Reasons to Party
– Randy, the husband, also known as Spinnerdude, is celebrating his fiftieth birthday today.
– I found out last night that I won an Honorable Mention ribbon at the San Diego County Fair for a photo I took back in February 2009 of a Cal Poly SLO – Navy Academy rugby match down at the Del Mar Polo Grounds.
– Today is Friday.
Exhibitionist Exhibitor Exhibiting in Exhibition
Randy and I took my Exhibition of Photography entries over to the Fair Grounds this evening. I am now officially an Exhibitor for the 2010 San Diego County Fair. It only took a few years of talking about it to actually get around to mounting up some prints and actually entering some shots. Technically I guess I won’t know if my photos will actually be seen by anyone for a few weeks, but I still got Exhibitor passes and invitations to the Artists Reception when I dropped off the photos, so I’m an Exhibitor, even if I might end up being an unseen Exhibitor.
Yeah, it terrifies me that next month I could be at the Fair listening to other people discuss my work. They’re good shots, but for nine years here I’ve been able to be a little bit of an Exhibitionist while not actually meeting very many of you. People who don’t like what I do don’t tend to hang around, with the result being that the sites can serve as a bit of an ego boost with the occasional criticism easy to dismiss, if not outright delete.
On a mostly unrelated note, Diego was with us and got to go out on the Del Mar Racetrack due to the lack of adult supervision at the drop off site. He looked every bit the thoroughbred out there, even if the chances of him being retired to stud range from slim to none. Just thinking though, that maybe if we saddle him up with one of the bobbleheads and sneak them back out there we’ll have our photo entry for next year.
Getting All Blue
Psyched for an alumni fan boy weekend. Randy will be out of town being judgmental, but I’ll be spending Sunday down at Mission Bay cheering for Cal Crew. Once again the very cool local Cal alums are hosting a tent and it should be as good as ever, despite the city’s paternalistic attitude about alcohol on the beach.
I missed last year due to an opportunity to head to Vegas (and watch Randy be judgmental), but definitely looking forward to heading back down this year. It’s always fun to watch the Bears win.
The Birthday Season Continues
All the good holidays get seasons, so I’m happily and guiltlessly extending my birthday into a season this year.
Yesterday Randy rode the Flightline zip line at the Wild Animal Park. I got a couple of photos of the preparations, but nothing from the ride itself. My hands were too busy to work the Canon and the wind grabbed my helmet cam right after launch and repointed it at the sky. Still the experience was a complete blast, and we broke down and bought the photos of the day taken by the zoo’s photographer. Randy put some of those up on Facebook, and some more might make there way over here in the next few days.
I spent today with some overdue humiliation and exercise. Swimming alone has been good for me, both physically and with the meditative aspects. I’ve been feeling a bit stagnant lately and kinda hitting a wall, and have been looking for a way to avoid my tendency to become complacent. Spent the morning getting beaten up and feeling old at a coached workout with a local masters swim team, Different Strokes. Had a great time and should join if I can prove to myself I can commit to their schedule.
The birthday season is scheduled to wrap up with a grand finale Thursday evening at a showing of Cirque du Soleil’s Kooza at the Del Mar Fairgrounds. The tickets were generously funded by my parents’ birthday check, and thus makes the perfect finale to this year’s Season of Chuckie.
So far the busboys’ teachings have proven correct and the bannister slide into 2009 has been splinterless. Enjoyed the Rose Parade, had a great Penguin Plunge, and as soon as we finish loading the car we’re heading up to the Central Coast for a few days.
12 of 12
This is my submission to a project of Chad Darnell, 12 of 12. Twelve photographs from my life from the twelfth day of the month. This is my second submission, having done this once before in July 2006.
It was a pretty boring day, except for a Christmas party with some of Randy’s coworkers. Didn’t take my camera in for that though, so you’re left with the drives before and after.
Glad I remembered to participate this month because it let me two kill birds with one stone, so to speak, and finally get some photos of some of the decorations people have been asking about,
Cleaning The Virtual House
Diego and I are on our own for a few days while Randy and my camera cavort around Miami. Snacks wherever we want and lots of scratching ourselves in inappropriate places until Tuesday night. We bond well.
I started off the time alone by attempting to make some long overdue upgrades to the photo gallery look and feel. The gallery’s been powered by Coppermine since it started in 2005, and while the template’s never been exactly what I wanted, it worked and I was never able to figure out their coding. Now, after a couple of days of dedicated tweaking, I’m thinking that I never will. Gawd what a mess, and I’m now pretty sure that the reason it wouldn’t bend to my will isn’t a lack of skill but a lack of flexibility in the core of that program.
Been experimenting with Gallery 2 as an alternative, and so far I’m favorable impressed. I remember comparing them back in oh-five, and deciding that Coppermine was the better option then, but Gallery seems to have more than made up the difference in the last three years. Expect some changes on that side of the site in the near future.
Be happy to hear any comments about other experiences with the packages, or other self-hosted photo galleries, but as was pointed out to me (again) this last week, I”m too much of a control freak to ever turn over a portion of the site to Flickr or some other third party again.
Life Gets Boring
I’ve been letting what should have been a wonderful long weekend get dragged down by Business of Law™ stuff. Really shouldn’t have let it drag me down, though it is nice to actually get paid for working. It’s been three days of good food and a couple of nice walks on the beach. The first walk was for me and the camera on the morning of the fourth, the second was for Surfrider’s ‘day after’ beach cleanup effort, something we do every year. Even the fireworks were mellow once I made the decision to just sit back and watch the show this year rather try to photograph them, even though Diego got a bit freaked out. Just need to recharge the batteries a bit before the next work week gets here. Today seems set to have nothing accomplished but some tanline maintenance and maybe, just maybe, the crossword puzzle from the Times.
Puppies and Kittens
Nice visit to the zoo this morning. Normally the bigger hunters aren’t out and about much during the day, but something must’ve been in the air this morning that got them all up and looking for breakfast tourists. Snif, snif. Mmmmm, scrambled eggs with a side of Iowa farmboy.
Randy still gets amazed at how much the hyenas and wild dogs (and even the New Guinea singing dogs) resemble Pongo. I agree on the resemblances, but just assume that an african mutt is an african mutt and somewhere back in time there have to have been some crossed genes. Still, it’s nice to know that even though he never bred a part of him is still out there, literally chewing up the world.
Randy’s got Diego at the beach on the first day of Spring Break while I’m trying to wrap my head around an estate planning conundrum. At least I’m making progress, finally, after a couple of days of dog-distraction.