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CollardGreens PRO 10:15pm, 5 January 2007
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Sometimes "oops" is what you say when you make a mistake - other times it is when you make a discovery - today "oops" means " CalibrationIntact "
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On my way down to Santa Barbara to visit my sister, we drove by Lake Cachuma. The hills are very dry and the day was quite hot. On the opposite side of the road a fire had started in the grass. I quicklly grabbed my sister's cell phone and dialed 911. 911 implies "emergency" right. Well, I was on hold for no less than 10 minutes before someone finally picked up. That blew my mind. Would if I was with someone who had just had a heart attack or was seriously injured in a car accident etc. Would if I was a child and had just seen my mom collapse and there was no one else around? I must say the fire department responded immediately when I finally got through.

( A Gypsy Outdoors)
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Whoa--I was just browsing through my contacts' photos, and I came across this photo that happened to be taken just before your 15Jul post.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
It seems this is a very hot summer in the south and a very unusually cool summer in the north...fire rage all over Italy and the med. Glad to hear the govts are cooperating with the aide.

I paid my vagabond dues in Firenze as the hotel did not have proper air conditioning...shower, flop on the bed - repeat all night long. Is it worth it ? - Hell yes !

We were to make a side trip to Bari but the temps said into the mid 40s - so we opted to stay cool at 37 !

Thanks Marc - the lamp was backlit by the morning clear blue sky. It was nice in color but the change to B&W brought the satin edge. Thanks.

One could imagine our hero vagabond hanging from the wheel struts while the water was dropped - finally to open a parasail and ala parascubasailorman...descend towards the sea !

It is best to start the call with 911 with an ear splitting scream...that gets their attention !! Sorry to hear it took so long...imagine indeed.

Must have been a wonderbread weekend to have all that wheat photographed !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
DockingTheFish
18JUL07 - CollardGreens

DockingTheFish

Here we have our intrepid fishermen. They were up before the dawn and out on the boat. They captured a fair boatload of flapping fish and brought it back for all to purchase right there on the dock.

We had waited patiently for the fishing boats in Imperia to return for lunch. They (5-6 boats near the same time) returned and presented the onlookers (us among them) with the morning catch. We chose 3 (we were three) nice dorads and took them to the waiting kitchen just in front of the docing area. 15 minutes later what was once wiggling happily in the sea was now deep in our happy bellies ! It was fresh, reasonably priced and very tastey...we ate them with the help of a wine from the same region I posted a photo of so long ago...starts with a V.

Anyway - I have lots of photos from later in the day (Firenze) but have not processed them yet. I could only think of the fish. A Vagabond's reward !!
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Duomo
19JUL07 - CollardGreens

Duomo

3500 square meters of surface area, 12 spires, 47 bas-reliefs, 192 statues. Think they went over the top on this one? Indeed.

The recently cleaned surfaces reflect the evening sunlight perfectly. I have loads of people shots in front but this says it all for me. Beautiful and majestic to be sure....but did the laborers eat well ?

A bit too much this one. One can only think that money was better spent elsewhere BUT - I do like the way it bounces the evening sun back into the camera !
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Mmm, the fresh fish sounds delightful! Mais pray tell how it was cooked! Did you have a little griddle yourself, take it to a restaurant, or did the fishermen offer their services? I love this about the coast - freshness and a lack of supply chain :)

And I'm a sucker for basilica and the like - beautiful shot - the sky is perfect against the reflection of the evening sun off that stone.

Profitez bien!
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That's a wonderful shot of the Duomo, against a blue sky and with the evening light.

Now, who was it who wanted to see a picture like this on your last trip?
eelend PRO 11 years ago
that's sooo beautiful
have a nice vagabond weekend :)


eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
There is a row of restaurants just at the dock. Not 5 star mind you but they know the routine...customers buy the fish, they cook the fish, customers eat the fish...they sell wine, cooking expertise and a table. Very good.

The Doumo has been cleaned over the last 3-4 years. First time I saw it, the color was pitch black from pollution. Now it is a beautifully restored example of gothic period construction.

I'll have to go back through and look ...Lucky White Girl - I didn't get the shot then - I think wine got in the way, oh well. The newly cleaned stone and the Italian evening summer sun combine with the ultra blue - and it really is that blue - to make high contrast. I will put some other detail photos on the Italian Set.

The vagabond is a tired one ! I cried to be uncomfortably warm a week or so ago...I got my wish. Be careful what you wish for. 38C in a business suit is not the way I wanted to loose kilos !
Dragonhide 11 years ago
OMG I fell so terribly behind. I am reading with such awe this journal-- I love love that drop plane picture it is AWESOME... like something you'd see in a magazine, I kid not.

