Router Problems

Router Problems

After working with GoDaddy and Spectrum Internet it appears the problem is with my router.  My router problems are keeping me from seeing my own web site.

This is frustrating.  I can ping, trace route to it, and I can even ftp to it.  I just can’t see it using http.  Isn’t that strange.

I’ve tried everything I can think of.  All of my websites are hosted by GoDaddy and they are all accessible except  (I’m updating my blog from a different network.)

Nima’s Calzones

I’m still beat and suffering from car lag.  We called out for calzones from Nima’s Pizza.  They are the best.  As a result, I can just kick back and enjoy the rest of the evening.


Tomorrow I plan to attack the router after getting a good rest.  I’m overlooking something.  I don’t know what.  Once I figure it out I’ll know what to do if it happens again.

There is a lot of data to back up.  My file servers are running out of space.  Coming home with 2TBs of data doesn’t help the space problem.

I am looking at 8TB drives.  That’s the next step.  The old drives will serve as off site backups, while the new ones will be on the active server.


Car Lag

Car Lag

You hear people talk about jet lag, but never car lag.  Car lag is that feeling you get from having felt road vibrations for too long.  Today I’m suffering from car lag.

I have so much junk to unpack.  It is a mess.  Uneaten snacks, dirty clothes, clean clothes, supplies, camera equipment, it all has to find its way back to where they belong.  This isn’t fun.

Computer Problems

After a month of being gone, I’ve discovered is not accessible.  I called GoDaddy and they said to wait and give it a try later.  They are doing some updates.

I have plenty to keep me busy after the trip, but it bothers me nonetheless.  After all, that’s where this blog is hosted.

So Little Time

I have so much to do and so little time.  My first priority is to get all the Route 66 images backed up.  It’s about 2TB of data.  That’s over 2000GB, which is over 2,000,000 MBs.  That’s a LOT of data.

The plan is to post regular updates of stories from Route 66.  Once I have the files organized I will start at Chicago and work my way to L.A. telling the story that goes with the pictures along the way.

I also cleaned and returned the rental car today.  Not bad.  It was a little over $1000 for 33 days and 7,500 miles.  That’s a lot of wear and tear on a car.  I’m glad I didn’t drive mine.


Home Safe

Home Safe

I’m home safe and sound. Paul and I left South Bend, Indiana, about 10am this morning and headed straight home.  It’s been a fun month, but I’m so happy to be home.

We left on September 4th, and here it is October 4th and our trip has come to an end.   In the last 4 1/2 weeks we have seen the sublime, the absurd, the funny, the sad and more.  We’ve seen president’s graves, and birth places. Temples of the Lord and old abandoned places were on our route too.  We’ve seen it all.

It is probably too soon to ask if I’d do it again, but under different conditions, I think I would.  One would be to have Elizabethe come with me.  Perhaps we’ll figure out a road trip where she won’t get bored to tears.

The Drive Home

The drive home started last week after reaching the end of Route 66 in Santa Monica, California.  We got up the next morning and drove to Scotts Valley, California.  The day after that we drove to Reno, Nevada, where we spent the night with my old high school buddy Jack.  After Reno we headed to my daughter Amber’s house in Saratoga Springs, Utah.  Our next stop was Cheyenne, Wyoming for the weekend.  (I served in Cheyenne 40 years ago in 1977!!!)  We got up Monday and headed to Omaha, Nebraska.  Tuesday we stopped in South Bend, Indiana, and now we’re home.

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Me and My Daughter Amber’s Family

Pickup Car Tomorrow

Pickup Car Tomorrow

I pickup the car tomorrow.  Knowing this has quelled my anxieties a bit.  Tomorrow night I start putting stuff in the rental car.  We leave on Monday for Route 66.

Our networking meeting today was a wash.  Our speaker didn’t show up.  The cage needs rattling again.  If you live in West Wayne County, or anywhere close, consider joining us.  It is a great way to find new clients and customers.


Progress is made.  I found a couple of missing batteries.  The other memory cards appeared. My missing battery pouch were under a protective padding in my camera bag.  As a result, things are looking better.

