and the journey ensued.
It was late afternoon when we arrived. We parked along the side of a road near a local wind-surfing shop which I was familiar with, and my friend pointed across the yard of a nearby house. There, roughly four feet off of the ground, I could see a large rectangular-shaped wooden box anchored between two trees.
As we approached, Brooks cautioned me not to startle the bats, to approach the cage slowly, quietly. In so doing, I could see that the top of the cage was open, covered only with chicken wire.
A painted sign attached to the cage read, “Chinese Bats”, and, as I peered inside, I could see that my friend had indeed been telling the truth; there before my eyes were two red plastic wiffle ball bats – a.k.a., toy baseball bats (Made In China).
Modified photo from unsplash.com.
Armor-clad with shield, this Knight traveled for many days across a barren desert with a promise to audition for the lead role in a debuting Medieval television mini-series. However, when he arrived, the set was in a state of chaos…
It had been a while since I played basketball, and I’d been thinking of it lately. My under-inflated ball was stored inside of a box in the garage, not far from an air pump. Shorts, t-shirt, shoes, air in the ball – I was ready.
The basketball hoop where I used to shoot wasn’t far, and so I practiced dribbling along the way. When I arrived, I took a moment to review the situation, and then remembered that I had a good book at home which I was planning to read.
The battle was over. Humans had prevailed and the marauding aliens from outer space had been defeated. Upon closer inspection, it was revealed that our opponents were some sort of reptilian creatures with scales for skin. Within a matter of only a few weeks, popular boots had been fashioned from this newly discovered material. Little did mankind realize, however, that these scales were alive in a dormant state of suspension – stay tuned…
It had been a quiet day, with a gigantic metallic sphere reflecting peacefully on a black and white checkered surface. Some clouds overhead, but the weather for the most part was fine. Then, it happened.
A graphic artist arrived on the scene and disrupted an otherwise pleasant afternoon. First, a shattered effect was applied, casting segments of the image into random triangular disarray. An overlay then emerged to texturize the landscape, and adjustment layers soon followed. That is where the story ends, and this new design begins…
A recent observation using the James Webb Space Telescope revealed an unexplained three dimensional object resembling a futuristic flower of science fiction. Though light years away, scientists are nevertheless scrambling to discern the nature of this discovery and any potential impact on planet Earth. In the meantime, guests are invited to explore my gallery at Redbubble for out of this world items…
While waiting in line today at the grocery store, the notion that January is just around the corner crossed my mind. I questioned whether or not I would make a resolution for the coming year, and, if so, would I fully commit to following through on that decision?
It seems that, each year, many people experience disappointment in failing to uphold their stated goals. I, too, of course, have shared such moments, though hope that the coming year may be different.
After some thought, I came to a conclusion: starting in 2018, I resolve to give up lettuce.