Guest Post from Beth of I Didn’t Have My Glasses On, on Unexpected Treasures

photo credit: icedsoul photography .:teymur madjderey via photopin cc
photo credit: icedsoul photography .:teymur madjderey via photopin cc

This NFL season, I noticed something strange.

The Carolina Panthers, apparently, moved the press box farther away from the scoreboard on the other end of Bank of America Stadium. Or, did they move the scoreboard farther away? Whatever. Talk about inconvenience.

I had to squint to see PANTHERS 7, BEARS 0 after a Brandon Lafell touchdown early in their first preseason game. Turns out, I need glassesI’m not alone.

Today’s guest poster, Beth, writes a post called I didn’t have my glasses on, a blurry-eyed look at life as a mom, teacher and cupcake maker. I can relate. Well, mostly to the blurry vision and cupcakes.

She goes through life with fingers crossed and eternal optimism. Not bad weapons for battle. 

Today, she tells us about an adventure that fell into her family’s laps for a ‘josh tour’ that yielded unexpected treasures.

And aren’t those the best ones, the unexpected?

So until my new glasses come in at Wal-mart … here’s squinting at you, Beth.

And forgiving you for that ridiculous hockey team you support.

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eli4with time on our hands, and a long, breezy, late fall day ahead, two of my daughters, one of my sons-in-law, and i, headed out for a walk downtown. while browsing through the shops, we found a cool comic book, hand-drawn by a local artist, ‘josh.’ it looked interesting, and wanting to support the art community, we bought it , and without thinking much more about it, continued on around town. when we stopped for coffee, and looked more carefully at the comic book, we discovered that josh had written his own tour of our city on the back page. it took all of 30 seconds for us to decide to follow his map and take ‘josh’s tour’ of the city. while we weren’t dressed for a long hike, it didn’t matter, we had to embrace this adventure that was dropped right into our laps. it was exciting, like discovering a lost treasure map, not knowing where it would lead us, or what, and if, we would find anything, in the end. c10the tour began by leading us just a block off of main street, with a walk through an alley, to look for a group of words written on a graffiti wall, then it was on to a stroll over painted footprints, a walk up an old stairway, over city hall, where we found picnic tables and astro turf, down railroad tracks, across parking structures, behind shops, and lost trails, and on and on – over and under, behind, around, next to, and in all kinds of places we’d been so near, so many times, but had never really seen. c2c3the wind picked up speed, and the temperature took a dip, but time passed quickly, and before we knew it, hours had gone by. we discovered so many hidden details of the city, and little off the beaten path places on this day’s adventure, and it was amazing. at the end of the tour, we found ourselves below a viaduct, covered with artwork, down through some trees, and behind the hospital. we were standing near a little blue tent, tucked away in these quiet woods, on a spot not far from the river, and it looked lived-in and somehow settled. we turned to each other, thinking, this must be where josh lives. c5as we made our way home again, and walked back through the city, tired, but exhilarated, we knew we would never see it in quite the same way again. cHeraclitus quote

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  1. What a fabulous treasure and adventure that you got the opportunity to take part in! Those little hidden treasures and the amazing quality time spent with family are truly priceless! Thank you so much for sharing this adventure with us!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Right Stacey – how many people would not have taken the adventure? So glad beth did.

    2. ksbeth says:

      thanks stacey, it was so much fun )

  2. NotAPunkRocker says:

    What an adventure, and I love the images (described and actual). 🙂

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      it’s like we got to take the tour too.

      1. NotAPunkRocker says:


      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I think there was a movie with something like this in it … a romantic comedy, probably (I might have thought it was a war movie or something and watched it by accident).

    2. ksbeth says:

      glad you had fun on the adventure )

  3. ksbeth says:

    Reblogged this on I didn't have my glasses on…. and commented:
    eli, from, asked me to be a guest on his wonderful site, where he writes about being a father to 3 girls, a coach, and a creative guy, all at the same time. i hope you’ll enjoy it.

  4. Ann Koplow says:

    Great post. I read it twice, in both its locations today. Thanks to you and Eli, also!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      If you read them in both places, you should get something free, like a pineapple.

      1. Ann Koplow says:

        Could I get a mango? I don’t like pineapple.

    2. ksbeth says:

      thanks ann, you really deserve an award and i’m hoping eli will come through with that mango for you )

      1. Ann Koplow says:

        I’m mango-worthy! Thanks, Beth.

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Mango-worthy is one thing – but are you worth it in blueberries?

      3. Ann Koplow says:

        Geesh, I hope so!

      4. Eli Pacheco says:

        I say you’re worth the blueberries, and strawberries.

      5. Ann Koplow says:

        Wow! High praise, indeed.

      6. ksbeth says:

        you are clearly ‘berry-worthy’ ann, an even higher honor than being ‘sponge-worthy’ in seinfeld terms perhaps?

      7. Eli Pacheco says:

        berry-worthy is definitely a higher plane!

      8. Eli Pacheco says:

        I nearly tossed in the Cool Whip.

      9. Ann Koplow says:

        I’m guess I’m getting my just desserts. Thanks!

      10. Ann Koplow says:

        Me, too. Time for lunch!

      11. Eli Pacheco says:

        Who am I kidding? I was hungry already.

      12. Eli Pacheco says:

        sorry it took so long … please accept this complimentary pineapple with your complimentary mango, Ann.

  5. Ann Koplow says:

    Love ksbeth, love this post, love funny photos with glasses. Thanks, Eli!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I’m trying to use stormtrooper photos with every post. You’re welcome.

  6. This is awesome! How cool is that, that they got to see things in a different way! I love exploring off the beaten path!!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Like Yogi Berra said, “when you come to a fork in the road – take it!”

