If Found Please Drop in any Mailbox Wednesday, Aug 29 2007 

28 August 2007
Today is the day that everything went pear-shaped for me when it was instead supposed to be a lovely purple patch. The way it started and the way it progressed I figured I was in for a long day of living hell. It turns out that the pear-shape didn’t last too long and returned to normal in the early afternoon. A little hiccough in the evening, but everything played out ok in the end. But, because it had started so weird and rocky, I took a photo early and never really went back to revisit it. So, although it’s not terribly texturous, it is an interesting jumble.
If Found Please Drop in any Mailbox
Cheers.

…and yet more proof that football (soccer) is great!

~KR (28 August 2007)

Listening to:
Bully by Steve Winwood
on About Time

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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Ol’ Yellow Eyes Tuesday, Aug 14 2007 

13 August 2007

Monday the 13th. The day started with a bang when my boss decided it was time for me to host the daily conference call. I’ve been listening to the calls for years now, but had never really needed to participate overmuch. Now, I was hosting the thing. I’m sure my nervousness squeaked out in my voice, but I muddled through and managed to get through my day successfully. Outside, the temperature ranged from hot to bloody damn hot. I did not play in my team’s final game of the season. The Strikers did win, though, meaning we may or may not be relegated. I think that will boil down to penalty points (that is: points deducted from our total because we didn’t do certain things). The day also happens to be Brett’s birthday (Happy Birthday, mate!). To celebrate we went to Taco Cabana. Then, Brett, Jill & I wound our way down to No Frills Grill for the final set of natal libations. Through all of this, I didn’t take a single photo. Nope. Not one. Luckily my friend, Cormac, stood still long enough in the midnight hour for me to snap this shot: Ol' Yellow Eyes
I tried to Photoshop the yellow out of his eyes, but after a few attempts, I gave up and left it there. They lend a certain mystique.
Cheers.

~KR (13 August 2007)

Listening to:
Airegin by John Coates
on Piano … Forte!!

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.017 sec (1/60)
Aperture: f/3.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash fired, auto mode, red-eye reduction

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Looking Up Friday, Jul 27 2007 

26 July 2007
Recently I read somewhere that there are two types of people in the world. There are “Rounders” and there are “Aggregators.” I don’t recall where I read the article, so I can’t give proper credit, sadly; but the concept is so very simple. Everyone has problems, it’s how you deal with those problems that define what type of person you are. If you look at a small problem and say, “nah, that’s a tiny problem, no worries mate,” then you are a “Rounder.” If however, you look at that same problem and say to yourself, “great, just what I need another problem to screw up my life,” then you are definitely an “Aggregator.” I’ve always been an “Aggregator.” My wife is a “Rounder.” I, too, will be a “Rounder” someday, for it seems to me a much happier, healthier way to live. I laid all this out, because she and I had a row (what the hell’s a row?) on the 26th about calories. She mentioned something about caloric intake and I, in typical “Aggregator” fashion, turned it into a much bigger problem than it was. Much bigger. It bothered me all day long that I had reacted to such a simple issue in such an irrational manner. So as I was sitting in a fast-food line on my way home, I took this photo:
Looking Up
…and I thought, “wow, that was a tiny problem and I turned it into something huge. I shouldn’t do that. And I really should watch my caloric intake.” I left the fast-food line and went home where I had a practically tasteless, but low in calories, Healthy Choice meal. Not quite sure why “healthy food” has to equate to “yucky food” but I suppose it does. And since I’d rather be here to celebrate my 50th anniversary with my wife (our 12th is a week from this upcoming Sunday), I suppose “yucky food” is it.
Cheers.

~KR (26 July 2007)

Listening to:
Was it Worth It? by Pet Shop Boys
on Discography: The Complete Singles Collection

The Gazebo Tuesday, Jul 24 2007 

23 July 2007
Typical Monday after work drive, especially this year. Thunderstorms brewing in the distance, occasional drops on the windscreen and I’m just making the drive home. With Marita Beth gone, I have no great desire to head home on any given day, but at least I do have the company of two dogs and a wizard by the name of Potter.
Gazebo

This photo was taken at the corner of Trinity & Mosier Valley and is of the relatively newly erected gazebo near “Our Garden of Angels.” It overlooks the Arlington Bottom (a 50-year flood plain) and onto the city of Ft. Worth. On clear days, you can see the attractive Ft. Worth city skyline; on this day, not so much. I wanted this photo to better than it is, but if you don’t look too closely you can almost pretend that I got the shot I wanted.
Cheers.

