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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
8 July 2007
It's interesting, really. I spent most of the day in and around
Arlington, but I didn't take very many photos. Two total, in
fact.
National Pride
This one I chose primarily because of my heritage. However, I
do also like the composition. The white on blue is striking. The flag itself hangs proudly on the front of my residence loudly proclaiming the fierce pride with which I hold my heritage. As a point of fact, there is no official Pantone number for the blue in the flag. The Flag Institute recommends Pantone 300 for the Scottish Flag, but many different shades have been used and are perfectly acceptable.

My soccer game this evening was canceled, which I suppose is
probably a good thing considering my hamstring is not quite yet up to
par. I would have played. I likely would have injured myself again.
So, instead, Jill, Brett, Kyle, Brian and myself had dinner and drinks
at no-frills grill. It really is a good way to wind down the day.
Cheers.

~KR (8 July 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
9 July
A typical day at work, followed by a typical, necessary stop at the
gas station. What you see here is a taxicab driver that had
unfortunately locked her keys in the car.
Breakin' In
I offered to help, but was not necessarily suited to the task. However, these gentlemen apparently were; tools of the trade, knowledge, and so forth were abundant and close to hand. They were ready to go at it and so they did. Sometimes, it makes me wonder why I even stop for petrol, but the reality is I have no choice, thanks to the way society has evolved.
Cheers.

~KR (9 July 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
10 July 2007
I should've known what kind of day it was going to be when I took my first step outside the door this morning and almost immediately dropped my coffee cup shattering the lid and spilling coffee all over everything. Frustrating. The rest of the day was spent trying to debug and isolate badly written code and get some routes submitted.
Not to be completely dissuaded however, by the coffee-cup incident, I went ahead grabbed my camera and took the photo that I had intended to take this morning. Cone Flower
We have several beautiful cone flowers that have been flourishing in our front garden for a number of years now. Most recently we've had, what the media termed a Web worm attack, although I believe they were actually tent caterpillars rather than web worms. These as so-called web worms, destroyed all of the softwood foliage in both front and back yards and all of the neighboring houses; including the cone flowers. This beautiful one, however, somehow survived. The brilliant orange and pink on a background of green just really spoke to me and I decided to use it as is the photo of the day. I took other photos of the coneflowers, but typical of the way the day started, the first couple of photos were obscured by this crazy layer of condensation that had formed on the camera lens when I stepped outside. I was dealing with near 100% humidity on an 80 plus degree day making it pretty darn miserable, but it did lend a really nice soft focus filter quality to the image. I'm now home to spend some time with the dogs, and to change clothes before I head back out to a bar to join some friends of mine. You see, it is after all, dollar beer night.
Cheers.

~KR (10 July 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
11 July 2007
Decoration in the Front Yard
This is a candle holder. It stands in the front garden next to a bench. In the Spring and Fall, when I'm not melting every time I go outside, we will sometimes stick a "bug-away" candle in there and sit in the front yard. It's not often, because those bugs really, really like me, and I really, really, really don't like them. So, I tend to not spend an abundance of time in the yard; this is much to my wife's chagrin, I feel I should add.
Cheers.

~KR (11 July 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
12 July 2007
The only calendar I live by is this one:
Perpetual Calendar
This perpetual calendar hangs on the wall in our hall and each morning when I leave the room for the first time, I immediately update it. The simple activity keeps me attuned to the here and now.
The thing I love about it is that it will be a forever calendar; at least until some Pope (or other "important" figure decides to futz with it (like they did in 1582).
I had neglected to take my camera with me when I left the house, so this was truly the only photo of the day. It happens.

~KR (12 July 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
13 July 2007
I left the house this morning intending to photograph every 13 I came across. And so I did. Friday the 13th only comes along a few times a year, so why not treat it to a themed day, yeah? I took quite a few photos and you know what. Every damn one of them was a wretched piece. From my neighbour's car that bears a 13 in the license plate to the neighbour down the street who's house number contains a 13. I took a lot of photos of things with that theme in mind. Why then, does the only photo worthy of inclusion (well, truly it was simply the best; it's not really worthy of inclusion either) have to be from work?
Friday the 13th
The gods are laughing.
Cheers.

~KR (13 July 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
14 July 2007
Saturday. There was supposed be footy practice, but with only 3 confirmed attendees, i didn't bother with the drive. i shouuld show more commitment, but it's difficult to do when the temperature is already above 90 degrees F by 9am. So, I opted for air-conditioned entertainment and went to see Ratatouille instead. Brilliant!
As Ratatouille ended and I turned on my phone, I recieved a phone call from the folks at the airport, so I had to run home and make some quick changes to a script I'd written for their sort. But, dammit, I wasn't done with my air-conditioned entertainment, so I headed back out to No Frill's Grill. That's where I took this photo:
Hoses
The guys and gals that work this particular piece of modern machinery were at No Frill's having some much needed nourishment. While there, Terrill paged me and wanted to know if I wished to join he and his son for the new Harry Potter movie. I did, and enjoyed the "wickedest movie ever" (according to young Kyle). Then back to No Frill's for dinner and more beer. The firetruck was gone, but that was ok, I had my picture.
Cheers.

~KR (14 July 2007)

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eelend PRO 11 years ago
just arrived to your diary
you have very good pics here

i'll come back
:)


eelend's 2007
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
15 July 2007
For one complete day, I could not find my camera.
No photo today, move along.
;-)

Cheers.
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
16 July 2007
...and once again, I feel caught up.
This is a dirty, white chair. I loved the hard lines created by the sunlight on the white; it's a beautiful pattern.
Light on White
The photo in no way is indicative of my day, which was just as boring as most days are. Got up, went to work, went to the bar, went home, went to sleep. Somewhere in there, I took this photo of a diry, white chair. Fabulous life, eh?
Cheers.

~KR (16 July 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
17 July 2007
Wow. How much of a geek am I?
This is the best photo I took yesterday, which doesn't actually say very much about my photography skills, wot?
Map of Mordor
This is a hexagonal grid map of J.R.R. Tolkein's Middle-Earth as put out by Iron Crown Games and used by permission by Middle-Earth Games. It's a Play-by-Mail game that I am sometimes active in (although not currently). I am, however, helping them with some new scenario programming, which is kind of a kick.
Yeah, I'm a geek.
Cheers.

~KR (17 July 2007)

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
18 July 2007
My wife took a photo yesterday. A brilliant, engaging photo. It possibly ranks up there with one of the best photos she's ever taken. She chalks it down to fortuitous circumstances. While those circumstances undoubtedly played a part, I believe the ultimate credit goes to the fact that she is an artist at heart; and, having taken at least a photo a day for 8 months she is becoming quite the photographer as well.
I liked the photo so much, I immediately grabbed it as wallpaper for my computer. MB, it's a fantastic photo. You should be proud.
Monarch Monitor
The original is here; you can also see some of the others she took at the same time.
In the background of my photo you can see the map I posted on the 17th that adorns my cube wall.
Last night was a football match. I detest playing the Jayhawks. They're sore losers & even more sore winners. Perhaps I should care less, or more to the point, they should whinge less and cheat less and be generally much better sports about the game. I am closing on forty and can no longer compete at the level I wish to play. I'm frustrated with my play, my decisions and my overall attitude. When the other team decides to spoil what little fun I am having with their capricious comments and dramatic cheating I get even more frustrated. I sometimes wonder why I still play. I need to find an over-40 league and get away from these whiney babies.
Cheers.

~KR (18 July 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
19 July 2007
The day's only partway done, but I'm putting a photo up anyway. I'm not sure I'll have opportunity to take more, as my batteries are dying and I'm still hours from being able to replace them. So, this
Symbol
is a Symbol MC8138 handheld scanner. Since early November I've been surrounded by these things as we rolled out a replacement product and I was tasked with gathering them all up from locations spread throughout the US and Caribbean. I'm delighted to say that as of today, all the scanners have been sent in and all that remains is the final reconciliation which will involve mountains of paperwork and negotiations I'm sure. So, the image is not only timely but pertinent to my current musings & responsibilities.
Cheers.

~KR (19 July 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
20 July 2007
A different route to work this morning, fresh batteries in my camera and voila!
The Derelict
Instead of taking my normal route down Trinity, I took a back road. It's a nearly deserted route with many a photographic opportunity on it; if, that is, you're fond of dereliction and dilapidation. For that's what I encountered for nealry the entire length of the trek. This nearly-falling-down derelict I encountered when I had travelled approximatley half of the road. Much more to come I expect.
Cheers.

~KR (20 July 2007)
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
21 July 2007
Saturday.
Saturday's are made for drinking. This one was no exception. Brett, Jill & I headed down to the Rahr Brewery in Ft. Worth; the local brew with the 150-year history. More folks were going to join us, but they all backed out at the last moment (most of them, to their credit, were with good excuses). I took a number of photos of Brett & Jill, but none of them quite do justice to Jill's beauty, so I've chosen this one instead:
Unknown Smoker
Since the brewery itself is non-smoking, people either step out back to the loading dock, or up to this opening. I loved the silhouette he presented against the red-brick and crazy-coloured boarded up windows.
Flickr, for whatever reason, has started hiding my photgraph details that I've always included. It started happening on Friday, but I figured it was just a glitch. Here on Monday (yeah, I'm posting two days late), it's still not there. So, you'll get whatever song I'm listening to as I pen this.
Cheers.

~KR (21 July 2007)

Listening to:
The War Was in Color by Carbon Leaf on Love, Lost, Hope, Repeat
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
22 July 2007
Sunday.
Sunday's are made for football (with apologies to The Beautiful Game ).
We played the Jayhawks on Wednesday (I believe I wrote about it) where we lost 1-nil. Today we got to play them again. Due to all the rain we've had, the season has been elongated and they've stacked several games on top of each other in order to accomodate the full schedule. I never look forward to playing them. They're poor winners, they're poor losers, they're poor sports in general. At least they always have been. This game was a little different. They were missing several key players, and I guess it's those players that were the whingers because, with one noteable exception, there wasn't a whole lot of complaining going on (that I heard). We were, once again, shy on substitutes so I played most of the match, but during one brief spell on the sideline I took some photos. I liked this one best:
Leaving the Pitch
It shows just how large a field can be and how empty some pockets on the pitch are when they get abandoned. This is centre-pitch and should be full of players. We won the game 2-nil with yours truly getting the winning goal (it's a rareity these days, sadly).
Cheers.

~KR (22 July 2007)

Listening to:
Jolly Jolly Jolly Ego by The Dirty Projectors
on The Getty Address
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
23 July 2007
Typical Monday after work drive, especially this year. Thunderstorms brewing in the distance, occasional drops on the windscreen and I'm just making the drive home. With Marita Beth gone, I have no great desire to head home on any given day, but at least I do have the company of two dogs and a wizard by the name of Potter.
GazeboThis photo was taken at the corner of Trinity & Mosier Valley and is of the relatively newly erected gazebo near "Our Garden of Angels." It overlooks the Arlington Bottom (a 50-year flood plain) and onto the city of Ft. Worth. On clear days, you can see the attractive Ft. Worth city skyline; on this day, not so much. I wanted this photo to better than it is, but if you don't look too closely you can almost pretend that I got the shot I wanted.
Cheers.

