Cee’s Share Your World – September 25, 2017

Prompts and Challenges, Gallery

Las Vegas NV
September 21, 2017

What is your favorite outdoor activity? You’re kidding, right? OK, well, maybe you’re not. I guess not many people are as driven with their hobby as I am. Unless, of course, they are obsessive/compulsive. Or, maybe that’s manic/depressive. I know it was two words Lynn used to describe me. She knows that if I can’t get out to shoot, I become very irritable. But when I’ve got a camera in hand, I can go hours on end without eating, drinking, or going to the bathroom. (And I don’t mean to be dismissive of anyone who is actually manic/depressive. I flirted with that diagnosis for years.)

In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger? You are not allowed to tell Lynn about this but I am definitely more comfortable driving. Lynn has a habit of living life much closer to the edge than I do and I find myself slamming my foot down on my imaginary brakes whenever she is driving and I am in the passenger seat. To her credit, she has never had an accident. And I have. But it was the other person’s fault.

If you could have three wishes granted for you alone, what would they be? Didn’t we have this question once before? And didn’t I respond that I would not wish for world peace because everyone else probably would and so I felt that would be covered? Let me preface my answer by saying I don’t have a life of abundance, but I certainly have more than others. I drive a car that has over 220,000 miles on it and several dents. Lynn’s car has over 175,000 miles and looks brand new. We have a house, and enough money to live paycheck to paycheck. So, what I would wish for would be lots and lots of money and happiness and security for our family. Mostly for the kids, so they could follow their dreams. But, since combined we have ten kids, I think the three wishes will not be quite enough.

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. My local camera store, B & C Camera, sponsored a Drink & Click event with Panasonic Lumix last Thursday night at a hipster club called Artifice in the Art District of Las Vegas. Lynn asked why I would want to go if I was happy with my Fuji. I wish I could have explained better but she could see how excited I was when I got home. Just hanging around other photographers and trying a different camera- even though I have no plans to switch- was invigorating and exciting. Since I am an introvert, I really had to push myself out of my box. And, though I pretty much kept to myself, I did have fun. I will write a review of the evening and the camera a little later. Until then, check out the images at DRINKandCLICK! You can see the back of my head in the 10th photo (I’m ogling the camera rather than the model) and in the 13th photo I am headed to the bar!

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Share Your World – September 25, 2017


Cee’s Share Your World – September 11, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Sierra Ready Mix South Plant
Sloan NV
April 14, 2013

Share Your World – September 11, 2017

Would you want $200,000 right now or $250,000 in a year? It’s safe to assume all money is tax free. In my experience so far, no money is tax free. But to answer the question, I would take the $200,000 now. I might not be around in a year. Not that I have any plans but, you never know.

Is it more important to love or be loved? I’ve been on both sides of that question and I’ll tell you it’s a lot easier being loved. No commitment, no hurt or heartache. But why can’t it be a reciprocal endeavor? I love you, you love me.

List things that represent abundance to you. Let me go back to the question above. If you love and are loved in return, that is an abundance. Food on the table, clean water to drink and air to breathe would be an abundance. Many people make do with even less than what we might consider bare necessities.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. Not what, but who! Janice of jfeyersforman photography, in a comment on my post of last Friday, September 8, titled In Retrospect: Sloan NV, said “…. it looks like you could do some interesting Film Noir type images!”  I love film noir. And that comment has inspired me to look into possibly a series of film noir type photos. For those of you who are not familiar with the term, film noir is associated with a low key, black and white visual style that has roots in German Expressionist cinematography. Lots of deep, dark shadows. I’m going to start experimenting with that look on some of my existing photos as well as some new shots. I’ll keep you posted. And thanks, Janice!

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton NV
August 20, 2017
7:13 PM (pst)

What color do you feel most comfortable wearing?  I guess blue would be my most comfortable color, as you’ll usually find me wearing blue jeans. Unless you find me in bed, in which case you don’t want to find me! Anyway, for the previous 10 years I have been a good corporate team member, wearing dress slacks, rarely corduroy. But in the last two or three years I finally woke up singing “I Gotta Be Me” and started wearing my favorite jeans to work. No one ever made a comment so that’s all I wear now. The wedding we went to last month, I wore my jeans and a dark sport coat. No tie. And if I have anything to say about it, I will be buried in my jeans, too.

What is your favorite type of dog? (can be anything from a specific breed, a stuffed animal or character in a movie)  For the last 3 years we have been dog sitting a Chihuahua. Anyone who has been following this blog even intermittently, should know I detest the beast. She is needy and is treated like a person. She is always underfoot and she yaps. Lynn knows that my upbringing has been no feeding the dog scraps from the table but would rather irritate me than the dog. So, if we were ever to get another dog, firstly it would be a rescue dog. And secondly, I would have to get rid of Lynn.

