Annual Physical

Annual Physical

The annual physical is something I don’t look forward to.  While I’ve never had a bad experience, going to the doctor isn’t enjoyable.  At least they don’t make you strip to your undies and sit on the cold table waiting.

I am fortunate to have a good doctor.  She listens and explains the options.

Speaking of options…

So, I’ve started to reduce my chocolate intake.  A couple of years ago I reduced my caffeine intake.  Because of this, the doctor thinks it has caused my heart rate to drop.  She says it is too slow.

Well, she’s making a slight change to my medications to see if my blood pressure medication can be reduced and if that will bring my heart rate back up without raising my blood pressure.


Attending the FLPP meeting this afternoon I noticed I was on time and nobody was there.  Right at the start time, another member came.  We were both worried that our speaker would be talking to an audience of two.  Fortunately, more people showed up.

The speaker was a delightful man who had a long career in photography.  He basically reviewed his career, talked about challenges we now face, and showed his work.

He and his wife joined us for dinner.  Neat people.  I hope I run in to them again.

In February, Paul and I will do a Route 66 presentation.  It will be fun.  I will tie it in to business opportunities as well as education.

We discussed why young photographers are not joining PPA and the affiliates.  The two theories that make the most sense are 1) they are not socializing face-to-face, it is all online, and 2) they are subsidized by mom and dad.

Temple Training

Temple Training

I am assigned to do some temple training for a new worker.  It’s pretty fun.  We spent most of the evening going over where everything is located.  At the end of our shift, we’re often assigned to clean.  As a result, I was showing him where the mops are kept, and that sort of stuff.

I remember when I was trained in Oakland.  It was much different there.  We didn’t do cleaning, but we did have laundry responsibilities.  Oh, and we also had to wash the dishes in the cafeteria.

Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce

I attended the Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce board meeting.  We discussed our annual Christmas party, as well as the annual meeting.  (Annual meetings are required by law.)

We need a speaker and entertainment.  It is time to be on the lookout.

In Between

In between the Canal Connection Chamber of Commerce meeting and going to the temple I worked on computer stuff.  It amazes me how much time it takes to update everything.

I have a few jobs this week.  Add to that, I have my physical tomorrow.  It is a busy week.  Because it is so busy, imagine my relief when a client asked if she could push her appointment back 1 week.  YES!


Portrait Sessions

Portrait Sessions

Portrait sessions are fun.  I enjoy interacting with my clients as well as their reactions to their portraits.  Usually I don’t schedule them on Sundays, Mondays or Tuesdays, but I made an exception for a friend today.

The session went quite well, and quickly as it was just one individual with no wardrobe changes.

Before the Session

Before the session is always a frantic rush — especially after a weekend.  I’m not sure why it is, but my studio is a bug magnet.  The windows aren’t the greatest, perhaps they come in through the openings near the windows.

Either way, part of my preparation is to vacuum the bugs.  (Usually stink bugs, sowbugs, or ladybugs are what I find.)  They’re always dead too.  Seldom do I see them crawling around on the concrete floor.

I bought some cedar wood oil hoping that would repel them.    The studio smells like cedar, but I don’t think it is keeping the bugs away.  Perhaps next year I need to spray around the outside and see if that helps.

After the Session

After the session it is a concentrated effort to get the images backed up.  I don’t eat dinner or go to sleep at night until 100% of the images are on my computer and a backup off site.

Stake President Speaking

Stake President Speaking

When the stake president is speaking, people wonder, “What’s going to happen?”  Such was the case today, but there was no cause for alarm.  He was simply one of our speakers in church.

Our ward was inundated with visitors again.  It’s good to see them coming this late in the year.  I’ve noticed a few are spending more than a few hours here.  This is also good.

Rain Came

The rain came with a vengeance this afternoon.  The wind and rain started around 5pm.  I’m glad I mowed the lawn yesterday.

I have a photo session tomorrow.  It might be indoors if the winds and rain keep up.  We shall see.

Squash Soup

One of the elders really liked my squash soup.  As a result, he had 4 bowls of it.  That’s a compliment.

The soup is made with 1 butternut squash, 1 can of coconut milk, 1 chopped onion, 1 cup of chicken broth, and in this case, I added about 1 pound of shrimp.

We also had cucumber slices for a salad, and bread pudding for dessert.  All of which seemed to be a hit with the elders.  We sent them home with some of the bread pudding.

Next time I need to reduce the heat when baking the bread pudding.  335 was too high.  Next time I’ll cook it longer at about 300.  It got too brown on the top and bottom.

The sauce I made for the bread pudding was maple syrup, some corn starch, butter and rum flavoring.  The elders really liked that too.

Threatening Rain

Threatening Rain

The forecast is threatening rain.  Because of this I rushed and mowed the lawn this afternoon. The leaves are thick so I could only use the catcher part of the time.  The remainder of the lawn just got cut – no catcher.

Threatening rain is a good way to put it.  I think the weather forecasts do that to get people to monitor them more closely.  This way, they can show more commercials on their website.

Moving Data

Moving data on the server is a time consuming task.  I’d like to see a smart USB controller that simply expends the hard drive you start with.  When you plug in a new drive, it expands the capacity of the existing drive.  However, if you remove that new driver, it can be used as a standalone drive without impact to its data.

Logically it wouldn’t be difficult.  If memory serves me correctly, you can do something like that in Unix.  Hey, but I retired from that career… it isn’t my job anymore.

There’s too much data administration for my business.  That’s what happens when you take tens of thousands of photos in a month.  Ugh.