~KR (23 July 2007)

Listening to:
What She's Doing Now by Garth Brooks
on Ropin' the Wind
Dragonhide 11 years ago
I know Iron Crown Games.. that makes me a geek too. Been a long tme though since I seen that hex map... Cool. :)
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
24 July 2007
Construction. That bane of every driver has come, in aces, to my neighbourhood. You see, a Wal-Mart is opening just over 2 miles from my house at the intersection of a busy FM highway and one of the primary arteries between Mansfield and Arlington. Despite much opposition and votes against the construction of this Wal-Mart, which necessitated the destruction of a beautiful section (one of the last in our area) of woodland, it is progressing. There does not seem to exist a direct correlation between surrounding property values and the existence of a Wal-Mart so certainly I can't use that as any sort of defensive stance. Although independent studies done by Thomas Muller on the effects of Wal-Marts in Iowa suggests that property values could decline by 16-20% in the years immediately following the erection of the sprawl. However, since each Wal-Mart also contributed about $2 million to the local tax base, the detrimental effect was overlooked at the micro level as the macro level tended to benefit. As a small business owner (Bannockburn Bridge & East Wind Games), I am petrified by the construction. Not only does the on-going construction have an immediate negative impact on traffic flow and pattern, the long-term shuttering of long-established retail outlets is, sadly, a foregone conclusion. Wal-Mart will force a number of smaller businesses in the area to finally make the difficult decision to nail shut their doors for good. Does Wal-Mart really need a fourth megaplex in a 5 mile radius? I would hazard that they do not; but what am I? Just a little guy in a really friggin' big world.
i took this photo for two reasons:
Construction
First, I took it to get the above diatribe out of me. It's cathartic, I feel better.
Second, my friend Terrill challenged me to take mono-or dual-chromatic photographs in order to better myself. It's easy, he says, to take a photo of highly-contrasting colours and make it work. It's much more difficult to take a photo consisting of only familial colours. So, that's what I've tried here. I espied the pattern on my way home, so at a friendly stop light, I leaned out the window and took the photo. The rusting rebar, the brown dirt, the dark shadows were all so very brown(ish), I thought "that's it - monochromatic!" It's not quite. But, close enough.
Cheers.

~KR (24 July 2007)

Listening to:
A Day Without Me by U2
on Boy
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
25 July 2007
This is one of the saddest sights I've seen in some time. Which, in a retrospective look at the previous sentence is probably a good thing.
Abandoned Hope
Stuffed toys represent, for me, that childhood innocence that is so quickly and easily lost as we grow "more mature." Who among us has not at some point in their life gone to sleep with that precious plush animal tucked gently underneath an arm? To see this bear, lonely & abandoned on a bench makes me weep for that innocence, for that hope, for that child.

On a brighter note, it's Fantasy Football time (that's Associated Football, not NFL or College or Arena Football, but instead that beautiful sport that Americans, and a growing number of Brits, call "Soccer"). My initial first go-through line-up looks like (from top to bottom):
Robin Van Persie
Dimitar Berbatov
Dietmar Hamann
Ryan Giggs
Scott Parker
Cristiano Ronaldo
Matthew Taylor
Stanislav Varga
Kolo Toure
Olof Mellberg
Marcus Hahnemann

I've been doing this with Yahoo!Sports for some years now. If you have the slightest desire to join, send me an email and I'll give you an invite for the private league I've created.

Cheers.

~KR (25 July 2007)

Listening to:
The Irish Rover by The Dubliners
on Spirit of the Irish
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
gorgeous photo, Bob. truly gorgeous
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
Thank you, glory defined. Thank you very much.
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
26 July 2007
Recently I read somewhere that there are two types of people in the world. There are "Rounders" and there are "Aggregators." I don't recall where I read the article, so I can't give proper credit, sadly; but the concept is so very simple. Everyone has problems, it's how you deal with those problems that define what type of person you are. If you look at a small problem and say, "nah, that's a tiny problem, no worries mate," then you are a "Rounder." If however, you look at that same problem and say to yourself, "great, just what I need another problem to screw up my life," then you are definitely an "Aggregator." I've always been an "Aggregator." My wife is a "Rounder." I, too, will be a "Rounder" someday, for it seems to me a much happier, healthier way to live. I laid all this out, because she and I had a row (what the hell's a row?) on the 26th about calories. She mentioned something about caloric intake and I, in typical "Aggregator" fashion, turned it into a much bigger problem than it was. Much bigger. It bothered me all day long that I had reacted to such a simple issue in such an irrational manner. So as I was sitting in a fast-food line on my way home, I took this photo:
Looking Up
...and I thought, "wow, that was a tiny problem and I turned it into something huge. I shouldn't do that. And I really should watch my caloric intake." I left the fast-food line and went home where I had a practically tasteless, but low in calories, Healthy Choice meal. Not quite sure why "healthy food" has to equate to "yucky food" but I suppose it does. And since I'd rather be here to celebrate my 50th anniversary with my wife (our 12th is a week from this upcoming Sunday), I suppose "yucky food" is it.
Cheers.

~KR (26 July 2007)

Listening to:
Was it Worth It? by Pet Shop Boys
on Discography: The Complete Singles Collection
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
27 July 2007
It's that time of year, when football's in the air. Here in America, both the College teams and the professional teams are gearing up while Arena football has made it's graceful exit. In Europe, the heat is getting on with the English Premier League soon to start with the first matches being played on 11 August. My team, the Arsenal who's 2004 strip is proudly photographed here
The Arsenal 2004 Home Strip
begin their season on 12 August in right proper fashion; a derby game against Fulham at Ashburton Grove. Only a few days remain until all the speculation, gossip, rumours & nerves have paid put to them and we find out just who really is ready for the new season. I just can't wait.
Cheers.

~KR (27 July 2007)

Listening to:
Thru by Kings of Tomorrow
on Shut Me Down
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
28 July 2007
Not only do I watch, but I play as well!
Adidas
Saturday mornings are made for football so says the Andrew Lloyd Webber Musical The Beautiful Game, and I couldn't agree more. So, on Saturday mornings, I drag my hungover butt out of bed and to a municipal park where I practice with my mates (when they can be arsed to get out of bed themselves). While squatting on my Arsenal towel pulling on my boots, I noticed the colour combination made by the ball-meets-sky-meets-grass junction. Luckily I had my camera with me.

From training I went to grab a pint and made plans with the bartender to hit a movie that night. So a few hours later, after a nice nap and a shower, I went back to the bar to pick up Joey so we could go see The Simpsons. If you were ever a fan of the TV show, treat yourself to an hour and a half long episode. Quite fun, really.

Cheers.

~KR (28 July 2007)

Listening to:
Bang Bang by Audio Bullies
on Shut Me Down
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
29 July 2007
Ok. So, I finished it. It took me longer than I wanted it to, but I finished the book on Saturday evening. It only felt right to use it as the subject for my photo.
The Wandmaker
I don't expect that I can get in trouble for posting a photograph of a partial page; at least I hope I can't. If I can, then there's something hopelessly screwed up with our current copyright and fair-use system. But, I imagine most of us knew that anyway. The book, in and of itself, is a very good read; J.K. Rowling can pace a novel better than most of her contemporaries. But, she also manages to wrap up all the little story elements in a wonderful, beautifully wrapped package. If you've not read any of her Harry Potter books, perhaps you should. But, if you're worried about your "indie cred" then perhaps you can wait for her next book. No, it won't be a Harry Potter book, but she has stated that the is already working on two new novels. Why rest on her billions when she can continue to do what she loves: write.
Cheers.

~KR (29 July 2007)

Listening to:
Xanadu by Olivia Newton John
on Hits From 1980
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
30 July 2007
I recently saw a beautiful photograph of...a kitchen spoon.
I thought, hell, I can do that, wot?
Yeah, I was wrong.
After quite a bit of photoshopping to make the photo even somewhat palatable, this is what we get:
Black and White Kitchen Utensils
Not quite the work of art I wanted.
Cheers.

~KR (30 July 2007)

Listening to:
Outside by Mariah Carey
on Butterfly
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
31 July 2007
I travel a lot. I've always travelled a lot. Many, many years ago, my sister took a trip to Colorado with our grandmother. When she returned, she brought with her a shotglass for me (I believe I had just turned drinking age). That started a life-long collection that continues to this day. However, I am a bit more picky than I was previously choosing to only get shotglasses from places I've never been and then only if it's a really cool shotglass. I also used to pick up thimbles for Marita Beth. That seems to have slacked off in recent years as I started buying her little stuffed animals that were indicative, in some fashion, of the location. Anyway, today's shot is of a few of those shotglasses and a few of those thimbles as they hang on our dining room wall.
Curio Box for Collectibles
July is over.
Cheers.

~KR (31 July 2007)

Listening to:
Take My Money and Run by Cuff the Duke
on a SXSW 2006 Showcasing Artist compilation
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
1 August 2007
I'm running a few days behind here, but I'll do my best to get caught up in the next day or so. This photo was taken on 1 August at my "local." No Frills Grill has been around for a great number of years, recently I've been frequenting it as it's the only non-smoking bar (with decent and inexpensive food) in my area. I can get a beer, a burger and good service for a little more than an up-sized meal at McDonald's. Furthermore, I can play Buzztime Trivia or Poker while I'm eating/drinking and the staff are lovely & friendly. In short, I like the place a lot. The photo
glasses
is of Coca-Cola glasses sitting on the bartop waiting for use. I loved the reflection of all the neon in the plastic.
BTW, Flickr has added back in the extended properties, so I will be including those. But, at the recommendation of several folks, I will also continue including the "Listening to" section.
Cheers.

~KR (1 August 2007)

Listening to:
Don't Rob Another Man's Castle by George Jones
on George Jones & Gene Pitney: For the First Time! Two Great Singers

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)
Aperture: f/3.2
Focal Length: 33.9 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
2 August 2007
Not a great photo really, but a springboard instead.
37:12.5
Do you see that time? That is 37 minutes, 12.5 seconds. That is how long it took me to get through a security line and into the "sterile area" at DFW airport. That does not include the amount of time I spent walking from one security gate to another hoping for a shorter line, nor does it include the several minutes I wasted in the queue before deciding to time the farce.
First the queue was HUGE, and it was no shorter at the other two portals I tried. Second, the First Class travellers and Uniformed Employees were rude as they jostled and pushed their way to the front. I've written about the woes of travel before and in specific the incredibly non-efficient TSA driven security queues, but even as much as I travel I'd not seen the likes of this. It's a good thing I arrived early enough to accomodate this brutal wait. I know for a fact that there are many folks still in the queue when their planes left. The queue was long, but I've waited in much longer queues that moved considerably faster. This wait was down to a variety of reasons.
First: there are three metal detector gates at this security portal. Only one was being used.
Second: The TSA continues to put their least-experienced professionals on the stools monitoring the bag scans. I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I heard her yell "bag check" in my 37+ minute wait.
Third: The only person able to perform this so-called "bag check" was also the only person that could manually wand female passengers. She was in no hurry to do anything.
Fourth: the signs telling travellers about the idiotic 3-1-1 rule are well inside the queue and nowhere near the complimentary quart-sized bags. I, personally, pointed several new travellers to the bags so they could unpack their liquids and re-pack them in the baggie. If this was done at the foot of the queue rather than at the point of screening, those behind wouldn't be so inconvenienced.
These are just simple things that can easily be addressed, but never are. I work in the travel industry for a major airline and even I detest air-travel in its current, sad, state of affairs.
Cheers.

