Category Archives: Travel

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

10,000 feet from Coachella Valley to San Jacinto Peak

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

it’s 30 or 40 degrees colder

when you get to the top

and it’s not for those

scared of heights

Being Apart

absence makes the heart grow fonder

jealousy is also destructive

It’s Day 346 of a very strict lockdown here in England, and for me that means that I haven’t been able to see my dearest friend for over a year.  I had plans to meet with her, and that hasn’t worked out.  I know that there are millions of people kept apart because of the coronavirus travel restrictions ~ so I’m not alone in suffering unhappy frustration.  Thanks to the miracle of the internet it’s possible to keep in touch with friends and loved ones, but even a video conversation is no substitute for the real thing.  There is nothing like the touch of a human hand.

I don’t know about other people, but I find that long-distance conversations tend to drift into unsatisfactory banal and emotionless platitudes.  It’s hard to say what one really feels, (fuck it’s hard to know what oneself really feels), when you can’t look into another person’s eyes and read their body language close to.  It occurs to me that things could have been worse, but degrees of unhappiness still equal despondency however one measures it.

Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.  ~  Thomas Fuller

There is no easy way to say this, but I believe that only very special friendships and love can survive long periods of being apart.  I do not believe that absence makes the heart grow fonder.  I believe that absence just creates a longing that only being together can satisfy.  And, that when two friends and lovers can finally be together after a long time apart, they will be lucky if their relationship survives much beyond the meeting.

What has occurred while they have been apart may only serve to twist the knife.

I do hope your separation from your friends and loved ones will make your hearts grow fonder.  I hope, dream and pray that I can survive being apart from my friends, and that it will not result in bitterness and some personal heartbreak.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

one day there will be air travel again

no one knows when that might be

 

 

Monochrome Monday ~ Winter 1962 – 1963

when I was a kid it was a trek to go to the toilet across the yard

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the sea froze

Monochrome Monday ~ Utah

the wilderness is not a place it’s a state of mind

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

the cold sea beckons

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Blues Brothers

everybody needs somebody to love

I first came across the Blues Brothers on a family vacation to Florida, which included visits to the theme parks.  In Walt Disney World there was a street performance of Blues Brothers music, nerdy but great.  I’ve liked the disreputable due ever since.

A black suit can look cool, but only if it’s clean and pressed.

Once in my lifetime I will perform that at a Karaoke pub.

Before you mock try following the dance moves.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Songs on Saturday ~ Chris Rea

I’m never going to wait in line again

This Chris Rea track speaks to me, he’s singing about how my life was, how it is, and how it’s going to be.  I know that boardwalk and I know those streets.  I know how it feels to be trapped , waiting in line, waiting for something better….  Not a VW, and California, not Europe.

With thanks to Paula Light  for this prompt.

Pick up up your life, stop waiting, get on and do it.

Get a car, get a girl, and get out of town.

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jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Tunes on Tuesday ~ Herb Alpert

drunk under the boardwalk, out of the sun

I never wanted t go to Mexico. and while I was in Mexico City I hated it with a passion  But I would stop shaving and using deodorant to spend a week in Tijuana with my Californian friend.

I know she would like sitting at the bar, chatting up men.

But the stupid hat on me, maybe not.

I’m an Englishman, a legal alien.

The monster does it better.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

 

my friend drinks, smokes,

hangs out in bars too

Random Jottings ~ Vacations

English told to lock away their passports for a year

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forget California

no holidays for Brits for a year

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buy a sunlamp and some bags of sand

it’s the nearest you’re going to get to a vacation

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United Kingdom cut off from the rest of the world

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no sunshine holiday romances please, we’re British

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we English travel not to escape everyday life, but to escape Covid

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doctors say that having fun increases your risk of dying from COVID-19

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

no man needs a vacation so much as the man who has been in lockdown for 308 days

Monochrome Monday ~ Arizona

in reality, the Arizona desert is monochromatic red

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

road trip

Red Rock State Park

(poetry anthology on Amazon)

Songs on Saturday ~ Bruce Springsteen

I desire very little
but the things I do consume me

Dancing In The Dark is my favourite Springsteen track, for a reason that goes back a long, long way ~ another time, another place, another woman.

Not all romances can have a happy ending.

Try and bring the dancer back into your life.

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jack collier

jackcollier7@talktalk.net

Road Trip

Jerome Arizona

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