Saturday, September 23, 2006
Friday, September 22, 2006
I can't remember the last time i took a photo that i saw; a photo pulled out of my head rather than sucked out of the world in front of me. Regardless, here is the first one in a long time. It didn't come immediately, but it did come. I pulled the lights out of the garage and dragged it to the backyard intending to make sure they still worked by taking a few shots of adolfo in back (which i did). The bag was covered with dust and discarded spider webs. I was embarassed of myself for having let such valuable equipment sit for so long. It's still out, set up and surrounding my desk.
It was windy as if it were spring so the lights kept tilting and spinning around until i placed a log on the stands for stability (mental note: sandbags). I took a few shots of adolfo and came back inside. Digital photography is still very much an exposure challenge. It was nice to flex my exposure muscle balancing sunlight and strobe and otherwise (as in this shot with the ambient light much darker than it acutally was - the shot was taken at around 2:30 or 3.)
I'm interested to hear what you guys think. I've already gotten some pretty strong critiques from Pablo and Adolph.
On a related note: Taggart: Could you send me epson printing-related links that would be nice. As well as some digital photography resources (RAW workflow, etc...), please. I've fallen somewhat behind.
Tuesday, September 19, 2006
i found my wedding ring
my long lost wedding ring is found again!
and just in time for our 5th wedding anniversary...
does anyone remember what gift that's supposed to be?
whatever it is, in our house it's a camera and a blanket
Monday, September 18, 2006
The day he arrived in Baghdad, he met with Thomas C. Foley, the CPA official in charge of privatizing state-owned enterprises. (Foley, a major Republican Party donor, went to Harvard Business School with President Bush.) Hallen was shocked to learn that Foley wanted him to take charge of reopening the stock exchange.
“Are you sure?” Hallen said to Foley. “I don’t have a finance background.”
Sunday, September 17, 2006
Yesterday I went down to Mark Warner’s farm near Fredericksburg to attend his “almost annual” Pig Roast. Joining me there were about 5000 other people.
The farm is really beautiful. I did not get a chance to explore the whole place, but I did get some shots of the goats and horses and such. There were also several huge cows that looked really delicious but my normally irresisttable mooing did not attract them. I think that they must have been foreign cows.
Anyhow the dude also grows grapes on the farm and wine is produced from the grapes so I suppose the farm could also be described as a vineyard.
The most spectacular thing about the place is the river that the land overlooks. I pulled up a chair and sat and listened to the wind bothering the leaves and watched the lazy river roll by and my mind and spirit were soothed and I finally got over that traumatic experience I had back in january when I was stranded on an island with bunch of kids from england and we ate nothing but roast pig for months and months and I liked it at first but then I got sick of roast pig and swore I would never eat it again…
I ate lots of food and this encouraged me to actually socialize a bit, which I am glad for because I had been kicked out of the petting zoo for bothering the goats and there was not much else for me to do.
I had some great conversations. Most of them ended with something like “I am going to get in line for more food” or “I think that there are only 240 hot dogs left. I am going to get another one before they run out”.
Anyhow, it was a good time. I really enjoyed being out in the country. Rural Virginia is so very beautiful.
Saturday, September 16, 2006
Friday, September 15, 2006
yep - today is the grand man's birthday -
appropriately enough - it's also this grand machine's birthday - i can't imagine that this piece of information was the reason our best bud ended up being a tank gunner - i am more inclined to believe Star Wars had something to do with that.
In any case
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BIG GUY!
we all love you!
Thursday, September 14, 2006
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Follow this link to the joy that the internets bring
here are some of teh gems
Twista vs. Mylo – Overnight Pressure
Purple Ribbon Allstars vs Broken Social Scene
Jay-Z & Memphis Bleek – Hey Papi vs A-Ha – Take On Me (DJ Crooked remix)
Busta vs. Fatboy Slim – Put Your Weapons (Tobas Remix)
Bobby Creek vs Gorillaz – Bobby Creek (DJ Soul remix)
So last night after having dinner in downtown Princeton I was pulled over.
Apparently u-turns are not allowed in all of New Jersey. How weird is that.
I admit I had two glasses of wine. However compound that and the fact that
I have not been pulled over in ten years and things begin to get a little dicey.
So I rolled down the window. He asked if I knew why I was pulled over.
"Have you had anything to drink this evening?"
"Yes sir, two glasses of wine"
"Nothing wrong with that. So I am going to ask you to do something for me.
Listen to my directions first then commence."
"Say the alphabet starting with the letter E to the letter Z."