~KR (2 August, 2007)

Listening to:
Brenda Stubbert's Reel/Metro B by Off Kilter
on Off Kilter

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
3 August 2007
How many times have I decried myself for lack of photos in a day. Perhaps I made up for it on this day. On the 3rd of August, I was in Racine, WI with my wife and two of my dearest friends, Kelly & Joseph. Kelly, sadly, had to leave us early in the day for work, but she was to rejoin us later. Joseph, while tethered to an electronic device of some sort for work, was able to join us for a lunch in downtown Racine. We walked from their fantastic house in the Southside Historic District to downtown Racine for lunch at The Ivanhoe. After leaving The Ivanhoe, we walked up the beatiful downtown Racine blocks marvelling at the array of lighthouses currently on display. You see, the City of Racine does some weird statue/sculpture thing every year. The subjects vary each year. 2002 was dogs, 2003 was cats, 2004 was bears, 2005 was fist & otters, 2006 (the first year I've seen it) was birds and this year was lighthouses. We continued on and found ourselves at Shillings, an absolutely delightful, if small, Irish Pub. We chatted away while having a libation whiling away the afternoon in a most excellent fashion. Soon, we returned home passing the Hardy House and several other landmarks. Kelly joined us not too much later and we headed north to Milwaukee. Already the day had been fun-filled and fantastic and unforgettable. Now came the brewery tour at Lakefront Brewery on the banks of the Milwaukee River. My goodness what a treat. We arrived a little early, bought a pint each of beer, purchased tickets to the tour and marvelled at the sheer number of people present. Our tour started soon enough with the first stop on the tour being...more beer. Hooray. Mark, our tour guide, descirbes the Lakefront Brewery tour as the "Animal House" of Brewery tours. He's not far off. This was truly one of the best, most fun brewery tours I've ever been on. I've been on a lot of brewery tours. Approximately half way through the tour we stopped for, yes, more beer. Early in the tour, Mark had glommed onto Joseph and grabbed him for "Guest Pourer" duty:
Pulling Beer
Joseph is the blurry one, because he was really hopping. Mark, not so much. It was great fun watching this. At the end of the tour, we exchanged our smallish plastic cup for a full-sized pint Lakefront Brewery pint glass full of...more beer. Hooray. Then it was on to the Fish Fry. This was the first Fish Fry in my life. Having a live polka band, fresh, delectable fish and great beer at a fabulous brewery with outstanding friends will make this a memory to cherish. I hope to repeat this fabulous experience sometime soon. I could probably pretty easily continue to wax about the joys of the day, but in short, it was one of the best times I've ever had in Wisconsin. Thank you Kelly, Joseph and most especially Marita Beth for making it so fantastic. Much love to you all.
Cheers.

~KR (3 August, 2007)

Listening to:
Mony Mony by Billy Idol
on Billboard Top 100 Of 1987

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
4 July 2007
After a marvelous day in Racine on the 3rd, it was time to give in and head back to MB's little corner of the world at her booth. We slept at Joseph & Kelly's house but had to be at faire for open. So, we got up a little early (much earlier than I'm used to doing on a Saturday) and headed to the faire. By the time the drive was done I was awake, so went ahead and clothed myself appropriately for the day and wandered out. I watched a number of shows, drank a number of beers, ate a number of food items and saw lots and lots of friends and strangers. This is one of those strangers:
The Tricorn
I don't know who he is, but I appreciated the feel of his character. I believe he is Bristol cast of some sort, but whether busker or masker I know not.
Late in the day, the skies opened up and the deluge started. But, it didn' t dampen the spirits surrounding and participating in the 9th annual Fire & Ice. I forgot to take my camera so have no pictures of it this year, and I can't seem to locate any from last year. I should remedy this next year.
Cheers.

~KR (4 August 2007)

Listening to:
Triple Concerto in C Major, Last Movement by Ludwig Van Beethoven
on Classics

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
5 August 2007
Happy 12th Anniversary, Marita Beth!
Marita Beth's fabulous staff at Bristol allowed her to spend an inordinate amount of time with me out and about on the Bristol Renaissance Festival grounds. We saw a lot of people and a few shows; we did a lot of shopping and a lot of walking. Unfortunately, my clothing for the faire doesn't allow space for my rather bulky camera. So, although I was carrying Marita Beth's smaller camera on me, I didn't take very many photos. After hours, having returned from Paul's birthday dinner at Red Robin in Pleasant Prarie, I took this photo:
Phographer by Night
It's looking down from the patio above Marita Beth's shop into the Pig & Whistle Pub. There's a belly dance show going on, but I was, in fact, fascinated by the seeming spotlight on the photographer. The stage faces away from Marita Beth's balcony, so I couldn't really see the belly dancing anyway.
Cheers.

~KR (5 August 2007)

Listening to:
One Hundred Years by Tallboy
on King Street Healers

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
6 August, 2007
Sad to leave Wisconsin/Illinois and sadder still to leave my wife and friends behind, but glad to have my dogs back with me. It's silly how much I miss them when they're not with me. This is Cormac, a side-view mirror, my fingers and a Taco Bell.
Hungry Cormac
On Friday last, I took more photos than I knew what to do with. i repeated that feat on Saturday and a little lesser on Sunday. This Monday, i took two bad photos. I guess I'm just tired of photos of Airport interiors. So, a photo of a hungry border collie sniffing the Taco Bell odors as photographed through a side-view mirror by a tired man in a vibrating car is what we have.
Cheers.

~KR (6 August 2007)

Listening to:
To One in Paradise by The Alan Parsons Project
on Tales Of Mystery And Imagination

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
7 August 2007
My friend Terrill has just started a new endeavour. He, and some colleagues/friends are running a small company putting together and hosting poker tournaments. Yeah, it's that big. They've just got their domain and are in the process of building a quick-to-market website (they already have clients and need to get this done quickly). Terrill came to me, knowing my affiliation with games, and asked if I had a deck of cards on me. "But, of course," I replied and handed them to him. He pulled out five cards, fanned them out and asked me to take a picture. Heh. It was a Royal Flush in spades. A hand I've never seen actually happen in a game, but the most recognizable hand in all of poker. They needed a logo and this was going to be part of it. When they have the site, completed, I'll post the URL here. But, in the meantime, all you get is the base image:
The Royal Flush
Cheers

~KR (7 August, 2007)

Listening to:
Me Heart is Livin' in the Sixties STill by The Saw Doctors
on Play It Again Sham!

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
8 August 2007
As if I couldn't get enough of airports, off I had to go. Back to DFW on the 8th to get my hands measured. Yeah. New bio-metric measurements required for all badge-carrying employees. Luckily it was pretty quick & easy (unlike my last trip to that office).
On the way out, back to my car, I happened to look up as I was crossing the street. The juxtaposition caught my eye and out came the camera.
Grand Hyatt
This is part of Termina D at DFW. The building on the left is the parking garage, while the building to the write is a little more obvious. It truly is an excellent terminal with so much on offer, including the beautiful Grand Hyatt Hotel.
Cheers.

~KR (8 August 2007)

Listening to:
Song of the Dunadan by Glass Hammer
on Journey Of The Dunadan

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
9 August 2007
Yesterday. And, I'm caught up again.
Yesterday was an inordinately busy day. Not sure why, it just seemed very busy and, as a result, went by pretty quickly. This photo is of me pencilling yet another meeting into an already busy calendar. I try to remember to write them all down as opposed to just using the electronic version. But, I'm a woefully disorganized person at times, and I prefer to just let my electronic, work-supplied leash remind me when I'm supposed to be where. I write them down for my wife. Not so that she can look at my calendar, but because she is organising me. And by that, I mean, she wants me to be more organised, and is trying to help. So, here's a photo of me pencilling yet another meeting into an already busy calendar. I already said that, didn't I?
Hand at Work
Cheers.

~KR (9 August 2007)

Listening to:
30 million People by Part Chimp
on I Am Come

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
10 August 2007
Friday, finally, and another day that just got away. At 5, the boss came to me and said, we can finish this up at any joint with WiFi; so off we went to (where else?) No Frills Grill. We worked for at least 2 maybe 3 more hours. On the way I spied this crazy little bit of machinery:
construction_equipment
It's in that construction zone I waxed about previously, but what was most amusing about it and the reason I took the photo was its size. It's small. Quite small, really, for a piece of destruction equipment. I didn't notice when I took the photo, leaned out of my car window as I was, the Whataburger cup on the butt of the machine. I guess its synchronistic appearance in the photo puts paid to my amusement at how small it was. That cup looks absolutely monstrous in comparative size.
Oh, and in the trees you can see the vestigates of the "webs" created by those parasitic webworms that invaded North Texas earlier this year.
Cheers.

~KR (10 August 2007)

Listening to:
My Funny Valentine by Keith Jarrett
on Still Live

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
11 August 2007
Saturday. Despite the (finally) beginning of the English Football season; despite the fact that I can watch football on two different channels; I was feeling low. Probably because I was not in Wisconsin. Possibly because it was 103 degrees outside my door. Either way, I couldn't really be arsed to do anything. My personal football training was cancelled due to general malaise and I'm guessing that weighed in on the overall feeling of the day. Blue & Blurry.
Blue & Blurry
Cheers.

~KR (11 August 2007)

Listening to:
All You Need is Love by The Beatles
on The Beatles 1

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
12 August 2007
Sunday. What're Sunday's for? Football, that's what!
Sadly, I didn't get to play in the second to last game of our football season. And, I think I'm glad. The pitch-side temperature according to reports was 104 degrees Farenheit. I'd have likely keeled over from that kind of heat.
I did get to watch my Gunners play against Fulham though. A lovely 2-1 win at the Emirates to start the season. And that in spite of Lehmann's howler at the 57 second mark. Had Arsenal lost, likely this would be a different photo. But, since they won, I figured a photo of the shirt I was wearing, a 2003 Arsenal away strip, might be appropriate. Of course, I wasn't wearing it during the photo, but none-the-less, we're calling it my lucky strip. At least for now.
2003 Arsenal Away Strip
Cheers.

