Monthly Archives: February 2017

Missionaries Arriving

Missionaries Arriving

Tonight I photographed missionaries arriving from the M.T.C. at the Rochester Airport.  I coordinated with President Evans and met the missionaries at the airport.  I took photographs of the new missionaries as they met President and Sister Evans for the first time.

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Missionaries Arriving 


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Selfies – New Missionaries

It was fun.  The enthusiasm of the new missionaries is contagious.  Add to their enthusiasm the enthusiasm of President and Sister Evans and the assistants, and you turn heads.   People at the airport ask questions like, “What’s going on?”

Auditing Class

It is day 2 of the nuclear auditing class.  I’m learning a lot, and it is very interesting.

Today’s most interesting discovery is how prevalent counterfeit parts are.   Consequently, and auditor has to know what to ask regarding parts and components.  Like the Canon counterfeit batteries, components used in nuclear plants are counterfeited by people looking to make a buck.

The instructor asked if I want to take the exam tomorrow.  I have no idea what this exam might contain.  Let’s see what tomorrow brings.

Eye Shots

The day started by taking Elizabethe to get her eye shots.   Most of all I am glad they schedule her first things in the morning.  We get in and out quickly.

Face to Face

The Face to Face with President Eyring and Elder Holland is Saturday.  I got my schedule today, but it is confidential.

Photo Sightings

Here are recent photo sightings of my photographs…

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On Instragram


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On the Mormon Channel



When I bought my TV with an HDMI interface, I also bought a bunch of adaptors from eBay (i.e. China).  The idea being I could adapt other output types to the HDMI input on the TV. I started to carry the bag of adaptors with my projector.  Thus, if someone had a PC with an HDMI output, I could connect it to my VGA projector.

In theory this sounds good, however, in practice you need some electronics to convert from HDMI to VGA.  I discovered this today.  The instructor for the auditors’ class had a laptop with HDMI and my HDMI to VGA cable didn’t work.

TV to the Rescue

I went upstairs and grabbed the TV from the parlor.  Ta-Da!  It worked (of course, because it has HDMI input.)

I really like how well the TV works.  It’s too bad they don’t make one that rolls up and fits in to a 3′ long tube.  That would be perfect for travel.

It won’t be long before someone invents one.

The Class

I’m sitting in on this class.  It is a class for nuclear power plant auditors.  So far, it’s more auditing practices which can apply to accounting, manufacturing, methods and procedures.

The class is being taught by Greg Amsden.  He’s in our ward, and runs his own nuclear power plant auditing company.  As part of that, he also trains people how to audit nuclear power plants.  It is very interesting.

Last Two Days

Today and tomorrow are our last two days of living off food storage.  Comes Wednesday we’ll be able to restock and get some fresh veggies!  (I never thought I’d say that.)

I’ve been craving chips.  Yes, potato chips.  Because of this 3-month “fast”, if you will, I’m missing those salty, crispy chips.

Bread is another item we have, but I’m missing fresh bread.  We’ve been eating stuff that came from the freezer.  It’s a little freezer burned.

RIT Bookstore

RIT Bookstore

I was in the neighborhood and  visited the RIT Bookstore (aka Barnes & Noble at R.I.T.).  Their art department is nice.  The book selection is no different than other Barnes & Noble.

Why is it most of the creative software magazines are from the U.K?

Aside from NAPP’s magazine you don’t find any U.S. published Photoshop, Painter or artistic software magazines.  Yet, they have more publications on how to draw Manga art than any other.  Is it really that popular?

Golden Corral

I will never go to Golden Corral on a Friday night again.  It is noisy, crowded and weird.

You’ve seen those pictures of “The People of Walmart”?

They should do one on the People of Golden Corral.  The evil side of me wanted to go up to a lady and say, “Ma’am, if you can see your cellulite, then your pants are too tight.”

I had the impression I was the only person in the place who had shaved today.  I was probably the only person who had shaved all week.  All the men looked pretty scruffy, as did lots of the women.

On the drive home I said to my wife, “As I looked around at Golden Corral I had a terrible thought.  I thought, ‘Do we fit in with this crowd?’  Heaven forbid.”