*chewing on a baquette*
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
You should have seen me hopping over the car seat to get my camera and then screaming to slow down, speed up until we were right in the path...really lucky one. I whooped for an hour afterwards !! Thanks !
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
ArrivalsOnly
20JUL07

ArrivalsOnly

The end of a vagabond excursion into Italy. A week of new places and experiences to add to my collection. While great to be on the road - the trip home is always a welcome one. Usually I have a valise full of dirty clothes, a bag full of receipts and a list of things I will have to accomplish as a result of the trip.

So here we have the interior of Milano Centrale. I took the TGV into Torino and I will take it back out of Milano. I like train travel. It is civilized, inexpensive and usually runs perfectly on time...well not always on time but pretty close. You are not asked to take of your shoes and belt, no standing in line to get your ticket. In some cases you can even buy your ticket on the train after it has left the station. No speaches about how to fit on the oxygen mask or mandatory seatbelts. You can even use a sharp knife to cut up your apple without someone getting histerical. At 300 km/hour even long distances get shorter.

The trip home - always welcome. Arrivals Only
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Did anyone get the plate number of that truck ?
21JUL07

Did anyone get the plate number of that truck ?

From time to time in the professional vagabond's travels he/she picks up an unwelcome hitch hiker. The malady of unknown etiology, the stray food poisioning...it feels like a truck has run over you. Nothing works right...fever arrives...head aches...lethargy takes over and there is nothing to do but give in. You have to accept the malady and allow it's course to run. It is not pleasant and it ruins an otherwise great weekend. Take fluids, imodium, ibuprophen, and a little tender loveing care. It will pass...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Oh dear, CollardGreens under the weather? Too much fine Italian cuisine and wine? Too active in that hot weather? Best wishes for a leisured recoveryt, and a few weekend shots through your window. Follow the Tour on its climb through the Pyrrenees this afternoon. Or the Grand Prix, or the final round of the British Open, if golf is your bag.
(All of the above featured on the big screens at Freddie's Beach Bar today, a big sporting weekend. Plus a cricket test match between England and India).

Very nice train station B&W there, and I do agree about the advantages of rail travel. 300km/h is a far cry from my schooldays, when I used to travel from (then) Rhodesia to boarding school, 3 nights and two days on the train, wonderful adventures at the age of 12 to 16.

Regarding the Duomo, it has cleaned up marvellously. My photos are all from the 70's when it was dark and grimy. I must dig up some of my old slides to see the contrast.
sunshinecity 11 years ago
ahhh that Duomo shot.... spectacularly capturing Italy's essence, n'est pas? (as Phil would put it..)
It may be a bit over the top but I think it has its reason.

I too love train traveling. It's wonderful that we can cross Europe in such comfort and short time. It's a shame the US doesn't have such an organized and as vast a train system, considering the huge distances and vast spaces.

Sorry to hear about your illness. *kisses forehead*

~ sunshinecity - a picture, a story
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I have been watching the inside of my eyelids mostly. The meds make you pretty sleepy. I am sure I picked it up somewhere along the way home.

The food was really good in Italy (as always). The wine agreeable and my colleague a lot of fun.

Not too long ago the train ride into Italy took forever. It still moves pretty slow in the alps - but that is better anyway for the views.

Thanks - I always have a good trip in Italy. Hospitality is at the top. I too wonder why the us has never embraced high speed rail (Detroit). We have it good here concerning continental travel.

I firmly believe in keeping up our heritage sites - with whatever it takes to make them right. It is the right thing to do. My comment was more directed at the time of construction...I guess it did put a lot of people to work now that I think about it..

I'll be better very soon.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
They got cool hats
22JUL07 - CollardGreens

They got cool hats

Everyone, everywhere respects and appreciates the young men and women who devote (and sometimes give) their lives to saving others. It is a regimented life and each time they roll out, they are faced with the unexpected. They are fit and seem to carry out even the mundane calls with exact protocols and procedures. I am glad they are around.

Here we have what turned out to be a mundane call to investigate odors in the hall of the building across the street. 4-5 went inside fully loaded with impliments of the trade and 1 remained with the truck and prepared for the worst. Prepare for the worst...roll out the hoses, prepare the underground hydrants, get ready to roll into action. Fortunately this time it was nothing bad.

Oh yes - the uniforms...They got cool hats !
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
With you all the way on the train travel - and hope the food poisoning passes soon/has already, I've only experienced it once, after my second trip to Paris I got an acute form of it, and it was not pleasant.

