Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Theme day: waiting!


It's been a month already since the last theme day within the City Daily Photo bloggers' community, so here we go again... Today, our theme is: waiting! I thought of it all day and could not come up with something interesting. Then, before I left my office, I looked through the window and saw the huge traffic jams... There I was! I actually took this photo over the Périphérique, the ring that runs around Paris that is often stuck between 6 and 8 pm. Have a look at the other ways of waiting in the other parts of the blog world...

48 comments:

  1. Hurry up and wait! The theme of modern life. Or, hurry up and respond to my instant message even though my message says nothing! Hurry! Hurry!

    Great photo.

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  2. Hurry up and wait! Respond instantly to my instant message that says nothing! Hurry!

    Modern life.

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  3. Sorry for the repeat. Too much delay! It didn't go fast enough! AAAAAH!

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  4. You could have taken a photo of any one of us as we wait for the photo of the day! ;-)

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  5. LOL cali! So true.

    Great shot, Mr. T. I feel as though I'm looking through my own rear-view mirror. Those motorbikes scare the bejeezus out of me.

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  6. OH, yeah, good point.
    How about the same post without a picture, so we wait for the picture for 24 hours ;)

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  7. Good one! we all know how it feels...

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  8. Bravo Eric. A perfect example although I would have NEVER guessed this was my Paris! :)
    V

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  9. Great choice for a theme! For those of a certain faith, waiting and Advent certainly go together!

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  10. LOL very clever, Eric! Our bus going back to the airport has "waited" soooo long on the roads, that my airline has actually had to delay our flight out.And we leave hrs. beforehand!

    Yes,Eric, I asked the other day about the weather because I traded my Milan for a Paris because I missed it so much. And lost $150 in the process because CDG is less pay in comparison!!!!

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  11. *the bus from Paris to CDG

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  12. Another great one, Eric! Blue and gold!! Isn't it wonderful when the right thing just appears in front of you?! I love that. I'm sure its your lens, but it makes it look like you're hovering right over the cars. Well, its time to leave work and ...unfortunately...hit the road.

    Jeff lol. : )

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  13. I'm glad I don't have to wait in that traffic . . . he who waits for post inspiration is sometimes rewarded nicely. Enjoy!

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  14. An all-too-familiar sight here too — and always a headache!

    Great night shot though!

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  15. For a second I thought you'd come to Los Angeles without telling your LA friends! But alas, apparently Paris is not parfait, even if your picture is.

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  16. Lucky you to be stuck in the office during rush hour! Makes an interesting picture though :)

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  17. I agree with Petrea. This definitely reminds me of LA traffic and Atlanta and Chicago and... Zuts Alors! At least you've some grand visuals to look at while you are creeping along "the ring." Happy December!

    PS...Jeff--my Packers are tiring of your Vikings. Have you turned into a Favre-maniac too? Can't say I don't miss him in green and gold. Peace bro! ;-)

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  18. This traffic jam photo is universal for any city.

    Coltrane: well, I now am getting interested in the Vikes, and NFL in general, for the first time in years. It's a strange year. Who ever would have imagined that Minnesota and New Orleans would have ten wins right now? Very odd. I won tickets in a raffle to see MN vs. Giants in January. I should watch the prices to see if I could sell them for enough for a trip to Paris!

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  19. This is Paris!....the giveaway is the motorcycle rider in between two lanes......another cool pic, merci!

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  20. The nightmare of traffic. You've captured it so well as always and I love the way you tell the story of looking for something interesting and there is was outside your window! How we all dislike waiting in traffic. Perfect for theme day.

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  21. Excellent photo and great take on theme day Eric, and yes an intrinsic part of Parisian life, unfortunately :-(((

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  22. I was wondering about that,SP. I thought it might be a bike lane because there are so many bikes. Or then again maybe not, they may all just be drafting off the guy in front. It seems like an odd place to put a bike lane unless the auto lane on the right is an exit or entrance. The whole road looks really wet and skiddy scary, too.

    Can our fearless moto-ridin' leader tell us more about the bike lanes (or lane splitters) in Paris!? Or anyone else? These are the kind of daily life facts that elude the tourist, much like the basement car park photo that was such a hit the other day.

