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But first, something bejeweled and beautiful:


At a traffic light, a truck gave a series of little sneezes. It sounded like my cat when he sneezes, but I think it had to do with some sort of hydraulic system.

I think all combination locks that I've had have included the number 36. Based on this scant, and possibly misremembered, evidence, I've come to the conclusion that all combination locks--at least the portable sort, like the ones that come at the end of cheap cable bicycle locks--include the number 36. Probably that number should always be played in big-jackpot state lotteries, too.

A yoga teacher told her class, "If this shape isn't relaxing for you, you can take another shape," and half the class became birds, small ones--song sparrows and goldfinches and chickadees. The door had been propped open with a wedge of wood; the birds all flew off.

Look, there are heavy cement barriers here, to keep errant drivers from plowing into the canisters of propane. Good idea, because look at the guard rail in the upper third of the photo. It's bent and twisted. If that's all there'd been protecting the propane, there might have been a big explosion at some point.

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puddleshark
Jul. 25th, 2015 06:36 pm (UTC)
Wonderful! Jewelled leaves, sneezes, locks, transformations & averted explosions - a post full of wonder!

Thank you.
asakiyume
Jul. 25th, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
My pleasure!
khiemtran
Jul. 25th, 2015 08:59 pm (UTC)
I remember a story, probably apocryphal, that when a major bank in a particular country first rolled out ATM cards, they made a mistake with the PIN generation and everyone in the first batch ended up with exactly the same PIN. But it turned out it didn't matter because everyone kept theirs to themselves...
asakiyume
Jul. 25th, 2015 11:00 pm (UTC)
I've always wondered that about car keys--do all cars of the same make and model in the same year have the same key?
sartorias
Jul. 25th, 2015 10:25 pm (UTC)
Oh, that leaf, looks like it is dressed with crystal!
asakiyume
Jul. 25th, 2015 11:01 pm (UTC)
It's going dancing this morning :-)
dark_phoenix54
Jul. 26th, 2015 02:43 am (UTC)
The fire safe I used to have had 36 in the combination, too. It really is a universal!
asakiyume
Jul. 27th, 2015 01:34 pm (UTC)
Incontrovertible proof!!
browngirl
Jul. 26th, 2015 05:56 am (UTC)
I am tempted to try to draw that yoga class.
asakiyume
Jul. 27th, 2015 01:33 pm (UTC)
I'd love to see that drawing!
danceswithwaves
Jul. 26th, 2015 06:18 am (UTC)
Here's one of those Facebook thumbs up because I don't know what to say, but I like your thoughts. (The thumbs up will have to stay invisible.)
asakiyume
Jul. 26th, 2015 11:03 am (UTC)
I like the thumbs up! Thank you :-)
shewhomust
Jul. 26th, 2015 09:46 am (UTC)
I love that leaf. Occasionally I try to photograph these raindrops on leaves: it's harder than it looks!
asakiyume
Jul. 26th, 2015 11:04 am (UTC)
It's totally up to my point-and-click camera's sense of what to focus on. I took several photos, and in about half, the camera decided what I was interested in was the trees in the background.
heliopausa
Jul. 26th, 2015 10:41 am (UTC)
The jewelled leaf is lovely!
It must have been a heart-lifting moment when the yoga class (or half of them) all rose at once and flew.
asakiyume
Jul. 26th, 2015 11:05 am (UTC)
Yes, and the yoga teacher must have smiled inwardly and thought, My work here is done.
roseneko
Jul. 28th, 2015 12:01 am (UTC)
I went to a very challenging yin yoga class with my mother the other day - how is it that I can do power yoga with no trouble, but the longer-holding stretching/surrendering is so difficult? I thought more than once of this post, and wished I could have the option to change shape and fly. But then I would have to find a maiden pure of heart who would remain quiet for seven years and weave a shirt to change me back, so it's probably for the best that I just breathed through what felt like fifteen minutes of garland pose. :)
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 11:55 am (UTC)
You're wise! Transformation without a route back is a perilous undertaking.
dudeshoes
Jul. 28th, 2015 12:52 pm (UTC)
In fact, I still remember my 7th grade locker combination (I was so afraid I would never collect my stuff if I ever forgot), and it contained a 36.
asakiyume
Jul. 28th, 2015 01:11 pm (UTC)
Anecdotal evidence is leaning *heavily* in favor of my assertion.
rustica
Jul. 30th, 2015 07:45 am (UTC)
The little sneeze would most likely have been from the lorry's braking system. Lorries have air brakes, rather than hydraulic brakes :).

Lorries make all sorts of cute animalistic noises! I love lorries.
asakiyume
Jul. 30th, 2015 11:25 am (UTC)
Air brakes! Thanks for letting me know. Their bodies are weighty, but they are governed by air--a nice thought!
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