Walk with Me (Virginia Beach Street Shots) & A-O-K song 🎵 by Tai Verdes

Hello Readers, joining Restless Jo with a walk post.

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Sharing some photos of a December (2021) walk in Virginia Beach, VA

I like the mural of the community workers – and the spray painted lines in the street add a dash of color. This is one block from the Atlantic Ocean.

Next up, some music 🎵🎵🎵

The “A-O-K” song was popular when I took this walk – sharing it below because it has a nice little beat – reminds me a little bit of Bob Marley (just a bit) and the “I’ll be A-O-K” is a good message (but please note — there are a few swear words).

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Photo above: I like the couple standing in this shot, but later when I looked at the mage – the dog owner to the back also stood out.
Photos above and below: Virginia Beach Artist. This artist worked right there on the beach boardwalk. He was making on-the-spot paintings to see – and also had some completed works for sale in a few bins. He used a template and then spray paint – so it was a unique approach to creating works of art. The couple in the photo bought the painting he was making for $75.00.

 

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While I was looking up Restless Jo’s blog to join the walk, I landed on M-cubed’s blog (Manja Maksimovič) and her post from October (here) where she linked up with Jo on  the #ThisLittleGirlIsMe challenge. I completely missed all of that when it was going around last fall and so I was glad to read their inspiring posts.  I wanted to share quotes from both Manja’s and Jo’s blog.

Manja wrote:

“Hold on to your books. Have your priorities straight. Always talk back if there is injustice.

If ambition sounds as ugly to you as it did to me, reword. Call it calling.

If potentialsounds as ugly to you as it did to me, reword. Call it superpower.”

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 Restless Jo wrote:

“This world is made for sharing.

Don’t let anybody steal your dreams. There is a world full of possibilities out there, and one of them is for you.”

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In closing, I looked down and saw a heart in the street. 

I thought of my good friend Renee – and if you didn’t know this – Renee finds hearts everywhere she goes – even on a stinkbug (here).

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Have you walked lately?

Have you found any hearts in the street?

Did you like the A-O-K song?

Living in this big blue world
With my head up in outer space
I know I’ll be A-O, A-O-K
I know I’ll be A-O, A-O-K
When I see trouble come my way
I be making lemonade
I know I’ll be A-O, A-O-K
I know I’ll be A-O, A-O-K (mmh-mh….)

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51 thoughts on “Walk with Me (Virginia Beach Street Shots) & A-O-K song 🎵 by Tai Verdes

  1. HI Yvette, I like your pictures. It is always interesting for me to see pictures of life in America. I have only walked up and down stairs at work (I make a point of it) and around my garden (I walk 5 or 6 times around a day) lately, but it’s better than nothing. I have not looked for hearts but it is a delightful idea.

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  2. Funny where we all find beauty, Yvette, and how differently we see things. It would be amazing to be able to make a living as an artist, surrounding yourself with images you love. Thanks so much for the reference to ‘This little girl is me’. Manja is a super star in the world of blogging. I found the campaign via AggieSoon on our old friend Six Word Saturday. You have reminded me that I need to seek her out again. I’ve lost touch with a few people since I moved to Still Rj and stopped doing the challenges. It takes more effort to maintain the contacts but I prefer it that way. Many thanks for walking with me.

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  3. What a great post to be included in and share space with a heart on a bug, a good sale made, a happy hoppy song, a lovely mural and many happy people, including Jo where you found my little girl. 🙂 Thank you so much, Yvette, for including my thoughts and linking to my post. What I wrote, I wrote for me first of all. I still tend to think ambition and potential are ugly words… But I’m getting better.

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    1. Hi Manja, I think you speak for many in what ou wrote – and sometimes people are unable to put things into words and so when writers, like you, articulate it so well I think it resonates and empowers many.

      and so glad I found your post while I was looking up restless jo’s blog.
      I typed in “still restless jo” and your post was in the first few (even before her blog – cray – but it could be because you had that active link for “still restless jo”)

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  4. Hi Yvette,

    As always, I love your photos and your insights on what attracted you to them. But paying $75 for a street artist’s painting seems a real act of faith!

    I’d not heard that song before. It was a-ok-ish, but I probably wouldn’t listen to it again!

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    1. Hi clive – and thanks for even giving the song a listen – I know it is not everyone’s style – but I love the line about big blue world and making lemonade

      and the artist on the beach – I thought it was cool that he was giving people an experience – that couple will always remember buying the art together that day – and I think some artists would frown on using stencils and spray paint – but I say art should vary by the artist – it is what keeps things fresh
      I would have bought one of the ones from his bin but really do not want any more art or anything else – seriously – actually getting rid of stuff –

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      1. I don’t think it will be making Tuesday Tunes any time soon!

        Yes, the experience is what I guess they were paying for. Still seems a bit pricy to me though!

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    1. thanks so much for saying that about the song, I know it is not everyone’s cup of tea – or style of music – and the street artist seemed to not only being making money by producing colorful items – but he also provided an experience as the music played and people watched – he was an entertainer in a way

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  5. I see a few elements as you took your delightful walk on the beach, Yvette (just didn’t see a link, but no worries, I shared the post in my current round-up). Right now I can only view posts on my computer so I couldn’t listen to the song. Looks like a fun day!

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    1. Hi Terri – oops – my elements post is actually coming later today – sorry about that – that is why there was no link or hashtag – I copied the post to use the template for this post and the title still had Sunday stills and WQW – and so thanks for graciously trying to find elements in this post – but my next one should be “firing on all cylinders”or elements – haha – be in touch later today

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        1. exactly – and we have a lot of friends in the area and used to do overnights if needed (or grab a cheap hotel because the area is quite affordable)
          and the highways could be miserable on holidays – our friends moved to TX and wanted a beach trip real quick and they sat before “the tunnel” for 90 minutes alone!! The highway to the beach is FINALLY getting better – for the two-lane highway on this artery from Charlottesville to Va Beach has been getting expanded for about five years now –

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  6. Ok…now I am singing. And, I too, love the mural of the community workers. They certainly make the world go around.

    Fun to see the street art. $75. Dang it. You know he is living the life he loves. Wonder if thats what he does, all day, everyday? Donna

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  7. Thanks for the shout out, Yvette! 💜 I love the community mural. I especially love the artwork behind the artist at the beach…the one with the turtle. Oh yeah….found another heart here in this post! Zoom in on the second pic. The heart is on the building. 💜💟💜

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  8. That mural was fun and unique. I like the artist right on the beach. I have seen hearts a few times on the street, but just done in chalk … lots of chalk art seems to be full of hearts or flowers (not even Valentine’s Day as the chalk art ceases pretty much once the kids return to school after Summer break. Like in your pictures with the heart outline, there are always plenty of Plackers (not to mention Whippits).

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