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CollardGreens says:

oops !

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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Professional vagabond - My job takes me all over Europe, Africa, Middle East, Scandinavia and Russia - some nice places, some not so nice - all interesting. Thanks for stopping by.
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~magpie~ says:

Hi! I'm back.... took a long trip with the search dog.... ;)

I haven't actually read up on your diary, but browsed through the photos. Left some comments and favorites throughout... Hope you're well and you'll be seeing me again!

Erica Day by Day 2007
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CollardGreens says:

Will wonders ever cease ? Good to see you in these parts...hope the dog didn't eat too much...! Out of the mainstream for a few days and browsing here in Dubai is restricted - will catch up when back in Paris. Will have a look at the end of this week. Hope all is well with you and yours.
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Dragonhide says:

Wow, that's nutty. I've been to the Mideast in the late 1980s.. I am sure much has changed. I went to Jordan, Israel & Egypt- and found that.. -for the most part- people there are very warm and friendly. I felt comfortable there. I'd probably say the most comfortable in Jordan.

And here you are, posting pictures of SNOW & ICE in the middle of AUGUST from Dubai? It's enough to make one go, WTF?!
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CollardGreens says:

Isn't it !?! To see women in full cover skiing down the artificial snow...incred. What strikes me more is the explosive expansion of Dubai and business in general in the middle east. Look one day at the desert - the next day at poured foundation and a high rise started ! WTF.
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CollardGreens says:

DubaiReflections
25AUG07 - CollardGreens

DubaiReflections

Today's business brought me into contact with 12 of Tehran's best intensive care doctors. They are smart, articulate and well informed about the world's direction in mechanical ventilation intervention. We discussed physiology and technical aspects of bringing high quality medical care to the citizens of Iran. Not always an easy task in today's political environment.

I found our group of medical experts (both men and women) open, friendly, eager to converse honestly about problems in the world and just plain nice folks. We all had a wonderful dinner cruise on the Dubai Creek...more than a creek (look for pics on photostream once I can bulk upload again).

Today's photo is of a water taxi landing with some neat city reflections.
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CollardGreens says:

MAN
26AUG07 - CollardGreens

MAN

I think all of us feel to some degree or another that the direction mankind (womankind as well) in general is taking is flawed. The impact of our presence on the planet is evident everywhere we look. The situation is debated virtually non-stop.

I personally think that while bent, wrinkled, often lost and banged up a bit - MAN (read mankind / womankind) is in general trying to move in a good direction. Most all of the people I come into contact with have the same aspirations and ambitions. To eat well, be healthy, raise families, end wars...you know where I am headed with this. I think that even in our poor state - we are trying to do the right thing. Of course we need to do more and we need to raise awareness... all that and endless more.

I have to believe that MAN is going to be OK...
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RobW_ says:

That snow pic from Dubai is astonishing, your reflection one makes it look beautiful.

Your reflection on the direction of MAN is optimistic, but I would feel better if it was carrying less scrap metal to some landfill in the desert.

It has been my experience, in my IBM days, and of friends who have visited Iran recently, that individual Iranians of the the professional classes, such as those you met, are urbane, well-educated and cultured, have a world-view not very different from ours, which makes one wonder what they did to deserve a theocratic, short-sighted and pig-headed government, which seems determined to alienate the rest of the world.
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CollardGreens says:

Yep Rob - makes one wonder how the world's powerful men and women get to the offices they get to. The sheet metal I think was goint to recycle so that is a step in the right direction. The explosive building patterns and the investment that is going on here is astonishing...I am not sure where it will end ...maybe Sheik Mo does ! Thanks for coming by - I have been having a hell of a time connecting to flickr here - it is blocked and I have to wiggle in from other angles...fun and games !
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dda1605 says:

hey..... great pictures of Dubai, hope you have a great time. Can you have a glass of wine a notre sante or is it interdit ?
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Dragonhide says:

Don't get into trouble with all your wiggling... If you can do it, chances are, all the kids they're trying to block are too, and they're possibly watching for it.

Just words of advice- I do Internet security & monitoring for a living, I would hate to see you get into trouble.

