It’s tough to find a photo of people laughing when all you shoot are landscapes and old cars. I did have a shot of horses, but I think they were sneering at me. So, like anyone who has ever picked up a camera for the first time, I was asked to shoot a wedding when I didn’t even know how to set an f stop. Or really what an f stop was. The results were not pretty. But the couple was. And still is. Married for 6 years now, they have two kids; a 3 year old daughter and a one year old son. Anyway, this is in response to The Girl That Dreams Awakes‘ weekly challenge. Go visit her. She’s got gorgeous kids, too.
Do you prefer eating foods with nuts or no nuts? Food should never be eaten with nuts. I know I am not being politically correct now but, if someone is nuts they shouldn’t be allowed to eat out. Am I discriminating? Yes. I suppose I am.
If someone made a movie of your life would it be a drama, a comedy, a romantic-comedy, action film, or science fiction? Let me tell you what my life movie shouldn’t be. It shouldn’t be a movie. It should be a continuing TV series, preferably a BBC series that goes on forever. Or for at least another 30 years or so. I have nothing against an American made series, mind you, But the British just sound so much classier. Even when they are doing slapstick they seem to exude so much class.
Who talks real sense to you? No one now. When I was growing up, the closest would have been my uncle, who insisted I go away to college, who helped me choose which school and got me my first real job when I graduated.
Do you have a favorite board game? I absolutely hate games of any kind. My sister, who was older than me, used to always have to win. Whenever we played Monopoly, she had this killer instinct. You could see it in her eyes. Very scary.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m grateful that last week is over and though there is still familial stress when it comes to planning for Christmas. I’m going to try to get Lynn out of town so we don’t have to have dinner with the ‘nuts’ in our family.
Please go take a look at Cee’s Share Your World to read other blogger’s answers. Or, better yet, join in.
November means autumn for most of the United States, with winter breathing down its collective neck. Here in Las Vegas it usually means more of the same blue skies but with cooling temperatures. This year was only slightly different. We were enjoying 70 to 80 degree temperatures for a week or two when autumn really hit . Temperatures dropped into the high 50’s, low 60’s. And tomorrow is even better. Rain.
The image above was taken the day temperatures first dipped and the skies grew ugly- which, to me, is beautiful. I mean, come on. Who doesn’t like a cloudy sky? I was already late to work the morning I saw clouds over Calico Basin and I thought, what’s an extra hour late? So I took a detour. This is a two image pano of the basin, facing southwest, taken for Cardinal Guzman’s year long challenge You can read about it here.
And now, as is customary, a slideshow for your viewing pleasure.
This week Cee is having a special theme for Share Your World. It is Thanksgiving in the USA and she thought we could do a grateful list for this week.
What are you grateful for in regard to:
- Your home life? I am grateful I have a home. So many people do not and we see them on street corners every day asking for a handout or pushing all their personal belongings down the street in a shopping cart.
- Your family? I am grateful I have been given a second chance to have a family. I destroyed my family through divorce 17 years ago and was feeling pretty low and depressed for quite a while.
- Your blogging community? I’ve “met” a lot of great people who support and encourage me in my hobby.
- Your city or immediate area in which you live? I always looked down upon Las Vegas as a place to live. But circumstances brought me here 17 years ago and I’ve learned to appreciate the abundance of things to do. Some are even free!
- The regional area in which you live? We are so close to so many different areas in which to savor the outdoors. The great Southwest. I have boots. Next is a cowboy hat. Then a jeep or truck and my conversion will be complete.
- The country where you live? I’m not too excited about the direction our president-elect seems to be taking us with the people he is choosing to surround himself with. But we are in a democracy in which we are able to protest- and I certainly will be doing so.
- You? It’s taken me a long time to grow up- I believe that is a problem for most men. I finally have, for the most part. But don’t ask my wife for corroboration. She’s a bit feisty that way.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last week we took a day trip to Cima, in the middle of the Mojave National Preserve, which is about an hour and a half from where we live. We have been out there several times and there isn’t really anything there that we haven’t seen before. Still, I was able to get so many photos that I am still working on them this week.
Please go visit Cee’s Share Your World and share thanksgiving wishes with her. And to those of you who have taken the time to read through, Happy Thanksgiving (and please stay safe and sane through, what has to be the most asinine corporate decision of all time, the creation of Black Friday, which now starts on Thursday.)
Might as well get this over with:
I hate Christmas. I don’t much care for kids either. And before you start reading into my proclamation, let me assure you that W.C. Fields did not much like children, either. Some of you younger people might not remember that name. Go look him up. I’ll wait.
My favorite W. C. Fields quote:
“Anyone who hates children and animals can’t be all bad.”
and then there’s;
“I like children – fried.”
(though I remember it as: “I like children – boiled, broiled, or in a stew!”)
So I give you the only Christmas photo I could find in my archives. Taken on a Little Italy street in New York City last year.
Thanks must go to The Girl That Dreams Awake for it is she who tossed the gauntlet of a challenge at my feet. (Well, to be honest, the gauntlet was tossed at anyone who would pick it up.) Go check her out and join in if you like. We’re all a friendly bunch here. Except for me, of course.
Oh, and best leave the children at home!
This week Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge topic is Any Tracks and Trains.
Are you a traveler or a homebody? My wife, Lynn, is a traveler. I’m a homebody. If I ever want to be with her, I have to find her, or go with her. It’s a lot easier just to go with her. In 2010, she talked me into buying a camera. Since then, you can’t keep me home and now, every weekend, we take a day trip looking for photo opportunities. The image above was taken this past Saturday in Amargosa, CA.
What kind of TV commercial would you like to make? Describe it. This is a funny question since, when I lived in New York, I worked as a commercial film editor. I cut commercials for Mercedes-Benz, Coca-Cola, Johnson & Johnson Baby Diapers, Red Door, White Diamonds. And For The Donald. For his Trump Taj Mahal. Sounds like quite the life, but working with creatives from ad agencies is not much fun.
Describe yourself in a word that starts with the first letter of your name. One word? I don’t think I can do it. My vocabulary stops at the letter D.
List some fun things for a rainy day. Singing and dancing in the rain. And if Lynn refuses to sing and dance, I’ll watch a movie or read a book.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? I’m just grateful that last week is over. I’m looking forward to everyone putting on their grown-up panties and boxers (or briefs) and dealing with this mess, now.
Share Your World rules and regulations:
Cee posts four different questions each week for you to answer. There are two ways which you can participate.
- Create a SYW post. Then post the link to your blog in her comment box or leave your answers in the comments box of her blog.
- To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Share Your World” or “SYW” tag.
- Remember to Follow Cee’s Blog to get your weekly reminders.
Soft? Are you kidding me? I’m a guy. Soft doesn’t interest me. I take photos of guy things. Like rusty old cars, and trucks, and machines and mountains, and…, and.., wow! Maybe it’s time to broaden my horizons.
OK, you want soft? I got soft. I give you the soft- cottony– stuffing of a couch that has seen better days. How’s this for soft?
So, this is part of The Girl That Dreams Awake‘s weekly challenge. Click on the link above for the rules and how to submit, if you would like to, and to see what other people consider “soft”.
I have to start taking better notes as to where we are whenever I take out my camera. My wife doesn’t even remember ever seeing this house. Maybe I went alone? But, to be fair, this WAS shot over 10 months ago. And we’re old!
Going forward, let us hope that this is the most profound political statement I shall make: