Dreaming of Falling

"危ない" Pedernales Falls, 2011
Photo info: OLYMPUS IMAGING CORP. E-PL1, 16mm, f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO200
“危ない” Pedernales Falls, 2011OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When I was younger, I used to have a recurring dream in which I would fall from a great height. This was usually preceded by a seemingly safe climb which quickly turned into a harrowing cliff-hanger. I could have been on a ladder, or a playscape, or on a mountain path.

Anyways, I’d find myself hanging on for dear life, dangling over the precipice, then I’d lose my grip and fall. My stomach would rise to my throat, just like what happens when riding a rollercoaster. But the strange thing was, I would always hit the ground, then get up, unhurt, and be on my way.

This dream happened so often that I soon got used to the falling and didn’t fear dying anymore. I knew I would “land” safely in a second or two. However, I still have the fear of getting that rollercoaster feeling.

And my brother also had similar dreams. Strange?

This post was prompted by The Daily Post from WordPress.


The photo is of my kids having fun at a camping trip at Pedernales Falls back in 2011.

Nervous about Live TV

One thing that I get extremely nervous about is live performances on tv. For instance, I hate watching the Oscars because the speeches make me super nervous. Also, live musical performances fill me with anxiety, for instance, the halftime show at the Super Bowl. And the Presidential debates? Uh-uh. I’ll read about it the next day, thank you very much.

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Look Up

"Look Up" Austin, 2016
Photo info: FUJIFILM X100T, 23mm, f/3.2, 1/17000 sec, ISO200
“Look Up” Austin, 2016

I paused briefly in the parking lot to take this photo of a cloud directly overhead. One quick snap and then to the car to escape the Texas summer heat. Clouds are amazing, though, aren’t they? ☁️

This photo is in response to the Photo Challenge “Look Up”.

A-Z Challenge – Z

Z stands for “Zero”

No, not the number, but for something altogether different. Zero was the name of our family dog when we were kids. I’m not sure why my parents name her Zero, but that name was actually quite popular with my friends! She was a small dog, a silky terrier, and we used to call her “Z” for short. She had a small crate in the breakfast room where she would sleep at night, and we called it her “basket”. When it was time for her to go to bed, we’d just need to say “basket!” and she would head to her little crate for the evening.

It was kind of fun when A Nightmare Before Christmas came out, because the little ghost dog in that movie was also named Zero.


I need to ask my parents how they chose to name our dog Zero…

Well, this is the final day of the A-Z Challenge. It was a lot of fun, and kept my brain thinking! I enjoyed it a lot. It also taught me a bit about my limits and how much I am able to post. Obviously, I am no great writer, but blogging is so much fun! I can’t imagine not doing it.

A-Z Challenge – Y

Y stands for “Yoda”

Austin, 2005
Photo info: KONICA MINOLTA MAXXUM 7D, 210mm, f/11, 1/4 sec, ISO200
Austin, 2005

I think Yoda of Episode V and VI was such a great character. The old and wise Jedi master’s charm was lost to me when the prequels came out and we had the CGI version of Yoda battling in epic lightsaber duels. It just wasn’t the Yoda I grew up with! I think Yoda was a casualty of George Lucas’ creative misdirection in the prequels. There was certainly a lot of magic lost in those three movies. A real shame! Happily, Episode VII brought back that swashbuckling feel of the original trilogy. I can’t wait for Episode VIII!

A-Z Challenge – X

X stands for “Xylophone”

So, the letter X… and I thought, well, xylophone is one of the most popular x-words… and wow, we actually have a xylophone in our house this year! You see, Koa is in his middle school band, and he plays percussion. So we have a very large xylophone, with wooden keys… it’s the real deal! I never knew about them much, but they are pretty neat.

And, in a nice coincidence, tonight was his percussion concert! Below is a short video of one of the high school students playing a solo. It’s amazing, isn’t it? Wow… xylophones!

A-Z Challenge – W

W is for “Wisteria”

I follow many Japanese photographers on Instagram, and after the Sakura has fallen, those photos have been replaced by many photos of Wisteria. Wisteria in Japanese is “Fuji” (藤) which is one of the kanji of my family name.

FYI, the kanji 藤 is very difficult to write, mainly because there are 19 strokes in it! 😮 Isn’t that crazy? In contrast, the second kanji only has 4 strokes. 😅


It’s a very beautiful flower, isn’t it? One day, I would love to see it in person… an image like the one above.