(And of the train travel, love the marching ants.)
eelend PRO 11 years ago
i love the pic of the milano train station
and those firemen so red :)
(in basque, fireman is called "suhiltzaile", which means "the fire killer" :P)


eelend's 2007
friuduric 11 years ago
Ooooh. A professional vagabond with a camera! What a treat. I'll enjoy visiting your stream, for sure. I completely agree about train travel. It's something I miss here in the US -- being able to take the train. (In Des Moines -- the capital of Iowa, mind you! -- you have to drive 45 minutes to get to the nearest Amtrak station. Amtrak's been cutting routes left and right. Sheesh.)

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Sunshine- the USA DOES have a vast train network... unfortunately it has been neglected... I live 3 miles away from what used to be a very popular train stop in the 1800s, and it goes right into St. Louis the Gateway to the west... God, I wish it still existed. It would be so nice not to have to drive to the nearest city.

CG- food poisoning or "the bug" from traveling is really NOT fun... I had a bout of severe food poisoning when 17 yrs old on a camping trip in California with the family. We camped on the beach, and my parents were worried I would run into the sea and drown myself- as miserably sick as I was.

I hope you're as good as new now CG.. Your vagabond adventures look so awesome.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Not for the faint of heart...to be certain

Train stations mean that there is travel and travel is a requirement of life.

Welcome anytime here ! This is one of the great disappointments...USA is really set up for high speed land rail travel...a really nice way to see the countryside. Come back anytime

Thanks for lookin in on me !
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
SeeingSpots
23JUL07 - CollardGreens

SeeingSpots

Well - feeling better after a real bad weekend...so I tried to take a taste of a nice Corbieres...good stuff. Taking the photo however I noticed the dreaded SENSOR SPOT...I had dust all over my sensor and that had me SeeingSpots...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Poppy
24JUL07 - CollardGreens

Poppy

Monday was a quieter day - I went into the office against the will of my wife and my internal organs. It turned out ok so tried it again on Tuesday...better yet so I think I'm over this bit of whining !

Poppy - what gives them such magical powers ? What makes them so alien ? I suppose it is the way that they look...rather poddish.

We have them in the salon to cheer things up. Paris has been cool and rainy for weeks and we thought it was the thing to do.

I managed to clean the sensor without too much trouble but with a boatload of anxiety...read the disclaimers on the kits sometime ! Life is good.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I feel pretty
25JUL07 - CollardGreens

I Feel Pretty

I am posting this on Thursday and I feel pretty lucky. I had reformatted a card that should not have been. This is the only photo that was recovered BUT it was taken on the 25...so...

My colleagues at work both share a passion for top end watches. They spend as much on watches as we do on photo junk. One said to the other " when I wear this watch I feel pretty" ...I snapped the photo and the rest is history. Today I distorted the faces but left the important bits.

I feel lucky.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
TransformerAV
26JUL07 - CollardGreens

TransformerAV

Transformers are the little toys that look like cars or planes or boats but then with a series of manuevers turn into fighting robots. There is a film out now about this. I would like to go.

Each morning when I travel into the paris office, I pass this little moto repair shop. They have had the remains of a BMW moto out in front and it reminds me of a transformer in it's last days. Being sadly sold for spare parts...
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Not sure what it is about the TransformerAV shot but whatever it is, it works!

And as for the film, it was out yesterday, non? I want to go and see it too ^_^ Many an hour spent as a child playing with those...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I love that name - "Sapeurs-Pompiers". And the shiny hats. And that looks like a distinguished bottle of wine - you must be feeling better.
And you remind me that I have dust spots also. Time to get the blower out!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yeah Phil - I want to see it too. The scooter has been sitting for a while. Yesterday morning it hit me that the skeleton looked like a transformer toy !
Glow* 11 years ago
Do you have tips for cleaning sensor ? I tried once and the dust is still there :s
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Photoshop has made me lazy abut cleaning dust.. but I really should get off my butt and do that too.

The warnings about cleaning the sensors is enough to give you grey hair, I agree CG!!! Yikes

Top end watches is something I'll never understand... I'm so hard on watches... they don't DO anything but tell time.

Oh wait. My fancy watch ($30) tells time, has a chronometer AND compass direction it is facing! I bet THEIRS only have three clock hands! HA!

