Monday, June 23, 2008

Lucy likes...

This is a meme I picked up a while back at Rosie's, but hadn't got around to doing anything about beyond the research stage.

What you do, put your name, assumed or otherwise, followed by 'likes', into the search engine of your choice (which phrase ie Google, is reminiscent of Blue Peter's 'rubber solution glue' with the brand name 'Copydex' blanked out; we all knew what it was but they weren't allowed to say, in the days of the Reithian ban on advertising being observed to the letter...), and see what comes up. This is a selection from mine. Different names seem to lend themselves to different activities, some people seem to have names which lead into all sorts of salacious areas, another complained that her given name all seemed to belong to ladies of a certain age who like to knit, crochet, make jam etc (nothing wrong with that, I hear you protest, and I am with you totally). Many of the Lucy's I found seemed to be dogs and cats.

Lucy likes her science diet ... I can't say I usually like any kind of a thing called a diet, but apparently this one's good for furballs, so perhaps I should consider it...

Lucy likes to hide behind storage shelves ... depends what 's on the storage shelves really.

Lucy likes to dine... well I'm afraid I do rather. Rather too much, in fact. But this is actually a very funny and ultimately heart-breaking story by a graphic novel writer, Mike Baron, on his website, about how he decided it was grossly unfair he couldn't take his dog, Lucy, to eat in restaurants with him, so he decided to disguise her as a guide dog in training so he could. It's written a bit like a review of the restaurants in question, but Lucy was of a somewhat feisty nature and frequently acted in a far from impeccable guide doglike manner... you can read it here, I enjoyed it very much.

Lucy likes big expansive things - think beaches and skyscrapers... this was a blog or some such of two women called Lucy and Emily who I think worked for something like the Board of Film Censors or whatever they're called now. Emily by contrast liked 'small perfect things like photos and jewels'. On reflection, I think I'm probably rather more like Emily in this regard, though one needs contrast and variety. I prefer big natural expansive things to man-made ones; beaches, mountains and canyons leave me feeling awed and happy, whereas big human ones like skyscrapers and ocean-going ships can make me feel small and powerless and worried at the hubris of the human race. Of course, photographs, though small in themselves, can be of big things, but I think they are mostly better when of small things, especially if they succeed in making the small seem big ... ok, I'm digressing now, back to...

Lucy likes lovers - hmm, no thanks, give me a dog and a camera any day. Or perhaps it means likes seeing other pairs of lovers, which is OK, I suppose, depending on what they're doing and how in-yer-face they're being, and if they're too young and gorgeous and show-off about it... I like seeing middle aged to elderly lovers, makes me feel a bit hopeful. In fact this is the name of a garage band that probably everybody's heard of but me, since I don't even have an Ipod and wouldn't know what to do with it if I did ...

Lucy likes to play with milk bottle rings, fuzzy mice and ribbons... oh yes please! Much better than lovers I'm quite sure.

Lucy likes to sleep on Jason's clothes... Who's Jason?

Lucy likes to hold Ricky down by the tail and he likes to peck... enough enough already! Jason, Ricky... I deny all knowledge...

Lucy likes to bite her ears... well, having one's ears bitten is sometimes quite nice so I daresay if I could bite my own it might be fun, though it might be like tickling your own feet, doesn't really work. I can, as I may have bragged here before, touch my own nose with my tongue, and here's a picture to prove it. I've rendered it in black and white and uploaded it small to spare you the full horror...

Hmm, think I've probably lowered the tone enough now, I'll be back to poetry and pensive high-mindedness next time, be assured. Finally, to restore some of my dignity and use this as an excuse for a pretty photo post after all

Lucy likes to watch the goldfish ... I do indeed. I can spend far too long gazing into the garden pond when I'm supposed to be weeding or whatever. Not only do I watch goldfish,


but also other flora


water plants, and lily pad leaves, which I continue to photograph obsessively in all kinds of forms,

and the worlds contained in them,



and fauna, like this dragonfly nymph (which turned out to be dead, though I didn't know that when I first photographed it. I'm telling you this in the interests of authenticity and transparency. I did then consider setting it up in some dramatic attitude so you would all gasp and say 'amazing capture Lucy!', but I didn't.)

