Monthly Archives: August 2016

Big Drizzle

Big Drizzle

I woke to a big drizzle this morning.  I can’t call it rain, but the steady drizzle is a welcome sight for this dry region.

Drizzling weather spoiled my plans to ride today.  I was about to skate on it when Elizabethe said, “You can always ride your stationary bike.”

She’s right.

I road it while watching Chopped.  (I think Elizabethe thought my choice of shows was payback for suggesting I ride my stationary bike.)

Disappearing Act

Catching up on my office work is top priority today.  I typed up several documents and letters and was doing just great.  I also typed up an agenda for my 4-day workshop.  I’m on a roll.

After typing the agenda I saw I had two directories for workshop materials.  I copied them all in to one directory.  Suddenly I got an error message, “Destination Folder Does Not Exist.”

I looked for it and couldn’t find it.  I searched on “agenda” and  It could not find it.

This is crazy.  I spent hours creating this agenda.  Where did it go?

This disappearing act is not what I want.  I recreated the entire agenda again.


I’m drained.  Both the effort and stress of losing those documents has me drained.

Totally baffled, I cannot figure out what happened to those files.



An anti-Mormon by any other name is still anti-Mormon.  I just read about a guy who is being excommunicated for, as he puts it, asking questions.  Curious as to what questions he is asking, I found his web site.

His questions are the same questions anti-Mormons ask Mormons to engage us in debate and argument.  Asking a question is no sin if you ask in sincerity.  Asking to find fault is another story. His letter is nothing new, but it does illustrate that he sympathises with those whose teachings are contrary to the teachings of the church.

Pride goeth before the fall.


In a discussion with a friend about beards, the Word of Wisdom came up.  After some research about the Word of Wisdom and temple recommends, I came to the conclusion that the Word of Wisdom is an important enough commandment that it should be in the temple recommend questions.  While temple-goers are not asked about every aspect of the Word of Wisdom, they are expected to meet a certain standard – no coffee, tea, tobacco or illegal drugs, or abuse of prescription drugs.

I then said to my friend, “The Word of Wisdom is a commandment.  Growing a beard may go against certain church policies, but policies change and having a beard is not a sin.”

On a Roll

I feel like I’m on a roll here.  Let’s talk about Republican’s supporting Gary Johnson.  Say, “What?”

I’m sorry, as a Latter-day Saint I will not vote for someone who is shacking up with his girlfriend because they are “too busy” to get married, is a pot-head, wants to decriminalize drugs, prostitution and says he is against abortion but out of the other side of his mouth says he is “pro-choice”.

Right now, I’m supporting Evan McMullin if he makes it as an official candidate.  Otherwise, it is Chris Keniston.


Okay, what’s going on today around here…

I went to Lock 30 and back, and spent the evening in the temple.


Colin Kaepernick

Colin Kaepernick

I’m not upset that Colin Kaepernick didn’t stand during the National Anthem.  That’s his First Amendment right.  I knew Jehovah’s Witness children in school who didn’t stand either.  Again, it is their First Amendment right.

What bugs me about Colin Kaepernick’s comments that we are an oppressive nation against blacks.  Again, it is his First Amendment right to have that opinion, however, I’ve seen just the opposite in my life.  We’re a nation that bends over backwards for the under-dogs.  Aiming programs at helping the underprivileged, we have things like Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employment.

I recall an incident in 1983 where a manager where I was working was told to fire one of his employees for budget reasons.  He chose the employee who produced the least.  When he told his boss, the answer was, “No, you can’t fire him.  He’s your only black in your department.”

Mr. Kaepernick’s race may have provided him with different experiences than mine.  I’m okay with that.  Perhaps he has felt oppression from government leaders or people in power.  Either way, he has a right to express his opinion in a non-violent way.

We sit upon a time bomb.   The perception of unfairness is great.  Stereotypes are bad, yet based usually on the popular perception.   It’s sad that such things are coming to a head.  How long before things really blow up.