Many of the bags require better organization.  Right now, things are thrown in and not organized.  Elizabethe is really good at doing that stuff.  Perhaps we’ll watch a show while she organizes bags.

Unlike going on a normal trip, we need to bring power strips, various chargers, USB cords, laptops, in addition to our camera equipment.  My camera bags are fairly organized.  The bags with the cords and miscellaneous stuff are my concern.

Lego Lens Keeper

I am gluing lego lens keepers to my tripods.  Basically, you glue a Lego to your lens caps and tripods.  When you remove a lens cap, you attach it to the Lego.  As a result, you do not lose your lens cap while shooting.

The idea isn’t mine.  I saw it in a magazine years ago.  I am just getting around to implementing it.

As an added bonus, it covers the camera logo on the lens caps.  Why advertise for a company that isn’t compensating you in some degree.

John Kidd

I called my friend John Kidd.  We talked for a while.  He’s making pens and I told him he can have all the black walnut he wants.  I also have maple and who knows what else.

He asked if I could bring a chunk as I pass through that area.  If we have room in the car, I will.  It can be cool to have a pen made from wood from my property.

We talked about working in the temple, things that don’t change based on where you live, and other stuff.  Of course, we talked about camera stuff.  He joked that he was told he needed a hobby, as if photography wasn’t enough.


Route 66 Haircut

Route 66 Haircut

I got my Route 66 haircut today.  It is no different than what I usually get.  It’s just the last haircut I’ll get before I return home in October.

Lens Repair

I’m waiting for my lens repair on my 18-55mm Fujinon lens.  I called and all they would say is it takes up to 10 working days.  I counted the days and that puts it at 8/31.  I may not see it before I leave on Monday.

Looking at my gaps in lens coverage, I ordered a 27mm pancake lens.  I want this lens, and so I might as well get it now.  Placed on my X-E1 it looks like a Leica rangefinder.  It arrives today.

One thing I can say about Canon is this… Their service is the best.  Better than ANY camera manufacturer out there.  So, @fujifilm, if you’re listing, you should take note.  When I ship my Canon equipment for repair, it is back in FIVE working days — without fail.  Because I am a professional photographer, they put my repairs as a priority!

Finding Stuff

I have to relax and believe as I pack I will find stuff.  This anxiety is a killer, and I want this trip to be FUN.  So, deep breath, Brent.  Things will appear as you pack.

Temple Missionary Shoot

Temple Missionary Shoot

I have a temple missionary shoot this evening.  I am doing a lot to prepare.  These things always make me anxious, but I know things will go well.  Anxiety is what keeps me safe.  (Or, so I tell myself.)

Speaking about anxiety…

Never assume depression is because someone brought it upon themselves.  Anxiety and depression can be organic as the color of your eyes.  Successful people often find ways to let it drive them in positive directions, while unsuccessful people let it force them in to bad decisions.  The rest of us are somewhere in the middle.  For me, it drives me to over prepare.  That’s why I was so good at network engineering and system programming.  On the other hand, it often leads me to avoid risk taking.  (Risk taking can be good if managed right.)

The Shoot

The shoot went very well.  Here is the group picture.  And, here is one of the couples.

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Temple Missionaries Summer 2017
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President and Sister Miner

Can’t Take Seriously

I cannot take someone seriously when they attempt to argue and their message reads like, “U dont no what your taking about.”

I admit that I often misspell words, or use the wrong homonym.  The latter isn’t because I don’t know the difference, but I get hasty when picking auto-type words on my phone.

How do you tell people, in a polite way, they look stupid when they use “U” for “you”, for get punctuation, and consistently write stuff in that manner?


Repack the Trunk

Repack the Trunk

It’s time to repack the trunk.  After yesterday’s detail, the stuff has to go back in the car.  However, some of the stuff stays out because it will go in the rental for the Route 66 trip.

