Thursday, March 12, 2009

SkyWatch 35

We went camping this past weekend with the son's cub scout pack. The moon and the landscape were very inspiring. So was the haunted-feeling house we used for the bathroom. Unfortunately, the other parents were mostly lame.

We went hiking along a stream.

And caught a few baby catfish while midnight fishing. I totally forgot that they "talk" and it had me almost falling over laughing. This guy was saying "hello."

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Thursday, February 12, 2009

SkyWatch 31

Stupid power lines. I'm not sure I'm completely behind power lines being installed underground, for environmental reasons. Pipelines seem like enough crap to put in the earth, but it sure would make the landscape prettier. And there would be fewer power outages. So maybe I'm for it.

I took this while I was out house hunting. Found one! I close on it March 27th. Yay! No more apartment!

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Tuesday, February 10, 2009

I've been told that three percent of the population is insane

I'm finally buying a house after three years of looking and a (so far) failed attempt to build one. I had a home inspection done today. Everything was pretty ok there, but it seems I will have a crazy neighbor. Who doesn't, right? No, just wait.

The inspector and I parked in the driveway and my parents came later because they hadn't seen the house yet. They came in separate cars and parked in the street in front of the house.

After we had been there for a while, a blue Trailblazer drove up and stopped in the middle of the street just behind my parents' cars. We thought maybe they were looking at the house, which still has a for sale sign in the yard. After a few minutes, they pulled in the driveway. A guy got out and started talking to the inspector, Doug, who was in his truck. We still didn't think anything weird was happening. If they were looking at the house, maybe they were asking Doug about it or maybe it was a neighbor wondering what was going on. Whatever.

Then I hear, "I've lived hear fifteen years and no one's ever parked in the street!" from blue Trailblazer guy (BTG), who is now waving a cell phone wildly in the air. How is that even possible? So now I'm wondering what the hell is going on. By the time I got outside, BTG was going back to his car.

Apparently, he stopped by to yell at Doug because there were cars parked in the street, on the curb, and to tell him that he had called the cops about it. Then he angrily sped down the street out of sight and eventually came back to his house two houses down. But the cops never came. At least not while we were still there.

BTG also told Doug that the only people allowed to park in the street are "church-going people." What does that even MEAN? How could he know that we are not "church-going people?" From looking at our cars? Church-going people would NEVER drive a Mercedes, a (silver) Trailblazer and an F-150. Heavens no!

Maybe BTG is a psychic medium. Maybe I should become friends with him so he can tell me what's in my future if he can tell so much about people by the cars they drive. This should be fun!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

SkyWatch 30

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Thursday, January 22, 2009

SkyWatch #28

These are two of my favorite photos taken not too far from Denali National Park, Alaska. I love the clouds in both of these pictures.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

SkyWatch Friday

It was cold last night (20F; cold for us in the deep south) when I took this, but luckily 5 or 6 Jack and Cokes helped with that. These were not photoshopped or anything, I just used different settings on my camera.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2009

This will be a little more interesting than I planned for

I went to my first photography class last night, which I am pretty excited about. I've always been interested in photography, but I've never taken formal classes for it. Well, I did take Photo I during my second year in college and somehow got the film jammed in my dad's 35-year-old Minolta, got way behind in classwork and had to drop out halfway through. I don't really count that one.

I got to class a little more than 10 minutes early, but the class was already mostly full. I took a seat all the way in the back. I wanted to be near the front at least, but I guess people started getting there 30 minutes early or something.

I got to sit behind a flamingly gay, 18-year-old, self-proclaimed expert wedding photographer. He was dressed in a newsboy cap, patterned hoodie, Gap 1969 skinny-legged jeans and black/white Converse. His boxers were also from the Gap. How do I know? I spent half the class being distracted by smiley faced Jack'o lanterns, frowny faced Jack'o lanterns and upside down Jack'o lanterns.

Friday, January 9, 2009


I've already submitted my SkyWatch photo for the week, but I just took these and I'm so excited that I got the moon to show up as more than a bright, white ball. I don't want to wait until next Thursday to submit them, so I'm making this my own personal SkyWatch. And hopefully I'll have something better and different to post for next week.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


I dig these fluffy clouds! At one point, they looked like mountains behind the trees, but you couldn't see that in the picture. So, I give you this one instead.

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Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Umm...I believe you are mistaken

You can't really tell from the picture, but this is a refrigerator magnet. I know this because they were sent out around my town before the election. Note the edges starting to peel up. Why would anyone think this is a bumper sticker and why would you want to put it on your car anyway? I'm just confused. I took this picture last night, Jan. 5, 2009.

Here is the magnet that I got off of my refrigerator.

I wonder if this person glued it to the car to keep it in place. I can't imagine any other way it would stay on for so long with the edges peeling away like that. This makes me kind of sad.