Be careful, my friend.
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eelend says:

i like thinking most humans are trying to do the right thing
but they are so disappointing sometimes...


eelend's 2007
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CollardGreens says:

Well hello there - hope you are well and happy ! Long time - good to see you...ah hem...folks, Didier is a Professional Vagabond with a PLATINUM card - just in case you have not looked in on his stream - give it a look !

Dubai is sort of a free zone for many things - IF you are not of local heritage...sante !

Tim - thanks for the note of caution. I appreciate the forewarning. Penalties for "side stepping" the blocks are simple - you are cut off immediately and have to start over...unless you are importing porn. Visitors and hotel connections would only be cut off - with no renew possible. Not a hard hack for sidestepping blocks - and not importing porn, so pretty safe. Thanks again for the advice.

Optimism is often rewarded with disappointment...but by and large a pleasantly rewarding experience !
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~magpie~ says:

Sighhhh... This last entry - yes. I have days where I am overwhelmed by the shittiness, ur, selfishness of man. I'm sickened by it and by how shortsighted mankind is. It then gets too much to think about.

I also have days where I truly have hope. I have days where I feel like people are becoming more aware. I think that there may just be a chance that we don't destroy ourselves along with the rest of the beings on this planet...
Erica Day by Day 2007
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ParaScubaSailor says:

Hey Ted!

Great pics of Dubai. Will comment on them directly later.
While I share your optimism as to the goodwill of the majority of people, it only takes very few (very very few) greedy pigs to nullify any attempt at leading a decent life for the majority of us.

Just a quick mental calculation: how much energy is needed to keep the indoor ski-slopes at the right temperature? For whose ultimate benefit? How many kilometers do WE need to ride by bicycle instead of a SUV to compensate for that wasted energy?
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ItinerArts says:

PSS, I was thinking the same thing!

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/7215...
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sunshinecity says:

No hopes as of yet for a camera... I have other expenses right now. The last thing I want is to buy a cheap crappy camera. I'm just going to have to wait 'till I can afford a decent one.
It sucks... but whattaya gotta do?

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
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RobW_ says:

Poor little sunshine, without camera. A beach weekend without sexy photos - poor little us.

And, excellent point made by PSS there.
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friuduric says:

I read your Man post and I felt bad that right now I so disagree. Humans are an invasive species and sometimes I don't like us very much at all. Should I be glad that others feel the same?

Not glad, just happy to know I'm not the only misanthrope. :-P

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
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Dragonhide says:

*stands up*

My name is Tim and I'm a misanthrope too.

Is a Misanthrope Club an oxymoron?
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friuduric says:

jallen: ;-)

*raises fist*
"Misanthropes in Solidarity!"

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
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RobW_ says:

misanthropes anonymous!
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CollardGreens says:

Yow ! I guess to have struck a nerve with the MAN posting. Misanthropes ?? New word for me I must admit - looked it up and will also admit to a bit of mistrust from time to time. Daniel makes a good point that it takes only a very very few to spoil it all up...It also only takes a few to make a positive difference...you know the think globally act locally thing.

Calculations for energy waste - yow X2 raised to the double yow power...that should get us the first derivitive - then yow raised to the power of the number of people inside the ice barn gets us a 2nd derivitive integrated with the temperature outside the ice barn !

Thanks Marc for pointing out the Origins of MAN...sounds like a documentary !

Many Thanks to all who come here - too many comments today to use the little thumbnails but be sure that I really appreciate your dropping by. Just took the big bird back to Paris yesterday so lots to do this morning...see you soon !
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CollardGreens says:

Sailing
27AUG07 - CollardGreens

Sailing

This evening my good friends and I (we were 5) set sail for a restaurant at the base of one of Dubai's most famous hotels....the Burj Al Arab. Designed to look like a single masted sailboat - striking in the daytime but amazingly beautiful at night. Situated just a few kilometers from the PALM 1 man made island. I think this design started the contest in Dubai for most striking structure. I posted a few others on my photostream.

