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Photography Woe

I have a polarizer that I can't seem to figure out. So I YouTubed it to see what I wasn't getting. Seemed pretty straight forward, so I attached it to the lens and out I went - mid dayish, sunny & bright. Still not seeming to get it to work. I really can't tell any difference through the viewfinder as I turn the polarizer~ I know it's not a huge difference, but I could see it in the video :(. When I got home- some were really dark, others lighter, but nothing I could tell through the viewfinder when I took it. I'm pretty sure this is user error.

Nevertheless I did get a couple of a pocket of rural area here in Billings, sandwiched in between commercial and residential area's. I saw this field yesterday as I bicycled along the path perfectly colored. I should really go again in the early morning when the sun's rising.

A Comedy of Error's Week, Or Something :)

Much to my surprise, my weekend last was interrupted by the flu. No, the real flu - influenza. What the Heck.. and I faithfully get my flu shot since the first and last time I got the flu on New Years Eve 1999. Hit my like a brick on Sunday and knocked me on my butt all week. Enforced and miserable one week vacation. I tried this morning to go back into work, made it to the building and up the stairs. And then back home. Aside from the whole I-felt-like-I-was-dying thing, there has been some humor...in retrospect.

I had been out taking pics on Saturday night for Relay for Life at the indoor football game, and took the opportunity to practice actions shots:

Is this a legal move?

The next day, or maybe the next - this is where things get hazy as the virus and temp kick in, I charged up the camera battery, I remember this, and at some point realized it was still plugged into the socket. I took it out, put the cover on the battery and put it...somewhere. Noticing somewhere along the time I left the charger out and put it away in the drawer where it belongs. At some point I found myself looking in my camera bag for the battery..or something.I'm still not sure why I would have been doing this. Since I was surprised the battery wasn't there, I have no idea why I was looking in the bag. At any rate the extra battery wasn't in the bag. Not.A.Clue where it might be.

In the meantime, I was running out of cold meds and I really needed a humidifier, so I crawled out to the car to spread my misery at Walmart (this might be poetic justice- I probably picked this up there, and judging by the empty flu and cold shelves, I think that's a justified conclusion)- this may have been around day three. I stop at the gas station because I'm almost out of gas, and drive off without putting the gas cap back on. My nephew, who saw it, texts me later and reminds me that gas caps are kind of important, and I think Whew! he picked it up from the parking lot. Nope, it hung onto the top of my car until I was well out on the street. Awesome.

I get to the check out, and knowing my account for my debit card is pretty much empty, pulled out my checkbook (it pulls off another account). The cashier asks for my photo ID..and it isn't in my wallet. Nowhere in my purse. It's never out of my wallet unless I move it to my other hiking wallet. It wasn't there either. Not.A.Clue.

Yesterday, still looking for my battery and license, as a longshot, I pull this extra camera bag out. I use this one only when I'm not taking anything extra. It's tucked in the corner between the book case and the wall & I have to actually make the effort to reach for it. Sure enough I had taken it out, unzipped it, tucked the battery in the pocket, zipped it up and put it back. And for fun, my license was in the side pocket. Now I can see how in my fever induced state, although I have no memory of doing so, I had put the battery in there, but my license? I had the battery in hand to put away, why would I have even taken my license out of my purse and put it in the camera bag?! So I put my license back in my wallet, and apparently threw the wallet into the closet instead of my purse, since that's where I found it this morning when I discovered it wasn't in my purse.

I rarely run a temp, but when I do I get a bit loopy, as this last week proves. can't wait to see what else I might have done this week.

Jakey, my poor baby, has been so good this week even though I think he was getting worried I might die. Then who would take care of him. I promised him I'd live, but truthfully I was worried I'd die in my sleep. Totally irrational (to a point, because people most certainly have passed away from influenza), and I certainly never gave that any serious thought 15 years ago when I had the flu, nor would I have now except for a gal at work who died in her sleep, or at least during the night, on New Years Eve from flu and pnuemonia a couple years ago. Even though I knew she had other health problems, including diabetes I think, that still didn't stop me, in my fever induced irrationality, from worrying I would, too.

To top it all off, I get not one, but three cold sores. Ugh!

I had made a daycare date for Jake a week ago, and considered canceling since I'm home, but the poor baby wants to play and I'm just not up to it. So I called and asked if it was still OK to bring him in? I'd 'dump & run' so I didn't risk infecting anyone. They said it was fine so I asked Jake if he wanted to go to Daycare and play? He couldn't get out the door fast enough. When I dropped him off he went trotting off with Mashayla without a backward glance at me. Now he likes his Daycare when he goes, and he loves the peeps, but I usually get the 'are you leaving me??' look. Not this time.

I do have the best boss ever, though. I thought I'd make it today, didn't and he told me not to worry. I feel guilty. I mean, this has been all week.
I recently drove I-90 through part of North Dakota heading to Bismarck to see family and the birth of my newest granddaughter - meet Emma Grace. We had a bit of a rough start, so here she is being held by Daddy in NICU.

Along the way, though, I was struck by how many old barns and deserted farms there were (amongst the drilling rigs). I wanted to stop and get some pictures but was under request not to 'dilly-dally'. On the way home though I did get the barn from a distance & driving up further, I found I could get into the yard but it was drizzly and my car was parked on the shoulder of the interstate so I walked just a bit up the hill to get a shot at the house and the rusted remains of a truck...that I still haven't been able to edit to my satisfaction. Are you out of breath reading that long, incorrect sentence? I'm really going to need to go back when 'dilly-dallying' is an option :). I wonder what the chances are of being arrested for trespassing? Why are these places always behind fences??

