up north

I did an experiment where I drove around town with the kids and tried to take pictures from the window.  The kids were a little too anxious to make it a real enjoyable outing.  Next time I'll take them to the beach or some park somewhere.


No one is there

I looked over and this light on the floor looked like the sky that was filtering this light was on fire.  It doesn't really come through here 100%, but you can maybe see 10% of what I'm saying here right?


I'm so glad P and I got married before weddings got their own hashtags.  However, #ALI+SPENCER was killer fun.

billy the kid basically

east tabor misadventure

Labor day weekend is typically when the paternal side of my family has a family reunion, annually, at the Oregon Coast.  For this and all foreseeable Labor Day's I'll be working ungodly hours doing corporate income taxes.  This Labor Day everyone was away and I went to see movies three nights in a row at various 2nd run movie theaters, the kind that serve beer and slices of pizza.  Before I saw X-Men Days of Future Past on Labor day the day, or maybe that Sunday prior, I was over in East Tabor, bar-hopping for a few hours, trying to ease my mind at the ungodly hours I was staring down in the coming days and weeks, and I went to a place that served Oyster Po-Boys, and I ordered one and kind of cried a little, Oysters being a staple at those family reunions out on the coast, where the BBQ is going and there's garlic butter a plenty and the oysters are damn near free and so fresh, and my dad dons a huge glove to BBQ them with, and it was a few days since I'd seen my family and I missed getting over there, missing my second Labor Day in a row.  The sandwich got a 2/10, significantly below expectations.  Oyster po boys kind of suck.


Everyone's absolute favorite post of the year

Cavaliers 58.5 Under
Thunder 57.5 Over
Spurs 56.5 Over
Bulls 55.5 Under
Clippers 55.5 Over
Warriors 50.5 Over
Mavericks 49.5 Under
Raptors 49.5 Under
Rockets 49.5 Over
Wizards 49.5 Under
Grizzlies 48.5 Over
Trail Blazers 48.5 Under
Hornets 45.5 Over
Heat 43.5 Over
Suns 42.5 Under
Nets 41.5 Under
Pelicans 41.5 Over
Hawks 40.5 Over
Knicks 40.5 Over
Nuggets 40.5 Under
Pistons 36.5 Over
Pacers 32.5 Over
Lakers 31.5 Under
Kings 30.5 Over
Magic 28.5 Under
Celtics 26.5 Under
Jazz 25.5 Under
Timberwolves 25.5 Under
Bucks 24.5 Over
76ers 15.5 Over
Line via Westgate SuperBook via ESPN.com

My actual favorite post of the year is when we check back in on these and I dicky with excel trying to get my if statements correctly nested and I miraculously always guess >65% correct.

Update as of 10/6/2014:
I badly want to update a few of these.  However, no matter what the guess is, I've leared to always go with the first guess.  Changing it never works.  However, if I was going to change any of these, I'd change the Spurs (which is why we're not changing it), the Suns, and maybe the Raptors.



a very special picture to look at for upwards of a month

best one in a while

brian with a crown of cauliflower

Got to see Spencer and Ali get married, which was a great wedding.  Scott Palmer and newlywed Brian Kasavana were there too, which was wonderful.  This is the extent of photo-proof though, which I can do better and will try in the future.  My portraiture is not the best.
To wit: this is Spencer right before he's about to get married, at which point the typical groom feels like a human corpse. They did a good job! I also neglected to get a picture where someone appeared to have antlers, which, I can do better and will try in the future.  Congrats Ali + Spencer.

Made if for Sept.

The camera from 19XX was poised precariously on top of the stroller's roof/shade maker, and boy whipped it so that he'd have shade/a roof over his head, and the camera went flying.  It crashed to the ground, the film spewing forth.  Luckily it was at the beginning of the roll.  A few shots got cool effects.  The camera may not focus any more though, if this roll is any indication.  More likely that I forgot how to operate such a thing.


50backflips hard hitting movie reviews

My family has been out of town for the last three nights.  I have seen three movies at the cinema!

Major League (1989)
Notable lines:  I haven't been an athlete for three years.  Books are my life now.  -- Rene Russo

I look like a banker in this.  -- Charlie Sheen, in a cutoff jean jacket and a tank top or something and a tie tied around his neck, per the dress code of the fancy Cleveland French restaurant he was at.

(Not word for word quotes, just as I remember them)

Other than these two lines this movie was not very great.  But the Tribe wins the pennant so there were a few chills down the old spine.

I literally don't remember the name of this movie (2014)
I don't know how this movie didn't catch on.  Best movie of the week!
Notable stuff:  Just a great action movie!  Not too much else to it.

Notable lackluster stuff:  So it's Groundhog Day meets Starship Troopers.  However, we never learn the one thing I was hoping to learn: how does Tom Cruise find himself in this weird world-- that is, why does the first scene happen?  But this was the best movie of the weekend.  Would recommend.  With two thumbs even.

X-Men:  Days of Future Past (2014)
This one was a drag.  However, Michael Fasbender is excellent. I think I liked X-Men: First Class better.  This movie gets no thumbs.  Such a let down.  I was in the theater Saturday night for whatever that other movie was called and I saw the trailer for this one, and I guess I shrugged my shoulders and thought well that looks good.  The trailer delivered far more spine shivering than did the movie.  The movie kind of sucked.


a whole roll, why not

accidentally engaged "crop mode" on this "state of the art" point and shoot from either the early 00's or the 90's.  Anyhow, this is the 4th of July in NC.  I'm surprised they even celebrate it!
I'm not going to pretend like I "always use the whole frame" or anything, but it's a bit of a bummer that I had "crop mode" engaged here, for reasons that should soon be clear.
These two miracles.

Waiting in line for the epic picnic.

P's favorite types-- old bats.
"Crop mode"!  Who needs eyes?

I do enjoy the little one back there and boy demolishing some commemorative cupcakes or something.  Full gluten.

The parade sees everyone in their red stripes and blue stars.  I think I managed a navy blue pocket T.  #FREEDOM AINT FREE BRITCHES.  But pretty good color saturation in general on this roll.
Outstanding boy in threshold pic pt. 1.  Stay tuned for the thrilling conclusion.

Ok maybe I like to use the whole frame once in a while.  The 6x9 aspect ratio is also plenty wide.  This pano garbage is useless.  #FLIPPEDTHESWITCHLATEATNIGHTINDCANDDIDN'TNOTICEFORSOLONG

best part is the enticing reflection in red's window.  And the smokin babe obvs.
ready to party full core.
quick facebook tweet
dude on the floor is like kid level-- no one wants to be at the airport (if solo, I'll actually relish an airport bar like its the last day on earth), but everyone puts up with it.  People always ask, "how is it flying with the kids?" and I say "flying sucks for everyone.  Kids just don't pretend like it's normal."  Anyways, so kudos to this guys flippant disregardation of norms.

This one is an absolute miracle.

The best flowers to photograph because they're always in with the long brown grass and if they're out it means its the right time of year.
Devon was in town.  We skated from 10-12 one night then kicked it at the bar till 2!  It was something else!
The thrilling conclusion.  Boy in flips is always good.
Lady and I went to an art event at the museum.  We kind of fraudulently stated we were part of a museum society/membership level that we weren't actually part of.  We also biked there and were much sweatier in the crotchal region than most.  We had a good time though and hobbed with some knobs.
if your socks ain't showin something something something.  Anyways, that should be 37 pictures.  I hope you had as much fun as I did!