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Photo finish Friday: “Bug out”

The attack of the metal-eating bugs from Mars was stopped dead in its tracks not by military firepower or industrial genius, but by rust and cold weather.

The attack of the metal-eating bugs from Mars was stopped dead in its tracks not by military firepower or industrial genius, but by rust and cold weather.

What will happen come Spring? Nobody is sure.

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Photo finish Friday: “Strata”

Ages from now, when archeologists dig up the strata of our time, it won't be rock, but miles and miles deep of processed paper and envelopes.

Ages from now, when archeologists dig up the strata of our time, it won’t be rock, but miles and miles deep of processed paper and envelopes.

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Photo finish Friday: “Little brown apple”

Apple on a fence.

Apple on a fence.

I don’t know, but maybe I ought not
to have shoved this apple onto this spot.
For here it will remain
with no one to explain
as it shrivels away and begins to rot.

Poor little apple in my lunch
I spiked you away just on a hunch
that that brown spot
looked like food rot
and not something I’d want to munch.

Children are starving in places like China
or just down the street from a nearby diner.
Yet food by the bunches
goes uneaten after brunches
from fast-food shops and places much finer.

Bugs may come and have a heyday,
picking at the remains of the apple’s decay.
Eating away this fine shiner,
once bright as a light to a miner,
it’s soon dull and brown and shapeless as clay.

Good or evil? Oh, what have I done?
I’ve not fed the apple to anyone.
No nutrition for play.
Oh, how I’ve gone astray:
I should had eaten it or given it to someone.

I don’t know, but maybe I ought not
to have shoved this apple onto this spot.
For here it will remain
with no one to explain,
and even a homeless man will leave it to rot.

–by David E. Booker

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Photo finish Friday: “Stealing one last look”

Before the holidays slip completely into memory, let's steal on last look ... or present.

Before the holidays slip completely into memory, let’s steal on last look … or present.

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Photo finish Friday: “Take the bus”

Big Love Bus

Big Love Bus

On a cold winter’s day

what can I say?

Take the Big Love Bus.

During a gray, rainy snap

put on your raincoat and cap

and ride the Big Love Bus.

Tell it where to go.

Sit back and enjoy the show

on the Big Love Bus.

Even if the sun should shine

the ride will still be fine

on the Big Love Bus.

The 1970s didn't die, they got bussed down memory lane.

The 1970s didn’t die, they got bussed down memory lane.

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Merry Christmas & Happy New Year

Homemade holidays are the best.

Homemade holidays are the best.

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December 25, 2014 · 12:06 am

Photo finish Friday: “Night lights”

Riding a bike at night, with over a thousand friends.

Riding a bike at night, with over a thousand friends.

Some of the other night riders.

Some of the other night riders.

A family adding a little color to the night.

A family adding a little color to the night.

Knoxville’s eighth annual Tour de Lights drew around one thousand people for a December 19th, Friday night ride that started in Market Square and circled north through neighborhoods such as Old North Knoxville, before ending back near where it began. Many of the bikes and even the bicyclists where festooned in lights and other decorations, including costumes. to Market Square with lighted bikes and riders clad in all manner of holiday outfits.

Kelley Segars, transportation planner with the Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization, said the first year the event was held, a little more than 100 people turned out.

“This year I’m guessing we probably broke 1,000 people, so we’ve definitely grown a lot and the weather was perfect this year,” she said.

The ride has become a part of the Christmas in the City events. The approximately hour-long ride started in Market Square before riders made their way to Gay Street, then to Fourth Avenue and Gill Street through Old North Knoxville and back to Market Square.

A bicycle was given away as a prize before the ride, and another was given away after the ride.

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Photo finish Friday: “Inside out”

Can you guess what this is?  A rare stone? something from outer space?

Can you guess what this is?
A rare stone?
something from outer space?

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Photo finish Friday: “Space”

"Number one, all the good deals are gone. What do we tell the Admiral?"

“Number one, all the good deals are gone. What do we tell the Admiral?”

And the retailers were nestled all snug in their beds,  with visions of empty shelves dancing in their heads.

And the retailers were nestled all snug in their beds,
with visions of empty shelves dancing in their heads.

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Photo finish Friday: “eggs-istentialism”

Exceeding egg-spectations.

Exceeding egg-spectations.

Some days, the eggs are sunny side up.

Other days, the eggs are over easy.

Some days, you get egg all over your face.

Other days, your eggs are a face.

Either way, some days, the yoke’s on you.

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