The temperature was almost 40C at night with 100% humidity - as soon as I removed my camera to take shots the coolness of the camera and lens coupled with the non-coolness of the air caused an instant condensation - even on the sensor and all inner workings (had to take a hair dryer to make sure it was all gone later).

Of special mention here (and I hope the folks at LowePro are listening!). Those of you who own one of the "Slingshot" series from LowePro - be aware !!! The clasp that holds the single large and comfortably padded strap - WILL - I repeat WILL spontaneously UNCLASP itself. If it not for my "Matrix" like reflexes and ability to slow time and motion - my entire sac of photo goodies would have landed in a salt water canal !! I caught it by the rapidly (how fast Daniel? 32 feet per second, per second) accelerating, gravity fed trailing edge of the strap JUST as it was ready to bounce into the water....whew !!! The company will recieve my evaluation in the coming days !.

Anyway - a good evening of laughter for all - followed by some de-humidification of all the parts !
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FinishedCoins
28AUG07 - CollardGreens

FinishedCoins

Today after the necessary meetings and all the goodbyes to the delegates of the meetings, I took a taxi ride to the "Mall of the Emirates" for a little personal time shopping for some photo goodies. On the way to and from the mall, I was able to snap off a few shots of the finished and emerging skyline. This building looks like gold coins falling into a stack...appropriate for the venue !
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ParaScubaSailor says:

Ted, I haven't had the clasp come undone spontaneously yet, but what I've noticed is that when running my hand alongside the front strap, I have caused it to come undone a few times (only fell down once, and the bag didn't have any photo equipment in the bottom part). Yesterday I replaced the top zipper. That's the second Lowepro zipper that fails on me, and the last equipment I purchase from them. Next I'll try Tamrac I think.
I'm going to saw a velcro safety on the clasp, or glue it shut. I can't recall when I last needed to open it...

Striking pics you brought us back from Dubai. I like the one of the Burj Al Arab, I didn't see it at night. I didn't see the one with the gold coins either, must have grown in the meantime...
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CollardGreens says:

Hey there - I forgot to mention that I needed to make an emergency repair on the main compartment zipper in the hotel room on the last trip. Like the design - rethinking my opinion of their quality control. This bag is only 8 months old! Yes the buildings just pop up overnight - literally as this is the best time for the workers! Thanks for the compliments !
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HomeSweetHome
29AUG07 - CollardGreens

HomeSweetHome

An arial view of my neighborhood on the setup leg of approach. I like seeing this come through the window and try to get a window seat just for this purpose ! Home to my wife and comfortable bed...

Vagabond Dubai - officially over !
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eelend says:

wow
that's amazing, CG

eelend's 2007
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bunæn says:

Boy Paris sure has changed since I've seen it last. I have never actually been there. But just visited through the eyes of Balzac and Zola.

I want to jump up and bump the bottom of those stacks of coins with my head, then hop on Yoshi and make my getaway.

Good to see you're keeping an eye on the Dhow even while in Dubai.

Some might argue that MAN should concentrate on what we do best.

Women in full cover are totally hot!

All your photos are so damn good!
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ParaScubaSailor says:

More coincidences: yesterday I spent hte morning at my brother's place to supervise the delivery of building materials. The truck used was a MAN... (But I didn't have the opportunity to snap a shot).

Great that you're back. Now all you have to do is wiggle the schedule to fit that week-end in Corsica you've been needing so badly! ;-)
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RobW_ says:

Great pictures of that stunning Dubai architecture. And a nice aerial shot of Paris to welcome you home. Chill out for a day or two, have a picnic in the park or something.
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sunshinecity says:

Wow... indeed I agree with Rob ... great insight into Dubai's architecture and landscape...

sunshinecity
~ a picture, a story
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~magpie~ says:

Wow, what an arial view.... very nice.

And thank goodness for your superhero-like reflexes saving your equipment!!

Erica Day by Day 2007
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friuduric says:

28 august really *does* look like falling coins!

Welcome home :-)

--Imperatrix
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Dragonhide says:

great posts, and LMAO at Bunaen.. Been playing much Mario Bros?
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CollardGreens says:

Thanks Izas - coming from you about a B&W ...thank you prof !

