Rain. Motion Blur. And, a strange crop of a woman standing next to me.
It seems that there is a kind of finality to this picture. That’s a good thing. This is the last of this series. I reckon that you’ve had enough. Besides, tomorrow is Sunday. The first day of the week. The first day of a new thing. Don’t ask me what. I haven’t thought that far in the future. Yeah. I know. That’s just tomorrow. It’ll come to me sometime before that.
As you already know, sometimes I don’t talk about the picture. I veer off in some other direction. This is one of those times.
Yesterday evening was just terrible.
Peter Fonda died. He’s a big part of my youth. Movies like Easy Rider helped to form me. The music of that time was the soundtrack to my life. It really hit me when Roger McGuinn — the founder of The Byrds — tweeted, “I just lost a dear friend.”
Not ten minutes later I learned that Nancy Parker, a journalist and anchor person for local television channel FOX 8, died in an airplane crash while she was working on a story about Franklin Augustus, a local a licensed stunt pilot. He was also killed. Nancy Parker had been with the station for 23 years. It seems that everybody knew her or watched her. To a person everybody talked about her kindness and caring. I met her very briefly prior to the Zulus starting Mardi Gras Day one very cold year. We talked for a few minutes as people do. She made sure to stand behind me, so as not to get in the way of my lens.
My city is in mourning.
You know what I always say. The work is the prayer. That’s what I’m doing. I’m listening to Byrds music. A little of it was used in Easy Rider.
RIP Peter Fonda
RIP Nancy Parker
RIP Franklin Augustus