I made a run to Staples to return the briefcase that claimed to be able to hold a 17″ laptop.  (But, in reality will only hold a 15″.)  The guy at Staples when I told him why I was returning it, before I could say my 17″ didn’t fit said, “It didn’t fit, did it.”

Swiss Gear needs to relabel their product!


I went to Home Depot next to find some storage options for my trunk.  They had plastic shoe boxes for 99 cents, as well as small fliptop boxes for about $3.  I stocked up.  My trunk we be the best organized trunk… okay… only if Elizabethe organizes it for me.

My brain doesn’t think in spatial organized ways.

In fact, I’m starting to get anxious about the Route 66 trip.  It’s not about the trip, but the packing of the car.  I know, that sounds silly, but here’s how it works…

I stop to take a picture.  Because of the scenery, I want to use my 55-200mm lens.  I can’t find it.  Where did I pack it?

That’s what makes me anxious about the trip.

Little Black Dress

Little Black Dress

If a man says, “I have this little black dress”, you kind of raise an eyebrow.  I knew what my friend meant, but it was still funny all the same.

A few years ago I decided to do a project called, “Little Black Dress — Never Tell Your Daughters They Can’t”.  It got pushed aside by life.  But, more so, a lack of enthusiasm and interest from others.  My goal was to photograph 50 women in black outfits and publish a book with a small 1 page bio for each one.

I’d still like to do it some day.  However, before doing it I want 50 enthused women who will participate.

Something For Nothing

Everybody wants something for nothing.  I’m no different.  Buy one, get one free sales happen all the time.  It’s human nature to want something for free.

I am amazed how many people want me to work for free.  Another photographer wrote a funny blog about calling other businesses and asking for free product or services.  He drove the point home.

The Shoot

Paul and I did a shoot together.  It was one I planned way back in November.  The plan was to get a bunch of photographers and hire a model.  Well, it was just me and Paul.  Oh, well.  (The model did a great job and we got our money’s worth.)

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Model in LBD


2017 FLPP Picnic

2017 FLPP Picnic

Today is the 2017 FLPP Picnic.  Same venue and same routine, but that’s what makes it great — it’s a tradition.  This 2017 FLPP Picnic will be just as great as those of the past.

We spent a good amount of time talking with Monroe and Janet.  They are around our age and live in Ithaca.  We always have fun talking with them.


Elizabethe’s friend June came over to craft with her, while I worked on file clean up on my server.  I’m finding duplicate files and deleting them.  There’s quite a few (thousands).

I purchased stamps for the Route 66 trip.  I figure I’ll mail the grandchildren postcards while on the road.  That gives me an idea!  I’ll ask Paul to take a picture of me holding their postcard of and at the place pictured on the postcard.  When I return from the trip, I’ll send them those prints.


I’m glad it didn’t rain  on our picnic.  (That’s worse than raining on our parade!)  We began our drive home from Clifton Springs and as soon as we got on the thruway it began to pour.

I guess I’m not mowing the lawn when I get home.



2017 Eclipse

2017 Eclipse

In case you missed it, here is the 2017 Eclipse…

2017 Eclipse

Its aura was a beautiful orange color.

On the serious side…

The 2017 Eclipse was like the other partial eclipses I’ve seen.  This time, I used my pinhole lens to take a picture…

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Eclipse as Seen Through a Pinhole Camera

After spending time looking at the eclipse through my special sunglasses (made especially for viewing eclipses), I made a decision.  The next time, I don’t bother unless it is totality.

Guess what?

The next full eclipse is in 2024.  Totality will pass over Palmyra, New York.

Rooms at the Beckwith Mansion the night before and after are $50,000 each.  (Okay… they probably won’t be that much, but there is this thing called supply and demand.)


I picked a good peck of tomatoes today.  The last 2 days many ripened.  Elizabethe is turning them in to tomato sauce with herbs for pizza and stuff like that.  (She cooks it down so it is nice and thick.)

Our home teacher (John Harmer) told us about cucumber spiced apple slices.  Elizabeth researched and found a recipe and is making a batch.  She’s doing this to the huge cucumbers that went hidden until they got too big for much of anything else.