Thanks Mr Buns for stopping round. Balzac and Zola saw Paris with an emotional and critical eye...I like to hear perspectives in print and try to imagine how the author would have said it in fluid conversation. Mario ! Drifting trucks * makes Tool Time Tim grunt * ...you would be surprised how beautiful some of the burqas, chadors, and veils are. Made of all manner of cloth with matching color embroidery and of course pradas peeking out the bottom with a matching bag ! (of course not endorsing full cover but appreciating it for what it is)...

It was a long week spent with a good colleague / good friend. Schedule wiggling has handcuffs on it...will explain in a mail. Would have loved to see another MAN posted !

Onlhy had about 10 minutes to chill - no time now but wishing for some. Was good to see <20C in paris again !! Bet Greece would like to see some rain ?

Thanks ALex - how are things in Rome these days. Fingers crossed for a new camera you deserve - I appreciate your stopping by...

I tell you I was spittin mad about the bag malfunction...I like the design and take it everywhere - now having to rethink. * makes note to visit *

Thanks ! While coming home is always a welcome activity, I like to vagabond round the middle east...and Dubai (spelled disneyland for adults) is a curious mix of new and never been old !

Hey Tim - did you get a look at the link Buns posted ? go - its testosterone on tires !

Yeah Marc - they come round and tell me to turn it off too - been asked during airport shots as well but here is my spin...if my camera is able to affect a drifting of ILS systems then ILS needs fixing...I have even been told to turn off binoculars !! Thanks..will stop round this weekend.
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ItinerArts says:

Beautiful aerial shot! I miss those bridges.

www.flickr.com/groups/2007/discuss/72157594528937014/7215...
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CollardGreens says:

The landing pattern at CDG calls for a loop of the city...nice to look at ! Thanks
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CollardGreens says:

Softness
30AUG07 - CollardGreens

Softness

Everyone needs a little soft touch from time to time. I know I do...

Testing a new lens...it works ok don't you think?
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LastNightNParis
31AUG07 - CollardGreens

LastNightNParis

A colleague (who is also a good friend) is leaving Paris after 4 years. She is returning to the USA in a career move. I suspect she is thinking about all the adventures she had here. We will miss her but as with all our friends, we will find a way to visit. Bon voyage.

We had dinner together tonight and laughed about all the crazy things that happened over the last 4 years. You have to learn fast when you are an expat...there are boundaries all along the way...the fun is in telling the stories of how one overcomes them.
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~magpie~ says:

The new lens... come on, tell us what it is.... and yes, love the soft touches!

The portrait is lovely. I love how her eyes are smiling.

Erica Day by Day 2007
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CollardGreens says:

A friend at work brought in a Sigma 150 macro the other day and I borrowed it for a "Lift Off" shot. I liked it so much that when I was in Dubai (very good prices - no tax etc) I picked up a sigma 70-200 (f 2.8) zoom/macro and a 2X magnifier for it. Heavy comes to mind when carrying it and I would have liked to get VR...But...Nikon doesn't have a long macro and sigma doesn't have VR - so a small portable (and very strong) tripod takes on the job of helping. I do pretty good if I hold it and shoot like a sniper. Tomorrow we have a parade to shoot so I will try it in a crowd...
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Natacha.troiscafes says:

the last picture is very nice.
your comment reminded me of the time I was living abroad. It's a strange moment, when you're about to leave... and I did the same : had a good dinner with good friends remembering of good moments...
You'll see her again. no doubt. Friends are precious, whereever they live, we can find the way to keep in touch ;o)
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Gypsy Flores Photography says:

Beautiful shot on 31 August. Fabulous.
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CollardGreens says:

Very kind words from you both. Friends are hard enough to find without loosing track of them...we will be in touch for sure.
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Tired-Lost
01SEP07 - CollardGreens

Tired-Lost

Summer is almost over (did we ever have one this year ?) and most Parisians have returned. Here it is a ritual to talk about your holidays for a week or so and then get on with waiting for the next holiday ! There are a few tourists still in town and they are either tired or lost or both. This group is both...

