Category: Personal

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I’m back from vacation now, so this morning it was time for a bit of yard work. I grabbed a t-shirt, got ready to get into the thick of it. The t-shirt that I grabbed was one from Tony’s high school days. It has a graphic of a Spartan on it – their mascot. I started to laugh because I thought of an exchange that I had with a store clerk in Paris. Vanessa and I had popped in to…

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So, I drove from Manchester, England to Heathrow Airport, some 200 miles – no issues, using Google Maps on my phone to get directions. I call the voice, Chatty Cathy, or just Cathy, for short. Cathy had been giving me good directions, though sometimes she can be a little vague in her directions if you’re only listening and not looking at the map. I didn’t bring my phone holder, so I couldn’t see the map. Her idea of “slight left”…

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I’ve been in the London area for a few days and as yet I’ve not seen Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, The London Eye (The big ferris wheel), or any other iconic imagery. We’ll probably get to that today as we are leaving for Manchester tomorrow. Today, the plan is to do a hop-on, hop-off tour bus and see some of those things. Snap! Check! Post! Done! Selfie?:) I’ll bring back some of the iconic photos … it’s almost like a…

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I was looking back through some older photos, circa 2006. I came upon this set of photos taken between May 26 and July 10th, 2006. All taken with the same camera and lens combination: Nikon D2x and a 500 mm f/8 reflex lens – it looks like a small reflector telescope mounted on your camera, has 10x the magnification of a 50mm lens, magnifies every vibration in your body so that you don’t miss one bit of camera shake, provides…

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It’s rather quiet around the neighborhood and inside the house. The only sound is the beep of the UPS letting me know that the electricity is out, which is fairly obvious as nothing works in the house and the temperature is creeping up. On the ride home, the thermometer in the car registered temps of 103-105. I was thinking of how nice it would be to get into that nice, cool 75 degree house. When I pulled into the driveway…

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This morning was a quiet morning, a normal morning. I got up early, enjoyed the quiet beginnings of the day, brushed my teeth, put on some clothes, went outside and did a very small amount of cleanup – pulling weeds – around my cone flowers, and added some seed to the bird feeder. When I came back in, I wanted a sip of my Spicy V8 juice. Mmmmmmm! Tasty! I opened the refrigerator, expecting to see about 1/2 bottle remaining…

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