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BellaGaia PRO 1:30am, 18 December 2006
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BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
ok, here i go.....

Sept 8

peek a boo... the gator sees u

yes, there are eyes on these shoes.....
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept. 9

Yesterday, I went to the mall and had a wonderful pedicure.... really one of the best i've ever had.... I also let her wax my eyebrows... i get them done about 4 times a year, i'm pretty fortunate that mine do pretty good on their own (knock on wood....up until now). All of a sudden this lady sounds like this comedy routine... it's a little bit racial, but i hope noone gets offended, cuz this is spot on and hella funny ! I was offered callus remover for $5 extra, and next time she said i should go for the hot leg massage for $10 extra.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=SsWrY77o77o
so my lady rips out 1/3 of my eyebrow and then tries to convince me that it looks better. I believe her specific words were that It made me look pretty... and younger.... Ah! the magic word.... Youth.... all is forgiven NOT! I look like fucking SPOCK!

bad wax lady!

That is not logical....
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 10

BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
Sept 11

would've been nice to have some meaningful photo for this date.... sorry.....

I was about to say how she loves wearing costumes... but I think she came by it honestly.... i love dressing up in different looks..... dig the safety goggles....

jade in one of her get-ups
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
Sept 12

these used to hold flowers.... but i am not good at growing things because i don't water them

no, i don't grow things
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept. 13

frustration at my lack of inspiration....

let it go!
ebilflindas 11 years ago
T! that looks straight outta Sin City!
Frustrated or not, you can really feel this one.

And lol Jade! Safety first. And the 12th? At least you keep yours in pots. I have whole yards that look like that. :-(
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Oh, me too Emil -- I keep my front yard presentable so the neighbors won't kick my ass, but you'll note you've never seen my backyard.... it's neatly groomed dirt and a patio,...

*hangs her head in shame.....
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Gardening, schmardening...

My philosophy is... if a plant can't survive without me molly coddling it, then it doesn't deserve to live in my garden. Hee hee!!! {:->

I loooooove those 'gater shoes!!!
ItinerArts 11 years ago
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
I feel your pain on the lack of inspiration. These last few days have been crazy...Photographers Block for sure!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Honey, you no have boyfrien'? hehe

Sept 13 is scary, but a good photo.
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
Rob -- I'm assuming your conclusion is based on my backyard deficiencies.... None of them seem to wander outside....

ltcherrypn -- glad i'm not the only one. -- you know what they say -- misery loves company.. in looking thru diaries lately, it seems to be a common theme
ltcherrypn 11 years ago
:-) My goal for the weekend is to get exciting photos. I've even recruited a photographer friend of mine to go out into town with me on a photograph outing. I have more photos to post on MDPD but I'm too embarrassed by their lack luster to post them without having some redeeming photo somewhere on there. :-)

Not all of us are as lucky as Mr. RobW....he has such a beautiful area to photograph.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
I am SOOO with you on this. I was making promises to myself to go SOMEWHERE scenic so i could have a ghost of a chance of getting something... and I totally know what you mean I feel like I should post apologies for my mediocrity!
Azure seas and clear skys unmarred by electical and telephone lines sure help....
ok, i'll quit my whining -- thanks for joining me at the pity party :-D
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Hugs and kisses from Parma...
Hope you get inspired soon enough!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
sept 11.. hee hee hee Does she know she's signing the letter "P" and her hat starts with a "P"?

And guys, Bella & ltcherry- one thing I learned in my travels, what is boring backyard to you is an exotic location to the next person.

So there.

That being said, I'm a member of the sympathy party, anyway. :-D (cos I'm not inspired lately either, i need some too!)
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
nope she doesn't but that's pretty cool, and that's how they do the peace sign now, all sideways....

now, here's the sad news of the day.... my willing model yesterday, the praying mantis (whom I have yet to upload).... well.....(gulp).... i accidentally killed him today. I rolled over him in my car coming up the driveway. I'm bummed..... so he's my pix for today too... in memorial..... (you should've seen my silly ass, in white pants, laying on the driveway to get this shot.... well, i laid down after bending down and realizing my pants were too big and low riding and i was giving everybody who drove by a really nice impression of a plumber....)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
SNL "Norge Repairman" comes to mind every time I see someone in that position !

Yow on the inspiration frustration...I would guess that inspiration gets the message ! One thing this MDPD has done for me is to force me into inspiration when I have none. Pushes you to think about your passion every day. Someone posted that it was like the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray...every day resets the clock and you have to look for a new one. I like it.

good stuff here -
CollardGreens: Oops!
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 14

My green "model"

look he's looking at me!

