“L.A.’s fine …”

LA from Griffith Observatory

LA from Griffith Observatory

Jeremy at Griffith Observatory

Jeremy at Griffith Observatory

More pics from Jeremy and Courtney. I like this view of  Los Angeles. They still have a smog problem but not as bad as it once was. I have seen older views from the observatory where downtown could not be made out because of the smog. The photo of Jeremy is very good, showing off his dreads and, considering the apparent time of day, I used a warming filter before uploading it. Thank you Jeremy and Courtney. You are becoming very good photographers.

We had our first official frost Sunday morning. Temperature was just at freezing point but the wind was briskly blowing at our house therefore no frost showed. Jerry lives in a sheltered mountain cove and he said it was fairly heavy at his house.

The day here began sunny but it is now raining, one of those cold showers akin to what well-meaning friends drag you into when they want to sober you up or like you do when you are horny and your wife says “hell no!”.

Have a fine week, my friends.

 

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Rant number eleventy-seven

Tulip

Infrastructure. Today is the third time this year that we’ve had an electrical outage due to high winds and lasting four or more hours. It has progressively worsened over the past five years as utility usage prices have soared and system maintenance has been put on a back burner. Used to be we would have one or two outages each year, mostly in summer months when there were many electrical storms with heavy rains and in winter when ice and snow overburdened power lines. Since weather patterns have changed dramatically over a relatively short time, the problem has become a year-round and common phenomena. Instead of using excess corporate profits to bolster the electrical grid, companies have allowed nature to outpace their ability to prevent such problems. President Obama had a good idea concerning rebuilding all phases of our nationwide infrastructure; but he has no viable long range plan to carry out necessary repairs and replacements with new and better technologies. He failed to convince Congress, and more importantly, the American people that it was something vital to the welfare of the country. Three things must be maintained to insure that the United States has decent future prospects: National security; education; infrastructure. National security has been vastly over funded as education and infrastructure have been severely under funded. At present, the President and Congress are going to make more and deeper cuts to eduction and infrastructure, while paying only lip service to trimming the huge over abundance of fat from military appropriations.
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The power is on again, but the next storm system through the area will most likely put us once more in the dark. It is what I get for living on the poor side of town.
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From being bored out my ears, I made the photo this morning by window light while it was raining outside. This is a 30 second exposure.
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Have a good Sunday, my friends.

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More school

Wanda

Looks like the better weather I have been craving and whining for will become a reality this weekend. Warm and dry! Today, as yesterday, it rains.
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College part two:
My first declared major in college was psychology with minors in sociology and art.
I had one personal reason for attending school; photography. However, E.T.S.U. was not the best place for learning photography because it had all the photography classes in the art department. I had no choice on the matter because it is a state owned school and the State of Tennessee was paying the bills for me to be there. I had no intention of becoming an artist; I just wanted to learn to shoot and shoot well, but I had to take what was available. I already had a Nikon SLR and a couple of lenses, so I was set to do my own thing. Mainly, I wanted to learn to use the darkroom equipment and chemicals and have access to the darkroom when no one else was around. I got some darkroom experience that first semester, but basically learned basics of photography. More on photography later. My Tuesday morning class was psychology followed by art history. On Mondays. Wednesdays, and Fridays, classes were 50 minutes with a ten minute get-to-the-next-class break. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, classes ran two hours and twenty minutes with 10 minute traveling break. The psychology classes took place fairly large auditorium and was packed with kids looking for an easy course; the instructor was about my age and used a lot of humor; it was a good class for me and I aced it. The art history class was held in the same auditorium, but whereas I sat close to the front in psychology class, I kept in the background shadows for the art history. It was a long and tiring class mostly taught by a monotone voice with photographic slides displayed on a not-large-enough screen. A tenured professor who was originally from Eastern Europe, Romania maybe (Jola, does the surname Pav sound like Romanian? It is pronounced “P-ah’-ve”). He was a matter of fact teacher for our class in European art history from Renaissance up to 1900. He was a stickler for correct spelling of artist’s names; any misspelling was considered as a wrong answer. During semester finals, Carolyn had me out of bed at 4:00am tutoring me and making sure I could spell correctly; thanks to her I managed to salvage a “B+” grade for the course.
Next: A foray into writing.
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Photo is of my first real girlfriend. She lived deep in the mountains of North Carolina.
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Happy Tuesday!

Published in: on March 15, 2011 at 10:11 am  Comments (6)  
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Monday, Monday

Joe Kool in winter attire @1982

My Lady Vols won the S.E.C. championship; they are very good but I don’t think they are ready for the likes of UConn. Both teams should receive a number one seed for this year’s N.C.A.A. tournament. All but one of Tennessee’s starters will be back next year, and if they don’t start believing their own press clippings, they should be at least as good as the Connecticut Huskies.
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The snow is mostly gone as the sun shines brightly on my old Tennessee home. Still not going to be above “normal” temps for the week ahead, however. We had oodles of rain Saturday night; if full blown spring does come, it should be a beauty. Carolyn has early flowers blooming and daffodils are out of the ground.
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I thought I was catching a spring cold, but it is allergies and sinus. Actually, a cold may be easier to deal with because it lasts for only a few days whereas springtime sinus and allergies can go on for a moth or two.
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Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday coming; now to get the weather to cooperate so I can have some serious porch sitting.
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Megashot.net is heading into version two; as I understand it, there will be minor bug fixes, some nice face-lifts to welcoming screens on various parts of the site, some speedups here and there and many more languages will be supported across the board. The site is growing fairly quickly and new servers are being added to help with the nearly 2,500 members now aboard. Best of all, it is all still free, but I imagine some of that will change in coming months. The huge site has to be pretty expensive to  develop and maintain, but I look a for a fee structure to be less than some of the other photo sites have. Another good thing about Megashot, we will be able to have our own sponsors for each of our sites if we wish to do so. Megashot has a lot going for it and it is getting better each day.
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Have a fine worshday, my friends.

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Megashot January 2011, Greens Category Winners Level 3

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