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As evidenced by the lack of significant posts, this has been an uneventful week. Today was better, as I went out with Kendra on our last photo safari before she returns to school. The picture above is one I took while we were horsing around, but I think it came out very good.

Other than that, there’s not much to talk about. I’m a bit miffed with my father. I was making dinner when the phone rang and my dad answered it. Usually, Dad screens all calls through the answering machine, but this time he picked it up on the first ring. The next thing I know, he’s saying “There’s no David K**** at this address” and then he hangs up. I look at him and he tells me that he assumed it was a bill collector, so he said I didn’t live there……. Ok, soak that in. I’ve been sending out resumes and filling out online job applications with my home phone number, and if my father picks up a call for me, he tells the caller I don’t live here…… That’s just freakin’ great.

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Check out Treading Ground. It’s hilarious and definitely not politically correct.

Start with a cage containing five monkeys. Inside the cage,
hang a banana on a string and place a set of stairs under it.
Before long, a monkey will go to the stairs and start to climb
towards the banana. As soon as he touches the stairs, spray
all of the other monkeys with cold water. After a while,
another monkey makes an attempt with the same result – all the
other monkeys are sprayed with cold water. Pretty soon, when
another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys
will try to prevent it.

Now, put away the cold water. Remove one monkey from the cage
and replace it with a new one. The new monkey sees the banana
and wants to climb the stairs. To his surprise and horror, all
of the other monkeys attack him. After another attempt and
attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs, he will
be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys and replace
it with a new one. The newcomer goes to the stairs and is
attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment
with enthusiasm! Likewise, replace a third original monkey
with a new one, then a fourth, then the fifth.

Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is
attacked. Most of the monkeys that are beating him have no
idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs or why
they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

After replacing all the original monkeys, none of the remaining
monkeys have ever been sprayed with cold water. Nevertheless,
no monkey ever again approaches the stairs to try for the
banana.

Why not?

Because as far as they know that’s the way it’s always been
done around here.

Unabashedly stolen from Terri:

1. You have $5 and need to buy snacks at a gas station. What do you buy?
Hot dogs and bottled water

2. If you were reincarnated as a sea creature, what would you want to be?
Shark. Top of the food chain is the place to be.

3. Favorite redhead?
Kendra, of course

4. What do you order when you’re at IHOP?
I’ve been there once. I got the stuffed French toast. I wasn’t impressed

5. Last book you read?
My Life among the serial killers by Helen Morrison

6. Describe your favorite pair of underwear?
Any worn by a woman that I get to see

7. Describe the last time you were injured ?
I guess that would be the wasp sting last Friday

8. Of all your friends, who would you want to be stuck in a well with?
Whoever’s the most meaty

9. Rock concert or symphony?
Heavy metal played by a full symphony orchestra

10. What is the wallpaper of your mobile phone?
Mobile phone?

11. Fizzy drink?
Champagne, since I can’t think of any other drink that fizzes

13. If you could only use one form of transportation for the rest of your life what would it be?
Driving. I love seeing the country between here and there