List at least five favorite flowers or plants. Flowers and plants are not my bailiwick (love that word) but we have a Ruellia and a Golden Dew Drop in our back yard, both of which I get great enjoyment from. Then there are pine trees and oak. At least five? OK. Weeping Willow.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. See that photo up there? My first attempt at astrophotography with the X-T1 and the remote app on my phone. OK, it was more like a month ago but it has really inspired me to get out and play with more nighttime shoots. Unfortunately, the heat is still prohibitive, peaking in the late afternoon and dissipating slowly until the following morning when it starts climbing all over again. The photo is not sharp, but I will get better. I hope!

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Cee’s Share Your World – September 4, 2017

Share Your World – August 28, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Cee’s Share Your World

Garces Hwy State Route 155
Moody CA
August 27, 2017


What would constitute a “perfect” day for you? Any day I wake up is perfect. I don’t think there can be any comparison. I mean, I love sleeping. Don’t get me wrong. Man, some of my dreams are just…, well…, maybe best left for another post. Where was I? Oh, yeah, waking up…, next to Lynn. What could be better? For me, at least. For you, it might be waking up next to someone else. Or maybe you like waking up alone. Or you might say World Peace. Ending hunger. Rescuing animals, children. All very noble endeavors, any one of which I would gladly work towards. But it’s all gotta start with waking up first.

Complete this sentence: My favorite place in the whole world….. Getting lost in a good book or movie transports you and no real place can compare. Except maybe Sedona AZ. Or Monument Valley.

Who was your best friend in elementary school (prior to age 12)? I have very few memories prior to age 12. So I don’t remember who my best friend was. Probably Mark Zook, who lived across the street. I remember always being over at his house. And one time I remember going somewhere with his mother and sister and him but I don’t remember where. Maybe the beach.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. Truth be told, this past week was very inspiration free. Lynn has been inspired to paint the house and get it listed for sale. She is an inspiration to watch! But that’s about it!

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Emilio’s Share My World – August 21, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Valley Of Fire State Park
Overton NV
August 20, 2017

OK, now, no one get excited. I am not taking over Cee’s Share Your World. In fact, I first asked her permission and she graciously agreed. Seems she’s having too much fun on her break this week to wonder what I’m actually up to. But I just miss her, I guess. I haven’t joined in SYW the last two weeks and so here’s my version for today. Cee also said I could ask anyone who wants to, to join in. So, if you want to, link in the comments below. Here we go!

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?  Just out of college, my roommate and I decided to try to furnish our apartment with a dumpster dive. We drove into Beverly Hills and, within 10 minutes, were stopped by police asking what we were up to. We were subsequently arrested and charged with suspicion of burglary. Spent the night in jail. When we reported to court to find out when our trial date would be, we were told there was no such charge as suspicion of burglary. I think those cops just wanted to scare the crap out of us – which they did. Now, all these years later, when I see a cop, I think he’s looking for me.

What have you always wanted?  Did you get it?  Be careful what you wish for. When I was 15 1/2, I got my learner’s permit. In California at that time, you could drive a motorcycle with just a learner’s. Don’t know how my parents ever agreed to that but I got my first Honda motorcycle at that tender young age. Then my second when I went away to college. One day, a car ran a stop sign and I narrowly avoided an accident. I didn’t avoid  a sudden meeting with the pavement, though and had my first knee operation when I was 22. My second knee operation happened about 3 years later when I drove into a gas station and slid out from a combination of water and oil on the ground. Since then, no more motorcycles.

What is your perfect pizza?  My perfect pizza is the one I’m eating. I don’t think I’ve ever had a pizza I didn’t like, including Domino’s or Pizza Hut when times were tough. But my tastes are a bit more upscale nowadays. We have a favorite place, Settebello’s, which is authentic Neapolitan pizza. A very thin crust. You can only put a maximum of 3 toppings on it or it will fall apart. We usually get kalamata olives on our margherita  pizza.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. See that photo up there. Well, last weekend we went out to Mojave National Preserve to catch the Pleiades meteor Shower. I wanted to attempt some astrophotography but realized I didn’t know my Fuji camera well enough. So all week I read up on the settings, downloaded the Fuji remote to my iPhone, got my tripod, and then went to Valley of Fire State Park (about an hour north of the strip). This is the 4th shot I took last night before dark. The white strip, in the upper left to center, is a plane coming in for a landing at McCarran Airport. The yellow in the lower right is the glow from the lights of the strip.

