City on a hill

The Countess and I went to see a movie today at a unique movie theater in the far South part of Charlotte called Ballantyne. After the movie, we went out on a third story balcony that circles the lobby with a very interesting view facing to the North toward uptown.

My initial reaction was the scene in the Wizard of Oz when Dorothy and her friends catch the glimpse of the Emerald City in the distance.

First the panorama view of the balcony:  (click for a clearer image)

And the long distance view of “uptown” in the haze

The movie we saw was “Victoria and Abdul”, a story about Queen Victoria in her final years in the late 1800s befriending a servant from India. She realizes belatedly that he was a Muslim and married, and then defends him from attacks by the British aristocracy who view him as a threat to the established order.

A couple of years ago, I telegraphed that I had decided I needed to get a life and the consequence could be the streaming radio guide might be tossed overboard. So here we are – I have a wife who I Love intensely and we do things together more important than worrying about Hillary Clinton. I have filed the paperwork for social security retirement, something I never expected to happen, and have some reason to think I might make it to Medicare age. This was a very important and correct decision.

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4 Responses to City on a hill

  1. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    No one is complaining about your decision, Fred. Glad you found more important things to worry about than Hillary Clinton. My advice was to get a dog so you would get out more and worry about Clinton less. You exceeded my expectations, for whatever that is worth.

    I have always liked talking about radio and internet streams and probably always will. I like reading the comments from people on your blog, but maybe it is time for all of us to move to twitter and tweet each other there? CC doesn’t have an accounts there yet, but they are free and so is hashtag #SRG so we can find each other.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      I had a Twitter account for about a day, and concluded it offered little of value. I long ago burned out on online chat that becomes an online black hole that is a distraction to doing productive things like playing Candy Crush. I won’t be showing up on interactive social media, but I enjoyed seeing your proposal.

      • TheChairman says:

        Ditto here. I never considered Twitter, Facebook, etc. Those arose after the induced dot com crash, and the new paradigm became UGC (user generated content). Identity theft soared.

        We are repeatedly told this is ‘the information age’ when, in fact, we have been slowly herded into the ‘surveillance age’.

        e.g. Many news sites no longer accept comments unless you login via FB or other social media account. Beware of big data.

  2. briand75 says:

    Amen. Strife begets stress and effort is expended to deal with it. At some point, growth occurs and ultimately, the need for strife abates. I hope to grow into myself as you have, Fred.

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