Saturday, August 18, 2012

Summer Saturday


Ron and Sophie just ahead on the path.

'Different from the norm' has always intrigued me.


This gentleman is no exception. He lives very near this park and


is usually sitting on a low wall at the entrance......with his cassette player.


Today however he was walking into the park with his music 'just-a-blasting'.


He usually plays Scottish/Irish folk pieces....ones that make you want to dance!


He was just behind us, so I stopped and asked him if I could take his picture.


He said it was okay. 
He stopped and posed. 

I asked him his name and he said it was Ron. 
I asked if he was Scottish and if that was why he played this type of music. 

He replied that his father was English.

Then he said that this (his walk) was as far as he usually goes.

He turned and headed back towards the entrance.






24 comments:

  1. He might have a medical problem which only allows him to be out for so long or to walk so far or perhaps he is just shy. Whatever, I am glad you spoke to him and took his photo.
    We have a gentlemen who walks up Stone Mountain playing a guitar and singing. Most people just walk around him, but my husband and I like to talk with him. I have a photo of him on my blog.
    Have a nice weekend!

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    1. I can only imagine how happy you and your husband make this fella feel, Kay. Sometimes there is just a 'fine line' that separates us.

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  2. So glad you took the time to talk to Ron... and to introduce him to us. That could be my brother there and it means a lot to me!

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    1. That's so true Mitch, I am glad you can relate. The BEST part of my career in teaching was with individuals like this at the 'high school' level. I so loved my job back then! Couldn't wait to get to school and work with them. I still see a few some 25 years later and I am still Mr.C no matter how much I encourage them to call be Jim.

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  3. I'll bet he has an interesting life story.

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    1. Probably does Pat. would make for an interesting read......

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  4. A wonderful post. More people need to take time to ask and listen and get to know others.
    Glad you did so!

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    1. You make a good point, Dawn. We tend to be so cynical and too careful about approaching people. Sure discretion is needed but shouldn't always hold us back.

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  5. You can meet the nicest people when you take the time to say hello! I'm sure you made his day by stopping and talking with him! (As well as he made yours!)

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    1. I have seen him there for years and the other day was just the right time to stop and chat.

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  6. I love his smile and vigour! Great shots.

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    1. He has been doing this for years and I mean years.......same routine same type of music, same location. He is determined, that's for sure!

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    1. It was obvious that he doesn't get to have many interactions with people. He was thrilled that I wanted his picture.

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  8. It's people like this that always bring a smile to my face--I'll bet he has some stories to tell too!

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    1. Me too Kim. There is something about their innocence that is very charming and endearing.

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  9. Very sweet, Jim. I like that you stopped to talk to him. No doubht he has his fair share of interesting stories.

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    1. Years ago in Vancouver I remember a similar fellow that I was photographing....he was an older street person. But with the same innocence.

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  10. He looks content and happy, that´s all what matters, right? :)))

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    1. And that he appears to be, Alex!
      Has it cooled down there yet? Heard it was very warm over there!!!

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  11. No, I´am MELTING. *urghs* 33° so far, but it´s just 10.10 h over here. Püüüühüüüüüü! That workday will be really hard. Poor sick and old people. They can´t feel well...

    Have a great day! Pet Sophie from me, will you. Hey and you could go and dip in that ocean for me too ;))))))

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    1. Sophie 'gives' you a big slurpy lick! There! That should cool you off!

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  12. I love out of the norm things/people too! These pics made me want to cry at his "differentness" for some reason. I think it's because I know some people look at someone like him and think or pity him...but I see the beauty of someone living and doing the thing that feels right in his own heart. I hope that sounds the way I mean it too, but I'm having a hard time expressing the feelings the pics and issues evoke in me. as usual great stuff

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    1. You have expressed them very well. You sound like a very accepting person who can see the good in most people. Thanks for your input.

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