:-)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yep feeling much better but have not returned to full blown spice yet ! Blowers and sensors are not a good mix I have learned...I'll explain below

There are some tricks that I have learned over the last few days. The first is that no one takes any responsibility when you are cleaning..it is all on you. Little bulb blowers that you squeeze (whuft whuft) only blow more dust onto the sensor ...be very careful. There are swabs, brushes and vacuums (air canister) that all tell you they are the best. All tell the truth and all lie !!

I found that you will need a 3 level approach to cleaning. Some dust is easy and some is hard. I found a device that took away about 95% of the problem. Made by Pentax...it looks like a small bon bon on a stick - orange. In other words a "gummy bear" candy on a short stick. The material is a plastic that is a little sticky but does not leave a residue. You touch it gently to the dust and pull it straight out (in the instructions). This removed the best....BUT I still have a couple that are hard core. For these you will need a swab and maybe a few drops of pure methanol (available at beaumarche).

I can also tell you that it is a scarey experience to touch the €€€ sensor the first time but it is not that fragile...I will be on ave beaumarche on saturday looking for swabs etc. I still have some work to do.

The tales of how to do it correctly are by the hundreds on the internet...

With Nikon you have the ability to take a "dust reference" photo and then "fix" all your real photos while post processing in NX. You loose resolution but it seems to work acceptably.

All in all - I got my dust infection by changing lenses in very dusty places but that is where I needed to change them ! I think you need to learn to do regular maintenance that is gentle but often.
I have poppy pods in a vase in my living room as well-only mine have dried to that golden wheat color that they do. They used to grow in my garden until one day my young son (about 13 at the time) said to me "Hey, are those opium poppies?).
drab chicken [deleted] 11 years ago
hahahaha LaM!!!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
I've made the shallow cuts in just the right places and in just a few days will have the first collection !!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Grapes4Lunch
27JUL07 - CollardGreens

Grapes4Lunch

Today while the rest of the office was in another activity, I took my sac lunch down by the river and walked through the park. The rose garden is in full blume. Mixed in along the walkway are arbors with grape vvines. In my sac were some grapes and so I munched them under the grapes hence today: Grapes4Lunch.

Busy weekend coming up and then off to Portugal the beginning of next week. Rest well all...
What a lovely photograph of the grapes. This image evokes so many memories for me. Hot summer days picking grapes with my mother and sisters to earn money for our school clothes, an afternoon strolling throught the garden with a Corsican elder, playing under my grandmothers grapevines that grew up into her walnut trees.

Thank you

Have a wonderful time in the land of my ancestors. I will be excited to see the photographs from there.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Thanks for the sensor-cleaning advice, CG. Those grapes look so cool and ripe and delicious, What a spot for a grapey lunch.
friuduric 11 years ago
Mmm ... grapes for lunch (as long as they weren't Concord grapes --yech!)

Have a good weekend!

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
It is always a pleasure when a photo evokes an emotion / memory. I will take loads next week - perhaps some will turn out.

Thanks Rob !

These grapes are made for pressin...not too good for plain ol eatin...thanks for stopping by
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Velib
28JUL07 - CollardGreens

Velib

There is a new system of bikes in Paris, Phil and Glow have both reported and posted on them. I join them in this post and comment. I think the city of Paris has it's citizens best interests in mind. Social programs are everywhere and public awareness of these programs is high. Generally everyone is in agreement that the administration is doing a great job in this area. I join that thought. Not only the most beautiful (my opinion) city in the world but the most people friendly...good quality of life here.

We were out with some american expatriates who will all too soon repatriate to america. We wish them well and hope they adjust quickly. I have heard it is harder to return than to leave...

Good weekend to all.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
I'm sure you're right re quality of life. You're a living , breathing example, as are other Parisian posters (Lady BT et al).
Loca.... 11 years ago
Haven't read the last days, will have to come back for that. I just saw your comment and wanted to tell you that if by any chance you'll be able to get out one day from those meetings, i'll be so happy to meet you, so i'll mail you my phone just in case. If not, hope you have a wonderful time in Lisbon.
:))
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob...you know what they say...quality of life is what you make it. I plan on having a good quality whereever but for now this one suits me fine.

I have saved the number away in a good place. My first plans are however to head straight for the nearest place that sells nata...we'll see how it goes from there ! Cross fingers for good weather.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Flute
29JUL07 - CollardGreens

Farewell Flute

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, we have friends who will return to N America after 3 1/2 years here. Sounds like a long time but it really isn't. Just starting to feel comfortable and then uproot again. I wish them well but I surely would not want to do it. I think the return to homeland is often times a hard one. When you live abroad there is a certian special feeling you get about yourself. Accomplishments like going to the market to ask for your favorite product in local language (and it really is an accomplishment) ...suddenly the language / culture that you have been dipped in is removed.