OK, so that wasn’t so scary, was it Cee? I hope whoever reads this enjoys it. And if they don’t, I’d definitely like to hear some constructive criticism.

Share Your World – July 17, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

This week, Cee Neuner asks:

What is your favorite cheese? My favorite cheese? I’m Italian! OK, maybe only half. And the other half is vegetarian so there’s a constant battle going on with my taste buds over cheese. I probably shouldn’t eat dairy and call myself vegetarian, but then I shouldn’t eat fish, either. And yet, guilty. Favorite cheese? You name it, I love it. And if you happen to name one I haven’t yet tried, I will search it out. I have heard that limburger cheese smells like feet. Maybe that’s why some people have a foot fetish? I would prefer the limburger!

Are you left or right handed? My left hand is basically useless. It does nothing. I envy people who are ambidextrous as they can do twice as much as the rest of us. I have two left feet. Why can’t I have two right hands?

Do you prefer exercising your mind or your body? How frequently do you do either? I was always tall and lanky and used to take for granted that I would always remain the same. So I exercised my mind. And now that my belly has finally caught up to my lazy lifestyle, I have begun to exercise three times a week for the last two years. Unfortunately, the belly is still there. But I enjoy going to the gym.

Complete this sentence: Hot days are … all relative. We here in the desert love to talk about the weather. But seriously, once you hit 110, every other degree is superfluous. Hot is hot. Except when it’s not. Yesterday was 109 in Las Vegas so we went north to Caliente (“hot” in Spanish) which was almost frio (“cold”) at only 95 degrees.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Last weekend we were more than an hour north of our home when the air conditioner in my car died. I’m just glad we made it back without the dog dying. Or my wife. Or me. The repair cost me $500. I’m just grateful we weren’t further away and were able to make it home. This week I am painting and moving my desktop computer into the den. I am looking forward to completing the task by next week.

Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Nelson NV
June 3, 2017

How do you like to spend a rainy day? Getting wet. Lynn will kill me for this but when we were first “dating”, we were sitting outside on the backyard covered patio at my house. It was around 9 at night and it started to rain. Lynn walked into the back yard, took off her clothes, and started to dance in the rain. Well, what was I to do? I couldn’t just sit there and watch. So, I did the same. To this day, she denies it happened. Since we’ve been married five years now, I’m starting to believe it never happened, either. It has certainly never been repeated.

List at least five favorite treats. (They do not have to be sugary). Dancing! Rain! Repeat!

Where’s your favorite place to take out-of-town guests? Well, the further out of town they are, the better. But if they do venture in, we usually end up at Nelson, an old mostly abandoned, mining town about an hour outside of Las Vegas. The mine is open for tours and  the owners have done their best to repopulate the surrounding area with old barns and homes and rusty old vehicles from other desert sites.

You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with? Since Cee stole my answer, I’d have to say Sophia Loren. That is if Lynn isn’t with me.

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 the fourth of July is over. The fireworks freaked the dog out. For almost a week, she seemed as if she was suffering from PTSD. Shaking, couldn’t eat, couldn’t sleep. The dog is usually just annoying but last week I almost felt bad for her. A temporary moment of weakness on my part.

Share Your World – July 10, 2017

Cee’s Share Your World – July 3, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Ivanpah Road
Mojave National Preserve
July 2, 2017

For your main meal do you prefer sweet and sour, hot and spicy, spicy and sweet, bitter, salty, bland or other? For me, every meal is a main meal. In the morning I’m thinking about what we will have for dinner. At night, before going to bed, I wonder what I should have for breakfast. I used to love spicy, but now, at such an advanced age, I also enjoy subtle flavors. I must say, though, that salt is my downfall. Lynn introduced me to salt on watermelon and I just had that this morning after my coffee. That might be the only thing I don’t salt; my coffee!

Where do you hide junk when people come over? Hide my junk? Unthinkable. I revel in my junk. That is why I have a den, to have all my junk on display. The only junk we would have to hide when people come over is the dog paraphernalia. And if we hide that, beware the dog!

What daily habit would you like to introduce to your life? That’s a difficult one. I could probably go out and take photos every day if Las Vegas had anything interesting to shoot. And I’m pretty sure I can guess what you’re thinking. But since the strip started charging for parking, I don’t go down there anymore. And as I’ve complained since June, the weather prevents me from going out lately.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?  Well, I liked Cee’s answer that she would work at the concession stand. But since I don’t like people- or kids- I’m not sure I would last very long. Maybe work as the company photographer, taking shots of the performers and animals and people in the stands, and then maintain the circus website!