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This did indeed end up being the only subject that I photographed on that day..... little did i know the next day disaster would strike....
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 15

And this is what's sucky... i ran over him the next day....accidentally -- obviously i didn't see him.

mdpd 9-15
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh dear Bella! You must have felt terrible. But haven't lost your sense of humour - offering a cracking shot to any passing observer, hehe. A lot more shapely than any repairman, I am sure.

And regarding lack of inspiration - we all suffer from it; comes with the territory of posting a daily shot. I hardly get out at all, every day, every evening in the bar, and I'm acutely conscious that I don't want to post te same thing, over and over again, and there are only so many things to take pictures of. So, if you see a sunset picture of wet sand, know that the end of the day has been reached, and I haven't taken anything all day. Or, if you see a sunrise, know that I haven't taken anything else all day.

I do like to get out, and take something different, but there have been a few occasions this year when my daily picture has been taken in the last 15 minutes of the day. You've actually been very good and creative throughout the year, and you and Cherry both should not be shy of slipping in the odd self-portrait.
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
R.I.P. little praying mantis... {:-(
Яick Harris PRO 11 years ago
*says a little prayer for the praying mantis dude
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Feeling a bit sad about the praying mantis, but it had something very few praying mantii have: fame! Especially on MDPD! ;-)

Do post your pics, as Tim said, even if they seem mundane to you, they are foreign and exotic to some of us. And interesting...
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for the encouragement :-)

and i'm glad i'm not the only one who felt a tinge of sadness for the mantis....
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
September 16

Saw justin timberlake tonite at the staples center..... got a nice video, but it's too big to post.....



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RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Cradlesnatcher Bella!
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
Who Me??!! Nah, I like em in their mid to late 30's LOL
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Umm... well, lemme just say ... he's like one of those fantasies I have... he's a kid, i know it, yet id' give him a good seeing too hahaha
Яick Harris PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Яick Harris (member) 11 years ago
OK If I was flirty with bella, I'd ask her to consider someone in their late 40's. Alas -- I look nothing like Justin Timberlake.
~magpie~ PRO 11 years ago
Hi Bella Bella!
I love the eerie 13th shot. so much texture for a portrait.

And the praying mantis! They are alien creatures... and then next day is sad but still made me smile. Fly free, little green guy...

Ummm... I'll admit I have a prejudice against Justin Timberlake. I think it's from the NSync days... but hear he's actually talented (from my friend Rodney...) I still have a hard time believing it. Convince me.

Erica Day by Day 2007
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Good to hear mid 30s guys are still edible. *giggles*

Praying Mantis... have you ever pissed off one before? They chase you!!! Freakin' Freaky!

Wonderful photo of 'im alive.. and a sad & flat one of him not. *sniff*

Mantis kung-fu is no match against a car, let the world know.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Bella - too little time here lately but I will say that bugs generally give me the creeps...don't like their clingly little feet claws...couchmars !

CollardGreens: Oops!
jrayfarm1980 11 years ago
So, *did* Justin bring Sexyback? Or is it all just a lie?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
No way jray- Sexy's still here.. right here in our MDPD group! hehehehe
bunæn PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by bunæn (member) 11 years ago
Speaking of Sexy...
The reproductive process in a majority of mantis species is marked by sexual cannibalism of the male by the female, and is an ongoing subject of research. The reason for sexual cannibalism has been the subject of some debate, with some considering submissive males to be achieving a selective advantage in their ability to produce offspring. This theory is supported by a quantifiable increase in the duration of copulation among male mantids who are cannibalized, in some cases doubling both the duration and the chance of fertilization. This is further supported in a study by J. P. Lelito and W. D. Brown[3] where male mantids were seen to approach hungry females with more caution, and were shown to remain mounted on hungry females for a longer time, indicating that males actively avoiding cannibalism may mate with multiple females. The act of dismounting is one of the most dangerous times for male mantids during copulation, for it is at this time that female mantids most frequently cannibalize their mates. This increase in mounting duration was thought to indicate that males would be more prone to wait for an opportune time to dismount from a hungry female rather than from a satiated female that would be less likely to cannibalize its mate. Some consider this to be an indication that male submissiveness does not inherently increase male reproductive success, rather that more fit males are likely to approach a female with caution and escape.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Talk about a joykill Buns!
Hahahah

I preferred talking more about Justin Hahaha
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
I always knew that dismounting after copulation was the trickiest time! But getting eaten is a bit extreme.

The bottom line is best: "more fit males are likely to approach a female with caution and escape".

Sound advice when there are hungry females about.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
*burp*
Hahaha
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Was that a hungry female mantis I heard? I'm out of here!
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
So, the take away here is, not just a movie, dinner and a movie.
Dragonhide 11 years ago
LOL Buns!!!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
Beware!
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
Something seems to be missing here....