14. Most recent movie you’ve watched at the cinema?
Stardust, which was very cool

15. Name actors/actresses you’ve had the hots for?
Too many to list. Most lately, Michelle Pfiffer and Megan Fox

16. What’s your favorite kind of cake?
Chocolate Cheesecake

17. What did you have for dinner last night?
Cheeseburger and french onion roasted potatoes

18. Look to your left, what do you see?
My Bookcase

19. Do you untie your shoes when you take them off?
Never

20. Favorite toy as a child?
Fire

21. Do you buy your own food?
It beats dumpster diving

22. Do you think people talk about you behind your back?
As in gossip? Not really

23. When’s the last time you had a sour gummy worm?
Never ever.

24. What’s your favorite fruit?
Blueberries or strawberries

25. Do you have a picture of yourself doing a cartwheel?
One would have to be able to do a cartwheel for that to happen

26. Do you have a pet?
Nope

27. Have you ever eaten snow?
Surely

28. What color are your bedsheets?
Sheets?

29. What’s your mom’s favorite flower?
Daffodils (and that’s a total guess)

30. Have you ever done ballet?
Not on purpose

31. Do you listen to classical music?
If the mood strikes

32. Do you have a “wacky noodle”?
What is this wacky noodle you speak of?

33. Do you watch Spongebob?
Hell yeah, but not regularly

34. Last food you ate?
Cherry Tomatoes

35. Do people consider you intelligent?
Depends on how well they know me

36. What time is it?
4:05 PM

37. Is your away message on?
I have no away message

38. Have you ever tried gluing your fingers together?
Plenty of times. Still would if I was bored and had glue handy

39. What curse word do you use the most?
Hell, probably

41. What time is your alarm clock set for?
5:30 AM

42. What CD is currently in your CD player?
A mix I burned of all kinds of music

43. What movie do you know every line to?
The Princess bride

44. What is your favorite salad dressing?
Annie’s Naturals Goddess dressing

45. Would you ever date someone covered in tattoos?
Doubtful, but I wouldn’t rule anything out

46. How old will you be turning on your next birthday?
40.

47. Do you enjoy giving hugs?
Surely as long as it’s someone I’m close to.

48. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?
Uhmmmm, I honestly can’t recall

49. What’s the most common way that most people mispronounce any part of your name?
My name is far to common and easy to pronounce for people to mess it up

50. If you were to become famous, would you drop your last name?
Why would I?

Free association is described as a “psychoanalytic procedure in which a person is encouraged to give free rein to his or her thoughts and feelings, verbalizing whatever comes into the mind without monitoring its content.” Over time, this technique is supposed to help bring forth repressed thoughts and feelings that the person can then work through to gain a better sense of self.

I say … and you think … ?

  1. Uneven :: Bars
  2. Wonder :: Woman
  3. Spider :: Egg
  4. Emma :: Frost
  5. Swing:: Low
  6. Orbit :: Earth
  7. Flirt :: Charm
  8. Donation :: Cheep
  9. Veil :: Torn
  10. Atmosphere :: Clouds

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Well, I got all of yesterday’s pictures processed. Out of the two hundred sixty two photographs I took, I got one hundred sixty four usable ones. My second favorite one is up top there. I like it ’cause it feels more artsy than the rest. You can see all of the pictures from the Kay Environmental Center by clicking here.


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I was stung by a wasp today. Twice actually, once on the arm and once on the neck. That’s the price you pay for getting a little too enthusiastic about photographing their nest. All in all though, it was a good day. Kendra and I went to the Kay Environmental Center in Morris County, NJ for a photo safari and I took over two hundred sixty pictures. Some were quite good and some were total crap. The one shown above is my favorite of the lot. I haven’t processed them all yet, but I will by the end of the weekend. I also learned a couple of things on the trip. The first being not to get too close to potentially dangerous photo subjects and the second is to bring my tripod with me in case of low light conditions. It was overcast all day and when we got into the woods, things got a bit gloomy. The problem with that being that your camera aperture has to stay open longer to let enough light in for a good picture and that means any had shake you have going on becomes much more pronounced. I had some potentially excellent pictures come out blurry, which was frustrating. I thought I’d gotten over my need for a tripod, but I realize now that most of my forays have been on bright sunny days. Ah well, if I knew it all, what fun would life be?

My reaction to the stings was interesting. Not the physical one, mind you. I’m not allergic, so it was just a bit of pain that quickly passed. However, I enjoyed the adrenaline rush way more than I should have. A little danger really spiced up my day. Heh, if Kendra hadn’t been there, I may have gone back and taunted the wasps some more. Best that I didn’t though. After all, the wasps weren’t bothering anyone. It was me who invaded their territory.


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*Edit* Almost forgot the picture of the sting:


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*note to self: Macro shot of skin = Bad idea

ATTRACTION – the act of associating horniness with a particular
person.

LOVE AT 1st SIGHT – what occurs when two extremely horny, but
not entirely choosy people meet.

DATING – the process of spending enormous amounts of money,
time, and energy to get better acquainted with a person whom
you don’t especially like in the present and will learn to
like a lot less in the future.

BIRTH CONTROL – avoiding pregnancy through such tactics as
swallowing special pills, inserting a diaphragm, using a condom,
and dating repulsive men or spending time around children.

EASY – a term used to describe a woman who has the sexual
morals of a man.

PRIG – a term used to describe a woman who wants to stay virgin
until married.

EYE CONTACT – a method utilized by a single woman to communicate
to a man that she is interested in him. Despite being advised
to do so, many woman have difficulty looking a man directly in
the eyes, not necessarily due to the shyness, but usually due
to the fact that a woman’s eyes are not located in her chest.

FRIEND – a member of the opposite sex in your acquaintance who
has some flaw which makes sleeping with him/her totally
unappealing.

INDIFFERENCE – a woman’s feeling towards a man, which is
interpreted by the man as “playing hard to get.”