~KR (12 August 2007)

Listening to:
The Prince Song by Ghetto Pony
on Post Apocalyptic Bubblegum Music

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
13 August 2007
Monday the 13th. The day started with a bang when my boss decided it was time for me to host the daily conference call. I've been listening to the calls for years now, but had never really needed to participate overmuch. Now, I was hosting the thing. I'm sure my nervousness squeaked out in my voice, but i muddled through and managed to get through my day successfully.
Outside, the temperature ranged from hot to bloody damn hot. I did not play in my team's final game of the season. The Strikers did win, though, meaning we may or may not be relegated. I think that will boil down to penalty points (that is: points deducted from our total because we didn't do certain things). The day also happens to be Brett's birthday (Happy Birthday, mate!). To celebrate we went to Taco Cabana. Then, Brett, Jill & I wound our way down to No Frills Grill for the final set of natal libations. Through all of this, I didn't take a single photo. Nope. Not one. Luckily my friend, Cormac, stood still long enough in the midnight hour for me to snap this shot:
Ol' Yellow Eyes
I tried to Photoshop the yellow out of his eyes, but after a few attempts, I gave up and left it there. They lend a certain mystique.
Cheers.

~KR (13 August 2007)

Listening to:
Airegin by John Coates
on Piano ... Forte!!

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
14 August 2007
Some days, even when you take a bunch of photos, you choose one that is not as good as the others simply because of the story it tells. This is the case here.
abandoned
This ex-Exxon station sits on the corner of an extremely busy intersection at one of the several Arlington - Ft. Worth meeting spots. A major North-South artery meets a major East-West highway right here. And somehow, they couldn't keep this gas station in business. Years ago, a Chevron sat on the other side of the street (the Southwest corner), but it closed down and is just a shambles of a structure now. This Exxon has only recently closed. No seems to know why, or isn't telling. I find it very interesting that one of the largest, most-successful (financially) businesses in Corporate American history could not make a go of it at this location. It's not as though there's competition in the area; the nearest gas station is more than a mile in any direction from here. It's not as though the route is not travelled. I know I personally cross this intersection no fewer than 10 times a week...and I'm not alone in doing so. Perhaps, and I admit to pleasure if it's true, it's a sign of coming times and the Exxon-Mobile behemoth will soon be brought to task. One can only hope.
Cheers

~KR (14 August 2007)

Listening to:
Sledgehammer by Peter Gabriel
on Billboard Top 100 of 1986

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
15 August 2007
Thank you Ron & Tracy. Thanks for watching our puppies for us while I went North for most of a week. Your ability to do this for us is such a boon, such a blessing. Thank you.
This is Cormac.
cormac_travellingYou've met him before. He loves to travel. I was driving down the highway and I could see him running back and forth along the back seat in my rear-view mirror. Without looking, I snapped this photo over my shoulder of his frantic antics.
Personally I like the abstract; the way the photo composed itself without my assistance.
Cheers.


~KR (15 August 2007)

Listening to:
Round and Round by Perry Como
on Round and Round and Other Hits

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
16 August 2007
maison_manussier
The Maison Manussier in Wisconsin. I try not to be jealous, it's such an ugly emotion. But, in this case, I well and truly am envious in so many ways. Joseph and Kelly have such a delightful house in such a beautiful old historic city. There's just not much to not be jealous about.
I arrived in Chicago, made my rounds, had my meetings and listened in on my calls. Long before i was done, I was done simply because I knew what it was leading to. I was entering vacation mode. Marita Beth was a little later than anticipated in picking me up, but that was fine as there really was quite a bit of work to do. When she did get there, we shot immediately northbound on the 94 to Racine, Wisconsin for a party at the Maison Manussier. A great, fun party with marvelous food, good beer and great friends. What more could I ask for to start the vacation off right? Yes, the sky was every bit as grey as it looks.
Cheers.

~KR (16 August 2007)

Listening to:
Misirlou by E Muzeki
on Mavra Matia

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
17 August 2007
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Home to the largest Irish Festival in the United States. Also home to Highbury Pub:
Highbury Pub
Some weeks back, my friend Joseph sent me an email. Contained in that email was simply www.thehighbury.com/. Now, those who know me, as Joseph so obviously does, know that I have a love (call it what it is...it's an obsession) with the Arsenal FC. That passion stretches back to the early 70's when I was but a wee tot on my Da's knee watching footy on the telly in black & white. To find a pub in Milwaukee so obviously dedicated to the religion that is football and the specific denomination that is Arsenal filled me with an almost rapturous joy. A pilgrimmage was on the horizon and I was going to take advantage of the fact that I was headed to Milwaukee for the Irish Festival to visit this mecca. It was closed.
Several more attempts were made to visit this shrine-they all failed to bear fruit. Perhaps the fruit would have been poison, who knows. One day, I will have a pint while watching my Gunners thrash some Spurs or perhaps some Red Devils or Blues while sitting on a stool in this hallowed place. Until then, I can only hope that the envisioned heaven matches the reality.
Cheers.

~KR (17 August 2007)

Listening to:
Go Insane by Lower Class Brats
on a SXSW 2007 Showcasing Artists compilation

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
18 August 2007
Some would call Marita Beth's life glamorous, or full of adventure. Some are even jealous of her travelling schedule. I think if those folk knew the truth, they might think otherwise. Certainly there are aspects of her life that are to be envied or emulated. But, when you recall the specifics of her living arrangements, perhaps it's not so grand.
View Out the Door
This photo is taken from inside her living quarters. It spans across the catwalk that she must traverse every time she wishes to leave her space; the photo continues on to look over the roof that she must walk on to get to the stairs; there we get a view of the rail that prevents her from falling off the roof in the middle of the night. The photo is taken through the screen, which causes a little bit of fuzziness to the photo and a cool star-pattern from the lights, but ultimately is there to keep out the dog-sized mosquitos that litter the air. Yes, there is much to admire about Marita Beth and her lifestyle, but at times, I don't envy it so much. All I can say is that I miss her terribly when she's gone.
Cheers.

~KR (18 August 2007)

Listening to:
Post Script by Gary Burton & Chick Corea
on Native Sense

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
19 August 2007
What a day.
For the first time since Bristol Faire became Bristol Faire, it did not open on a day it was supposed to open. The rain was soft and gentle and sporadic most of Saturday until about 8pm. The skies opened. It rained hard and harder and then hard again until about 8am. That 12 hours and nearly 7" of rain prompted a difficult decision -- to not open. It was primarily for the safety of the patrons that this decision was made, and I for one, applaud the choice. But, you know what this meant? Exploration day!
We had been meaning to go to Kenosha on Monday, but presented with this opportunity how could we not take advantage. So, into town we went in search of what had been described to me as, "the best hamburger you'll ever have." The description wasn't far off. Spanky's truly has one of the best burgers I've ever had the pleasure of eating. The joint itself wasn't too bad, either. I could spend time there. From there, we went out to the shore of Lake Michigan and took many photos of rocks and water spray and waves and lighthouses and each other. Much fun. Then, we joined Kat & Sean and Amber for a few more beers and made hystericals over my lack of hearing ("Don't Make Me Fuck a Latte, No!"). The day was starting to get a little long in the tooth and we were still in Kenosha, we'd made plans for dinner with Joseph and Kelly (even having so recently seen them for lunch at Spankys - we really do love those two). So, we trundled through the rain and floody places toward Racine on the WI32. Suddenly a loud "ohhh, I want a picture of that!" spun my head, but not in time. I turned around and drove into the parking area of Carthage University to get a photo of this Red Bridge that Marita Beth had espied from the 32. I had to escape the car in order to get a photo, but being in sandles I didn't wish to walk too far in the wet, muddy grass. Nonetheless, I think the photo is quite nice in and of itself, even without the surrounding narrative.
Red Bridge
And still, the day wasn't over. We picked up J & K and headed to the Carlton Grange in Milwaukee for a delightful meal. That's a place I could easily spend too much time and money in. Quite late in the evening, Marita Beth and I returned home to her abode sated, happy and in love.
Cheers.

~KR (19 August 2007)

Listening to:
Lullaby by On the Rocks
on OTR

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
20 August 2007
How could we possibly top yesterday's events? We tried.
It was a late start to the day and when we finally did get moving, I was pretty famished. My only criteria was "someplace I've not been." So, off we went for some, fairly decent, Tex-Mex at El Sarape in Kenosha. We were joined for sustenance by Shannon, Kelly & Joseph. A short shopping trip and a little bit of driving later, we found ourselves pretty near our ultimate destination for the day. Since we were a little early, we stopped by this German-looking...and named, placed, Gerhard's. We were the only two in the restaurant so had the full attention of the bar-tender. Marita Beth was kind of beer'ed out, but I can almost always be talked into one. I had a delightful season brew from Berghoff's and took this photo of the stained glass in the bar area.
The Window
I hope to return there some day for dinner (the menu looked very inviting).
From Gerhard's we made our way a few blocks to Chad's house for a house-warming party that was, once again, great fun and filled with fine food & friends. A batch of noshes & a gallery reading later, and we were both shattered and ready to head home, sadly. Tomorrow, I head home.
Cheers.

~KR (20 August 2007)

Listening to:
Cinderella Search by Marillion
on Kayleigh

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
21 August 2007
Tuesday, and I'm home.
What a wonderful last few days this was. One of the best trips I think I've ever had to Wisconsin. Weather was great (I love the rain, thank you very much), many good times and laughs were had and shared. Could it have been more grand? The only sad part is that there now exists some 2000+ miles between my family & friends in Wisconsin and myself. That, and this stack of mail!
The Stack
That's four days worth of crap that filled my mailbox. A handful of bills, some Netflix videos, a few magazines & catalogues, but the majority of it will end up in recycling in the very near future. It's so very, very wasteful.
But, I have my dogs back (thanks again, Ron & Family) and that pleases me. So, I'll continue on my merry way here in Texas while some of my dearest friends, and my wife, continue to enjoy their lifes & lifestyles in Wisconsin.
Cheers.

~KR (21 August 2007)

Listening to:
There You'll Be by Faith Hill
on Pearl Harbor Soundtrack

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
22 August 2007
How very little time it takes to get back to the common, the familiar, the mundane. I've only been home one day, yet after work, because there's no one to go home to (dogs only slightly count on that front), I went to a bar with Terrill. I do this frequently for several reasons. I love the way it affords me an opportunity to wind down after yet another stressful day at work. i enjoy Terrill's (and whoever else shows up) company. I like beer.
The Tap-In
This is the Tap-In. It's in Grapevine. Not my normal stomping grounds, but Terrill had a meeting up North in the Grapevine/Southlake area and I went up there. It caused me no pain, and the Tap-In is a nice enough joint. I would prefer it much more if the cigars they sell next door weren't allowed to be smoked. But, hey it's a bar, right? Although rumour has it that Grapevine is about to go smoke-free. Maybe Ft. Worth would grow some balls and follow suit since they seem incapable of leading the way.
Cheers.

