Saturday, March 31, 2012

366 Project - Day 91 - "Hot Chocolate"

March 31, 2012 - "Hot Chocolate"

Day One of the final weekend of Dance Competitions for my daughter this year. (She's the one on the far left)

Today it was only one dance - small group tap. They danced to the song "Hot Chocolate" from the movie "The Polar Express" - and did an amazing job! They earned a "High Gold" trophy... a special award... and a spot on the performance team at Nationals in July.

Tomorrow is the "big day" though: all of her solo dances... and the rest of her group dances. It's going to be a very, VERY long day!


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Friday, March 30, 2012

366 Project - Day 90 - "Retail Cathedral"

March 30, 2012 - "Retail Cathedral"

I'm at the Mall... waiting for my daughter.

So... why not break out the camera and capture a shot or two?


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Thursday, March 29, 2012

366 Project - Day 89 - "The Lunch-time Aftermath"

March 29, 2012 - "The Lunch-time Aftermath"

A crazy-long day at work... emptying shelves... moving racks... re-arranging the store... re-stocking everything again.

Thankfully, there was pizza!

Not just "any" pizza... Pepe's Pizza.

Five big-ass pizzas for a half-dozen very hungry people.

It was a lunch-time feeding-frenzy!

And this was the aftermath.


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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

366 Project - Day 88 - "New Shoes"

March 28, 2012 - "New Shoes"

My son's shoes completely disintegrated last night...

So tonight he got a new pair.

And life is good again!

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

366 Project - Day 87 - "Chocolate Milk"

March 27, 2012 - "Chocolate Milk"

There's no better way to end a long day than a Nutella jar glass full of ice cold chocolate milk!


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Monday, March 26, 2012

366 Project - Day 86 - "Zeppole"

March 26, 2012 - "Zeppole"

Long day.

Exhausting day.


Everything is better!


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Sunday, March 25, 2012

366 Project - Day 85 - "Sam and Marion"

March 25, 2012 - "Sam and Marion"

Hitchcock and Herrmann.

Sam and Marion.

Gavin and Leigh.

Wine and a Movie.

In other words... I'm curled up on the couch with a glass of wine... watching one of my favorite films - "Psycho".


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Saturday, March 24, 2012

366 Project - Day 84 - "Smelling the Flowers"

March 24, 2012 - "Smelling the Flowers"

Just got out of work.

Heading home.

Crazy day.

Lots to do.

Gotta stop to smell the flowers.

Life is good!

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Friday, March 23, 2012

366 Project - Day 83 - "Happy Birthday Smiles"

March 23, 2012 - "Happy Birthday Smiles"

We're at a wonderful restaurant to celebrate the birthday of my good friend Jessica.

Great friends...

Great conversations...

Great food...

Smiles and Happy-ness...

And - perhaps most important of all - an absolutely amazing cake!


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Thursday, March 22, 2012

366 Project - Day 82 - "Money Makes the World Go 'Round"

March 22, 2012 - "Money Makes the World Go 'Round"

My wallet has more money in it today than it has for a very, VERY long time.

But alas, it's no longer mine... for it all has to go to pay off what is owed.

Still... for a brief moment it was mine to play with... so, why not do so with a camera?


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

366 Project - Day 81 - "Travel Dreams"

March 21, 2012 - "Travel Dreams"

When I was about 10 or 11 years old, I saw the movie "Mask" (starring Eric Stoltz, Cher and Sam Elliott) for the first time. I immediately made two important decisions as a result...

1) When I grew up, I wanted to be just like Sam Elliott's character "Gar".

2) I wanted to travel the world, and needed a map that I could cover with push-pins, indicating all of the far-off places I planned to go.

Eventually I got the map - a rather large one that came with a subscription to National Geographic Magazine. And yes... for a time I had it covered with brightly colored push-pins. I started with Italy: Rome, Venice, Florence, Naples, Milan, Torino... then moved on to France... Great Britain... Ireland - before jumping to places like China, India, Egypt, Australia and Peru. It wasn't long before the map looked more like an abstract-painting of colored dots.

Memories of "Mask", that old map, and my old dreams all came shooting to mind today when I opened up the supply cabinet at work and saw a little tub filled with these push-pins. A few hundred possible journeys, waiting to be pinpointed and realized.

Over two dozen years have passed... and I'm still not "Gar", and I've never left the United States.

Maybe it's time for that all to change!

We'll see.


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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

366 Project - Day 80 - "Self Portrait with Leica"

March 20, 2012 - "Self Portrait with Leica"

Unfortunately I've fallen behind with my "52 Weeks" self-portrait project. I've missed a couple of shots from the time-period when my computer was out-of-service. I didn't use any of my digital cameras during that period, because I wouldn't be able to do anything with the images... so I was using my iPhone instead, so I could easily upload my shots. It was great at first... then it became frustrating... and somewhere amongst that frustration I seem to have forgotten all about my "52 Weeks" project, while focusing on my "366 Project".

So... it's time to play "catch-up"!

And here it is... my first self-portrait using the newest of my digital cameras.


