Tick Tock

time is running down. I’ll be heading off to Maine for my 2 week vacation. leaving my dogs in care of my brother at home.  I plan on heading east to Shenandoah national park for the first half of week one. then ill be heading to Portland Maine for the rest of the week. from their ill head up to Dexter Maine and go through the Baxter state park for some moose hunting photography. and then the finale week ill be staying in the Acadia national park and doing some more photography with canon’s photography workshops.  along the way ill hope to find some old churches, cemetery’s, also do some kayaking. ill be reporting back and blog my trip with some info on where to stay as of right now I have two places that I will be staying but I am winging it for most of the trip. stay tuned for more updates.

Denver Trip updated

Denver Trip updated

well here I am after 20 hours of driving I make it the the Antlers of Vail resort. I rented a 1 bedroom condo with full kitchen for a little cheaper than a hotel in Denver. Vail is about an hour and a half from Denver and I’ll have to drive back and forth between the two for my photo seminar but I wanted to stay in the mountains. did I say in the mountains. shit I’m so far in between them that I hear banjo’s playing. any way I think I’ll keep this blog running as a continuous blog and just updated when needed. so on to the blog..

(update) well I took my first day or I should say my first half day and toured lions head. this is the section that my hotel is in. nice little village but right now it is very dead. nothing what so ever to do around here. I am told once the snow comes in it will be very busy. I’m the kind of guy that don’t like big crowds but it seems that hear the only time it gets to be fun is when it is crowded. hmm.

I am going to do some research and I think tomorrow I will get up early and go up to the rocky mountain park and do some site seeing there. Saturday and Sunday ill be in the seminar for digital photography so those days are already set. I was thinking of staying another night here but since it is so dead I don’t think so.

Monday I am to meet an old friend who lives here in Colorado. If so that will take care of Monday. if I get a pass for the Rockies for the whole week then ill might just head north into the Rockies for the rest of the week if not then ?? more updates to come.

 

(Update)

[Thurs night] its snowing right now. I’m told it could be a foot of snow by morning. WOW..

(Update)

ok so I’m cheating a little. it has been a couple of days now. Saturday and Sunday was just busy and by the time I got out of the seminars I was just to tired to do anything. so here we go…

got up Friday morning and we had about six inches of snow on the ground.  I got out around 8 in the morning and am going to go to the rockie national park today. I was hoping to get on the trail ridge parkway or the fall river road. we’ll see.

well I enter the Rockies. these mountains are more beautiful when they have snow on them. the snow gives them the 3D look and they just stick out better. it turns out that you can only go up the trail ridge about a 1/4 of the way for they have closed it already because of snow. WAAAAA. same goes to the falls river road. damn next time I have to get out here in the summer for it.

if you come do it after November because most of the shops are in the dead season until the snow comes. turns out October is the off season between summer and winter stuff. good this is there are no crowds.

so on Saturday I got up early for it still had snow out. it takes me an hour and a half to get from Vail to Denver. and some of the passes on i70 had snow and ice so you had to drive slow or head on off the side of the mountain. up one side and its dry as can be and start down the other and its nothing but ice and snow.

I made it to the photo shoot. which was the main reason I came here for. the first season is for the basics of photography. this class is set up or digital cameras. learned a lot in class. some I already knew from high school but others was new. now I just have to remember what they said and put it to good use.

Sunday came and the drive in wasn’t to bad. they went over on the basics and then they showed up what to do for a photo-shoot. what we should do to compose the picture. setting the right aperture and having the right speed. then after the first half we went to another room. they had four stations set up just as a professional would do for a photo-shoot. they had models come out and pose for us. they were great they were also beautiful. we had four girls and two guys.

the models would dress in different costumes from dresses and  old Russian made costume to a cowboy and skateboarder. this was assume, we shot for about and hour and a half. the models would pose for so long the switch out and get redressed into a different costume. some models dress 3-4 different times. the hosts would walk around and change the lighting and explain what and why they were doing it. all you had to do is ask for help and they would help and explain it for you.

