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JuxtapositionBaby ReloVertigo is juxtaposed with a life-sized Michael Jordan cardboard cutout. This former marketing piece has been used in my family since the 1990’s to mark off children’s growth. Particularly startling to me is the comparison between Baby’s head size and Jordan’s hand size, just above Baby’s head, holding a ball. The greatest basketball player of all time is enormous, close up. Measured against a tiny little boy, he becomes a giant not only in the sports world and in my heart.


I don’t put much stock in appearance. As you can see by this photo, I wear what I like and what is comfortable. Things don’t always match, much to the chagrin of my kids, even as adults today.

This post was inspired by The Daily Prompt

Big Sky Missouri

Image by ReloVertigo 2014


Big Sky isn’t just for Montana. As I drove north out of Missouri, the sunny blue sky was oppressive to my migrainey head.

I have three very unscientific classifications for my head, that I usually use for non-migraineurs who probably wouldn’t know what I meant, if I simply stated, “I’m at a nine today, and I want to die.” I’d have to explain the whole thing, and that would add to the pain, and they’d be stuck on the whole “I want to die” thing, and…it’s far simpler to use these broad terms.
• Kind of a Bad Head Day
• A Bad Head Day
• A Very Bad Head Day


Mississippi River in Winter

Image by ReloVertigo 2014


From beautiful morning yesterday, to cold, snowy, blustery today. The Mississippi River looks deadly cold, viewed from Le Claire, Iowa.

Mississippi River on a Sunny January Morning

Image by Relovertigo 2014


The beauty of the sun’s reflection on the Mississippi River in the morning, viewed from Le Claire, Iowa.

It’s been awhile, and for that I apologize. Between illness, the holidays, and chronic pain, mixed in with some family stress, I was unable to write. I am able to come back now, however, and share some good news.



We Relovertigos travel a lot. When you cross the country’s highways like we do, you eventually see some odd stuff. The image above is a menu, found taped to the wall of a women’s bathroom, at a convenience store in Iowa. Which wouldn’t be so unusual, except it was posted directly across from the toilet, and could only be properly viewed while seated. I don’t know about you, Friendly Reader, but when I’m…indisposed…I’m not exactly thinking to myself, “Gee, I smell burgers. I wonder how much they go for in these parts. And if I could get fries and a drink while I’m at it.” No. That is not what I’m thinking of, at all.


We were at the Nebraska-Iowa game today. It was cold. At kickoff, it was about 33 F, 0.5 C, so I came bundled like I was on the frozen tundra. The sun was high and bright, and soon made my layers unnecessary. I felt like a weirdo in my warm hat, T-shirt, and jeans. Everyone else looked like they were set for snowmageddon.

If you pay any attention to sports scores, you know that my side was so very sad at the end. The Iowa team, though, was so darned excited to claim that trophy that we have been holding the last couple years, they really ameliorated quite a bit of the sting from that defeat. It was a joy for me to watch them running full speed across the field to our sideline.

Somehow, I don’t think we would have shown quite the same exuberance. They hadn’t beaten us at home since 1943. That’s not breaking a drought. That’s breaking a dam. So, Kudos, Hawkeyes! Savor the victory. Hopefully we will put up a better fight next year.

I have two cats. I say, “I,” because Mr ReloVertigo pretends not to love these pets/companions. He calls them my cats, but when we can’t find one, or it’s very cold out, or one cuddles up to him, he sure is attentive. But I digress. One is male, the other female. The male is large, energetic, and tolerates me on his terms. So, I force love on him when I feel like it. I don’t know why it makes me laugh, but to hug my giant black cat when he acts like he is feeling so undignified, just gives me the chuckles.