The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Wed, Jun. 1, 2005 - Vintage Reel to Reel
Lori and I received this reel to reel tape player as a wedding gift almost 25 years ago. By some accounts, that would almost make it an antique. I guess we really are getting old. I heard that people were collecting these so I did a bit of snooping on Ebay and found them going for around $150 most of the time, but one sold recently in England for over $600. Why that one was so special I don't know, but it they're worth that much more over there, I should have gotten on a plane and delivered it, as that would have paid for the airfare and then some. Our's ended up selling for about $136. Which isn't bad, considering it was $300 new back in 1981. Why anybody would really want one of these I don't know, as they are really archaic compared to the sound and convenience of CDs.
Fri, Jun. 3, 2005 - Udders Day
Tomorrow Ferndale is celebrating something new this year, Udders Day, a celebration of all things dairy. The chamber of commerce found a herd of 11 fiberglass cows (There was a photo of one of them a while ago when they first arrived.) and our shop is babysitting one of them during the month of June. We were also asked to display cow pictures in our display window. So since we just happened to have this fiberglass cow handy, I came up with this idea, for a new model, Joanna. Sorry guys, Joanna already has a boyfriend, and her identical sisters are just an illusion.
Sat, Jun. 4, 2005 - Barn Doors
Instead of being in town for Udders Day, I was at the fairgrounds helping out with the installation of new barn doors. This is the building that we store the fire department's vintage fire engine in, and on previous workdays we replaced the other three sides, and also gave it a new roof. They wanted to enlarge the doors so the engine could be stored on the trailer that is used to haul it to musters.
Sun, Jun. 5, 2005 - Drink Your Milk
Grandma's recent experience (get better Grandma!) reminded me of the importance of drinking milk, especially for you young women. You can't start building those strong bones too soon. This has been a public service message, brought to you by a concerned citizen.
Mon, Jun. 6, 2005 - It's Official!
Lori is a published author! She got her advance copy of her first book, "The Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Juniors, Misses, and Women". Yeah, that's a mouthfull. The sequel, "The Practical Guide to Patternmaking for Fashion Designers: Menswear" should also be out shortly. Pretty exciting to finally see what she's been working on the last five years.
Sun, Jun. 12, 2005 - Row, Row, Row Your Boat
Well, it wasn't our boat, and it wasn't a stream. Lori's friend from choir and a former business teacher of hers took us canoeing down the Eel River. We took off from Bruce Slocum's boat launch (those of you who went with us on Bruce's trip know where that is) and paddled our way down to the mouth of the Eel. We then enjoyed a nice picnic lunch that Lori prepared, complete with peach cobbler. I took a quick nap after lunch, while the women talked, and then we all walked down the beach to the mouth of the river. This week I'll be showing some of the interesting items I spotted along the way. This photo was taken by holding the camera over my head. I was in the front of the canoe, so it made it a bit hard to get pictures of Lori and Joyce.
Mon, Jun. 13, 2005 - Driftwood Snake
When I first came up to this I thought for sure it was a snake. Not a bad sculpture by Mother Nature.
Tue, Jun. 14, 2005 - Agh, It's A Tsunami
If you were a piece of driftwood and you heard that there was an impending tsunami, this is the expression you would wear too. Of course it never happened, which really disappointed the news media. ABC ran a clip of three people running down a street, fleeing the possible tsunami, that was so faked it was funny. The earthquake itself, a 7.2, didn't affect Ferndale although we felt it. It was probably the longest earthquake I've felt. Here it felt more like a 4.0, but due to the length of time the house shook, I knew immediately that it had to have been a large earthquake some distance away.
Wed, Jun. 15, 2005 - Studio Visit
Today we had a student from Ferndale High School come over to learn more about photography. Last week we did the same for a student interested in web design. So that we would have a project to work on, I had Haley come over to model. She ended up living just down the street from each and knew each other. Haley had to interupt her job of handing out chocolates at Costco, a 5 day job she landed through her talent agency. Who knew that those people you see pushing samples in the aisles are really actors and actresses?
Thu, Jun. 16, 2005 - Sea 'scape
Back to the walk down the beach. We were trying to sneak up on the seals to take some pictures, and since I only had my little 2.1 megapixel camera, I needed to get pretty close. They were pretty aware of us and would continually jump in the water as soon as we started towards them. We tried a different tack, and were getting closer when a motorcycle and an ATV came blasting by, which scared them all for good. Damn motorcylces!
Fri, Jun. 17, 2005 - End of the Walk
I was constantly falling behind Lori and Joyce, because they weren't aware that there were snakes and other bits of mystical driftwood along their path. For example, did they even notice that they passed a miniature of Devil's Tower. I don't think so.
Sat, Jun. 18, 2005 - June Showers
It rained last week and we all thought that was a bit unusual. But then this week it has now rained for three days straight. And I mean constantly. Not the little sprinkles that you might get in late spring occasionally. No, this is a cold, wet, windy storm like what you might see in December. The picture for today is the graph of the elevation of the Eel River at Fernbridge, captured at about 5:00pm today. Not the usuall spike that you would see in June.
Tue, Jun. 21, 2005 - Ferndale Dance Academy
I shot the final dress rehearsal for this year's Ferndale Dance Academy production, "The Tale of Peter and Wendy." A musical version of Peter Pan, it featured 52 girls from the ages of 3 to 17. Laura East, the director, had an amazing ability to somehow get the chaos of this many young girls organized into a pretty nifty production. Even getting them posed for this photo was pretty amazing.
Thu, Jun. 23, 2005 - There's a buzz in Ferndale
Within minutes I received two suggestions that I should go photograph the swarming bees on the Landmark Realty office. I was expecting something more dramatic. My favorite moment though came while I was standing near the swarm photographing them and a tourist was walking by and wondered if it was safe to walk underneath them. She asked me if they would bite. I confidently told her that no, the bees would not bite her.
Wed, Jun. 29, 2005 - A season behind
Last year I took some pictures of some beautiful wildflower patches up on Route 1 and marked my calendar so I wouldn't forget to do the same this year. I had made several trips up there in May only to find the road still closed with snow. This Sunday I went up there again, and finally found the road open. The flowers are gorgeous, so I took the day off with Mabel and shot her in the middle of some of the most colorful patches.
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