Monthly Archives: April 2018

Texas BBQ

Texas BBQ

We discovered a new BBQ place called Texas BBQ.  It is true to form of the service station BBQ joints you find in Texas, however, it is not in an old service station building.  It’s over in the RIT bookstore plaza in Henrietta.

The portions are generous, the food is tasty, and the place is clean. The prices are reasonable too.  I had the 2-meat combo and Elizabethe had their huge, loaded, baked potato plus our 2 drinks and tax came to $30.

Dim Sum After 1pm

I learned in San Francisco’s Chinatown that dim sum is breakfast food.  As the Chinese lady at Dick Lee’s Pastries explained, “Dim sum breakfast food.  Like Chinese donuts.”

We stopped at the Asian Market to see if they had sesame balls.  They were sold out.

Glen’s Off

Glen’s off to California after spending almost a week here.  We had a great time together.  I told him to plan on spending more time the next time he comes here.

Vertigo

We came home and I took a rest.  I got up this morning and experienced a bit of vertigo (twice).  It’s the only time in my life this has happened, so I’m taking things really slow today.  It only happened when I got out of bed.  (First, when I got off the bed, and second whey I took about 6 steps towards the bathroom.  I may have just got up too quickly.)

I’ll be carefully watching my blood pressure and what I eat and drink.  While I think it might be related to my SHL (Sudden Hearing Loss) casual about this stuff.  I was fine the rest of the day, but a little cautious about how quickly I’d stand up.  (And, to think Elizabethe has dealt with this sort of stuff her entire life.)

 

New Elders Quorum Presidency

New Elders Quorum Presidency

It went off without any fanfare; no pomp or circumstance.  Our new Elders Quorum Presidency was called today.  This comes after the General Conference announcement that wards will only have one Melchizedek Priesthood Quorum.  Our new Elders Quorum President is Brother Vance.  He’s going to do an excellent job.

Glen and Becky are with us and attended our ward.  We had a great meeting with two new members talking, and Matt Baker teaching a great Sunday School lesson.

Balaam

Our lesson was on the story of Balaam.  It’s one of the most unique stories in the Bible.  It features a talking donkey.

The story is worth reading.  Found in Numbers 22-24, Balak, King of Moab, wants the prophet Balaam to curse the Israelites.  You’ll have to read the story to find out what happens.

I think it would be great to cast this as a movie.  Danny DiVito would make a great Balaam, and his wife, Rhea Perlman, the voice of the donkey.  The destroying angel would be Christopher Walken.

The story has a latter-day parallel in the story of Martin Harris and the lost 116 page manuscript.

Batavia

I had to drive to Batavia for a public affairs training meeting.  The drive went much quicker this time than it did the last time.  I think that’s because I’m familiar with the route.

After the meeting, we all grazed on some leftovers and watched the Purple Rose of Cairo.  The 2nd DVD wouldn’t play (it’s an old set), and so I had to tell Glen and Becky how it ends.

 

Chevy Becomes Buick

Chevy Becomes Buick

I’m working on this photo restoration.  There’s two cars.  One looks like a Chevy to me — early 1950s.  The other… hard to tell.  This is how the Chevy becomes a Buick.

I pull up a picture of 1954 Chevys and I realize, the bumper and grill aren’t right.  Scratching my head, I’m telling myself, it looks like a GM product.  So, I tried Pontiac, but I knew the grill wasn’t right… I was just grasping at straws.

Then, I found it!  A Buick Futurama 88!!!  Yup.  In fact, a 1959.

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Chevy Becomes Buick

Working on It

I spent a good portion of time working on it.  This will be a good before after comparison when I’m done.  The car in the background looks like an early 50s/late 40s Chevrolet Deluxe with a split window.

While it is nearly impossible to find pictures of those two cars angled at the exact angle, I managed to find a pair that are close.  As a result, the cars will look the same… but at a different angle.

The most difficult part are going to be the faces.  The rest of the stuff, you know what it looks like, or should look like.  The heavy damage in the center of the woman’s face will be the toughest.

Upcoming Temple President

Upcoming Temple President

Our upcoming temple president is currently a counselor in the temple presidency.  He was also our Tuesday Night shift coordinator before he was called to the presidency.  Brent Miner is going to be our next temple president.  As with anyone in such a position, he is taking it with humility.  I believe he will do a great job.

