Friday, November 30, 2007


Another photo from the sound board at our Church....

Around Spokane

Still posting images from my 2003 entries to All of these were taken in the Spokane, WA, area. The first one os Mount Spokane. The text is from the Monkees' "Pleasant Valley Sunday":


The rest are from Spokane River Park, just 10-15 minutes outside downtown Spokane. All were from the same little area, within a few dozen yards of riverbank...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Hearing Assist

Just a "slice of life" taken the other day... Taken during practice for the Christmas Program at our church... I was helping run the audio, and studying the sound board.


This is a real oldie, and one that I've always liked. Way back in the early 80's, when I lived in Washington, DC, I took an evening photography course at the Smithsonian (my only formal photography training). This was from one of my assignments, I think it was to shoot several takes on "Doors". This is way pre-digital, scanned from an old 8x10 print. In retrospect, it is a pretty flawed photo, but I still see it with a parent's eyes....

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Slip Sliding Away....

Another from Silver Lake Park, Highland Illinois, with effects. I used to really enjoy spending luchtimes at SLP, back when I worked in Highland. Clearly, I also loved the "BUZZ" special effect, as you can tell from these old photos..... This was taken at the same time as yesterday's post, and about the same spot, but looking a different direction. The title is a reference to Paul Simon's song.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Splash Of Color

Silver Lake Park, Highland Illinois, with effects. I've always really liked this photo, looking down over a hillside, through the fall colors, to the lake.... This was taken just a few dozen yards from "Quiet Moment in a Busy Day", posted on the 22nd...

Saturday, November 24, 2007


This image was actually taken near noon on a bright sunny day. A combination of in-camera (intentional underexposure) and software effects provides an image which (hopefully) conjures the feeling of a midnight stroll, with moonlight reflecting off the water…. And, purely random, Van Morrison's "Monndance" came on my iTunes playlist as I'm entering this!

Hand In Hand - The Three O'Clock

From their album "Arrive Without Travelling". When I first heard this song, back in the mid-80's, it really struck me. When my first daughter was born, it took on new meaning for me. She just announced her engagement recently, and now it really hits home. It's all good, of course.

You know you can be free, in a world you’ve never seen
When you find two at your door, that will be forever-more
Then the girl with the clear clean smile, stands at the altar...
The boy that moves too slow, in love with your daughter
And in his hand he holds the hand of your daughter

And I’m sure love will grow, in a world you’ll never know
Where the young they seem to last, in a world far from the past
See them approach the door, as if an altar...
The boy that moves too slow, in love with your daughter
And in his hand he holds the hand of your daughter

Then the boy with the clear clean smile, stands at the altar
The boy that moves too slow, in love with your daughter
And in his hand he holds the hand of your daughter
The boy that moves too slow, in love with your daughter
And in his hand he holds the hand of your daughter

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sorry for the light posting lately. It has been crazy.
Here's some more images posted to BetterPhoto in 2003, continuing the series.






Thursday, November 08, 2007

on and on...

More images posted to BetterPhoto in 2003.




Above is at Antietam Battlefield, the quote is Lincon (at Gettysburg)


1973 - Just a few reasons to wax nostalgic…

How About some great albums:

How about some great songs:

  • Dream On – Aerosmith
  • Billion Dollar Babies – Alice Cooper
  • Rocky Mountain Way – Joe Walsh
  • China Grove – Doobie Brothers
  • Free Ride – Edger Winter Group
  • Smoke On the Water – Deep Purple
  • Ramblin’ Man – Allman Brothers
  • Walk On The Wild Side – Lou Reed
  • Kodachrome – Paul Simon
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling – The Eagles

And that's just the tip of the proverbial iceberg.....

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Circuit City Runaround

Ah, the joys of customer service in the new century...
My 18 year old's notebook computer died last night. I did my best "electrical engineer" voodo, and determined that it was something internal, and bad. At least it is still under warranty (10 months old)

I talked to Gateway's tech support. they were pretty helpful, but suggested I call Circuit City (where we bought it) since they have a local repair center, and might be able to save shipping to wherever Gateway is. But, she gave me all the necessary information to call back, in case Circuit City gave me "the runaround"...

So I call the local Circuit City store. After a seemingly endless string of automated choices, I eventually got a recording saying to call an 800 number. Not a good sign, since I'm trying to get LOCAL support. But, what the heck, I call the 800 number. And go through another nearly endless string of steps through their automated system. Eventually, the recording gives me a local phone number to call.

Which is, of course, the number that I started with. That's what I call runaround. Multilayered automated systems that refer you back and forth between each other. So I tried again, pretended I was going to buy something, and eventually got a human being. They connected me with the right technical support folks, who sneeringly informed me that they don't work on anything but HP computers, and I should call Gateway. I couyld've saved about 45 minutes of irritation by skipping the whole Circuit City part of the experience. Gateway is shipping a box to me, so I can have them pick up the compuer, and they'll fix it.

Best part: Just Friday, I got a nice letter from Circuit City, warning me that the warranty on this very computer was nearing it's end, and offering me an extended warranty option for just $239 or so. I don't think so. And I think I'll buy my next computer direct from Gateway.


Poking around one of the local bike trails yesterday, and I discovered this funky little concrete shack. A leftover from the railroad days, but not sure what it’s function would’ve been. It provided a couple photo ops, though:

The inside was covered with grafitti….