Archive for March 5th, 2007


When I’m using iPhoto and I scroll past the end of the last roll, it brings me to the first roll in my library. They are really lousy photographs technically. An early digital camera back in…the photo says December of 1995, but the later pictures most certainly look more like July 1998.

The lighting is atrocious, the composition is messy, but it is all about the subject. Every time I go too far in the present, I’m sent back to a roll titled, “Last Photos with Bumpa.” These are the first digital photos I have and the last photos of my maternal grandfather.

Ironically, one of the photos is, I believe, of Brother K showing Bumpa this digital camera contraption. Bumpa loved gadgets, and loved to take them apart and see how they work. I am certain that my interest in engineering came from him.

Family has always been an important part of my life. Growing up, we didn’t have much, but we never really had reason to want for anything either. When things are looking down, I still, to this day, remind myself that I have a roof over my head, food to eat, and above all, a family that loves me unconditionally. And that means more than anything.

I couldn’t ask for a better family. I love you all.


Lazy Sunday

Neighbor S’s brother was in town for the weekend. So today, we went to the Cantor Center at Stanford. In addition to their normal collection, they have an exhibit by Richard Avedon that is absolutely incredible. His portraiture of the midwest is exquisite. His style is a person in front of a white background, removing them from their surroundings so that you see them. I highly recommend doing an image search for him on Google.

We continued the afternoon by stopping by the church where Neighbor S’s parents were married. Here are a few of the photos that I took (and one that I didn’t.) After seeing the work in the museum, I definitely need some help.

S took a picture of my in Myrtle. She looked so cute parked on the side of the street.

The Cosmopolitan Cafe

Had dinner in SF last night at The Cosmopolitan Cafe. It was a nice place. Food was good, company was better. I think I was most impressed that we had a group of eight and only one other person works at the same place I do. We have a hard time meeting people “in the real world” sometimes. Still, it was a table of geeks, but at least different geeks.

Ended the night with a drink at Equinox, the rotating restaurant at the top of the Hyatt. I didn’t even know it was there until last night. I always went to the bar at the top of the Marriott, which has a fabulous view itself, but doesn’t rotate. This might be a new addition to my San Francisco tour.