A Queue of Gas Guzzlers Sunday, Nov 11 2007 

10 November 2007
I took other photos on the 10th, but I’m using this one because it beggars me. I don’t understand. We are in the midst of one of the worst fuel crises in modern history (not the worst, mind you, when adjusted for inflation) and yet our nation’s gluttonous population insists on driving vehicles that are notoriously poor on gas mileage. I drive a small Mitsubishi because I have no reason to drive anything larger. In this photo we see three vehicles, all of which are larger than a)mine and b)their occupancy requirements:
Queued Vehicles
All three of these vehicles had one occupant (visible – if someone was ducking out of view, certainly I wouldn’t have noticed):  the driver. I respect others need for larger vehicles. Large families, the working class (labourers, farmers &c.) and haulers need the larger vehicle. My wife drives a hugely inefficient gas guzzler because she needs to. She needs the space to haul product back and forth across the state (and nation at times). She needs the heavy-duty tow package because she pulls around a trailer that that is longer and taller than her Yukon. There wasn’t a tow package on any of the vehicles in front of me. All of them were squeaky clean on the exterior which leads me to beleive that they don’t travel off-road very often, if at all, which means they probably weren’t working-class vehicles. Going back to a previous statement, all of them had one occupant so I can make the leap that they weren’t for large families (although that is a leap, I have no evidence one way or another). So, I have to ask again, why? Why do we continue to line the pockets of big oil and foreign nations by driving unncecessarily large and inefficient vehicles when other choices are available?
Cheers.

~KR (10 November 2007)

Watching:
Manchester United v Blackburn (down to 10 men)
Score: 2 – 0 at 78:23
(Come on you Rovers!)

Camera: Canon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure: 0.013 sec (1/80)
Aperture: f/5.5
Focal Length: 23.2 mm
ISO Speed: 800
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire, auto mode

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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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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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Coloured Lights Wednesday, Sep 12 2007 

6 September 2007
What a day. What a very, very long – yet fulfilling – day. The four of us, Lou, Terrill, Eric & myself spent the entire day in work, debug, work some more mode. It was quite fulfilling and proved the validity of the trip. However, by the end of the day, I was completely knackered. Lou took us to a place called Carasello for fairly decent, if expensive, Italian food. Then it was back to the hotel for some late night comeraderie and expensive drinks. Then it was to bed for another early morning the next day. And nary a photo in the entire proceedings. So, we have this lovely photo of the parking lot lights through a filthy (!!) window.
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Hooray.
Cheers.

~KR (6 September 2007)

Listening to:
Winner Take All by Styx
on Come Sail Away: The Styx Anthology

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

Abandoned Buggy Monday, Sep 10 2007 

4 September 2007
It's Monday, September 10th and I'm just getting to photos taken on September 4th. The woes of a busy work schedule. The worst part about posting nearly a week after the photo was taken is that by that time I've lost the emotion that sparked the photo in the first place. I'm sure that this photo sparked some sort of righteous outrage in me. But, I can't recall exactly.
Abandoned Shopping Cart

I would imagine that I felt appalled at the state of our society. That I was angry at the volume of trash caught in the wheels. That perhaps I was even covertly thinking about how to get that shopping cart out of the drainage ditch and into my smallish car. Really, who hasn't wanted a shopping cart at one point or another. But today, six days later, I can't tell you a thing about what I was thinking.
Cheers.

~KR (4 September 2007)

Listening to:
Hungry Eyes by Merle Haggard
on Down Every Road – Disk 2

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.1 sec (1/10)
Aperture: f/3.1
Focal Length: 19.1 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Stacked Sunday, Sep 9 2007 

3 September 2007 Labor Day, despite it's name is a lazy day. So, lazy I was. I went to the movies (saw Death Sentence), I went to No Frill's Grill then I went back home. Between NFG and home, I pulled into a small construction zone (they're everywhere right now) and took a photo of a veritable mountain of metal things. I didn't really care for the composition on the first photo, so I took a close-up of the mountain:
Stacked
I liked this one much better. I wish every day was Labor Day.
Cheers.