From my window - 02SEP07 promises to be a bit more energetinc !
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Dragonhide says:

CG & Bunaen: Just saw the youtube (had to wwait until I was at work with broadband).. That is insane, unbelieable!

That's a beatiful flower.
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RobW_ says:

Your new lens is working a treat (I thought it had to be a Dubai purchase). The soft geranium is beautiful, and the portrait is very nice, too. LOL at the lost little boy.

Enjoy Loutraki.
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Goldie Saint Onge says:

Oh, the lost boy made me giggle. Especially with the caption
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Satrina says:

Boy, they do look tired! I missed your beautiful pics, it's great to be back :)
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CollardGreens says:

Who doesn't love the smell of burning tire rubber in the morning ?

Thanks Rob - took it to the parade yesterday and by the end of the day it was a little heavy but I managed to post a few good ones. Loutraki bound...

It is always a pleasure to provide a giggle ! Welcome - thanks for coming around here.

The long lost Satrina ! Very nice to see you again ! Will you join us in posting some photos and telling your strories again ?
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GaneshFire
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GaneshFire

The Ganesh Religious celebration and parade came to Paris yesterday. Colors, sounds, singing, crowds, coconuts, rice and lots of photos. Here is one of the parade participants walking along with a bowlof fire on her head...interesting !

The Paris Photo Meetup group and flickr@paris group combined efforts at this parade. Well worth the time and effort ! Take a look on my photostream for more ...
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RobW_ says:

That's colourful and exotic! Heading to your stream to see more.
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Natacha.troiscafes says:

wow ! wonderful ! where was it ? what kind of celebration ? I feel curious now ;o)
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sunshinecity says:

wow, what great photos...
You never really sit still do you. Aways out and about! I'd love to travel the way you do!

As for me, I am now the fortunate owner of a borrowed camera (yay!). but I am missing the usb cable to upload my pics to the computer... but bear with me, i'm trying to borrow my dad's SD card reader!
; )
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CollardGreens says:

! Yep - that is what it really is !

Thanks Rob - it was a really fun and colorful day.

Fête de Ganesh - Sept 2 - (M - La Chapell) - each year. You have to try it - your icon colors would be perfect

Good to hear - now let's see it in action !!
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Gypsy Flores Photography says:

Any news on your plans to visit La Corse.

I love the photo of the festival. Wonderful.
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LoadedNReady
03SEP07 - CollardGreens

LoadedNReady

September was scheduled to be hectic and it is playing out that way. Suitcase filled for another warm clime - Greece, near to Athens....out the door and running !
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ebilflindas says:

You captured the liveliness of the flame beautifully on the 02Sep!

Hi Ted! Safe travels!
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ParaScubaSailor says:

Hey Ted!

Looking at your pics from Corsica! Wireless Internet in the whole house... There's just a small hitch with the upload, should be sorted out tomorrow. Will email you and Gypsy later.

Safe travels!
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CollardGreens says:

Thanks Emil...it was a lot of fun !

Good to know - BTW, really regretful that I cannot make it to our island to the south. I hope the pasta, company and photos all turn out tops ! bon sejour.
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AlmostAthens
04SEP07 - CollardGreens

AlmostAthens

Today was travel and setup day for our meeting in Loutraki, Greece. The weather was perfect and aside from a few bumps over the alps the flight was perfect. Here we have a photo from the near final approach to Athens. Loutraki is about an hour away and I for sure took a noisey snooze in the taxi on the way up - probably kept the driver awake with all that snoring !
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RobW_ says:

One of the seaside villages on the Saronic coast between Athens and Sounion.
Kalos Irthate CG!
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sunshinecity says:

Uh yeah... not sure if you already read the mishaps with the camera.. (apparently seeing scenes from my Roman life is harder than learning astrophysics...) you're going to have to wait.
Suffice to say, I'm starting to get a bit peeved!
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friuduric says:

Another day, another trip.

