One of These Things… Thursday, Jan 3 2008 

29 December 2007
While out and about running errands that needed running, I stopped in at No Frills Grill for a beer and some football (American-style). While there, I noticed the condiments rack. Someone had placed one Sugar packet in amongst the Sweet and Low. I found it amusing:
Sugar
Cheers.

~KR (29 December 2007)

Listening to:
something tells me by iNTERCOM

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
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Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
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Ready for Grinding Monday, Dec 17 2007 

11 December 2007
Another stressful day at work. Luckily, it's Tuesday. And Tuesday means dollar draft night at No Frills Grill. Marita Beth and I headed there immediately upon my hitting home. Since she had to go to dance class – in Allen, an hour away – at eight, I wanted to spend some quality trivia time with her. Eventually, she had to leave so I took her home (our wonderful waitress, Gennifer saved my table for me), waited while she got ready, then went back to finish out my trivia games. I really enjoy the trivia. Finally, it was time for me, too, to go home. Marita Beth was still at dance class and would be for hours to come. So, I made the coffee and went to bed. While making the coffee, I realised no photos had been composed or taken. So, you get coffee beans:
Ready for the Grind

Cheers.

~KR (11 December 2007)

Listening to:
Canyon City by The DeWayn Brothers

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 1 sec (1)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
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Flash: Flash did not fire

Character Tiles Monday, Dec 17 2007 

9 December 2007
Ater a pretty lousy emotionally turbulent morning followed by a great deal of work, Marita Beth went over to Ginger’s for a much-needed “girl’s day out.” She, Ginger & Kelly sat and did what girls do while playing Mah Jongg. I, meanwhile, finished my work and then went to No Frills Grill for a very exciting Dallas Cowboys game. I’m not the biggest fan of American football you’ll ever find. I find the rules cumbersone and overly-restrictive; but I can certainly get swept up into the emotion of a rich game and there’s no denying the amount of talent present on the field and sideline of any given professional football game. The Cowboys won, I finished my beer and then crashed the girls party. It was getting on in the day, so I didn’t intend to stay long, but since Kelly was leaving the next day, I had to get over for a kiss and a hug. Besides, even though Ginger only lives a few blocks away, we all tend to hermit ourselves after Dickens so I hadn’t seen her either. So, there I went and sat and watched a few hands of Mah Jongg. They were well-embroiled in a three-hand game, so I didn’t wish to intrude, but I did take a photo of Marita Beth’s hand at one point.
Mah Jongg Figures
I took a bunch of photos at No Frills Grill, too, but I like this one best.
Cheers.

~KR (9 December 2007)

Listening to:
No T.V. by Pope Joan
from You Gotta Get it Out

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.5 sec (1/2)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
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Up Pompey! Monday, Nov 19 2007 

12 November 2007
I spent the day travelling from mid-US to west-US, and despite gaining two hours in the transit, it still wiped me out. I had a quick bite to eat at a lovely little Italian restaurant called Cecilia's, then settled in for a quick night-time read. Even though my bookclub is currently reading Love in the Time of Cholera I just couldn't bring myself to take the book on the trip. It's actually a surpassingly well-written book. However, at nearly 100 pages in, I'd still to discern a plot, so I've set it aside. I'll finish it someday, I suppose. But having grown up in a time when fiction meant a plot that moves the reader along, I was struggling to enjoy it. So, I brought with me a non-fiction book: Up Pompey!
Up Pompey!
Up Pompey is a fantastic book where "a clueless American sportswriter bumbles through English football," although I believe that Chuck Culpepper is not quite so clueless as he might lead some to believe. I can't quite figure out, and I'm not through reading it yet, whether he's writing to an English audience and trying to prove the validity of "their sport" vs the inanity of "our" sport; or is he writing to an American audience and struggling to point out the superiority of football to American-football. Either way, and I believe however you feel about Associated Football vs American Football, the book is very well written and immensely enjoyable. I shall loan it to Terrill when he's done and look forward to the "Delusional Rant" that will be forthcoming. 🙂
Cheers.

~KR (12 November 2007)

Listening to: Kirstie's by Millish
on Millish

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850
IS Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
ISO Speed: 200
Exposure Bias: 1 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Orange, Green & Blue Tuesday, Oct 2 2007 

1 October 2007
The best month of the year has just started. And you know what, it was a decent day. Marita Beth continued working on East Wind Games and making the inventory mess much happier, while I slaved away at my day-job. On the drive home, I passed through a typical construction zone in South Arlington and grabbed this photo while stopped at a stop light:
Construction Pylon.
It’s a good thing I did, too, as it was the only photo I took. After gettting home, I ran around pulling together my footy kit since I had a game last night. I didn’t get home from the game until just about 11:30. I was knackered and not up to more photography. So, I just hoped that the single shot would be ok. As it turns out it is. I like the way the orange pops out against the green hillside and the bluesky. I also like what I believe is a spider in the hole at the top of the pylon. Of course, I’d have never seen that from the car, it’s just a serendipitous inclusion. The last thing in the evening was to check my Fantasy Football (NFL) score. 1/2 of a point. I lost by 1/2 of a point to a certain Klobe. *Grrrr*
Cheers.

