Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rhythmically Challenged

Red light

Timing is everything. OK, not everything. Actually, dark matter is almost everything (or about 96% of the known universe, say the scientists who measure these things). Though, that said, dark matter, like every other physical thing, travels through time. So timing, while not everything, is pretty damn important.

You see what happens when I sit around ruminating too much? Sheesh.

My timing has never been that great. I've quit various people, jobs, cities and experiences just before something really great was about to happen. Or I've persevered in situations long after they passed their expiration date. There's such a gracefulness to knowing when to keep going, when to stop. It's a gracefulness that escapes me, that's for sure.

I can't tell a joke because of my faulty rhythm. I can remember the words, of course. I remember them exactly - but my delivery lacks that je ne sais quoi of great timing, hence when I tell a joke, people mostly blink, perhaps frown slightly and stare at me, expecting something more.

Poets and actors have great timing. And of course anyone involved in music had better be tuned in to the cosmic rhythms, or else.

I wonder if good timing has a genetic basis; if so, my DNA has a big ole blank spot where the rhythm should be. Hmmm .... Right now I'm thinking about the turning of the seasons and how to shamanically align myself with the coming of spring. Spring is a time of upswelling energy. Just like the bulb flowers and cherry trees, I would like to do some dignified, mid-life blossoming this year. But, even thinking about spring energy is premature, isn't it? It's still February for heaven's sake, and though the snow is slowly trickling down the gutters, and the angle of bright sunlight climbs higher in the sky each day, there's not a trace of upswelling energy - not yet. How can I get into alignment with something that hasn't happened yet? See? My timing sucks. Oh well.

Green light (I know, it looks blue. Don't know why.)


steven said...

the snow's pink , the red light's purple!! it's all good . . . better than good actually. what if that was the way the world was coloured?!! timing - well it's hard to know the whole of everything and where the real grace is inside a choice - there are elegant decisions that lead into messiness and that's the point of the decision and then there are really ugly decisions that lead into a world of beauty and joy. you're letting it flow right reya!! steven

Tom said...

sounds to me like you're right where you want to be...but it could be a little warmer!

Lynne said...

Love these photos Reya! And, your timing is not off. You can still anticipate and get ready for Spring even tho we still have some winter to go through yet. Today I can believe that spring is not far away; it's warmer, the wind doesn't have that hard bite to it, and the sun is mostly out. But I've heard more winter is on the way for this coming week.

All our buds are closed tight with no sign of any swelling here.


Barbara said...

I can't tell jokes either. I have rhythm, but I can't remember the words. My father used to write down jokes and keep them in his wallet. He also wrote down prayers, just in case he was called on to pray over the Kiwanis food. I'll bet all those jokes and prayers are still on slips of paper in that old worn wallet that lies in a box in my basement.

Barry said...

My timing sucks too.

Your photos, on the other hand, not only have a wonderful grace and beauty, but are timeless.

Mrsupole said...

I agree that your pictures have a most wonderous and beautiful rhythm of their own that most of us in the world lack. So I guess I am now being forced to disagree with you about you being rhythmically challenged. Yup, I totally have to disagree.

Woman you've got rhythm!!!

God bless.

Anonymous said...

Since my timing has sometimes been very off, i sympathise with some of your mistimed moments.

Reya Mellicker said...

Steven yeah the universe is psychedelic, isn't it? Especially through the lens of a Very Cheap Camera. It IS all good.

Barbara what a beautiful little portrait of your dad. Together we could tell a joke. Well, maybe.

Thanks, Mrsupole. But really ... some folks know how to vamoose at the perfect moment. Me? Not so much!!

Reya Mellicker said...

Magda my timing as far as being close to the phone when you ring totally sucks!

Cyndy said...

I don't know about timing so much, but I do know about rhythm and I believe it spans all genres. I see a lot of rhythm in your photography for example.

Nancy said...

But at least you're thinking about it!

Rosaria Williams said...

You're anticipating change and adventure and the starting gun. Heck, start your own, jump off into the next season. Who's the boss in your life. Go! Get outdoors and plant strawberries and sweet peas. Set your own rhythms.

Reya Mellicker said...

As soon as the ground re-appears, maybe I will plant something. Right now there is still at least a foot of snow on the ground.