~KR (22 August 2007)

Listening to:
Chickenman by Indigo Girls
on Rites Of Passage

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
23 August 2007
This day was done. I was done. Completely shattered and not wishing much in the way of company. I was nearly relieved when Terrill decided not to join me at the bar (that doens't happen very frequently). With no company, I decided to go home and spend a quiet evening at the house. I pulled into the driveway, got out of my little Mitshubishi and walked to this massive Black Oak that resides in my front yard. I placed the camera against the bark and shot upward not even bothering to compose. I took four shots that way, moving the camera a little each time to achieve a different view. I like this one:
Up a Tree
It sort of composed itself with the ivy moving to a vanishing point that exists at about the spot that the overhead branches diverge. I might very well have even composed the shot that way. On the left hand side there is a fuzzy little blur. That is a web-worm, or tent-caterpillar, or whatever you call those vile little parasites. I killed it.
Cheers.

~KR (23 August 2007)

Lisetning to:
Coverville-051018 by Brian Ibbott

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
24 August 2007
The Pipe. Who knows what it's ultimate purpose is, but it juts from the back-end of a Taco Bell and drips chronically.
Faucet
Sadly, all the photos with the in-motion drip, or larger drip, were a little blurry. I was sitting in my vehicle after a long day at work; so between the cars vibration and my own natural jitters, the photos were less than stellar.
I pay attention to a variety of web-sites and blogs & forums dedicated to the art of photography. I also try to participate in their Assignments. There were three assignments this week that I looked at: Half, Texture & Unfinished. This photo sort of fits all three of those. Bully for me.
Cheers.

~KR (24 August 2007)

Listening to:
Beautiful by Creed
on Human Clay

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.02 sec (1/50)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
25 August 2007
Saturday. Saturday's are made for football (recurring theme? Maybe!). So, up I got...early...to watch some quality footy on the telly. Then when the matches I cared about were done, so drove the 4 miles or so to No Frills Grill in Ft. Worth to meet some comrades for some downright American fun. It was time for the yearly Fantasy Football Draft...this time centered on the NFL, not the EPL. I've been playing in this FF league for about 6 years, but we've never had a Live Draft (since I joined). So, this was a first for me.
The draft was supposed to start at 2:15, but do to some technical gaffes, it got delayed to 5:30. What's a boy to do? Right! We stayed at the bar. Some of us had drive an hour or more to be there, and who was I to abandon my friends?
Fantasy Football Draft
That's one of my friends. He's plays under the name Texas Ranch Hands. I tried to capture the event with the camera. It didn't work so well, but I kind of like this photo.
Truth to tell, I don't really understand the appeal of American Football; it seems to be over-encumbered by laws of the game and game stoppages. But, there's no denying it's popularity and I do rather enjoy playing in the FF league. So, that was that: a full day of football, on two continents. Hooray, beer!
Cheers.

~KR (25 August 2007)

Listening to:
Fast Car by Tracy Chapman
on Billboard Top 100 of 1988

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 20.4 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
26 August 2007
1-Nil to the Arsenal. A familar refrain to those of us who have followed the Gunners. Perhaps it's a similar era with a new face on it. The Arsenal have changed crests, changed stadiums and, for the greater part, changed personnel. But the score remains the same.
Sunday's game was against a much-changed Manchester City who made a great show of it at the Emirates. I was starting to bite my nails frantically as the time kept ticking away. But, remembering late, I grabbed an Arsenal strip and donned it. Minutes later Cesc thundered an unstoppable shot into the onion bag. Whether it helps or not who am I to say. But, three games I don a strip. Three games we win. I'm certainly not one to stare chance in the face and laugh at it. I'll be wearing an Arsenal strip when we play Sparta mid-week, and I'll throw one on for the weekend, too, for good measure. As long as the Arsenal keep winning, I'll keep on calling the shirts lucky. Here's this week's lucky strip:
The Arsenal
(I do not know what the green blob is in the lower right corner.)
This is the gold Arsenal away strip worn in 2001/2002. It was the last year that Arsenal used the old crest and that colour strip. I'm also realtively sure that Arsenal never lost a game in that strip. Maybe they should bring it back, wot?
This photo might just work for the "Texture" assignment, too.
Cheers.

~KR (26 August 2007)

Listening to:
Sin Ella (Live) by Gipsy Kings
on The Very Best Of The Gipsy Kings - Volare - Cd 1

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.3 sec (3/10)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
27 August 2007
Still working on the Texture assignment, sort of. So, that's what this photo is:
Bungee Cord with Garbage
This is a bungee cord attached to the side of a large trailer that was completely full of trash. Refuse. Garbage. Rubbish. It was an amazing, if disgusting, sight to see. I suppose I should just be glad that all that trash was constrained by this sequence of bungee cords and grates rather than scattered about the ground.
Cheers.

~KR (27 August 2007)

Listening to:
Panama by Van Halen
on 1984

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
28 August 2007
Today is the day that everything went pear-shaped for me when it was instead supposed to be a lovely purple patch. The way it started and the way it progressed I figured I was in for a long day of living hell. It turns out that the pear-shape didn't last too long and returned to normal in the early afternoon. A little hiccough in the evening, but everything played out ok in the end.
But, because it had started so weird and rocky, I took a photo early and never really went back to revisit it. So, although it's not terribly texturous, it is an interesting jumble.
If Found Please Drop in any Mailbox
Cheers.

~KR (28 August 2007)

Listening to:
Bully by Steve Winwood
on About Time

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
29 August 2007
A better day at work, if only a little. However, it did wrap up nicely. A batch of co-workers, as stressed as myself, and I went to Rob's Billiards for some pool & beer. That's always great fun, but this time was a bit special; my friend Joseph, down from Wisconsin for a useability seminar (or some such), joined us for beer. He didn't play pool with us, but when we switched to shuffleboard, the man stepped right up. He and I knocked our competition for a right loop.
Shuffleboard
Cheers.

~KR (29 August 2007)

Listening to:
As Long As It Matters by Gin Blossoms
on Congratulations I'm Sorry

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I see it is 2 months since I last visited you diary. Somehow, you manage to post under my radar, although you are posting regularly. I admire the amount of work and detail you put into it, note that beer and football play big parts in your life. I see Arsenal play Portsmouth tomorrow. Don't forget to wear one of your shirts.
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
Thanks, RobW.
I appreciate the comments, even if they are 2 months apart.
And, believe you me, I'll have an Arsenal strip on tomorrow!
Up the Gunners!
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
30 August 2007
Sometimes the days just get away from you...completely.
A massive ramp-up at work combined with a car battery on its last legs created just enough stress in the day that a photo was the very last thing on my mind...truly.
Thus, this:
cat_and_hydrant
A cat, a light pole and a hydrant. At night, no less. I'm surprised the cat stayed still long enough for the photo to be even slightly acceptable. The only reason I pulled my camera out to take a photo was because the cat was stretched up against the hydrand; as if she wanted to unscrew the cap. It was quite the amusing image, but she'd noticed me by then and abandoned her cat-stretch.
Cheers.

~KR (30 August 2007)

Listening to:
Well, I'm not listening to anything. I'm sort of half-watching some Rugby on the telly.

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
31 August 2007
Today's photo is a guest photo. It is of me, not by me.
The day started with a car that barely started. So, I arranged with Terrill to follow me to the mechanic after work so they could check out the newly installed battery, making sure that it was good. We drove through the hideous rush-hour traffice on 360 and dropped off the car with a, how shall I say it, not very sharp tool. They were very short-staffed and on the very shy side of intelligent, so we hied it to a bar to wait it out. At that point, I tried to take photos with a camera that had dead batteries. Right. Dead batteries. Seemed to be the theme of the day. So, Terrill took this shot with his camera-phone and emailed it to me.
Me with a Shiner
It was the only photo taken on that Friday.
Cheers.

~KR (31 August 2007)

Listening to:
The Kilburn High Road by Flogging Molly
on Drunken Lullabies
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
1 September 2007
Saturday. Despite the fact that Saturday's are made for football, I got precious little footy in myself. First, I was awoken at god:16 in the morning with an Operational issue. My boss was soon to be headed south for the University of Texas opening day game, so I certainly wasn't going to ask him to help. He needed his sleep for the drive. So, work it was. I put in nearly a full day, then took a nap before getting some necessary errand-running done. After my nap I did go run some errands, stopping on the way to take this photo of a (assignment time) rather insignificant object.
Porta Loo
Insignificant and ignored by most, the porta-loo (porta-pooty, privy, porta-john) is by no means insignificant when needed. I enjoyed the dichotomy, if not the subject. Finding photos of the insignificant is much more difficult than I first thought.
Cheers.

~KR (1 September 2007)

Listening to:
A Tribute to Peador O'Donnell by Alison Krauss & Union Station
on Live (Disc 2)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
3 September 2007
Labor Day, despite it's name is a lazy day. So, lazy I was. I went to the movies (saw Death Sentence), I went to No Frill's Grill then I went back home. Between NFG and home, I pulled into a small construction zone (they're everywhere right now) and took a photo of a veritable mountain of metal things. I didn't really care for the composition on the first photo, so I took a close-up of the mountain:
Stacked
I liked this one much better. I wish every day was Labor Day.
Cheers.

~KR (3 September 2007)

Listening to:
Long Day by Matchbox Twenty
on Real World

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 34.7 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
2 September 2007
(I got these last two backwards...sorry)
Sunday. More errands to run, this time to Office Depot and various other office/work-related places. In the parking lot of Office Depot, they have these really beautiful trees. I'm not an arborologist or botanist or anything that would even remotely resemble someone who studies or works with trees or plants of any kind. But, I sure can appreciate their beauty. I took several photos, from various angles, I like the way this one turned out best:
Up a tree
I have no idea what type of tree (tall bush) it is, but it shor-nuff is purty.
Cheers.

~KR (2 September 2007)

Listening to:
Stinkfist by Tool
on ├ćnima

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 29.9 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
4 September 2007
It's Monday, September 10th and I'm just getting to photos taken on September 4th. The woes of a busy work schedule. The worst part about posting nearly a week after the photo was taken is that by that time I've lost the emotion that sparked the photo in the first place. I'm sure that this photo sparked some sort of righteous outrage in me. But, I can't recall exactly.
Abandoned Shopping Cart
I would imagine that I felt appalled at the state of our society. That I was angry at the volume of trash caught in the wheels. That perhaps I was even covertly thinking about how to get that shopping cart out of the drainage ditch and into my smallish car. Really, who hasn't wanted a shopping cart at one point or another. But today, six days later, I can't tell you a thing about what I was thinking.
Cheers.