Hmmm.... I know! T!!!

Where is you, Darlin'--getting to that with some youngster?
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Yup yup, I think so.. She was playing hard to get with Justin, but has since ran off with him somewhere exotic....
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
hey looks like everyone was having a great time without me..... funny how rumors get started, isn't it... this whole JT escapade began with Rob calling me a cradlesnatcher -- i don't even particularly find him (justin timberlake, not rob) attractive. But i like to dance to his music which is mostly produced by Timbaland.... so i guess you could say i'm a big timbaland fan..... OK, here I am! took me until today to upload the photo from the following day from the concert.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Buns, thanks for the Mantis info -- there's something vaguely familiar about that description......
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
Last night during the JT concert I received a call from my sister. I listened later and found that she'd received a call that her father had been assaulted. She asked if I would go and see him and kinda see how bad off he was. She and I have only seen him twice in the last twenty years. once 10 years ago he came to thanksgiving at his mom's house and 10 years before that he came my sister's graduation from UCSD. Somewhere between that visit and the second one he began living on the street. It's a hard life and we don't know why he's chosen that but it probably has to do with alcohol and drugs.

He didn't raise either of us but at least he wasn't homeless then. When I was 7, and my mother was hospitalized he just left.... us, the house, everything. It wasn't easy to go there to the hospital to see him.

If I were Jonathan Riverwalker I could write an excellent long informative story for you filling in all the details, but I'm not and so I'll just let my photo replace my thousand words.....

Sept 17

the choices we make....
sunshinecity 11 years ago
And indeed the photo speaks for itself really...
The word "pain" comes to mind...
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Oh my. speaks VOLUMES.

I can't imagine how hard that must have been.

*hugs*
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh Bella, indeed the photo speaks for itself. It must have been incredibly tough for you, but you acquitted yourself well. Must be incredibly painful also for your sister.

Such a disconnect between what we see of your life here, and his...

and yet you took the time to visit. You're a nice person.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
You know what, Rob. I'm not a nice person -- I'm a HEALED person. It's hard to talk about everything I've survived in this forum. But I guess that's where the occasional dark photo pops up amidst the usual pleasantry. There's a lot of darkness inside of me, it just doesn't rule me.
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
There's a lot of darkness inside of me, it just doesn't rule me.


Thank you. Just, thank you. That's all.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
i luv u Casey :-)
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 18

Getting there
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 19

Natacha.troiscafes 11 years ago
Oh Bella, don't speak like that.
The only fact that you share a part of you, and also some dark sides, is the best proof that you are a good person, ... or have become one !
Dragonhide 11 years ago
You speak like a woman with wisdom. I'm glad it doesn't rule you-- I like you.
girlzoot PRO 11 years ago
Lately I feel like I'm lost in the darkness, thank you for letting me know it doesn't have to be the only thing.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Girlzoot -- it's never the only thing. Believe me. keep searching, keep reaching.... * hugs :-)

I like you too Jallen -- and it takes one to know one... (HAH! not woman, being wise!)

Ah, Pibette, there is a difference (at least to me) between Good and Nice. I'll agree with you -- I'm good.... but I'd have to still say that I'm not nice (trust me). And more than being good, I aspire to do good.....
bunæn PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by bunæn (member) 11 years ago
And you have very symmetrical digits.

By the way, good to see Ms. Zoot hereabouts. I've known her for a spell and she's okay by me.

By the way, if you are into trading post cards (and I know some of you are), girlzoot is your, well...girl!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Those feet were made for shoes...just look at em - beggin to be coated in leather...thin strappy leather - (not that I look at that sort of thing mind you). I haven't been around in a while - but have been on the lurk....keep well.

CollardGreens: Oops!
sunshinecity 11 years ago
i always thought ankle bracelets looked pretty...
ParaScubaSailor 11 years ago
Ha! ha! ha! :-D not that I look at that sort of thing mind you: tell that to a wooden horse, and he'll kick you!

I look at that sort of things, and Bella's feet indeed are delicious to look at (not that she's shown us anything of hers that's not delicious to look at, mind you...)

Just to say I lurk about from time to time. Sorry to hear about your sister's father. Some people choices are hard to understand at times, and lifestyles can be disappointing for others, but never a justification for beating. :-(
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hi Bella. I should perhaps have said that you are a good person, if you make the distinction. I am also prepared to believe you are a nice person. And refusing to let the darkness rule you is totally admirable. The snippets you have revealed here about your background and heritage have been fascinating, and evoke more admiration for the person you have become.

Interesting shot for the 18th, different modes of transportation meet at the intersection. I wonder who is having more fun, the cyclist, the horsepeople, or the hard-braking Toyota-driver?