Speaking of blowing up… I think too many are blowing this incident WAY out of proportion.  I’d rather Mr. Kaepernick’s First Amendment rights be respected and people concentrate on more important things.  What’s the saying… “Choose your battles”?

You have to ask too if the media is making a big deal about this because Mr. Kaepernick is an outspoken Christian.  (I stand corrected.  He converted to Islam a few years go.  That might explain a lot of the outcry, but it doesn’t make the public outcry right.  It is worth thinking about.)


I took my bicycle for a quick spin today.  My goal is to get back to riding now that the temperatures are dropping.


Members Using Technology

Members Using Technology

That’s my CSM assignment this week – pictures of members using technology.  The week passed so quickly I’m scrambling to get some pictures today.

Mark Evangelos used his laptop in his lesson, so after class I asked him to keep talking and snapped this..

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Mark Evangelos Teaching Class

I didn’t stop there.  I then grabbed the Sister Missionaries because I know they have iPads.  The sat down and I asked them to talk to each other and I grabbed this…

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Sisters Edmonds and Ingersoll

It’s not the 5 pictures they asked for, but it is a start.

Dinner with the Sisters

We had dinner with the sisters right before I had to run off to Stake Priesthood Meeting.  I made chilaquiles which are quick and easy.  Elizabethe wanted me to use up some stuff in the fridge so I made a peach cobbler with leftovers from the fridge.

Stake Priesthood Meeting went well, but with a High Priest Group Meeting right after, it made for a long evening.  They were both good meetings, but I was just dragging at the end of the day.

Where has summer gone?

Next weekend is Labor Day Weekend.  It has gone by too quickly.



I put off my grocery shopping until Saturday.  I am paying the price today.  Too many people grocery shop on Saturday.  Why did I do this?

I don’t know the ideal day for going grocery shopping, but it is not Saturday.  My schedule is flexible so I better plan better next time.


My feeble attempt to fix the weed sprayer didn’t work.  The pump went out, and I thought I could rig one using one of those drill-attached pumps.  Those things are a joke.

I used the drill-attached pump to fill an empty RoundUp bottle and manually sprayed the weeds.  The problem with this method is that it takes too long.  I’ve got a huge yard and need more volume to spray the weeds.  There are areas I might use a hose-on sprayer!

RoundUp is pretty quick stuff, but I’d like to see one that makes them wither and die upon contact.  That way you know you killed the suckers.

I look forward to the day when these weeds are history.


That steak yesterday was so good I’ve been thinking about it all day.  It was that good.

In fact, I went by the meat counter at Wegman’s and eyed the Porterhouse steaks.  None of them were thick enough.

Anniversary Dinner

Anniversary Dinner

Celebrating 19 years of marriage, Elizabethe and I had our anniversary dinner at Longhorn Steakhouse. The last two times we went there, Stephanie was our waitress. Given the special occasion, I asked to be seated in Stephanie’s section.  At first the host said her section was full.  Then, Stephanie happened to be walking by, and recognizing us from previous visits, said she’d take another table.

We told Stephanie we are celebrating 19 years of marriage.  She came back and informed us she cleared it through her manager that dessert was on the house.

Elizabethe convinced me to order the 20 ounce Porterhouse.  I did and it was delicious.  Cooked to perfection, the seasoning was perfect too.

Our waitress and the manager at the Victor, NY, Longhorn Steakhouse made the occasion special.  We’ll be back again.  They have earned our patronage as our favorite restaurant, with Stephanie as our favorite waitress.

Room Filter

I used to have a couple of Ionic Breeze Air Filters in my studio.  The died a couple of years ago and I haven’t replaced them yet.  They are expensive.

The other day I read about mounting a furnace filter to the intake side of a box fan.  I measured my box fan and it is 20×20 inches.