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? Well, like Cee with a pulled groin muscle, I’ve had a bad back all week. It even prevented me from sleeping well at night. But yesterday, we did finally get out and the back seems to be back to normal which, for me, is merely a constant low grade ache. I can live with that. The photo above is from our trip yesterday to Mojave National Preserve which was 5 to 10 degrees cooler than Las Vegas, believe it or not.

Cee’s Share Your World – June 3, 2017

Share Your World – June 26, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

What goal are you working on now? I do have lofty goals of saving the planet, but for now I have to be a bit more realistic and work on not causing bodily harm to any of my co-workers. I had my own office up until a week ago when our company downsized and I was relegated to a room with 4 cubicles. Laura wears too much perfume and is very loud when she talks on the phone or laughs. And she calls everyone “Sweety”! Tony introduced himself to me by stating, “I can be very loud. I’m Italian and have had a 40% hearing loss since I was a kid”. Heather asked me how to set up her phone and as I was trying to explain, she turned to Laura and asked if she knew how. Yes, it might be a bit difficult to stay out of jail this year.

What is one thing you’re glad you tried but would never do again? Online dating. I’m glad I tried it as that is how I met Lynn, my wife of 5 years now. But you have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find your prince (or, in my case, princess). One such frog was a very attractive woman- at least based on the photo she had posted. She was dressed in pants and a silk blouse and lounging across a double bed. We set up a time to meet at a local Starbucks and, when I got there, the place was crowded and I couldn’t see her. Thinking I was stood up, I turned to leave, heard my name, and turned back around. There she was, looking like Miss Piggy from Sesame Street with dirty blond uncombed hair, a bit overweight, and wearing a mumu! Even a Caramel Cocoa Cluster Frappuccino couldn’t save that date.

Did you choose your profession or did it choose you? I chose this profession. Real Estate. But I found out I was not particularly adept at cold calls and trying to sell people a property that fell short of being the home of their dreams So property management chose me. I manage owner’s properties and find tenants for them, take care of all maintenance and repairs. And occasionally I sell. This is actually my third profession and will most probably be my last.

Have you ever gotten lost? All the time, but we call it exploring. The photo above was taken when we took a wrong turn down a side street in Mount Carmel, UT on the way home from vacation. I spent about two hours amongst the old homes and barns we found. Lynn sat in the car. Afterwards we found a local diner and had dinner. Don’t avoid local places. Sometimes you’ll get great food, sometimes a great story. Unfortunately, this place had neither.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? It hasn’t been a great week. This move was foisted upon us a few days before it actually happened. We’re all trying to adjust. On the plus side? I have Lynn who listens to me complain when I get home at night.

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Share Your World – June 19, 2017

Prompts and Challenges

Mission San Juan Capistrano
June 3, 2017

What is something that people are obsessed with but you just don’t get the point of? Well, I’m glad you asked. Women seem to all be obsessed with me. It’s true! I don’t encourage such behavior. And I really don’t get the point of this obsession. I’m just a regular guy. I put my pants on one leg at a time. (Of course, those pants do tend to look better on me than on other people.) My wife doesn’t understand this obsession either, but then she is, of course, my wife!

What quirky things do people do where you are from? I’m not originally from Las Vegas but it seems to have been my home for much longer than I ever anticipated. Did you ever hear that quote, “Everybody complains about the weather, but nobody does anything about it”? Well, forget about all the backward steps that this administration is taking, I’m talking about the weather, a topic that seems to consume anyone from around here who has yet to embrace the heat. Yesterday, the high was 109 and this morning, when we awoke at 4:30 am because the dog needed to go outside, the temperature was 91. It did go down to 88 by 6:30, though, before starting its climb back up to 111 today, 115 tomorrow. Everybody talks about the weather!

What are some things you wish you could unlearn? I wish I could unlearn the false historical narrative that we were taught in school and from the movies, though I am sure all countries indoctrinate society to justify their abuse of native cultures.

Who is someone that you miss having in your life? I would love to say I miss my mother, father, and sister- and I do- but the first name that came to mind was that of my first love, whom I had lost touch with, then reconnected with some years later when I moved to Las Vegas and she lived in Los Angeles. We saw each other several times until she died quite suddenly in 2000.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? It is way too hot to get out with my camera so I’m not at all grateful that I won’t be able to get outside until autumn. Or whenever we travel out of state. But I’m alive and able to complain, so I’m happy.

Please check out Cee’s Share Your World to read more or join in!