INTERESTING – a word a man uses to describe a woman who lets
him do all the talking.

IRRITATING HABIT – what the endearing little qualities that
initially attract two people to each other turn into after a
few months together.

LAW OF RELATIVITY – how attractive a given person appears to
be is directly proportional to how unattractive your date is.

NYMPHOMANIAC – a man’s term for a woman who wants to have sex
more often than he does.

FRIGID – a man’s term for a woman who wants to have sex less
often than he does, or who requires more foreplay than
lifting her nightgown.

SOBER – condition in which it is almost impossible to fall
in love.

NAG – a man’s term for a woman who wants more to her life
with him than just intercourse.


		

 Fabulous Kendra

 Yesterday was one of those days where my horoscope turned out to be eerily accurate. I checked it in the morning like a usually do and it read, Scorpio: Making a tough financial decision could be your big challenge of the day. One part of you wants to spend the money without sticking to your budget. But you know that an impulsive purchase might not be the smartest move. You can get the best of both worlds by buying something relatively inexpensive like lunch, a book, or a CD, while putting off a major buy until you have enough time to do more research and think it over carefully.”

Since my plan for the day was to go out with Kendra on a photo safari where my biggest expense would be gas for the car and breakfast, I wasn’t all that worried. Heh, silly me. As it turned out, the weather decided not to cooperate with our plans. It was cold, rainy, and just not good hiking and taking pictures weather. So instead, we went to the mall. We had planned to go there after taking pictures because Kendra had one a free photo session at a portrait store and she wanted more information. I figure we’ll check it out, then catch a movie…. Which we did. We saw Stardust and that film is awesome. It’s original. It’s entertaining. The acting is great and the special effects are awesome. Plus, Robert De Niro plays a gay pirate. I highly recommend seeing it.

Anyway, when we checked out the portrait place, Kendra and I ended up making the appointment for the photo session that evening. So, after the movie, I ran her home so she could clean off her makeup and grab a couple of outfits. The photo session itself was a lot of fun. Kendra got her hair and makeup professionally done for the first time in her life. That took close to an hour, but it looked fantastic when she was done… and I say that as a straight male. Then they did the photo session. I have to admit, I had several ‘Who is this young woman and what has she done with my little niece’ moments. Kendra was just glam-or-ous. They did about a half dozen pictures in each outfit and the photographs turned out wonderfully. I also enjoyed the chance to get to see a professional photographer do studio work. I don’t have any experience with that or with working with a live model, so it was a good learning experience for me.

It was only at the end that we hit a snag. Kendra’s prize covered the makeup and photo session, but did not include any prints. They started talking print packages that started at over five hundred dollars. Just a basic 8 x 10 print without any touch ups or graphic effects was forty five dollars, and we got twenty five dollars off as part of the prize,  so I ended up having Kendra pick out her favorite photograph and got a print of that. The manager offered us a special deal of three more for another seventy five dollars, which sorely tempted me, but I just couldn’t afford to spend so much. At least with the one print we can scan it and make more for Kendra to give out as gifts.

All in all, though. it was a lot of fun and a very interesting experience. Now I have a much better idea of what would be involved for me to do studio work. I also have a better idea of the money that can be made at it. Heh, yeah. I just have to invest in the equipment, but still, it’s an idea. With a better camera, lighting, and a few simple backgrounds, I could offer an ‘in home’ portrait service that could make some money. I know I can match the colorization and touch up editing they were offering easily enough. It’s food for thought if nothing else.

Ocean dreams

Today is one of those cold, nasty, rainy days where it takes an effort of will to drag my lazy ass out of bed. It would be a much more pleasant day if I had someone to drag back under the covers with me…. Just sayin’.  Anyway, I’m feeling so sluggish that I’m surprised I’m not trailing slime and I’m out of the dark, bitter nectar of the gods that is coffee, so this is turning into a less than productive day.

Last night was one of those active dreaming nights too. My dreams woke me up several times with that confused ‘did that really happen’ feeling. The only one I remember much about involved my friend Jim opening up a Cartridge World and trying to get me to work there. I was torn between wanting to help my friend and knowing if I went back to that place, I’d be trapped for the rest of my life. Oh, and the store itself was set in the first floor of a big, gloomy,  Gothic-style mansion. Yeah, no symbology or hidden messages in that dream right?

Ugh, that’s the problem with working on all these creative projects. My brain actually wakes up and then it doesn’t want to shut down again…. and I have no drugs or alcohol to beat it into submission.