…and the days keep flying by

Hobart Waterfront at night. One cool spring time night.

I know it is a cliche but I really don’t know where the time goes. Busy with the 12 week fitness challenge I’m doing, a long motorbike ride, a few photography events and lots of household planning. I’m not getting a lot of time for reading books but I am listening to a lot of books. I get a couple of hours in most nightHs while lying in bed. A very relaxing and quiet time.

I finished One Day by Gene Weingarten. I heard about it somewhere and was intrigued by the concept. The author wanted to explore the events of one day in history in America. He picked three strangers and each drew numbers out of a hat. One chose the year, one, the day and one the month. The result was Sunday, 28 December, 1986. It is the date he researched extensively to find the events of the day. He wasn’t expecting as much as he found as it was a Sunday. Not the best day of the week, he thought. It was also only three days after Christmas. In the end it didn’t seem to matter as there was no shortage of events.

That Sunday between Christmas and New Year’s turned out to be filled with comedy, tragedy, implausible irony, cosmic comeuppances, kindness, cruelty, heroism, cowardice, genius, idiocy, prejudice, selflessness, coincidence, and startling moments of human connection, along with evocative foreshadowing of momentous events yet to come. Lives were lost. Lives were saved. Lives were altered in overwhelming ways. Many of these events never made it into the news; they were private dramas in the lives of private people. They were utterly compelling.

One Day asks and answers the question of whether there is even such a thing as “ordinary” when we are talking about how we all lurch and stumble our way through the daily, daunting challenge of being human. (Booktopia site)

Gene Weingarten- Author

Gene Weingarten is an author that has won the Pulitzer Prize twice in the past. His day job has him working as a journalist for the Washing Post newspaper.

I enjoyed this book as if you think of everything that happens in a person’s live and multiply that by billions there really doesn’t seem to be any rhyme or reason. One never knows what lies ahead. The author’s research was good and it was an interesting concept to explore.

Last night four of us from the Photo Club went down to the waterfront to teach ourselves how to get night time ‘bokeh’. For those who don’t know what bokeh is, it is the blurry lights you see behind a photographic subject. It is regularly seen in films and television and nighttime photos. The photographer finds a subject to photograph and then looks for light sources farther behind the subject. The camera lens is opened up wide and hopefully the subject in the front of the photo will be clear and the lights in the background will be blurred. It was trickier to get then we thought but some other lovely photos came out of our experimentation. It was a chilly night out, as we wandered around the fishing boats and fish and chips shops at night looking for subjects and lights with our tripods over our shoulders. It was good to get out in the fresh air with like minded fellow photographers and have a laugh and share ideas. Here are just three photos I came up with. The bokeh isn’t that great but the photos turned out nice and one had nice starbursts in the light I wasn’t expecting to get. Once I went out to get starbursts and ended up with bokeh. One just never knows.

Here’s hoping all is well with anyone stopping by this page. Stay well.

Flippers is really good.

Author: TravellinPenguin

I live a retired life in Tasmania, Australia. I love books, travel, animals, photography, motor biking and good friends. I indulge in all these activities with the little Travellin' Penguin who has now shared five continents with me. We love book shops, photography walks and time with friends as all our family is in USA and Canada. I enjoy visitors to my blog so hope you'll stop by.

13 thoughts on “…and the days keep flying by”

  1. I had never heard of “bokeh” before, so thanks for explaining that to me. I love that you went with a couple of friends to explore how to do this.

    Mostly though I love the sound of the book. What a fascinating way to choose a subject. I can understand his initial uncertainty that that date would have worked. How interesting that it did. However, I second Bill’s question. How did he pull it all together?

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  2. How did Weingarten tie all his stories together? It sounds interesting but also has the potential to be very bitsy. (And yes, I enjoyed you photographs too – it’s maybe 5 months since I was allowed out at night)

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    1. Each event was a chapter in the book. He would research the people in the event and then talk about their lives and then ,ead into the event and skmetimes go jnto detail about the ramifications and what has happened to them since 1986. Each chapter was almost like a third person memoir. It was certainly an interesting concept. Makes you think about all the stories happening on the other 364 days of the year. I must say it was great being out at night with others.No restrictions here but just haven’t been out much.

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  3. Hobart is a big city! somehow i had the impression it wasn’t all that large… i like the Flippers design even thought it might be considered a bit garish… i saw some of that “bokeh” on the street lights…

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    1. Hobart and surrounding suburbs around 300,000 people but the city center is fairly compact. Developed up from the harbour. I am seeing bokeh everywhere I look I’ve spent so much time on it. There are several fish punts along the front of harbour. It is a good place to get fresh seafood.

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      1. Soon, soon I hope, and in the meantime keep the photos coming:)
        (If I can be cheeky and put in a request, I’d love to see some of Salamanca… not the market, but the streetscape and the square with the bookshop and the views every which way.)

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        1. I will wait for a lovely day and head down there with the gallery. There has been road upgrading down there lately and big wire fences, etc set up everywhere. Quite ugly but the square with shops should be intact.

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