Monday, April 30, 2007
BUT WHERE WERE THEY WHEN I TOOK MY CAMERA OUT THIS AFTERNOON? Hmmmmm? Trying to make a liar out of me!
Sure...I found a dinosaur...
...and a seahorse...
...and an old shoe...a burned old shoe...(I mean really, who burns a shoe?)
Nevertheless, this afternoon, the sun was just right for my obligatory hotel window shot. My view is to the east...hence the lack of mountains...or any discernible landmark. There were some dramatic dark clouds building throughout the afternoon, but no prairie thunderstorms developed today.
Dinner tonight was at a fantastic restaurant downtown: Zengo. My host Sarah split a couple of divine entrees with me: the braised short ribs and the black cod. YUM.
Finally, I was also playing around with some of the photos I took this weekend, including this wonderful shot of a truthfully labeled shipping line. Fantastic! Must be a sale weekend at Target :) The second shot was a creative housing solution sandwiched between two containers.
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Tonight, I grabbed a quick dinner at the Old Chicago pizza restaurant near the hotel, sitting in the bar watching bull rodeo. On the way to dinner, I crossed paths with a light-brown fox carrying a rabbit in his mouth. We gave each other the knowing glances of two hungry souls as we scurried past each other.
This nature sighting (and a pizza with a perfect crust) put the finishing touches on a really nice weekend...albeit far too short. The other weekend highlight was my spring photo show at Ft. Mason. I can't show THOSE pictures, because I downloaded them on the computer at home. Suffice it to say, the show was another success. I sold a respectable four photos this time...so the show actually paid for itself for once :)
Friday, April 27, 2007
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Non-descript hotel. Oversold flights. Blah blah blah. The highlight of the trip was definitely dinner last night with my coworker Steve in KC. He is a foodie, and was determined to break my habit of disappointing travel meals. We went to a local spot called 40 Sardines. At the recommendation of the waiter, I tried the wild boar, and it was rich and amazing. The moist chocolate torte for dessert didn't hurt at all.
In any case, there is really no place like home.
Monday, April 23, 2007
Otherwise, not much at all to report from Kansas City. I got upgraded on my flight in this afternoon, which is really amazing since both legs were 100% full.
Thursday, April 19, 2007
But I also worked with some of my shots in the Paris Metro and RER. I really love subway shots, and these shots are just vivid and interesting to me.
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
I was in town to give a presentation, and even though my stay was short, I really had a fantastic time. The highlight was a dinner with my buddy Jeff at our regular haunt...Two Bells. We spent most of the time talking about all the stuff going on at Tech. Jeff was proudly decked out in his orange and maroon gear.
Lastly, I snapped this shot at the Seattle airport this afternoon on my return home. The UV coating on the windows created this dramatic sky.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Of course, I also had this horrible feeling as I watched the video footage splashed across every news site. I knew that this small, simple place where I had spent five amazing years was no longer a secret just between me and my friends. Horrific things aren't supposed to happen at OUR Virginia Tech.
I hope that this media frenzy dies down quickly, so that we can pray for our fellow Hokies...and simpler times.
I thought I would share some old photos that I took during my freshman year...1986. This is truly the most beautiful campus anywhere.
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Saturday, April 14, 2007
But there are hard truths of business travel as well. One is that no matter how much you fly, you will still occasionally end up in the back of a full plane. (This plane was FULL of young teenagers heading to or from Spring Break.) Another truth is that the world can look pretty darn similar through your hotel window...no matter the city. (Below, you can check out DC and Atlanta from an "executive level" room. Don't get me wrong...it could be much worse...I know.)
Regardless...I returned home to my loving partner, a comfy bed with just-right pillows, and a refreshing light rain.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
First is this shot of two downtown buildings with no fewer than six or seven connecting skyways between them. Clearly, these people do NOT want to go outside!
I had read about the Postal Service's promotional mail box coverings to promote their new Star Wars stamps, but I had not seen one of the R2-D2 mailboxes in SF. I spotted this one by the CNN center. (James, this shot is for you, since you had mentioned the stamps.)
Finally, I just had to snap this photo of the local PTA (yes...the Parent Teacher Association) and their odd neighbor, the Goose Bumps Adult Fantasy Bar.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
But I suppose the big news of the weekend is the unexpected demise of my beloved Audi A4...a car I have enjoyed driving for the past nine years. It seems that the hills of SF are quite a wear on an aging manual transmission, and this week my A4 cried out "Uncle!". So, rather than pay exorbitant cash to temporarily band-aid my aging car, I test drove a few replacement candidates and took the plunge. This time around, I decided that look for a city-sized car...but still keep a sense of style. I instantly fell in love with the zippy Audi A3.