Lisa and I went to this mandir yesterday. I think this building is the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. All of the stone inside and out is hand carved and once you enter, there is just more and more and more of this intricate carving everywhere. The mandir actually seems to compel you to sit quietly in thoughtful reflection. I think you'd want to, even if you didn't know you ought to. Unfortunately, because of Doors Open, there were far too many people and we couldn't. But we will, another time.
My parents were over to see the pictures from New York, and my mom was screwing around with my new camera - just taking pictures of me and the cat. I like this one. I think it looks like I might be doing something intellectual like, oh I dunno, reading the NY Times, or pondering the the subplot of some great piece of fiction I'm writing (ha-ha) ... but what I'm really doing is showing my dad, Hot Chicks With No Eyebrows.
There are terrifying things in lakes. Water snakes slicing through the waves, and snapping turtles underneath the dock. Creepy dock spiders. Things that rub against your legs. You can't tell if it's a weed, or a body.
I'm standing at the end of the dock at the beach where I grew up. I know this water is shallow but it is black and the dock is high above it. Connie is telling me how to dive, and I already know. Crouch, head down, arms extended, roll in. But I am not going to do it. I will not go into that clean blackness head-first. I am going to untuck my body at the last minute and smash it off the water every time.
Then there is the time she straps a PFD onto me and makes me try it off the floating dock, which is closer to the water. I panic and get stuck upside down. I am convinced I'm as good as drowned.
In my 20s, I go to Kellie's cottage. I stand at the end of the dock and consider the water. The water in this channel is black too, but it is not shallow. It's the deepest, blackest water you have ever seen. You will have nightmares about this water. You know there is a current somewhere under there that can kill you and take you away. You have to jump in anyway.
Okay, I was too far away and you can't really see it, but this sign says, "Golden Fingers Dental Laboratory." I can think some things that "golden fingers" would be great for. None of them are inside my mouth ...