Thursday, June 07, 2007

Just a Day of Play

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Mensa Boy and I played yesterday. We went to Boone and kicked around in a couple of shops and had a nice lunch at Bistro Roca in Blowing Rock.

We enjoyed the shadows on this sidewalk and had to stop to photograph it.

Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Hidden Treasures

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I shot this photo a couple of weeks ago at my friend Tambri's dance class. Buddy Chris was sitting at a table doing some bookkeeping and I started just shooting around.

This photo came out completely black. Normally when that happens I just delete it without looking at it. But for some reason I opened it in Photoshop and lightened it to see what I had missed.

And there she is!

Today Mensa Boy and I will drive up to the mountains for the day. He has to deliver a preview copy of the magazine to an office up there, so I'll ride along with him. We never had time last week to celebrate our anniversary, so we'll stomp around on some trails and have a nice lunch on my dad, who gave me 50 BUCKS to blow! Thanks Dad!

After we get back this afternoon, I'll go to Chris' (this Chris pictured) Jazzercise class. It will be my 100th for the year and she'll present me with my 100 Club shirt. Chris was the one that got me started with this kind of exercise a few years ago, so it will be fun to get my shirt from her.

Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Random Nitpicking

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Here's another concert photo I shot at the Franklin Graham Festival in Virginia Beach a couple of weeks ago. This is Dennis Agajanian. I love his instrumental stuff. His vocals? Not so much.

And now for the nitpicking part: Here is some text from a Washington Post News Alert bulletin I received yesterday:

News Alert 2:15 p.m. ET Monday, June 4, 2007
Rep. Jefferson Indicted In Corruption Probe
List of 16 alleged violations could keep Louisiana lawmaker in prison for up to 200 years.

Hmmm....keep him in prison for up to 200 years...that would be a trick.

Yesterday as I was driving to home from Target I saw a sign that announced a new building in Blakeney would be opening the "1st quater of 2008."

And Saturday as I drove to the recital in Fort Mill, I passed the HomeArama location...several extremely expensive homes on a home tour...there was a sign tell visitors where to park for "shuttle's."

There's more. There's always plenty of nitpicking for me to do, but my mind is blank.

Monday, June 04, 2007

Secret Service Man

Secret Service Man
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Here's a secret service agent talking to his lapel at the Billy Graham Library Dedication on May 31.

One of Mensa Boy's colleagues came up to him and told him that he thought the secret service was working on a plan to have him removed from the event.

Yesterday in church a friend came up to Mensa Boy and said, "So! Big deal on Thursday, huh?"

"Yeah!" MB replied. "Did you know Thelma Lou from Andy Griffith was there?"

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Ballet Vengeance

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Yesterday I hung out all day with my friend Tambri's dance kids as they rehearsed and then put on their recital.

Yup. Me.

Little girls

I know...I know. But I had a lot of fun. It was hard work, but not as much for me as sound technician and photog as it was for buds Tambri, Chris and Rena. They were wrangling little girls and parents. The only thing I wrangled were stuffed rabbits for the magic act.

This little girl is in the Wee Ballet class. The song is "Leavin' on a Jet Plane." I don't remember at all what part of this song needed this facial expression!

Friday, June 01, 2007

How Great Thou Art

How Great Thou Art
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Sorry about the heads. They made us stand up to sing this hymn. You can see a larger view of this photo, (and leave comments or see the others from this event)by clicking on it.

Last night as we lay in bed Mensa Boy said to me, "Did you ever imagine 25 years ago that we'd end up at an event like today?"


Yesterday the Billy Graham Library was dedicated. The event was attended by 3 ex-presidents. There was a little music, a bit of speechifying, a LOT of praying. It was fun, despite the 94 degree heat. I think a good time was had by all 1500 of us. Mr. Graham did remark, however, that he felt like he was at his own funeral!

I can't imagine anyone not knowing who all these guys are in this photo, but just in case:

(from left) Franklin Graham, George Beverly "Bev" Shea, Cliff Barrows, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton. All singing "How Great Thou Art." Mr. Graham is seated behind Shea and Barrows.