I think it's good that you snored: it's important for the driver to stay awake, don't you think? ;-)

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
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Jissy says:

wowee that pic from the Ganesha celebration in Paris - before reading I thought you were in India ;-) have fun in Greece, I shall be visiting Paris briefly this weekend!
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Loca.... says:

Beautiful shot of Greece.
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CollardGreens says:

Thanks for the ID on that coastline Rob !

Step by Step - I think you are getting closer to getting it back online ! Patience - it will come...

Snoring is good to keep the driver awake - beneficial ! Snoring that keeps the taxi mate awake = non-productive ! We are working hard at the meeting and snoring less !

That is funny Jissy ! We had a blast shooting coconuts smashing etc. Tell me - did I get it wrong in the spelling of the festival (I looked for best spelling)? Is the spelling difference an important piece ? Anyway - thanks for coming around.

Thanks bunches ! I am trying to find a few moments to comment and post but the requirements of time to this meeting are large...we try.
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LoutrakiFountain
05SEP07 - CollardGreens

LoutrakiFountain

Yesterday was a day to arrive and orient ourselves to the hotel, the meeting rooms and in general to prepare for the arrival of our business guests tonight. I took a few moments to wander the property. This is a fountain in the pool area. The fountain has jets of water splashing into a middle pool. I liked it - so here you have today's photo.

There are meetings galore to prepare for arrival of some 160 guests from 65 countries...we want them to feel comfortable and welcomed. It is hard work but we are many...tomorrow is the real test !!
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Loca.... says:

It will all go smoothly, i'm sure, i like the photo of the pool, it's great.
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Satrina says:

Oh man! this Loutrake Fountain looks great, I'd love to be sitting there right now. You'll do perfect with the 160 guests!

PS: you bet I'm coming back to post photos and share memories with you guys :D
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RobW_ says:

Hi CG. That's a very cool and cooling shot.
This picture reminds me that Loutraki is a famous source of mineral water, the Evian of Greece, if you like, and Loutraki bottled water is universally available. Also, being around 100km from Athens on a good, scenic national highway, (which you slept through), it is a well-established spa town where many Athenians have second homes. A few kilometres away from the Isthmus of Corinth , with its famous Canal also.
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CollardGreens says:

Thanks for the confidence...we had some problems but not too many and not too big to overcome.

Right on all accounts Rob...I even managed to open my eyes for a few brief seconds on the ride back...the canal - we organized a trip on boat . My activities prevented me from joining (he frowns) but I heard it was beautiful. I'll explain as I post the next few days. Thanks for the input !
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DeepBlue
06SEP07 - CollardGreens

DeepBlue

160 guests and about 40 of us made up a group of about 200 in total. There were about 10 of us organizing and another 20 helping in presentations, workshops and in herding the guests to the various functions. The 160 guests and 30 internal people arrived last evening...we were to have a dinner and jazz band to welcome. (I will get photos on the photostream today sometime)

Dinner was moved to a lower balcony to avoid the possibility of rain - which blew over in about 10 minutes ! Wind was another matter - it started to blow up a situation that even glasses and table coverings would not stay in place...ok - we compensate.

Here we have the lagoon in back of the hotel - sea state starting to amp up along with organizer concerns... In Greece you learn a few things. People shout for a while, gesture, posture, think finally and act last ! All is ok in the end and we go to bed late and very tired !
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WeatherWorries
07SEP07 - CollardGreens

WeatherWorries

Dawn comes at a different hour here...has something to do with earth axis and latitude of Greece - look at it on a globe - it will make sense. With the dinner running into the late hours of the evening and our starting time of 08:30, sleep was a thing missed by most all of us. I was on post a 08:00 bright eyed and ready.

There were sound technicians, video guys, hotel personnel to make sure rooms were ready. There were a few hiccups and of course (as mentoned yesterday) loud conversations about what to do and how to do it. We got through the morning without much falling apart (Jissy probably can sympathize here as she does this regularly).

The group was scheduled to move to a nearby lake (Rob - you have a name ?). Inland and up in the mountains. There were water sports, hiking, biking, ruins to visit and all that - I had scheduled the ruins as a place to visit...alas the organization required me to tend to other acitvities.

