Category Archives: Geography

Scenes on Sunday ~ Idylls

there is something very simple about the most idyllic dreams

sunset Orange County CA

the Pacific Ocean

parasailing over the Mediterranean

the Atlantic Ocean

red rock country near Sedona AZ

Zion Canyon National Park

Sunset in North Turkey

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the North Sea and winter sky at dawn

An Englishman in New York

if you can make it there, you’ll make it anywhere

Back in the day I spent a lot of time in New York.  Why?  It’s where the money is.

Some say you haven’t lived until you’ve died in New York.  And that somewhere between living and dreaming there lies New York.  All I know is that New York may be the city that never sleeps, but it certainly sleeps around.

Please listen with care ~ The Big Apple can be dangerous to the unwary.

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some sights you just have to see

to get around New York, rent a limousine

Scenes on Sunday ~ Zion

you cannot describe Zion, you can only experience it

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

get the girl riding shotgun to take the cool pictures while you do the driving

Scenes on Sunday ~ St. George, Utah

be steadfast in all your ways

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the best Japanese steakhouse in St. George

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

I was intrigued because

St. George is also the patron saint of England

Brexit

to avoid attachments and entanglements in foreign affairs

at 11 o’clock tonight Great Britain will no longer be a member of the European Union

the rest of Europe doesn’t like that much

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

England has a rich history

it’s time we made some more

Shakespeare St Crispin’s Day

Monochrome Monday ~ Utah Landscapes

sometimes we have to go back to seeing the world in black and white

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Jack Collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

It’s a long road to my recovery

Long-Distance Love Affairs

love knows no time, love knows no distance

Until very recently,  in historical terms in the blink of an eye, you were likely to love and marry someone from your own village / town / county / state, after all these were the  only people you were ever likely to meet.  Then came reliable mail, and I’m talking paper and the mailman here, together with the widespread use of the telephone, and people started to have pen-pals, and fall in love with them.

Fast forward to the late 20th century and we have instant emails, and now video chat, and it becomes perfectly possible to develop a deep and meaningful relationship with someone you have never actually met, who lives a couple of thousand miles away, or on the other side of the world.  Add in blogs, Facebook, Instagram, tumblr, and sundry chat / dating / sex sites and the potential for a long-distance love affair is as good as meeting the boy / girl next door.

But, all you have is electronic, and you can’t actually have sex with an electronic person…..  and I’m  not going into the esoteric and erotic world of remotely controlled sex toys.

How can you actually be friends with someone you have never met, and know only through their blog, and some emails, and online chats?  It turns out that it’s very easy, maybe easier than meeting someone from the office, or in a bar, or a friend of a friend.  To begin with if you meet someone online you are both starting with a clean slate, and there are no interfering family members or other friends to get in the way.  Also, and in my experience, it’s much much easier to be completely honest and open with someone you meet online than it is with someone you meet in any other way.  Perhaps most importantly, for women thinking of being online friends with a guy, he isn’t going to be a stranger expecting first date sex.

The bottom line is, your long-distance friend might just be the best friend you’ve ever had.

However, leaving aside the whole sex thing for now, there are a few downsides in an online long-distance relationship.

  • Time zones.  If you’re in California and he’s in England he is 8 hours ahead of you.
  • Identity.  Are you talking with who you think you are?  Who you think is a cute 30 years old woman in California might be a fat trucker from Detroit.
  • Marital status.  She may say she’s single, or he may say he’s divorced, but both of them could be married with kids.
  • Honesty.  It’s easy to lie if you are 5,000 miles apart, how do you check the truth?
  • Meeting.  That first meeting could be fraught, you will be nervous, it might never happen.  But that is no different from having a blind date.

It’s an on line relationship, so use the internet to your advantage.  Google the object of your affections is a good start.  You know the rest.

Some might say that it’s difficult to have a relationship if you’re a couple of thousand miles apart.  And, how can you have a love affair if you hardly ever see one-another?  All I know is that it happens all the time.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

at least she’s a woman

and not a trucker from Detroit

 

Monochrome Monday

a journey of a thousand miles starts with the first step

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Desert Journey

the immense desert, empty and inspired with spiritual promises

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Like many Englishmen, from that green and pleasant land, I have a strong personal affinity for the desert.  I like the high plains and the heat of Red Rock Country in the late summer.  There is a simplicity about the desert, you are either right or you’re in deep trouble, and there’s little ground in-between.

And now, when England cowers cold beneath our autumn mists and morning frost, I yearn to be back in the blazing sunshine and heat of California, New Mexico, Arizona, or Nevada.  Preferably on a long spontaneous road trip, driving a Mustang convertible with a cool lady riding shotgun.

Sweetheart, yes it’s true, I’m so happy to be stuck with you

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

deep in red rock country

in that desert we pray to God

but we trust in ourselves as men

 

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Ladyhawke

a very sensual, strange, physically beautiful, dangerous place

Back in the day I spent a lot of time à Paris, la ville lumière.  I learned that, while Parisienne women look chic, they often smell of Galoises overlaid with a lot of Chanel #5.

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Love Paris and you’re hung up on something that’s never going to love you back.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

when good Americans die they go to Paris

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