~KR (23 July 2007)

Listening to:
What She’s Doing Now by Garth Brooks
on Ropin’ the Wind

Leaving the Frame Monday, Jul 23 2007 

22 July 2007
Sunday.
Sundays are made for football (with apologies to The Beautiful Game ).
We played the Jayhawks on Wednesday (I believe I wrote about it) where we lost 1-nil. Today we got to play them again. Due to all the rain we’ve had, the season has been elongated and they’ve stacked several games on top of each other in order to accommodate the full schedule. I never look forward to playing them. They’re poor winners, they’re poor losers, they’re poor sports in general. At least they always have been. This game was a little different. They were missing several key players, and I guess it’s those players that were the whiners because, with one noteable exception, there wasn’t a whole lot of complaining going on (that I heard). We were, once again, shy on substitutes so I played most of the match, but during one brief spell on the sideline I took some photos. I liked this one best:
Leaving the Pitch
It shows just how large a field can be and how empty some pockets on the pitch are when they get abandoned. This is centre-pitch and should be full of players. We won the game 2-nil with yours truly getting the winning goal (it’s a rarity these days, sadly).
Cheers.

~KR (22 July 2007)

Listening to:
Jolly Jolly Jolly Ego by The Dirty Projectors
on The Getty Address

Afternoon at Rahr Monday, Jul 23 2007 

21 July 2007
Saturday.
Saturdays are made for drinking. This one was no exception. Brett, Jill & I headed down to the Rahr Brewery in Ft. Worth; the local brewery with the 150-year history. More folks were going to join us, but they all backed out at the last moment (most of them, to their credit, were with good excuses). I took a number of photos of Brett & Jill, but none of them quite do justice to Jill’s beauty, so I’ve chosen this one instead:
Unknown Smoker
Since the brewery itself is non-smoking, people either step out back to the loading dock, or up to this opening. I loved the silhouette he presented against the red-brick and crazy-coloured boarded up windows.
Flickr, for whatever reason, has started hiding my photograph details that I’ve always included. It started happening on Friday, but I figured it was just a glitch. Here on Monday (yeah, I’m posting two days late), it’s still not there. So, you’ll get whatever song I’m listening to as I pen this.
Cheers.

~KR (21 July 2007)

Listening to:
The War Was in Color by Carbon Leaf on Love, Lost, Hope, Repeat

The Derelict Friday, Jul 20 2007 

20 July 2007
A different route to work this morning, fresh batteries in my camera and voila!
The Derelict
Instead of taking my normal route down Trinity, I took a back road. It’s a nearly deserted route with many a photographic opportunity on it; if, that is, you’re fond of dereliction and dilapidation. For that’s what I encountered for nearly the entire length of the trek. This nearly-falling-down derelict I encountered when I had travelled approximately half of the road. Much more to come I expect.
Cheers.

~KR (20 July 2007)

It’s Raining…again Tuesday, Jul 3 2007 

2 July 2007
The view from my office looking out over the parking garage. During a rain storm…again.
Rain, again
The official rainfall for the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex is measured and kept at DFW Airport (less than 1 mile from where this photo was taken). The month of June officially saw 11.1″ of rain. That makes this June the wettest June in over 70 years. It also makes this June the wettest month in the DFW area in 28 years. That’s a lot of rain.
In all honesty, I cannot recall a July 2nd where the grass on my drive to and from work is all green. I can’t recall a July 2nd where I have a lawn that’s worth a damn. I can’t recall a July 2nd where the temperature overnight was in the low 70’s. If the weather was like this (including the rain) every summer, I’d be a lot less bitter about living in Texas.
Cheers.

~KR (2 July 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

My Drug of Choice Thursday, Jun 7 2007 

6 June 2007
Sadly, this photo is far more defining than I would have ever wished it to be. During one of my many coughing fits yesterday, I spilled out my bag of Ricolas onto the table. What the hell I figured and trundled out my camera, too; never mind that I was in the middle of a functional presentation by a vendor and sitting in the middle of a room surrounded by a good 30 people (I was late and got the last seat available…the one no one else wanted).
My Drug of Choice
I snapped the quick pick, put the camera back in the bag and repackaged the Ricolos, keeping one for my own consumption. Sadly, they’re just an interim fix, but I sure have sucked back a great many of these little bundles of joy in the past three weeks. As the title says, it’s my current drug of choice.
Cheers.

~KR (6 June 2007)

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.167 sec (1/6)
Aperture: f/2.8
Focal Length: 5.8 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Laptop, geeks and coffee Thursday, Jun 7 2007 

5 June 2007
Day one of three is the meeting of the brain-trust. This is the technical meeting where we deep-dive with a potential vendor looking at schemas and architecture and configurability and all the other things that IT weenies like to look at. I’m still pretty sick and likely contagious, so I hid at the back of the room so my constant hacking wasn’t too much of an intrusion or irritant. I took that opportunity to snap this picture:
Laptop, Geeks & Coffee
it so perfectly defines my day. Techo-geeks, my laptop and coffee. Yep, that’s pretty much a definition of the day.
Cheers

~KR (5 June 2007)

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

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