Always good to see your elegant feet, artfully lit and digitally symmetric (did he mean you have pretty toes)?
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Those toes (yes, there are half a dozen) really need a good soundtrack.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
What a range of emotions you take us through, T. Thank you for sharing the good with the less than.

And anyone who questions JT's talent--check 'im when he hosts Saturday Night Live. Those are always great--from his easy way with acting in comedy sketches to his live musical performances.
[part of me is taken aback by this sudden defense of JT, but I gotta respect the fact that the guy actually does have talent--not that I rushed out to see "Alpha Dog"...]
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Man am I behind! posting pix and replying.... sorry.

Ebilflindas = i have a clip from that JT SNL show -- Omletteville -- com-o-dee! LOL. and i gotta keep it real -- so that means good and bad days.....

Marc -- love the words and the funky chords -- thanks for visiting -- missed ya :-)

you guys know i love shoes.... and since my feet are readily visible to me all the time, they're are easy self protrait subjects for me :-)

happy to see you anytime CG :-)
BellaGaia PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by BellaGaia (member) 11 years ago
and finally....

September 20

Farce of the penguins

yeah it's from the TV -- but i thought the lines and contrast were cool..... and it wasn't easy to get that frame..... rewind fastforward....
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 21

I get great light in my room in the afternoon

camouflaged...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Yay! Penguin sex. LOL
Oh yes, the lines and contrast...
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 22

titan
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Is that a real snake?

*faints...
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
oh yes, all nine plus feet of him :-) check the tag snake in my stream..... he's a beauty!
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Yikes!!!!

They give me the creepy crawlies.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Oh my, do we 'ave a parseltongue amongst us? ;-)
and: Bring it on down to Penguin-ville! hahaha So glad you made the effort to get that frame! lol

And yes, the light may be lovely--but look at the loveliness it reflects back at us. ;-)
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
I figured the macro view would be less scary to those that don't like them than some of the other shots I have of TItan..... we could always pretend it's a purse...
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
Is that photo actual size, or to scale?
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
that's punny, Buns :-)
Dragonhide 11 years ago
The naughtiness here is contagious.... :)
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
To scale! Haha. I thought it was a close-up of one of Bella's shoes! Looked at your stream, and he is indeed a beauty. At 9 feet, he is good for several pairs of shoes and a few purses!

Love the cool, stripy-lit Bella, and still shaking my head over those randy penguins.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Damn! I can't believe I missed that one! Good hustle, Buns--I was busy being punny with Яick [with a much lower level of difficulty, though].

Snakes don't give me the heeby-jeebies like spiders do, but I don't goo over 'em, either.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
so far this year, i've had snakes and spiders in my stream.... hmmmm what else might i come up with in the next three months....?
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 23

My sister came down to see about her dad. She brought my grandma, who we call GG-Mama and they call Baba, my nephew who I adore who isn't that in love with me, or at least is in a phase that doesn't include me holding him and her husband. Today we played twister in the kitchen and various other board games until Julian got bored . We took about a million pix, but I thought this one was fun and different
topsy turvy
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 24

Today is Julian's 3rd birthday --

Dragonhide 11 years ago
Happy Birthday Julian :)

*Trying to imagine you holding her in one arm, and her Dad in other*.. Wow, you're strong.

Kids. Their "phases" can be so heartbreaking sometimes. Hope you are holding up OK in all the recent craziness. x0
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
i'm not actually..... i seem to be hiding out..... going to bed in the early afternoon and staying there till the next morning only leaving to pick up jade from school and come home
sunshinecity 11 years ago
wow, that's some impressive snake Bella!

And the lighting is beautiful on your equally beautiful face Bella!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That's a happy twisted pic for a three-year old chap.

What else might you show us in the remaining three months? Hm....
Shoes?
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
You are kidding, right, Rob? Does that mean you've never searched the tag shoes in my stream..... oh, maybe that means that you have and you want more of them.... I have more....
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sometimes you just need to hide out to recharge your batteries... x0
Lalalian PRO 11 years ago
Hey Bella. Hang in there, dearie. I'm sure things will start to turn around soon.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Hehee, gotcha Bella! What a wonderful collection of shoes. Like La M shoots birds, you shoot shoes (and very well too). I'm sure we've seen only a fraction of them.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
OK -- I'm reclaiming my responsibility for my diary -- I've been negligent in posting what I have and also in taking pix. Here's to new beginnings. I will post what I have today and begin shooting again.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
hope to see your posts and photos soon!
I miss you stopping by my diary too!
bunæn PRO 11 years ago
Sometimes you have to ignore the flotsam and jetsam that floats onto the beach, and just start writing in bold strokes on the wet sand.
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 25

BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 26

i need to go....
BellaGaia PRO 11 years ago
Sept 27

nada
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