This Is Me--2019 A to Z Theme

The Challenge of 2019 was the 10th! Since this was kind of a milestone year for A to Z my theme was a retrospective of sorts, looking at my 10 years as a blogger as well as ruminations about my life as it is and as I hope it yet can be. I've got places to be and people to see along the way. Hope you'll join me for this part of my journey...

Always a work in progress--welcome to my blog.

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Monday, September 9, 2019

The Eyes Have It ( #BOTB Results )


         Who's watching you?  Who are you watching?  I'm always keeping my eyes on something or someone.  And if someone's looking at me what should I do about it other than ignore it.  Unless, of course, it becomes too creepy and a bit of disconcerting nuisance.  Then I'm not sure what I'd do since I've never had it happen before--or at least not that I could see...

         One of the creepiest songs that I can think of is "Santa Claus Is Coming to Town".   I mean, really--"He sees you when you're sleeping, he knows when you're awake."  That sounds more like a stalker to me than some benevolent overseeing benefactor who gives us gifts once a year.  And only if we've been good! 

          Something I like to do sometimes when I'm on the computer is go to a street view from Google Maps and start virtually driving some road.  It's amazing how much of the world they've got covered.  One night I lost myself for hours driving through streets of a city in the Philippines. It was almost like being there.  It's more difficult to go down the street where I live. It's in a gated community and I guess the Google mapping vehicles couldn't get in.  At least I have that bit of privacy.

         On occasion I'll see mapping vehicles driving around our area.  They are not just from Google either.  I've seen other companies taking their own pictures.  Then there are those satellite views on Google Maps.  When I look at my neighborhood view I can see my van parked in the driveway when I zoom in.  As I scroll across the page the image appears in 3-D.  I'm pretty sure that if I angled that image just right, I could look in the windows to see inside.  Yes, there I am.  Hi everybody!

         Just think if that satellite view were live streaming.  We'd all be watching each other watch each other.  Great.  Another time-consuming waste of time.  I needed another one of those.


Battle of the Bands Results




          Out of the gate Parralox took a lead in this most recent Battle, but Noa was never too far behind.  The lady did a mighty fine version of "Eye in the Sky" and I did enjoy it a great deal.  However being such a fan of the Parsons original, I preferred the updated electro-pop sound of the Parralox cover and that's who I gave my vote to. 


Final Vote Tally

Parralox     13 votes

Noa             9 votes


Next Battle of the Bands Post on Sunday September 15th

       In fact this will be my next post on this blog or any other.  This next Battle will also be between two covers about "eyes"--a big hit that has been covered many times over the years.  You might guess what it is pretty quickly, but you'll find out for sure on Sunday the 15th.   Don't ever lose focus of what's really important.

           What is one thing that you try to never lose focus of?   Have you ever looked at internet images of your house taken from a mapper or a satellite?   Do you ever drive the virtual streets and highways on Google Maps Streetview?








22 comments:

  1. Spooky Santa Clause Lee... got the winner this time. Look forward to the next.

    Yvonne.

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  2. As long as you never go outside naked you should be all right.

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    1. Alex, if anyone ever finds me outside naked call the psych unit at the hospital. Well, unless something else unusual happened. Some good stories could start with this premise.

      Lee

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  3. My friend lives in Atlanta, three thousand miles away, so yes, I look for her house, around her neighbourhood, and enjoy doing this 🤗

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    1. Lost, I've looked up a good many of my friends' and relatives' houses on Google Satellite. One could really invest some time in this feature.

      Lee

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  4. What a fun idea, to explore neighbourhoods in foreign countries via Google maps! I used to keep tabs on my parents' house in California with Google Earth. It is a bit creepy, knowing how much technology allows for spying. Nothing we can do about, though, except maybe close the curtains. As for the battle, I was on the losing end, but Noa still had a good showing.

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    1. Debbie D, this was the kind of Battle outcome that I like.

      Lee

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  5. A pretty good Battle, LEE. As was mine. We both had 4-vote separations between the winners and losers, which is fairly competitive. I can live with that.

    As you know, I won't be posting a Battle on the 15th, but I'll certainly come by to see what you've got going on and to deposit my $0.02 into the BOTB kitty.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents BATTLE OF THE BANDS

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    1. STMcC, your two cents is always welcome. Maybe when you find your dream job you can send me $2. Or better yet $200. I need to start job hunting I think.

      Lee

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  6. It's almost like "Santa Claus is coming to get me," isn't it?

    I have lots of fun with Google Maps. I've seen my house from above and from the street, I keep an eye on the places I've lived, and anytime I see an old advertisement that gives an address, I bring it up and take a look at what's there now. I haven't told Mary that the building she grew up in and where I lived the first ten years we were married, that her grandmother bought and where her mother spent her entire life, has been razed...

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    1. John, yes! I've enjoyed going back to childhood addresses and places to see what's there now. All the houses I've lived in since the fifties are still being lived in.

      Lee

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  7. I never thought of that song as creepy but i guess he is one creepy dude who would be arrested because it involves minors. I have seen my home on google maps which is wild to see frankly. I guess anyone can see what we are up to nowadays. I have done the google maps when I am wanting to see what is around the area we need to go to but |I have also travelled the streets of Venice, Vienna, Brixen, Graz and Wittenberg. I can imagine being there

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    1. Birgit, the virtual world is making actual travel unnecessary to some extent.

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  8. I still love Noa.

    I used to check on my siblings' houses and mostly Mom's house. Don't anymore. Maybe should do more.

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    1. Susan K, nuttin' wrong with Noa. I like her too!

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  9. "Watching each other watch each other" is just about the creepiest thought you could have put in this post, Lee. That's worse than Santa Claus...

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    1. Patricia, I tend to be a people watcher, so it might stand to reason that other people watch me sometimes. Hopefully they're not spying on me.

      Lee

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  10. I saw the A to Z challenge on another blog. As a new blogger it might be fun to try as soon as I figure out all the rest it. I might be ready in 2020!!

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    1. NTNPNN, welcome to blogging. A to Z is a fantastic way to grow a blog audience and become part of a community. You should definitely try the Challenge in 2020 and you might find it to become a tradition on your blog.

      Lee

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  11. I've never done a Google Maps trip; I've never even thought about doing one. The things I learn from reading blogs like this! lol

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    1. Mitch, we don't even have to leave our homes to see the world!

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