The newt is one of our little eath-and-water dragons. We often find them in piles of leaves and even rubble around the garden the rest of the year, but these have been in the pond for a month or two now. I keep meaning to look up their life cycle so I know what the young ones look like.

and there was even this narcissistic snail, which seemed drawn inexorably to its own reflection.


Any excuse to hang out by the pool!

11 comments:

julie said...

I love the dragonfly nymph! And all the rest, too :) What a fun meme!

Dave said...

this narcissistic snail, which seemed drawn inexorably to its own reflection
Must be mating season. They are hermaphroditic, you know.

Rosie said...

yes I am sure the snails are at it...everything else is. the cats pregnant again and the dog is on heat...there is a bit too much burgeoning going on, bah humbug

Zhoen said...

Illuminating.

Barrett Bonden said...

I'm enormously impressed by the quality of your photographs (and those of Plutarch and Marja-Leena) and would like to do a combined piece about your respective cameras. Could you provide me with a quick spec, please.

Reluctant Blogger said...

I've never seen that meme before. It's quite fascinating really how certain names do have general associations. If I put my full name in I get entirely different types of hits than if I use the usual shortened version (much raunchier hits!).

I often make judgements about how people will be based on their name - and am quite often surprised when I meet them.

Lucy's always seem gentle, thoughtful, and blonde to me.

Sheila said...

I have a set of six cousins, and most if not all of them could touch their nose with their tongue, as could their mom. A genetic gifting, apparently. I wonder if they ever got a picture of all of them doing it at the same time?

Lucy said...

Thanks all.

Dave - I wasn't entirely serious about the snail, but I wonder if it could see its reflection and took it for another?

Barrett - my main camera is a Canon Powershot S315, it's a couple of years old. You've chosen quite a good cross section I think; ML mostly uses a pretty swish DSLR, I believe, and I think, though I don't know, Joe has a good compact, whicle mine is a 'bridge', in between the both. My Cheapcam which lives in my pocket and pretends to be a phone camera without the phone part (much better) is an Airis Photostar DC60, a complete nobody of a camera, the cheapest I could get a week before Christmas from Amazon France, which occasionally surprises itself and me by taking quite a good photo. All the photos here were done with the Canon. I shall be interested to read the Works Well write-up! If you like I'll stop by yours and give a few more impressions of what it's like to use in the light of my total technical illiteracy regarding lenses, ISO numbers, depth of field etc, I won't do so here as I don't wnt to give away what a nulle I am in these regards...

RB - mm, funny that isn't it! There were only a couple of vaguely rude ones for me, one was something to do with smelly cheese and Essex clubbing, and the other was a mildly disturbing animation involving my Peanuts character namesake being spanked by her own brother,'Lucy likes it rough...'. In both cases I decided I didn't want to go there. On your perception of the personality attached to the name, I think perhpas I might have lived up to it a little more as a child than I do now, though I was often fairly beastly, I was blonder then!

Sheila - yes! It is genetic, and in our family seems to be gender specific too; all the women can do it and the men can't ( though my eldest brother confounded this rather by saying he could do it when he was little). I think your cousins should definitely do a photo call next family reunion, and the results posted at yours!

Bee said...

Fun to read . . . and I bet it was fun to do as well.

The tongue to nose trick is pretty cool!

marly said...

The pink and green ones are lovely... Ghazals and pelicans: you are always up to something interesting.

One of my children can do all sorts of tongue tricks (fold into a shamrock shape, etc.). Quite circusy.

meggie said...

I have enjoyed this post & others I had missed. Love your poetry.
Love the pool photos.