~KR (4 September 2007)

Listening to:
Hungry Eyes by Merle Haggard
on Down Every Road - Disk 2

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 19.1 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
5 September 2007
The day started well enough, went rapidly downhill and then levelled out. It started raining in the morning then I got a call requiring an emergency side-trip before getting on my flight to LGA. No resolution was generated by my side trip, sadly, but there's a certain satisfaction in knowing that I've done everything right. Now, I just need to follow up and ensure that the parties that can fix the problem do fix the problem. The flight was uneventful, and after a quick seat-shuffle, not even too uncomfortable. We (Eric, Terrill & myself) arrived at La Guardia airport where Lou picked us up. We then high-tailed (actually not so much with the high-tailing, the traffic was horrendous!) it to Flushing for dinner & drinks.
MaggieMays
This is Maggie May's. An unassuming, but lovely pub with one of the most delightful barmaids I've seen in quite some time. Dawn (that was her name) was very witty and very on-the-spot. She even knew how to draw a good pint of Guinness! Anyway, the four of us finished up some hardware tinkering we had to do while we had our drinks. Then off to Bourbon Street for dinner. Bourbon Street is a N'awlins influenced restaurant across from Margaritas. I could have spent hours and hours and hours up & down the streets here. It reminded me of Nob Hill in Portland.
The business trip was just starting.
Cheers.

~KR (5 September 2007)

Listening to:
Man on the Moon by R.E.M.
on Automatic For The People

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.004 sec (1/250)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 8.1 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
6 September 2007
What a day. What a very, very long - yet fulfilling - day. The four of us, Lou, Terrill, Eric & myself spent the entire day in work, debug, work some more mode. It was quite fulfilling and proved the validity of the trip. However, by the end of the day, I was completely knackered. Lou took us to a place called Carasello for fairly decent, if expensive, Italian food. Then it was back to the hotel for some late night comeraderie and expensive drinks. Then it was to bed for another early morning the next day. And nary a photo in the entire proceedings. So, we have this lovely photo of the parking lot lights through a filthy (!!) window.
street_light_flares(6th)
Hooray.
Cheers.

~KR (6 sEptember 2007)

Lisetning to:
Winner Take All by Styx
on Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
7 September 2007
It's amazing to me how I can be in a new place and still not take a photo. Much of it is, I'm sure, down to the fact that I keep my camera in my backpack and it's not always easily accessible. It's just large enough that I can't carry it in my pockets. And, although I really do like my camera, I think perhaps I need something a little less space-hogging for my travelogues. For day-to-day use at home it's fine and I won't abandon it, but supplement it I think I must.
Friday, and again, no photos taken but this one:
figs(7th)
This is a photo of the Figs metal meets window logo in Laguardia Airport. We arrived early enough that the exceptionally non-existent security line left us with time to kill. If there's one thing I know how to do well, it's kill time in an Airport (except XNA which closes at some ridiculously early hour). Thus, the Figs.
Cheers.

~KR (7 September 2007)

Listening to:
Johnny Jump Up by Amadan
on The Swallowtail

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 24.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
8 September 2007
As I've mentioned before I pay attention to the photo "assignments" that come my way via blogs & forums I subscribe to. Two of the three assignments I get each week are assigned on Friday while the third comes to me on Monday. This week's Friday assignments were Purple & Soft. It is the Wednesday after those two assignments came out, but I'm posting for that Saturday photo. This is Purple.
Purple Kleenex Box
I was driving through a parking lot in South Arlington and my eyes were drawn to the purple newspaper box and the purple lightposts just outside the Taco Bell. But, I wasn't overwhelmed with the composition opportunities. Then, but 30 feet way, someone had dropped an empty Kleenex box next to an abandoned Mexican restaurant. Aha. So, now we have a Purple Kleenex box as fulfillment for Assignment number one. I'm sure that I gathered many a look as I crawled around in the filthy parking lot looking for a good angle to shoot my Purple. I think I got it with this one. I like the overall arrangement and exectuion of the image, even though it is a photo of someone's refuse.
I threw the box in the trash. Couldn't have someone else taking a photo of a Purple Kleenex box, could I?
Cheers.

~KR (8 September 2007)

Listening to:
Lady Luck by Tesla
on The Great Radio Controversy

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 23.7 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
9 September 2007
I went to see a movie on the 9th. I saw Shoot 'em Up, a ridiculously improbable, but infectiously fun action flick. When I left the theatre, I was confronted with this:
The Storm Approaches
The beginnings of a storm that the next day forced the cancellation of 40% of the flights into and out of DFW. Vicious.
Cheers.

~KR (9 September 2007)

Listening to:
Ain't Gone 'n' Give Up On Love by Eric Clapton
on Tribute To Stevie Ray Vaughan

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.006 sec (1/160)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
10 September 2007
When I left for work on Monday morning, I'd been away from Marita Beth for 3 weeks, and she'd been out of town for 11 weeks. When I got home Monday evening, there she was. Home. Safe, sound & beautiful. Did I take a photo to commemorate that? No. I suck, I'm sorry. Instead, as we were preparing for bed, I took this photo:
peanuts(10th)
I'd recently placed a restock order for East Wind Games and this was the packing material in the box. It harkens back to the Texture assignment rather than the Soft, Purple or Black & White assignments I currently have, but I like it anyway.
Cheers.

~KR (10 Septmber 2007)

Lisetning to:
Limbo Rock by the Champs
on Land of 1000 Dances

Camera:
Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.4 sec (2/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
11 September 2007
A day that changed so many lives and so many industries, forever. Flags flew at half-mast, prayers were said and songs were sung through the United States on this anniversary of a terrible thing. I chose as my subject for today the cemetary I drive by every day, The Garden of Angels. I've photographed it before, many times. But, I like this one a lot.
Garden of Angels...again
The people are gone, but their legacies, their families and memories of them remain. I'm not one to stand on ceremony, and I certainly don't wish to be placed in a box under 6 feet of dirt when I'm gone; but the amount of love and care that goes into keeping this little Garden clean and fresh is amazing. This dedication to the memories of those who have gone before is peaceful and happy. May those happy memories never fade.
Cheers.

~KR (11 September 2007)

Listening to:
Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
on Grace

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
12 September 2007
Don't you hate it when you think you've taken photos, a number of them even, then when you go to choose the best one of the day for your daily journal you find out that they're all rubbish. Either too blurry, or over/under-exposed or whatever. That happened today. I took a bunch of photos of my dogs on my way out the door this morning. All (ALL!) of them were too blurry for use (or even to keep...I trashed them). Luckily, I did snap a few shots in my office (read: cubicle) as well. This photo
scotland_sticker_12th
is of a Scotland auto bumper sticker that hangs on my wall directly in front of me over the phone. When things are bleak, or I'm stressed, I will sometimes sit and stare at the SCO on a white saltire and remember: "I work toward an ultimate goal. I want to retire to Scotland." This cleansing process works. I only wish I didn't have to do it quite so often.
Cheers.

~KR (12 September 2007)

Listening to:
Terra Nova by iLiKETRAiNS
on Progress Reform

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 27.9 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
13 September 2007
I had the opportunity to take a Business Ethics class today. It's all common sense you know, and anyone who can't understand the legal pitfalls created by ignoring ethical behaviour really shouldn't have a job in corporate America. But, nonetheless we're required to take the class ever 5 years or so. Today was my day. It afforded me the opportunity to walk halls and pathways in the overly large work complex that I don't normally traverse. That's where this photo came from. I found myself in a deserted stairwell with a little bit of time to kill, so, voila!
Taking the Stairs
There's a series of them, but I liked this one best (even if it is a little fuzzy).
Cheers.

~KR (13 September 2007)

Listening to:
Flashdance...What a Feeling by Irene Cara
on Billboard Top 100 of 1983

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
14 September 2007
On the way home from work today, Marita Beth called. She was getting new glasses, but they wouldn't be ready for a little while yet. So, I told her to drive home, I'd pick her up, we'd grab a beer with Terrill and then go get her glasses. Terrill & I had planned this, sort of. We knew we had to try and get her out with me so he could give her a professionally printed, enlarged version of her excellent photograph. It made her cry. Unfortunately, immediately after the gifting and the joyous tears, Terrill received word that his little Boston Terrier Andy had to go back to the hospital. He'd had trouble breathing that morning and the vet's immediate diagnosis was an enlarged heart. That condition, apparently not uncommon in older, small-breed dogs, is treatable with medication and diet. So, Terrill left No Frills and headed home while MB and I finished our beer. After beer we went and got Marita Beth's really cute new glasses, then went to a Tex-Mex joint in Mansfield called Cha-Cha's. It's worth the trip.
This lamp is on the side of the well-designed building that houses the eyeglasses place alongside a massage and acupuncture therapist.
The Lamp
I'm very saddened to report that Andy passed less than 36 hours later, but luckily he was surrounded by a loving family and seemed to be in little pain.

R.I.P. Andy, you'll be missed.

~KR (14 September2007)

Listening to:
Able to Sustain by Drew Smith and His Band
on Double EP

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
15 September 2007
This is a weekend I look forward to all year long. It's the yearly Grapevine Grapefest, now in its 21st year. As per our norm, Joe, Starr, Marita Beth & I secured tickets to the People's Choice event. But, to start the day, MB & I had breakfast with Joe & Starr (and Troy and Alex) at the Capp's house. We were treated to absolutely delightful quiche, scones, coffee, tea, ,mimosa's, beer & fruit. Hooray for a great way to start the day.
I took a scad of photos and really had difficulty narrowing it down. But, I chose this one ultimately:
Cherub
It's a cherub that was on the base of a statue of the Madonna. I like statues, I like hand-made statues. But this one was creepy. It was being sold by someone called Trailer Couture (I think). Unusual offerings in an unusual setting.
Cheers.

~KR (15 September 2007)

Listening to:
Nat King Cole by Adam Green
on Jacket Full of Danger

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
16 September 2007
Nearly caught up am I. This is my last photo of the sequence of "catching up." After a lazy day in which MB and I saw a movie, had lunch & went grocery shopping, it was bedtime before I realized I hadn't a photo to my day. I grabbed my trusty Canon and took this just before I turned off all the lights for a peaceful sleep.
Lamp Shade
The camera is resting on the hem of the shade with the focal point on the texture in the centre of the image. I tilted the camera just a little to get a corner-to-corner line with the seam. In truth, I kind of like it.
Cheers.

~KR (16 September 2007)

Listening to:
Black Hole Sun by Soundgarden
on Superunknown

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
17 September 2007
As you've likely gleaned, I work in Corporate America. I'm not always happy about it, but it does (kind of) pay the bills. And for the greater part I'm proud to be part of the company I work for. I work at the Headquarters of one of the largest (if not the largest) employer in North Texas. This photo is of the hall formed by the mass of cubicles directly outside of my cube.
Cube Hall
I've no idea who that is that walked through the photo just as I pressed the shutter, but it speaks well. The headless, nameless almost etheral personage is pretty much the way most corporations see their employees. We're more a number than a name and are easily (and sometimes frequently) replaced. Ahh, the cubicle hall is also my cubicle hell.
Cheers.