I did it twice leaving out the letter Q both times. (uuuugghhhh)
"Can you step out of the car."
"Take eight steps one foot in front of the other while counting them out. Stop turn around
and walk back another eight steps while counting them out."
No Problems there.
Face me and hold a foot, right or left, six inches off the ground, count aloud ONE ONE THOUSAND, TWO ONE THOUSAND,
etc. while looking at your foot till I say stop.
I counted to 8 lost count and started over again while never looking away from my foot and counted again to thirty.
We talked a little bit about Texas and Houston, why I was in town and why I was so nervous.
We departed from our little traffic stop on good terms.
I think I can relate to the mormon dude and his revealing carotid artery.
Tuesday, September 12, 2006
A perfect shower for Paola Isabel Chavez. I was happily surprised and flattered that so many friends took time on a Saturday evening to play poker, drink sangria and enjoy the goodies with a pregnant me. Paola got LOTS of presents, including the pink stroller and car seat set and some precious handmade goodies too that will become heirlooms for her. The girls took me dancing afterwards - what a nice treat. AND my hair looked GREAT (if I do say so myself). I had so much fun and was very tired the next day because of it. But I know the many hostesses (Krista, Claire, Anabel, Melissa) were probably more so because they did all the hard work. Thanks girls!
Thanks everyone for helping make ready Paola's room with all the gifts. She will have a wonderful and well loved room to come home to.
I am so blessed to have so many people in my life who are so wonderful and generous and selfless.
Thanks everyone for the wonderful party.
Monday, September 11, 2006
I went to NYC for the first time in my life this saturday. I met up with the holly b who was there on a shoot. I spent most of the day at the Met and down south where I stumbled upon the Soho Art Parade. Later, I went out to dinner with Holly and her crew and then we went out for drinks and then I had too much to drink.
Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Tuesday, September 05, 2006
I went to Philadelphia for the first time over Labor Day weekend. It was a fantastic trip. I felt like I had gone to another country or something…
My buddies Trei, Michael and I left early Saturday morning. We took the metro up to Union Station in D.C and caught the early train to Philly. It is only a two hour trip. We passed the time geeking out about work stuff.
Once in Philly we caught a regional train downtown and checked into our hotel. We booked a place that was smack in the middle of town. From this base of operations we able to head up and down and all-around…
We did the tourist thing mostly, seeing some fancy sculptures at the Rodin Museum and eating tasty diner food at the open 24 hours and delicous Metropolitan III diner and cocktail lounge. We also visited and ate good eats in the nation’s third-largest Chinatown and, of course, we checked out the Liberty Bell.
Checking out the Liberty Bell was kinda strange because they have installed all sorts of security around it. To get into the sterile cant-touch-the-relic room you first have to remove your belt and go through an x-ray machine…
The town is walkable and full of bikes. The weather was perfect and so the many squares were full of folks lounging and such. It is definitely a place where you can just “show up” without a plan (as we did) and just walk around discovering things. One of our favorite discoveries was the Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen. We stumbled upon this place while walking around the record-store rich South Street area. The food was tasty-delicious and the portions were overwhelming. I probably lost a couple years of life eating the pastrami and eggs, but it was worth it…
Anyhow, the trip culiminated with a baseball game. On Labor Day we caught the Phillies versus the Astros. It turned out to be a perfect day for a game; and since the Phillies are in a wild-card hunt, the whole city turned out. We got to witness 10 innings of crowd driven, people jumping up and down for it baseball.
Also, the hot-dogs were only 1 dollar. Dollar dogs! I ate 3. I wish I could have eaten more!
Anyhow, here is a clip
We couldn't have done it without you.
The room looks wonderful and tonight we will put the furniture together for it.
You guys are great!
Monday, September 04, 2006
The Fredas are coming to town Sept. 13-20. We'll be in the Austin area most of the time, but we are coming to stay a night with Carol and Killy in Houston. Hope we can get together with some of you -- Anthony has been listening to live feed of Kinky Friedman and 911 conspiracy theories coming out of Austin radio stations, and he's looking forward to seeing what you guys think about all that. I'm just looking forward to relaxing in my home state with mis amigos muy simpaticos, or something like that! Send an e-mail if you're in Austin and want to plan a get-together -- otherwise, meet us at the Chavezes!! xoxo
Saturday, September 02, 2006
My sister Susan gave birth to Christopher Lee at 2:26 p.m. yesterday. He weighed in at 8 pounds and 8 of the ounces and measured and 20 ½ inches long.
We are all so super feliz!