~KR (1 October 2007)

Listening to:
Wearing the Inside Out by Pink Floyd
on The Division Bell

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

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038? Saturday, Sep 29 2007 

28 September 2007
TGIF. Can it be said too many times? It was quite the week, but the week was over…finally. Knowing, this I slept in a little later than I had been and took a leisurely path to work. On the way, I stopped to take photos of yet another natural gas well. But, I decided on this one of the lock “protecting” the gate instead:
038?
Not that the images of the area aren’t worth the posting, I just liked this one best. I believe I’m becoming a fan of the close-up, the bokeh and extreme depth of field photo. Not that I can’t see the beauty in or even utilize other styles, I just think this is where my personal photographic journey is taking me.
Cheers.

~KR (28 September 2007)

Watching Scotland v Italy (Rugby)
on Setanta Sports (Delayed)
Current Score 18-13
Time: 56:54
(It’s still too close to call, and has been a cracking match. If you’re not watching the Rugby World Cup…shame on you)

 **UPDATE**
Scotland are through to the Quarter Finals with a win over Italy

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
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Abstract Weave Saturday, Sep 29 2007 

26 September 2007
As you’ve likely sussed out, I’m behind again. The rapid posting behaviour only occurs when I’m days behind, if not weeks. In this case, I’ve done two posts, with 3 more to go before being up-to-snuff. One of the most frustrating things that occurs when I’m this far behind is that I will receive a new “assignment” between taking the photo and actually posting about it. This photo
Weave
would be great for the current assignment “Man-Made Abstract”, but since I’ve not technically received that assignment yet, I will simply use this as “Yet Another Day in Which I didn’t Take an Early Photo” image. I hope you don’t mind.
Cheers.

~KR (26 September 2007)

Watching Scotland v Italy (Rugby)
on Setanta Sports (Delayed)
Current Score 6-7
Time: 15:40

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.8 sec (4/5)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Candle Saturday, Sep 29 2007 

24 September 2007
Monday dawned and Marita Beth was still sick. Really sick, in fact. Neither of us got much sleep that night before (especially with that crazy dream about Paul – “I tried to help, but you know Paul, he’s really finicky. He didn’t like any of the meat I brought home.” – Like I said, weird.). So, what with sleep deprivation, worry over my wife (last time she was this sick, it was menangitis) and the upcoming training sessions, my day was every bit as surreal as Marita Beth’s day. To top it off, the photo I took,
candle
is the same subject as the photo she took. Weird.
Cheers

~KR (24 September 2007)

Watching Birmingham v Manchester United
on Fox Soccer Channel
Current Score: 0-1
Time: 92:01

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.067 sec (1/15)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Purple Kleenex Box Wednesday, Sep 12 2007 

8 September 2007
As I've mentioned before I pay attention to the photo "assignments" that come my way via blogs & forums I subscribe to. Two of the three assignments I get each week are assigned on Friday while the third comes to me on Monday. This week's Friday assignments were Purple & Soft. It is the Wednesday after those two assignments came out, but I'm posting for that Saturday photo. This is Purple.
Purple Kleenex Box
I was driving through a parking lot in South Arlington and my eyes were drawn to the purple newspaper box and the purple lightposts just outside the Taco Bell. But, I wasn't overwhelmed with the composition opportunities. Then, but 30 feet way, someone had dropped an empty Kleenex box next to an abandoned Mexican restaurant. Aha. So, now we have a Purple Kleenex box as fulfillment for Assignment number one. I'm sure that I gathered many a look as I crawled around in the filthy parking lot looking for a good angle to shoot my Purple. I think I got it with this one. I like the overall arrangement and exectuion of the image, even though it is a photo of someone's refuse.
I threw the box in the trash. Couldn't have someone else taking a photo of a Purple Kleenex box, could I?
Cheers.

~KR (8 September 2007)

Listening to:
Lady Luck by Tesla
on The Great Radio Controversy

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.001 sec (1/1000)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 23.7 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Shuffleboard Friday, Aug 31 2007 

29 August 2007
A better day at work, if only a little. However, it did wrap up nicely. A batch of co-workers, as stressed as myself, and I went to Rob’s Billiards for some pool & beer. That’s always great fun, but this time was a bit special; my friend Joseph, down from Wisconsin for a useability seminar (or some such), joined us for beer. He didn’t play pool with us, but when we switched to shuffleboard, the man stepped right up. He and I knocked our competition for a right loop.
Shuffleboard 
If you look closely, you can see both my camera and myself reflected in the weight.
Cheers.

~KR (29 August 2007)

Listening to:
As Long As It Matters by Gin Blossoms
on Congratulations I’m Sorry

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.25 sec (1/4)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
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