~KR (17 September 2007)

Listening to:
Blue Monday by Tanghetto
on Mujer De Mi Hermano

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.2 sec (1/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
18 September 2007
Construction. Everywhere, construction. I suppose it's a sign of a burgeoning economy and more middle-class growth. To me, it's an eye-sore and a further strain on an over-peopled area. But, there are certainly things that no construction zone should ever be without: a hydrant, a pile of dirt and an empty box.
Hydrant & Box
This construction site is right next to my office building. So, I suppose it'll be good in that it'll offer a greater choice of food stuffs for lunch, more hotels for visiting travellers and a new gas station that will be far more convenient than either of the other two immediately available. Nonetheless, I could do without the constant construction & subsequent inconvenience.
Cheers.

~KR (18 September 2007)

Listening to:
I Hope You Meet Again by Saw Doctors
on If This Is Rock And Roll, I Want My Old Job Back

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
19 September 2007
On my way into work this morning, I was running a little late, so I figured what the heck, I'll add a couple more minutes, and I took a backroad that I don't frequently travel. While driving that secluded section of Mossier Valley road in Ft. Worth, I spied an Historical Marker I'd never seen before. I took photos of it thinking, "this is cool, I can use this for my photo assignment, 'In My Life'." However, I didn't because I liked this photo better:
Weeds & Barbed Wire
This barbed wire fence was directly in front of the historical plaque and rendered nearly invisible by the weeds. Why is it that so frequently it's the weeds that are prettiest in a garden? These bright yellow whatever-they-are caught the light just right and with the inclusion of the fencepost create a rich dichotomy I couldn't pass.
Ohhh, and the Arsenal vs. Sevilla match just finished at the Emirates. The Arsenal won handily with 3 goals to the good by Fabregas, Van Persie & Eduardo. Up the Gunners!
Cheers.

~KR (19 September 2007)

Listening to:
A Sort of Homecoming by U2
on Wide Awake in America

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
20 September 2007
Due to the magnanimous nature of some of our friends, and the niceties of the boss, Marita Beth & I went to see some Dallas Stars pre-season hockey last night at the American Airlines Center. My boss, despite the work-load hanging over our head, said, "Go. Don't miss your train." So, with a little bit of guilt (that quickly disappeared) and an ear-ache (that did not so quickly disappear), Marita Beth and I went to get tickets for the Trinity River Expressway. The TRE takes us from a train stop very near my office straight to Victory Station. This time around, we bypassed Victory Station and went on to Union Station where we hopped a Blue Line trolley to the West End station. There we met Adam & Bill at TGI Fridays for some before game libations (and food in MB's case). Then we hopped one of the numerous free omnibuses that shuttle folks back & forth to & from the game. Great fun. The season-long seats that Bill & Wendy and Terry & Deborah have are in row P in section 329. As you can see
The Zamboni & the Net
they are directly on the North End goal line and provide an excellent view of all action in this half of the ice. The far end is a little more difficult to see, but at this height, there's precious little that's not visible. In short, I think were I to buy season tickets to the Stars they might just be in a very similar place. Thanks, Terry & Deborah for offering up your seats to us last night. We had a great time.

Oh, I nearly forgot. I took all of my photos last night with Marita Beth's camera as mine is just too large to carry into a sports arena. I really need to take care of that.

Cheers.

~KR (20 September 2007)

Listening to:
Fields of Gold by Beer Bong
on Beer Bong

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
22 September 2007
Friday, and thank goodness. I got a good start on the day and was running early enough that I stopped on a sideroad to snap some shots. This road is a short little, abandoned feeder between Trinity & Mossier Valley in Ft. Worth.
Neglected Road
Perhaps abandoned is too strong a word, but it certainly is neglected. That includes the several houses (read: shacks) on the road, too. Quite an eye-opening experience driving a road like that in a "civilized" area like Ft. Worth. Makes me appreciate what I have.
Cheers.

~KR (21 September 2007)

Listening to:
Response by Gary Burton
on Duster

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
23 September 2007
Got up and hosted the conference call this morning as my boss headed south to a UT game. I then watched an absolutely marvelous Arsenal side demolish newly-promoted Derby in what essentially turned into an exhibition game at the Emirates. Quite a fun match. Following that was a trip to the store for the much-dreaded, yet anticipated, laptop purchase for MB. We settled on the computer she wanted and took it home. I then spent several hours configuring it while she went to her crop party (I'm not so into scrapbooking). After taking the configuration as far as I could without her, I took further advantage of her love for scrapbooking and indulged my love of movies. I went to see the third installment of a franchise that should have stopped after the first one. Resident Evil: Extinction, although better than the second movie is not really worth your time. Unless, that is, you just love to look at Jovovich. So, on my way out the door, I snapped this photo of the sun as seen through a green glass bauble hanging from the front porch eve:
Green Sun.
And, that all she wrote.
Cheers.

~KR (22 September 2007)

Listening to:
Since We Last Spoke by RJD2
on Since We Last Spoke

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
23 September 2007
Sunday. Had made grandiose plans (unbeknownst to MB) to get up, walk the dogs with her (something I just really don't do, but should), then go to Addison for the final day of their Oktoberfest. She got up with completely different plans in mind: she was sick. Very sick. So, being the dutiful husband, I stayed out of her way and got her things as she needed them. Although Oktoberfest didn't happen, that doesn't really matter, because I got to spend the day with her anyway. We worked some more on her computer, she slept a lot, I watched a lot of footy (including re-watching the fantastic Arsenal match from the day before). As the day disappeared and we approached bedtime, it became important to take a photo. As sick as she was, she didn't want that photo to be of her, but I took it anyway. I took some others, too, in case these didn't work. But, I like it. This is my wife in the glow of her new Vista-crippled HP laptop.
MY_WIFE
I should also mention that when I did get to sleep finally, I dreamt that my friend, Paul, was a cannibal. Not the Borneo, grass-wearing skirt, kind of cannibal. But, the really creepy married to the normal Canadian and living next door kind of cannibal. Weird.
Cheers.

~KR (23 September 2007)

Listening to:
Freedom by Blues Traveler
on Four

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
24 September 2007
Monday dawned and Marita Beth was still sick. Really sick, in fact. Neither of us got much sleep that night before (especially with that crazy dream about Paul - "I tried to help, but you know Paul, he's really finicky. He didn't like any of the meat I brought home." - Like I said, weird.). So, what with sleep deprivation, worry over my wife (last time she was this sick, it was menangitis) and the upcoming training sessions, my day was every bit as surreal as Marita Beth's day. To top it off, the photo I took,
candle
is the same subject as the photo she took. Weird.
Cheers

~KR (24 September 2007)

Watching Birmingham v Manchester United
on Fox Soccer Channel
Current Score: 0-1
Time: 92:01

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
25 September 2007
The Moth cometh.
The day came early, too early for me. Although I'm not averse to getting up early, I'm not used to getting up early and really getting a move on. Today, I had no choice. It was the first day of a three day train-the-trainer session, and I was one of three main trainers-to-be-trained. True that my boss, and our ever present contractor were there but still I felt a certain onus, a responsibility. So, I arrived bright and early to greet our two representatives from the training entity (our new vendor). I also greeted this fine fellow:
moth.
You can't quite glean his size from the photo, and that fault lies with the photographer (me)! He actually was a quite spectacular fellow. I've no idea his species, genus or phylum (is that correct?), but he was maginificent. Sadly, I believe he was also quite dead, or dying, as he didn't move at all when I touched him. Later in the day he was gone. I don't know what happened to him (her?). Did he fly off and live out his life, or did some unwitting boot or high-heeled toe take what little remained? Whatever, he was brilliant and beautiful.
Cheers.

~KR (25 September 2007)

Watching Scotland v Italy (Rugby)
on Setanta Sports (Delayed)
Current Score 3-0
Time: 2:08

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
26 September 2007
As you've likely sussed out, I'm behind again. The rapid posting behaviour only occurs when I'm days behing, if not weeks. In this case, I've done two posts, with 3 more to go before being up-to-snuff. One of the most frustrating things that occurs when i'm this far behind is that I will receive a new "assignment" between taking the photo and actually posting about it. This photo
Weave
would be great for the current assignment "Man-Made Abstract", but since I've not technically received that assignment yet, I will simply use this as "Yet Another Day in Which I didn't Take an Early Photo" image. I hope you don't mind.
Cheers.

~KR (26 September 2007)

Watching Scotland v Italy (Rugby)
on Setanta Sports (Delayed)
Current Score 6-7
Time: 15:40

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
27 September 2007
Day three of a three day training session, and I'm leaving a little late. Everyone decided to take a much-earned, much-needed bar break immediately after the session and before returning to the hotel, or home. So, after a few games of pool, a couple of drinks and some general discussion, I headed home. On the way, I saw this fabulous thunderhead lit by the brilliant setting sun:
thunderhead
This cloud apparently dropped half an hour or so of rain on the Ranger game that night as the game was delayed by 30 minutes. I didn't see any rain and the Rangers won, so I guess it's all good. I was driving in traffic and didn't have a good space to stop as I was driving through the bottoms; but I took the photo nonetheless. This is what came out. I really kinda dig the obvious movement in the foreground, yet the background focus (without trying) was distant enough to appear stationary. Lucky me.
Cheers.

~KR (27 September 2007)

Watching Scotland v Italy (Rugby)
on Setanta Sports (Delayed)
Current Score 12-10
Time: 39:07
(as an aside, Italy have never made the Quarter Finals. Scotland have never failed to make the Quarter Finals...Come on Scotland!!!)

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
28 September 2007
TGIF. Can it be said too many times? It was quite the week, but the week was over...finally. Knowing, this I slept in a little later than I had been and took a leisurely path to work. On the way, I stopped to take photos of yet another natural gas well. But, I decided on this one of the lock "protecting" the gate instead:
038?
Not that the images of the area aren't worth the posting, I just liked this one best. I believe I'm becoming a fan of the close-up, the bokeh and extreme depth of field photo. Not that I can't see the beauty in or even utilize other styles, I just think this is where my personal photographic journey is taking me.
Cheers.