Monitor Musings

I’ve been musing about getting a new monitor.  I have a LaCie, which is a high-end monitor, however it is only 19″.  By today’s standards, that’s quite small.  Plus, my eyes would welcome a larger screen.

Decisions, decisions.




It’s Friday the thirteenth of October.  How funny is that.  For a day when superstitious people are supposed to stay in bed, there are a lot of people on the road.

We went to Longhorn for lunch with our friends Ron and Mary Harris.  The traffic to and from there was horrible.  Horrible for this area, that is.  NY SR 96 near the mall, as a result, was a parking lot.


For the first time I had a dish at Longhorn that I was disappointed with it.  Their brisket nachos is nothing to write home about.  As a result I won’t be ordering that again.  (It also reminded me around midnight with a bad case of reflux.)

What was wrong with it, you ask.  Bland, and too much fats and oils.  It was also sparse on the meat and pico de gallo.    The meat, which takes first billing in the name, was like a garnish.  The same with the pico de gallo.

From now on I order beef.


I’m torn.  I wonder if I should get the Wacom Clintiq monitor.  And, if I do, should I upgrade my desktop.

I’ve got to get rid of old technology too.  It’s starting to pile up.  However, what does someone do with a 100GB disk drive?  Does anyone even use such a dinosaur?

That reminds me!

I should measure my desk to see what fits.  No use getting a monitor you can’t use because you don’t have the space for it.

8TB Drives

8TB Drives

It is time to upgrade the NAS drives from 5TB to 8TB drives.    It is amazing how much space digital photographs use.  For $170 you  could buy just a couple of megabytes 40 years ago.  Now, it buys more storage than NASA had 40 years ago.

They arrived today.  Installing new drives is easy today.  You plug them in.  Unlike the past when there were jumpers to worry about, low level formatting, high level formatting and partitioning.

The question is…  Do I keep the 5TB in place and simply expand onto the 8TB drives?


Our networking meeting was sparsely attended.  I don’t get it.  What is it business owners aren’t getting?

I wrote a book a few years ago.  It find it funny how people think they can do it alone, but when they fail miserably, they blame others.  They don’t read business books and they certainly won’t attend a networking meeting.

Perhaps we all have that stubbornness in us.  It’s called pride.  Oh, well.

Catching Up

I’m slowly catching up.  I spent 5 hours on the phone with Netgear support about my problem.  They found a work around, but the core issue is still a big mystery.  They are kicking it up a tier to see if they have any ideas.

Tomorrow I will call GoDaddy and run a few things past them.  With all my networking experience, this is the strangest thing I have ever encountered.

Autumn Colors

The autumn colors aren’t looking to well this year.  Perhaps it is the warmth, I don’t know.  As a result, I don’t know if you are going to see a many autumn color pictures from me.




In not sure if appointmentless is a word, but that’s how I am today.  No appointments.  I have time to work on this router problem and Route 66 photos.

Okay, forget about the router problems.  I want to concentrate on Route 66 stuff.  Check out the website.  I got lots done today.


It is pouring today.  It is a good day for rain.  All my work is inside.

Taking advantage of this rainy day, I am kicking out Route 66 posts and photos like crazy.  I am also e-mailing various contacts about Route 66.  Some are business owners, others friends.  As a result, I’m getting lots done.

Because I am working on Route 66 stuff I am glad I blogged as we went.  I am already forgetting places and people.  It is good I have my blog to fall back on.

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Sunset On Route 66

In contrast, I fell behind on this blog because of router problems. is the website my router won’t allow access to via http.  Without that access I cannot update this blog.  (I am only doing it now because I have reinstalled the old router.  This is only a temporary fix.)

Template Errors

I also stopped using the iRibbon WordPress Template from CyberChimps.  It is generating errors.  When it rains, it pours.



Car Registration

Car Registration

You could hear the disgust in the clerk’s voice when I told her I did not receive a renewal notice for my car registration.  The disgust was not aimed at me, but Albany, New York.  Fortunately, there are no late fees and penalties.

She said next year it is best  to go to the web site, print the form, fill it out, and mail the check and form to the county DMV in Lyons.  (That way, the money stays in the county.)

My next stop is Real Deals where I found nothing worth buying.

Annual Review

Just as I arrived home my phone rang.  I was literally still in the car.  It was regarding my annual 401K review.

We talked, suggestions for changes were made. I authorized them, and we were done. It is that simple.  As a result, I’m all set until next year.

CSM Photographer Friends

One of our Church Service Missionary Photographer friends stopped to visit and stay the night.  Bruce Cornwall and his wife are traveling through on their way back to Oregon.

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Bruce and Me

It was pathetic.  Two professional photographers trying to figure out how to do a selfie.  As I say, “Just say, ‘No’, to selfies.”

Elizabethe and I served our temple shift.  Today was busy.


Quasi Holiday

Quasi Holiday

Columbus Day is one of those days I call a quasi holiday.  Not everyone gets it off and even fewer celebrate it.

No mail today because the post office gets it off.  On the other hand, I did get a call from my credit union.  I’m surprised they are open today given lots of banks are closed.

Still Baffling

My router problems are still baffling.  I keep trying different things without any success.  Aaron, a friend at church, suggests I install open source firmware.  I looked at it, and it’s a little intimidating.  Even though I did this stuff for a living, it is different when you have the resources of a Fortune 50 company.  I don’t.

I might dig up my old router and see if it works.  If it works, then the problem is in the router.

But why in the world would my router only block http to one website?

It is strange and baffling.

Route 66

I am still organizing Route 66 images.  This router problem has slowed me down, but I’m pressing forward in spite of it.

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