Saturday, October 17, 2009

The popularity of rainbow socks

Rainbow socks were the hit of the day at the Waiters show at Casa de Mancha!
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This is from our most recent trip to Sao Paulo-- and is from the night of the Waiters show at Casa de Mancha. Actually, I'm not sure the venue is called Casa de Mancha, but it's Mancha's home, where he hosts shows almost every week, mostly sponsored by Folk this Town, a great group that's very supportive of the Waiters.

The Waiters show the night of September 19th was great! Video will be going up on YouTube any day now. Check back for the web links.
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Monday, September 21, 2009

another variant on the theme

This time, it's more about how to make an interesting shot of a glass of wine (or beer) against a complex background. There's no end of ways to amuse yourself with a camera and drinks before dinner.
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classic PNW

For everyone who's ever wondered what all the fuss about the Pacific Northwest is about, this one's for you.
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reminiscent of another not so serious totem

at Evergreen State College in Olympia. Most totems in Vancouver and in the Pacific Northwest are serious. This one is a little hard to take too seriously...
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Vancouver, May 2008

where they really really want you to get the message that messing with this high-voltage thingie is not a good idea.
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meanwhile back in Edmonton

the real question is how silly a name for a coffee drink you can come up with. On the other hand, in the dead of winter in Edmonton, various forms of high octane caffeine are often the only things that get you going...
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more on the scale of the effete

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another leit-motif

On a scale of 1-10, how effete is this cup of coffee?
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but not any more

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and one of our favorite motifs

Now the glasses are full
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and now for some foreshadowing


Watch this space. And remember that this rhino is red, and it is not alive. It does not move.
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the cathedral on the hill

from which one gets great views of the rooftops and chimney pots of Paris... from the Charles de Gaulle museum. I have some other more artistic shots through some kind of mobile like thing in a window, but this one is more representational of what I wanted to show.
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Yep, it's Paris

April 2008. I had a conference-- not a great conference, but it was in Paris. I've never really liked Paris before. I've been there a few times. Usually I get sore feet and get to see a lot of quite grey buildings, all somewhat block-like, and stand around thinking, do I really want to stand in that line? Do I really want to try to eat at that bistro where the wait staff will sneer at my pathetic attempts to recall high school French? This time, I went to my meetings, dutifully, and ate uninteresting sandwiches, while Matt went trotting around Paris having a good time without anyone being rude to him because he speaks no French at all and doesn't even try. After my meeting was over, uneventfully other than my pissing off a lot of important people, I joined Matt in his trots around Paris and had a really good time. His friends Vincent and Pamela met us one day and took us up to a cathedral high on the hillside where you get great views of Paris rooftops and chimney tops, much more interesting than the street view of the same buildings, and we had a great lunch without any sneering being had at all. Then Matt and I trotted around some more and went to the Charles de Gaulle art museum, and a few other places, eschewed the lines, and had a great time.
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Europeans have the coolest vehicles...

Really. This thing was so cool, and it just radiates attitude! It's some kind of three wheeled motorbike, but while most of these that you see in north America just look kind of dumb, this one is very very cool.
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another one for Lulina

I have no idea who Lucia Iman is...
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and one more from Athens

This icon doesn't even exist any longer, but Georgianne Olive has a picture of it. She was our very gracious hostess through our day and night tour of Athens, and is one of the most knowledgeable people in the universe about Athens, REM, the B-52s, and pretty much anything of Georgia and the Atlantic seaboard south. We had a wonderful time, thanks to her hospitality, and we learned a lot!
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enacting the pilgrimage

Well, we took pictures of everything we could find in Athens, including the outside of Michael Stipes' house, which is mostly bamboo everywhere. And we decided that the deepest homage was to pose with the ultimate Athens icon, the bulldog. They even inter them in the wall of the shrine-- that is to say, the football stadium.
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Athens, GA y'all

The pilgrimage... REM fans will get the reference. What they may not know is that Weaver D's is purely the finest Southern cuisine south of Chapel Hill. The whole story is probably on Wikipedia-- no, actually, it's not. That's too bad, it's a good story. You can find it here instead: http://www.dixiedining.com/feature/feature_042002.htm. Apparently one of the REM boys' favorite joints in Athens. Well worth the visit, although if you come after the lunch rush, you get whatever's leftover.
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Dad and Syd

Not sure who was the more sedentary, but they kept each other company...
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this one's for Lulina

Sadly, no greens...
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roughing it

Just in case you wondered how rough we had it... when we arrived, Bud and Liz were on the deck, wine glasses in hand, toasting our arrival. Very very very civilized. We had s'mores the last night, courtesy of the fire pit at the side of each of the chalets....
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Happy Easter!

And just for the record-- it really was a not-crowded place. The Easter bunny, who had clearly been brought in to tend to the hordes of small easter-egg hunting children they'd hoped for, was a bit disconsolate.... he was more than happy to have his picture taken waving at a herd of slightly obnoxious Sales/Magorians...
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Hanging out in the fire tower

Nancy, Renee, Dorothy, Mark, in that order. I had bronchitis, first time in my life, and hopefully the last. I wheezed my way up and down stairs, hills, and coughed my guts out during the night. I was not in the best shape I've ever been in, to put it mildly. However, stubbornly, I wasn't about to waste time in a doctor's office, much less an urgent care center, so I just toughed it out, and eventually, it got better. But I wouldn't recommend it as a way to spend a birthday.
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Yet more Easter 2008

Tara and Eden in a photo op near the signage for the main view point in the park. Most people probably don't think there is such a thing as a scenic view in Alabama. Most people would be wrong.
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