There was the dinner (coming on Friday) that had to be changed to indoors - wind and rain were to be a factor...much more the wind that any rain (which apppeared in brief seconds of a few drops). Wind was another story - gusts were too much to expect any outdoor sit down dinner and awards ceremony. We had to step in and arrange for indoor placement...loud talking, gesturing, late arriving thinking and even later action...tomorrow's dinner planned and moved to an indoor location. OK all set.

Me? What activity did I finally end up taking ? A 3 hour nap - complete with DO NOT DISTURB sign on the door and the usual "I need to check the minibar" knock on the door with DO NOT DISTURB clearly marked in several languages. Sometimes foul language helps in these situations...not today. The look on my sleep interrupted face was enough to cause the young gentleman to back away slowly and promise NEVER to return ! Sorry to be grumpy but I was well...grumpy.

Evening went well at a BBQ (I arrived quite late) by the lake and another late night getting back to sleep.

* Notes that sleep should be put into the agenda next year
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RobW_ says:

You have captured the various blues of Greece very nicely here, CG. We have been experiencing the same high winds and stormy weather also, and those clouds in the last picture are very likely the same ones we saw in Zakynthos a few hours earlier, and they were being pushed eastwards towards you.

Having been involved in event management in my IBM days, I understand the pressures you were under, and living in Greece I know exactly the Greek response to a crisis, and you described it perfectly LOL.

I also know the value of an afternoon nap when one finishes late and starts early.
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CollardGreens says:

Hey Rob - Yep, the winds were a real problem and coping with getting things done in the way WE wanted them done was a challenge. Naps are a right of passage after a certain age...I take them with a passion! Usually after lunch when things drop off - so do I. Nothing at all wrong with that !

BTW - thanks for the link to HDR site. I have not tried this technique yet but understand the method. I have been trying to solve this issue by choosing my battle but I think it is time to use the autobracket function and go HDR on the shots like above. Good tip - thanks again.
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Gypsy Flores Photography says:

I have a difficult time sleeping myself and I wish I had the ability to just drop off and snooze in the afternoon. Planes are torture when you cannot sleep.

You lead the good life--if busy and sleepless, sometimes.
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CollardGreens says:

Gypsy - planes are torture no matter what type or what seat you sit in. I am able to sleep just because of all the time spent in the air - BUT sometimes I need a little help from the PDR (physician's desk reference). If you want the best chance...no alcohol on board, lots or water and an over the counter antihystimine will put you into slumberland quickly...lots of water as the air is SO dry.

Thanks - I do like the life I lead, even with its temporary hiccups. Please pass my hellos on to Daniel when you get to our small island...
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friuduric says:

I love the sparkle on the water in the Sep 7 shot!

It sounds, from your description, that what you really need is a glass and a bottle of ouzo.

;-)

--Imperatrix
Adventures on Sabbatical
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CollardGreens says:

To be sure - there was a glass and it indeed involve a bit of ouzo in the end ! Thanks...I am a bit late to post but will be catching up this evening.
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CollardGreens says:

ConfederationHelvitica
08SEP07 - CollardGreens

ConfederationHelvitica

Having finished with our guests in Greece, we board the plane for home. Air France is a welcome sight as is our clear air ride home. Sleep is interrupted by mild turbulence and these views (more on the photostream). I am constantly amazed at the beauty of these peaks viewed from above. There is still unbridled beauty on the planet.
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jelliajamb says:

Hi CG - enjoying these lovely blue and bluer shots and your despcriptions. Feels like getting away. If you do an HDR version of that I'd like to see too. I like the dark of it, though. A little reminiscent of coloring in movies from the 50's or maybe 6o's- maybe it's just me.
Jennie
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Washing
09SEP07 - CollardGreens

Washing

Unbelievable beauty followed by mundane drudgery...what more can one say? If you play you pay.
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CollardGreens says:

Hey there Jennie - I pushed the color a bit to bring out the feeling you just described ...thanks for the observation !
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CollardGreens says:

Animation
10SEP07 - CollardGreens

Animation

Tonight is the monthly meeting of the Paris Photography Meetup Group. I (and also Beverly) volunteered to help organize the group in response to our fearless leader's request for assistance. The monthly meetup is a chance to gather with like minded souls and talk about photography, show off a few prints and throw back a glass or two. Tonight was good fun even if the inside temp was a little warm. Good group, good conversation and plenty of animation...what could be more fun ??