Simple things like conversations in public. Suddenly they are all in your mother tongue and you hear them all..the mental traffic increases and can be overwhelming. Television / radio / newspapers all suddenly come into focus as the information overload starts. Nope - I'll keep my bliss thank you.

As I said - we wish them well and hope that each time they drink champagne they will think about the years they spent here.

Bon voyage.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
Beautiful light on the vélib shot - and I'm with you all the way on what Paris offers. Not just the social programs but the cultural ones too. It is a wonderful city.
And I especially like what you said to Rob with "quality of life is what you make it". I agree whole-heartedly.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
pics from 27th and 28th are really beautiful

eelend's 2007
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Is that champagne flute by the same guy notorious for the quintessential '80s art, like the cover of Duran Duran's Rio album?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
so true - so true

Thanks !

No clue here - really. I do like the Duran Duran cover however !!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
CompletelyUninspired
30JUL07 - CollardGreens

CompletelyUninspired

Today finds me struggling with a work project laid in my lap ...late ! A video project that has to be uplifting and at the same time show everyone's face at least once...crap - this would have been great if started 3 weeks ago. Now I am faced with a 1 day deadline and feeling CompletelyUninspired...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
SimpleTimes
31JUL07 - CollardGreens

SimpleTimes

OK project over and in the can. There are faces missing and video only mildly supportive...a far cry from uplifting and all inclusive...but hey ! If time is your only delivery criteria - then any work will do. You need proper planning and lead time to turn out a perfect work.

SO...leaning out the window for some inspiration, this shot came along and only briefly. Inspiration knocks and then moves on.

I find the older automobiles comforting somehow. They have character and soul. This old man of a car has plenty of both. I need a little bit of SimpleTimes now...perfect timing.
ebilflindas 11 years ago
Character, soul, and a thoughtful owner. Great capture!
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks Man ! Off to Portugal today...come along?
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Romain S. Donadio 11 years ago
Looks like a Peugeot 203. Same as my grand father's.
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
A fine old vehicle, expertly captured from your window. That champagne flute is so beautiful! I just have to get a pair of them. Have fun in Portugal! Hope you can get to Setubal and see dear Loca-Bandoca.
Loca.... Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Loca.... (member) 11 years ago
I hope so too.

The weather is great in here, to hot for me though. Hope you'll have a nice trip and a wonderful time in Portugal.
eelend PRO 11 years ago
yes, those old cars are fantastic
i wish i could have one
(but i'm not a good driver, i'm better –and safer– on foot)



eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Right on target - Peugeot 203. Don't know the year but would say early 50s .

Rob - the window comes through again !

We are in Sintra at a golf resort (and I don't play golf !) sequestered but treated wonderfully. I have about 400 shots from last evening's dinner. I have to sort out a good one.

Ahh the old cars - you don't drive them as much as wear them like an elegant set of clothes !

Thanks all - look for some highlights tonight or tomorrow.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Actually, old cars probably do need a little driving skill, with their antiquated mechanisms. Clutches and gear changes were quite different on the early 50's, where double-declutching was de riguer, cadence braking because no ABS then, starting with a choke etc etc.
Look forward to the highlights of your convention.
Loca.... 11 years ago
Sintra is such a nice place. It has a colder weather though so you might have some nicer weather then the one i'm having, it's to hot in here.
Hope you are enjoying your staying in Portugal. Don't they take you elsewhere? On a trip to Sintra maybe, it's a wonderful old town, i like it a lot.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Absolutely right Rob...as a mechanic myself, I enjoy the challenge of making them operate correctly - linkage, double clutching...knowing just where and how hard to press the shift lever...how many times to pat the carburator to charge the first crank. All that has really disappeared with computer controlled (and really better running) engines. I'm glad the old ones still roll.

Part of my job is to be sure that all the media we have created for the meeting operates and displays well. This means taking a sort of behind the scenes role. So not much in the way of recreation. I did pass through Sintra and you are right - it is a beautiful old town and I will someday come back for a more relaxed visit. I am afraid that for this trip, the luxury of a nap by the pool (and only a short one) is my recreation. Alas...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
PapalJardin
01AUG07 - CollardGreens

PapalJardin

The first day of a 4 day meeting involving selected sales and marketing individuals from all over the world (except USA...they have a separate meeting). Our hotel is beautifully set in the center of an ancient religious sanctuary. Here we see our welcome dinner - in the Papal Jardin. We are 212 attending and many have never met each other...there are also some old and good friends attending and for this I am happy to be involved.