    2. ksbeth says:

      me too and thanks )

  7. I subscribe to Beth’s blog, so I started there, only to find out that she’s here and that she reblogged herself there. I feel like I’ve just tried to find the end of a Möbius strip. While on the endless loop, I’ll comment that I liked BOTH of your contributions to this post.

    1. ksbeth says:

      thanks john, wow that is a lot of beth in one day and jump off anytime you get dizzy )

  8. markbialczak says:

    Great picking with Beth, Eli. Josh should branch out and do other city tours of the unappreciated.

    1. ksbeth says:

      thanks mark. (and eli). i agree,that josh could take this on, city by city )

  9. So cool! I love that Josh gave his readers a tour, and I love that you and Beth gave us that same tour through words.
    Somewhat unrelated, I picked up a map in Maine once that said, “Magical Moostery Tour.” It was a hand drawn map with notes, on how to best see moose in the little town we were visiting.
    Needless to say, I went on that tour! I did get one moose as a reward. I’m planning on going back this summer.
    (results not guaranteed)

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      You should consider creating your own tour, Tamara.

    2. ksbeth says:

      happy you enjoyed the view from josh’s tour, tamara. i love the mastery tour, it is right up my alley )

  10. I love this thought: …in all kinds of places we’d been so near, so many times, but had never really seen.

    It’s amazing how many details escape us in our daily rush. When we slow down and open our eyes, we see things in a whole new light!

    Great guest post, Beth!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Perfectly said Nicole – one year for Lent, I gave up my car radio. I was amazed at how much more I saw on my commute without the noise.

    2. ksbeth says:

      thanks nicole and i agree, it’s all about slowing down sometimes to really see what’s right in front of us )

  11. Hi Beth, thank you for sharing your adventure, I loved it. What city is it? And I didn’t quite get whether you root for the Maple Leafs or the Red Wings or both? We have been taking a ‘hockey stadium trip’ every year for the last couple of years, so we are familiar with both cities and teams, and then some more 😉

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      We prefer to represent that repulsive hockey club on this blog in lower case only, Tamara. (red wings)

      1. Hey, last season Damien Brunner played for them!

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Everyone makes mistakes.

    2. ksbeth says:

      tamara, it is ann arbor, michigan, a city about 30 miles outside of detroit, on the southeast side of the state. and to be clear, it is the RED WINGS, that i root for, though eli does not have the same love for the team )

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        I don’t think of you as a wings fan, Beth.

      2. ksbeth says:

        i know, i’m kind of on the down low about the whole thing. and what’s up with the slow pineapple delivery? those grow right on the ground, and i had to climb a tree to get the mango.

      3. Eli Pacheco says:

        There’s a fruit shortage at Coach Daddy … seems the delivery guy thought I ordered Pepperoni, not Pineapple, and Meatloaf, not Mangos.

        Happens all the time.

      4. ksbeth says:

        yeh, wires get crossed, meat gets mixed up with fruit. happens all the time )

      5. Eli Pacheco says:

        Just yesterday, I had a delicious piece of broiled fish, but the sign said “fried octopus.” Life has a funny way.

  12. djmatticus says:

    Sounds like fun to me.
    I wonder what I would find if I wondered off the beaten path in my city… I guess there is only one way to find out. Google Earth here I come! Wait, is that not the right answer?

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I think you need to find josh earth in your town – or create it, even better!

      1. djmatticus says:

        Hmm, that sounds complicated and time consuming. Also, I don’t exactly live in the nicest section of the nicest town. I don’t like walking around outside, on the weekend, in the middle of the day… But, perhaps I am up for a challenge…

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        Walk fastly, and carry a big stick.

      3. djmatticus says:

        Always good advice. 😀

    2. ksbeth says:

      dj earth can be your next project )

      1. djmatticus says:

        Hahaha, you’re funny.

  13. Rosey says:

    So cool that you decided to take the adventure and that you allowed it to positively affect your perspective. This was such a fun read!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      Glad she took photos, too.

    2. ksbeth says:

      thanks so much, rosey and it was great fun )

  14. Rorybore says:

    How awesome is that?! What a great idea. My kids are forever doing their own treasure maps of our house and backyard (I blame Jake and the Neverland Pirates). They would just love something like that. Life really is a grand adventure; if we take the time to get off the beaten path every now and then. Thanks for sharing yours!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I wish we could somehow incorporate treasure maps with work.

      1. ksbeth says:

        wouldn’t that be so great?

      2. Eli Pacheco says:

        I’d even talk like a pirate. Or not.

    2. ksbeth says:

      thanks rory, and you are right, life is a grand adventure )

  15. Sandy Ramsey says:

    This sounds like a scene from The Lake House…rom/com with Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reaves. That was my favorite scene in the movie when he left a tour map of the city for her to follow. Anyhoo…I would love to find a map like that and discover hidden secrets and treasures. What a great adventure!

    1. Eli Pacheco says:

      I knew there was a movie with something like this, but couldn’t remember which one it was! Didn’t someone else get credit for the map?

    2. ksbeth says:

      while it was a wonderful adventure, it’s ending was far from romantic. the idea of it all is very romantic though. thanks for reading ) beth

      1. Eli Pacheco says:

        i do like the idea.

  16. Rhonda Albom says:

    I love your adventure. What a wonderful gift to be able to see your own city with new eyes. I am glad you had a camera. Thanks for sharig.

    1. ksbeth says:

      thanks so much, rhonda. it was a gift, you’re right )

    2. Eli Pacheco says:

      It would be my luck I didn’t have a camera that day.

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