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Monday, March 19, 2012

366 Project - Day 79 - "Quick Blooms"

March 19, 2012 - "Quick Blooms"

Not really feeling up to shooting today.

So it's just a quick shot of some flowers in an Easter display at my job... taken as I was heading out the door to end the day.

Nothing special...

Nothing spectacular...

But life is still good!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

366 Project - Day 78 - "At the Park"

March 18, 2012 - "At the Park"

We took the kidlings and the dog to Meckauer Park in Bethel today.

Long walks on the path with the dog...

Kicking around the soccer ball with the kids...

Throwing the football... teaching my son how to get a good spiral in the throw...

Getting ice cream from the Ice Cream Truck...

Enjoying the sunshine...

And watching the geese "fishing" in the pond.


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

366 Project - Day 77 - "Afternoon Delight"

March 17, 2012 - "Afternoon Delight"

A wonderful day spent with my family and my dog... hiking in the woods.

And now it's time for a Guinness and a movie!


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Friday, March 16, 2012

366 Project - Day 76 - "A good book"

March 16, 2012 - "A good book"

Just a quick shot tonight... of my wife reading.


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Thursday, March 15, 2012

366 Project - Day 75 - "Onions"

March 15, 2012 - "Onions"

Fresh, Organic Green Onions decided to pose for me today.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

366 Project - Day 74 - "Moth"

March 14, 2012 - "Moth"

I'm wandering around outside at night... playing with my newest camera... testing it's low-light capabilities. You know... "having fun".

On my way back in to the house I come across these two little guys soaking up the lamplight by the front door.

Focus... Click... Capture.


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

366 Project - Day 73 - "Steps"

March 13, 2012 - "Steps"

Long day...

Long night...

Late dinner...

Waiting in the car...

Taking photos of stairs.

That's all.

Nothing else.


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Monday, March 12, 2012

366 Project - Day 72 - "Spring"

March 12, 2012 - "Spring"

Out for a walk with my son, my dog and my camera...

... and we came across this little patch of Spring.


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Sunday, March 11, 2012

366 Project - Day 71 - "Elmer's Diner"

March 11, 2012 - "Elmer's Diner"

A late dinner at Elmer's Diner...

Eggs over-medium... and some coffee...

And calm, comfortable "boring-ness".


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Saturday, March 10, 2012

366 Project - Day 70 - "Shadows-Play"

March 10, 2012 - "Shadows-Play"

Bright store lights hit picket fences...

Shadows hit sidewalk...

Scene flies through lens and becomes trapped on sensor.


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Friday, March 9, 2012

366 Project - Day 69 - "Dinner"

March 09, 2012 - "Dinner"

I'm not really feeling up to shooting today... so it's just a simple, quick shot of my dinner.

And that's that!


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Thursday, March 8, 2012

366 Project - Day 68 - "Congested"

March 08, 2012 - "Congested"

I've been battling a sinus infection for the past few days.




Throbbing gums.


Then the antibiotics kicked in... and all started working its way back to "normal".

Thank heavens for Ciprofloxacin!


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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

366 Project - Day 67 - "Pipistrello"

March 07, 2012 - "Pipistrello"

My dog Leica (a boxer/whippet mix who we suspect has a bit of rat terrier in there too) - apparently also has a bit of "bat" in her as well.

Well... she has ears like bat-wings, anyway.

Especially when she's looking up at me... hoping for a treat!


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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

366 Project - Day 66 - "Doctors Office"

March 06, 2012 - "Doctors Office"

One day... two different doctors offices.

"Doctor One" brings great news: I've managed to get my liver-levels cut in half!

"Doctor Two" brings bad news: I've got a Sinus Infection.

Still... overall it's turning out to be a great day (even though this sinus infection has me feeling like crap!)


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Monday, March 5, 2012

366 Project - Day 65 - "Samoas"

March 05, 2012 - "Samoas"

I'm feeling very yucky today. Sinus pressure... cough... headache... throbbing teeth... yucky-ness.

So my wife surprised me with a box of Samoas Girl Scout Cookies to help make me feel better.

(life is good... again!)

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Sunday, March 4, 2012

366 Project - Day 64 - "Updates"

March 04, 2012 - "Updates"

I have a new MacBook Pro to replace the one that died last Sunday.

So I'm spending the night transferring files and completing updates... and it is wonderful!


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Saturday, March 3, 2012

366 Project - Day 63 - "Waiting"

March 03, 2012 - "Waiting"

Hanging out at the mall (perhaps my least-favorite place on the planet)... waiting for my son to finish shopping for video games.


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Friday, March 2, 2012

366 Project - Day 62 - "Untitled (Blue)"

March 02, 2012 - "Untitled (Blue)"

No explanation. Just "Blue".

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Thursday, March 1, 2012

366 Project - Day 61 - "When Life Gives You Lemons..."

March 01, 2012 - "When Life Gives You Lemons..."

My computer is still playing dead... and I haven't been able to get it's replacement yet. That means I'm still unable to do anything with any photos I take with my digital cameras. So I'm still using my iPhone to take the photos for my 366 Project.

So, when life gives you lemons... take a photo of them with your iPhone!


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