The posts will be a bit delayed for a few days as...well there really is some hard work to do but...also good Portuguese hospitality to enjoy.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That looks like a very pleasant place to have a gathering with old friends and new colleagues. Enjoy!
Dragonhide 11 years ago
RobW- I learned to drive a stick in a 60s International Harvester farm pickup truck, and YES, they are very different! Thanks to learning on that truck I can drive anything! hehe

CollardGreen-- you describe exactly how I feel coming back to America after a month long stay in Spain. Roughly every two years, my family goes to the wife's homeland to stay with my in-laws for a month. A month's not very long- I look forward to a minimum of a year's stay in Spain- see a complete cycle of the seasons. Truth be told, I would probably like moving to Spain to live.

Coming home is hard. Having to adjust schedules al over again, and missing out on Siesta ... *sigh* that's the toughest adjustment :)

And.. you post some beautiful pictures!!!
Gypsy Flores Photography Posted 11 years ago. Edited by Gypsy Flores Photography (member) 11 years ago
Jallen you learned to drive in an International Harvester. Back in the early 70's I lived in an 1957 International Harvester van--one of the big ones. It had formerly been an ice cream truck. My late husband and I built a little house in it and we lived in Yosemite (he was on search and resuce and I worked for the park service), Arizona and Santa Cruz. My son was born in it. (Living in the metro van was a couple of years after living in a cave in Yosemite one winter). Ho-hum, eh?

I wish I were in Portugal right now.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Rob - New Icon ! Yes indeed a good place to catch up. Really an amazing amount of work but an amazing amount of fun !

Careful what you wish for...a year will turn into a lifetime. The pace and lifestyle of the Iberian pennisula will spoil you...thanks for the compliments!

LaM (and certainly Loca) - Portuguese hospitality and gentle nature make this a certain consideration for a pied a terre...really could adjust to the pace with no problem. Living in vans and caves...THAT would be a nice story to hear !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Monastery
02AUG07 - CollardGreens

Monastery

Portugal in years past was not a completely wealthy country...wealth in money terms. Her heritage - priceless. The government realized that it could not protect the religious and historical sites properly. A program was begun to relax a bit the laws governing protecting the sites...the program called for allowing commercial development of the sites within guidelines..meaning you could make a site into a hotel but you had to respect the historical nature of the property. The program has worked beautifully (google up "pousada" and "portugal").

The resort has completely respected the nature of the grounds and in fact protected / resored the property. I am pleased at this kind of cooperation. I hope to see more of these sites in the future.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
LockedGate
03AUG07 - CollardGreens

LockedGate

I had a couple of hours this afternoon to either nap or explore. I did both. Exploring the hotel grounds I came upon a locked gate. The gate was quite tall and I could not see over it so I had to look through lens glass from a distance. If you look close at the photo, it reveals a tiled fresco behind the gate - not yet restored by the hotel but will be in the future I was told. I begged to have someone open the gate to let me in but (and I understand completely) they told me that it was not allowed to disturb the area until work was finished. OK.... I will use my imagination....and a long lens.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
DownUnderFromAbove
04AUG07 - CollardGreens

DownUnderFromAbove

Today was an extremely busy day and all my shots were of people in the company doing company things...damn. I found this one in the collection that seemed funny to me. It is of my Australian colleagues and it was taken from my balcony....hence DownUnderFromAbove.

They were having a business meeting and I listened in...
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
CDGArrivals
05AUG07 - CollardGreens

CDGArrivals

With both the business meeting and the flight over I found this a most welcome sight. OK - they parked the plane at 2F and my car is at 2D but no matter - a slow (and long - with luggage in tow) walk to the proper garage and a slow drive home. Whew...next time I will build in time to have a meeting with our lady (Mme LocaBandoca) from Portugal...I would have liked that.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
Dragonhide 11 years ago
Wow, 05 is great! all these lines makes my eye jump from line to line.. nice!

La M- you also lived in a harvester van? Wow.. I'm very curious about these hints of stories... :) I'm a gypsy in heart with itchy feet after all...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Nice shots from Portugal. LOL at looking down on the Aussies, I always enjoy that in sporting terms, unfortunately doesn't happen often enough. The CDG shot shows the ultramodern architecture of the airport. I once saw more of it than I would like. I was left stranded at the departure gate when the flight was overbooked, and I was tardy obeying the boarding call. However, my luggage went without me to Washington DC,and nobody was particularly interested in my problem. After several hours, I was helped by a delightful blonde girl called Gabrielle, who routed me First Class on AA via Heathrow to New York, and I was reunited with my luggage before the business meeting started in Raleigh NC on Monday morning.

