It’s Alive–LOL

I put a new (rebuilt) hard drive in my 14 year old Toshiba Satellite at the cost of $13.85, and it runs perfectly, wish I knew that 5 years ago when I retired the Ol thing, loaded up Windows XP and dug around the Software box for some programs that would work on it, I’m sure I’ll get some use out of again, hopefully for photo editing.

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Anyways I thought it was some what Retro seeing it back to work, I actually worked two jobs to buy this Computer, $1200 was a lot of money and still is–to me at least.

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Been Awhile – & it’s HOT HERE

Yes it has been quite a while since I wrote anything, things haven’t been that great. My Mother passed away Sunday – June 11, Her journey is over and as in most of her  life she is finally with My Father for eternity. I met my Son-in-Law in Tehachapi today for breakfast and sign some papers, he has been handling a lot for the Family, deeply grateful to him for that.

The temperature here has been scorching as has most of the South West, I read an article about a woman who lost her sandals while hiking on the Mesquite Dunes in Death Valley, she got 3rd Degree burns on the bottom of her feet, but I worry about what happened to her brain, who in the Hell hikes Mesquite Dunes/ Death Valley  in the Summer in Sandals?  Even if she hadn’t lost the Sandals it still was one of the dumbest things I have heard in a long time, very very stupid. Well I’m not going to say much more, it’s just too hot to sit here and type..LOL

My Photography

I seem to have lost interest in Digital Photography, Medium Format Film Photography to me is beautiful, it seems to have a life of it’s own that differs from digital Photography, I remember an old friend of mine named Don Springer, now Don loved good music, mostly Jazz, he lived for the sound or should I say the quality of the sound, playing records and using vintage tube type amplifiers and good quality speakers, that was Don’s life, I remember going over to Don’s apartment and he would have me sit in a special area in his living room where he had set up his speaker system to bring the best quality and separation to that one spot, that is how I look at Film Photography, the type of film used might have a special nuance of color or grain that even though digital tries to copy it, it just doesn’t seem the same, don’t get me wrong, I love a lot of digital photography but I feel like I need to find the sweet spot in what I am doing by using Film, especially medium format. I will continue shooting Digital but I really want to explore the film usage to a greater extent, looking for my own style within its usage….. The biggest drawback is cost, all those bad shots still cost money, so somehow I just have to stop making bad shots..LOL —- Life goes on… and on and on, oh by the way that reminds me, O’l Don passed away years ago, so I guess for some, no for all, life doesn’t go on and on and on..it does have a end. ~Peace~

My Rant

Today the people of London are being subjected to Terrorism, my heart goes out to them and I hope my friend who lives there is safe. I’m sure the perpetrators were on some sort of USELESS WATCH LIST, they always are.

More locally, I have one of those damn blow up castles with little kids bouncing around in them right outside my back door, the next door neighbors have a large backyard and still decide to put the damn thing right next to the fence just next to my backyard patio. Freedom is going nuts at the screaming little demons… all I can think is — Wish I lived on a Sailboat, for both instances.

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This is the noisy Rubber Castle filled with noisy children, I’m thinking all kinds of nasty terrible things that have to do with a rubber castle flying away.

UPDATE: Seems around 2:30am Geneva heard a bunch of noise outside and the so called adults were enjoying jumping around in the blow up castle while under the influence of whatever makes you do stupid things, well when I got up at 4:30am the generator was still going but the Castle was a pile of colorful rubber, I wonder what the hungover kids will be saying to the little ones about the attack on the Castle walls.

Now for a more quieter moment, this is the child care center at our Community College, I take Freedom there for his walk on weekends.

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Sailing Videos

I watch a lot of videos on the subject of Sailing… My Favorites are:

Sailing La Vagabonde with Riley and Elayna

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZdQjaSoLjIzFnWsDQOv4ww

Two Young Aussies who make you feel quite welcome in their world, lots of good tips on sailing and sailing life, food, traveling. They both make you feel like your a friend sailing with them, now here comes the BUT — But they are upgrading to a Catamaran, with all the electronics and creature comforts of home, I’m not really sure if they will hold my attention when they move over to the Cat.

Another is Junkming with the junk-rigged Corribee Mingming, Capt Roger Taylor.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqbPTJgSLaMhf0BkdG6t72A

Roger sails Solo in his 21 foot Sailboat Mingming, Roger sails the Arctic Circle, no creature comforts, no electronics except a handheld GPS, no motor but his new boat Mingming II has a set of Oars, this is exciting sailing, man against the elements, 70 days at a time. Roger has written a few books about sailing in the Arctic, and if you like Whales you’ll enjoy his videos. His Sailboat is modified to have hatches in the roof of the cabin instead of a door at the Companion Way, this keeps water from coming into the Cabin during heavy storms, his safety modifications are interesting which I enjoy reading about, one of the videos I watched he was hit with a big wave and thrown out of bed only to break a rib and have to start sailing back home– a 6 week trip with a broken rib.

 

Mingming & the Art of Minimal Ocean Sailing: Roger D. Taylor

Photography – My Dog – Sailing – Politics

I am going to try REALLY REALLY hard never to make another Political Statement on this page again, life is too screwed up to Rant about Negative things… If living in California becomes too hard financially then it’ll be time to leave, I’m outnumbered in this state to make a difference… So I’ll try to keep my statements to Photography – My Dog – Sailing and whatever kicks me in the face…. Now even though this is at Day Dream level only I sit and think – Wood hulled Vintage Sail Boats or the Easier to take care of Fiberglass Boats.. When I was young my first car was a 1948 Ford Woody and I’ve whined about selling it every day of my life..LOL – so when I think of Sailboats I think about that Woody… this is a 1949 Vintage Wooden Hulled Phillip Rhodes 34 foot Cruiser that reminds me of the Ol Woody….

I’m not sure I like the Cockpit, you’re sitting on the Deck instead of a bench.. but it still is a beautiful boat.