Today I picked up a 20×20 inch furnace filter to give it a try.  I’ll let the fan run for a month and see how much dust it has collected, and I’ll also see if it keeps the dust levels in my studio to a minimum.  The cost:  $20 box fan + $4 for a filter.  That’s a lot cheaper than $200 for a high-tech air filter.


Dead Grass

Dead Grass

Dead grass in your lawn looks ugly, but because we get so much rain (usually), we don’t have anyway to water our front lawn.  The rains from the last few days perked up some of the grass, but there are big spots of dead grass.

Mowing the lawn went quickly today.  It’s the first time I’ve mowed it in weeks.  The air is muggy and damp helping keep the dust to a minimum.

Starting my day with my networking meeting, I spent most of the day catching up on e-mails.  Once I was done there, I mowed the lawn.  After that, Elizabethe and I grabbed dinner at Happiness Garden.

Renewal Time

It is time to renew my temple recommend.  Once done the rest of the evening was spent relaxing with my wife.

Route 66 Planning

I’m going to do it in 2017.  I’m going to drive from Chicago to Santa Monica, California, via Route 66 (or what is left of it.)  I’ve recruited a friend to come along.  We are brainstorming ideas for sponsorship and a strategy.

Going on this trip is one of those things I can finally do.  Driving through parts of history is a dream.

FLPP Picnic 2016

FLPP Picnic 2016

We attended the FLPP Picnic 2016.  It’s always fun.  Craig Hutchings cooked his traditional turkey fry.  We contributed a chicken pasta salad.

Prior to the FLPP Picnic I worked on retouching client images.  I’m almost caught up.  One client to go and I’m caught up.

My friend Paul Bardotz, a fellow photographer was at the picnic.  We talked about a Route 66 road trip we are planning for 2017.  Another photographer recently returned from driving part of Route 66.  On the way home I got an idea about doing short 60-second videos to promote the trip.

We need sponsors.  Talking to Paul let me know we are both on the same track.

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Paul Bardotz at the Picnic

Ice Cream

There’s a new Berne Dairy off the thruway on the way to Waterloo.  It was one exit the other direction, but well worth the trip.  They have an ice cream counter.  We both ordered shakes.



When it rains, it pours.  Business is pouring today.  The sun is out outside, but inside, I have a lot of business to catch up with.

When I started my own business, I was in the hopes that things would be a steady drone.  Of course they aren’t.  Some days the phone never rings, other days you get calls upon calls.

It was good we have the temple tonight because that forces me to stop when I’m doing and take a break.  Otherwise I might be working until 10pm tonight.

Temple Shift

During our temple shift I had a pleasant surprise.  The Sudweeks from Brentwood, California, came to a sealing session.  The last time I saw Larry Sudweeks was at the Oakland Temple at the clothing counter.  That was about eight years ago.  It turns out they just completed a 20 month mission in Nauvoo!

We talked about their mission, what their children are doing, etc.  Larry told me about his mission and working with the Facilities Management Group in Nauvoo and some of the projects he worked on.  It was a fun visit.

I came home and sent a message to their daughter that I had ran in to her parents at the Palmyra Temple.  It’s sure a small world.

Empty Nest Again

Empty Nest Again

We have an empty nest again.  I took Natalie and her sons to the airport.  Of course, I cried.

The last few weeks have been wonderful.  It is nice getting to know my grandchildren better.  We did some fun activities.  Now I’m hoping my son-in-law gets a job at a big airline company so they can fly out here whenever they want.

Picking Up

While picking up around the house we have discovered a lot of things left by our children and grandchildren. While they left various food items in the refrigerator, we are also finding socks, shirts, sippy cups, toys and more.

I’m sure we’ll find more months down the road too.

Back to Work

It is time to get back to work.  I have retouching to do, emails to answer, and other work related task.  They were put on the back-burner while we had family visiting.

Here is one of the pictures I took of my granddaughter in film noir style.  Her mom wanted it to look like and old aged photo, so pardon the effect applied.

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Film Noir Look


I also have paying client photos I’m working on too.  My work this week is cut out for me.