~KR (3 September 2007)

Listening to:
Long Day by Matchbox Twenty
on Real World

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.025 sec (1/40)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 34.7 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

Bungee with Garbage Tuesday, Aug 28 2007 

27 August 2007
Still working on the Texture assignment, sort of. So, that's what this photo is:
Bungee Cord with Garbage
This is a bungee cord attached to the side of a large trailer that was completely full of trash. Refuse. Garbage. Rubbish. It was an amazing, if disgusting, sight to see. I suppose I should just be glad that all that trash was constrained by this sequence of bungee cords and grates rather than scattered about the ground.
Cheers.

~KR (27 August 2007)

Listening to:
Panama by Van Halen
on 1984

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
Aperture: f/4
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

The Tap-In Friday, Aug 24 2007 

22 August 2007
How very little time it takes to get back to the common, the familiar, the mundane. I’ve only been home one day, yet after work, because there’s no one to go home to (dogs only slightly count on that front), I went to a bar with Terrill. I do this frequently for several reasons. I love the way it affords me an opportunity to wind down after yet another stressful day at work. I enjoy Terrill’s (and whoever else shows up) company. I like beer.
The Tap-In
This is the Tap-In. It’s in Grapevine. Not my normal stomping grounds, but Terrill had a meeting up North in the Grapevine/Southlake area and I went up there. It caused me no pain, and the Tap-In is a nice enough joint. I would prefer it much more if the cigars they sell next door weren’t allowed to be smoked. But, hey it’s a bar, right? Although rumour has it that Grapevine is about to go smoke-free. Maybe Ft. Worth would grow some balls and follow suit since they seem incapable of leading the way.
Cheers.

~KR (22 August 2007)

Listening to:
Chickenman by Indigo Girls
on Rites Of Passage

Camera: Canon PowerShot S1 IS
Exposure: 0.003 sec (1/320)
Aperture: f/4.5
Focal Length: 58 mm
Exposure Bias: 0/3 EV
Flash: Flash did not fire

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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

Construction Wednesday, Jul 25 2007 

24 July 2007
Construction. That bane of every driver has come, in aces, to my neighbourhood. You see, a Wal-Mart is opening just over 2 miles from my house at the intersection of a busy FM highway and one of the primary arteries between Mansfield and Arlington. Despite much opposition and votes against the construction of this Wal-Mart, which necessitated the destruction of a beautiful section (one of the last in our area) of woodland, it is progressing. There does not seem to exist a direct correlation between surrounding property values and the existence of a Wal-Mart so certainly I can’t use that as any sort of defensive stance. Although independent studies done by Thomas Muller on the effects of Wal-Marts in Iowa suggests that property values could decline by 16-20% in the years immediately following the erection of the sprawl. However, since each Wal-Mart also contributed about $2 million to the local tax base, the detrimental effect was overlooked at the micro level as the macro level tended to benefit. As a small business owner (Bannockburn Bridge & East Wind Games), I am petrified by the construction. Not only does the on-going construction have an immediate negative impact on traffic flow and pattern, the long-term shuttering of long-established retail outlets is, sadly, a foregone conclusion. Wal-Mart will force a number of smaller businesses in the area to finally make the difficult decision to nail shut their doors for good. Does Wal-Mart really need a fourth megaplex in a 5 mile radius? I would hazard that they do not; but what am I? Just a little guy in a really friggin’ big world.
I took this photo for two reasons:
Construction
First, I took it to get the above diatribe out of me. It’s cathartic, I feel better.
Second, my friend Terrill challenged me to take mono-or dual-chromatic photographs in order to better myself. It’s easy, he says, to take a photo of highly-contrasting colours and make it work. It’s much more difficult to take a photo consisting of only familial colours. So, that’s what I’ve tried here. I espied the pattern on my way home, so at a friendly stop light, I leaned out the window and took the photo. The rusting rebar, the brown dirt, the dark shadows were all so very brown(ish), I thought “that’s it – monochromatic!” It’s not quite. But, close enough.
Cheers.

~KR (24 July 2007)

Listening to:
A Day Without Me by U2
on Boy

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