    (Apropos of bikes, I saw a guy sporting a Harley Davidson yarmulke yesterday! Gotta love it. As my brother would say, that guy looks like he's moving fast even when he's standing still:)

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  23. Jeff...definitely sell them for a trip to Paris. :-)

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  24. Not at all, SP. It's legal to ride between lanes on a motorcycle in California as well.

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  25. now this is a familiar scene. i like the composition and lights.

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  26. Such a tough way to wait when all you really want to go is get home, take your shoes off and have a nice wine.

    Good Theme Day contribution.

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  27. A beautiful photo and the best (and only) way one should experience the French traffic jam - on PDP!

    CDG-PHX, I know why you get paid more for Milan and not less for CDG (see FB).

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  28. Early night, rain, traffic jams.... Typical "November in Paris" shot ;-)

    Eric, for the rest of the week, we need pictures of the Christmas windows, or the decorated Champs-Elysées, or the lightened ET.... Otherwise, we'll be totally depressed...
    ;-))

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  29. i look out my office windows, and i can see jams at the freeway too!

    Happy Theme Day!

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  30. Ah, this is a form of waiting that is universally familiar! Great idea-- and rather pretty shot, too!

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  31. Only in Paris could a traffic jam look so glamorous!! The headlights look like diamonds and I love the reflection off the wet surface. Very beautiful! I think you're very in tune with the Universe Eric... you were wondering all day what you could shoot for the waiting theme, and just when your leaving for the day you look out the window and surprise! It's been delivered to you. Thank you and happy December!

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  32. Boring. Sitting in a traffic jam, that is. I need cheering up.
    I'm waiting for something uplifting to brighten up this drab existence.
    I won't let it lick me. Must keep cheerful,
    "After all....tomorrow is another daily photo"

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  33. Drummond (still waiting)December 1, 2009 at 7:42:00 PM GMT+1

    Waiting Nonsense.

    Waiting, waiting.... waiting for what?
    Waiting for a waiter who is waiting on tables,
    a waiter who is waiting.
    For what?
    For a call from a girl who is waiting for a waiter.
    She's not a waitress.
    But wait, in a sense she is.

    Does that make sense? (or non?)

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  34. This pic looks like a lot of balls when it first loads.

    LOL eek I honestly didn't intend that sentence to come out like that. Er.... :D

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  35. This is definitely "waiting" I can do without!

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  36. Oooh goodness I'm later than ever with Theme Day. Just done it! Phew.

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  37. Drum drum "Drummond" is humdrum. lol

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  38. interesting shot, and of course the brave person on the scooter deserves mention. cannot believe it is december the first..where did the year go???

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  39. @Drummond: I need cheering up.
    I'm waiting for something uplifting to brighten up this drab existence.


    Put down the mouse, and
    Walk. Away. From. Computer.

    You can do it! Walk away and look for stuff that makes you happy.

    I don't know if you're going to believe that but once I saw a small flower growing through the cracks of a Manhattan sidewalk. By some kind of miracle, nobody had stepped on it. Gotta look for the many small pleasures everywhere around you, rather than WAIT for big moments, and there are many.

    Hope that helps. :)

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  40. And the wrap up comment goes to...Tonton_Flaneur: "cannot believe it is december the first..where did the year go??"

    About Carrie's comment " I thought it might be a bike lane because there are so many bikes." LOL! Nope... On the Périphérique there are NO bike lanes. But people made one. All Parisians know that the space between the 3rd and 4th lane has become a bike lane, de facto.

    of course if you're not Parisian and you don't know it - that is you swap lanes without double checking that no bikes are coming, you may get in trouble (and so is the biker!).

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  41. Not that easy to take a picture for this theme day neither to comment it for me today...
    I like your choice. You surely had a shower while tahing this.
    Do you remember your 18/04/2008 post 'waiting for whom?'
    Just so you know Eric: I'll be waiting for you, even if you are late, because of traffic jam for instance ;-)
    Lol Drummond (still waiting for whom, again ?).

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  42. Thanks, Eric. I love this kind of info about the culture of a place!

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