Just last we I commented to President Black how I appreciate how his presidency handles corrections with love.  (Occasionally, a temple worker needs instruction or correction.)  I’m glad to see our next temple president will carry that same spirit with him.

Becky Arrived

Elizabethe’s sister, Becky, arrived today.  Her husband arrives Thursday morning.  We talked about ideas of things to do.  Sounds like I’ll have someone to go to Artisan Works with.  Glen is not spending a lot of time here.  I’ll be showing him he needs to come out for a COUPLE of weeks.  There’s enough to do here that even two weeks isn’t enough time.

Bugs

I can tell spring is here because bugs are starting to fly around my office light.  It happens every spring.  I’ll set off a bug bomb when I leave the studio, and in the morning I’ll find dead bugs on the carpet.  One year, after setting off a bug bomb, it looked like it had rained bugs the next morning.

Where do they come from?

Picture Restoration

I have a picture restoration I’m working on.  This is the most damaged photo I have ever seen, let alone restored.  It’s a challenge, but I’m up to it.  Anything will be better than the original, but I’m out to blow their socks off.

 

Mirror Mirror

Mirror Mirror

So I have figured out how to make a mirror in Poser.  It’s pretty cool, except you cannot see how the reflection will look until it goes through the rendering process (a process that can take a long time.)

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This Constitutes a LOT of WORK

As time goes along, I’m sure I’ll figure out how to position the “mirror” without a bunch of trial and error.  Currently, my mirror just looks like a black square.  After it is rendered, it shows the reflection, and in the above case, you can’t see the edges of the mirror because it is hid by the woman on the left, and is off the edge of the picture on the right.  Because you can’t see the reflection, you don’t really know if your subject is in the reflection until you render it.

Pino

Pino often used mirrors in his compositions.  I’d like to create some Pino-esque images using a mirror as part of the scene.  This is a start.  I’ll probably start with what I’ve started here, but poser her differently and have her doing something like primping or putting on lipstick.  (This was an exercise in “can I do it”.)

A Painting by Danae Pino

Families Grow

Families Grow

It’s fun watching families grow.  The Wildey Family talked in church today.  When we first moved here, they were just starting to have children, and now all three of the children talked in Sacrament Meeting.  What a wonderful event to witness.

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From a Workshop Years Ago

Sister Wildey and her children have volunteered to model for my workshops over the years.  I just realized I don’t have a single picture of them with Brother Wildey.  Tthe next time I’ll have to schedule my workshop around his schedule.

I think we don’t see how rapidly our own family grows until we go back and look at pictures.  But, the others around us, it seems like they grow right before your eyes because you only see them once a week or even less.

Beef Stew

The sister missionaries weren’t able to make dinner tonight.  So, Elizabethe and I had lots of beef stew.  The meat turned out perfect.  (Browning it in bacon grease is the key!)

There are few soups that I like.  On the other hand, I do like stews and chowders.  I think it is the thickness and heartiness because they make me feel satisfied after eating.

Spring

It is the first day this year that it feels like spring.  The sun is shining.  I hope it continues like this for a few days.  I could use the Vitamin D.

Springtime Blizzard

Springtime Blizzard

It is the strangest weather I’ve ever seen.  Here it is April 20th, and the lawn is covered in white… yes, snow.  Last night, it looked like a blizzard for a while.  It is indeed strange to have a springtime blizzard like this.

We left the house early for my annual prostate exam.  (What a way to start a day.  Elizabethe was asking what it involved and so I gave her the perverse details.)  We got there, got in and out quickly and headed to Henrietta to do some shopping.

Harbor Freight Tools

I think I’m going to stop going to Harbor Freight Tools.  I bought Elizabethe a light for Christmas, and with the flu and everything else that happened at the first of the year, I’m just now getting around to returning it.

They wouldn’t take it back, even though it is still in the box, because it has been longer than 90-days.  For me, that’s enough to say I’m through shopping there.  Besides, Amazon is more convenient.

Kabobs

We had a coupon for a kabob place.  Elizabethe read the reviews and they said the food was good, especially their french fries, but the service is slow.  Well, they nailed it 100%.  It took quite a while to get our food, and the french fries were very good — even without catsup.

