Friday, August 23, 2013

Stairways taken, literally and figuratively, No. 5

According to the Urban Dictionary online, People often confuse literally with figuratively. Literally is a much misused adverb, often for emphasis. So, that's what I'm doing with it here, on purpose. And Urban Dictionary defines figuratively as "What everybody means when they say "literally." I suppose that's what I'm doing here, too, because literally is defined by Merriam Webster online as in a literal sense or manner, actually, while figuratively is defined there as: representing by a figure or resemblance. And, of or relating to representation of form or figure in art. Now, I've confused myownself, doggone it. Let's see if I can straighten this out successfully. It's a play on words, y'all, because I took the stairs (walked) and I took the stairs (photographed). Both things actually happened. This idea of mine all hinges on the definition of take from Merriam Webster online. One is use as a means of transportation or progression. Another is to obtain as the result of a special procedure, in this case photography. Whew. Now I'm spreading these photos out over five days starting with Monday, August 19, 2013.

Today's post of another stairway, the last one in this five-day series, is one that I could only take figuratively, as in just take a photograph and long to climb the stairs and turn the curve from where I stood across NE Wistaria. So, I used the satellite view of Google Maps on the iPhone and saw that there is a really big looking house at the top of those stairs which curve sharply to the right into the yard before turning ninety degrees so that one can eventually walk up onto a porch at the back of the house. Too bad I couldn't just make myself walk on up and ask if I could take a look at the view from their yard and or home. But I that would have taken a degree of intrusiveness, nay, rudeness which I don't possess. Literally or figuratively.

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