Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

When I visited San Francisco with my husband many years ago, I had the chance to photograph Lombard Street; its 8 sharp turns have made it known as the crookedest street in the world. We walked up the street as cars zigzagged by and we wondered how difficult it must be for someone who would have to commute by here daily. Apparently it was designed this way to negotiate the steep incline of the hill.

San Franscisco - Lombard Street V (2004.05.20)

Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life

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  2. Street Band | On the Streets of San Francisco
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life- Jakarta | Journeyman
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  5. Weekly photo Challenge: Street life- Jakarta, Indonesia | Journeyman
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  15. “The circle of life…” | ilargia64
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | MyBlog – solaner
  17. WPC: Street Life | blueberriejournal
  18. Weekly Photo challenge – Street Life – Blowing the cob webs with a little stroll. |
  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | The WordPress C(h)ronicle
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | MixerUpper.com
  21. Frozen Romances Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  22. Street Life – WPC | Books Music Photography & Movies
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  24. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street life | roastbeefandrakija
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  26. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street life | So where’s the snow?
  27. Weekly Travel Theme: Street Life | Travel Monkey
  28. Beautiful and Disturbing | Broken Light: A Photography Collective
  29. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life in Hanoi | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Wind Against Current
  31. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Moersalins and his world
  33. Boats, Trains and Automobiles | Amanda Renee
  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Ohm Sweet Ohm
  35. Unfamiliar Territory | Musings | WANGSGARD
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Words4jp’s Blog
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Emilia Brasier Photography
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Oh, the Places We See . . .
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  40. street-life #photo-challenge #poetry | Moondustwriter’s Blog
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Awl and Scribe
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Snap and Chomp
  43. Weekly photo challenge: Street Life | Aceh Traveller
  44. WPC: Streetlife in Colonial Williamsburg | Forest Garden
  45. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life, Take Two | Wind Against Current
  46. Photoworld 28-3-14 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  47. All lights on | Weekly Photo Challenge | Ivy_Mosquito | Love is free
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Ese’ s Voice
  49. Street Life – WP Weekly Photo | “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”
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  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | TechPersonified
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  57. Street life in France | Draw a photo
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  68. These Streets | feelosophical
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  71. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Charles Ray’s Ramblings
  72. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | Eye Candy Visionz
  73. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life | ms. diplomacy
  74. Weekly Photo Challenge: Street Life (part 2) | Eye Candy Visionz
  75. France and the simplicity of life | Scent of Rina
  76. Weekly Photo Challenge -Street Life | Joe’s Musings
  77. Where The Streets Don’t Just Have A Name, They Have A Story… | Steve Says…
  78. Trafikerat | FOTO PROSA & CRAZY ART
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Weekly Writing Challenge: Object

As I sit in the study next to me is my husband’s computer table with a collection of memorabilia on top. Of these my favorite is a replica of a cable car we got as a souvenir from our travels to San Francisco back in 2004.P1010784

The cable car system in San Francisco is the world’s last manually operated cable car system. We used one of its only remaining three routes, the one to Fisherman’s Wharf. The cable cars are mainly used by tourists now. The cable cars are pulled by a cable running below the street and are operated by something that looks like a clutch. At the end of each line there’s a manual turntable to rotate the car.San Franscisco - Cable Car Turn II (2004.05.21)

What if our life was run like that never straying from the pair of rails provided? We would reach our destination in the shortest time possible. Instead we keep running off in other directions. Some find their way back and others are lost forever.

The turntable represents the end of one journey and passing of knowledge and wisdom to the next traveler who travels much of the same journey but towards a different goal. The rotation at the turntable may be smooth but requires a lot of effort, like our endeavors to teach our children all the necessary knowledge to embark on their journey of life.

Along our journey, as on the cable car, we meet many people, some we embrace and they become an important part of our lives, others we may not care much for. But each person we meet defines us and shapes our character and personality. We may not know it but we carry a part of them with us for all of our lives.

May each of our lives be run with direction and purpose and may our transitions be smooth.