In their defense, everything was very fresh.  I can put up with slow when I know my meal was cooked after I ordered it.  It comes across as a fast-food place, but in reality, it’s sit-down restaurant quality.

Judging Through Judgement

Judging Through Judgement

Why is it the most judgemental people are those who get upset when they think people are judging them?   Judging through judgement is what I’ll call it.

One of my recent goals for self-improvement is to avoid priestcraft in all its forms.  I didn’t realize how prevalent it is until recently when I decided to research it more.  The encouragement to do this came from my Book of Mormon reading.

Before I go any further, I’m going to flat out say it… in order to avoid pitfalls, one must make judgements as to what is right and what is wrong.  We do this all the time.  An extreme example would be if someone told you drinking arsenic would cure cancer, I would hope your better judgement would tell you to not drink arsenic.

Judging People

When I read Jesus’ admonition to ‘judge not, lest thou be judged’ (see Matt. 7:1-3), I understand that to mean we shouldn’t judge people’s motivation or intent.  There’s no scriptural basis to say we shouldn’t say something is a sin, when the scriptures and the prophets say it is a sin.  There is, however, scriptural basis that says we shouldn’t question a person’s reason for sinning, or condemn because they have sinned.

I got the willies when I read where a guy was touting various forms of inequity and the message of his writing was this:  Don’t give a hoot what others think.  Just keep on sinning.  Anyone who tells you your sinning is judging you.

Labels

These judges who accuse active church-goers of judgement place labels on people:  gay, straight, LGBT, black, latino, white, etc.  Wait… after Christ visited the New World, doesn’t the Book of Mormon say there were no ‘-ites’ among them?

Aren’t these labels forms of ‘-ites’?

If you’re not convinced, anciently a gay man would be called a Sodomite.  A latino a Lamanite.  Need I continue?

Re-reading

Re-reading this guys writing made me feel yucky inside.  I don’t know what his motivation is for writing the stuff he writes, but for me, past experience has shown those yucky-inside feelings means something is amiss with what I’m reading.  Or, another way to say it is, the Spirit of the Lord is telling me it is false doctrine and meant to lead people away from the truth.

The Litmus Test

I was introduced to litmus paper at a very young age.  I think I got my first chemistry set when I was around 5 or 6 years old.  Litmus paper tells you the pH of a solution.

When it comes to the gospel teachings, my litmus test is my gut.  When my gut tells me something is wrong, it is usually wrong.    There is also a secondary test I apply.  It is what have the current apostles and prophets said?

I’ll give you an example:  Someone was saying the church just needs to get with the times, and eventually they will when it comes to gay marriage.  When Elder Christofferson was asked about that, his answer was an authoritative, “Never.”

So, to have someone write about the subject in such a way that encourages behaviours contrary to the teachings of the Savior, and then attempt to use the Saviors teachings as justification… well… it fails both tests.

 

Is it Priestcraft?

If he’s doing it for the praise of men and money, it fits the Book of Mormon definition of priestcraft.

Dinner Yesterday

Dinner Yesterday

Since we had the missionaries for dinner yesterday, we didn’t feed them today.  I was supposed to have a meeting in Batavia, but it got postponed a couple of weeks.  So, we fed the missionaries yesterday, and today after church we just relaxed.

There was a small ice storm last night.  The handrail and snow shovel were the only things with a lot of ice on them.  Some of the tree branches had ice, and as the wind blew you could hear cracking and popping as the ice broke.  It was a sound I had never experienced before.

T-Bone

I had a couple of t-bone steaks in the freezer.  The last time I took one out, it turned out kind of tough.  This time, I got smart and soaked up all the liquid by pressing the steak between some paper towels before plopping it in the skillet.

It was a good idea to do that.  It turned out perfect this time.  Plus, I have some leftovers for lunch tomorrow.

World Tensions

As usual, the news media blew the whole bombing of Syria out of proportion.  Now, it isn’t even front page news.  Russia purported has said, ‘… if you do it again…’

As a kid I used to wonder how the news in communist countries could be so deceptive.  I see our news media has become what theirs has been all along — deceptive.