Cyndy I was thinking about it - I believe as a massage therapist I am able to tune in to the rhythms of my clients. So at least in one area, I do have timing.

Kerry said...

You have a cheap camera? Like mine? Your pictures are so cool I always figured you had something fancy. But no. it's you. and you have a great eye, if not great timing. but now I wonder about that. (no one could have worse timing than me.) I think your timing might actually be quite good. uh huh. good.

It's the weather on the east coast that's all awry this year. Not you.

Meri said...

Oh boy, do I know a thing or two about hanging on when a relationship has passed its expiration date. Have you thought about rhythym rehab -- maybe drumming or tap dancing?

Tess Kincaid said...

I happen to think you have some very good spiritual rhythm!

Ronda Laveen said...

I feel good knowing that someone else sucks as bad as I do at telling jokes. I know EXACTLY what blinks your are talking about.

I think its okay to get ready now for spring. Really, it is only a few weeks away. The vibrations are rising.

NanU said...

I don't have timing either. Never ever ask me to dance!
The colors are off first because some wavelengths bounce off the water of the wet sidewalk better than others, so the spectrum reaching your camera is skewed, and second because your camera is expecting a full 'daylight' range of colors, and is only getting a few, so its interpretation is off. The latter is why photos under ordinary indoor lighting turn out yellow without a flash or some correction, too.

Neat pictures, though!

Reya Mellicker said...

Thanks NanU. I love science.

I always photoshop my pics, usually just increase brightness and contrast so the image appears somewhat similar to what I saw with my eye. Sometimes I have to adjust the color, too. I like the cheap camera because it's always in my pocket; I don't have to worry about it. But thanks, Kerry!

Meri I took middle eastern drumming for about two years when I was still into wicca. I was incurable!! Great idea, though.

Janelle said... sure looks very wintery to me...maybe that's why you haven't felt spring yet?? xxx j

Margaret Gosden said...

Interesting light change and effects. The second, with the purple on the right, most unusual. I wonder what the orange light would have produced!

Pauline said...

I'm with Barry. Your timing is impeccable when it comes to photography. No need to be a stand-up comedienne when you can share your world so beautifully through pictures.

Jen said...

I also have strange timing. I am always impatient in the wrong situations and too patient in others. I sort-of think it might be an Aquarius thing, although- before I even got to the part where you talk about DNA I was going to say I think it is my genetics. (Not on my mother's side, but on my father's side he, my sister, and all of his neices and nephews have this SAME timing problem). Odd!

Karen said...

Hmmm... even though spring is still a ways away (as we used to say it), perhaps you're on to something, though. I've got friends who are already starting their seeds for spring herbs! (They're on the east coast, though, not here--still too early for that here.)

Well, the green will be back. It will. I just know it. :)

Deborah said...

I'm with you on the timing of my life things--terrible at it
tend to stick around way way too long
however with jokes
here is one where poor timing IS the joke

You tell the person to first ask you what you do for a living and then once you (Reya) have answered
your friend is to ask you why you are so good at it

So here is how it rolls:

friend: what do you do for a living

Reya: I'm a comedian

friend: why are you so good at it?

Reya: Either you interrupt in the middle of the question and say, "timing" or if you miss the interruption you wait a very long time and then blurt, "timing"

either way it works
and is a joke about timing

love you so

Susan Carpenter Sims said...

I agree with Willow - I like your rhythm!

My timing is naturally pretty good, until my thinking steps in and ruins it.

*** said...

Photos with the light of soul. Always exciting, Reya ~

Random, unrelated question - please excuse the imposition... but I'm looking for a restaurant recommendation in or around Dupont Circle. Not over the top expensive, but consistently excellent - any ideas?

Thanks ~

moonshin said...

hi, Reya.

from the way i see it...if your timing is so bad, you can just create your own 'universe' then. find spirits that are align to your timing - those that share the same wavelength as yours.

there's a lot of people out there who'll appreciate your joke ;)
that's how all these bloggers are here, aren't there? they are attracted to you and your world.

Cynthia Pittmann said...

May you have good timing all of your days, Reya!

Bee said...

We are just doing the Spring Shuffle here . . . one step forward, two steps back. I'm ready for full-on spring cartwheels, though. I guess my timing isn't great, either. . . I'm prone to rushing things!