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Sat, Jan. 8, 2005 - Paper Dolls
The lack of pictures this month has been due to weather and vacation. We had a nice trip down to San Jose to visit the family. Rained all the way down and back, but the only vehicular casualty this time was a headlight that went out. I guess after 11 years that's acceptable. We visited Carol and John in Hollister and threatened to steal several of their cats. Then the visit moved to our family, staying with Derek and Jasna. I had novice luck at poker, beating Derek twice at his latest passion. We ate a lot of food, played more games at Mom's (getting trounced by Grandma in pinochle as usual but pulled off a surprise win against Mom in Trivial Pursuit) and ate even more food. It was nice having time with the family again.
Sat, Jan. 15, 2005 - Going Shopping
Mabel and I worked tonight on a photo for my upcoming show for February's Art's Alive. This isn't it. After a lot of planning, the shot for the show failed, for technical reasons. Not the camera's fault either, we had problems with the props. Hopefully I've worked out the bugs and we're going to try it again Friday. The session wasn't a total loss, I got quite a few shots that are very nice, including this one, which looks very nice right now in our Valentine's Day window display. It's so important to accessorize well when going out.
Sun, Jan. 16, 2005 - Getting Clocked
I now know what it feels like to get really clocked. Today I had two projects that I wanted to complete. First was replacing the headlight that we lost on the way back from San Jose. I guess complaining about Linda's van having a headlight out jinxed our Del Sol. Between finding out what type of bulb it took, locating the actual bulb, trying to figure out how to get the old one out, retrieving the old one after it fell into an inaccessible area of the car, and finally installing the new one (the easiest part of the whole task) it took me about 4 hours. It would be nice if they mentioned the procedure in the owner's manual, and even better if they provided enough room behind the headlights to see what's going on there, and to actually get your hand on the connector and the bulb without requiring some severe contortions. So with the first task down, I preceded to work on the second, installing a molding along the top of the baseboard in the parlor and preparing it for painting. The work was going very smoothly, and I made several miter cuts that were not only in the right direction, but the pieces were the exact right length and fit together perfectly. I was working on sanding another section, with my failing ears well protected by a pair of ear muffs. So I never heard the sound of our clock vibrating off the wall, until it landed on my head, 4 feet below. It wasn't good for the clock, the wall, and most certainly not my head. It has given me an excuse for forgetting things the next few days though.
Mon, Jan. 17, 2005 - Pull Here
This is one of the photos that will be in my Art's Alive show. The show opens Feb 5th at Good Relations in Eureka. I exhibited there a couple of years ago, but during the opening we were down in Mexico with Carol and John. This year we'll actually be there on opening night and I'm looking forward to seeing the reaction to my work.
Thu, Jan. 20, 2005 - Smoke Filled Room
The fire department drill this month was on search and rescue. The bump on my head was still sore so I didn't feel like putting on a mask and helmet. I thought it would be cool to take pictures of the firefighters crawling around in the smoke filled room, but I found that when you take a picture using flash in a smoke filled room, what you get is a nice white picture. So the only picture I got was a couple guys crawling into the room.
Fri, Jan. 21, 2005 - X-Ray Vision
We've been hard at work in the laboratory this week. You know those x-ray glasses that are advertised in comic books? Well they don't work. But we did develop this device that looks like an antique frame that when you hold it up against a pretty woman, you can see what type of underwear she has on. We hope that this invention will be continue to be used in a benevolent manner, and that the military doesn't somehow appropriate it for nefarious purposes. Actually this is the photo we were working on last week that we had the previously mentioned prop failure on. Take two was much more successful.
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