after the shoot we had launch and during this time the two presenters were going over all the pics and criticizing them. they were saying that our group had some of the best pics out of the other courses that the had. they pulled up on a big screen and showed us what we did and explain if anything could have been don better. their were some very good shoots.

after the shoot I dove around a little and headed back to the condo in Vail. I was around nine ten o’clock at night. I was driving in the fast lane and lets just say faster the what was posted.(Smile)  and for some reason I decided to get in the slow lane since there was nobody else out except a couple that a screamed by. in a flash I scream by a huge elk just standing in the fast lane. my heart literally stop. this beast was as tall as my explorer. his antlers were as wide as my truck and I just raced right past him. in a split second if I had been in the fast lane there would hamburger galore from both of us. I I looked up and said my thanks right then and there somebody was watching me. I’m pretty sure the elk jumped  back into the woods

wow my heart still jumps when I think of it. anyway the next day, Monday, I got up checked out and headed to the southern part of town to meat a friend that we haven’t seen are talked to for almost 15+ years. that was great to get to know him again. need to keep in touch with him more.

well more to come..

[update]

ok now where did I leave off.  I have just left my friend Andy and headed to the Rockies again. the first time I went up I drove thru a small town and just found out this second time thru I am driving thru Boulder. hmm nice little town. everything out here is so spread out. to do anything you have to drive for hours to get anywhere. ok so now I’m back in the Rockies National Park. driving into the park there are cars off the side of the road. off the side you see a giant heard of elks just grazing and doing whatever they feel like. I parked, got out and started to take pictures. after that I headed down to bear lake. a nice drive, in and out of the valley’s between the mountains. didn’t see much wild life I guess they are all up the front entrance blocking traffic.

drove back to the entrance. I wanted to drive up on the trail ridge road or the falls road but both are already closed for winter. was told that there is snow already on them and driving is to hazardous so they closed them.

I was deciding if I wanted to drive 2+ hrs. to Colorado springs to see pikes peak and gods garden, which is a valley of red rocks in the middle of nowhere. but decide that I just head on home. since my ac decided to also go on vacation and quite I just started home. I had a nice time out here and drove a lot of miles. I need to get back out here in mid summer when there is more things going on. well that’s it for this blog until next time……

Rt 52 drive

Rt 52 drive

well here we are again and I am ready to go. Since I have no plans and need to burn some vacation time up I thought I just drive east on st Rt 52. This will take me to the appliation mountains and I plan on hitting the blue ridge parkway. Rt 52 will intersect the parkway around the 200 mile marker. As of yet I haven’t decided to go both or south. the time has came and went. i ended up going south on the parkway for there seems to be more of a site seeing drive then then going north. i had stopped off many cemeteries and took some pics. at first i planned on stopping at every site i came across but since most of them are kind of new and don’t have anything special like fountains, statues, morgues , etc i only toke the time and pictures of sites that caught my eye for one reason or another. besides the grave yards i have made stops at meldhal dam, chilio lock #34, and Greenup lock and dam. nice to lock at once in a while but no ships or barges where going thru to make it interesting. over at the Greenup dam they had a drudger operating getting all the extra silt out of the lock. just saw a barge with a big pipe shooting water and silt into another area. went thru Ironton Ohio and came across 4 old churches. the neat kind that they had some masters create the stone work. like the old gothic churches. now those where cool. the roads were nice and very little traffic thru the hills. only time i didn’t like is when 52 hooked up to another expressway and you then had same traffic. i tried to shy away from those and only used the expressways when i had no other choice. like when it is already 8:00 pm and i was still another 100 miles from the parkway. i ended up taking the express way to shave off 2 hrs of driveling so i could find a campsite. when i came to the parkway i headed south looking for the state run campsites (cheaper) and 40 miles later found it. this was now around 9-10 pm at night . pulled into the camp ground and not a soul was there. it was so dark for there was no light pollution you could not see your hand in front of your face. so instead of wrestling with my tent i just slept in my trunk. the next morning i got up and started to drive the blue ridge parkway. what a beautiful site. no pictures can justify the first hand view of the land. drove for hours and enjoyed the sites. stopped at some picnic grounds to eat launch. drove thru the old tunnels and drove across the famous Linn viaduct in North Carolina . that was neat . hiked a little trail and came up underneath the viaduct and so the way it was built to keep nature intact as is instead of destroying it with construction. after that i headed down the parkway and came to Linville water falls. took a trail hiked a mile to the top of the falls. two 20 foot drop falls raged in front of you and disappeared down a set of steps. you then took another trail a half a mile and you came around to see the front of the falls. up top are the two 20 foot falls and below them where they disappeared down the steps it fell into another 40 foot falls. you are on a lookout some 60 feet in the are and see these falls dump into the valley below. very beautiful site. after that i drove some more ate another meal the hit interstate 40 and took the express way home. i set the speed control to 61 mph all the way to see what kind of highway mileage i could get. very impress with my new ford explorer. i got 18.9 mpg with 420 miles on one tank of gas. nice. that’s it for this small update have fun.

