Sunday, June 29, 2008
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
I offer this entry for Week 2 of photographer extraordinaire Roger's creative photography contest.
I snapped this with my then trusty Pentax K1000 at the Henry Doorly Zoo in
Or perhaps more of a polar bore, lazier than our cats (is that even possible??).
Note the interesting shadows of the fence bars (not bears) surrounding the exhibit.
This is a scan of the 8 ½ X 11 print in our living room, so the quality might be suspect. Even more odd is that the print is stuck onto the glass of the frame. As the negative is long gone, I hope to take a digital photo or have a professional take one to renew this unique pose. I even entered this in a company photo contest In 1984. I didn’t win, but was heartened in the day to hear some co-workers say nice things about it. I’ll take complements any day.
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
It is time for his commencement: it is not the end but the beginning of the next step for Cam.
There is nothing bittersweet about this, he is very ready for that. Congrats are in order for him, he is ready to grow. He is ready for his time at the University of Hartford, to continue to learn and advance and grow to even greater heights.
We are proud and happy for our son. He has earned this day. And he looked very cool in his sunglasses.
Sunday, June 15, 2008
<---------- Kid1 (aka: Allegra) sometime in 1990.
Kid2 (aka: Cameron) around 1991. ---------->
A happy retrospective for this father...on this day
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Them boom, my right rear tire went flat. Very flat. Sidewall failure. Happily (if you must) it was the right rear tire, not the front (where the steering could be compromised). I moved over a lane and exited at Airport Road. A state trooper was conveniently placed on the shoulder, and I thumped to a stop in front of him. He called for help, and in 15 minutes I was on my way with my 10 year old spare.
I called Quacks and this money thing is so ludicrous that we laughed about it. We do have a credit line, so whatever. This after I have to go back to the van place on the 25th for a serious lift weld repair. Many hours at $85 per to fix. I need to have a good working wheelchair lift.
To Town Fair Tire in Newington. Two rear tires for $243. Whatever...again.
At 135,000 miles and ten years, things tend to break, leak, rust. On Wednesday, I am going to have the front brake rotors replaced, have the ball joints or other sundry front suspension pieces fixed. And I have a slight radiator leak. I'll pass on the leak fix, unless a recored radiator is cheap enough.
No need to complain. Better to have a safe and reliable Ford for my travels. And no, Ford does not mean:
At this mileage, things break. At least not my spirit. 'Money is just a tool' said Kirk Douglas playing Doc Holliday in the 1957 version of Gunfight at the OK Corral. I love that line and movie. Slightly OT, but Burt Lancaster played a fabulous Wyatt Earp in that film. It's only money.
Even more OT, Patti's mom is doing well in her real estate travails. She is closing on the sale of her fire damaged house on Tuesday, and is buying a condo only 1/2 mile from us. Patti (along with the help of her real estate friend) managed to shave $15K from the asking price. Should anybody get involved in serious negotiations, consider hiring Patti. You'll be glad you did!
Sunday, June 8, 2008
We finally got out for dinner to celebrate our anniversary...only 28 days after the actual date of May10. It's not a case of better late than ever, but it was time to be served our celebratory meal. At a very nice sit-down Chinese restaurant. I understand that fortune cookies are not a Sino but rather an American invention. But my fortune is rather prescient, as it stated the obvious...then, now, and continuing.
The meal was very nice with the lovely one having shrimp and asparagus and myself tangerine scallops (spicy sauce). As the place was mostly empty, we received extra attention (and a free after dinner plum wine served in nice cordial glasses).
The service reminded me of our first date in February 1985. It was snowing that day and we went to an (American) Mexican restaurant, normally crowded. But for us on that snowy day, we seemed to be the only occupied table. Therefore, lots of attentive staff and generous service. Much like our meal yesterday, it is nice to be served where we can just...talk. Relax. Enjoy our time together.
Th tenth of May, whenever observed, is always an excellent occasion.
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
We know that Queen Mimi is a sovereign over the blogosphere. All kidding aside, the Queen has issued a voluntary directive to her readers, and that is the bi-annual Blog Blast For Peace.
Her subject are honored to be part of this project, really part of this dream. Peace may or may not be attainable...but the hope remains for peace on earth. You can wish, and pray and believe that one day it will be a peaceful world.
Really, if you do not believe that your prayers will be answered...should they be? Praying for peace and believing such prayers will be answered is the first step.
Many thanks, HRH Mimi.