Two years later, I bumped into the same Gabrielle on the streets of Johannesburg, and I was able to repay my debt of gratitude by buying her a slap-up dinner. Excuse the diversion.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
Thanks - this one made me stop cold...and I was at the head of the "get off the plane" line - so I had to waddle slowly behind the amatures who take up the whole concourse width...worth it though. Thanks for the visit.

Hey there - the real thing is even better as you get a wonderful 3d effect as well.

Diverse away Rob - -that is what these pages are for. I hate missing flights and do my level best not to do so but it has happened...and before the increased security thing we live in now I even got on the wrong plane and was transported to the wrong city once just because I knew too well the CIN gate for florida and they had a gate change,,,, but that is another story,
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Another diversion!
eelend PRO 11 years ago
wow, what a wonderful shot, CG!!!!!
i also like the one of the people of your company

it seems they are playing
:)


eelend's 2007
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Exactly !

It was funny - with both shots I knew what the outcome would look like before I pressed the shutter....thanks !

Hey Marc - thanks for the thoughts and the correctly pronounced noon meal ! Thanks for coming around - I hope you enjoyed the peripherique...was it fast or slow? (The sandwich that is...)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
DoubleCross
06AUG07 - CollardGreens

Double Cross

I am pretty sad today - sorry to bring that here but it is a diary. Today two of my best and closest friends (we were to go on holiday together) heard that their son died in a tragic accident...far away and alone. I'm trying to make sense of it and can not. He was on a bicycle crossing of USA West Coast and Canada - hence the name Double Cross. He died happy...and maybe that is all any of us can ask for.
friuduric 11 years ago
As my girls get older, I realize that there will be more and more times when they will be away from me, for longer and longer periods, and that is very scary to me. (As a parent, I can't help but fixate on all that could go wrong.)

I'm truly sorry for your friends' loss.

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
Dragonhide 11 years ago
OMG I am sorry to hear about that, CG... That is terrible!

It makes me so sad when I lose friends, and see friends lose friends... I hate it.

You're right- he was doing something he loved.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
That is very sad, and puts a damper on your holiday.
~ Phil Moore 11 years ago
I'm really sorry. I can't imagine what your friends must be going through, it must be terrible.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Thanks - I appreciate the kind words. We are trying to make sense of this and there is none. There is only what is. World takes pause but keeps on spinning.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Recalibration
07AUG07 - CollardGreens

Recalibration

We put our friends on the plane to Canada - the father gave me my professional vagabond pin years ago, the mother has been a dear friend to my wife and I forever, the child we watched grow up as we did with his brother. Now our job is to be supportive and that is what we are doing.

This tragedy has prompted a huge number of phone calls to all corners of the globe. There is a sort of Recalibration of our collective points of view going on. It is good and healthy and very necessary. So today Recalibration.
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
NoLight
08AUG07 - CollardGreens

NoLight

Recalibration in progress...making good headway.

There is a streetlight right outside our photo window. It usually casts two colors of light on the avenue. One in sort of yellow/orange for motor vehicles that navigate the street and another sort of white / blue for the pietons. It is responsible for much of the strange color sets that you see in our night window shots. Tonight the lamp was not working and gave is quite a different view of the exterior.

What light from NoLight...
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Slightly spooky skyscape.
friuduric 11 years ago
That's neat, that the streetlight casts different color light. Is it just hte way it looks, or does it have a sensor of where the motion is?

I agree with Rob, the photo has a strong Halloween feel (must be the orange color...).
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Surreal... the night light took on a really strange but not too scarey hue

Photo does not show it well but there are actually 2 lamps on each post - one street side and the other on the sidewalk. Thanks for the visit !

Hey Marc - recalibration was shot through a magnification glass and then inverted...sort of a way for me to visually recalibrate emotions.. By the way - I hear (and have heard for years) the buzzing. Mine is more like crickets in the evening so it is ok with me !
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
BrotherlyLove
09AUG07 - CollardGreens

BrotherlyLove

We took some time and visited the champagne region. It is only about 1.5 hour drive from Paris so easy to get there and besides, my supply was running low !

We visited our friends who normally live in the middle of the Pacific ocean but who spent some 3 months in the middle of a vineyard ! We had a good meal and good time in spite of the cold and rainy weather. An open fire, open hearts and a display of the love of a brother for his sister. I offer you today - BrotherlyLove
eelend PRO 11 years ago
what a beautiful shot

i'm so sorry for what happened
:S

best wishes


eelend's 2007
RobW_ PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by RobW_ (member) 11 years ago
Brotherly love is good. Champagne is good too.. (on my way to open my birthday bottle now...)
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Hey Miss e...thanks for the words and thanks for coming by. Headache over?