Weekly Writing Challenge: Object

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  2. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | JGTravels
  3. The Do Over Train | melissuhhsmiles
  4. Join me for a writing challenge at The Daily Post | Butterfly Mind
  5. Doormats Insult My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  6. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | A mom’s blog
  7. Injecting object | Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me
  8. The Coat of Many Pockets | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  9. Approaching your 30′s with a big question mark? | Sober Rants
  10. Apology Issue #1 | Doe Words
  11. #DPChallenge; The Music | thepanicpersona
  12. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss
  13. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object – Andrea | sailingthroughthefog
  14. An afternoon (inspired by a true story) | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  15. Him | Emily Schleiger
  16. DP Challenge: Object. My camera. | cockatooscreeching
  17. The Can of Sardines | I’m a Writer, Yes I Am
  18. The Red Pen | Sleep Less, Write More
  19. Sparkle | Master Of Disaster
  20. whodunit mystery solved | Musings of a Random Mind
  21. WWC: Object | Simple Heart Girl
  22. Egg UKO | flour mill reflections
  23. A Little Purple Ring | theauthorwhoknows
  24. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | imagination
  25. Talent Show | The Library Lady and Rosie Bear
  26. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object: My Grandma’s Hanky | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)
  27. Daily Prompt: Writing Challenge | The Road Less Travelled By
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  29. WWC: Fenghuang | Kingdom of Sharks
  30. you are a box of | y
  31. Weekly Writing Challenge: Pope plates | Life of A Fallen Angel
  32. Weekly Writing Challenge: The Object Of Desire… | Mirth and Motivation
  33. Dirty Dishes | Etienette
  34. Alcove | My name is Ellie and this is who I am.
  35. The Short Ones Object (v.) | Mary J Melange
  36. Roadside Assistance (Fiction) | Toss the Typewriter
  37. Product Testing | The Zombies Ate My Brains
  38. The Coin | Mileventwelve
  39. Weekly Writing Challenge: Object | Sarah Alison
  40. Growing up in a Rickshaw | The Lesser Canine
  41. Scaring Myself Out Of—and Back Into—Writing | Imperfect Happiness
  42. Pieces of Us | loveletterstoaghost
  43. Volcanics « mediumblackdog
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  46. I miss my microwave | Crap I Blog About
  47. DPchallenge: Object | tnkerr-Writing Prompts and Practice
  48. Mr Seah (dotcom!) | Rainbows (a short story)
  49. BEWARE OF FLYING UMBRELLAS | SERENDIPITY
  50. HOT POTATO | Fit 4 Life, LLC
  51. The Evil Calculator | Alexia Jones
  52. My Daughter’s Balloon | Sentiments of a Working Mom
  53. The blue bicycle | the REmissionary
  54. Subjectification | Blue Loft
  55. The Wooden Walking Stick: Dangers of Getting Comfortable with Comfort | Thorough and Unkempt
  56. Alarm | Stealing All the Sevens
  57. I Dreamed About Avril Lavigne | THE BLACK SPAGHETTI CHRONICLES
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Photolog of the US

A travel distance of nearly 12,000km and 20hrs with one stopover, the farthest I have been from home is to the United States.

My husband and I travelled from Islamabad to New York via London back in May 2004. Back then the cost of one ticket was more than my husband’s monthly salary. We dug into our savings but were determined to go.

I was working at that time and had recently rejoined. My bosses did not like the idea of my taking 3 weeks off so soon after having joined, but I kept insisting until they reluctantly agreed.

There were weeks of planning and calculations and excel sheets involved. We eventually finalized an itinerary.

We stayed in New York for a week and saw all the sights from the Empire State building to Central Park to Liberty Island, Brooklyn Bridge and the UN Headquarters.

We then flew to Los Angeles where we stayed another week. We saw the Getty Museum and went to Hollywood and Universal Studios and drove along the beautiful Pacific Coast Highway.

Then we were off to San Francisco for a few days where we got to see the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz and rode on a cable car.

We also made a day trip to Grand Canyon and were greatly impressed by the natural beauty of the place.

Arizona - Grand Canyon View & Z II (2004.05.17)Lastly we stopped at Las Vegas for two days where we got to see the fountains of Bellagio.

Las Vegas - Bellagio Fountain Show V (2004.05.17)Despite all the strict “random” checks on the flights that we had to endure, this trip was definitely a once in a lifetime opportunity and I’m glad that we made it happen.

Daily Prompt: Come Fly with Me

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  27. Daily Prompt: Come Fly with Me- to the West Coast | Wordz on a Page
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  40. Come Fly with Me | Going New Places!
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  50. Travels … curiousity | … Lara Klopp … Variegated Musings …
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  52. China | The Land Slide Photography
  53. Flying First Time | Flowers and Breezes
  54. Time Travel | It’s a wonderful F’N life
  55. Bratwurst and Bitterballen | Fruit Loops & Foie Gras
  56. Come Fly with Me | Real Life Co.
  57. Kirkwood, Missouri | Life is great
  58. I have been 1/8 of the way to the moon – and there are really big spiders there! | The Flavored Word
  59. NaBloPoMo: A Trip to Remember | The Joyful Soul
  60. Once in a Lifetime….(wp daily prompt) | Daily Observations
  61. The impossibility of sleep on an airline. | thoughtsofrkh
  62. Once, we were THIS far away … | Margaret Rose Stringer
  63. Far Far Away | Giving Thought | Giving Sight
  64. Laid Off | tjbarkerseattle
  65. My Own Little Heaven | Winding Road
  66. The Permission to Be | Winging it
  67. Daily Prompt: Come Fly With Me ~ NaBloPoMo ~ 12 « Mama Bear Musings
  68. Come fly with me | Saysie
  69. travel | Mareship
  70. Furthest from home | Allirani
  71. Flight | JC Bride ~
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  84. Come Fly With Me | 61 Musings
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  89. Daily Prompt: Come Fly with Me | Nola Roots, Texas Heart
  90. Come Fly with Me…to Greece | Holoholo Girls
  91. Motherland | Computer Blue
  92. Daily Prompt; Come Fly With Me | terry1954
  93. Come fly with me to Istanbul | Empressnasigoreng’s Blog
  94. Pain in Paris … far far far from home | Life with Tess
  95. Come Fly with Me | The Nameless One
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