Another Renewal

I have been saying for a while that I want to learn something new, but I have not made a declaration of what that will be yet.  When I was young, I loved watching Zorro movies and I always thought about learning how to fence with a sword.  Zorro was an honest guy that hid his face behind a mask to protect his identity, which is kind of like Fandango wearing that bag over his head.  Douglas Fairbanks was the first Zorro and he played the role of a swashbuckler in several other movies.  Fencing looks easy enough to do, but it is way more than just banging swords together and this fashionable art of swordsmanship was practiced by the aristocracy.  I did learn that the remise is a renewal of an attack in fencing, but I never pursued this.

I had a job installing swimming pools and putting up privacy fences around them.  Fences usually face severe weathering, thus the finish will most likely last no more than three years before it is due for renewal.  My nephew has an invisible fence for his dogs, so they can run around in his yard and I could see a fence being useful for protecting chickens or bunnies from wild predators, but I read that sheep always find a way to get out of fences and maybe that is all part of being sheepish.  Trump is getting see-through fences instead of a wall.

Joshua marched around the city of Jericho seven times before the walls came tumbling down.  In 539 B.C., Persian soldiers breached the fortified walls of Babylon in the battle of Opis, which had a fortified defensive barrier known as the Median Wall.  The Great Wall of China did not prevent Genghis Khan and his Mongolian army from conquering 13th century China.  Constantinople’s ring of fortifications could not stop the Ottomans from taking over what is modern-day Istanbul.  Since the fall of the Berlin Wall nations have continued to build barriers on their borders.

Last night massive 20-ton sanitation trucks, weighted with an extra 15 tons of sand, were utilized to surround the Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration in order to thwart any would be terrorists.  Times Square is in the Midtown Manhattan at the junction of Broadway and Seventh Avenue and it stretches from West 42nd Street to West 47th.  Now that we are in a brand-new year, the light bulb moment will commence and the Christmas decorations will start to come down while the temperatures outside are still frigid.  It is a bit strange that while writing this post, I got an email titled Renewal by Anderson.

Written for Sheryl’s Daily Word Prompt – Declaration, for Roger Shipp’s Daily Addictions prompt – First, for the Daily Spur prompt – Ship, for FOWC with Fandango – Honest, for Christine’s Daily Writing Prompt – 42nd Street, for December Writing Prompts – The light bulb moment, for Ragtag Community – Frigid, for Di’s Three Things Challenge prompt words – Bunnies Saying Sheepish, for GC and Sue W Weekly Prompts – Something New and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Renewal.

11 thoughts on “Another Renewal

  1. Fandango with a bag on his head, that is funny! 🤣

    Identity – I’ve noticed that new bloggers often conceal their faces until they gain more confidence and then they go for it and display a picture. I think others conceal their faces for reasons such as… they are ugly 😂 or perhaps they feel self conscious about their age and don’t want others to see how old they really are🤫

    Lots of other reasons out there too, some honest reasons, and others that are a bit suspicious but probably best if we don’t go into that one!
    My partner GC used to display his photo but for some odd reason he changed it to a figurine thingy of a little naked cameraman, despite us having plenty of decent pictures of him, there’s a name for those little figures but I can’t remember what it is!
    I wonder what Freud would have made of it!

    Happy New Year, Jim

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  2. I loved Zorro when I was a kid in the seventies. I would go around with a stick and make the Z everywhere. That would be fun to learn for real.

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