I did a quick inventory…

  • Am I wearing a t-shirt 2 sizes too small?  Nope.  I’m wearing a button down collared shirt.
  • Are my pants down around my butt?  Nope.
  • Does my shirt say NASCAR, Insane Clown Posse (whatever that is), or I’m With Stupid?  Nope.
  • Did I shaved in the last couple of weeks?  Yup.
  • Am I wearing a baseball cap with some sports related logo?  Nope.

Okay, I’m a misfit at Golden Corral.  They are looking at me and asking, “Whose that clean-cut guy with a collared shirt?”

Studio Door

The studio door is installed.  It looks very nice.  When it warms up outside I will paint it green to match the studio’s trim.


Things We Do

Things We Do

The things we do for our children.  I got an e-mail from a parent whose daughter found information about Route 66.  The mom asked if I would share the link on my Route 66 site and mention her daughter.

I can’t resist an opportunity like that.  I wrote about traveling with children, and mentioned the girl, Nicole, in the blog.  The mom wrote back immediately and thanked me for mentioning her daughter and giving her credit for finding and sharing the information.


I updated a client’s head shot.  It had been a year or so since his last one.  He informed me he now lives in Tennessee.  (That’s a LONG drive for a head shot!).

He explained how he lost equity in his property because of taxes.  He paid more in taxes than his property appreciated.  It makes perfect sense.  It’s pure Samuelson Economics.

Picture an upside down U on a graph.  The X (horizontal) axis is how much taxes are paid.  The Y (vertical)  is how much benefit is received.  It starts at (0,0).  At the cross of the axis nobody pays and because there is no money, there are no benefits.

As taxes go up, so do the benefits… to a certain point.  At that certain point the benefits begin to decrease.  Case in point:  If taxes are high, property values stagnate or decrease.  (And, such is the case in Western New York.)

New York is in desperate need of tax reforms.  Abandoned properties do not generate taxes.  Consequently, I’d like to see those figures.  I would like to know if the people who abandoned them could have kept them had their taxes been significantly lower.


There’s a lot of craziness in the world.  I read how President Trump reversed Obama’s order for transgendered bathrooms.  Good for him.  The Obama order only made parents uncomfortable for what that could mean for their children.

Of course, for any business, the simple answer is individual private bathrooms with locks on the doors.  But, that is also a huge expense for businesses to convert.

The absurdity of transgenderism can be compared to senior citizen discounts at restaurants.  If a man can declare he’s a woman, then a 30 year old should be able to declare they are 65 and receive a senior citizen discount.  Neither is true, but we have people in society thinking it should be the case with gender.

Remember when the Levites had to prove their genealogy?   Will we get to a point where DNA tests are require to prove won’s claim of gender?  I hope not, but we live in a very sick world.

Program Changes

Program Changes

We haven’t had a CSM Photographers meeting for a few weeks.  In today’s meeting they announced some program changes.  An exciting change are LTVs – Long Term Volunteers.  These are people who can’t necessarily put in the 8 hours/week, but who want to keep working with the group.

Some changes deal with delegation.  I’m happy to see them doing that.  Delegation is good.

China Wall

China Wall in Newark was closed a while.  We were in that area, so we decided to see if they re-opened.  They are.

Our dinner was good.  I’m not sure what they did while they were closed.  The painting of the outside is the most noticeable improvement.

Their peanut chicken is really good.  I like the crunch.  It has a nice crispiness to the outside.

I’m proud of myself.  I exercised great restraint at the buffet and I did not overeat.  To avoid feeling sorry (and stuffed) later, I reminded myself to stop early.


Beware, there’s a new scam going on.  The company does an ACH withdrawal from your bank account, and when you go to look in to it, they phish for more information.  I won’t tell you how they perpetrate this crime because I don’t want someone reading this and then saying they got the idea from me.

The moral of this story is this… if you see an ACH withdrawal on your checking account, and you don’t know who it is from, dispute it with your bank.  Don’t visit the company’s website or call their toll-free number.



Today is President’s Day, and with that comes filler stories in the news.  One such filler was that Obama is among the top 12 presidents of all times.  (I nearly vomited.)  Of course, people, both Democrats and Republicans, sang praises for JFK too.  Now we know better.

There is one thing nearly everyone agrees on.  Warren G. Harding was the worst president.  And, on the bright side, Abraham Lincoln and George Washington are up there at the top.