Here we have one of MDPD's admins talking to our very own Frère Jacques.
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Dragonhide says:

getting caught up...> GOOD STUFF!

I loved the huts on the water.. beautiful!
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RobW_ says:

Stunning picture of a Swiss town nestling in its valley, isolated from the other towns in other, similar valleys.

Your Meetup Group looks very gemütlich, whatever the French word for that is.
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CollardGreens says:

Thanks Tim and Rob...getting caught up myself with laundry AND the photo club...preping for Stockholm on Friday. Perhaps I'll run into SSB at the coffee house - who knows?
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11SEP07
11SEP07 - CollardGreens

11SEP07

OK - another year goes by...I want to be clear. Throughout the course of history, one group has done another group wrong - and that is followed by doing something equally as wrong perhaps worse and that is followed by action / reaction till there is no end. Time to stop that action / reaction stuff ...and I mean NOW ! Eat, drink and be merry (or even Mary !). Stop the crap folks - put your energy into something useful...stop wastin time and action...just stop it now ! And I mean it. Marvin K Mooney won't you please go now ?! And then he went.

* takes his pills like a good boy

Now to explain in more rational terms. If we spent as much time and energy (not to mention money and lives (loves) ) ensuring understanding (constructive) as we do ensuring destruction - this would indeed be a better place for all. I feel a little "preachy" today...let's get on with the good stuff. Remember that when you point a finger at someone else...three of your own are pointed at you !

nuff said...go take a picture!
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~ Phil Moore says:

Back to Paris and back to being 'plugged in' after blissfully ignoring the electronic life, it was good to catch up on your photos, even if I didn't have time to catch up on all the columns that accompany them.

Sorry I missed the latest MeetUp but glad a good time was had, and the aircraft shots were fab - particularly the mountains, soft-spot and all.

Seuss had it right, shame that over a year has to pass until 2008-11-04.
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RobW_ says:

Look for the Green coffeeshop in Stockholm, CG.
You do get about, you vagabond you!
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CollardGreens says:

Hey Phil - back from Russia I see. How was it ? Looking forward to seeing the results. Did you go mushroom hunting ? One of my favorites in the russian autum.

I would think that it would be easy to find !
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Experience-Solutions
12SEP07 - CollardGreens

Experience-Solutions

I am not sure if it is through experience or reason that we gain our wisdom. Either way I want more...much more.

Here we have a section of my office bulletin board - there is no real business on the board, just this kind of stuff.
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ParaScubaSailor says:

Not sure the military man (is it a légionnaire?) is the solution, but that's certainly part of the problem ;-)

Great to see your updates, Ted. As others have noted, the plane pictures are great. How do you manage to sit in front of a clean window? I always request one at boarding, and the husheress (for lack of a better word) always look at me funny...
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RobW_ says:

That would get you funny looks!
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RobW_ says:

Re" the photo (which was slow in loading - more wisdom from CollardGreens!
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Dragonhide says:

"Remember that when you point a finger at someone else...three of your own are pointed at you !"

My newest favorite quote... Wow.
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CollardGreens says:

Légionnaires marche cool ! Photos from the plane are easy - just roll down the window a bit...

Yup !

Got millions of em...thanks !
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RastaBlooms
13SEP07 - CollardGreens

RastaBlooms

You may have seen "RastaPlant" somewhere in my photostream. That is the name I gave my office plant. No one wanted this one so I took it in 2 years ago. Careful watering and complete lack of food (maybe someone feeds him when I am not looking) - that is my secret. His hair now almost touches the floor and is more rasta than ever. Today - I got a bloom ! Maybe Rasta likes me after all.
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