~KR (28 September 2007)


Watching Scotland v Italy (Rugby)
on Setanta Sports (Delayed)
Current Score 18-13
Time: 56:54
(It's still too close to call, and has been a cracking match. If you're not watching the Rugby World Cup...shame on you)

**UPDATE**
Scotland are through to the Quarter Finals with a win over Italy

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
29 September 2007
Finally caught up again and posting yesterday's photo as is (was/should be) my habit.
Yesterday was a bit of a challenge. The day started with a conference call that didn't go as well as I would have wished, but wasn't all in all bad, either. A few issues to work out, that's all. Marita Beth emerged from the bedroom after finishing up The Dark is Rising and jokingly demanded her coffee. That simple joke set me off for no good reason, and the day began a rapid tumble downhill. Every single aspect of that downturn could have been avoided by simple communication, but I wasn't having any of it. What, talk with my wife? Actually communicate with her? *psshhh* Why would I do that? We did try to rescue the day by going to see a movie, but that turned into a bit of a mushup, too, as the movie we were going to see didn't sound enjoyable after all. So, we planned to see The Game Plan, but god's teeth there were a lot of kids in that theatre. We settled on The Kingdom, which I'd been wanting to see anyway, but MB had no desire to see (ooops, communication again). I walked out of there thinking that it was the most intelligent movie I'd seen all year. MB walked out of there an emotional wreck (precursed, I'm sure, by our already emotionally turbulent morning). From there, we had to make a quick journey to Fry's to pick up a 2.5" enclosure and a new screwdriver. The screwdriver is actually for work since the TSA confiscated mine on my last trip even though screwdrivers of under 6" are specifically listed in the "Allowable" portion of their website. Following Fry's we took a quick drive through the new shopping centre, The Highlands, to see what was coming in. We settled on BJ's Restaurant and Brewhouse. Delightful food and absolutely excellent Bock and college football on the telly. Good time, even though UT lost to Kansas State. I tried, during our visit there, to use MB's camera to capture my "Man-Made Abstract" assignment. This is what I got:
Utensils.
It's not quite as good as my previous unintentional entry, but it's an interesting shot nonetheless. The day ended with a Rugby match seeing Scotland go over Italy into the Quarter Finals of the Rugby World Cup. Then it was off to bed for a dreamless, much-needed, long sleep.
Cheers.

~KR (29 September 2007)

Watching Everton v Middlesborough (Associated Football)
on Fox Sports Channel (Live)
Current Score 2-0
Time: 58:19

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
30 September 2007
The final day of September, and although I never could recall that crazy little poem my wife so loves to quote, I'm well-aware of the day. We're moving into my favourite time of the year, and even here in Texas, it starts getting cool enough to be bearable. I'm hoping that we had enough rain over the spring and early summer that we'll actually have a fall-season. I'm hoping.
Yesterday I had to make a quick trip back to Fry's because the 2.5" enclosure I bought was the wrong kind. I didn't even know what a SATA connection was until I was face-to-face with one. I guess I had assumed that the PATA (ATA/IDE) connection would just continue to remain the standard. I was wrong. But, after figuring out exactly what I needed and returning the unneeded one, I headed back home to get it all set up. Painless, really, once the enclosure bit got sorted. Marita Beth now has all the bits & bobs she needed moved onto her new computer, and she has a built in portable back-up solution in the process. So, with that all done, it was time to teach her how to enter products into the inventory system within East Wind Games. Something that she is actually better suited to do than I, but didn't know how to accomplish. Well, like all good things, it did not go as planned. She got to looking at the existing category (non) orginisation and went slightly crazy. The next several hours were spent with her organizing (thank goodness) the haphazard category system I had established, while I entered some new products into the freshly organized listings. So much better now. This picture
Pirateology
is one of the newly acquired items. It's Pirateology, a fast-paced, enjoyable little card game. This version is the Splice version and comes in a little tin for easy transport. I needed to take some product photos, but it was too late, and I didnt' really want to drag out a light-box or anything, so I just played with Depth of Field photos. Certainly it won't be included in the product catalogue.
Cheers.

~KR (30 September 2007)

Listening to:
Red Hot by Ellegarden
on Riot on the Grill

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
1 October 2007
The best month of the year has just started. And you know what, it was a decent day. Marita Beth continued working on East Wind Games and making the inventory mess much happier, while I slaved away at my day-job. On the drive home, I passed through a typical construction zone in South Arlington and grabbed this photo while stopped at a stop light:
Construction Pylon.
It's a good thing I did, too, as it was the only photo I took. After gettting home, I ran around pulling together my footy kit since I had a game last night. I didn't get home from the game until just about 11:30. I was knackered and not up to more photography. So, I just hoped that the single shot would be ok. As it turns out it is. I like the way the orange pops out against the green hillside and the bluesky. I also like what I believe is a spider in the hole at the top of the pylon. Of course, I'd have never seen that from the car, it's just a serendipitous inclusion.
Cheers.

~KR (1 October 2007)

Listening to:
Wearing the Inside Out by Pink Floyd
on The Division Bell

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
2 October 2007
On the way into work this morning, I took that alternate route I sometimes take when I'm looking for a photo op. And, again, i wasn't disappointed. Although the photo tells a story that saddens me, it's a story and worth the telling. I'm a bibliophile. The subject of this photo is one that no bibliophile should ever be forced to see. This is a World Book Encyclopedia:
rld Book edia. There were dozens of them in a dirty, partially burned refuse pile at the dead end of a street. What prompts someone to seek to "destroy knowledge" by the burning or other destruction of books? Do they not know that that knowledge will persist no matter what ardent steps they take? I weep for the person(s) that performed this despicable act and hope fervently that the victims in this vilification remain only the inanimate, but no less lifeless, books.
Cheers.

~KR (2 October 2007)

Listening to:
Moments in Love by Art of Noise
on Moments In Love

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laheringer PRO 11 years ago
Sometimes possessions are a burden and there's no one that wants a 10 year old copy of the World Book Encyclopedia. We can't keep everything that was ever owned, we can't keep everything that was ever made.
crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
Very true, laheringer. I'm not advocating keeping everything, even books. However, the destruction and abandonment of anything is just wrong. This was a pile of partially burnt possessions at the end of a street. What's wrong with a Thrift store, or Goodwill, or the Salvation Army? You don't want the book, fine. But, don't just throw it in the street. Donate it to a library or a church or a school. That's all I'm saying.
crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
3 October 2007
Anyone who knows me, or has spent any time with me, knows that music is a passion. Almost all types of music at all times of the day. Terrestrial radio just doesn't do that. The inance, frequently banal, blathering of the disc jockeys proved to be more than I could handle. I subscribed to XM Radio.
XM Roady.
At first, I just bought my wife a subscription because she was travelling so much. I wanted her to have one-button access to the traffic & weather of the major cities she was visiting. Soon, however, as I listened to hers more & more, I realized what an absolute treasure satellite radio really is. Sure, I pay $14.00 a month for the 2 subscriptions; but to not have to suffer through the endless verbal masturbation of jockeys or the increasingly idiotic commercials is completely worth the expense. On the trip I have to make this weekend which will involve about 6 hours in the car by myself, XM radio will be a fine & welcome companion.
I do not work for XM Radio or its competitor or even in the industry. I'm just a satisfied customer.
Cheers.

~KR (3 October 2007)

Listening to:
Here We Go by C&C Music Factory
on Billboard Top 100 of 1991

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
4 October 2007
Some times the days just get away from you. You struggle through the day, barely making progress in the necessary manners. You forget things. Simple things.
Stumbling to bed, alone, I remembered that again I had taken no photo. Nearly a year into this experiment you'd think that it would come to the forefront of my thoughts more often than it does. But, no. Perhaps when I get a new camera that I can slip into my pocket alongside my cellphone, things may change. One can hope.
In the meantime, we have a green-tinted photo of the wallpaper in my livingroom. Marita Beth has mood lights scattered throughout the house in various colours. The green from this light illuminated the wallpaper behind the large mirror and caught my eye. I took the photo.
Green Wallaper
Cheers.

~KR (4 October 2007)

Listening to:
Don't Cry by Gun's N' Roses
on Live Era '87-'93

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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
5 October 2007
The first Friday in October. Always a day to look forward to because it's the day before TRF starts. Most years I really do look forward to it. This year, not so much. In fact, the only reason I went is because my darling wife was already there as were a bunch of my friends. With the astronomical (some might say criminal) cost of petrol, the rising, nearly ludicrous cost of boarding my two border collies, I very seriously contemplated not going. But, as I mentioned I missed my wife and she, in turn, needed me for work duties. She'd been unsuccessful in finding quality help before the show started, so I had to go down to TRF in full-on work mode. Not fun.
So, after a day at work trying to suss out some pretty serious show-stopping issues, I took the long drive down listening to my XM radio. I've talked for years about stopping and taking photos on the drive. I didn't except for one brief stop just outside Madisonville, TX and another in Anderson, TX. This photo is from Anderson.
Anderson Courthouse at Night
It's of the County Courthouse as taken at night (I should mention here that Anderson is not the County Seat of Anderson; it is, instead, the County Seat of Grimes County) The composition is a little wonky because I was sans tripod. Therefore, the road became my steady hand resulting in the photo you see.
Cheers.

~KR (5 October 2007)

Listening to:
Today by The Smashing Pumpkins
on Siamese Dream

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crazyBobcat PRO 11 years ago
6 October 2007
The Texas Renaissance Festival officially has begun. Day one of many, and the crowds just aren't here. At least that's the story the picture tells. The reality is that just over 26 thousand folks paid their way into the faire grounds on opening day. That's not a record, but it sure is impressive.
field o' green
This photo was taken at nearly 18:30 so I'm guessing that the majority of the folk are either at the excellent Christophe the Insultor show, or finding a seat for the marvelous fireworks display. Either way, the photo doesn't really show the sheer numbers of folk that came to play on this grossly hot & humid day.
One down, many more to go.
Cheers.

~KR (6 October 2007)

Listening to:
I Know It's Over by The Smiths
on Rank

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Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
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crazyBobcat PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by crazyBobcat (member) 11 years ago
7 October 2007
Sunday at TRF. It was hot & muggy and I was having none of it. I slept in a little, enjoying what I could from the weak A/C we have upstairs in the booth. But, then the phone call came. Seems the young lady that Marita Beth hired on Friday to work, suddenly caught ill and was at home. She wouldn't be in. So, I got up, begrudgingly, threw some clothes on and some coffee in, and did a wee bit of work. I wasn't much help, but I did manage to get Marita Beth's music organised so that the "booth music" is a little more pleasant.
I then took a stroll to say hello to folks that I wanted to see but was unable to on Saturday. By the time I got back to the shop, I was hot, tired & cranky. Time to go. So I did.
I stopped in Anderson again on the way home. I took more photos of the Grimes County courthouse and some photos of a dilapidated building that has intrigued me for years. But, what I chose to comment on was this photo of a fence:
Fanthorp Inn Fence.
This hand-made fence constrains the grounds of the Fanthorp Historic Inn. Apparently, Anderson was a stagecoach stop. The building was erected in 1834 and was alternately a mercantile establishment, the first post office in the region and latterly a hotel. Kenneth Lewis Anderson, the Vice-President of the Republic of Texas and, apparently, the namesake of the town took his final breath in the Fanthorp Inn. All of this information is on a stone tablet in front of the inn. I arrived during their one hour lunch break and was unable to actually visit the inn. I must remember to return.
Anyway, I liked the way the wood grain works against the green grass and the distant trees. The sky got washed out, but in the insanely harsh sunlight that doesn't really suprise nor distress me.
Cheers.

~KR (7 October 2007)

Listening to:
Kykeon by Love Spirals Downwards
on Ardor

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Aperture: f/3.2
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