My mom was pretty good at spotting scoundrels.  I recall when JFK was shot my mom’s attitude was “good riddance”.  That shocked me as a kid.  While people were sobbing and saying he was such a good man, my mom was shaking her head and saying the nation was better off without him.  It’s recently we’ve discovered how corrupt the Kennedy administration was and what a pervert JFK was.  (Watch REELZ’s The Kennedy File series.)

I think time will eventually uncover what type of person Barack Obama really is.  It’s a sign of the times.  There is so much corruption in politics and it will all come to a boil soon.  It was only in death that we discovered how corrupt Harding, Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson and others were.

Enough of that… Today is a day we honor past presidents.  At the top of my list are greats like Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Ronald Reagan, Teddy Roosevelt and Harry Truman.


Speaking of presidents, John Singer Sargent painted an iconic painting of Teddy Roosevelt.  As a result I want to do a self-portrait painting in the same style.    Hmmm… someday I’ll do it.

Colorado Denver Mission

Colorado Denver Mission

It is high council Sunday.  Our high councilor invited a return missionary to speak.  The young man served in the Colorado Denver Mission.  Consequently, I had to speak to him after the meeting.  He served in Northglenn, but he didn’t know any of the people I mentioned.  It’s been over 40 years, so that’s not surprising.

Sunday School and Priesthood meeting both had great lessons.  Matt Baker taught Sunday School about revelation.  Greg Amsden gave the Priesthood Lesson about pioneers.

Almond Gelatin

Remember those cakes where you’d pour jello over them?

Today I decided to make one with poppy seeds and blood orange infused oil in the cake.  I then poured almond gelatin over it.  Boy, was it good.

Where do you get almond gelatin?

At an asian market.  They also sell coconut gelatin.   We do a lot of shopping at the local asian market.


We fed the sisters ramen with extra fixings.  Pork, mushrooms, stir fried veggies and other toppings make ramen.  Ramen gets a bad rap.  It’s simply pasta.

I enjoy ramen without all the liquid.  I like the noodles al dente. When you mix it with other stuff it is like lo mein.


Bishops Storehouse Chopped

Bishops Storehouse Chopped

Perhaps I’m a bit odd, but when I volunteer at the Bishop’s Store House I think they need a Bishops Storehouse Chopped contest.

If you watch the Food Network show Chopped, you might know what I mean.  For those who don’t, it would work like this…

Four guest chefs are given basket of 4 mystery items found in the Bishop’s Storehouse.  There are three rounds – appetizer, main course and dessert.  They must prepare a dish using the basket of mystery ingredients, plus any other foods found in the storehouse. But, they MUST include all 4 mystery ingredients.

That’s what goes through my mind while I’m working there.

“Hmmm… what would I make with this?”, or “I could make this with that.”

Smith Farm

In preparation for the Face to Face in Palmyra, I took some photos at the Smith Farm.  I received a punch list of images needed for the opening video.  Here’s my favorite from today’s shoot…

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Upstairs in the Log Home

I love the lighting in this picture.  It was still morning, and the south facing window had some beautiful light shining on the floor.  This scripture came to mind:

“While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in my room, which continued to increase until the room was lighter than at noonday, when immediately a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air, for his feet did not touch the floor.”  JSH 1:30

I hope they use this one.

Here is how the Sacred Grove looks today…

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Sacred Grove in the Winter

Compatibility Issues

Compatibility Issues

In the computer industry there are compatibility issues…. or are there?

I looked at a device and it’s compatibility list read like this, “iPad 3, iPad 4, iPad Air, iPad Air 2, iPad mini, iPad mini Retina display, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4, iPad Pro, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6S, iPhone 6S Plus, iPhone 7, 7 Plus, Mac OS X Yosemite 10.10 or later, Windows 7 or later.

Hmmmm… what does that tell you about Apple products and compatibility?

It says something positive about Windows devices and open architecture.

Date Night

It’s cold out today.  For our date night Elizabethe and I went to KFC for lunch.  It was a date day.

My work commitments kept me working into the evening.  I have a lot going on right now.  I’m looking for a break in my schedule soon.


We’ve owned our Roku a few weeks now.  I’m more familiar with it and it was a good move.  The options are overwhelming, but once you find your favorite stations, it’s easy.

We currently pay for Amazon Prime and Hulu.  The charges for both are far less than Time Warner, Dish TV or Dish Network.  It surprised me how much Time Warner charges.  I don’t see how they can compete.