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Well, the killer ice has arrived in New Jersey. It’s sleeting pretty heavily, but hasn’t really done much yet. However, I did grab my camera for some quick pictures. I figure I can use these for comparison shots later in the day.


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Like I said, these aren’t much. If you want to see some really beautiful ice pictures, check out this blog. The woman is highly talented.

Speaking of photoblogs, I’m considering moving mine from Diaryland. I’d either start one here on WordPress or over at Blogger. Diaryland just doesn’t have many features or get much traffic and it’s actually something I have to pay for. I want more exposure for my photography, so I think the move is a good idea.

While we’re on the subject of photography (I am the master of the segue!), I did get some good news in the mail recently. I got my official certificate for making the finals in the Photographer’s Forum Magazine contest. Woot!!


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The 2007 Annual will be coming out at the end of the month and my picture will be in it. That will make my first ever published photograph, so I’m very excited about that. I really want to enter more contests, but I haven’t had the cash for entry fees. Once I get a new job though, that’s high on the list of priorities.

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.

Friday, we had some excitement. Several fairly violent thunderstorms came through our area and caused some damage. They even blew down a couple of trees in out own yard, one of which being a fairly large oak. Luckily, the trees were the only casualties and I even got some decent pictures from it. Of course, if I want to take the really cool storm photographs, I need to invest in a waterproof camera. In this first picture , you can see the size of the hail that came down. I’m glad I wasn’t out in that:


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Then we have the oak that went down. My lovely assistant Kendra gives some perspective on the tree’s size:


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After that excitement, it was our regular gaming night, so it was off for an evening of D&D. It was a good game with a larger group than usual. I enjoyed the social part of it almost as much as I enjoyed killing things. The rest of the weekend was fairly tame. Kendra and I hung out at the house for the most part, mainly because I’m totally broke until this week’s unemployment check comes through. We plan to get together again on Thursday and do an all day photo safari. I’m looking through some issues of Weird NJ to find someplace cool for us to go. I want to see if I can find some other subject matter than the usual trees, flowers, and insects.

Speaking of unemployment, I saw that the local large chain bookstore is hiring, so I went online and filled out an application. Ugh, what a chore that was. The first part was straightforward, but then there were 47 pages of these stupid pseudo-psych evaluation questions. I mean, come on, that’s well over two hundred freakin’ questions! Give me a break, and of course, a lot of them were repeats asking the same thing in a different way, “I seem to get in a lot of arguments” followed by “It seems like people often argue with me” followed by “Arguing is a good way to get your point across”. Yeah, I get it. Arguing with customers is a bad thing. Can we move on? Despite that, as retail jobs go, this would be a good place to work. So, I’m hoping for some results.

Don’t get me wrong, I still want to put retail behind me, but I think that will take longer than I have unemployment benefits for. Not to mention the fact that being absolutely broke is getting old real fast. I have to change this ‘all or nothing’ attitude I have. It will take some discipline, but I can hold a regular job and still work on my creative projects.