rain rain go away

skull well hell, why is it when i plan on taking a vacation the weather decides to get nasty? is it a message form the big man in the sky or what. i was planning on taking st rt 52 east and just go east at least until i hit the blue ridge parkway. but i have been watching the weather a little and good ole hurricane earl decides to stop by around the same time ill be out east. and make the weather nasty. hhmm maybe ill take rt 52 and go west and see where i end up . hhhmmmm.

Let’s hook up

Let's hook up

Well it must be summertime and all of the beautiful women are out. How about looking me up and let’s get together? All the babes I see are hooked or married. Why is it that all the babes I know all of their friends are taken? Or the reply I get the most is I don’t have any girl friends their all men. For the record Cincinnati sucks for the single life. If things work out, maybe after I finish school ill go travelling like I always wanted to do and the way things work for me I will have a choice then stay Herr with the new chick I just met or leave and travel. Hmm decision, decisions…..

yoyo here i am

yoyo here i am

     Well here I am sitting in front of the pc waiting for the clock to tell me it’s time to go home. I keep wanting to write something down but when it comes to putting it on paper or typing it I just keep saying I’ll do it latter. Well I have some spare time and thought I write something before I go home. Was thinking I would wait to I get home but I am a little tired and knowing me I’ll just go home take a nap then ill get up watch TV and never write anything.

 

     I just started to playing around with  OneNote from MS and it looks pretty cool but theirs just something that doesn’t feel right. I keep saying I want to be able to write and have it sync between pc’s so I don’t have a file here and a file there so I hooked up live. Sync . Very nice program. I tend to sync my home pc with the home server and also the server at work for backup. Also I sync my work pc to my home so if any one of the four pc’s go do I will always have all my important files.

 

     I am not paying to much attention to my spelling. Yes I know it sucks but I am just free writing right now. One of my classes I am taking is about writing and we are learning the basic of writing. Like the prewrite, which includes free writing , brainstorming and clustering. So I thought I give it a shot here.

 

     I have mentioned before that I been wanting to write a book and have been jotting do my ideas and characters but have no success on actually getting done. I have tried many programs read some books and the main thing I keep seeing over and over again is that I just don’t take the time and sit down and write it. I have looked at OneNote and It looks like a good idea to start jotting all my ideas down in here and then I can start pasting them together to hopefully make something out of it. Well until next time ….

 

Hehe spell check is so cool I can keep on misspelling and hit a button to fix what is messed up hehehe that’s why you don’t see any mistakkes.

YAHOHO HERE WE GO

YAHOHO HERE WE GO

       Well here we are again its that time of season. You know the one I’m talking about? Yea that one. Any way I have finished my first quarter of college and it went by fast. Faster then I thought I would. I hade some easy classes to start off. The only class that was somewhat of a challenge was intro to math. Since I am not too fond of math I don’t really like to do it. But as you get older you realize that math is one of the universal languages and to know some of it would just help you out. There are times which I wish I had the liking and the skill to get into the hard core stuff. Some of it looks really neat and the stuff you can do is amazing. Most of it won’t be too hard as long as you know the right formulas to use. That is the tricky part.