This is the barn:

This is the house :

Love this photo. The detail and clarity of subjects obviously in motion is fantastic!

Originally posted by almond_cakes at Swing Time at Hamilton Fish Park, New York City, April 2, 1909
vintage the swingers 1909 shorpy nyc

I have this photo as my desktop picture because I just love to look at all the wonderful details. Also it reminds me of the many hours I spent pushing my own 3 children on swings during their childhood- and oftentimes swinging along with them! I find it interesting that the swings are just hung with open hooks; nowadays the hooks are closed and secure.


Rome Twitters ISIS

I woke up this morning, well, no- the caffeine craving and hunger pangs forced me out of bed finally, opened up Facebook and saw a post on the hashtag #We_Are_Coming_O_Rome trending on Twitter. Opened the post and then had to bring up Twitter. Laughed at everyone of them. Bless the Italian's for their humor :)

Been Awhile

It's been awhile since I've been there, and it has been an eventful couple years. My job was eliminated, but I was hired into a department that then split into to two. There are two of us. Two. Managing a few hundred accounts. It's been a trip and an adjustment. There was essentially no job description in what was a pretty new direction - we've winged it, and frankly I think we've done OK & somewhere along the way we've found a pace. I would challenge anyone else to accomplish the same.
We just recently moved our Pharmacy into a new building (out of the basement of our building - they actually like each other again), & expanded our licensing. That part is not my job necessarily, but keeping the bigger train on the tracks is. That's had its challenges as we've literally dissolved a department and changed the direction by creating another. It's been fun
But I haven't had time to get out and about and my car has an issue with something.. not the engine. I bought a new camera upgrading to a dSLR, that I'm hoping I can get up in the mountains this summer with. My roaming has now taken me far enough away I can't really get one in on a day trip, much less two on a weekend. I'm now having to look at weekend trips. This means boarding for Jakey...because he doesn't like the forest and the smells.
Learning the dSLR has been...a challenge. And monumentally frustrating. I'm really not the type to read stuff and voila! I have it. I'm just show me how to do this and I'll figure the rest out type. In fact I got to a point that I hated it. Looking at old pictures I realized I was putting too much thought into all the 'rules' & missing the shot. The forest and trees thing. But I still refuse to just put it on auto - that's not why I bought it. But still...I wish someone would just take me with and show me how to. Still love old buildings when I find them


Had 3 grandkids in a year- well almost..the third is due the beginning of April. That will be three in 15 months.Two boys and a girl. That makes five...that seems surreal. Like officially grandmotherish.


Now just getting through the winter and looking forward to summer

Corporate Cowardice

Originally posted by grrm at Corporate Cowardice
 This one is surreal.

 In a stunning display of corporate cowardice, Regal, AMC, and  every other major theatre chain in the United States have cancelled their plans to show the new Seth Rogen/ James Franco comedy THE INTERVIEW, because of -- yes, seriously, this is not a SOUTH PARK sketch (though I expect it soon will be) --  threats from North Korea.

Not familiar with THE INTERVIEW?  Here's the trailer:

 I mean, really?  REALLY??  These gigantic corporations, most of which could buy North Korea with pocket change, are declining to show a film because Kim Jong-Un objects to being mocked?

 The level of corporate cowardice here astonishes me.  It's a good thing these guys weren't around when Charlie Chaplin made THE GREAT DICTATOR.  If Kim Jong-Un scares them, Adolf Hitler would have had them shitting in their smallclothes.

 Even Sony, which made the movie, is going along.  There are thousands of small independent theatres across the country, like my own, that would gladly screen THE INTERVIEW, regardless of the threats from North Korea, but instead of shifting the film to those venues, Sony has cancelled its scheduled Christmas rollout entirely.

 I haven't seen THE INTERVIEW.  I have no idea how good or bad a film it is.   It might be hilarious.  It might be stupid and offensive and outrageous. (Actually, I am pretty sure about the 'outrageous' part).  It might be all of the above.

That's not the point, though.  Whether it's the next CITIZEN KANE or the next PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE, it astonishes me that a major Hollywood film could be killed before release by threats from a foreign power and anonymous hackers.

For what it's worth, the Jean Cocteau Cinema will be glad to screen THE INTERVIEW (assuming that Sony does eventually release the film for theatrical exhibition, rather than streaming it or dumping it as a direct-to-DVD release), should it be made available to us.  Come to Santa Fe, Seth, we'll show your film for you.

~We've become a culture of fear fueled by apologists and those who think, and teach, that we are guilty of everything. That needs to stop.

Love these old photos, especially the candid ones.b


Wi-Fi Humor

Lol!  I wish I was this creative.


There is a great collage out there comprised of side by side photo's of the Romanov's & era then and now. This photo is one of them beside a picture of those same steps today-the contrast is striking...and haunting.  This is Alix, the girls appear to be Tatiana to her right, I want to say Olga on the left, which would make me think the third would be Maria...but it looks like it might be Anastasia. tumblr_mp4ep6HzlI1rkh5mko1_1280



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