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Subject: [Leica] Are any moments trivial?
From: glehrer at (Jerry Lehrer)
Date: Sun, 03 May 2009 16:49:46 -0700
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Is the LUG the proper place for Twitter? :-\


Richard Clompus wrote:
> Catching up my LUG reading and came upon Ric's post. Reinforces my 
> belief that we're all somewhat connected. It makes you wonder about 
> how some of our little annoyances can fix the timing to impact someone 
> elses life.
> Being freshly retired from practice and corporate work, I'm looking 
> forward to catching up with my love of photography again.
> f8 + be there,
> Richard
> Richard Clompus, OD
> On May 3, 2009, at 11:59 AM, George Lottermoser <imagist3 at> 
> wrote:
>> As someone else mentioned - your posts are generally verbally sparse 
>> and succinct.
>> My first thought: wow, what's Ric got into here.
>> From Subject line to end ? a beautiful report on, and thoughtful 
>> contemplation of,
>> a deceptively simple day in the life of "every man."
>> Thank you for the gift of this beautiful never ending story.
>> Regards,
>> George Lottermoser
>> george at
>> On May 2, 2009, at 11:37 PM, Ric Carter wrote:
>>> Are any moments trivial?
>>> I spent what seemed a trivial day today. The mower repair was not 
>>> finished, so I didn?t bother with the yard.
>>> I piddled on the computer with PAW 17. I made trivial comments on 
>>> this and other lists. Did a little work on The Mason.
>>> Rather than heat up the house, Kitty asked me to do burgers and 
>>> chicken on the grill. Beth pushed me to go cell phone shopping. Our 
>>> contract is expiring and so is her Razr. I was not looking forward 
>>> to it.
>>> I had a couple of beers while I grilled and continued to dread the 
>>> trivial shopping. We ate lunch, and after piddling even more on the 
>>> computer, I went up lay on the bed and took more of a nap than I 
>>> intended.
>>> Kitty offered to wake me to go cell phoning. Beth gave me a 
>>> reprieve, saying, ?Don?t bother.?
>>> I awoke late, poured down a Diet Dr Pepper and offered to shop. Beth 
>>> got herself together, and I grabbed a couple of Ms and a bag. Off we 
>>> went to the Alltel store.
>>> We arrive to a locked door?they close earlier than we thought. 
>>> Another trivial waste of time. As long as we are out, let?s head 
>>> over to Selma and take a look around?we cruise by the Amtrak station 
>>> and through the little downtown. There?s nothing happening?what a 
>>> waste of time.
>>> Loop finished, we headed back out toward home. Just before our turn, 
>>> I notice that the trees on the edge of a cemetery pond work well 
>>> with those new 12mm eyes. We swerve into the cemetery for my shot. 
>>> Beth is curious about a bunker-like structure, and heads off to 
>>> investigate.
>>> After my shot, I grab the car, join her to see this odd, modern 
>>> barrow. We hop back in the car and take long circle out. Never knew 
>>> that old burial gound was back there. We go to look.
>>> I notice a running car parked behind a line of trees at the back of 
>>> the cemetery?assume lovers necking in a semi-private spot.
>>> We walk around the old ground and talk about what we see. Take a 
>>> trivial snap or two.
>>> We head back to our car. I take a better (snoopish?) look at the 
>>> parked car. Something bright green peeks through under and behind 
>>> the car. Odd.
>>> My curiosity is tweaked for some trivial reason. I stop to take a 
>>> better look. Yea, green like a garden hose.
>>> I move closer while Beth sits in the car texting away on the dying 
>>> Razr.
>>> The green seems to take on a coil shape and one part seems to go up 
>>> and toward the back end of the car.
>>> I go a little closer. Yep that?s what it is?I?m pretty sure.
>>> I go back to the car and take Be?s phone, dial 911, and tell them 
>>> what I think I see.
>>> In less than five minutes, an ambulance rolls in, sees us waving, 
>>> and goes to the car. They snatch the hose lose, jimmy the locked 
>>> door of the car, and extract a young semiconscious woman from the 
>>> vehicle filled with belongings.
>>> Shortly, we hear coughing and crying.
>>> We interrupted a suicide attempt.
>>> I counted backward through every trivial, meaningless moment of the 
>>> day. No mower, too long nap, closed store... Only those exact 
>>> accidents and non-events would have added up to being where we were, 
>>> when we were. We should not have been there-trivial things just 
>>> added up that way.
>>> Nothing matters, and every tiny detail matters.
>>> Ric Carter
>>> _______________________________________________
>>> L

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