                I have looked up some photo clubs and am thinking of going to some of the meetings and seminars. I just started to get back in to photography. I kind of miss it. I need to find some models to work with on the portrait projects I like to do. If anybody interested or want to chat, field trips whatever contact me.  I have been looking into a new lens for my camera. I have a canon digital rebel d300 one of the first digital out. Love the camera need better lenses. I have been told that you can have an ok camera and get pro pictures with good quality lens and still be better off then spend 10 times as much on a high end camera with cheap lenses. I was looking at Tamara 18-250 di. Sweet. But since its brand new with the latest tech that puppy runs 1300. Ouch. That’s more than my camera and both lenses! Ill wait for it to come down. But with that lens it will cover both of mine and add top features that I don’t have.

                I am finally wasting some vacation time. I am off school for two weeks and am trying to plan some time off. I have been looking into hawking hills, Blue Ridge Mountains, hawk nest. Also been looking at Cancun, Florida, los vagas. I might just wait for any long travels for I don’t have enough money for the all out week. Soon very soon I’ll have some and get to vast Europe, Russia, Egypt and the like. I want to do some traveling for once. I think some time next year after I get some things taken care of I want get a touring bike and do some traveling. That would be great. I would like to finish school and then go back for bachelor degree and hopefully get a job that I can travel or at least make enough to travel with. Well that’s about it for now until next time.—same bat time same bat channel dadadadadadada.

what’s up?

what's up?

well i know its been awhile since i been here , i am going back to college and my time is short now. work, study, work study .. anyway.   i was sent en email and it was about the dude that played kramer. he was in court for saying things in his comedy act and first of all i think the people who took him to court needs to get a life. this is remarks he made in court and i agree. if you don’t like it don’t read it. go back home!! 

 

“”Proud to be White


Michael Richards makes his point……

Michael Richards better known as Kramer from TVs Seinfeld does make a good point.


This was his defense speech in court after making racial comments in his comedy act.

He makes some very interesting points…

Someone finally said it.  How many are actually paying attention to this?  There are African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, etc.

And then there are just Americans.  You pass me on the street and sneer in my direction.  You call me ‘White boy,’ ‘Cracker,’ ‘Honkey,’ ‘Whitey,’ ‘Caveman’… and that’s OK.

But when I call you, Nigger, Kike, Towel head, Sand-nigger, Camel Jockey, Beaner, Gook, or Chink20.. You call me a racist.

You say that whites commit a lot of violence against you…. so why are the ghettos the most dangerous places to live?

You have the United Negro College Fund. You have Martin Luther King Day.

You have Black History Month.  You have Cesar Chavez Day.

You have Yom Hashoah.  You have Ma’uled Al-Nabi.

You have the NAACP.  You have BET… If we had WET (White Entertainment Television), we’d be racists.  If we had a White Pride Day, you would call us racists.

If we had White History Month, we’d be racists.

If we had any organization for only whites to ‘advance’ OUR lives, we’d be racists.

We have a Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, a Black Chamber of Commerce, and then we just have the plain Chamber of Commerce.  Wonder who pays for that??

A white woman could not be in the Miss Black American pageant, but any color can be in the Miss America pageant.

If we had a college fund that only gave white students scholarships… You know we’d be racists.

There are over 60 openly proclaimed Black Colleges in the US .  Yet if there were ‘White colleges’, that would be a racist college.

In the Million Man March, you believed that you were marching for your race and rights.  If we marched for our race and rights, you would call us racists.

You are proud to be black, brown, yellow and orange, and you’re not afraid to announce it. But when we announce our white pride, you call us racists.

You rob us, carjack us, and shoot at us. But, when a white police officer shoots a black gang member or beats up a black drug dealer running from the law and posing a threat to society, you call him a racist.

I am proud… But you call me a racist.

Why is it that only whites can be racists??

There is nothing improper about this e-mail. Let’s see which of you are proud enough to send it on.  I sadly don’t think many will.  That’s why we have LOST most of OUR RIGHTS in this country.  We won’t stand up for ourselves!

BE PROUD TO BE WHITE!      “”

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 we are all AMERICANS. so why label yourself as and _______ American. just call yourself an American and be one.  Support your family, country, and our troops that are keeping us safe.!!!!