Rob...Happy Birthday !!
*Pops the cork on one of the newly acquired goodies
Bon anniversaire !
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
GangstaRide
10AUG07 - CollardGreens

GangstaRide

I look at this "ahead of it's time" design and all I can think about is gangstas ! It rides low, has adjustable height shocks , purrs like a kitten and has been a standard official car for the government for ages. So maybe it is really appropriate that it is a GangstaRide !

Today was a low key day with cool temps and skies that have been gray for what seems like years. We stayed mostly in and mostly napping all day - it is after all a vacation for us. Oh yes - it was Friday so there was champagne involved.
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Another superb, well-cared for old car, shot from your window. They have been around since the 50's have they not? And are you implying that Chirac, Mitterand, Pompidou, and all those other bosses who have been chauffered around in them are gangsters? The answer may be yes.
ItinerArts 11 years ago
It looks at once ahead of and behind the times!

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Yep - I guess 53-54. I have yet to catch the owner to ask more...in time it will happen. There are those that would argue that the heads of state chauffered by it's cousins were indeed of a criminal nature !

I heard a young boy on the street standing in front of it asking "Which end is the front?" ! Thanks for coming round.

The subwolfer as it looks to be is actually just a broad spectrum speaker for the radio. No CD that I can see and it is the only other non-standard speaker in the car. I too thought about the moto in irons...right - probably angry, at least it sounds that way when the delivery boy starts it up... Recovered from your trip yet?
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
Capots
11AUG07 - CollardGreens

Capots

The pressure inside a bottle of champagne is huge - several atmospheres. In days past - it was a risk to handle the bottles too roughly as they would explode - and indeed did so. Handlers wore special metal mesh gloves to protect during the un/re corking process (an essential part of making champagne). Many people collect the little Capots on the top - I am one of those persons. I have an additional criteria to the collection - I must have participated in drinking of the bottle that the capot came from.

So - now I have a collection of more than 400 different capots !

When you visit champagne, there is a plethura of small vignobles to visit. So much so that there is a "Route de Champagne" driving trail that will move you through some of the most beautiful fields on earth. We were just there a few days ago in the pouring rain and no sunshine (a potential problem for this years crop). If you ask nicely whilst buying multiple cases of cahmpagne, you could get a little gift of Capots. We did and here they are. I will make an exception to the criteria on these however as they have never been on a bottle.

Pierre Mignon - I recommend the "blanc de blanc" !
RobW_ PRO 11 years ago
Ah, now that is a beautiful picture! I collect capots also (thanks for introducing me to the correct name), have done since my own first visit to the Champagne region in 1985, and I have a box with several hundred, most of them from bottles I have been part of consuming. I discard the wire cage, and have not yet thought of the appropriate way of showing them (unlike my collection of beer coasters, also gleaned over many years of business travel, and now displayed on the walls of our bar.

I don't recognise many of those in your picture, you have indeed visited the small vignerons, while I am more familiar with the Grandes Marques, which are exported.
CollardGreens PRO Posted 11 years ago. Edited by CollardGreens (member) 11 years ago
I collect beer coasters as well - I like the ones from the most obscure places best of all. The capots in the photo are all from the same place. I'll have to make a photo of the collection someday. Plans are to cover a wall in a garage bar somewhere in the Fr countryside with all these and others. Perhaps you'll take the time to visit and we can have a proper discussion over a bright blanc de blanc from an unknown... We do know of a hundred or so small ones that do not export at all - we like these best !

Church concerts with before and after eating, discussions and oh yes anytime is proper for opening champagne...small groups with locals, tourists and politicals probably will not pay the complete rent but - they are absolutely necessary for the completeness of your music soul.

Yes - in fact CDG shows up twice in this bowling inspired exhibition.

By the way - I hope all your synapses and chemicals that fire and reset those synapses are all in properly tuned order. Was your scan CAT or MRI ? Good luck on this...
CollardGreens PRO 11 years ago
WebGears
12AUG07

WebGears

Today we took a little jaunt into the countryside just north of CDG airport. There are many national forests and this is in one of them. There is a large pond cut into three areas. There are ducks, swans, lots of people taking walks and just enjoying the outdoors. We had a small picnic and watched the world go by. Fitting activity for the day. The sun even came out for a moment or two.

Life is good...
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