The Internet Ramblings of Matt & Lori Knowles
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Mon, Aug. 1, 2005 - British Maid
Had a good weekend with the Sprint ST. Saturday I took it out to scout for locations for a photoshoot, and then Sunday we did the shoot so I got to ride it two days in a row. Pretty fun, since that meant two trips up and back on Hwy. 36. The Sprint ST, being built by Triumph in England is the reason Johanna is modeling the sexy Union Jack minidress.
Tue, Aug. 2, 2005 - Fashion Design
Lori made a comment while we were photographing this setup that I have quite an interesting sense of fashion. Ok, so maybe you won't see many women dressed like this at the mall, but it's probably closer to reality than most of the stuff her industry parades down the catwalk.
Sat, Aug. 6, 2005 - Herb Garden
The herb garden has some new plants since you've last seen it. In the foreground is the beginnings of a boxwood hedge that will line both sides of the brick walkway that goes to the front door. We bought a flat of boxwood because I just couldn't swallow the $8 times 30 that it was going to cost if we did gallon plants. Patience is a virtue right? We had some bark left over from the driveway project so we started putting it in the herb garden. Dresses it up pretty nice and I'm sure Lori will appreciate the easier maintenance. We decided to skip the newspaper this time though because we found it that it ends up very messy when the horsetails start poking through, not to mention the gophers. Overall there's still a lot more planting to be done, but it's nice to finally see some color in the front yard.
Sun, Aug. 7, 2005 - Finishing Projects
This weekend we finished two projects that have been partially completed for quite some time. First we picked up another load of decomposed granite and finished the path that goes from the driveway to the back porch. Winter is going to be much nicer not slipping in the mud anymore, and it'll be a lot easier getting to the car on those midnight fire calls. After we had the trailer emptied of the granite, we headed to another nursery and picked up a load of bark to finish off the strip along the driveway. Feels good to get a couple projects done. That only leaves 3,723 on my list.
Mon, Aug. 8, 2005 - Artie
Well it's official, we're back to a four cat household. Back in May I introduced the cat on the right and over the last few months he has made himself more at home with us. We finally found the neighbors where he came from and it turns out that they recently had a baby and apparently the baby and the cat didn't get along. Since it was really Ricky who invited him over, we decided to name him Artie. Ok, maybe you don't get the logic in that but it goes something like this: The cat was Ricky's toy, so that became abbreviated to R.T., which became Artie. Since he's definitely become used to our house this last weekend Lori cleared it with the neighbors, just to make sure. This is the second cat that we've picked up from neighbors just because they liked us better (probably they just get fed better here). I hope we don't end up with everyone's pets.
Tue, Aug. 9, 2005 - Stalking
For the City of Rio Dell web site that I'm working on, I went to take pictures of one of the city's parks. I was viewed very suspiciously by several of the moms in the park. I'm sure they thought I was some type of stalker with bad intentions for their kids. It's sad that that is the first thing they think of when they see a photographer. I did go up to them when I was finished and told them why I was taking pictures.
Thu, Aug. 11, 2005 - Fair Time
It's time once again for the Humboldt County Fair, all 11 days of it. That means for the next week and a half, this booth will pretty much be our home. This year we have the Humboldt Creamery booth on one side of us, where they give away free samples of their ice cream, and on the other side is the candy booth where they sell peanut brittle, fudge, and salt water taffy. I expect that Lori and I may need some extra exercise after the fair. This year setting up for the fair was a lot easier than last year because we weren't constructing our booth at the last minute, we simply reusused what we made last year.
Fri, Aug. 12, 2005 - Ribbons
This year I entered 8 photos, 2 each in the Color, Black and White, and Digitally Enhanced classes of the Professional Photography division, and 2 more in the Professional Fine Arts division. I received ribbons for 1st and 2nd in the Digitally Enhanced for Infinity and The Ghosts of Bodie. I received a ribbon for 1st in Black and White for Constricted (printed it in B/W for the fair). I also received a People's Choice award for my other black and white entry.
Tue, Aug. 16, 2005 - Traveling in Style
Each day before the fair starts we've been coming into the office for an hour or so just to check email, pick up mail, check phone messages, etc. This morning we were greeted by a parade of luxury antique automobiles parked up and down Main Street. This Dusenberg that was parked in front of our studio was my favorite. I especially liked how it has a second set of headlights that turn in the direction of the front wheels. There were also some Rolls Royces, Mercedes, Porsches and lots of cars that I didn't recognize, but they were all top class automobiles. The group that came in was from the Pebble Beach Concours traveling tour.
Wed, Aug. 17, 2005 - Flirting with the boys
One of the best attractions at the fair this year was a duo that went by the name of Wild West Express. These two comedians had costumes that made it look like they were riding horses, and they would keep up a banter all day long that had me laughing so hard it hurt. What a great job they had entertaining the kids and flirting with all the cute girls. Mary and Linda had stopped by our booth when the duo rode up, and it was Mary's idea to climb aboard for a picture.
Thu, Aug. 18, 2005 - Winchester
The lady that was running the petting zoo at the fair saw the portraits in our booth and since she had a new puppy she wanted to know if we could take a portrait of it while we were at the fair. I wandered around the fairgrounds looking for a good spot and found this little dandelion encrusted patch of lawn and thought it would be cute for the picture. Winchester had a great time attacking and eating the flowers, even after he found out he didn't like the taste of them. I got interupted by a medical call at the fair, but fortunately I got some great pictures of him right off so it all worked out.
Fri, Aug. 19, 2005 - Drill Night
Third Thursday of the month means it's fire department drill night, and tonight's drill was on auto extrication. That meant the jaws were out and two cars fell victim to it. As you can see, firemen and firetrucks are quite visible at night.
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