Some things never change…

Posted: October 19, 2017 in Ramblings

Look what I spotted in a parking lot today!


The other side looked even better!

However, this was not the same model year as mine.  I think it is even older, based on those little crescent-shaped vents behind the rear window.  Still.

A Big Day

Posted: August 23, 2017 in Ramblings

A milestone in a young boy’s life has been reached!

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I still think the one on the bottom, under his big tooth on our right when viewing, looks out of alignment, but apparently all the experts say it’s okay.


Posted: August 21, 2017 in Ramblings

We have just passed the moment of “maximum.”  Redmond had a 91.6% eclipse.  Our apartment looks very dark inside – like a typical rainy Seattle day – but outside everything still looks sunny and bright.  We are expected to continue in partial eclipse for another hour and 20 minutes, but the thrill of the moment has passed, and we are going back to our normal chores.

No photos:  couldn’t get eclipse filters for the real camera, and holding the smartphones up behind our eclipse glasses resulted in really junky photos!

Lost and Found

Posted: August 6, 2017 in Ramblings

Remember these keys?

Found ’em today while looking for my travel wallet.  Now I need to lose something else, so that I can find the travel wallet while I’m looking for the new thing!

It’s that time again!

Posted: August 1, 2017 in Ramblings

Wedding anniversary time.  Chris and I traded in all the old camera equipment we had lying around the house and treated ourselves to a new Sony Alpha and a big zoom lens.  He took this pic freehand tonight (not even with a tripod).

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Look for more experimentation in the upcoming weeks!

Picture Quality

Posted: July 27, 2017 in Ramblings

My parents said that all the pics in the previous post had been ‘taken by Dad.’  Well, maybe so, and maybe I maligned him unfairly, but these few below were definitely NOT taken by Mom, and so this is how I knew he’d taken them.


I have to wonder if this is a still frame from his video camera.


This was taken while he was up on the steps to Lincoln and we were all milling around at the base.  Very fuzzy.

So maybe it was a camera fault and not Dad’s skill as a photographer.  You don’t see any pictures taken by me (for a change) because I’d purchased an Instax Mini 8, hoping to make photo albums for each of the families who attended.  So I took a lot of instant photos and 95% of them were garbage.  I have since sent off the camera to Diane to see if she can coax anything better out of it.

Summer Vacation!

Posted: July 26, 2017 in Ramblings

You know, I wasn’t even sure whether I should blog about this or not.  Everyone who reads the blog was on the vacation!  (Except possibly Ant.)

So, we got the parents together with us and the Young Master for some hopefully quality time in Washington DC and Tysons.  Ha ha.  I can always find quality time at Tysons.  Anyway, temperatures were pretty blistering hot, so we didn’t get to do as much as we’d planned (e.g., the zoo, although I’m not even sure if the zoo opens on the really hot days for the sake of the animals).

We had a Kennedy Center brunch, one museum day, a private tour of DC and monuments one evening, a dinner cruise on the Spirit of Washington’s Odyssey.  These are the things we managed while staying in Georgetown.  I also bought a pair of Fluevog Givers, but ended up returning them because there was a long blue ink mark on them!


We kept calling this “Alex’s Thing” because he was intrigued by it but we didn’t know what else to call it. Maybe someone else found out. I still don’t know what it is.



WWII Monument. This was the first time I’d seen this one. Very elegant and moving. Despite my attraction to organic forms in my own art, the stern regularity of this monument impressed me a lot.

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MLK after dark. You would not believe how many bus tours were swarming around him. There must have been 200 people milling around at the base of the statue.

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I’m amazed we got him to pose (even though it’s an “I’m not happy” pose). He really doesn’t like having his picture taken!

Thanks to Mom and Dad for emailing all those pictures.  Unfortunately all the ones Dad sent are crazy-blurry, so I am unable to use them.

After the DC portion of the trip, we moved out to Tysons for a week.  Most of our activity during this time was (a) mall trips and (b) looking at apartments.  We needed to stay cool!  We looked at Adaire (nice but the feeling was very cold, clinical, Scandinavian, which is not our style), and The Lofts at Park Crest (which was my #1 choice as far as atmosphere), and BLVD Reston (ultimately won because of location near a metro).  However, we are sternly debating whether we want to live in that area again because of the summer heat.  Right now we are investigating New England.

Thanks to everyone who went, and I hope you all enjoyed it!