I Gotta Go

All the Amenities, and scenery, too!

NOTE: Really enjoying the captions, keep’em coming, at least through Friday, then I’ll decide where to go with this. ’cause I gotta go. Someplace.

I can see this becoming a post card. It was just too good a visual story to drive past yesterday; I had to stop. And even while I was framing the picture, it was begging for just the right short bit of understated text that said enough, then let the image do the rest.

The caption shouldn’t be cruel or derogatory of those who still have (or before the recent excavation here had) a working outhouse. It shouldn’t stereotype dirt road residents of Appalachia. It might include a word twist, double entendre, or pun, don’t you think?

I’m thinking maybe something simple like “Climbing the Ladder of Success.” I just noticed that the ladder is missing a rung. How appropriate.

So. Offer your best caption. I’ll use the winning submission when I have Wordsprint run me a couple of hundred, and send the winner a few copies.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. Fred, love the caption you have on it now!
    Carrie’s caption, “Sometimes he regretted paying extra for the view,” made me laugh out loud and would be GREAT too. Here’s one from me:
    “Climbing the ladder of success can be a relief.”